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El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek

4.9 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Patagonia Dreams
Water activity

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek

Activity provider: Patagonia Dreams
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From US$ 483.21 per person

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Experience an unforgettable hike across the ice on the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier. From El Calafate, embark on an incredible Patagonian adventure as you marvel at the ice flow from new angles and learn about this frozen landscape.

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Duration 12 hours
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English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore Perito Moreno Glacier on a hike with ice crampons
  • Enjoy a sightseeing cruise in front of the glacier
  • Marvel at the Patagonian forest with stunning natural scenery
  • Admire the glacier from different angles as you stroll along boardwalks
Full description
The trip begins with pickup from El Calafate and travels 1 hour and 30 minutes to Bajo de la Sombras Port. From here, sail across the Rico Channel and descend on the southwestern coast of Patagonia to reach Perito Moreno Glacier. Upon arrival at the glacier, enjoy a 1 hour and 30 minute hike with your mountain guides along a path next to the glacier. Arrive at a magnificent view point and marvel at the vast frozen landscape that stretches out before you. From here, attach the iron crampons to the ground and begin your hike walk across the ice. Trek across the ice for around 4 hours, admiring the fascinating ice formations from start to finish. From your expert guides, learn about the flora and fauna that thrive in this unique environment, and listen to interesting facts about the glaciology of the region, and in particular about the phenomenon of glacier rupture. Finally, return to Bajo de las Sombras Port to gaze at the view of the glacier from the walkways and balconies, and then return to the city of El Calafate.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in centrally located hotels in El Calafate
  • Sailing in front of the glacier wall
  • 3 hours trekking in the forest with a Bilingual guide in Spanish/English
  • 4 hours hiking on the glacier with a Bilingual guide in Spanish/English
  • Hike equipment
  • Entrance to the national park (general AR$5.500; Argentine residents AR$1.500 per person)
  • Pick up in residential or other types of lodgings
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Children under 18 years
  • People with low level of fitness

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Food and drinks
  • Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves
  • Daypack

Know before you go

  • It is mandatory to provide full name, ID or passport, and nationality
  • Start time will be confirmed the day before the tour; an email will be sent to you with the confirmation
  • It is not possible to book this tour for the day of your arrival or departure
  • This is a physically demanding hike and is only suitable for people between 18 and 50 years of age with a good physical condition
  • It is mandatory to send each passenger's medical records in order to confirm your reservation. Once the purchase is made, you must contact the activity supplier to request the medical file that you must complete and deliver before carrying out the activity
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

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This was an extraordinary adventure. It wasn’t easy, but it’s not as hard as many suggest. I’m fairly overweight and did just fine, though I do hike frequently. The guides were spectacular and set a reasonable pace with lots of breaks on the inclines. I will say that if your knees or ankles are bad, this might not be the best choice since the crampons exacerbate those issues.

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March 30, 2023

Fantastic tour! Great experience hiking on the Glacier. An absolute must do when in the El Calafate area. The tour starts slow with ca 1.5-2h of travel to the park. In the park there was a brief stop for photos at a viewpoint and another, longer stop at the balconies where you can see the front of the glacier - and with luck pieces falling into the lake. After that we got on a boat and crossed the lake to start the glacier hike. It is a good 30min hike up, next to the glacier with two stops: At the first everybody gets harness and helmet, and on the second, close to getting onto the glacier, crampons are fitted. Hiking on the glacier was a great experience and we had enough time on it to exhaust everybody. The hike back, same path as coming up, felt longer than before and everybody was super happy when sipping their whiskey on the boat back. Must bring: Sunscreen!! The reflection from the ice makes the UV light super intense.

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March 30, 2023

By far the best experience tour I've done. It's well organized in every part. The explaining during the transportation was really interesting, we arrived at Perito Moreno when no other person is arrived yet. We had about 40minutes to take photos and it was more than enough. The trekking part was interesting as well from the wood part to the most exciting on the ice with rampoon. At the end of the day I would say that the tour is whorted its high cost and I will raccomand it to everyone that goes to el calfate.

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March 30, 2023

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