El Chaltén

Trekking to Paso Marconi

Length: 3/4 days and 2/3 nights
Grade of difficulty: Demanding
Experience required: Trekking with camping experience
Season: October to April
Group size: 1 to 4 people
Ratio: 1 Guide : 4 Pax


A recommended trek for those who want to enjoy the indescribable views across the Southern Ice Field. A real excitement being able to arrive at the classic “port of entry” to the Ice Field - the Marconi Pass.


Day 1: Trek to La Playita

The day starts with a 30 minute transfer from Chaltén to Río Electrico, along an unpaved road. From here we start walking along the Electrico valley, the path is easy, pretty even while it works its way through an enchanting lenga forest. After about 2 hours we arrive at Piedra del Fraile Refuge (Stone of the Friar), named after Father Alberto de Agostini. In his times of exploring he used to set up his base camp right here, using the large rock as a refuge against the winds from the Continental Ice Field. After a short break here we continue along the Eléctrico valley and we wade through the River Pollone.

After crossing over large stones, moraines, etc we finally arrive at La Playita - little beach - this will be our camp spot for the night - right next to the Eléctrico Lake.

  • Overnight: Tents.
  • Meals: Pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Distance: 12 Km.
  • Walking: 6 hs.
  • Height gain: 50 m.

Day 2: Paso Marconi

We leave from base very early with a light back pack. After about an hour of walking we will arrive at the Marconi glacier (the port of entry to the ice field) and start our ascent.

On the glacier we will use crampons and/or snow shoes, depending on the terrain conditions. It is about 6 hours walking from the camp to the Marconi Pass (1500 masl) and an elevation change of more than 900 m. It is from here you will be presented with a panoramic view of the Mounts Fitz Roy, Gorra Blanca, the GAEA range, Lautaro, Pier Giorgio and Marconi.

The return will be along the same path and should take about 4 hours back to the base at La Playita. This glacier is changing daily, sometimes there is even some climbing involved, always advised, helped and supported by your guide.

  • Overnight: Tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Distance: 12 Km.
  • Walking: 10/12 hs.
  • Height gain: 900 m.

Day 3: Trek back to Eléctrico bridge

Today we retrace our steps along the valley, past Piedra del Fraile until we arrive at the Eléctrico Bridge where the adventure started. Transport will be waiting for us to take us back to Chaltén

  • Overnight: Tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Pack lunch.
  • Distance: 12 Km.
  • Walking: 6 hs.
  • Height gain: 50 m.

Day 4: Extra day for bad weather

  • 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.
  • Includes:
  • Mountain Guide(AAGM/EPGAMT-APN).
  • Assitstant guide/porter.
  • Technical mountain equipment.
  • Transport: El Chaltén/Río Eléctrico/El Chaltén.
  • Entrance fee to private property.
  • Group camping and cooking equipments.
  • Meals during the trek (*): 2/3 breakfasts, 3/4 pack lunches, 2/3 afternoon teas and 2/3 dinners.
  • National Park permission of Tourist activities (P.N.L.G.)
  • Doesn’t include:
  • Personal equipment (check recommended Kit List).
  • Additional porters.
  • Alcoholic drinks or fizzy drinks.
  • Insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Anything not mentioned in the programme.
  • Equipment and logistics:
  • Camping and Safety equipment are provided.
  • Any equipment that you don’t have or you forget may be hired in El Chaltén.
  • Clients help with the carrying of group equipment and food.
  • Clients can contract a porter (up to 15kg) for transfering personal/group kit.
  • We have available digital cameras, GPS, Walkie Talkies and VHF radios for hire if you wish.
  • Campsites are basic (they have no conventional infrastructure).
  • Campsites don’t have electricity, toilets or showers.
  • Equipment provided:
  • 3/4 season - 2/3 man tents.
  • Camping stoves and utensils.
  • Snow shoes.
  • Crampons.
  • Harness.
  • Helmet.
  • Ropes and Safety equipment.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • VHF Radio.
  • GPS (Global Positioning System).
  • SPOT (Satellite Messenger).
  • Recommended Personal Kit List:
  • Back pack (60 litres).
  • Warm hat.
  • Cap/sun hat.
  • Buff/scarf (something to keep your neck warm).
  • Short and long sleeved t-shirts (synthetic).
  • Thermal layers - top and bottom.
  • Fleece.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (like Gore-Tex).
  • Trekking trousers (preferably convertibles).
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Warm gloves.
  • Waterproof gloves to cover the warm ones.
  • 2 pairs of trekking socks.
  • Pair of trainers/sandals for wading.
  • Trekking boots.
  • Gaiters.
  • Trekking poles (optional - or hire locally).
  • Sunglasses with UV filter .
  • Sun block (SPF 40) and lip balm (it’s dry in Patagonia).
  • Water bottle - 1 litre.
  • Tape/Compeed - something for blisters.
  • Personal hygiene kit.
  • Personal basic first aid kit.
  • Penknife.
  • Head torch (plus extra batteries).
  • Plastic bags (various sizes).
  • Toilet paper.
  • iPod, small book, camera, etc.
  • General considerations:
  • We advise you to have insurance that covers mountain hiking.
  • This programmes is generic and may suffer slight changes by us or because of a client request.
  • Any change to the programme, for the security of the group, will be an unarguable decision made by the Mountain Guide.
  • Notes:
  • Please inform us when booking if there are any special dietary requirements or limitations (vegetarians, celiacs, etc.)
  • (*) All meals have been prepared and calculated according to the energy output of each day of the trek. We only use top quality produce that has been recommended by the nutritionist Ma. Eugenia Sánchez (Mat.Prof.LN-025) exclusively for Walk Patagonia.

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