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Southern Patagonian Ice Field Ι Marconi Pass - Estancia Cristina

Itinerario detallado

This traverse implies a very long stay on the Ice Field. Places that have been ever hardly stepped on to will be part of this traverse at some points as well. Ice field access is carried out in the same way as for the short expedition through Marconi Pass. However, the way out continues to Upsala glacier slope, exactly to Cristina Ranch site over the Argentino Lake much to the south.

Day 1: Arrival at El Chaltén

Day 2: Eléctrico River valley

Day 3: La Playita – Marconi Pass

Day 4: Paso Marconi - Nunatak Witte

Day 5: Nunatak Witte - Nunatak Viedma Sur

Day 6: South Nunatak Viedma – Dividing line betwwen Viedma / Upsala glaciers

Day 7: Dividing line between Viedma / Upsala glaciers – Air Force Refuge

Day 8: Air Force Refuge – Pascale Refuge

Day 9: Pascale Refuge – Cristina Ranch

Day 10: Cristina Ranch - El Calafate

Day 11 a 13: Extra days

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• 80 litres minimum backpack
• Sleeping bag for -15º C (synthetic, quality Polarguard 3D or duvet)
• Therma-Rest insulating mat.
• Mountain boots (they can be plastic or gore tex fabric boots)
• Gaiters.
• Trekking boots or training shoes
• A pair of telescopic or ski poles.


• Waterproof/breathable jacket with hood (Gore-Tex, Ultrex, etc.).
• Waterproof/breathable trousers
• (2) Light polar sweatshirts.
• (2) Underwear. Synthetic fabric t-shirt and stockings (no cotton)
• Trekking trousers
• Spare underwear
• Three pairs of warm synthetic socks
• Polar/windsttoper gloves
• Liner gloves
• Waterproof over gloves
• Warm cap
• Sun cap
• Neckerchief or Buff for neck protection
• Sun-glasses for glacier with filter category 4 ideally
• Rigid sun-glasses cover
• Frontal torch/headlamp with new and spare batteries
• 1 wide-rim 1-litre bottle (nalgene)
• Sunblock (35 or more)
• Lips sunblock.
• Minimum personal hygiene items.


• Feather or synthetic warm vest
• Pocket book


It is vital for each participant to check all his/her equipment properly before traveling. Said equipment must be in good conditions, it must be comfortable and of course, it must be apt for the purpose. If at half the traverse, any element of the equipment fails, we will not be able to go on normally or of course replace it.
As for clothes, we always recommend synthetic ones, especially for the inner ones and the torso ones: if you wear sweated cotton t-shirt, you will suffer cold very much until our body helps it dry.


• Reception in El Chaltén
• 1 night accommodation in Hosteria ** (double base) in El Chaltén
• Farewell dinner
• Full program as described
• Groupal porters previous to the expedition to Marconi Pass
• Mountain guides (Certified by National Park Administration)
• Guides assistants depending of participants quantity
• All meals in mountain camps
• All technical and safety group and individual equipment
• Group camping equipment
• Group cooking equipment
• Communication equipment (VHF)
• First aids kit
• Navigation equipment (GPS)
• Transfers from El Chaltén
• Boat transfer from Estancia Cristina
• Transfer from the boat to El Calafate
• Insurances and permits

• Transfers neither from nor to El Chaltén
• Meals not mentioned above
• Accommodation when not mentioned
• Personal equipment (detailed in Necessary equipment)
• Tips
• Drinks in town
• Meals not mentioned in town
• Personal porters

See Complementary Services for transportation, excursions, etc

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de l’AAGPM
Association Argentine des Guides de Montagne
Prestataire autorisé
Administration des Parcs nationaux
certifiés par
Fundación ECOMED
diplômés de
American Avalanche Association

Argentina Turismo
Argentina Turismo
Association Argentine
des Guides de Montagne
Association Argentine des Guides de Montagne
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