Trekking the Viedma Glacier

You may have heard about Argentina’s famous Perito Moreno Glacier, but did you know that the Perito Moreno is not the biggest glacier in the country? While the Perito Moreno may be the most popular among tourists, the largest glacier in Argentina is actually the Viedma glacier. Located in the Los Glaciares National Park, the Viedma glacier has a total area of 380 square miles and flows directly from the South Patagonic Ice Field, eventually feeding the Viedma Lake with its runoff. Much like the Perito Moreno, visitors have a number of ways to view the enormous ice formation, the most interactive of these options being trekking on the glacier itself.

Trekking the Viedma Glacier is a great experience for anyone!

Trekking the Viedma Glacier is a great experience for anyone!

Just outside the town of El Chalten, known throughout the country as the trekking capital of Argentina, the Viedma glacier is largely unknown in comparison to Perito Moreno. Despite being the largest glacier in the country, Viedma remained relatively hidden until recent years when the town of El Chalten was established. With the creation of El Chalten came wider access to Viedma, although the more established town of El Calafate, with its close proximity to Perito Moreno, still remains much more popular among visitors to Patagonia. For this reason, those interested in glacier trekking have a unique opportunity to do so with Viedma, given the smaller crowds and more intimate experience that results.

The Viedma Glacier, with smaller crowds than the Perito Moreno, provides an intimate setting for trekking

The Viedma Glacier, with smaller crowds than the Perito Moreno, provides an intimate setting for trekking

What’s more is that trekking the Viedma glacier comes in a number of different forms. There are actually 3 excursions visitors can choose from, depending on the desired level of difficulty and length of time. The shortest and least difficult is the 6 hour Ice Trek Excursion, which is recommended for people in a generally good physical condition. Also available is the Viedma Pro Excursion, which has a duration of 9 hours and is regarded as a popular option for beginners. The longest of the three is the Full Day Excursion, which lasts 12 hours and is recommended for people who are physically fit and agile. All three excursions include the trekking gear that participants need and are known for offering an extremely unique and intimate experience to their guests.

The Full Day Excursion of trekking the Viedma Glacier is the most difficult of the three

The Full Day Excursion of trekking the Viedma Glacier is the most difficult of the three

For those interested in taking advantage of this unique and intimate experience of glacier trekking Say Hueque offers the possibility of adding these excursions to any of our itineraries that go to El Chalten. For more information about these excursions, contact Say Hueque!

Written by Will Collier

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