Patagonia trekking holiday
Description of Patagonia trekking holiday
As the world's third largest single expanse of ice (after Antarctica and Greenland), the South Patagonian Ice Field provides a stunning canvas for adventurers keen to test themselves against one of the natural wonders of South America. Entering via Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, you enter a world of towering granite spires and massive glaciers, traversing a southern Andes wonderland where hard trekking provides memories for a lifetime.
After travelling under your own steam from El Calafate to El Chalten, join the group to head for the trek start near the iconic Marconi Glacier. Ease into things walking a forest trail by the Eléctrico River through a glacier valley, crossing moraines to your first camp at the shore of Lake Eléctrico.
The Marconi Glacier provides a tough challenge, scrambling and climbing on ice and snow - with the aid of crampons and ropes – to reach the edge of the vast Ice Field itself. Following days include a crossing of the Marconi Pass, with dramatic views to the still-active Lautaro Volcano, Mariano Moreno Range (much larger than the Fitz Roy Range), the De Los Cuatro Glaciares Pass and the Chico Glacier.
A trek to De Los Esquíes lagoon on a moraine of Viedma Glacier marks the end of the ice cap, and the pace eases over the Paso del Viento before a descent to Laguna Toro. Your final trek is a stunning walk back to El Chaltén – where showers, restaurants and celebratory drinks await!
For this trip, experience of crampons and snow-shoes is not a requirement, but previous experience of trekking and camping in winter conditions is beneficial. The need to carry communal kit and food as well as your own gear also means loads are heavy – so good fitness is required.
PlanetIt is our policy to carry all waste out of this fragile area. The food we use is purchased locally, we aim to use food products with minimum packagin, and encourage cooking with local products. We cook with gas and use recyclable glass as opposed to plastic wherever possible.
PeopleOur staff are local with an excellent knowledge of the area. Our guides hold informal talks with groups to inform about and discuss aspects of local life. This helps understanding of the area and appreciation of the people who live there. We support the local economy by using local transport on much of this trip and always using locally owned and run accommodation and restaurants.
We are also now supporting the UK registered chairty Amantani. As this charity is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational & sustainabale. HuchuyYachaq is the other main Peruvian charity we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A % of all our income goes to support those projects.
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