FitzRoy and Huemul Circuit Treks

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 ice field.

7 Days

$2,100

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Enjoy day hiking in El Chalten
  • Trek from El Chalten to Laguna Toro
  • Trek from Laguna Toro to Paso del Viento Refuge
  • Trek from Paso del Viento Refuge to Paso Huemul and onto Lago Viedma
  • Trek from Lago Viedma to Bahia Tunel

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on FitzRoy and Huemul Circuit Treks

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Private transfer from El Calafate Airport to your accommodation in town

Accommodation: Madre Tierra Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 2: 

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in El Calafate and driven the 90km to the Perito Moreno glacier. On the journey there you will have a few photo stops; the views of Lake Argentino and the steppe are fantastic. On the peninsula in front of the glacier are the walkways which afford great views of the glacier face and its calving and a view along the top of the glacier towards its source. You will have time for wandering around and enjoying the views. There is a cafeteria at the glacier for snacks and hot drinks. 

You will then take the 18:30 bus to Chalten, and when you arrive into Chalten you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel for a mini-briefing on what you can do with your next few days in Chalten.

Accommodation: Senderos Patagonia (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 3: 

Free time to do one of the 3 hiking options detailed below. 

Accommodation: Senderos Patagonia (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 4: 

Another free day to carry out one of the walks. Come by the office to see what is the best today!

Accommodation: Senderos Patagonia (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 5: 

Hike details: Distance: 15 Km; Walking: 7 hs; Height gain: 250 m.

Start the trek from El Chalten towards Toro lagoon, walking gently uphill, over large open areas, known as Pampa de Las Carretas, south of Pliegue Tumbado. After walking through forest and out in the open and enjoying views of Lake Viedma you finally arrive into the Toro Valley. 

From the valley, you can appreciate a hanging glacier on Mt Huemul. After crossing some small bridges made out of old tree trunks and walking in a young lenga forest, arrive at the camp: Toro lagoon at 650m. 

This wild and exciting location is ideal for your first night under the stars.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Box-lunch, Dinner


Day 6: 

Hike details: Distance: 12 Km; Walking: 7/8 hs; Height gain: 900 m.

After breakfast and taking down camp, set off for Paso del Viento with an elevation gain of 900m. After walking for about 30 to 40 minutes you arrive at Tunel River, which you must wade through, to be able to carry on with the trek. The cold water will wake you up! The interesting part of this stretch is the variety of terrains crossed; pastures, stony areas, moraines and the Lower Tunel Glacier. What doesn't change is the direction - always uphill, bit by bit... 

After all the hard work and effort you arrive at the Paso del Viento (1550m), you can appreciate a great view of part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the source of Viedma Glacier and Mount Mariano Moreno, amongst others. After enjoying lunch, taking millions of photos and getting your energy back, start the descent to the Paso del Viento Refuge (900m), your next camp. It's located next to a small lagoon that if it's not too cold you can refresh yourself in, before another good hot meal. Camp is set up around the refuge itself.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner


Day 7:

Hike details: Distance: 18 Km; Walking: 6/7 hs; Height gain: 600 m.

After breakfast today you continue your trek circling Mount Huemul. The path climbs quite gently and allows us to enjoy fascinating views, very different to what you have seen so far. Crossing a few small streams you start the climb up to Paso Huemul (987m). From here, you again, get breathtaking views of the landscape below us: Glacier and Lake Viedma. 

This humongous glacier is the largest one of Argentina and on the eastern side of the Continental Ice Field. In a protected spot you'll enjoy lunch before starting down the very steep and rocky path to Bahia Cabo de Hornos on Lake Viedma (300m). This will be your final camp for the trek. After setting up camp and before dinner, head towards the lakeside and admire the icebergs: some of the enormous blocks of ice that have fallen off the front of Viedma Glacier.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner


Day 8: 

Hike details: Distance: 18 Km; Walking: 7 hs; Height gain: 50 m.

Today, start the final trek across part of the steppe towards Bahia Tunel, with Glacier Viedma behind us and the lake you are now familiar with: Viedma on your right (east). The path is undulating, no big effort is needed. You cross over various streams and wade through Rio Tunel. When you arrive at Puerto de Bahia Tunel there will be a vehicle waiting for you to take you back to El Chalten. You have made it!

Accommodation: Senderos Patagonia (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Box-lunch


Day 9:

Return to El Calafate for onward travel. 


Hiking options (days 3 & 4):

1. Trek To Laguna De Los Tres And Back To El Chalten

Trek: 8/9 hours

Distance: 22km

This trek is one of the highlights in the area and starts from El Pilar. You will leave El Chalten in a transfer to the trailhead, half an hour away. You then start this lovely walk in a forest on a path that ascends gently. The challenging section is one hour of steep uphill to get to Laguna de los Tres, later on in the day. The effort is all made worth it by the breathtaking views you get at the top, of Mt Fitz Roy and its satellite mountains. Weather permitting; you will have lunch at the lagoon. You will then start the descent towards El Chalten via Laguna Capri, another very photographic spot in the national park! When you arrive into El Chalten, you will walk another 10 minutes to your hotel.

2. Trek To Laguna Torre

Trek: 6 hours

Distance: 20km

You can depart from the hotel by foot. The trek is a bit gentler than the Laguna de los Tres one, not so much climbing! The glacial valley is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect shape. At the end of the valley you will find the Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mt Torre, one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. You return along the same path that you came on.

3. Trek To Loma Del Pliegue Tumbado

Trek: 6/7 hours

Distance: 18km

This trek affords great aerial views of the park. The trek is uphill all the way there and downhill all the way back! This walks is located a bit closer to the steppe than the others, so it has a bit more of a wild feeling. You are also able to get great views of Viedma lake, the largest lake of Argentina. This area used to be the sea bed and it is therefore possible to find ammonites and other fossils. If the wind is not too strong you can sit and have lunch with a view of Fitz Roy and Torre and the whole park below you! Return along the same path.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices are based on 2 people sharing.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,100 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Includes

  • Mountain guide
  • Technical equipment
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfer in minbus or 4x4 (Bahia Tunel / El Chalten)

Excludes

  • Entrance fees to National Parks (approx USD $25)
  • Additional porters
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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