Minitrekking Perito Moreno Glacier Hike In El Calafate Patagonia

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Highlights Of The Minitrekking Perito Moreno Glacier Hike

Book the famous Minitrekking tour on the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia and you will feel the ice closer than ever!

This excursion is a full-day adventure that will take you walking on the glacier, fully equipped and accompanied by our certified and bilingual guides.

You will also have access to the walkways and the balconies of the Glacier during a whole hour to walk on your own. 

From there you can see the best views and the icefalls that They fall into the lake water making it a unique experience!

The tour includes:

  • A 20-minute navigation per stretch on Lake Argentino with great views of the southern wall of the glacier from the water.
  • The central experience of the Mini trekking or walk on the Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • Free time to walk the walkways in front of the glacier.

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STARTS
EL CALAFATE (AR)
Hotels in El Calafate from 07:00 am (The exact time will be reconfirmed at the time of booking)
ENDS
Hotels in El Calafate from 05:00 pm
DURATION
10 Hours
FREQUENCY
Everyday
SEASON
July - May
INCLUDED
- Transfers from/to hotels in El Calafate
- Bilingual mountain guides
- Ice walk with crampons
NOT INCLUDED
- Port Taxes
- Tickets to the National Park (only paid in cash and in Argentine pesos)
- Lunch and drinks
PHYSICAL REQS.
* Only suitable for people between 08 and 65 years old
* Due to the degree of effort and difficulty that the activity presents, it is not allowed for:
- Overweight people
- EXCLUSIVE for pregnant women
- People who suffer from diseases with cardiac risk or functional or organic deterioration,
- People with disabling diseases in relation to coordination and motor skills.
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
WHAT TO BRING?
- Clothing: Waterproof jacket in case of rain, comfortable and warm clothing, long pants (even better waterproof), trekking boots or shoes with Gore Tex protection, backpack (40 liters approx.), sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hat .
- Lunch: Bring lunch and water
DESTINATIONS
El Calafate (AR)
OTHER
- The complete tour with transportation from El Calafate lasts around 10 hours.
- The Perito Moreno mini trekking goes from the beginning of August to the last days of May.
- The entrance to the National Park is not included and can only be paid in cash and Argentine pesos. The cost is ARS$800 (subject to change without prior notice).

Details of Day Tours

Between 7.30 am and 8.45 am, we will pick you up from your hotel in El Calafate and we will go to Los Glaciares National Park (80 km away), one of the main parks in Argentine Patagonia.

After an hour`s ride in our comfortable shuttle, we will arrive at the pier boarding station located in the port "Bajo de las Sombras".

There we will embark for a 20-minute sail through the Rico Arm, enjoying stunning views of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Sailing in front of the southern wall of the glacier is really spectacular. You feel small in front of such a huge mass of ice.

Then, arriving at the opposite shore, already in a natural area with no access to people outside of those who took the tour, we will disembark and our guides specialized bilingual mountain guides will welcome you and take you to a small refuge.

After checking the last details of the group of no more than 20 people, we start trekking with the guides along the shore from the lake towards the edge of the Perito Moreno glacier.

Once we hit the ice, the guides will hand out a pair of crampons to each participant to tuck under their shoes and explain how to use them. metal that are attached to the shoes are what allow us to walk with stability on the ice, allowing us to walk safely.

Once we`re ready, we`ll start a 2-hour glacier hike circuit. Via this hike, we are going to walk and discover: streams, small lagoons, ravines, cravasses and a lot of ice formations of the most incredible blue.

The ice surface on which we are going to walk is irregular, but firm and safe. Our specialized team of guides will set the course to follow and they will also help people who need it. 

Anyone who is within the age range enabled and has good mobility can perform the activity without problems.
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Along the route there are stops to take photos and then have a good amount to share on social networks.

During the walk, we will receive explanations about the flora, fauna and geology of the national park. It is very interesting to know how it was formed over thousands of years the glacier, and understand well the process of ruptures that we will see later when we visit the catwalks in the afternoon.

To close our luxury activity, we are going to have a glass of Whiskey with the particularity that we are going to put together the on the rock with ice that we ourselves can take from the glacier. 

Once the toasting ceremony is over we will return to the refuge, from where we will embark for another 20 minutes of navigation to the port of Bajo de las Sombras where The bus that will take us to the viewpoint where there are bathrooms, gastronomy services and the beginning of the walkway path awaits us.

We will have free time to have lunch (there is a restaurant in the area where the transfer leaves us) and to explore the balconies and walkways of the Perito Moreno glacier built on different levels generating unique views from different perspectives, which will allow us to have incredible panoramic views to take the best photographs. 

We recommend bringing a bottle of wine and water and some food so that you can have a picnic on the benches along the wooden path that composes the gateways. 

To finish the experience we will return to the hotels with our transfer that will travel the path from the glacier park to the hotels in the center of El Calafate .

Send us your questions
The main thing is the coat since the conditions are very cold. A waterproof jacket. Closed, high, warm and if possible hiking shoes. Gloves, wool hat and scarf. As with walking you can perspire if the first layers of clothing are dri-fit thermal or synthetic that dry quickly is better. The pants must allow easy movement since in the end it is very important to be comfortable. (if they are water repellent it adds up since it can touch a day with snowstorms or rain)
If possible waterproof bootie style shoes would be ideal. In any case, any comfortable walking shoe that is closed so that water from the ice that melts with body heat does not enter is enough.
The Perito Moreno glacier is in southern Argentina in the region called Patagonia. More specifically on the south west of the province of Santa Cruz within the Glacier National Park.
Both tours are hiking on the ice of the same glacier. The difference are: The minitrekking is: Shorter walk (2 hours) Less physically demanding. It can be done by anyone between 10 and 65 years old. Big ice: Lasts 4 hours You need a physical condition according to the duration of it. The regulated age for taking up the activity is between 18 and 50 years.

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Happy in the Glaciar
16/08/2016
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When you spend a day in a touristic day tour you never know if it will end up being good or not. The Perito Moreno Mini Trekking is a fabulous journey over the Perito moreno Glacier. I recommend doing that full day excursion on your calafate stay.

Reviewed by Nadine
A must!
02/08/2016
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Such a great tour! i have never imagined myself hiking over the ice in such an environment! You don´t need any special training nor equipment other than nice trekking boots and insulation for the cold. We were a group of 30 people from all over the world on the ice. A great thing to do in the perito moreno Glacier.

Reviewed by Gert
Perito moreno hike
02/08/2016
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i followed a tip i read on a review and i have to admit that hiking perito moreno was cool.

Reviewed by Greggy
worth
02/08/2016
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A very expensive tour that consist in a journey hiking through the ice over the Perito Moreno Glacier. nice experience. aver all recommended!

Reviewed by Rose

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