San Valentin Ascent

Summit Mount San Valentin (4058m) - Patagonia's highest peak. Cross the Northern Patagonia Ice Field. High chance of summit success with full logistical support throughout the expedition.

20 Days

$3,590

San Valentin Ascent - 20 - $3,590

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Summit Mount San Valentin (4058m) - Patagonia's highest peak
  • Pull sleds across the Northern Patagonia Ice Field 
  • Unique and extraordinary views of Aysen mountains and glaciers 
  • 4 nights stay in comfortable forest lodge 
  • Full logistical support and fully guided 

Start from Balmaceda Airport and end at Balmaceda Airport

Landmarks visited on San Valentin Ascent

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: 

We will meet you at Balmaceda airport and start the journey to Lake General Carrera which is one of the main launchpads for ascents of San Valentin. Along the way, we will stop off at Cerro Castillo, Puerto Murta and Puerto Tranquilo before reaching Puerto Guadal.

Accommodation: Lodge 

Meals: Lunch, Dinner


Day 2:

Full day of expedition preparation in Terra Luna (Puerto Guadal). In-depth briefing with the guides and support team. 

Accommodation: Lodge 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3:

Transfer to Leones valley and trek to the nearby lake. Take a Zodiac boat to cross the lake and reach Puerto Leon. Camp for the evening. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4:

Climb to Punta Camello basecamp. Porters will help us carry up part of the equipment. We'll camp in Punta Camello with fantastic panoramic views of the east side of the mountain range and catch our first glimpse of San Valentin itself. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5:

Transport support equipment to deposit site and back to Punta Camello. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6:

Climb to deposit site and then to Camp 1 (Paso Camp) on the eastern edge of the Ice Cap.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7:

Approach cross marker with skis and sleds on the Ice Cap to reach Camp 2 (Raton Camp).

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8:

Climb to Camp 3 (Terrace Camp). Extraordinary scenery of ice and snow with San Valentin in the background.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9:

Long day climbing to Camp 4 (San Valentin Final Camp). 

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10:

Ascent of San Valentin (4058m). Back to final camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Days 11/12/13:

Logistic and security days in case of bad weather.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 14:

Return to Raton Camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 15:

Return to Paso Camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 16:

Return to Punta Camello basecamp.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 17:

Trek down to Puerto Leon. Porters will be on hand to assist. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 18:

Cross the lake on the Zodiac boat and transfer back to Puerto Guadal. First night back in the lodge after expedition camping. Celebration night!

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 19:

Rest and reorganisation day. Unpacking, drying tents and clothing, sorting through equipment.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 20:

Transfer back to Balmaceda airport. End of services.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $3,590 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.

Please note:

  • Climbers must be in very good physical condition (capable of climbing with heavy backpacks and pull sleds on skis)
  • Itinerary is flexible based on weather conditions (cannot guarantee summit)
  • Climbing season runs from December-March

Includes

  • Transfer to/from Balmaceda airport or Coyhaique 
  • Expert bilingual mountain guide
  • Porter assistance on days 3, 4, 5, 17 and 18
  • Team equipment
  • Meals & accommodation as indicated in itinerary

Excludes

  • Personal mountaineering equipment
  • Long haul flights
  • Single supplement 
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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