M&R Tours Blog

July 7, 2011

Perito Moreno Glacier Mini Trekking, Argentina

Argentina: Perito Moreno Glacier Mini TrekkingThe fame of Perito Moreno glacier remains for several reasons: it is the only one in the whole Patagonian glacier basin that is not retreating, but staying in balance. This means that its mass of ice maintains a stable relationship between accumulation and retreat. And to your privilege, it is one of the few glacier formations in the world that is originated at hardly 1,500 meters over sea level, and which descends to the 200 meters. This enables enviable access and observation. But the surprises given by this austral emblem do not end here. The possibility of walking on its icy surface, which ranges over 250 square kilometers, proves a fascinating experience.

 

Pick up from Hotel 08.00 AM leaving El Calafate towards the glacier on an 80 kmts. Ride. Surrounded by beautiful landscape. On road there are some stops for pictures.
The tour begins at the Bay Harbor “Bajo de las Sombras”, sited 22 km from The Glaciers National Park entrance and 8 km from the Glacier. There you board the boat in order to reach the opposite coast of Peninsula de Magallanes, crossing the Rico Branch of Argentine Lake. The sailing time is about twenty minutes. 

Specialized guides take the group (approximately 20 people) along a coast path that leads to the southern margin of the glacier after a 30 minutes trip. There, helped by experts, crampons are provided for all group members.

Also, the basic technique to use them is explained and a speech about glacier origin, regional flora and fauna is given. From there, you begin to climb towards the glacier slowly, walking for about two hours, stopping occasionally just to take some pictures.

It’s a unique opportunity to appreciate in situ the different formations of the glacier (drains, cracks, etc.) and the varied tonalities of the ice that constitute a show by themselves.
On the way back, an alternative path is used through the forest, allowing to obtain a different panoramic view of the glacier.

When arriving to the shelter, lunch is eaten and then the group goes aboard to navigate back toward the starting point. During this sailing, approaches to the front wall of the glacier in order to appreciate its real proportion.

It is an easy walk. We recommend wearing trekking shoes, thick socks, long trousers, jacket, sweater, sun glasses, sun block, gloves and hat. The tour is no recommended for children under 10, people with disabilities, smokers or overweighted pople

Includes: Transfers- Sailing – Entrance Fee to Park – Box Lunch – Grampons.

 Contact us for conditions, price & availability info@m-rtours.com or  54 11 49515968                    

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