Trekking options from El Chalten
El Chalten Hiking
El Chalten is the epicentre of Los Glaciares National Park, a winter wonderland of glaciers (some of which are still advancing), and home to the granite spires of Mount Fitz Roy…
Patagonian Ice Cap Expeditions
If you're in good shape, keen to don ice-axe, crampons and snowshoes and aching to get deep into the Patagonian Wilderness, then this is the one for you.
El Chalten: Your Questions Answered
The best time to visit is between October and March, Patagonian summer, when you'll enjoy more daylight and better conditions to get into the mountains and up to the Ice Cap.
Also see our guide to weather in Patagonia, with monthly temperature wind and rain charts for nearby El Calafate.
El Chalten is served by the nearby airport at El Calafate (FTE), and most visitors to El Chalten visit the incredible Perito Moreno glacier en route.
The journey from El Calafate to El Chalten takes about 3 hours. You can use a public bus (several each day), or we usually travel with Las Lenguas who a stand at the airport.
To find our more about flights to Calafate see our guide to getting to Patagonia.
El Chalten is a mecca for climbers wanting to scale Mount Fitz Roy and its surrounding peaks. It also offers some wonderful trekking around those peaks in the Los Glaciares National Park, and is the base for many expeditions onto the South Patagonia IceCap.
El Chalten offers a huge range of accommodation options. We've got four recommendations for hotels in El Chalten, and you can check availability and prices across many others.
But if you don't want to stay in town, then here are some other options you might consider:
- camping at Piedra del Fraile
- This colonial style lodge north of town can provide a great base for hikes up towards the Marconi Pass and the hike to Laguna de Los Tres.
- A charming wilderness lodge on the edge of Rio de Las Vueltas about 20km north of town offering mountain biking and kayaking and great views of FitzRoy.
There's a strong climbing history in Los Glaciares National Park, and a real sense of excitement and anticipation as you arrive in the mountian town of El Chalten and spot the peaks of the Fitz Roy range popping out from over the mountains.
Chloe O'Keeffe Wildlife & Cruise Specialist
Trips in El Chalten
An expansive experience combining the best hikes in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. Travel into the heart of Torres del Paine on a unique and dramatic Zodiac boat ride. Celebrate your final night in an authentic ranch…
This is so much more than just a border crossing. After sailing through the turquoise blue of Lago O'Higgins (the deepest lake in South America) you will enjoy an easy trek in remote and untouched forest, surrounded by native Lenga…
Take a boat trip to a remote estancia and stay in their renovated lodge at the base of the mountains. Visit glaciers and icebergs. Enjoy a range of activities exploring the…
What our customers think
El Chalten was our favourite town. Loved the funky, hippy, healthy vibe of the place.
Ellen and John, Georgia March 2017
Even though the weather wasn't great when we were there we were still able to enjoy walks, and it made snuggling up in front of fire all the more enjoyable.
Wilma November 2016
Some of the most beautiful hiking we have ever done.
Rachel December 2016
Overall El Chalten was my favourite place! I hiked every day and it was very easy to find the routes and they all led to stunning viewpoints.
Hannah, UK February 2017
Map of the main landmarks around El Chalten
See glaciers, peaks, lakes, lodges and more on our interactive map of El Chalten and Fitz Roy.