CERRO SAN VALENTIN
4058m / 13390ft
Smothering the granite spires of the Patagonian Andes
beneath ice up to a Km thick, The Patagonian Ice Fields or Campo de
Hielos are among the most inhospitable and least-explored places on
the planet First visited by Alberto de Agostini, Federico Reichert,
and Otto Nordenskjold in 1920-21, this area proved a logical next step
for the Himalayan explorers. The hostile climate, long approaches, and
sheer lack of information repeatedly stymied attempts to cross the Southern
and Northern Ice Field longitudinally.
The highest Peak in Patagonia Monte San Valentin pierces the northern
fringe of the Northern Patagonian Ice Fields. Mt San Valentin saw his
first ascent in 1952 and to the present day no more than a handful of
climbers have successfully climbed the peak, despite its relatively
low technical difficulty.
Day 1. We start the trip to Lake General Carrera. Land transportation
to Puerto Tranquilo. Overnight in the lodge.
Day 2. Full day preparing the final details of the expedition in the
Day 3. Early transfer to Leones valley. Trekking to the Leones lake.
Mules carry the common equipment and cross by boat to reach the starting
point of our expedition. Camp in Pto Leon in front of Leones glacier
Day 4. We will climb to Punta Camello base camp using porters to help
us carrying up some stuff. Fantastic panorama of the Northern ice field
East side mountain range.
Day 5. Day to make deposits to the next camp. Back to Punta Camello
Day 6. Climb to the deposit and then to Camp 1 (Paso camp), on the East
edge of the Icefield.
Day 7. Approach cross (with skies and sleds) on the icefield to reach
Day 8. Climbing to the Terrace camp. Wonderful scenery with the Mount
San Valentin in the background.
Day 9. Long journey walking or skiing to the right San Valentin bottom.
Day 10. Ascent attempt to the summit of San Valentin (4058m). Back to
the advanced camp.
Day 11-12-13. Extra days to guarantee the summit success in the case
of bad weather.
Day 14. Return to Raton camp.
Day 15. Return to Paso camp.
Day 16. Return to Punta Camello base camp.
Day 17. Hiking down to Pto Leon using porters. Camp.
Day 18. Crossing by boat, trekking and transfer back to Pto Tranquilo.
Transfer to Coihaique.
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