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Paso Marconi Expedition


The objective of this trip is to reach the “Marconi Pass” (1550m/a/s/l), one of the entrances to the Patagonian Ice Field.


 3 days trek
 Elevation gain: 900 meters
 30-40% slope gradient
 Difficult: Physically very demanding. Training required
 Glacier experience required
 1-3 people per guide
 September to March


Day 1

Morning meeting with the Guide, check of the gear and details of the trip. Transfer to Río Eléctrico and start the trekking; It´ll take 5 to 6hs to “La Playita” Camp, at the foot of Marconi Glacier.“Piedra del Fraile” is a private campsite with services, at the edge of the forest. After there the terrain is open and rockery until the next campsite.

Day 2

We´ll leave our tent at La Playita, and Trek to the Marconi pass with a daypack; we´ll spend most of the day on glacier terrain, first on the ablation area, and afterwords on the accumulation area. We´ll use crampons and ropes to get across the glacier and steep terrain. Weather allowing, there are excellent panoramic views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Gorra Blanca, among others. We´ll descent in the afternoon to our campsite. This is about a 10-12 hour day with an elevation gain of 950 meters.

Day 3

We´ll head back to Rio Eléctrico Bridge. Transportation to El Chaltén. End of the services


• Mountaineering boots (*)
• 70-75 L backpack
• Sleeping Bag (-15°C, down recommended)
• Bivouac sac
• Insulate mattress (Therm-a-Rest recommended)
• Walking poles
• Sunglasses with UV filter
• Goggles
• Sun-block and lip balm
• Compeed or second skin (for blisters)
• Personal Hygienic set
• Personal first aid kit
• Pocket knife
• Duct-Tape
• Head lump (with spare batteries)
• Water Bottle (Nalgene) plus small thermo flask

(*) We can rent you the boots. Please let us know when registering (also include your boot size).

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