Patagonia Glacier Hikes

Patagonia Travel Posted on 03/04/2020

The largest glaciers in the Southern Hemisphere outside of Antarctica can be found nowhere else in Patagonia. Just seeing the glaciers is a great reason to visit Patagonia. Glacier hikes are a truly thrilling and humbling experience, which you cannot miss out on when you’re visiting the area.

The incredible 3-mile-wide Perito Moreno in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park cannot be captured adequately in a picture. Its vast, icy blue beauty can only be truly Perito Moreno Glacier Tour experienced firsthand, from viewing platforms or, ideally, the trails that allow hikers to get up close and personal with the glacier. If you dare to step onto part of the glacier, you’ll be amazed by the lagoons and ice caves you’ll encounter.

1. Patagonia Glacier Hike: Perito Moreno Glacier

Be sure to keep your eyes out for the deep cracks in the ice that appear now and then on the otherwise solid face of the glacier. But don’t worry; Perito Moreno is the world’s largest freshwater supply, and seems to have no intention of retreating or melting.

This Patagonia glacier hike is for adventurers who want a physical challenge because it lasts approximately seven hours. There you will enjoy incredible views you will never forget while learning about glaciology. Also, you will have the opportunity to see amazing ice caves. 

  • It is important to take into account the different restrictions that this activity may present. For more information please, contact us!
  • If you want to experience more icy beauties, we recommend exploring Los Glaciares Parque Nacional with a glacier cruise to Upsala Glacier and Spegazinni Glaciers, a perfect activity for all visitors.

Ice hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

2. Patagonia Glacier Hike: Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trekking 

You will experience mini trekking over the glacier. It starts with a hike through the forest to reach the base of the glacier and then continues walking on the white soil. This one-hour-and-a-half activity is done in a group, and it’s a low-difficulty Patagonia glacier hike.

Something important to keep in mind is that due to preserve the health and safety of all our passengers, there is an age restriction. This hike can be done by people between 8 to 65 years old. Also, it may not be taken by pregnant women, people who suffer from heart diseases, or people with respiratory diseases.

  • Learn more about Perito Moreno Glacier & El Calafate in our dedicated Travel Guide.

Hiking over the Perito Moreno Glacier

3. Patagonia Glacier Hike: Trekking Viedma Glacier

Exploring Viedma Glacier in Chalten; is an unforgettable experience for hikers of all different skill levels; After sailing across the beautiful Lake Viedma, you’ll head towards the impressive glacial structure. Many visitors report that it’s the first experience they’ve had climbing or trekking on top of a foundation made entirely of ice. However, the majority of these first-timers find the trail to be very easily navigable.

Having an experienced and knowledgeable guide trekking along with you, explaining the nature of the glacier and leading you around, is highly beneficial. With the guide, you’ll probably be able to venture into the depths of the glacier itself, inside an ice cave. Transforming Patagonia glacier hikes into something even more special. Within the ice caves, water from the lake gushes across the banks of a natural river, reflecting a spectrum of blue across the walls.

Exploring these natural wonders can trigger mind-boggling questions in the minds of many visitors. For example, how can a huge chunk of ice reside in the water for so many years and never melt? But most visitors decide, especially in the case of the Perito Moreno glacier, that it is best not to consider these kinds of questions too heavily, but rather to simply accept the glaciers as they are and be grateful for them.

  • Did you know that the largest glacier in Argentina is the Viedma glacier? It has a total area of 380 square miles and flows directly from the South Patagonian Ice Field.

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