Trekking options from El Chalten

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.

    Find out more about trekking in El Chalten and Patagonia Ice Cap expeditions.

  • 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.
  • Can I combine with Torres del Paine?

    Most people visiting Chalten choose to cross the border and head to nearby Torres del Paine in Chile. There are also trips that visit El Chalten and Torres del Paine.

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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.

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