Patagonia - Gorra Blanca Expedition


Gorra Blanca (9,514 ft / 2900 m) sits on the border between Argentina and Chile and marks one of the gateways to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. It is one of the most easily identifiable mountains on the periphery of the ice. 

In Spanish, Gorra Blanca means "white hat," which gives the impression that the mountain starts with vertical walls and ends in a dome. And though a part of the mountain looks like a dome, the summit is a bit sharper. The bulk of the route requires moderate snow and ice climbing with angles ranging 30- to 40-degrees up to a scenic summit. 

Though attempts on the mountain were made as early as the thirties, the first successful ascent of the peak took place in 1964. Since then the mountain has slowly gained popularity as it provides climbers with the opportunity for a shorter objective, while still accessing the iconic Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

Patagonia - Gorra Blanca Expedition

Program Structure

  • 5-Day Expedition
  • Elevation Gain: 7,870 ft / 2,400 m
  • Backpack Weight: 45 lbs / 20 kg (porters available for additional cost to reduce pack weight)
  • Difficulty: Strenuous



The primary objective of this program is an ascent of Gorra Blanca. During your climb you will also enjoy the amazing views that the Southern Patagonian Ice Field has to offer, and throughout this climb you will utitilize previous glacier travel and climbing techniques.



The wind in the area is sometimes referred to as "the broom of God." It is for this reason that we have devised a 5-day itinerary with one day built in to accomodate for weather or to add rest days. The weather conditions can be severe in this area, even in summer, so having extra time for weather or rest days can be essential.

It is important to note that part of the reason this area is so beautiful is because it is hit by high winds and storms regularly. Good naviagtion and glacier travel skills are necessary for an ascent of Gorra Blanca. The actual climb of Gorra Blanca by the main route is of moderate difficulty, however it requires proficiency with ice tools and solid knowledge of crevasse rescue skills. Our Guided climbs of Gorra Blanca are designed to give you the best possible chance at summiting while also being as safe and efficient as possible. 

Patagonia - Gorra Blanca Expedition

Prices, Details and Dates

  • $3950 - Private One Person Expediiton
  • Ratio pricing applies for more climbers. Contact the AAI office for further details - [email protected] or 360-671-1505



Currently, these programs are being offered on a private basis only. The program is available from September through March. Early bookings are encouraged.



Patagonia Icecap - Map
  • Excellent physical condition 
  • Previous experience camping in a wintery backcountry environment
  • Multi-day backpacking and/or mountaineering experience
  • Previous glacier travel experience



  • Four Season Tents
  • Cooking Equipment, Fuel, Stoves and Expedition Meals
  • Snowshoes
  • Glacier Equipment: Crampons, Harness, Ropes, Shovel, etc.
  • Sledge/Sled
  • Communications Device (inReach/VHF Radio)
  • Expedition First Aid Kit
  • Transfer El Chaltén-Río Eléctrico

  • Transportation from El Calafate to El Chaltén
  • Lodging at El Chaltén
  • Porters (available upon request)
  • Personal Equipment
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Services Not Specified

Patagonia - Gorra Blanca Expedition

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