El Chaltén

Ascent of Gorra Blanca (2907 masl)

Length: 4 days
Grade of difficulty: Demanding
Experience required: Trekking and camping experience
Season: NOVEMBER / MARCH
Group size: 1 to 3 people
Ratio: 1 guide : 4 Pax

Description

We offer an ascent of one of the region's most attractive mountains. The climb does not require any technical know-how and the physical effort required is amply rewarded by wonderful views over the Southern Ice Field (Continental Ice Field). It will, without a doubt, be one of the most impressive experiences of your life.

Itinerary

Day 1: La Playita

This activity starts with a transfer to the start point of the expedition, the River Eléctrico bridge (18 kilometres from El Chaltén). We start with a 2 hour trek through a leafy lenga beech forest as far as the Piedra del Fraile camp-site (private). After a short rest, we continue alongside the River Eléctrico up an old and imposing glacial valley.

We wade across the River Pollone and, after clambering over several rock formations we arrive at "La Playita" camp-site following a trek of around 3 hours, which is located close to the north shore of Lake Eléctrico, opposite the Marconi Glacier.

  • Overnight: Tents.
  • Meals: Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Distance: 12 km.
  • Walking time: 6 hours.
  • Height gain: 50 m.

Day 2: Marconi Pass – Gorra Blanca Refuge

We start the day by climbing up to the Marconi Pass (1550 m, an access point to the Continental Ice Field. We cross the glacier using crampons and, depending on the conditions, maybe snow shoes and safety equipment.

This is a key day for the expedition, as we need reasonably good weather to be able to cross the pass. The views today are of an extraordinary beautiful landscape, over a frozen world with the Fitz Roy, Pier Giorgio and Gorra Blanca peaks as a backdrop. We pitch camp close to the Gorra Blanca mountain refuge (Chile).

  • Overnight: Tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Distance: 12 km.
  • Walking time: 8 hours.
  • Height gain: 800 m.

Day 3: Gorra Blanca Summit day

After a substantial breakfast we grab our "attack" back packs, as they are lighter and smaller; we only carry what we need for the ascent of Gorra Blanca. We cross fissures and climb over boulders during our unforgettable ascent of one of the emblematic mountains in this zone of the Southern Ice Field.

We use crampons and short pieces of rope to ensure that our ascent is safe. The view from the summit on a clear day is indescribable!!

  • Overnight: Tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Distance: 4 Km.
  • Walking time: 8/10 hours.
  • Height gain: 1200 m.

Day 4: Gorra Blanca Refuge - River Eléctrico - El Chaltén

On the last day we return to El Chaltén by retracing our steps over the Marconi Pass and down the valley of the River Eléctrico as far as the bridge of the same name, from where our transport will take us back to El Chaltén

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Distance: 12 Km.
  • Walking time: 10/12 hours.
  • Height gain: 1700 mts.
  • Programme details
  • Requirements:
  • Fit - be able and willing to carry a back pack weighing 15/20kg.
  • Multi-day trek and camping experience.
  • Proactive attitude and team spirit.
  • No technical experience is required.
  • Prior to the participating in the trek the Personal Information Questionnaire must be filled in and sent to us
  • Personal documentation necessary for immigration paperwork (current Argentine/Chilean ID document or passport).
  • Includes:
  • Mountain guide (AAGM/EPGAMT-APN)
  • Assistant guide/porter
  • Technical mountain equipment
  • Group camping and cooking equipment
  • Meals during the expedition (*)
  • Minibus or 4x4 transfer (from El Chaltén - River Eléctrico)
  • Entrance to private property (P. Fraile)
  • Tourist Activities Permit (Los Glaciares National Park)
  • Doesn't include:
  • Personal kit (see suggested personal kit)
  • Additional porters
  • Alcoholic or fizzy drinks
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Services not specified in the program
  • Equipment and logistics:
  • All technical, safety and camping equipment will be provided.
  • Transport coordinated by Walk Patagonia.
  • All meals will be provided during the activity (*).
  • Clients may contract an additional porter (up to 15 kg) for transporting loads and/or personal equipment.
  • We have digital camera equipment, GPS and Talk About or VHF walkie-talkies available for hire.
  • Equipment provided:
  • High mountain tents
  • Cooking kit, crockery and fuel
  • Snow shoes
  • Crampons
  • Harnesses
  • Ropes and safety equipment
  • Snow shovels
  • Sledges
  • First aid kit
  • VHF radio
  • GPS (Global Positioning System)
  • SPOT (Beacon/Satellite Messaging)
  • Satellite phone
  • Recommended personal kit:
  • Head:
  • Warm hat (fleece type)
  • Sun hat
  • Buff type neckerchief
  • Body:
  • Short sleeve polo shirts (synthetic)
  • Long sleeve shirts (synthetic and thermal)
  • 100 and 200 fleece jumper
  • Gore-tex anorak with hood
  • Legs:
  • Fine fleece trousers or synthetic leggings
  • Cargo trekking trousers (preferable convertible)
  • Gore-Tex or Ultrex waterproof overtrousers
  • Hands:
  • Fleece gloves
  • Over-gloves (waterproof mittens)
  • Feet:
  • 2 pairs of synthetic thick socks
  • Wading shoes (sandals)
  • CLight trekking boots
  • Koflach type plastic or high mountain leather boots
  • Gaiters
  • General kit:
  • 90 litre back pack
  • 800 g duvet or synthetic sleeping bag (-15°C)
  • Therm-a-rest type sleeping mat
  • Telescopic trekking poles
  • Sunglasses with UV filter (+ spare or goggles)
  • Nalgene type 1 litre water bottle
  • Swiss army knife
  • LED head torch (with spare batteries)
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Wide adhesive tape or blister plasters
  • Sunscreen (FPS 60) and lip balm
  • Personal hygiene set
  • Toilet paper
  • Several ziploc type polyethylene bags
  • iPod, small book, camera, etc.
  • Weather conditions:
  • The weather in this zone is very unstable and unpredictable. Therefore, you should be ready for a certain amount of flexibility in the proposed itinerary.
  • You should allow for 2 extra days to make the ascent.
  • General considerations:
  • We suggest that you take our insurance cover for mountain activities.
  • The porter(s) provided by the company (for more than three pax, ratio 1:3) may carry up to a total weight of 25 kg, including their personal kit. Any excess (group equipment, food, etc.) will be distributed equally among ALL members of the expedition. Any members of the expedition who do not want to carry part of the common equipment may contract additional porters (15 kg load).
  • Mandatory immigration paperwork must be done at the office of the National Argentine Gendarmería, as part of the route takes us through Chilean territory - the Marconi Pass as far as Circo de Los Altares.
  • This itinerary is generic and may be modified slightly if requested in advance by the participants or the organization.
  • The mountain guide will have the final say on any decision to modify the itinerary during the course of an activity, based on the safety of the group.
  • (*) (*) All meals have been calculated and prepared based on the energy requirements of each day of the expedition. High quality ingredients are used and each portion has been exclusively recommended by the professional nutritionist Eugenia Sánchez (Professional Registration number LN-025) for Walk Patagonia.
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