Viedma Ice Trekking
It is a half day tour, twice a day from El Chalten.
Viedma Glacier is located in Los Glaciares National Park in the Province of Santa Cruz and is the largest in Argentina. It was thought to believe that the Upsala Glacier was the largest but recent studies indicate that the Viedma glacier has major surface (978km2). It flows directly from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field to the lake. Its front is 40mt from the level of the lake. Their risings are located in the heart of the ice field between 1.500 y 2.200 msnm. It has some dark, deep lines on the surface that are volcanic ashes strips mixed with ice. Also, it has suffered many repressions but not as important as the rest of the glaciers.
We will sail on the Viedma Lake; walk with crampons where we will be able to find cracks and caves and other interesting places. Located 17 km south of El Chalten a small picturesque bay called Tunel Bay is located, in a natural bay a few hundreds of meters away from the delta that forms the river. We will sail south by the bay allowing us to sail by the shore so we can see the stunning Mt. Fitz Roy as well as Mt. Huemul. Once we arrive Hornos cape (Far south east), the boat turns west and we will set our eyes on the stunning Viedma glacier.We will sail by the front of the glacier and we will be able to enjoy the sight of huge icebergs, the warm blue skies and walls that reach 40mts over the level of the lake.
Disembark on the rocky promontory and passengers are invited to descend and regroup. The guide in charge of the group will introduce himself, from there we will do a brief walk on the terrain that a few years before was covered by the glacier.
After a few minutes we will reach the edge of the glacier were each passenger will be given crampons that will be used to walk the glacier. From here we start our two hour walk on the glacier; guides will take care of the safety of the passengers as well as lectures on glaciology and the area. Once the excursion has ended we will stop for lunch and return to the boat
• Itinerary 1
- 8:45 Embarkation and sailing on the Viedma Glacier.
- 9:00 Departure from Tunel Bay port to Viedma Glacier.
- 10:30 Disembark on the rocky promontory near the glacier.
- 13:30 Return to the boat.
- 14:30 Arrive to Tunel Bay port.
• Itinerary 2
- 11:45 Embarkation and sailing on the Viedma Glacier.
- 12:00 Departure from Tunel Bay port to Viedma Glacier.
- 13:30 Disembark on the rocky promontory near the glacier.
- 16:30 Return to the boat.
- 17:30 Arrive to Tunel Bay port.
- Minimum age 12 years old with parents or responsible adult
- Snack is included
- Technical equipment is included
This product is suggested for people with good physical condition, who are used to do moderates walks on irregular terrains.