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Perito Moreno Glacier Hike – Full Day Tour from El Calafate

Trek on top of one of the largest glaciers in the world – Perito Moreno!

USD $155.00

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Perito Moreno Glacier Hike

This is a unique opportunity to walk on top of one of the largest glaciers in the world – Perito Moreno! Most travelers to the area look at the glacier from a boat or from a lookout point across the water – this tour gives you even more incredible views from on top of the glacier, including ice formations, streams, lagoons, and crevasses. This is a must do adventure if you will be in the El Calafate area during your trip!

Highlights

  • Trek on top of one of the biggest glaciers in the world!
  • Enjoy stunning views as you approach the glacier by boat

Tour Information

Pick up: 07:30am in El Calafate

Drop off: 5:30pm – 6:00pm (17:30-18:00)

Hiking time: ~2 hours total, 1.5 hours on the glacier

Difficulty: The hike is moderately difficult – the terrain is highly irregular, but firm

Availability: Every day between September and April

Itinerary

The day begins with pick up at your place of lodging in El Calafate around 7:30am – the drive to the port near Perito Moreno glacier is about 1.5 scenic hours. At the Bajo de las Sombras port (about 6km before the glacier lookout point), you will get on a boat that will take you on a beautiful 20 minute ride through Lago Rico, to the southwest side of the glacier.

When you arrive, you will be divided into groups of no more than 20 people and matched with a guide. From here, there is a 20 minute walk from the shore to the edge of the ice. Once you reach the ice, your guide will help you put on the crampons and instruct you on how to walk properly with them on. The hike on the ice lasts about 1.5 hours, every minute of which will be memorable thanks to the incredible and unique views!

The hike ends back at the shoreline, where you will return the crampons, and then have time to have lunch. Remember to bring your own lunch as it is not included in the tour and there is nowhere on the shore to buy food! After lunch, the group will board the boat, and head to the lookout points across from the glacier to enjoy the views from that perspective. After about an hour, the group will head back to El Calafate, where you will arrive around 5:30 or 6:00pm (17:30 – 18:00).

What’s Included in the Perito Moreno Glacier Hike

  • Transportation from/to El Calafate
  • Boat ride on Lago Rico
  • Bilingual guide
  • Crampons for walking on the ice
  • A one hour visit to the lookout points across from Perito Moreno

What’s Not Included

  • Lunch (the local operator is not permitted to sell food or drinks, so they cannot include lunch – but they will give you time during the day to eat, so please bring a lunch!)
  • Entrance to the National Park (about 750 Argentinian pesos, please check the government’s official link for the most up to date price (Tarifa General): https://www.parquesnacionales.gob.ar/areas-protegidas/region-patagonia-austral/pn-los-glaciares/)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable and warm clothing
  • Windbreaking or waterproof coat or jacket
  • Sports shoes with shoelaces or trekking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat

About the Glacier

  • Perito Moreno Glacier is 97 square miles (250 square km) in size, and 19 miles (30 km) in length
  • It is advancing, whereas most glaciers in the world are retreating
  • The ice has a depth of 558 feet (170 meters)
  • The glacier is named after Francisco Moreno, an explorer from the 19th century

Important Notes

  • The maximum group size for the tour is 20 people (there may be more on the bus and the boat, but on the glacier, your group will be no more than 20)
  • The hike is moderately difficult – the terrain is highly irregular, but firm. Please follow your guide’s instructions at all times and do not wander from the group

Because of the difficulty of this trek, the following travelers are not allowed to participate in this tour (no exceptions):

  • Travelers under the age of 10 or over the age of 65
  • Pregnant travelers
  • Overweight travelers – for the purposes of this tour, overweight is defined as: if your weight in kilograms is more than double your height in centimeters, minus 100. For example, if you are 170 cm tall,  this would be 170cm-100 = 70 | 70 x 2 = 140 kg (i.e. if your height is 170 cm, you would need to weigh less than 140 kg).
  • Travelers with mental disabilities that affect your attention or physical disabilities that prevent you from walking
  • Travelers with cardiovascular limitations
  • Travelers who use pacemakers, stents, or protheses

Please note that these are rules created by the local operator, not Keteka, and we are not able to change them or make any exception on your behalf. To ensure traveler safety, the operator has a strict no exceptions policy. If you have any questions, please email us at info@keteka.com.

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