Wind Pass Trekking

 

Guides and group sizes

Ratio is 1 guide/assistance per 3 guests. Maximum group size is 9 guests 1 guide and 2 assistants guide

 

Difficulty and prerequisites

These are all physically demanding days and participants must be in good hiking shape.

Guests are required to carry a backpack with their personal gear (clothes, sleeping bag, pad, etc), group (tents, pot, stoves, etc) and food. About 20 kg +/-. Personal porters could be arranged in advance, if needed.

No mountaineering experience is required, however if you had some it helps a lot.

 

Transportation

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to El Chaltén, Argentina. Your travel agent should be able to arrange this for you. You can get there by flying to Buenos Aires, and then fly to El Calafate. From there, you can get on a 4-hour bus journey or you we can arrange a private transfer.

 

Accommodation & Meals

All food during the trekking is included.

Please let us know of any special dietary requirements you have when booking.

If you need any help with your lodging, do not hesitate to ask us. We can find the best for your taste and budget.

 

Weather consideration

The fame of the area regarding wind and fast changeable conditions are not a legend. Be ready to experience nature and all its beauties and power. We have two back up days and one rest day, which we use flexibly to make best use of weather conditions.

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 0

El Chaltén is our meeting point and where the trip gets started. The youngest town in Argentina founded in 1985. We are going to use today to check every bodies gear, also we will be briefing the trip, and get any last minute details. Hostel/hosteria check-in and followed by dinner; possibly, some barbecued local lamb with a good Argentinean red wine?

 

Day 1

After a nice breakfast and packing our stuff. We hike along Rio Tunnel and over Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. Only 6 hours with 500-meter elevation gain. One of the less hiked trails in the Park, however one of the most spectaculars ones. We could see both mountain ranges, Cerro Torre Range and Fitz Roy Range! Also, if mother nature allows we could see the famous Wind Pass with Mariano Moreno range in the Back (mountains in the southern continental ice cap). We camp in Laguna Toro Camp.

 

Day 2

This trek brings all the terrains together: grass, scree and glacier. This is the strawberry of the desert. For some people the best hike. Impressive views of the continental Southern Ice Cap, third largest ice mass of fresh water in the world. There would be a Tyrolean crossing or wading a river according to conditions. After capturing these astonishing images with our cameras and mind, we head back to our camp in Laguna Toro the same way we came up.

 

Day 3

Hike out to El Chaltén. Different possibilities according to group fitness and desires. Otherwise, we’ll hike out the same we hike in. “Cordero asado”, barbecued lamb and red wine may be waiting for us at the end of the day!