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An adventure to the white field
Almost on the limit of Los Glaciares National Park, north sector, this tour invites you to ascend one of the classic mountains of the scenario on the entry to the Continental Ice of El Chalten area. We´ll walk along forests trails and roped up on a large glacier; We´ll cross to Chile to spend the night in Gorra Blanca refuge, we´ll ascend to the homonymous hill and return by the same way to El Chalten. A great adventure that does not require technical knowledge (the guides will take care of the corresponding classes and care).
Distance: Total Circuit + Gorra Blanca: 90 Km
Minimum group of 4 people. Consult.
Day 1: Meeting in El Chalten.
Talk about the adventure to be done and equipment check. Check of the mandatory personal equipment to carry on the journey.
Overnight in El Chalten, not included.
Day 2: Electric River Valley
Transfer to Puente sobre Río Eléctrico, 15 km north-west of El Chaltén and starting point of our first day of trekking to the Marconi Glacier base.
The first two hours of walking follow the Río Eléctrico upstream through a Ñires and Lengas lush forest to Piedra del Fraile refuge; Then we´ll border the Electric Lake on its southern margin and less than two hours away we´ll have to ford the Pollone River from where we´ll be able to observe the NW wall of Mt. Fitz Roy. Finally La Playita is reached, where we´ll set up our camp.
All cargo will be transported by the members of the expedition, guides and participants.
Distance to cover: 12 km. (6/8 hs. Of march).
Day 3: Marconi Glacier - Marconi Pass - Gorra Blanca Refuge
We´ll wake up with the first light of day to start the daily routine of our expedition, have breakfast, undo camp, pack backpacks and start the hiking day.
Very long day to try to cross the pass, enter the ice.
We arrive at Gorra Blanca Refuge, in the middle of the ice field. Rest, dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Refuge - Gorra Blanca Summit - Refuge
Early in the morning and if weather alouds it, we begin the ascent to Cerro Gorra Blanca. It will take us approximately 10 to 12 hours to go up and down, crossing sectors with possible cracks and large snowy slopes. Return in the afternoon to the refuge. Rest and spend the night.
Day 5: Gorra Blanca Refuge - Circo de los Altares
We will wake up with the first light of day and start the journey through the continental ice to Circo de los Altares, at Cerro Torre base. Exposure to possible winds. Overnight in the ice field.
Day 6: Circo de los Altares - Esquíes Lagoon - Paso del Viento refuge
Path to leave the ice thru Paso del Viento and then access one of the upper lagoons. New camp next to a precarious refuge.
Day 7: Paso del Viento Shelter - El Chalten
Very long and final section to El Chalten, passing by Laguna Toro. We arrive in the afternoon-night to Chalten town. Overnight in hostel. End of the expedition.
Day 8: Extra day
Passengers must carry 15 to 20 kilos per person.
technical training is required in the use of crampons or snowshoes. Previous experience in trekking and camping is required. The equipment/gear will be minimum and the food will be tailored to the program kind.
Participants must be self-sufficient in setting up the camp and preparing their meals, before departure guides will instruct them in these activities.
Itinerary begins and ends in El Chaltén.
This is a General Itinerary and it can be modified. External factors or weather conditions can change daily plans, which will be at the discretion of the Guide.