Hanging Glacier: Hiking - Full Day - Medium
Near Santiago, huge mountains and glaciers are the perfect place for hiking. One of the most wonderful of them is The Morado Glacier.
Prepare for breathtaking views of peaks of 18.000 feet, and several glaciers around you like the hanging glacier which falls into a lagoon. Inside the lagoon some icebergs complete the picture!
Highlights: hanging ice at 21.000 ft / lagoon and icebergs / amazing rock walls / hike in the middle of the Andes / see the huge San José Volcano
Options: ask for a overnight trip camping at hot springs enjoying the Andean starry night in the middle of the Andes with a second day of hiking to San Francisco Glacier, press here for complete info.
3 hours of ascent and 2 hours of descent. 5 hours round trip (rest time has been included)
2,5 hours of transportation on the car from Santiago to the beginning of the path.
Lenght: 4.3 miles (ascent) / Ramp: 2130 ft / Top of the path: 10170 ft.
October to june, depending on the amount of snow on road, the hiking could be longer. The company will provide snowshoes or alpine touring skis according with the passengers preference. *Use of alpine touring skis has an extra charge.
Age of participants must be between 14 and 65 years old. Physical and medical condition must be compatible with activity (When in doubt, please ask).
The times below are an approximation of the schedule and 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.
8:00 transport from your hotel or meeting point. Exact time will be delivered by email.
9:30 we´ll get into the Maipo mountain valley. Views of high peaks and Maipo river from our 4x4 truck.
10:30 4x4 land road starts. We´ll get into the Morado Valley.
11:00 hiking begins between huge rock walls of Arenas Mount. We will follow the trail, along the river, and crossing several moraines.
13:30 great lookout of Morado Lagoon and the glacier. Enjoy your snack watching icebergs and walls of ice.
14:00 walk around the lagoon and see the ice wall over the water.
14:30 descent starts. Enjoy different views of the narrow valley , the moraines and the summits. Great sight of San Jose Volcano and glaciers over it!
16:30 on the 4x4 land road.
19:30 arrival to your hotel or meeting point in Santiago.
Choice - Add an extra day: you can add a second day trip! From this amazing valley travel to a hot spring source and enjoy the evening in warm waters. Then, at the next day visit another gorgeous valley and more glaciers! More info here.
Warning: This activity include driving by a short length of land road, walk under strong sun.
- Private transportation between all the points.
- Hiking poles
- Lunch Box (isotonic juice, granola or energy bars, sandwich, fruits, cookies, chocolate)
- Park fee
- First aid kit
- VHF Radio and Satellite 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
- Wind jacket
- Hiking pants or similar comfortable to walk/ shorts (ask for the weather the day before)
- Hiking shoes
- Sun glasses
- Sun hat/ lip balm
- Summer gear
- Down or puffy Jacket
- First layer upper and lower body
- Liner gloves
- Wool hat
- Balaclava/ Neck gator