Mountaneering

THESE ARE OUR MOUNTANEERING PROGRAMS


Technical Difficulty: Expert

Physical Demand: Extreme


Cerro Guillaumet

DESCRIPTION:

Aguja Guillaumet is a granite needle that is part of the Fitz Roy range. At almost 2600mts. it gets you quite close to the majestic Mount Fitz Roy and is one of the most accessible alpine style climbs in the area. The route is a beautiful mix of ice and rock climbing, having four pitches of each, up to the final snow ramp.
Although this is one of the most accessible peaks to climb it still has serious technical difficulties. We require that you are able to rock climb up to grade 5 (French grading system) and are comfortable with crampons and ice tools.
On the first day of this program apart from organizing the gear we will spend some time rock climbing in town to polish the climbing and rope techniques necessary for the climb.
The next day we go to a high camp and set up tent and patience for our climb. The actual climb usually takes between 16 and 18 hours round trip beginning with a two hour scramble up to the bergshrund where we commence the climb up a 60º ice couloir for four pitches, then continue on Patagonian granite until the final 30º snow ramp that leads us to the summit. We follow the same route down back to our high camp.

INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guide. We include the all meals during the expedition. First aid kit. Safety and technical equipment (rope, harness, crampons, ice axe, rescue kit, snow shoes, etc.). Cookware, stove, tent. VHF radio. Medical insurance. Transfer to and from Eléctrico River. Rock climbing shoes but we recommend you to bring your own.

NOT INCLUDED:

Food and lodging in El Chaltén. Transfer in – out El Chaltén. Personal equipment like mountain boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles, etc. (check equipment list). Please ask for rental equipment possibilities. Anything not specifically indicated above.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

70 Lts. backpack, stout mountain boots or plastic double boots, warm clothing (two pair of gloves, underwear, polar fleece jacket, comfortable pants, down jacket or vest), gore tex jacket, waterproof pants, gaiters and waterproof mittens, balaclava; sleeping bag (- 15° C), mattress or thermarest, head lamp, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal medicine, warm hat, bivy sack, pocket knife. Ask for full Equipment List.

NOTE:
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. Please remember that to fully enjoy this unique place you should be in good physical shape.
You should properly be aware that mountain climbing is a very tough outdoors activity and inherently dangerous, being the weather in this region legendary famous for its wild character. Besides the weather you should be prepared to carry up to 20 kgs on your backpack and be able to walk on very uncomfortable ground i.e. glacier moraines, screes, glacial ice and snow.
You should also know that there is a common share of load that you will have to carry. 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/participant’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.

CERRO HUEMUL 2.677 M

November to March


Technical Difficulty: Beginner

Physical Demand: High


Cerro Huemul

DURATION: 3 Days

DESCRIPTION:

This huge mountain was the first one to be climbed in the area in 1916. The climbers belonged to the German Scientific Society Expedition led by Alfred Kolliker, a true Patagonian explorer. We’ll climb the west face that offers great views of the Southern Ice Field. It is a long climb, with more or less snow depending on the season, scree and occasional scrambling. We‘ll have to approach to Laguna Toro to reach the base of the climb the first day. On the second day we will climb the mountain. Third day: return to El Chaltén.

INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guide, authorized by the National Park. During the expedition we include all the food. First aid kit. Safety equipment (rope, harness, crampons, snow shoes, rescue kit, etc.). Cookware, stove, tent. VHF radio. Medical insurance.

NOT INCLUDED:

Food and lodging in El Chaltén. Transfer in – out El Chaltén. Personal equipment like mountain boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles, etc. (check equipment list). Please ask for rental equipment possibilities. Anything not specifically indicated above.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

70 Lts. backpack, stout mountain boots, warm clothing (two pair of gloves, underwear, polar fleece jacket, comfortable pants, spare socks, down or warm jacket or vest), Gore-Tex jacket, waterproof pants and mittens, gaiters, balaclava; head lamp, water bottle, sleeping bag (- 15°C), mattress or thermarest, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal medicine, warm hat, bivy sack, pocket knife. Ask for full Equipment List.

NOTE:

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. Please remember that to fully enjoy this unique place you should be in good physical shape.
You should properly be aware that mountain climbing is a very tough outdoors activity and inherently dangerous, being the weather in this region legendary famous for its wild character. Besides the weather you should be prepared to carry up to 15/20 kgs on your backpack and be able to walk on very uncomfortable ground i.e. glacier moraines, screes, glacial ice and snow.
You should also know that there is a common share of load that you will have to carry. 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/participant’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.

T. Difficulty: Beginner / Advanced

Physical Demand: High / Extreme


Cerro vespigniani

DURATION: 1 day
DESCRIPTION:

This is a beautiful mountain just west of Lago del Desierto, 37 km north of El Chaltén. We start very early in the morning driving about an hour to reach the lake. Just where the road ends we’ll start climbing through the forest and then glacial moraines to finally reach the glacier that will take us to the top. Here we rope up, put crampons on and climb towards the south summit. The slopes are average 30 degrees, occasionally a bit steeper. This is a classical glacier traverse climb. It takes 7 hours to reach the top plus about four to descend. The elevation gain is approx. 1600 mts. From the top there’s a great panoramic view of the lake, the Southern Ice Field to the west and Fitz Roy to the south. This is a recommended programme and a great introduction to mountain climbing!

INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guide. We include the food for the climb (lunch). First aid kit. Safety and technical equipment (rope, harness, crampons, ice axe, rescue kit, snow shoes, etc.) VHF radio. Medical insurance. Transfer to Lago del Desierto in and out.

NOT INCLUDED:

Food and lodging in El Chaltén. Transfer in – out El Chaltén. Personal equipment like mountain boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles, etc. (check equipment list). Please ask for rental equipment possibilities. Anything not specifically indicated above.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

70 Lts. backpack, stout mountain boots or plastic double boots, warm clothing (two pair of gloves, underwear, polar fleece jacket, comfortable pants,), Gore-Tex jacket, waterproof pants, gaiters and waterproof mittens, balaclava; head lamp, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal medicine, warm hat, bivy sack, pocket knife. Ask for full Equipment List.

NOTE:

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. Please remember that to fully enjoy this unique place you should be in good physical shape.
You should properly be aware that mountain climbing is a very tough outdoors activity and inherently dangerous, being the weather in this region legendary famous for its wild character. Besides the weather you should be prepared to carry up to 10/15 kgs on your backpack and be able to walk on very uncomfortable ground i.e. glacier moraines, screes, glacial ice and snow.
You should also know that there is a common share of load that you will have to carry. 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/participant’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.

T. Difficulty: Beginner / Advanced

Physical Demand: Extreme


Cerro Gorra blanca

DURATION: 5/7 days

DESCRIPTION:

This is one of the most beautiful and complete expeditions in the area. A great climb in the edge of the Patagonian Southern Ice Field. You can either choose this five-day programme or combine it with our classic tour around the Southern Ice Field (7/9 days). It’s a glacier itinerary, not technical; depending on snow conditions we will climb or not the final mushroom, where the guide will have to use the ice axe for progression.
Gorra Blanca is just north of Paso Marconi in the Southern Ice Field so the views are going to be spectacular; also to the south we will see all the northern side of the Fitz Roy Massif and the impressive hidden peak: cerro Piergiorgio.

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 Río Eléctrico. Here we start walking for 2 hours to reach Piedra del Fraile base camp. The trail is mostly flat and protected by the forest. After this point, five days will pass until we see the beech trees again!  Another 3 hours hiking along the moraines bordering Lake Eléctrico and fording Rio Pollone we will arrive to “La Playita” camp on the western side of the lake. This day gives us a chance to see the northern side of Mount Fitz Roy. 6 hs. Elevation gain: 150 mts.

DAY 2 ASCENT TO PASO MARCONI
After an early breakfast we prepare for the climb to Paso Marconi, a tough day. As soon as leaving the camp 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 will sleep tonight on the Gorra Blanca refuge on Paso Marconi. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the magnificent view of Fitz Roy and some of the surrounding mountains such as Gorra Blanca, Pier Giorgio, and Volcán Lautaro. A vast white landscape and snowcapped mountains will be all around us. 10 hs depending on glacier and weather conditions. Elevation gain: 900 mts.

DAY 3 THE CLIMB
Today is going to be our summit attempt; if the weather conditions are not favorable we will wait for the next day. We will be roped up, crampons on and ice axe. Slopes are approx. 30 to 40 degrees, perhaps steeper on the final mushroom, if it is possible to climb it: it’s constantly being shaped by the wind. The summit will be simply unforgettable. We’ll return to the refuge. Elevation gain: 1400 mts.

DAYS 4 / 5
On the first day we will have climbed 900 mts. and in the second 1400 mts., so we will be very tired. There are different options for days 4&5: resting on day 4 and going back to El Chalten on day 5; to descend to “La Playita” camp on day 4 and on day 5 to El Chaltén; or just keep the extras days to wait for the right weather.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guide. We include the all meals during the expedition. First aid kit. Safety and technical equipment (rope, harness, crampons, ice axe, rescue kit, snow shoes, etc.). Cookware, stove, tent. VHF radio. Medical insurance. Transfer to and from Eléctrico River. GPS.

NOT INCLUDED:

Food and lodging in El Chaltén. Transfer in – out El Chaltén. Personal equipment like mountain boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles, etc. (check equipment list). Please ask for rental equipment possibilities. Anything not specifically indicated above.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

70 Lts. backpack, stout mountain boots or plastic double boots, warm clothing (two pair of gloves, underwear, polar fleece jacket, comfortable pants, down jacket or vest), gore tex jacket, waterproof pants, gaiters and waterproof mittens, balaclava; sleeping bag (- 15° C), mattress or thermarest, head lamp, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal medicine, warm hat, bivy sack, pocket knife. Ask for full Equipment List.

NOTE:

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. Please remember that to fully enjoy this unique place you should be in good physical shape.
You should properly be aware that mountain climbing is a very tough outdoors activity and inherently dangerous, being the weather in this region legendary famous for its wild character. Besides the weather you should be prepared to carry up to 20 kgs on your backpack and be able to walk on very uncomfortable ground i.e. glacier moraines, screes, glacial ice and snow.
You should also know that there is a common share of load that you will have to carry. 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/participant’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.

T. Difficulty: Beginner / Advanced

Physical Demand: High / Extreme


Cerro solo

DURATION: 2 DAYS

DESCRIPTION:

Great two-day climb of a mountain classic in El Chaltén. Cerro Solo rises from 650 mts. at the southern side of the Torre Lake.  We start in El Chaltén: after 3 hours of easy hike we’ll reach the De Agostini base camp; another ten minutes and we will cross the Fitz Roy River through a Tyrolean rope. We continue around the lake and up, to reach either the foot of the glacier or a bivy site at the tree line, depending on the weather. The next day, early in the morning, we’ll start ascending the glacier. Slopes are between 30 and 40 degrees. We are going to be roped up, crampons on and ice axe. After a couple of hours avoiding crevasses, continuously up, we’ll reach the final slope that steepens a bit up to 45 degrees after crossing the bergschrund. After approximately 4 hours from the tree line we will be at the amazing summit: full view of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, the Southern Ice Field and the pampas to the east. This day we will also return to the village. Elevation gain: 1500 mts.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guide, authorized by the National Park. We include all the food during the expedition. First aid kit. Safety and technical equipment (rope, harness, crampons, ice axe, rescue kit, snow shoes, etc.). Cookware, stove, tent. VHF radio. Medical insurance.

NOT INCLUDED:

Food and lodging in El Chaltén. Transfer in – out El Chaltén. Personal equipment like mountain boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles, etc. (check equipment list). Please ask for rental equipment possibilities. Anything not specifically indicated above.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

70 Lts. backpack, stout mountain boots or plastic double boots, warm clothing (two pair of gloves, underwear, polar fleece jacket, comfortable pants,), gore tex jacket, waterproof pants, gaiters and waterproof mittens, balaclava; sleeping bag (- 15° C), mattress or thermarest, head lamp, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal medicine, warm hat, bivy sack, pocket knife. Ask for full Equipment List.

NOTE:

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. Please remember that to fully enjoy this unique place you should be in good physical shape.
You should properly be aware that mountain climbing is a very tough outdoors activity and inherently dangerous, being the weather in this region legendary famous for its wild character. Besides the weather 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.
You should also know that there is a common share of load that you will have to carry. 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/participant’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.