Exploradores Glacier Ice Trekking
On the west road from Puerto Río Tranquilo lies the Exploradores valley. The road passes through its extraordinary beauty and impressive waterfalls, glaciers, lakes and mighty rivers until it reaches the highest peak in Patagonia: the majestic Monte San Valentín, which marks the beginning of Northern Ice Field.
The walk begins at Km 51, plunging through thick evergreen woodland that leads to the glacier’s frontal moraine. We continue between small lakes and rocks dragged by the action of the glacier until we reach the first formations of clean ice.
We will visit caves, crevasses and formations sculpted by wind and water erosion, all of which define the ever changing shape the Exploradores Glacier. It will be a six hour roundtrip with rest stops, photo opportunities and time to enjoy this wonderful icy experience.
Season: All year*
Duration: 9 hours approximately
Trekking duration: 6 hours approximately
Validity expires: 2017-2018
Minimum: 2 people
* Subject to weather conditions
Transport from Puerto Río Tranquilo
Ticket entrance Laguna San Rafael National Park
Personal equipment: crampons, gaiters, helmet and windcoat
VHF radio and Satelital phone
First aid kit
DOES NOT INCLUDE
The region of Aysén and a big part of Patagonia has a changing weather, so it is very common to have a shiny day and then a rainy afternoon. For that reason, we recommend you to be prepare. There are two different kinds of predominant weather: the oceanic rainy weather in the cost, archipielagos and fiords; and the cold steppe-like weather of the east, with few precipitations and low temperatures. It is necessary to have a good equipment and clothes to face this weather conditions.
It is very important to bring and wear adecuate clothes to do outdoor activities. The weather in Patagonia is very inestable and good clothing will ensure your security and will bring you confort to make this experience one that you will never forget.
For this kind of activity we recommend you to use layers. This method will keep you warm and dry without changing clothes. Basically, you use three layers of clothing with different characteristics of insulation:
Inner layer. Made with synthetic materials, the purpose of the inner layer is to draw the sweat away from the skin to the next layers, making you feel warmer. You can find t-shirts and long pants in polyester and microfiber that provides comfort by keeping the skin dry.
Mid layer. Provides warmth. It is needed in cold weather to provide additional insulation. There are clothes made of fleece, wool and polyester.
Shell layer. The shell layer is breathable but must block wind or water at the same time to protect you. You can use plastic raincoast or Gore-Tex which are waterproof and breathable.
The boots you will wear are very important. If you have new shoes or boots you have to wear them at least three days before the activity, so you can realize if they are confortable or not. This way we will avoid accidents and wounds. We recommend you to wear boots to protect the ankles.
It is imperative to use of sunscreen, sunglasses and sun hut. The use of thin gloves can be useful on the ice. It is recommended to wear waterproof jacket in case of rain.
It is important that each member carries his own small backpack with one liter of water each. Inside the glacier you can fill your bottle with pure glacial water. In the same way if you feel hot, you can keep your belongings, without having to carry things in your hand.
Condiciones de Contratación
Booking policies established by tourism Valle Leones for direct customers are:
· All the activities offered by the company must be booked at least 2 days in advance to coordinate the service optimally.
· To make a reservation, the customer must pay 50% of the total value of the service.
Groups and TTOO
All services provided by Turismo Valle Leones must be booked at least 15 days in advance.
Customers must pay 50% of the total amount at the time of booking, depending also on the particular conditions of each program.
All customers must pay the total balance of the amount with at least 7 days prior to the execution of the service. Payments must be made by bank transfer or deposits in the following account, 843-7-044273-7 Banco Estado, name: Turismo y Servicios Pedro Soto Serón EIRL, RUT 76.297.755-9.
Accepted types of payment: Bank transfer, credit card, debit, cash and US dollar.
Cancellations made up to 2 days prior to the execution of the service, 100% of the amount paid will be returned.
Cancellations 1 day prior to the execution of the service, they will not be entitled to reimbursement.
Groups and TTOO
Cancellations carried out up to 7 days prior to the execution of the service, the return of 100% of the amount paid will be made.
Cancellations made between 6 and 4 days prior to the execution of the service, 50% of the total value of the program will be returned.
Cancellations after 4 days prior to the execution of the service, will not be entitled to reimbursement.
CRITERIA FOR SUSPENDING THE ACTIVITY
• Participants under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
• Participants who repeatedly do not follow the instructions of the guide in charge.
• For sudden discomfort or illness of any participant during the activity.
• At the request of one or more participants.
• Due to sudden adverse weather conditions.