This spectacular glacier is located at an altitude of 3,260m (10,700ft) in the Andes Mountain Range. The access is through Cajón del Maipo, the most popular mountain corridors of the central zone of Chile.
After two hours driving through imposing gorges and ravines, we’ll reach Las Arenas Valley, where we could find fossils among a big rockery, and condors in the sky. We will stop near a bouldering area called “Choriboulder”, a wonderful place for beginning our our hike to the glacier.
Less than three hours hiking through this valley, and after climbing a moraine, we will reach our destination. The prize: absolute amazement by the glacier that hangs from El Morado Mountain and melts into a sedimented lagoon with icebergs in an enclosed valley tucked deep between mountains.
We invite you to an intimate contact with Andean nature. Here you will contemplate pristine rivers, snow capped mountains and deep blue skies. You will breath fresh air and feel blessed by the energy of the great Morado Hanging Glacier.
- Activity: Hike
- Tour length: Full Day
- Difficulty: Easy
- Season: October to May
- Total distance*: 9.5km (5.9mi)
- Elevation gain: 640m (2,100ft)
- Max elevation: 3,260m (10,690ft)
* Back and forth
- 07:30: Pick up at the hotel.
- 08:15: Join the Maipo sector.
- 10:00: Arrival to “Choriboulder” sector. Beginning of the trek.
- 12:30: Arrival to El Morado Glacier. Lunch time.
- 13:00: Tour around the lagoon and the great walls of ice.
- 13:30: Start the descent.
- 15:00: Returning to Santiago in our transport.
- 17:30: Back in your hotel.
- Bilingual guide (english-spanish)
- Box Lunch: 2 sandwichs, cereal bar, chocolate, cookies, fruit, isotonic drink and water
- First aid kit
- Park entrance fee
- Trekking poles
- Accident insurance
- Personal clothing
- Bring warm and windproof clothes.
- Sun glasses.
- Sun protector.
- High shoes.
- Thermal t-shirt (if possible, bring long sleeves)
A truly top of the world experience was had on this picture-perfect hike to El Morado Hanging Glacier. The yellow, green, red and brown colors in the sedimentary rock popped against the bluebird sky and snow capped peaks.Kelly Woessner / Boston, USA
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Pictures taken on January 15, 2015 (summer).