MOUNT SAN LORENZO – 3.706 M
The Myth of Patagonia
From 3.750 USD
No fixed dates
The word Patagonia is synonymous of wild nature, authentic gaucho lifestyle and freedom. This land located at the “South of the world”, has experimented a recent development of tourism, but it still offers infinite possibilities for the lovers of virgin nature, very far away from urban expansion.
The climb of Mount San Lorenzo represents a great challenge in this pristine land. Even though its 3.706 metres are far from the great heights of the giants of the Northern Andes in Chile & Argentina, its reputation is due to its indomitable character and high degree of difficulty. After the first ascent done by the Italian priest Alberto de Agostini in 1943, the myth has been building up over the years, attracting expedition groups from all over the world. They have had to face difficult weather and geography, but the dream of reaching the summit is not an impossible one. The rigorous planning and preparation, as well as the SPONDYLUS experience in this region, are the indispensable requirements for a successful expedition, paying special attention our security.
But not only the summit, but also the deep experience of Patagonia’s incomparable nature is the objective of this extraordinary expedition. For preparing ourselves for climbing San Lorenzo, we will visit first the Leones Lake, a scenic jewel far away from the beaten track. A camp in the beautiful surroundings of Lake General Carrera will offer us all the comfort of a typical Patagonian atmosphere.
This expedition is the most demanding program of our catalogue in terms of difficulty, both physical and technical. Due to the inherent conditions found in the region that we will visit, the exact course of the expedition can only be predicted beforehand in a very limited way. Flexibility and mental fortitude are required to accept possible waiting times in tents or refuges. The participants should be able to move around in an independent and secure way in a mixed terrain (snow, ice, rock). Rope teams will be formed to progress in the mountains. Great importance will be given to active support, team work and tolerance in the mountains.
If there is any change in the development of the itinerary or in the waiting days, these will be covered by the security days included in the program. The role of the porters is to carry the load: food, security- and camping equipment. Each member of the group is responsible for taking their own personal equipment. A good physical training is another requirement to participate in the expedition. Crossing cold rivers, strong winds, rain or snow are all part of this expedition.
- Great nature and local traditions in the heart of Patagonia.
- Visit by boat the “Marble Chapels”, unique in the world, located in Lake General Carrera.
- Spectacular excursion to Lake Leones prior to the ascent of Mount San Lorenzo.
- Virgin and intact mountain landscape of Central Patagonia.
- Approach along the beautiful valley of the San Lorenzo River.
- Base Camp + high camps located in unique places.
- Absolute isolation in wild nature, off the beaten track.
- Maximum security and optimization of the itinerary with 5 security days.
- Ascent to the summit of Mount San Lorenzo (3.706 m).
Level of difficulty
We offer this expedition not on fixed dates, but only as PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS.
The dates for private expeditions are requested by the participants. In general it is not possible to add external persons to the group. If required, the itinerary can be adapted to the group´s needs and priorities.
The price depends on the number of participants, and they are based on a double room/tent.
6 -7 participants
Single Room / Tent Supplement: * 480 USD
* The extra charge for single room & tent will be done at the moment of making a reservation for the single room. If there is no other person found for sharing a room at the moment of making the reservation of a double room, we will charge half of the extra charge.
Small Group Surcharge:If the size of the group is smaller than the minimum number of participants (6 persons), a small group fee will be charged. All this depends on the final number of participants.
Warm expedition jacket (synthetic fibre, NO down!), Breathable windbreaker (Goretex, Windstopper or similar), Medium weight Polartec or fleece jacket/pullover, Thermal underware (it is very important it is breathable, no cotton, or similar), Breathable windbreaker mountain trousers (Goretex or similar), Trekking trousers, Thermal expedition socks.
Head & Hands
Sun hat, Hat with ear protection, Ski mask (balaclava) or mask, First layer thin gloves, Warm trekking gloves (Goretex, Windstopper or similar), Waterproof gloves covers
Synthetic expedition sleeping bag (comfort zone -15ºC, NO down!) with waterproof compression bag, Expedition mattress.
Trekking boots, Mountain expedition boots adequate for using with crampons, sandals or similar to cross rivers and to wear at camp, Light trainers, Water proof hiking gaiters
Crampons, Telescopic trekking poles, 2 Ice axes, Harness, 2 Climbing carabiners, 3 Carabiners HMS, 5 Meters climbing cordelette (7 mm), Nylon sling (120 cm), 1 Ice screw (19 cm)
Sun glasses with 100% UV protection, Skiing goggles, Wide mouth water bottle, Thermos, Sun block factor 30+, Lip sun protector factor 30+, Pocket knife, Watch with alarm, Personal first aid kit, Expedition Duffel Bag, Head lamp with batteries & extra batteries, Back pack 30L +, Back pack 75L +, Towel
To guarantee maximum security, all along the expedition we always take with us satellite phone, VHF radios and medicine for emergencies.
Besides this, we strongly recommend every participant to hire a Foreign Health insurance and an Accident insurance for South America.
We know that reaching the top of a mountain is the dream of every mountaineer. This is the reason why we make our best effort to make a successful ascent possible. Due to our wide experience on climbing high mountains, we normally succeed. However, it is not possible for us to guarantee reaching the summit of any mountain, and we will never put our health at risk trying to achieve the goal. The security of our clients, our mountain guides and the whole expedition team is our highest priority!