Trip Details

•  Regional Information
•  Detailed Itinerary
•  Pricing Details
•  Preparation Checklist
•  Reservations
•  Gear
•  Travel Information
•  Fitness Readiness

Trip Summary

Trip Duration:  12 Days


Price: TBA


Departure Dates: 

Custom Dates Available

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Intermediate Mountaineering Course

Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1-2  Depart USA (or Home Country) for Santiago Chile.  Most flights are overnight causing you to arrive in Santiago in the morning.  From there transfer to your domestic flight to Balmaceda in the Aisen Region of Patagonia.  Upon arrival in Balmaceda, you'll be greeted by your No Limits Adventures guide who will accompany your group for the duration of your trip.  We will travel the Austral Highway south(approx 4 hrs) on pavement and improved gravel roads to Puerto Rio Tranquilo, a village on the shores of Lago General Carrera, Chile's largest lake and South America's second largest lake.  We will dine and spend the night at a charming bed and breakfast that has been hand built from local cedar and beech wood.

Day 3  We’ll plan on a relaxing start to the day after your travels.  After breakfast we will continue the journey south, following the remarkably picturesque southern longitudinal highway as it alternately climbs high above then dips down close by the captivating blue waters of the lake.  Our first destination is the small port village of Bertrand, located at the headwaters of the Baker River, Chile’s largest volume river and a world-class fishery.  This is our departure point to the ranch on the other side of the lake. We’ll board a boat and travel the 10 miles of lake.  Once we’ve arrived and you’ve had a look around, we’ll get you settled into your accommodations in the ranch. The afternoon will be spent completing our gear check and training overview.

Day 4  Depart the ranch for training camp destination.  Climbing preparation techniques, first aid review, Leave No Trace (LNT) practices, map reading, route finding and hazard evaluation techniques.

Day 5 Knots and rope handling, harness and helmet fitting, rappelling techniques, belaying techniques, climbing signals 

Days 6  Skills review, snow climbing, ice axe use and safety, balance and use techniques, self-belay, self-arrest, ABC's and patient survey, environmental injuries.

Days 7  Morning skills review followed by breathtaking peak ascent

Days 8  Snow anchors, mountain hazard evaluation, running belays, roped travel, fixed rope ascension, glacier rigs, glacier travel.

Days 9  Skills review through a full-day peak ascent

Days 10  Course review and descent to the ranch followed by a wonderful traditional Chilean Barbeque known as an Asado Parado.

Days 11-12  After an early breakfast and saying our goodbyes, you’ll be taken by boat back to Puerto Bertrand.  From Bertrand you’ll return to Balmaceda by vehicle.  Your domestic flight from Balmaceda to Santiago connects with your international flight to take you home.


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