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Ice Field Trekking in Chile

Ten days spent in an endless ice field—challenging and gruelling, but also amazing and a truly unforgettable experience

Ice Field Trekking
Ice Field Trekking
Ice Field Trekking

One of the unique experiences available in Patagonia is trekking through its vast ice fields renowned as the world's third largest ice plateau after Greenland and Antarctica. Groups of 2 to 6 die-hard adventurers can challenge winter and cross the icy desert—for ten days you will be torn from the rest of the world and surrounded by snow and ice.

By the end of the hike, ​your body is likely to be exhausted, but your mind conversely will be reborn. Expeditions run from November to March, all the necessary equipment, including crampons and snowshoe​s, is provided. Groups usually depart from Argentina, and then head to the Chilean territories, so make sure to bring your passport for border crossing.

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When should one undertake the Patagonian ice trek?

Ice trekking is best done between November and March in Patagonia. Though this is the high tourist season, bookings should be made in advance as inclement weather can close paths. November and March are unpredictable, so hikes may be delayed or canceled. The experience is challenging but exciting with a promise of unforgettable adventure. Show more

What is the starting point for ice trekking?

Patagonian ice trekking groups usually depart from Argentina, crossing over to Chilean territories. There are no paved roads, making charter flights or boats alternative travel methods. Necessary equipment, including crampons and snowshoes, are available from expedition operators. Sturdy boots, waterproof clothes, and a headlamp are useful for a comfortable trek experience. Show more

What is the difficulty level of ice trekking at Patagonia?

The level of difficulty of the ice trek in Patagonia ranges from moderate to extreme. It requires physical fitness & endurance, so only experienced hikers should undertake it. The trek covers long stretches of ice and snow, crossing valleys, camping on ice, and carrying heavy loads. However, expert guidance is available to help those who fail to meet the challenge. Show more

What gear is provided for the Patagonian ice trek?

Operators provide necessary equipment for the trek, including crampons, snowshoes, tents, and meals. Participants should bring suitable outdoor gear, including waterproof clothes, gloves, a warm hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Expert guidance for planning is available, including packing essentials such as a headlamp and a light sleeping bag for cold nights. Show more

Is a passport compulsory for the border crossing?

Groups on Patagonian ice treks cross borders from Argentina to Chilean regions. It is necessary to bring your passport when undertaking this trek throughout the journey. Visa requirements and permits will be arranged by organizers, and it's essential to have all necessary papers in advance. Compliance with regulations in both countries is a must, and none can participate without a passport. Show more

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