Glacier Martial

Glacier Martial, Ushuaia: Address, Glacier Martial Reviews: 4.5/5

Glacier Martial
4.5
Mountains • Hiking Trails
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A marked trail in the center of town leads intrepid souls on a grueling hike up this glacier, for which they are rewarded with spectacular sweeping views of the southernmost tip of the earth.
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More than 3 hours
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PrincessZelda
Los Angeles, CA14 contributions
Brilliant, even if you're not a mountaineer
Feb 2020
I stayed in a hotel well up the road that leads to the Glacier so it was a nice hike from there. Although some people do it, I would not consider it safe to walk up the road from Ushuaia because of the nature of the road and lack of pavement for pedestrians. If you're in central Ushuaia, do get a taxi to a spot close to the Glacier (there's an actual tax rank, so you can get a taxi back.)
I am not an experienced mountaineer and it was a glorious and not to difficult hike!
Written 29 June 2020
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Kourt92
Washington39 contributions
Wonderful
Feb 2020
Very beautiful views, I haven't been tp the gym in month but survived! Going up can be steep at some points but not too bad. Coming down is a breeze. Took up 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the top (including stopping for pics)
Written 25 May 2020
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,058 contributions
The easy way or the hard way?
Mar 2020
From downtown Ushuaia, you can get a nice view of Glacier Martial atop the Martial Mountains a few kilometers north of the city. But don't settle for that. Get up close and personal with this glacier or, for the less adventurous, at least get up a little closer.

Some opt to take the main hiking trail starting near La Cabana Casa de Te and walk right up to the glacier. (You can take a taxi up to the tea house to start your hike.) I'm told you can take a 15-minute chairlift ride to the glacier from the ski resort up there, but I don't know if this is seasonal.

Being on a cruise ship shore excursion, we had limited time and settled for driving up paved but winding Luis Fernando Martial street (named for the leader of an 1883 French scientific expedition to the area) and stopping at Hotel del Glacier, where we had good close views of the glacier from the hotel parking lot and, turning back toward Ushuaia, nice views of the city and the Beagle Channel (see my review, "Atlantic-Pacific link"). We could clearly see our ship docked at the pier.

By the way, Ushuaia gets most of its fresh water from this glacier!
Written 18 April 2020
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Duquesadiner
Glasgow, UK1,402 contributions
Hugely impressive
Mar 2020 • Friends
We were lucky not to believe the location of the glacier from the TripAdvisor map. You certainly couldn’t walk here but once you know this is the case then a trip to it is more than worthwhile. It was a really nice day when we were here and it is hard to imagine, until you see it, how a glacier can exist here. We were given lots of explanations but just enjoy the sight, it may be as we continue to destroy our planet that this is a something people will tell others that they saw, before it disappeared.
Written 15 April 2020
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awizzbang
Leicester, England238 contributions
Lovely walk up to the glacier
Mar 2020
Was staying in Ushuaia and our hotel receptionist recommended this to us, we caught a taxi early up to where the chairlift started and began our walk. The first part to the top of the walk was a bit steep and a little boring but after that it became really beautiful and was a relatively easy walk. It took us about an hour and a half to reach the glacier and the views both up and down were lovely. Recommend starting early as we were the first people to get to the glacier and it was great being there on our own. Coming back down there were a lot more people
Written 29 March 2020
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Mike J
Victoria, Canada55 contributions
Very nice hike
Feb 2020 • Solo
The hike took about 3 hours round trip from the parking lot after a 10 minute ride from our hotel. The 3 hours gave us plenty of time to enjoy the view. The trail is steep at the end!
Written 10 February 2020
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Kourtnei Li
4 contributions
Get ready for a workout
Feb 2020 • Friends
Very beautiful views, I havent been tp the gym in month but survived! Going up can be steep at some points but not to bad. Coming down is a breeze. Took up 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the top (including stopping for pics)
Written 6 February 2020
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CT101_10
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
Come down by the side trail if you are a good hiker
Feb 2020 • Friends
We went up via the main trail and came down via a side trail through the forest, which turned out really fun (if you are a good hiker) and very beautiful!

We are fit hikers, so it took us just a little over an hour to get to the glacier via the main trail without rushing (30min to chairlift, 40min to glacier from there, with quick photo breaks).

Coming down, when we got to the signed intersection leading to the glacier, there is a side path heading east that leads to a lookout to the harbour. It is an easy hike to the lookout, and then from there, there are arrows pointing downhill. We decided to go downhill using that side trail and it was super fun, beautiful and actually a bit challenging! If you are a good hiker, definitely go down this way and you’ll get so much more from the forest. Poles are helpful as the slopes can be slippery, muddy, boggy and steep at the same time. Ideally go with good waterproof hike boots. Follow the well-marked trail and it will bring you to the main trail by the teahouse

The glacier was nice but we actually had the best time coming down this way!
Written 3 February 2020
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Emanpee
Sydney, Australia2,572 contributions
Great views
Feb 2020
We did this walk on a February Sunday morning with a clear sky and temperature around 11 degrees celsius. Easy 10-15 minute inexpensive cab ride from downtown drops you at carpark, where a couple of cafes, to commence walk. First part is up a winter snow skiing slope which is wide, stoney and relatively steep in parts. Good town and Beagle Channel views behind you as head up. Once past the top of chairlift, path narrows and then several wooden bridge crossings to start of designated path to glacier face. Sign at this point says medium-difficult walk to glacier of one hour. Parts of this new path are steep, narrow and rocky, but people of varying fitness levels were taking part. For us it took around 30 minutes to top of chairlift and around 40 minutes more to end of trail. Trip down was a lot quicker. Despite body heating up and taking off layers on the walk up, we needed to put a windbreaker back on at top as temperature was lower and wind stronger. While there are more impressive glaciers, combining the walk with the glacier and wonderful views on a clear day, makes for a very enjoyable hike.
Written 3 February 2020
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Lucy Ana
Belo Horizonte, MG2 contributions
An easy walk uphill with a nice view to the Beagle Channel
Jan 2020
It is a pleasant trail. Together with my girlfriend, we took a minivan from Ushuaia to the Tea House where we started the walk. Departuring from this point, we walked up the ski slope until close to the cable car station (which is closed) and from there we continued the easy-to-follow trail until it ended (the part of the mountain where snow remains in summer - not sure if it can be considered a glacier). From the top you can see part of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. Although it is an easy trail to young people and for those used to walk uphill, it might be a bit exhausting for people with bad physical conditions.
Written 30 January 2020
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