Paso Marconi & Gorra Blanca Ascent

Gorra Blanca is a 2,900 metre peak overlooking the Patagonian Ice Cap. Whilst physically very demanding, between November and February Gorra Blanca does not require technical mountaineering experience and with the support of highly experienced guides this a great way for trekkers to do some low grade mountaineering and witness the vastness of the Patagonian Ice Cap.

5 Days


Paso Marconi & Gorra Blanca Ascent - 5 - $1,880

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Ascend the Electrico Valley to La Playita campsite
  • Climb the Marconi Glacier to mountain hut on edge of the ice cap
  • Summit Gorra Blanca (2,900m)
  • Trek back to El Chalten

Start from El Chaltén and end at El Chaltén

Landmarks visited on Paso Marconi & Gorra Blanca Ascent

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: El Chalten

Upon arrival at El Calafate airport you will take a minibus directly to El Chalten on a 2.5 hours drive along the Patagonian steppe land. Once the bus turns to the west driving you along the huge Viedma lake you will have the first spectacular views at the mountains and glaciers at the bus station we will be waiting to take you to the hotel. There will be time to meet the guide for a briefing about the details of your itinerary and to make all the necessary questions.

Accommodation: Hostel, El Chalten

Day 2: Pollone River

In the morning we leave the town of El Chalten in a vehicle, taking us 15 km to the bridge over the Electrico River. Here we start trekking firstly through a forest and then following the Electrico River up an ancient glacial valley with little vegetation. From here we can see the areas impressive peaks. Two hours later we wade across the Pollone River, from where we can take in the incredible view of the North Face of Fitz-Roy and the Pollone Needle.

Length of excursion: 6 hours

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Marconi Glacier

At first light we break-camp and set out towards the Marconi Glacier. We cross old moraine fields until reaching the toe of the glacier. From here we trek up the glacier until nearing the Marconi pass - entrance to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Once on the Ice Field we head north-west, to the Gorra Blanca refuge (Chile), where we recover from the day's hike and also spend the night.

Length of excursion: 6-8 hours

Accommodation: Mountain refuge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Summit day

Summit day has arrived! If the climate is good, we depart for the summit before dawn on the glacial route, until reaching the summit ridge. Snowshoes will be used for almost the entire ascent, except for a small part where crampons will be required. Once at the summit, the second part of the adventure begins: the descent down the valley with the Southern Ice Field as a backdrop and a great view to the granite peaks of Fitz Roy range and Torre.

Length of excursion: 6-7 hours

Accommodation: Mountain refuge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: El Chalten

Return to El Chalten from the refuge in a long day but descending almost all the time.

Accommodation: Hostel, El Chalten

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Transfer to El Calafate.

Meals: Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTRA: add one more day at Piedra del Fraile camp to approach to the mount Fitz Roy climbing camp at El Cuadrado pass

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
October 2019
13-Oct-2019 $1,880* Provisional Date
November 2019
11-Nov-2019 $1,880 Provisional Date
24-Nov-2019 $1,880* Provisional Date
December 2019
11-Dec-2019 $1,880 Provisional Date
25-Dec-2019 $1,880* Provisional Date
January 2020
23-Jan-2020 $1,880 Provisional Date
February 2020
10-Feb-2020 $1,880* Provisional Date
24-Feb-2020 $1,880 Provisional Date
March 2020
20-Mar-2020 $1,880* Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,880

Price of $1,880 USD per person is indicative based on a group of 2 people in a shared hostel room. The price for a group of 3 people is $1,820 USD per person. For groups of 4, the price is $1,610 USD per person. Upgrade to a private room with breakfast is available.

Departures can be set up on a date of your choice and we will help to form groups of likeminded travellers.


  • Experienced bilingual mountain guide
  • All technical equipment (crampons, ropes, etc.)
  • Satellite phone
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Passengers are expected to be fit and carry their own backpacks
  • Transfer in/out from El Calafate airport
  • Transfer in/out from El Chalten bus station
  • 2 nights accommodation in El Chalten
  • Accommodation at El Calafate


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional extras
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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