Trekking Alvear Glacier


Located in an unspoiled environment at only 26 km from Ushuaia and 1400 meters above sea level we can find the Alvear Mountain, whose characteristics make it one of the most emblematic of the region. The Alvear Mountain has one of the most important summits of the island, an almost flat top with eternal snow and a beautiful natural environment. The glacier located on its eastern side gives origin to the Cotorras River , of indescribable beauty as well as its surroundings. Although it is close to the city, this is an incredibly wild and lonely place, which keeps more than one surprise in each excursion.

The adventure starts in Valle Hermoso Ecotourism centre, 15 km outside of the city of Ushuaia, a beautiful and unique wooden trunk cabin. After taking a look on geographical maps of the region, and a short explication of how the trip will be, the trekking starts trough a wild lenga forest just across the ruta 3. This first part of the hike takes about 1 hour and brings us to the limit of the vegetation 600 mts above sea level. Leaving the forest, we keep climbing until we reach the “Condor Viewpoint”, only 800 m further but 750 mts above sea level. From here the views are amazing. We can see 2 different valleys under our feet and nothing but magnificent peaks around us. Then we come down trough a rocky terrain covered with gravel until we reach a little lake called Laguna Faraon were we are rewarded with a panoramic view of the Alvear glacier. After a short stop we head uphill through the last valley that brings us to the glacier lake. This valley protects us from the wind. At this beautiful turquoise lake we can enjoy splendid views on the glacier or go for a short walk on the ice using crampons or snowshoes. After walking uphill for 30 min, we can see all the way towards Lago Fagnano.
After having lunch at these magical surroundings we head down again. In approximately 2h we are back in the warmth of Valle Hermoso cabin where a chocolate fondue awaits us.

Duration: 8 hours
Difficulty: medium
Distance: 10 km
Departure time: 09:00 am

Recommended clothing: proper shoes for trekking, waterproof jacket, warm fleece, hat, gloves, some dry clothes to change.

Service included: transfer from and to hotel, lunch box, trekking insurance, UHF communication with Valle Hermoso, chocolate fondue, tea and coffee, English, French, Dutch and Spanish speaking guide.

Note: it is required to be in a good physical condition. This hike is not suitable for people with cardiac or breathing problems or any difficulties which affect the motion functions.  

Price per person: € 90

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