Patagonia Ice Cap Trek

Trek onto the South Patagonian Ice Cap with an American mountaineering company that specialises in the Andes. You'll spend at least 2 days and 2 nights on the ice.

10 Days


Patagonia Ice Cap Trek - 10 - $3,100

Itinerary Map

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Patagonia Ice Cap Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Trip Summary

  • El Calafate - El Chalten
  • Rio Electrico
  • Electrico Lake - Marconi Pass
  • Trek to Circo de los Altares
  • Paso del Viento
  • Huemul Pass
  • Viedma Lake - Chalten
  • El Chalten - El Calafate

Trip Details

Day 1: El Calafate - El Chalten.

We'll be waiting for you at the airport and we will continue together for 5 hours to Chalten, where we'll check in at our Hotel and go out for a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Rio Electrico.

This day we’ll drive to Electrico bridge, from where we’ll start hiking to our first camp at “La Playita” (5 hours).

Day 3: Eléctrico Lake to Marconi Pass.

This might be the hardest day and we will use ropes and climbing techniques to deal with the pass. Expect magnificent views of the Continental Ice-cap. We’ll camp at the ice field. Approx. 8 to 9 hrs.

Day 4: Trek to Circo de los Altares.

There are incredible views in this section that can’t be missed; the Cirque is formed by several of the most famous peaks in the climbing world, such as Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and Egger. Weather permitting, we’ll be able to approach the West face of Cerro Torre, one of the best views in the area. Approx 5 hours.

Day 5: Paso del Viento.

After breakfast we’ll start hiking towards Paso del Viento. Heading South we’ll traverse until getting out of the glacier, to approach the Refugio through rocky terrain. 8 hours.)

Day 6: Huemul Pass.

Moving arround Cerro Huemul, we’ll hike for 6/7 hours to reach Huemul Pass, with incredible views of the Viedma Glacier and Lake. Camp at the pass.

Day 7: Viedma Lake- Chalten.

This day we’ll start descending to reach Cabo de Hornos Bay (3 hours), from where we’ll take the Huemul shuttle. We’ll navigate for an hour through the Viedma Lake until reaching Bahia Tunel. From there, a transfer will take us to Chalten where our cosy hotel room, a hot shower and a great dinner will be waiting for us. NOTE: If the shuttle can’t pick us up due to bad weather conditions, we’ll be hiking our way down.

Day 8 & 9: Extra days.

These days will be used for resting or as weather days, based on the guide’s judgment.

Day 10: Transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate.

End of our services.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price from USD $3,100, based on a group of 4 people.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $3,100 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Depratures can be set up for a minimum of 4 people. Please get in touch for more details.

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