South Ice Field Circuit

Hike out onto the Southern Ice Cap and spend 3 days trekking and living on the ice, with a local specialist. You'll take in a 360 degree perspective of Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

12 Days


South Ice Field Circuit - 12 - $3,300

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Arrival at Punta Arenas
  • Transfer to El Chalten
  • Pollone River & Lago Electrico
  • Hiking the Marconi Glacier Pass
  • Circo de los Altares - Laguna Ferrari
  • Transfer to El Calafate - Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas 

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on South Ice Field Circuit

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrival at Punta Arenas. Arrival in the morning at the city of Punta Arenas where our guide will await you. Transfer to Puerto Natales in private vehicle, three-hour drive through Patagonian pampa. Lodging in Puerto Natales. Dinner and meeting to discuss trip program. Dinner.

Day 2: 

1) For our customers that arrive from Punta Arenas (Chile). Puerto Natales - Calafate - El Chalten. Leave Puerto Natales in the morning on regular bus to El Calafate. From here our private vehicle will drive us to El Chalten. Hotel.

2) For customers that arrive from Buenos Aires (Argentina). Buenos Aires - Calafate - Chalten. Our guide will await you at El Calafate airport. Drive in a private vehicle to El Chalten. Hotel.

Day 3: Chalten - Los Glaciares National Park.

After our breakfast in our hostel in Chalten, we drive to R?o el?ctrico, located 15 kilometers from Chalten, here is where we start our trek through a beech forest and see trees such as Lengas and Coihue, after 3 hours walking go into a glacier rock valley, we cross Pollone river and then walk at one side of Lago Electrico. We arrive at  "la Playita", the place for our camping. Set up our tents. Snack and dinner. Total 6 hours.

Day 4: Refugio Eduardo Garcia Soto

Breakfast. Today we will step on the glacier, hiking Marconi Glacier pass, the entrance to the South Ice Field, we'll enter in a majestic snow area with great views of Fitz Roy, Gorra Blanca and Pollone peaks. Arrival at Refuge. Snack and dinner.

Day 5: Circo de los Altares

Breakfast. Today we will use our snow shoes. Walking near Fitz Roy massif until we arrive at valley of Circo de los Altares. This is a place surrounded by craggy mountains. Great view of Cerro Torre and this magnificent snow cover at top. Set up our camp. Snack and dinner. Total 5-6 hours

Day 6: Laguna Ferrari

Breakfast. This is one the most beautiful days with a clear day. We walk with our snow shoes for over 4 hours until we arrive at Viedma moraine. Here we will take off our snow equipment to continue until we reach Laguna Ferrari. Set up our camp. Snack and dinner. Total 6 hours.

Day 7: R?o Tunel

Breakfast. From Laguna Ferrari we hike up til we reach an altitude of 1.500m. Here is our exit from the Southern Ice Field valley, along Paso del Viento (mountain pass), and we continue down and cross Tunel River. After that, we continue our trek down until we reach a Nothofagus forest. Set up our camp sheltered by trees. Snack and dinner. Total 6-7 hours.

Day 8: El Chalten

Breakfast. From our camp we start our last day to arrive at our starting point, El Chalten. It's a six hour walk crossing forest and typical Patagonian fields. Arrive at our cosy room. Dinner. Total 6 hours.

Day 9-10: Reserve days

We reserve two days in case of bad weather. If weather is perfect along the trip we can use these days in the mountains. For example, to approach or climb Gorra Blanca peak. If we arrive on day 8 at Chalten without using extra days, two extra nights in a hotel and meals are not included in our budget. Some options: Hike to Laguna de Los Tres (Fitz Roy Lookout) - Hike to Mirador Maestri (Cerro Torre lookout) - Leave El Chalten

Day 11: Return to Calafate

Breakfast. Private transfer to El Calafate. Customers that fly from El Calafate will be taken to the airport. Customers that continue to Puerto Natales (Chile) will take regular bus. Arrival at our Hotel.

Day 12:

Private transfer to Punta Arenas airport.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $3,300 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:

Price from USD $3,300 per person.

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