El Calafate

Perito Moreno Glacier Minitrekking Excursion

El Calafate, Argentina
Minitrekking Excursion
  • 10 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Trekking on a glacier is a big adventure, but it doesn’t need to take up precious planning time or cause any stress. This guided tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier area in Los Glaciares National Park takes you on a hassle-free hike across some of Patagonia’s most stunning glaciers. All necessary equipment is included, plus your guides provide information about the area’s history and culture as you go.
  • Los Glaciares National Park trekking tour
  • Hike Perito Moreno Glacier and more
  • All necessary equipment included, such as crampons
  • All transportation included with hotel pickup and drop-off

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Minitrekking on the Glacier
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission-Perito Moreno Glacier. The ticket must be paid in pesos on the day of the excursion

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 11/1/2023 - 5/31/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 07:30 AM - 11:00 AM

  • 7/13/2024 - 5/31/2025

    Monday - Sunday : 07:30 AM - 11:00 AM

  • 7/15/2025 - 5/4/2025

    Monday - Sunday : 07:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Pickup details

The pick-up is included only by some hotels in El Calafate. Remember to send us the name of the hotel where you will be staying in El Calafate. when you book the tour we will give the time for pick up, it may be different In the re-confirmation of the reservation we will indicate if the accommodation of each passenger is included in the pick up schedule. The pick-up does not include Bed&Breakfast or private accommodation. In this case, passengers must present themselves at the agency "Hielo y Aventura" (Avenida del Libertador 483, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina) at the time indicated on the day before the excursion. Exact pick-up time will be informed one day before the excursion. **The pick up time is assigned by the company Hielo y Aventura. **The pick up from the hotels, could suffer from 30 to 45 minutes of delay, because of the big amounts of hotels in town. The schedules detailed in the description, have been considered provided that the passenger has been assigned the first shift of the day (Pick up 07:30 hs // Drop off 17:30 hs). But such schedule may vary. The final schedule will depend on the availability and the pick up time assigned by the company, at the time of confirming your reservation. Passengers must contemplate that the excursion has a total duration of approximately 10 hours, starting with the pick-up time at the hotel, until the return to the city of El Calafate. Once the reservation is confirmed, with the complete data of all the passengers and the hotel where they will be staying, a message will be sent with the exact pick-up and return schedule. It should be remembered that the Minitrekking has a fixed pick-up route through hotels, which does not include B&B, or private accommodations. If passengers are in these types of accommodations, they must show up at the indicated time, at the "Hielo y Aventura" 's office, to take the transfer that will take them to the Perito Moreno. In the confirmation of the service with pick-up time, it will be clarified if the accommodation is included in the tour or not. For the aforementioned reasons, it is NOT RECOMMENDED to take this tour on the day of arrival or departure flight from El Calafate.

What To Expect

El Calafate

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Pasarelas Perito Moreno

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Puerto Bajo las Sombras - Hielo y Aventura

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Perito Moreno Glacier

5 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Puerto Bajo las Sombras - Hielo y Aventura

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

El Calafate

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Limitations: This excursion, due to the degree of difficulty and effort required, it is only suitable for people from 10 to 65 years old. - People who are overweight should not participate. We consider as such those that exceed the following criteria: weight in kg greater than twice the height in cm minus 100 (for example, for a height of 1.70m: 170 minus 100 = 70 x 2 = 140)
  • Minimum age required to take the excursion: 08 years old. Maximum age allowed for the excursion: 65 years old. NO exceptions of ANY KIND in this point
  • People with any degree or type of physical or mental disability that affects their attention, progress and / or coordination.
  • People whose cardiac or vascular capacities are diminished, or use stents, pacemakers or other prostheses for example: medicated with anticoagulants, grade III varices (those that are thick and multiple), cardiac arrhythmias.
  • People suffering from diseases that provoke respiratory disabilities (COPD, asthma, emphysema, etc.).
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum age required to take the excursion: 10 years old. Maximum age allowed for the excursion: 65 years old. NO exceptions of ANY KIND in this point.
  • Smoking is not allowed during the excursion.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Kenneth_D
Amazing trip, our guide was fantastic and knowledgeable. The views were incredible and getting to walk on a glacier was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us!

Reviews

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Amazing trip, our guide...
Kenneth_D, Apr 2024
Amazing trip, our guide was fantastic and knowledgeable. The views were incredible and getting to walk on a glacier was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us!
A very good day
Wenli_C, Apr 2024
We had very good guides. Enjoyed this activity very much. Every step during the day went smoothly. Definitely worth it.
Amazing, very memorable, experience!
Dana_E, Mar 2024
I loved this excursion! Perito Moreno exceeded my expectations, despite having seen many photos of it. I like that the tour allows you to see it from different vantage points and we had plenty of time on the viewing platforms as well. Yes, it's pricey (and I really don't know why it costs so much) but how often can you trek on a glacier? I wish I had done the longer trek. The 90 min trek really just gets you to several points for everyone to take photos and you don't get too far onto the glacier, but it's incredible! I really want to go again. (Also, try to wear waterproof clothes, especially shoes, we got rained on and the bus ride back was very cold.)
Spectacular Views and adventure
Teresa_G, Mar 2024
Excellent adventure with experienced guides. Be prepared for some hiking and walking on this trip. Bring gloves, a hat, hiking shoes and dress in layers. Exceptional views and the glacier is spectacular. Boat ride to the glacier was good. There is a trail through the woods and then a hike up the entire glacier anns back down. Equipment well maintained.
Worth the money
Lauren_D, Mar 2024
Although this is an expensive tour, it is worth it for this once-in-a-lifetime experience! Despite being a somewhat large group (roughly 40 people), the tour was so well-organized that it did not feel like the group was too large (and during the hike itself, we broke up into a few smaller groups). The guides were amazing, kind, and knowledgeable. Walking along the glacier was such a unique, incredible experience. Highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for sharing
Breathtaking
Jacques_V, Feb 2024
It’s breathtaking too see this awesome glacier! All staff is very very kind there and really trying to give you the time of your life there at the trekking..!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for sharing this experience
Amazing once in a lifetime experience
stacy_l, Jan 2024
From start to finish everything was organized and the guides were all professional. we definitely felt safe the entire time during the trekking
Excellent day
Alex_M, Jan 2024
Excellent day trip - fantastic driver and amazing experience to walk on the glacier. Had lots of time to go on the walkways before heading to the boat to the minitrekking.
Great experience, but website and tour guide could be improved.
WAH_L, Jan 2024
It was an awesome experience to trek on the glacier, we had a great time! However, the Viator website could not update our meeting/pick-up location. I had to call in a couple of times to update and confirm, and even after that the website still did not show the updated info. The tour guide was friendly and trying to be helpful, but we couldn't understand about half what she was saying because of her strong accent. Maybe some training can help.
Don’t miss this amazing experience
Jennifer_S, Dec 2023
Amazing day from pickup to drop off. We have spent two weeks in Argentina and perito moreno was a highlight. Maria was amazing and Dario was Fabulous.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
thank you
Exploring the glacier
Neil_M, Dec 2023
Fascinating hike on the glacier with a great guide (Luis) and great views from the ‘balcony’. I highly recommend this excursion!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
thank you
Hiking on the glacier
rellieg, Dec 2023
Awesome day. Great guide. Hike was professionally undertaken. Ginished ip with a walk on the walkways - superb Highly recommend this 👍
Response from Host, Dec 2023
thank your
Unforgettable experience
Denise_W, Dec 2023
I was not feeling well and all of the guides were so kind and encouraged me to get on the glacier. I may have stayed back had it not been for their kindness and care. They went out of their way to make sure i had an excellent experience. I will never forget them. Oh, and the rest of the day was awesome too! So well run with very knowledgeable guides all the way.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
thank you!!!!
Well organized and well worth the money
HermanJan_S, Dec 2023
We really enjoyed our trip! Everything was on-time, well organized and friendly. It was a highlight of our trip to Calafate and would recommend it to anyone coming to Patagonia
Response from Host, Dec 2023
thank you
Unforgettable
Sergio_V, Dec 2023
Climbing with crampons. Even for those who have no previous experience, the guides with help and explanations make things simple. I recommend this unforgettable experience to everyone.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
thank you
Great experience and must do activity in El Calafate
Christine_H, Dec 2023
Highlight of our trip. Highly recommend if you are coming to El Calafate. No word to describe when you see the glacier right in front of you. Make everything worth it
Response from Host, Dec 2023
graciass
Too expensive
Susana_D, Dec 2023
The reason why I’m giving it such a low rate it’s because it’s just extremely expensive, over 300 pounds for a group of 50 people. Just try to book through your hotel or at a local agency where you can pay pesos. It will be less than half the price. Also, it didn’t even include lunch. Just too expensive, poor value for money.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
ok thank you
Excellent
Carson_Z, Nov 2023
Incredible from start to finish. Every staff member was friendly and knowledgeable, and the views were stunning! 10/10 recommend , must-do tour.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
thank you
Very memorable, breathtaking
stephen_f, Nov 2023
The glacier is a “must do” experience. It is incredible. Excursion was well organized. Glacier guide Joaquim was very entertaining.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
graciass
AMAZING experience!
Courtney_C, Nov 2023
This was an incredible and once-in-a-lifetime experience - hiking on the glacier and visiting the national park were both amazing. You are out-fitted with crampons for the hike (make sure to still wear sturdy sneakers/hiking boots though) and the hike overall is well paced, although note it does involve moderate physical activity. The views were beautiful and you learn a lot about the glacier and the natural processes behind it. As for logistics, it's a bus ride (for us from El Calafate), then a boat ride to a base camp area where there are bathrooms. Then it's a ~20 min walk to the glacier, about a 2 hour hike (there are some up-hill parts but they teach you how to walk on the ice), and then BYO lunch back at the base camp. It was fairly windy on the glacier itself, so I'd recommend a wind-proof jacket. You end the day at another part of the park with amazing views of both sides of the glacier. Highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
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