Cerro Solo – 2121 meters

Cerro Solo

“Enrique Sabatte y Roberto Matiz have climbed Cerro Solo (2121 metres) for the first time on February 14th, 1949. They were also part of the expedition that climbed Cerro Pollone. They started from Maestri camp; they crossed the glacier on the east face and summit. “Cerro Solo has fabulous views of the Continental Ice Cap and it is the less affected by bad weather on Cerro Torre range” written by Marco Dura y Guillermo Dura

Enjoy with us this amazing climb as well as its astonishing views.

Itinerary:

Day 1

We meet our Guide at 7:00 in the morning. Gear, food checking and arrange last minute details. We start hiking for 2 ½ hours through Beech forest, where if we are lucky we could spot a Magellan woodpecker. We reach Laguna Torre and its lateral and terminal moraines that glacier Grande left. We cross Fitz Roy river using a Tyrolean (a zip line with a pulley) and our harnesses. Keep hiking along the southern lateral moraine until reaching Cerro Solo Buttress. 150 meters up and Cerro Solo stream shows up. Following the creek up to its basin, we ascent 900 meters. Some sections of rock where we might use our hands to progress. Finally, we reach the base of the lower glacier. Set up camp and preparing some dinner.

Day 2

Early in the morning we wake up. We want to take advantage of the over night freeze. We put crampons and harness on to progress on a 30 35-degree snow/ice slope. Depending on snow/glacier condition we might be walking on ice, snow or rock. After a couple of hours, we reach the bottle neck (joint between the Upper glacier with Lower glacier). Cross the bergshrung where possible and a short section of 40/45 degrees leave us in the upper glacier. Aprox 1 hour more and we summit. Views are just amazing! Continental Ice Cap, Cerro Torre Range, Fitz Roy Range, Adelas, Pier Giorgio among others. After clicking our cameras and mind, we start our way down to our camp. Pack out camp and we keep descending, depending on fitness, we might keep going all the way to El Chaltén. Hot shower and a well-deserved dinner are waiting for us.

Ask us about posible extra day and/or porters

 

Guides and group sizes

Ratio is 1 guide per 3 guests. Maximum group size is 6.

 

Difficulty and requirements

No mountaineering experience is required, however if you have had some, it helps a lot.

Guest should feel comfortable flat footing and front pointing on moderate angle ice up to 40 degrees with crampons

These are all physically demanding days and participants must be in good hiking shape.

Guests are required to carry a backpack with their personal gear (clothes, sleeping bag, pad, etc), group (tents, pot, stoves, etc) and food. About 20 to 25 kg, except summit day. Otherwise, personal porters could be arranged in advance.

 

Transportation

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to El Chaltén, Argentina.  Your travel agent should be able to arrange this for you. You could get there either by flying to Buenos Aires, and then flying to El Calafate and a bus ride to El Chaltén.

 

Accommodation & Meals

All meals and accommodation from Day 1 (Meeting in El Chaltén) to day 2 are included. Tents are in double and triple basis. In case the program is done in 2 days, accommodation in El Chaltén for day 2 is not included, however, we could arrange them for you. Also, if you need us to arrange accommodation for you before and after the climb, please advise us and try our best to sort it out.

Please let us know of any special dietary requirements you have when booking.

 

Weather consideration

The fame of the area regarding wind and fast changeable conditions are not a legend. Be ready to experience nature and all its beauties and power. We have one back up day and one rest day, which we use it flexibly to make best use of weather conditions.

 

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