Challenge – Po. Cuadrado

A couple of intensive days of trekking in order to enjoy awe inspiring views of Mt Fitz Roy and its satellite mountains, from a unique and wild perspective. We propose a different trek that includes traditional paths, on steep hill sides, rocky areas and small snow fields… A mountain programme for those looking for the views but from somewhere that is a bit more of a challenge to get to!.

Day 1
Trek to Paso del Cuadrado

The day starts with a 30 minute transfer from Chaltén to Río Electrico, along an unpaved road. From here we start walking along the Eléctrico 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.

From here we start gaining altitude, until we reach Piedra Negra, and finally –after crossing a glacier- we get to the Paso del Cuadrado.

All of the climbing is made worthwhile for this moment! We get amazing views of the granite massifs, other mountains, valleys, etc. After a short break we head back down the way we came up, to Piedra del Fraile to enjoy a well earned hot meal and a good rest night.

– Overnight: Piedra del Fraile Refuge

– Lunch and dinner included

Day 2
Trek to Pollone Glacier

After breakfast in the refuge we start our trek along the base of the Electrico valley. We walk for a couple of hours in an impressive landscape where the path is rocky and uneven until we arrive at the Pollone glacier and its lagoon.

From here we can also admire the Marconi glacier.

Today we are able to appreciate raw nature at its best; pure rock and ice. After a short break at this hidden lagoon at the base of the mountains we start our trek back to Piedra del Fraile and to the Electrico bridge for our transfer back to El Chaltén

Important: The path to Paso Cuadrado is very exposed and it can become dangerous. Depending on the weather the trek order may be switched round.

– Breakfast and lunch included

Requirements:

  • Fit.
  • No technical experience is required.
  • Not recommended for people who suffer from vertigo, or a bad knee.

Includes:

  • Mountain Guide(AAGM/EPGAMT-APN).
  • Transport El Chaltén / Pte. Río Eléctrico / El Chaltén.
  • Entrance fees to private property.
  • Technical mountain equipment.
  • Group camping and cooking equipments.
  • Meals during the trek (*): 1 breakfast, 2 pack lunches, 1 afternoon tea and 1 dinner.
  • Overnight: 1 night in a basic refuge: – dorm accommodation (sleeping bag provided). Shared bathrooms outside.

Doesn’t include:

  • Accommodation in El Chaltén pre and post trek (ask for help).
  • Personal equipment (check recommended Kit List).
  • Additional porters.
  • Alcoholic drinks or fizzy drinks.
  • Insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Anything not mentioned in the programme.

Equipment and logistics:

  • All mountain safety equipment necessary is provided.
  • Any equipment that you don’t have or you forget may be hired in El Chaltén.
  • We have available digital cameras, GPS, Walkie Talkies and VHF radios for hire if you wish.

Equipment provided:

  • Snowshoes (if necessary).
  • Crampons (if necessary).
  • Harness (if necessary).
  • Ice pick (if necessary).
  • Helmet (if necessary).
  • Ropes and Safety equipment.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • VHF Radio.

Recommended Personal Kit List:

  • Back pack (35 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.
  • 2 pairs of trekking socks.
  • Light waterproof trekking boots.
  • Gaiters.
  • Trekking poles (optional – or hire locally).
  • Sunglasses with UV filter.
  • Sunblock (SPF 40) and lip balm (it’s dry in Patagonia).
  • Water bottle – 1 litre.
  • Tape/Compeed – something for blisters.
  • Personal hygiene kit.
  • Penknife.
  • Head torch (plus extra batteries).
  • Toilet paper.
  • iPod, small book, camera, etc.

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 product that has been recommended by the nutritionist Ma. Eugenia Sánchez (Mat.Prof.LN-025) exclusively for Walk Patagonia.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • 2 days and 1 night
  • 4. Challenging
  • October to April
  • 1 to 4 People
  • 1 Guide : 4 Pax
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