Jorge Montt Glacier is a tidewater glacier located in the Aisén Region of Chile, south of the town of Caleta Tortel. It lies at the north end of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, within Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. The mouth of Pascua River is located in the vicinity of the glacier calving front.The total drainage area of the glacier is about 510km2. The glacier’s ice is thinning most at low elevations, where air temperature is the highest. Ice thinning between 1975 and 2000 averaged 3.3m per year over the entire glacier, and reached 18m per year at the lowest elevations. The glacier calving front experienced a major retreat of 8.5km in those 25 years as a result of rapid thinning. The glacier calves off icebergs into the Baker Channel.In 2000, the NASA wrote:Conventional topographic data from the 1970s and 1990s were compared with data from NASA's February 2000 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission to measure changes in the volumes of the 63 largest glaciers in the region over time. The researchers concluded the thinning rate of the Patagonia Icefields more than doubled during the period from 1995 through 2000 versus the period from 1975 to 2000.In December 2011, a new study was published. "The study was presented by glaciologist and CECs researcher Andrés Rivera, who focused his investigation on changes in the glacier between February 2010 and January 2011. Using a series of 1,445 photos taken throughout this period, scientists found that the glacier shrank roughly 82 feet each day, receding more than half a mile in the course of the year."Plan to visit Glaciar Jorge Montt and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tortel attractions using our Tortel driving holiday planner.
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Hicimos este tour con 4 personas más en Marzo de 2017, con el Sr. Claudio Landeros en su embarcación. Partimos tipo 09:30 am desde Tortel, y poco más de hora y media de recorrido llegamos a este lugar... more »We did this tour with 4 people more in March 2017, with Mr. Claudio Landeros on your boat. Type 09:30 am we start from Tortel, and little more than an hour and a half of travel come to this wonderful place. We could do a bit of trekking on a nearby Hill, photographing Huemules, and drink whiskey directly in a glass of ancient ice, made just for him. It is a tour that takes little more than half a day, but to be performed anyway. 100% recommended!
Extraordinary experience. First, you have to navigate 30 nautical miles from Caleta Tortel to the Glacier on small boats which take between 8 and 10 people max. The trip goes mainly on protected fjior... more »
Uno se queda sin palabras al estar frente al glaciar. Desde Tortel se arrienda una embarcación (se recomienda contratar una de dos motores) no hay tours propiamente tal, sino que uno debe buscar o reu... more »One remains speechless to be in front of the glacier. A boat is rented from Tortel (is recommended to take one of two engines) tours there is as such, but that one must seek or gather a group of people, and negotiate with the owner of the boat that takes you to the glacier. In our case we were 8 people in a boat and left us in total 400 thousand pesos (p/p 50 thousand). It should carry food, coffee since it is pretty cool. Travel is around 5-6 hours, the return is quite hard as there can be windy and blows up the boat. Arriving at the glacier we were about 2 hours walking through the place, a kind of viewpoint and we were fortunate to see a Huemul (to less than 50 meters). It is a priceless, once in a lifetime experience!
If you're in Tortel, do not miss live this adventure. Discover for yourself, the history of the ancient ice, southernmost South of Aysén. It is South of the town of Tortel Parque national Bernardo ohiggins. To reach it is necessary to rent a boat in the town of Tortel, which should cost approximately about 50 thousand pesos per person. Take you an excursion that lasts a little less than six hours by the Patagonian glacier to channels. Arriving at the place, surprise you with the millenary ice, than graphics clearly the passing of time and the natural vastness that you can only find in these southern lands of Patagonia Aysén.
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