Choose your wilderness. What’s your ideal Outdoor wilderness adventure? Nordic skiing and ice climbing through the mountains? An ice field expedition? Hiking and river rafting the lush summer valleys? Discovering volcanoes? Argentina has some of the most diverse and pristine wilderness anywhere in the world. Our ‘Outdoor Adventure’ wilderness trips give you the chance to enjoy these untouched regions like never before by taking you to regions of the country that are rarely traversed by other tourists.
The Southern Patagonian Ice field is the largest nonpolar icefield after Greenland. The ice thickness reaches 1000m in some parts. It has very harsh weather, with lots of rain, very strong winds and sudden changes in weather. Experience one of the most amazing natural landscapes you can find on earth, journeying along a route that barely nobody knows due to its remoteness and harsh conditions.
As a private group this tour is perfect for your next charity challenge, challenge yourself while achieving something great for others. We work with you to build a trip around your dates you’re your people. And recognise the need for extra support, guidance, advice and gear to make sure you have as comfortable, safe and successful a trip as possible.
‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary
Activities: Hiking, Nordic skiing, glacier travel roped up. High endurance expedition
DAY 1: Arrive Buenos Aires International Airport, met and be transferred to the hotel. Afternoon and evening are free to explore the neighbourhood.
DAY 2: After breakfast and check out, group will be transferred to Jorge Newberry domestic airport for flight to El Calafate. On arrival in El Calafate you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight stay. Group will have time to buy, rent or get whatever someone might be missing. Rest of the day free to go hiking or rest.
DAY 3: Early in the morning you’ll take a transfer to Lago del Desierto (30km dirt road). There you take a boat across the lake and exit Argentina into Chile at Candelario Mancillo. There you will take a boat on the O´Higgins Lake to the O’Higgins Glacier where you will be dropped and will spend overnight at moraine.
DAY 4: Hiking on the moraine, on the south side of the O’Higgins glacier. You’ll have to cross one glacier to get to a nunatak where there is a shelter. That glacier crossing is around 2km long, but might be the most complicated part of the expedition depending on the conditions of the ice.
DAY 5: You will start travelling south with the wind on your backs, on the west side of the Gaea mountain range. Very few people have passed through here. You will overnight in the mountains.
DAY 6: Depending on weather conditions and other factors, you should be reaching the south end of the Gaea range.
DAY 7: You will reach the Gorra Blanca shelter, just beside the Argentinian border.
DAY 8 - 9: Extra days in case of bad weather.
DAY 10: Hike down the Marconi glacier to Piedra del Fraile and camp there.
DAY 11: Hike to the road where a vehicle will be waiting for you to take you to Lago del Desierto and get back to Candelario Mancilla to make your formal exit from Chile, stamping passports. Then you get back to El Chalten for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 12: Bus back to El Calafate Airport for flight to Buenos Aires. Overnight.
DAY 13: Free day in Buenos Aires, for touring, shopping, exploring. Evening goodbye meal near hotel.
DAY 14: Transfer to Ezeiza international airport for flight home.