Cagliero glacier Ice trekk
What to do in EL Chalten
.Season: From november to march.
.Departures: monday to saturday
.Departures from El Chalten: 08.00 AM (including transfers to Los Huemules (1 hour)
.Departure from Estancia Los Huemules at 09.00 AM (Without transfer from EL Chalten)
.Return to Los Huemules: + - 05.30 PM
.Return to EL Chalten + - 06.30 PM (Including transfers)
.Lasts: Full Day.
.Age restriction: minimum age: 15 years old | maximum age: none.
.Duration of activity on the glacier: 2 hours (approximately)
.Dificultty: Medium. Due to the difficult terrain, this trekking is recommended only for people in good physical condition, considering that trekking will be across irregular surfaces.
For that purpose, participants should not have any injuries in ankles, knees or hips.
.Physical Requirements: Passanger’s with heart problems or physical mobility and pregnant women are not allowed.
.Lunch: Passengers must bring their lunch boxes and 2 liters mineral water.
.This excursion requires trekking stiff boots – high leg (exclusively)
.Outfit: Sport shoes or trekking boots. Rubber and apres ski boots, as well as high heel shoes are not allowed. Comfortable sports wear, long trousers,
warm sweater or pile, water or windproof jacket, sun glasses, sun block, gloves..
The activity starts at 9:00 a.m. In the Visitor Center of Estancia Los Huemules.
From there a 2 hour hike through a lengas forest on a well maintained trail, gives us access to Laguna Diablo a place from which you can see The Refugio Cagliero.
Already outside the reserve of Los Huemules and inside a private property (Campo Gorra Blanca). The second part of our excursion consists of skirting the northern margin of Laguna Diablo by an easy but irregular terrain until reaching the beginning of a “VIA FERRATA” (rock climbing sectors of little difficulty that have previously been prepared with Steel wires and artificial steps, so that the passengers move autonomously and self-secured with specially designed harnesses and belts). Before the beginning of this section, the guides will provide participants the necessary equipment and will instruct them to use it correctly and safely. The total course of this section is 1 km, As they advance, the crossing becomes more and more fun transforming this part of the activity into a tour itself . The views of the Laguna Diablo and the River Valley of the same name will improve as we move upwards.
Approximately one hour will take us to the MIRADOR DEL GLACIAR, from there towards the north, we will be able to observe the unexplored Glacier Cagliero Sur
(950 msm), that for years was kept alive thanks to its orientation and the accumulation of snow coming from Cerros Neumayer, Cagliero and Loma del Diablo,
to the south the vertical walls of Cerro Treinta Aniversario. From the viewpoint, a short walk takes us to the front of the Glacier where the guides
distribute and regulate the crampons, to begin the third part of our program that is the ice trekking , if the climate is benign, we will have lunch on the Glacier. The average stay on the glacier will be approximately 2 hours, depending on the climatic conditions and the physical level of the group. The return will be made by
the same way , arriving to the visitors center approximately 3 hours later. The meeting time with the El Chaltén transfer will be at 17.30 hours.
.08.45 AM Meeting at the Visitor Center of Los Huemules Field.
.09.00 AM Beginning of Trekking
.11.00 AM Meeting with passengers from the CAGLIERO REFUGE on the path to Laguna del Diablo. Activities according to descriptive.
.12.30 hours activities on the glacier
.17.30 hours Arrival at the Los Huemules Visitor Center. End of activity.
.17.30 hours Transfers to EL Chalten (Passengers who hired the transfer).
.18.30 hours Arrival at El Chalten (Only for the passengers who hired the transfer).
.The tour operator can modify the itinerary or shorten the tour depending on the weather conditions in order to avoid accidents,
thus making the best of each tour.
.Like all activity in the nature "all times" informed about duration of activities are approximate and depend largely on climatic
factors always prioritizing comfort, safety and enjoyment of our customers
.Mountain ice and rock guides..
.Crampons and technical equipment (for trekking and ice climbing over the glacier).
.Transportation to and from Los Huemules reserve.
.Personal equipment (jacket, trekking stiff boots – high leg, gloves, cap, etc.)
.Lunch (lunch box) + mineral water. We recommend passangers bring it.
.We higly recommend bring a boxlunch and 2 liter water.
.Children between 15 and 18 years old should be accompanied by their parents or tutors.
.Childrens under 15 years old can not make it.
.Childrens has not discounts.
.This activity has daily quotas, it is recommended to book in advance to secure the tickets.
Regarding the meteorology
It is known that the weather in the area is unpredictable; Presenting situations where time changes in a few hours due
The guide suspends the activity, so as not to jeopardize the safety of the passengers. The guide, thanks to his knowledge and experience, is the only person Responsible for deciding to suspend the excursion, at any time.
In this case the passengers must take into account the following conditions of sale:
.If the tour is canceled at the time of the start of the same due to climatic reasons, the total amount of the excursion will be refunded.
.Once the activity is started, if the whole circuit is not completed, no amount will be refunded.
Regarding the physical state of the participants
.The Glacier Trekking is an activity of great physical demand, even more so if it is done overnight in the Cagliero Refuge. Therefore, we urge the
Passengers listen carefully to the observations of our staff in the office of El Chalten to be able to do a self-assessment of the physical condition.
.In the event that the Physical Condition of a participant is well below the general average of the group, the guide will determine if the passenger must stay in the camp waiting for the group without refund.
.The guide can modify the itinerary or shorten the tour depending on the conditions of the trails and the weather, to avoid accidents, making the most of the tour.
.As all activities carried out in nature, the times and times reported are approximate and depend largely on climatic factors giving priority to always the comfort, safety and pleasure of our customers