Climb Gorra Blanca Peak: Beginner mountaineering in Patagonia

Climb Gorra Blanca Peak (2970m) located in the Southern Patagonian Icefield near the Argentina / Chile border for great beginner mountaineering in Patagonia.

 

This Beginner mountaineering in Patagonia offers an accessible challenge for experienced hikers who are interested in trying a relatively short, expedition-style excursion with few technical difficulties. It is a very intense program to a seldom-visited part of Patagonia, with stunning views of both the icefield and to climb Gorra Blanca Peak (2970m).

Attractions/Highlights:
Hike extensively on a glacier using crampons and different rope configurations
Ascend to the summit of Gorra Blanca, one of the peaks of the Southern Patagonian Icefield
Enjoy unparalleled views over the world’s 3rd-largest icefield and the mountains of southern Patagonia
Challenge yourself with a relatively short, but intense expedition-style itinerary

Level of difficulty: moderate
Level of physical exertion: moderate to intense
Total duration: 4 days / 3 nights (with an option of adding an extra day to the program)

Price Includes

  • Bilingual Guide (English / Spanish)
  • Transport from El Chaltén to and from the start of the trek
  • Necessary permits for the ascent
  • All food during the trek (3 breakfasts, 4 box lunches, 3 dinner) as well as snacks
  • Expedition-style tent
  • All technical equipment (crampons, harness, ropes, carabiners, snowshoes)
  • Emergency VHF/Satellite communication

Price Excludes

  1. Transportation to/from El Chalten
  2. Personal travel insurance
  3. Accommodation in El Calafate and El Chaltén
  4. Porters
  5. Tips
  6. Food outside of what is stated in the included section
  7. Personal equipment

What to expect

Plan to climb Gorra Blanca Peak:

Day 0 - Arrival in El Chaltén
Today is about getting organized in advance of our ascent. During the afternoon, you will meet your mountain guide who will go through the details of this beginner mountaineering in Patagonia, talk about technical and safety aspects of the ascent, and answer any questions you may have. We will also do an equipment check to make sure you have everything you need to gain the summit of the Gorra Blanca.

Day 1 - Río Eléctrico - Piedra del Fraile - Glaciar Marconi
From El Chaltén, we begin our journey by driving ~40 minutes to the bridge over the Río Eléctrico (Electric Valley). Our hike is initially quite flat and weaves along a trail through the gorgeous trees as it follows the river through the forest of the Río Eléctrico valley. We will stop for a brief rest at the Piedra del Fraile campsite and then continue our hike into a terrain that is vastly different to what we just traversed.
From here, we enter a glacial environment that is far more open and offers magnificent views of Cerro Fitz Roy and the Polone spire. This is where the challenges begin. After fording the Pollone river and crossing the Upper Río Eléctrico via zipline, we will start to ascend steeply to find our campsite on the way to the Marconi Pass.
Distance: 19km +550m
Duration: 8/9 hours
Physical Intensity: moderate to intense
Included: Transfer to the Río Eléctrico bridge, 1 night wild camp, with boxed lunch and dinner

Day 2 - Glaciar Marconi - Southern Patagonia Icefield
There’s no denying it - today is a tough day, but one with incredible views at every turn. The weather will play a key role in our almost vertical ascent as we climb very steeply to gain access to the glacier and icefield. Once we connect with the ice, we will rope together and put on our crampons to ascend towards the icefield itself and the border between Argentina and Chile.
Once we reach the plateau, we see the vast southern icefield stretched out before us and different groups of mountains that can only be seen from this vantage point. We make our way carefully across the cracks and crevasses that are typical of the icefield until we reach the Chilean hut at the base of Cerro Gorra Blanca.
Distance: 9.5km +500m
Duration: 6 hours
Physical Intensity: intense
Included: 1 night in the Chilean hut (or snow camp), with breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Climb Gorra Blanca Peak
Today we leave most of our gear behind and try for the summit of Gorra Blanca. Our success is highly dependent on the weather so let's hope that nature cooperates!
From the refuge, we descend slightly before starting our long, steep but non-technical climb of 1300m to the top of the mountain. Depending on the snow and ice conditions, we may begin with snowshoes before changing to crampons, or we may need to do the whole ascent with crampons. We will also likely be roped almost the entire way, but the guide will set a pace that the group can maintain and we will take frequent rest stops.
The views along the route to the summit and at the summit itself are incredible and offer vistas of mountains as well as the enormous Southern Patagonian Icefield. It is likely to be quite windy at the summit, so after taking in the enormity of our achievement and the panoramic vista, we will return via the same route to the Chilean hut or our camp for our longer celebrations.
Distance: 9.5km +1300m / -1300m
Duration: 9 hours
Physical Intensity: intense
Included: 1 night in the Chilean hut (or snow camp), with breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Return to El Chaltén
With the hard uphill work behind us, the challenge is now to descend all the way back down to the bridge at the Río Eléctrico in one day. It is a long day, but all downhill as we retrace our route and meet up with our transportation that will take us back to El Chaltén.
Distance: 23km -1300m
Duration: 9 hours
Physical Intensity: intense
Included: Breakfast and boxed lunch

Notes:
-We must carry all the equipment with us as we climb Gorra Blanca Peak. Each participant will carry their sleeping bag, sleeping mat, part of a tent, their bag of snacks (included) that should last the duration of this beginner mountaineering in Patagonia, and a share of the food for the group.
-On days that we camp, we must set up and pack up camp each day. You can choose to help establish and tear down the camps or wait for the guides to do so.
-The timing for lunch is flexible as the guide will always look for a sheltered lunch spot out of the wind.
-The guides will prepare breakfast and dinner at the beginning and end of each day.

 

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