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Winter at the Glaciers

Winter at The Glaciers 8 days - 7 nights

Travel Styles Discovery
Season: April to October
Beginning day: Saturdays
Departure: Group
Minimun of pax 2 passengers
Difficulty: Low difficulty
Trip starts at: El Calafate airport
Trip ends at: El Calafate airport
 
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A unique trip that allow discovering Patagonia in its more unknown season.

Snow, frozen lagoons and waterfalls, short days and the special winter southern light open to the visitors the doors of a different world.

This program visits Los Glaciares National Park, Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre and the Perito Moreno glacier.

We hike or snowshoe in each trail, depending on snow conditions, to reach the main viewpoints. By the evening, we get back to our lodge to enjoy a hot meal and a fireplace.

DAY / ITINERARY
01 El Calafate airport – El Calafate
02 Bus a El Chaltén
03 Cerro Fitz Roy
04 Cerro Torre trail
05 El Chaltén – El Calafate
06 Perito Moreno glacier
07 El Calafate – Optional boat trip on Lake Argentino
08 El Calafate - airport
LODGING
7 nights at Hostel or Hosteria
› ITINERARY


Day 1 El Calafate – El Calafate airport
Upon arrival we welcome you at El Calafate airport and transfer you to town. Check in at your lodge and spare time to visit this picturesque village.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom
Alternative: Hosteria double or single room with private bathroom

No meals provided today.


Day 2 El Calafate – El Chaltén
After breakfast we drive 220 km across the steppe and around lakes Argentina and Viedma towards El Chaltén, at the foot of Fitz Roy. Stop over on route for coffee and home made cakes. Approaching town we will have spectacular views of the mountains and of Glacier Viedma. In the afternoon, we’ll have time to visit town and get used to winter conditions.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom
Alternative: Hosteria double or single room with private bathroom

Meals we provide: Breakfast and dinner.


Day 3 El Chaltén – Fitz Roy trail
The trail starts in the north corner of the town. A gentle slope leads us to the first viewpoint over the River de las Vueltas valley, and we go on to Laguna Capri and the first sights of Fitz Roy. Laguna Capri should be frozen by this time of the year, giving us the chance to get a unique picture of the frozen lagoon with Fitz Roy spires and glaciers in the background. From Capri we already have full views over Fitz Roy. If conditions are OK, we go on towards Rio Blanco, Fitz Roy base camp for climbers. Once at the base camp and depending on weather and terrain conditions those who want can go on snowshoeing to Laguna de los Tres, spectacular viewpoint for Fitz Roy massif, spires and glaciers.
During this trek we climb 500 mts to get to the first viewpoints and 400 more meters if we climb to Laguna de los Tres. We carry snowshoes and we use them when necessary. Walking time depends on the conditions of terrain but please consider a full day hiking.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom
Alternative: Hosteria double or single room with private bathroom

Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.


Day 4 El Chaltén - Cerro Torre trail
We visit today the Torre valley. This valley starts as a glacier valley in the Laguna Torre reaching town as a fluvial valley. Is shorter and with less gain of altitude than Fitz Roy trail.
We get to a first viewpoint of the glacier part of the valley after a first hour of walking. Depending on conditions, we will go on to reach the lagoon, natural viewpoint for the group of ice-mushroom-covered spires of Cerro Torre massif. The lagoon should be frozen and we can cross it up to the front of Glacier Grande. Its blue colour and dimensions are breathtaking.
Weather, conditions and time permitting we can try to make some basic ice climbing in the frozen waterfalls which hang in the sides of the lagoon.
We hike back to El Chaltén in late afternoon.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom
Alternative: Hosteria double or single room with private bathroom

Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.


Day 5 El Chaltén – El Calafate
Morning at leisure to rest or to take different optional alternatives that the place offers: a walk to Cerro Pliegue Tumbado with beautiful sightseeing points over Fitz Roy, Torre and the glacier valley in between. Or to visit estancia Madsen (home of the first white settler of the valley) or the Chorrillo del Salto waterfall, that should be half frozen in this time of the year. In the afternoon we take our bus back to El Calafate where somebody will meet us and transfer to our lodge.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom
Alternative: Hosteria double or single room with private bathroom

Meals we provide: Breakfast


Day 6 El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier
We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Icefield, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometres is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favourable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. A beautiful, short trail, will lead us from the shores of the lake to the upper viewpoints. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience. We will drive 80 km (1 and a half hour) to get and come back from the glacier across the steppe, watching a wide variety of birds.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast.


Day 7 El Calafate – Optional Boat Trip on Lake Argentino
This is a spare day and you can choose some of the options that El Calafate can offer.
The most advisable is to go sailing in the catamarans that make the trip to the glaciers which calve in the west arms of Lake Argentino. Among them are glaciers Upsala, Spegazzini and Onelli, Bolados and Agassiz glaciers in the area of Laguna Onelli.
Also 4 wheel drive excursions and horse riding is available at El Calafate.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast.


Day 8 El Calafate - El Calafate airport
After breakfast we transfer to El Calafate airport where our services end.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.

 

› SERVICES DETAILS


Included:

  • Incoming Services
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish – English) during the excursions.
  • 7 nights lodging in Hostel room with shared bathroom (00) or Hosteria double or single room with private bathroom (01 – 02).
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 box lunch y 3 dinners
  • Trek to Cerro Fitz Roy viewpoint
  • Trek to Cerro Torre viewpoint
  • Perito Moreno glacier excursion
  • Transfer El Calafate airport – El Calafate - El Chaltén – El Calafate – Aeropuerto El Calafate
  • We combine regular and private transfer in our tours.

Lodging
The tour Winter at Los Glaciares is offered in three types of accommodation:

Basic offer (IWW – 00) Hostel room
This offer lodge all nights in a Hostel room for 4 people with shared bathroom (you share the room with other guests of the hostel)

NIGHTS
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
(IWW -00) Hostel room with shared bathroom x x x x x x x


Lodging (IWW – 01 y IWW- 02) Hosteria Double or Single room base
These offers lodge all nights in a Hosteria room with private bathroom.
You can take the double base (INV 01) or choose to pay the single supplement (INV 02) to get all nights a single room.

NIGHTS (IWW 01 – IWW 02)
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
(IWW – 01) Hosteria Double room x x x x x x x
(IWW – 02) Single base option available x x x x x x x


Meals

The meals we provide in this tour are shown below

DAY
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
Breakfast   x x x x x x x
Box Lunch     x x        
Dinner   x x x        


Not included:

  • National Park fees
  • Medical and life insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Optional excursions
  • Air tickets and airport taxes
  • Services not detailed in the program

Notes
The Operator holds the right of changing the itinerary or to cancel any of the activities when any natural cause (or any other cause of any type) justifies it in order to look after the group safety.


List of suggested personal equipment

  • Backpack, 50 litres or so
  • Thermal underwear
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Trekking pants
  • Fleece
  • Parka and over pants
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Thermal socks
  • Necessary spare cloth
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun screen
  • Personal items
  • Lamp
  • Trekking poles (recommended, if you are use to them)
  • Personal medication