Expeditions

THESE ARE OUR EXPEDITIONS PROGRAMS


Technical Dificult: Beginner

Physical Demand: High


Ascenso Paso Marconi

DESCRIPTION:

Paso Marconi is not only the key entrance gate into the Southern Ice Field but also a great balcony to the Fitz Roy Massif; moreover, when you are at Paso Marconi you’re, at 1500 mts, in the Ice Field. We climb a difficult glacier where we rope up with our guide; there are great views of Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and the unknown Pier Giorgio, almost as impressive as the others. We camp at Lago Eléctrico, a rough spot in windy conditions. The four days option includes a night at the pass. Level: moderate to high and technical. Recommended.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 EL CHALTEN TO LAGO ELECTRICO
Bus transfer to Rio Eléctrico. Here we start walking for 2 hours to reach the Piedra del Fraile base camp. The trail is mostly flat and protected by the forest. After this point there will pass five days to see the beech trees again!  Another 3 hours hiking along the moraines bordering Lake Eléctrico and fording Rio Pollone we will arrive to the “La Playita” on the western side of the lake. This day give us a chance to see the northern side of Mount Fitz Roy. Estimated time: 6 hs.

DAY 2 ASCENT TO PASO MARCONI
After an early breakfast we prepare for the “D – day” of the trip.  As soon as leaving Camp I we pass over the already familiar glacier polished rock and moraine until we step on the Marconi glacier, which we will ascend to reach the entrance of the Ice Field (1550 mts). The final part of the ascent is steep and we must avoid or pass over crevasses, where we will put in use our equipment for glacier travel (we will have to rope up and put on crampons).
We set up camp on Paso Marconi. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy a magnificent view of Fitz Roy and some of the surrounding mountains such as Gorra Blanca, Pier Giorgio, and Volcano Lautaro. A vast white landscape and snowcapped mountains will be all around us. If weather conditions are too bad the guide might choose to spend the night at Refugio Gorra Blanca on the northern side of the pass. Estimated time: up to 10 hs depending on glacier and weather conditions.
Elevation gain: 900 mts. In the 2 days option we return to “La Playita” camp at the lake.

DAY 3  INTO THE ICE FIELD / RETURN TO LAKE ELECTRICO
We will use this day to go further inside the Southern Ice Field. Here everything seems to be near but actually distances are incredibly huge.  As coming back to El Chaltén is a rather long way from Paso Marconi we will return this same day to the first night’s camp at Lake Eléctrico. If the weather is okay and you have enough energy we can sleep again at Paso Marconi and have a long day tomorrow to El Chaltén.

DAY 4
Return to El Chaltén. Transfer back to town from Rio Eléctrico.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:
 
All meals during the expedition since we leave El Chaltén until our return. Certified mountain guides (Argentine Mountain Guides Association, and National Park Administration). Group first aid kit. Technical and safety equipment (rope, harness, crampons, snow shoes, rescue kit, shovel, etc.). Cookware, stove, tent. GPS (Global Positioning System). VHF radio communication. Insurance. Assistant and porter (depending on the amount of members). Transfer to Rio Eléctrico and back to El Chaltén.

NOT INCLUDED:

Food and lodging in El Chaltén. Personal equipment (check equipment list). Transfer in / out El Chaltén. Porters. All services not specifically indicated above.

NOTE:

As there are strict Park’s regulations you will be requested to bring with you from the Ice Field all feces in a specially designed tube. Please remember that to fully enjoy this unique place you should be in good physical shape.
The Casa de Guías Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions, as well hotel booking/buses/meals organization issues prior and after the expedition. Casa de Guías would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all expedition members is essential for a successful and learning experience. You should also know that there is a common share of load that you will have to carry. Besides the weather (expect cold temperatures, snowfall and high speed winds), you should be prepared to carry up to 15 kgs on your backpack and be able to walk on very uncomfortable ground i.e. glacier moraines, screes,  glacial ice and snow. It is also expected your collaboration when setting/breaking camp and cooking. Extra porters are available at your expense.
Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so expedition members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.

Technical Dificult: Beginner

Physical Demand: High / Extreme


Expedicion al campo de hielo sur

DESCRIPTION:

The Patagonian Ice Fields are authentic relicts of all the glacial magnificence of the quaternary Ice Age. When the first explorers sighted the great glaciers that are born in this area, like Moreno, Upsala or Viedma, probably didn’t imagine that this frozen masses where coming from a huge expanse of ice and snow that is only comparable in size to Antarctica or Greenland, being the third largest single ice mass of the world and the closest to the equator. The continental divide here (divortium glaciarium) was first reached in 1917 by German expeditioners and still, although time has passed, the Southern Ice Field represents a fascinating adventure ground for all the teams that leave from El Chaltén every year to challenge the fierce winds of these latitudes, true sentinels of this paradise.

Casa de Guias offers a unique experience on one of the least explored mountain landscapes in the world: the Patagonian Southern Ice field. The expedition covers all kind of amazing sceneries, from beautiful beech forests, superb granite towers, glaciers and the immensity of the third largest single ice mass of the earth.
The legendary stormy weather of these icy plains can be extremely rough so our participants should be well prepared both physically and mentally; while you don’t need to be a climber although some technical experience is always good.
We allow some extra days (two) to wait for favorable weather conditions to climb to Paso Marconi on the first stage of the expedition.
You can sign up on our regular expeditions from October to March. Casa de Guias also organizes tailor made expeditions.
CHECK FOR CERRO GORRA BLANCA CLIMB ON MOUNTANEERING.

We invite you to enjoy and share with us all the charm, grandeur and the superlative beauty of the mountains and glaciers of this unique place.

ITINERARY:

DAY 0 ARRIVAL TO EL CHALTEN AND PREPARATION
Group meeting and gear check. The guide and assistant will be introduced; they will give an itinerary review and a general briefing of the expedition. Also, you will have the opportunity to clear all remaining questions and doubts.

DAY 1 EL CHALTEN TO LAGO ELECTRICO
Bus transfer to Rio Electrico. Here we start walking for 2 hours to reach the Piedra del Fraile base camp. The trail is mostly flat and protected by the forest. After this point there will pass five days to see the beech trees again! Another 3 hours hiking along the moraines bordering Lake Electrico and fording Rio Pollone we will arrive to the “La Playita” (Camp I) on the western side of the lake. This day give us a chance to see the northern side of Mount Fitz Roy.
ESTIMATED TIME: 6 hs.
APROX. ELEVATION GAIN: 150 Mts.

DAY 2 ASCENT TO PASO MARCONI
After an early breakfast we prepare for the “D – day” of the trip. As soon as leaving Camp I we pass over the already familiar glacier polished rock and moraine until we step on the Marconi glacier, which we will ascend to reach the entrance of the Ice Field (1550 mts). The final part of the ascent is steep and we must avoid or pass over crevasses, where we will put in use our equipment for glacier travel (we will have to rope up and put on crampons).
We set up Camp II on Paso Marconi. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy a magnificent view of Fitz Roy and some of the surrounding mountains such as Gorra Blanca, Pier Giorgio, and Volcan Lautaro. A vast white landscape and snowcapped mountains will be all around us. If weather conditions are too bad the guide might choose to spend the night at Refugio Gorra Blanca on the northern side of the pass.
ESTIMATED TIME: up to 10 hs depending on glacier and weather conditions.
APROX. ELEVATION GAIN: 900 mts.

DAY 3 PASO MARCONI TO CIRCO DE LOS ALTARES
From here we begin to go south towards a glacial cirque called “Circo de los Altares” where we set up Camp III. If the climb to Marconi Pass is the hardest day, today will be highlight of our expedition: we will put on snow shoes and walk on a relatively flat glacier enjoying an incredible view of the immense mountains of the Ice Field to finally reach one of the most spectacular places on earth. Circo de los Altares is a wonderful array of hanging glaciers and granite towers surrounding our camp on the west side of Cerro Torre. This difficult face of the mountain was first climbed by the renowned Italian climbers from the Dolomites, the “Lecco Spiders”.
ESTIMATED TIME: 6 hours
ELEVATION DROP: 200 mts.

DAY 4 CIRCO DE LOS ALTARES TO REFUGIO PASO DEL VIENTO
Today we’ ll continue south on the upper section of the Viedma glacier skipping more or less crevasses depending on the time of the season, then exit the Ice Field across the lateral moraines of the massive glaciers coming down from the Adela Range. We will pass by the “Laguna de los Esquies” bivouac to reach the Ferrari bivouac (1100 mts) where we set up Camp IV. In case of bad weather condition we’ll continue to Refugio Paso del Viento, a mountain refuge. Endless moraines show how the glaciers have been sculpting these mountains for thousands of years.
ESTIMATED TIME: 7 hours
ELEVATION DROP: 250 mts.

DAY 5 ASCENT TO PASO DEL VIENTO TO LAGUNA TORO
In about 2/3 hs we’ll climb to Paso del Viento (the windy pass, 1500 mts.) overlooking the gigantic Viedma Glacier (the biggest of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares) to finally leave behind the Ice Field and the Mariano Moreno Range on the west. We descend towards the Rio Tunel valley crossing in our way the lower section of the Tunel Glacier. An hour before Camp V we’ll have to wade Rio Tunel; if the river is too high we’ll have to go across a so called Tyrolean rope. Our last camp is located in a beech forest on the eastern side of Lake Toro (650 mts).
ESTIMATED: 7 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 400 mts. Drop: 850mts.

DAY 6 LAGUNA TORO TO EL CHALTEN
From Camp V at Lake Toro we go down valley, later to hike up and over the Pliegue Tumbado through burnt forests, marsh areas and down through a lush beech forest arriving at the park ranger station where the expedition comes to its end. After 80 kilometers of intense trekking we return to the comforts of El Chaltén.
ESTIMATED TIME: 6 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 350 mts. Drop: 550 mts.

DAYS 7/8
These days are reserved in case of delay due to bad weather or rest days.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:


All meals during the expedition since we leave El Chaltén until our return. Certified mountain guides (Argentine Mountain Guides Association, and National Park Administration). Group first aid kit. Technical and safety equipment (rope, harness, crampons, snow shoes, rescue kit, shovel, etc.). Cookware, stove, tent. GPS (Global Positioning System). VHF radio communication. Insurance. Assistant and porter (depending on the amount of members). Transfer to Rio Electrico.

NOT INCLUDED:

Food and lodging in El Chaltén. Personal equipment (check equipment list). Transfer in / out El Chaltén. Extra porters. All services not specifically indicated above.

NOTE:

As there are strict Park’s regulations you will be requested to bring with you from the Ice Field all feces in a specially designed tube. Please remember that to fully enjoy this unique place you should be in good physical shape.
The Casa de Guias Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions, as well hotel booking/buses/meals organization issues prior and after the expedition. Casa de Guias would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all expedition members is essential for a successful and learning experience. You should also know that there is a common share of load that you will have to carry. Besides the weather (expect cold temperatures, snowfall and high speed winds), you should be prepared to carry up to 20/25 kgs on your backpack and be able to walk on very uncomfortable ground i.e. glacier moraines, screes, glacial ice and snow. It is also expected your collaboration when setting/breaking camp and cooking. Extra porters are available at your expense.
Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so expedition members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

70 lts backpack. Sleeping bag (- 15°C). Mattress, thermarest (inflatable) recommended. Sturdy leather mountain boots ( ie. La Sportiva Nepal Top or double plastic boots). Synthetic fiber underwear, both long johns and shirt. Lightweight polar fleece pants. Cotton shirt. Lightweight polar fleece. Thick polar fleece. Gore tex jacket (with hood) or similar. Waterproof pants with lateral zippers (preferably Gore-Tex). Gaiters o mitones de lana. Waterproof mittens. Thick wool or synthetic socks (2 pairs). Thin liners (2 pairs). Hiking poles. Balaclava. Wool hat. Sunglasses and goggles (spare sunglasses – any-). Sunscreen. Water bottle or thermo. Tape and moleskin for blisters. Hygiene ítems to the minimum. Pocket knife. Headlamp and extra batteries. Comfortable sneakers.

Technical Dificult: Beginner

Physical Demand: Moderate / High


Trekking paso del viento

DESCRIPTION:

Paso del Viento (Windy Pass) is a great balcony to the Southern Ice Field; although it’s at the same altitude as Paso Marconi, here we’ll see the Ice Field below us. Getting here is easier; nevertheless we have to cross rio Tunel (Tunel River) through an exciting  tyrolean rope, walk for a while the Tunel glacier and then up the screes of Cerro Huemul, always with great vistas of Fitz Roy, Cerro Solo and several glaciers on the way. We camp at Laguna Toro. Level: moderate.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 EL CHALTEN TO LAKE TORO
Start from El Chaltén (450 mts). After a short stop at the National Park Visitor Center we take the trail to Laguna Toro (Lake Toro) and Pliegue Tumbado. The well marked path climbs through beautiful beech trees to the timberline (1000 mts) at the base of the Pliegue Tumbado Ridge; before going down we will take some time to take a look at the fossils that can be found in the rocks. From here we descend to the Tunel River Valley until the Toro Lake campsite (650 mts) where we will sleep two nights.  We’ll have a chance to see the southern side of Fitz Roy and Cerro Solo. Total time: 6 hs.

DAY 2  LAKE TORO – PASO DEL VIENTO – LAKE TORO
After walking around the lake ( 30 min.) we have to cross the upper section of the Tunel River; depending on the conditions we will either wade through or take the Tyrolean rope further upstream. Alternatively through loose rocks, moraines and beautifully exposed bedrock we reach the Tunel Glacier. Usually easy to cross, after a while on the ice the serious (steep) climb starts following scree slopes to Paso del Viento or Windy Pass (1500 mts). On the way there are great views of the Tunel and Quervain glaciers and Mount Fitz Roy. Once at the “Paso” the immense beauty of the Ice Field will be in full sight. From here we descend back to Lake Toro. Total time: 7-8 hs.

DAY 3  LAKE TORO TO EL CHALTEN
From the campsite at Lake Toro we go downstream, later to hike up and over the same way via “Pliegue Tumbado” through burnt forests, occasional marsh areas and down through a lush beech forest arriving at the park ranger station where the expedition comes to its end. Return to the comforts of El Chaltén. Estimated time: 6 hours

 THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:
 
All meals during the expedition since we leave El Chaltén until our return. Certified mountain guides (Argentine Mountain Guides Association, and National Park Administration). Group first aid kit. Technical and safety equipment (rope, harness, crampons, rescue kit, etc.). Cookware, stove, tent. VHF radio communication. Insurance. Assistant and porter (depending on the amount of members).

NOT INCLUDED:

Food and lodging in El Chaltén. Personal equipment (check equipment list). Transfer in / out El Chaltén. Porters. All services not specifically indicated above.

NOTE:

Please remember that to fully enjoy this unique place you should be in good physical shape. The Casa de Guías Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions, as well hotel booking/buses/meals organization issues prior and after the expedition. Casa de Guías would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all expedition members is essential for a successful and learning experience. You should also know that there is a common share of load that you will have to carry. Besides the weather (expect cold temperatures, snowfall and high speed winds), you should be prepared to carry up to 15 kgs on your backpack and be able to walk on very uncomfortable ground i.e. glacier moraines, screes,  glacial ice and snow. It is also expected your collaboration when setting/breaking camp and cooking. Extra porters are available at your expense.
Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so expedition members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.

BIVOUAC CERRO TORRE 2/3 DAYS

October to April


Technical Dificult: Beginner

Physical Demand: High


Vivac cerro torro

DESCRIPTION:

Two or three day’s options. The bivouac or “vivac” consists in spending one or two nights in Torre Glacier valley. Tents are pitched on the moraine at the glacier itself, at the foot of the impressive Cerro Torre’s south face, the legendary “impossible peak”, and the snow capped summits of the Adela range. We combine the glacial trekking, but more extended, and the exploration of one of the most spectacular mountain valleys of the world. You will also be able to see the west face of Mount Fitz Roy, the other spires and at the end of the valley the curious Sitting Man’s ridge. This is a tough program; we walk on ice, moraines, and snow depending on the season. All necessary equipment is provided. Recommended.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1  EL CHALTEN TO BIVOUAC (VIVAC) NIPONINO
We will start walking to laguna Torre (Torre Lake), the place where the Torre Glacier comes to its end (3 hs). The Fitz Roy River drains the lake: we’ll have to cross it on a Tyrolean rope and then go around the lake to finally reach the glacier after a steep trail. Once at the glacier we will put crampons on and the guide will give us all the necessary indications to walk safely on the ice. Here and there we will have to take them off to walk on the side of the glacier and back on. Gradually we are getting closer to the mountains, jumping over crevasses and glacial water streams. We will always be on the lower area of the glacier which is called “ablation area”; after some uncomfortable moraines we will reach our bivouac site, which is known as vivac (bivouac) “niponino”, right at the foot of the mountains. After setting camp we’ll relax with some hot tea and dinner in a place that you won’t forget. We will sleep in tents. Estimated time: 8/10 hs.

DAY 2  TORRE GLACIER CIRQUE
On this second day we will explore the innermost part of the valley. We will see the magnificent Cerro Torre Group, the west face of Mount Fitz Roy and the Sitting Man’s Ridge. We will also try to gain some altitude to have a more panoramic view or perhaps to see climber in some of the vertical walls of the spires. We will spend the second night on the same spot.
 
DAY 3  RETURN TO EL CHALTEN
Return to El Chaltén. We will take the same way back and also explore the glacier itself: there are beautiful blue crevasses, interesting formations sink holes and perhaps also caves; note that all formations on ice are ephemeral. Time and weather permitting and only if you want, the guide will offer to try some easy ice climbing.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

 
All meals during the expedition since we leave El Chaltén until our return. Certified mountain guides (Argentine Mountain Guides Association, and National Park Administration). Group first aid kit. Technical and safety equipment (rope, harness, crampons, rescue kit, etc.). Cookware, stove, tent. VHF radio communication. Insurance. Assistant (depending on the amount of members).

NOT INCLUDED:

Food and lodging in El Chaltén. Personal equipment (check equipment list). Transfer in / out El Chaltén. Extra porters. All services not specifically indicated above.

NOTE:

Please remember that to fully enjoy this unique place you should be in good physical shape. The Casa de Guías Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions, as well hotel booking/buses/meals organization issues prior and after the expedition. Casa de Guías would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all expedition members is essential for a successful and learning experience. You should also know that there is a common share of load that you will have to carry. Besides the weather (expect cold temperatures, snowfall and high speed winds), you should be prepared to carry up to 15 kgs on your backpack and be able to walk on very uncomfortable ground i.e. glacier moraines, screes,  glacial ice and snow. It is also expected your collaboration when setting/breaking camp and cooking. Porters are available at your expense.
Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so expedition members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

Backpack 70 Lts. Sturdy hiking boots (preferably water proof). Socks, thin liners and thick outers. Spare socks. Long underwear and shirt. Lightweight hiking pants. Fleece pullover (two layers: thick and thin). Rain jacket and pants. Gaiters. Wool hat. Two pairs of gloves (one waterproof). Sun cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Sleeping bag (- 10° C) and mattress. Water bottle. Pocket knife. Headlamp. Personal medical items. Moleskin.

Technical Dificult: Beginner

Physical Demand: Moderate / High


Vuelta cerro huemul

DESCRIPTION:

Off the beaten path and conceived as a short and less  technical trek to the Southern Ice Field Expedition, this circuit is becoming a classic in the area. It offers fantastic views of  Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and the Southern Ice Field from Paso del Viento. The way goes along wild rivers, beech forests, glaciers, lakes and condors as well. Outstanding views of the Viedma Lake and Glacier make this circuit one of the most recommendable and enjoyable treks of the northern area of Los Glaciares National Park. A tyrolean rope over the Tunel River (depending on the size of the river it can be forded), a short glacier crossing on the Tunel Glacier and occasional snow patches are the only technical obstacles. Optional glacier hike on Viedma Glacier (5 DAYS OPTION).

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 EL CHALTEN TO LAGUNA TORO
Start from El Chaltén (450 mts). After a short stop at the National Park Visitor Center we take the trail to Laguna Toro and Pliegue Tumbado. The well marked path climbs through beautiful beech trees to the timberline (1000 mts) at the base of the Pliegue Tumbado Ridge. From here we descend to the Tunel River Valley until the Toro Lake campsite (650 mts).  We’ll have a chance to see the southern side of Fitz Roy and Cerro Solo. Total time: 6 hs.

DAY 2 LAGUNA TORO – PASO DEL VIENTO – REFUGIO VIEDMA
After walking around the lake (30 min) we have to cross the upper section of the Tunel River; depending on the conditions we will either wade through or take the Tyrolean rope further upstream. Alternatively through loose rocks, moraines and beautifully exposed bedrock we reach the Tunel Glacier. Usually easy to cross, after a while on the ice the serious (steep) climb starts following scree slopes to Paso del Viento or Windy Pass (1500 mts). On the way there are great views of the Tunel and Quervain glaciers and Mount Fitz Roy. Once at the “Paso” the immense beauty of the Ice Field will be in full sight. From here we descend to a refugio built by the “Ice field National Institute” ( 900 mts) where we spend the second night. Total time: 7-8 hs.

DAY 3 REFUGIO PASO DEL VIENTO TO PASO HUEMUL
From Refugio Paso del Viento to Paso Huemul (1100 mts). This day we will walk along the western and southern flanks of Cerro Huemul (2677 mts) and to the right or south the Viedma Glacier will always be on sight. The trail appears and disappears as a result of the less amount of hikers here than in the rest of the area. After reaching Paso Huemul we go down to the timberline. Depending on our energies we’ll try to go down to the lake as the treeline is a delicate environment to disturb. The beauty of this location is hard to beat: the lake and the glacier Viedma and the condor’s nest on the cliffs. A steep descent leads the way to the lake and Bahia Tempanos (Icebergs Bay) at 250 mts. Time: 3 hs. Total time: 7 hs.

DAY 4 LAGO VIEDMA TO EL CHALTEN
From our camp at the Viedma Lake (250 mts) we’ll walk 5 hours on relatively flat faded old trails or off trail to “Estancia Rio Tunel” in Bahía Tunel, where we will be picked up by car and then drive to El Chaltén (40 min.).  Another option is to take a boat to Bahia Tunel, where the Tunel River comes into the lake (1 h) and then finally a vehicle to El Chalten by road. Estancia Rio Tunel is an old sheep ranch funded by Scandinavian settlers.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:
 
All meals during the expedition since we leave El Chaltén until our return. Certified mountain guides (Argentine Mountain Guides Association, and National Park Administration). Group first aid kit. Technical and safety equipment (rope, harness, crampons, rescue kit, etc.). Cookware, stove, tent. GPS (Global Positioning System). VHF radio communication. Insurance. Assistant and porter (depending on the amount of members). Transfer back from Bahia Tunel to El Chaltén.

NOT INCLUDED:

Food and lodging in El Chaltén. Personal equipment (check equipment list). Transfer in / out El Chaltén. Extra porters. All services not specifically indicated above.

NOTE:

Please remember that to fully enjoy this unique place you should be in good physical shape. The Casa de Guías Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions, as well hotel booking/buses/meals organization issues prior and after the expedition. Casa de Guías would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all expedition members is essential for a successful and learning experience. You should also know that there is a common share of load that you will have to carry. Besides the weather (expect cold temperatures, snowfall and high speed winds), you should be prepared to carry up to 15/18 kgs on your backpack and be able to walk on very uncomfortable ground i.e. glacier moraines, screes,  glacial ice and snow. It is also expected your collaboration when setting/breaking camp and cooking. Porters are available at your expense.
Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so expedition members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.