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The Upsala Glacier is one of the most important glaciers in Los Glaciares Nacional Park. It is the second largest in size in Argentina. Its surface is 846 km2 and its front wall climbs 40 metres above the lake level. The glacier, which used to be visited while navigating the Upsala Channel, has remained inaccessible for many years due to icebergs blocking this channel.
Wild Trek has been designed to bring trekking lovers close to this imposing glacier. The programme takes place in the Herminita Peninsula, reaching a majestic viewpoint of the Patagonian Ice, the west front of the Upsala Glacier and the iceberg barrier.
The Herminita Peninsula lies from north to south. It is born south of the Feruglio Range and extends across 15 km disappearing in the Lago Argentino and becoming a part of the Upsala Channel. This Peninsula naturally divides the Upsala Channel from the Cristina Channel. The area used to serve as winter pasture lands for sheep owned by the Masters family, founders of the local pioneer Estacnia Cristina. It was then accessible only by horse, crossing many wood bridges over rivers.
08.30 am: departure from Punta Bandera Port.
11.30 am: arrival at Herminita Peninsula and starting point of hike.
01.30 pm: arrival at Patagonian Ice Viewpoint. Lunch.
02.30 pm: trek back to Herminita boarding point begins.
04.00 pm: arrival and board boat.
07.00 pm: arrival at Punta Bandera Port.
Total trekking path: 10 kilometres.
Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes (two way trek).
Total elevation: 550 mts.
Level of difficulty: medium.
Other: Lunch will be at the viewpoint (subject to weather conditions)
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