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
When should I visit?
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.
How do I get there?
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.
What can I do?
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.
Where should I stay in El Chalten?
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.
Other trips in El Chalten
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…
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.