Group walking minitrekking 2 on ice Perito Moreno
Boat and people in Perito Moreno coast
group puts crampons on ice Perito Moreno
Chico Howlanders on Perito Moreno glacier lake
Group leaning out of Perito Moreno crevasse
Group walking on Perito Moreno ice
Group away on Perito Moreno glacier ice
Group walking on Perito Moreno ice with river
Group of friends in front of the Perito Moreno
Chico Howlanders embarked on Perito Moreno ice hike
Howlanders backpack girl on Perito Moreno catwalks
Girl from Pasarelas Perito Moreno
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Hiking on the ice of Perito Moreno

The long version of the classic minitrekking

El Calafate
1 day
Spanish and English
Starts: From your accommodation in El Calafate or from Puerto Bajo las Sombras, inside Los Glaciares National Park (depending on the selected option) between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Ends: To Puerto Bajo las Sombras 5 hours after the start of the tour, or to El Calafate 10 hours later (depending on the selected option).
Free cancellation!

Briefing

This walk on the ice of the Perito Moreno, also called "Minitrekking 2" differs from the classic Minitrekking Perito Moreno by having a more demanding itinerary in which you walk for 3,1 miles (5 km) on the ice of the glacier.

When booking the tour you can include pick up in El Calafate or go directly to Puerto Bajo las Sombras. You navigate in front of the south wall of the Perito Moreno until you reach the coast, from where you start walking along the lateral moraine of the glacier until you reach the place to put on your crampons. The real walk on the ice begins, for more than two hours you walk with the crampons until you return to the starting point. Finally, you visit a small waterfall and take the boat back to the port. The option with pick-up also offers a one-hour visit to the Perito Moreno footbridges before returning to El Calafate.

Tour details

Included

  • Transfers from El Calafate (according to option selected)
  • Visit to the footbridges (depending on the selected option)
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish-English)
  • Boat tour
  • Crampons

Not included

  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
  • Food and water

Important information

DEPARTURE: The tour has several daily departures at different times. The exact departure time of your tour will be confirmed by Whatsapp the day before, starting at 6:00 PM. If you book the tour with pick up in El Calafate you will be picked up between 7:00 AM and 12:00PM. If you book the tour without pick up, your activity can start between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM. It is recommended to book the full day tour and not to book another activity or transfer on the same day.

👬 LIMITATION: Only suitable for people from 18 to 55 years old (both included). No exception.

🚫 NOT SUITABLE: People with heart or respiratory problems, recent surgeries, pregnant women, reduced mobility, obesity or vertigo .

🎟️ TICKET FOR ACCESS TO LOS GLACIARES N.P.: the entrance to the park can be purchased online or at the park itself. In this case, you can only pay with VISA card or cash in Argentine pesos. It is essential to present your identity card or passport.

The itinerary is indicative, in case of selecting the option with pick up, the view of the walkways can be done before or after the walk.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation!

If you cancel at least 48 hours before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

Hiking on the ice of Perito Moreno

🚐 Transfer from El Calafate → National Park (only in option with transfers).

🚢 Navigation from the port to the starting point.

🚶‍♂️ Duration of trekking 5 h. (moraine and glacier ice)

🚢 Return to Bajo de las Sombras Port

📸 Visit Perito Moreno footbridges [1 h.] (only in option with transfers)

🚐 Return to El Calafate (only in option with transfers)

Transfers and meeting at Puerto Bajo las Sombra

If you have selected the option with pick-up, at the time indicated the day before, you will be picked up at your accommodation or the pick-up point indicated and start the one-hour trip to Puerto Bajo las Sombra, in Los Glaciares National Park.

If you have selected the option without transfers, you will go directly to the port. Once the group has gathered, the guides will assist you with the purchase of the tickets and then take the boat.

Disembarkation in Perito Moreno Puma Bay

Navigation and walk next to the glacier

During 10 minutes you will sail along the Rico Lake, in front of the south wall of the Perito Moreno. Upon arrival, the mountain guides will be waiting for the group to begin the hike along the shore of the lake, which goes into the glacier's moraine. The moraine is a rocky terrain next to the glacier itself, so from this point onwards you will be walking along the ice. Finally, you reach the starting point of the walk on the ice, where there are some small facilities where you will be assisted to put on the crampons.

perito moreno side walking group

Hiking on the ice of Perito Moreno

The most awaited moment has arrived!

As we have mentioned, this hike is longer and more demanding than the famous minitrekking, although not as long as the Big Ice. During 3 miles (5 km) you walk on the ice of the glacier and see the formations that cannot be seen from the walkways: deep crevasses, water sinkholes, turquoise lagoons and even seracs. This route over the ice does not follow a marked itinerary, as the glacier is alive and changing, so the guide will decide the best route for the group each day. Finally, after the 3 milees (5 km), we return to the starting point to return the crampons and continue the adventure.

perito moreno crampon walking group

Waterfall and return navigation

We start our way back to the beach where we disembark. During the route, we visit a waterfall and continue until we reach the beach, known as Puma Bay, where the boat will be waiting to take us back to the port. It is at this point where the activity ends for travelers who book the option without transfers, to whom we recommend that they take advantage of the fact that they are only 4,3 miles (7 km) away and visit the walkways of the Perito Moreno as the rest of the group does.

Group walking to perito moreno waterfall

Visit to the footbridges and return to El Calafate.

Travelers who include the option with transfers continue the tour with a one hour visit to the famous walkways of the Perito Moreno. Upon arrival, the guide will explain the different routes and for one hour you will be able to explore it on your own. After that time, you will go to the meeting point to take the transport to El Calafate.

Girl howlanders looking at perito moreno from catwalks

What to bring to Hiking on the ice of Perito Moreno

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable and warm clothes
  • Long pants (preferably trekking pants)
  • Trekking boots
  • Medium backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Food and snacks
  • Water
  • Identity card / passport
  • Cash or park entrance fee

Where does the tour Hiking on the ice of Perito Moreno start

The tour has two starting areas depending on the selected option:

  • Tour with pick-up: you will be picked up at your accommodation in El Calafate. In case your accommodation is not included in the pick-up points (for example, an Airbnb), you will be indicated a meeting point a few minutes away from your accommodation.
  • Tour without pick-up: in this case you will have to go by your own means to Puerto Bajo las Sombras, located inside Los Glaciares National Park. The distance between El Calafate and the port is 43 miles (70 km).

The city of El Calafate is located 1,860 miles (3,000 km) from Buenos Aires, and 200 miles (325 km) from the city of Rio Gallegos, capital of the province of Santa Cruz. The airport has direct daily connections with Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Bariloche, Trelew, Cordoba and Rosario. Several airlines operate this route, being Aerolineas Argentinas the most frequent one. From Howlanders we also recommend you to check LADE airline.

If you want to arrive by land you can do it by bus. The trip between Buenos Aires and El Calafate takes about 36 hours. From Río Gallegos, the trip takes 4 hours. If you come from Puerto Natales we recommend you to take a bus that arrives to El Calafate in about five hours or hire a private service with us. Finally, if you are traveling from Ushuaia, please check the waiting times due to the crossing of the Strait of Magellan or stopover in Rio Gallegos.

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