For solid skiers we plan to make ascents of peaks en route; weather and conditions allowing. For this reason the itinerary has extra days built-in for exploring on the ice cap. As the terrain on the Patagonian ice cap is almost flat (except when getting onto and leaving the glacier through passes) we can travel by either snowshoes or skis with our gear on sleds. Weather permitting we will attempt Cerro Grande at 2,804m in the Torre mountain range and/or Cerro Gorra Blanca 2860m. The ice cap crossing can be undertaken in any kind of weather; more important on this kind of trip is the spirit of the group. Our stepping-off point to gain the ice cap will be the small village of El Chaltén, Patagonia’s adventure capital, situated between the Viedma Lake and the southern Andes.
If you relish the prospect of demanding travel in stunningly beautiful yet harsh terrain, with a reputation for some of planet’s most extreme and continuously changing weather patterns, this trip is for you!
Are You Ready for this Trip?
In the best interest of personal safety, success, and team compatibility, skiers and riders require adequate training and excellent physical condition. We encourage you to contact us so that we may assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs.
Skiers must be skilled in a mixture of terrain and snow conditions. Skiers must be competent in linking turns in steep terrain (up to 45 degrees) while maintaining control. Skiers must also have essential snow climbing experience, including an ice axe and crampons.
Ski Touring Experience
Skiers must have at least 14 tours in the backcountry in various conditions.