Ice trek Glaciar Cagliero

An exciting and demanding excursion that combines valley walk, vía ferrata and trekking on the Cagliero glacier.

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Data sheet

Season: October 10 to April 20.

Length: 1 day (10 hrs).

Starts: Pick-up at the hotel 08:00 a.m.

Hike: 9 hours.

Distance: 11 mi.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation gain: 1,800 ft (maximum elevation gain during the day).

Minimum group: 1 participant (Scheduled excursion is confirmed with one person).

Overview

Assisted by our best mountain guides, we invite you to enjoy a trekking exploring dreamed forests. Then, we feel as climbers with all the security of a "Via Ferrata" and finally walk on the centenary ice of the Cagliero Glacier. Undoubtedly, this unique program immerses us like no other in deep and unexplored Patagonia.

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Itinerary

The excursion begins in El Chaltén at 8:00 a.m., where the Company's vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to go to the head of the trail located 16 km away, in the Lago del Desierto Provincial Reserve. You will tour the native Lenga forest, on a path away from the most traveled classics

Native lenga forest

We will enjoy the unusual view of Fitz Roy, its northern wall.

North Face of Mount Fitz Roy

We continue skirting the Laguna del Diablo through a natural but irregular terrain until we reach the beginning of the Via Ferrata.

Skirting the Laguna Diablo

The Via Ferratas are rock sectors with little difficulty that have previously been prepared with artificial steps and steel cables.

Start of Via Ferrata

Here, the guides will explain how to use the harness to move along the route autonomously, safely and accompanied at all times by the mountain guides.

Progress on via ferrata
Progress on via ferrata

As the meters pass, the crossing becomes more and more entertaining, transforming this part of the activity into an excursion in itself and the views will improve as we gain altitude.

Approximately 1.30 hours will take us to the Glacier viewpoint.

From there to the North we can see the unexplored Glaciar Cagliero Sur (950 m), which for years remained alive thanks to its orientation and the accumulation of snow from the Neumayer, Cagliero and Loma del Diablo hills.

From the viewpoint a short walk will take us to the front of the glacier where the guides equip us with crampons to start the walk on the glacier proper.

The average stay on the glacier is 2 hours, depending on the climatic conditions and the physical level of the group.

In the afternoon we return to the front of the glacier. We begin with the descent by a Tibetan bridge to the Río Diablo, where we will leave the technical equipment and enjoy a hot drink.

From there we continue to the entrance of the Reserva where our vehicle will be waiting for us (5:30 pm approximately)

After the transfer back to El Chaltén, the services end..

Note

The hiking times, distances and elevation gains are tentative.

All photos are courtesy of Fitz Roy Expediciones.

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