TREK TO PASO MARCONI

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3 days / 2 nights
Difficulty: Demanding
From October 10th to March 15th
Booking Code: E - FRE 32

OVERVIEW

Reaching some of the most inhospitable places in the world in just three days is a difficult opportunity to believe. Our trek to Paso Marconi invites us to live the unique experience of visiting the Southern Patagonian Ice and entering the world of glaciers and ice in a few days.

ITINERARY

Day 1:  EL CHALTÉN – PIEDRA DEL FRAILE – LA PLAYITA CAMP

After we meet the guide at the hotel, a private transportation will pick us up to take us to the bridge of the Río Eléctrico (15 km northeast from El Chaltén), which is going to be the departure point of our trekking.

The first two hours of the trekking follow the Río Eléctrico upstream through a thick forest of Ñire and Lenga trees up to Piedra del Fraile Camp. Crossing the camp, we will enter into a vast glacier valley that will open in front of us to let us see the Cerros Treinta Aniversario, Marconi Norte and Marconi Sur.

From Piedra del Fraile we will walk along the southern edge of the Lago Eléctrico by its southern edge, and in less than two hours walking we will ford the Río Pollone. From here, we will be able to see the northeast face of the monte Fitz Roy.

By walking one more hour we will arrive to the west margin of the Lago Eléctrico, where we will set up our tents in La Playita camp, which is only 30 minutes away from Glaciar Marconi.

Hiking time: 6:00 hrs

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: 100 m (maximum elevation gain during the day)

Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp (sleeping tent in double occupancy)

Day 2:  LA PLAYITA CAMP – PASO MARCONI – SOUTHERN ICE FIELD VIEWPOINT

We will wake up at first light to have breakfast, to pick up camp and to begin with the hiking day. We will ascend to Laguna de los 14, and we will border it by the west to then ride on the Marconi Glacier, to Paso Marconi. From here we will have a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges and the immense Continental Ice Field.

We will set up the camp to spend an unforgettable night on the Southern Ice Field.

Hiking time: 8:00 hrs

Distance: 9 km

Elevation gain: 850 m (maximum elevation gain during the day)

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp (sleeping tent in double occupancy)

Day 3:  SOUTHERN ICE FIELD – RÍO ELÉCTRICO BRIDGE – EL CHALTÉN

We will descend from the Glaciar Marconi towards the Río Eléctrico valley, appreciating in our path the unique contrast of going from a world of ice to a green forest with remarkable biodiversity.

Upon reaching the Río Electrico bridge, our vehicle will be waiting for us to return to El Chaltén. End of services.

Hiking time: 9:00 hrs

Distance: 19 km

Elevation gain: 0 m (maximum elevation gain during the day)

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Accommodation: Not included

Note:

The hiking times, distances and elevation gains are tentative.

Remember that each person will have to carry their own personal equipment, box lunch and water during all the program route.

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INCLUDED

  • Mountain guide
  • Round trip transportation from El Chaltén to the trailhead
  • Technical and camping equipment for the activity
  • Two camping nights (tent in double occupancy)
  • Meals specified in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • Personal equipment
  • Sleeping bag and insulating mat
  • Porters for personal equipment
  • All the services that are not specified in this program

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

  • Mountaineering boots (Boreal Latok or Sportiva Nepal Top (we recommend from experience lighter weight and water-proof materials)
  • Synthetic mountain stockings, comfortable and adjusted to the foot (2 pairs)
  • Strong fleece pants, trekking or other synthetic material
  • Waterproof trousers with side closures (we recommend 3-layer Gore-tex)
  • Synthetic underwear (polypropylene): one shirts with long sleeves and a pair of leggings or thin inner pants
  • Polar fleece jacket
  • Duvet or synthetic jacket for warmth when not hiking
  • Waterproof Shell jacket with hood (we recommend 3-layer Gore-tex)
  • Polar fiber balaclava
  • Polar fiber cap
  • Glacier sun glasses with UV filter for high solar radiation, Category 4 or 5
  • Ski goggles with UV filter
  • One pair of thin gloves made of synthetic material
  • One pair of polar gloves or mittens
  • Cover mittens (We recommend Gore-tex), COMPULSORY
  • A backpack of 75/85 liters capacity
  • One pair of trekking or ski poles with snow baskets
  • Sleeping bag rated -10 C, Duvet or synthetic
  • Insulating sleeping pad length (we recommend Therm-a-rest brand)
  • Plastic bottle (if possible, wide mouth, Nalgene type)
  • One-liter thermos for every two people sharing a tent
  • Headlamp (with replacement batteries)
  • Multi-purpose penknife
  • Mug, bowl, knife, spoon & fork
  • Sunscreen cream (SPF 50)
  • Lipstick with sunscreen (SPF 50)
  • Personal first aid kit with personal medicines
  • Wide adhesive tape for blisters
  • Hygiene items reduced to the minimum necessary
  • Waterproof bags to pack clothes and keep it dry
  • Photographic equipment reduced to a minimum

Booking Code: E – FRE 32