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South Icefield Expedition trek
Southern Patagonian Ice Field Ι Marconi Pass - del Viento Pass

Itinerario detallado

The expedition to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field is a traverse along the third world largest ice mass. This area is still virgin and practically unexplored. It begins and ends at El ChaltÉn, southern Argentine Patagonia. During this traverse, we will go through the most varied landscapes, from white horizons to glacial morreins and imposing ice masses, as well as through dense forests of lengas and ñires, lakes and lagoons of different colors and the imposing walls of cerro Torre and Fitz Roy

Day 0: Arrival and welcoming of the group in El Chaltén

Day 1: Equipment checking and adjustment, criteria unification as regards personal and group safety, route, loads and food for the expedition.

Day 2: El Chaltén – bridge over Eléctrico River - La Playita camp

Day 3: La Playita camp – Marconi Pass refuge

Day 4: Marconi Pass refuge - Circo de los Altares snow camp

Day 5: Circo de los Altares snow camp – Ferrari Lagoon

Day 6: Ferrari Lagoon – Toro Lagoon

Day 7: Toro Lagoon - El Chaltén

Day 8 y 9: Extra days in case of bad weather. If they are not used, a longer stay on the Ice Field could be planned or a Gorra Blanca top attempt can be tried.


• 65 to 70 litres backpack
• Sleeping bag for -10 C confort (synthetic or duvet filling)
• Therma-Rest insulating mat
• Gaiters
• Trekking or medium mountian boots with gore tex ideally
• Trekking poles
• Sun-glasses
• headlamp with new batteries
• 1-litre bottle (nalgene ideally)
• Sunblock (35 or more)
• Lips sunblock
• Minimum personal hygiene items


• Goretex waterproof jacket with hood (3rd layer)
• softshell jacket with hood (2nd layer)
• Waterproof over pants
• Softeshell trekking trousers
• Underwear synthetic fabric t-shirt and stockings (2)
• Spare underwear
• Three pairs of trekking socks
• windsttoper gloves
• Liner gloves
• Waterproof over gloves
• Warm hut and cap
• Neckerchief or Buff for neck protection (optional)
• Light feather or synthetic warm vest or jacket for the night

For programs longer than 1 day

• Personal hygiene items
• Torch / headlamp
• Personal medicines
• Spare clothes


• Reception in El Chaltén
• 9 day Full program as described
• Groupal porters to Toro Lagoon with fresh food
• 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)
• Iridium Satellite Phone
• Transfers in the program
• 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

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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
Av. San Martin 175, El Chaltén, Patagonia Argentina | info@serac.com.ar
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