Reasons to hike in El Chalten
World Class Day Hikes
There are few places in the world where you can sleep in your choice of hotel, fill your pockets with pastries, hike straight into the mountains and be sat under a glacier straining your neck to see the top of towering pinnacles in time for lunch. El Chalten's day hikes are simply world class.
Wild Unexplored Valleys
The Tunel, Electrico and Diablo valleys are largely unexplored and you can visit these on either a multi-day hike or day hike from El Chalten. You'll see gnarled Lenga forests, hanging glaciers and climb to get unique views of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre without any of the crowds that you will find on the Fitz Roy and Torre day hikes.
Proximity to the Ice Cap
In a couple of days walking you can reach the ice cap whether it is a view of this expanse of ice or you would like to pitch yourself against the wind and extremes by taking an expedition across the ice cap.
El Chalten Village
El Chalten is a hiking, mountaineering and climbing hub with gear stores, bakeries, waffleries and two breweries. What else do you need to make a happy hiker?
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.
What our customers think
Highlight was waking up to see Mt Fitz Roy, bathed in the glory of the morning sunrise, with a surreal deep golden reflection, in a cloudless blue sky. It happened to coincide with my brother's birthday, which was an added bonus, and a priceless birthday gift at the same time.
Parag UK January 2017
Hiking in El Chalten was beautiful. Even though we had heard that the hikes we did were very popular, we were still surprised about the sheer amount of people hiking.
Sandra, French Polynesia February 2017
Hiking in Los Glaciares
Day hiking from El Chalten
Los Glaciares National Park is home to the magnificent Fitz Roy Massif and more glaciers than any other region in Patagonia. The park is renowned for its day hiking.
Multi-day hiking in Fitz Roy
Immerse yourself amongst the well-known climbing peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, sleeping under the stars in overnight campsites along the way. Marvel at the mighty …
When Mount Fitz Roy appeared out of the clouds where I would have expected to see sky my jaw dropped - no wonder the tehuelche people worshipped this peak!
Harriet Pike Trekking, Mountaineering & Cycling Specialist
Our Top Trips
A good blend of unguided day hikes to some of El Chalten's highlights and a more testing, 4-day guided trek into the wilderness involving wading through rivers and climbing the Paso Viento to look down on the massive expanse of…
THE all-encompassing trek of El Chalten, you’ll be guided in small groups to the best sights, climbs and lagoons of the area. With all equipment, food, accommodation organised for you, you can enjoy trekking around one of Patagonia's most…
Gorra Blanca is a 2,900 metre peak overlooking the Patagonian Ice Cap. Whilst physically very demanding, between November and February Gorra Blanca does not require technical mountaineering experience and with the support of highly experienced guides this a great way…
A small, cosy lodge on the shores of Lago del Desierto serves as your base for a 6-8 hour hike to the famous Laguna del Los Tres, a visit to Perito Moreno glacier and a number of optional day excursions…
Relax by the fire at a luxurious lakeside lodge on the shores of Lago Desierto after visiting the vast face of the Perito Moreno glacier and taking on Fitz Roy's most famous trek, as well as some wilder guided hikes…
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…
Explore more of the region
Los Glaciares National Park
The massive South Patagonian Ice Cap feeds the many glaciers that give Argentina's most famous national park its name. Hikers and climbers flock to the hub towns of El Calafate …
Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy Hiking
These tours combine our two favourite trekking spots in Patagonia: the Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares national parks. They involve either the classic W-Trek or…
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno is Patagonia's most accessible and most famous glacier. Visitors can witness the vast frontage of the glacier (some 5km wide and nearly 60m high in places) just a …
Hiking in Patagonia
The abundance of world class hikes in Patagonia puts it firmly at the top of most trekkers lists. From the ice and granite pinnacles of Paine and Fitz Roy and extreme of the ice…
Patagonia is a vast and varied region, with a wealth of things to see and do, a range of places to stay and a limited transport network.
Why not let us do the hard work for you? Our team of experts will work with you to design a 2-3 week adventure to your exact requirements, from hiking and horse-riding trips to wine-tasting tours and undiscovered lodges.
We’ll work around your budget and arrange flights, transfers and buses, to create your perfect trip.