Chalten Day Hikes
These routes take 4 to 8 hours and mean you can come back to comfortable hotels in El Chalten at the end of each day. Many are well enough marked to be walked independently, but a guide will bring a wealth of knowledge about the history, culture and geography of the region to your trip.
Laguna de Los Tres (22km, 7 to 9 hrs)
The culmination of this 22km, 7 to 9 hour route is arguably the best viewpoint in the national park, as the name refers to the peaks of Cerros Fitz Roy, Poincenot and Torre, all of which can be seen in the magnificent 360 degree views from the shores of the lake.
While it can be done as an out-and-back hike from El Chalten, it's a more interesting day if you get transport to Hosteria Pilar and start from there. That way, the trek starts out on a forest path looking out to the Piedras Blancas glacier, before a steep 800m ascent to the laguna itself, which makes a great lunch stop, and a return to El Chalten past the wonderful Laguna Capri with views to the massif.
Laguna Torre (20km, 5 to 6 hrs)
This is a reasonably gentle hike up a perfect glaciated valley to wonderful views of Cerro Torre from the lake. The climb is only 250m or 350m if you continue on up to the Mirador Maestri lookout point.
The famous viewpoints of Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre are mesmerising, but try to make the time to get a little more off-the-beaten-track as well.
Loma del Pliegue Tumbado (16-18km, 6 to 8 hrs)
Loma roughly translates as "hill" but this route still takes you some 1,000m above the town of El Chalten, offering a different perspective on the mountains and giving you great views of Lake Viedma as it loops round to the south of the Fitz Roy massif. Although the altitude gain is significant the trail is relatively easy going and you can always cut a couple of kilometres off the end. The rocky terrain is a great place to find fossils.
Piedra del Fraile (8 to 9 hrs)
To the north of Fitz Roy lies the Electrico Valley and the rustic refugio and campsite at Piedra del Fraile. The hike out is along gentle forest paths, with little climbing and views along the valley to the distant Marconi Glacier.
Ice hiking on the Viedma glacier (8 to 9 hrs)
The Viedma Glacier is a great chance to don crampons and try ice hiking. Although only a few miles from El Chalten, it offers a wilder, more remote experience among the deep blue ridges than the more famous Perito Moreno Glacier.
Map of Chalten peaks, glaciers, campsites and lodges
Our interactive map of El Chalten and Fitz Roy's peaks, lakes and landmarks.
There are some less well known treks like the Huemul Circuit. Not so much about the scenery, more pulling yourself across rivers on ropes, not seeing anyone for days. You can hike all the way into El Chalten.
Harriet Pike Trekking, Mountaineering & Cycling Specialist
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Chalten Multi day treks
Longer trekking days and overnight stops at campsites or refugios deep in the wilderness give you access to unique perspectives of the Fitz Roy massif and the ice cap, via lonely valleys and windswept mountain passes.
The Fitz Roy and Torre loop (2 days)
This route links the day hikes to Laguna del Los Tres and Laguna Torre by stopping overnight at either Poincenot or Thorwood campsites. It offers great views of the Madre and Hija Lagoons and can be extended by adding a challenging guided hike through the Paso Agachonas to Pliegue Tombado.
Huemul Circuit and Paso del Viento (4 days)
This 60km+ trail takes you into parts of Los Glaciares National Park that can't really be tackled on day hikes, meaning you've a good chance of having some beautiful views of the Patagonian Ice Cap all to yourself. Usually taken in four days of 6 to 8 hours hiking, it features some tough ascents and rough terrain as it skirts Cerro Huemul's imposing peak, before climbing over the Paso del Viento on the edge of the ice cap, then running alongside the Viedma Glacier and lake.
Electrico & Pollone Valleys (2-3 days)
This trek starts out on the route of the Piedra del Fraile day hike, using the campsite as a staging post before pushing on up the Electrico Valley to one of the main access points of the ice cap, the Marconi Pass. The landscape changes dramatically as you enter the Pollone Valley, studded with glacial boulders, and look down on the other-worldy Lago Electrico at the base of the Marconi Glacier's terminal moraine.
Lago del desierto and Refugio del Diablo
30km to the north of El Chalten lies Lago del Desierto, a secluded lake with a 20km trail running north around its eastern edge towards the border and a second route that heads north-west to Refugio del Diablo and makes a great 1 or 2 day trek completely off the beaten track.
Either hike can be done from the base of Aguas Arriba Lodge, a haven on the shores of Lago del Desierto that can only be reached by boat or 3 hours of hiking.
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