Northern Ice Field

Hiking through forests, crossing the Lake Leones by boat and climbing up to the ice shelf. This expedition is aimed at people that want to hike around the almost unexplored patagonian region of Aysén. Forests, rivers, lakes, ice fields, huemules and a lot of wind characterise one of the most beautiful spots in Chile.

The ice field expedition in this remote area of Chile has all the hallmarks of a trip full of adventure. From Coyhaique we will travel along the impressive Carretera Austral to Puerto Gaudal, the small town in which we will spend the night before continuing on to Puerto Tranquilo.

From this point we will start a walk of 9 kilometres along a woody path to the Lake Leones. Here we will take a motorboat to cross to the east shore of the lake to set up our base camp – a trip of around 45 minutes.

The trip to the ice shelf starts from the base camp. Should the weather allow for it, we will do a hike and then do a simple climb of a mountain on the very ice shelf. Then we will descend to base camp to cross the lake once more to return to Puerto Gaudal for a typical patagonian barbecue. The next day we will return to Coyhaique to spend the night before returning to Santiago. 


  1. Santiago – Balmaceda – Puerto Guadal – Night at double shared room hotel.
  2. Puerto Guadal – Puerto Tranquilo – START OF THE Trek – Boat lake crossing – Base Camp (BC) (optiona: carry day to camp. 1 and return to BC).
  3. BC- Camp 1
  4. Camp 1 – Ice field – Summit Mocho – C1
  5. C1- BC
  6. CB – Boat cross on lake – Return trekking to – Puerto Guadal; double shared rooms. 
  7. Puerto Guadal – Drive to Coyhaique. Night at hotel in single rooms.
  8. Coyhaique – Transfer to airport – Santiago.
  9. Extra day (weather, others).


Next climbing dates:

08 Feb
08/02/2025 – 16/02/2025

Climbing program does include:

  • High mountain guides according people.
  • Private transfer Balmaceda – Puerto Guadal – Coyhaique.
  • All logistics rom Coyhaique.
  • High mountain tent for 2 people.
  • Climbing gear (ropes, ice screw, etc).
  • Food for the entire trip in the mountains as stated in the program.
  • All meals in Puerto Guadal.
  • VHF radios and satellite phone (emergency calls).
  • First aid equipment.
  • 2 nights in hostel in double rooms in Puerto Guadal.
  • Pick-up and drop-off at airport in Balmaceda.
  • Tipical Patagonian barbecue upon return to Puerto Guadal
  • 1 night in a hotel/hostel upon return to Coyhaique in individual rooms.

Not included in climbing program:

  • Flights Santiago-Balmaceda-Santiago.
  • Pick-up/drop-offs in Santiago.
  • Individual equipment.
  • Hotels in Santiago.
  • Life or accident insurance. Should any incidents occur, the customer will immediately be transported to the hospital in Copiapó, the cost of which will be entirely carried by the customer.
  • If additional services are required, ask for options.

Price per person:
5-10 people: $1.790.000.- USD 1.950 (aprox).

The total will be applied to the dollar value of the current day.
Ask for private trips.