Dos Lagos can design trips to the Northern Ice Field, which is only 25-30 minutes from the lodge by helicopter!
The Northern Ice Field is completely contained within the boundaries of Laguna San Rafael National Park and is a vestige of the Patagonian Ice Sheet that covered all of Chilean Patagonia and the westernmost parts of Argentine Patagonia during the Quaternary glaciations.
Covering an area of 4,200 km2 or 1,600 sq miles (100 km/62 miles long and 40 km/25miles wide), this is the second largest continuous mass of ice outside the Polar Regions. The survival of this ice mass is due to its elevation (1,100 to 1,500 mts or 3,600 to 4,900 ft), favourable terrain and the cool, moist, marine climate. The ice field has 28 exit glaciers, of which the largest two—San Quintin and San Rafael—almost reach sea level to the west, at the Pacific Ocean. Smaller exit glaciers, like San Valentin and Nef, feed numerous rivers and glacially carved lakes to the east.
From the sky our guests will be able to admire these incredible natural monuments, including the Ventisquero San Quintín, the famous Laguna San Rafael Glacier, Cerro San Valentín, Patagonia´s highest peak (4,056 mts or 13,300 ft) and Cerro San Lorenzo (3,460 mts or 11,350 ft), which marks the geographical border with Argentina.
An unforgettable adventure!!
For next season we are designing a unique trek on this pristine and unexplored natural monument, taking advantage of the proximity of Dos Lagos.
Please contact us at least a month in advance to coordinate this. Helicopter activities are not included in our rates and need to be quoted beforehand.