NATURAL MONUMENT

SAN FRANCISCO GLACIER

Come to discover the wonders and secrets of the winter in the Andean Mountains!

We invite you to live a real adventure behind the mountains that surround Santiago. Starting from Baños Morales, in Cajón del Maipo, we will head into the beautiful Rio Morales valley with the use of snow shoes (Alpine touring ski available for rent).

Silence and the breathtaking views of El Morado (16.600 ft) will be our companions as we get to the frozen Morales Lagoon, right on the base of the San Francisco Glacier.

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Location

Santiago, Chile


Difficulty

Medium


Hiking time

3 hours  of ascent and  2 hour descent. 5  hours round trip (Rest time has been included)


Transportation time

2,5 hours by car from Santiago to the beginning of the path.


Technical data

Lenght: 4 miles (one way) / Ramp: 1.800 ft / Maximum Altitude: 7.800 ft.


Season

Winter activity: from June to September (The rest of the year we do a regular trekking on this area).


Requirements

Age of participants must be between 14 and 75 years old. Physical and medical condition must be compatible with activity (When in doubt, please ask).

The times on the itinerary below are an approximation of the schedule. These times could vary depending on weather and the speed of your group. A more accurate pick -up time will delivered once we receive your pick -up address obtained through the booking process.

8:30 Pick up at hotel or meeting point in Santiago.

9:30 Entry to glaciers and high mountains zone in Cajon del Maipo valley

11:00 Trekking starts at Baños Morales town. As we head into the valley we will be amazed by the views of the glacier and the high snowy peaks.

14:30 Arrive to the Morales Lagoon lookout. The stunning snowy mountains and the lagoon are waiting for us. We will eat our snack while we enjoy the overwhelming nature.

15:30 Descend to Baños Morales starting point. Different views of the mountains will continue amazing us.

17:30 Return on our private transport starts.

20:00 Drop off at hotel or meeting point in Santiago.

Warning: This activity could include hiking in irregular terrain, driving by land roads with projections, sudden changes of weather, walk under strong sun.

What's included

  • Private transportation (Pick up at your Hotel)
  • Guides: 1 each 4 clients
  • Snow-shoes and Hiking poles (renting of alpine touring skis available)
  • Lunch Box (isotonic juice, granola or energy bars, sandwich, fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Park fee
  • Pictures
  • First aid kit
  • VHF Radio and Satelital Phone

What's not included

  • Personal Clothing (please check "Gear")
  • Small backpack (rent available)
  • Personal Insurance

What to bring:

  • Small backpack. If you haven´t, we can rent to you. (10 USD)
  • First layer or sport t-shirt
  • Polar Fleece or similar
  • Down or puffy Jacket
  • Wind jacket
  • Hiking pants or similar comfortable to walk
  • Hiking boots (This is the only tour that DOES requieres a high cut boot)
  • Sun glasses
  • Liner gloves
  • Sun hat
  • Wool hat
  • Balaclava or neck gator

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