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 at Madre Tierra Boutique Hotel -or similar-, includes 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 at Senderos Hosteria -or similar-, includes breakfast


Day 3: 

Free time to do one of the 3 walks below:

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

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.

Trek: 8/9 hours; Distance: 22km (transfer to trailhead at Pilar included); Accommodation at Senderos Hosteria -or similar-, includes breakfast

2. Trek To Laguna Torre

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.

Trek: 6 hours; Distance: 20km; Accommodation: Senderos Patagonia or similar

3. Trek To Loma Del Pliegue Tumbado

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.

Trek: 6/7 hours; Distance: 18km; Accommodation: Senderos Patagonia or similar


Day 4: 

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

Accommodation at Senderos Hosteria -or similar-, includes breakfast


Day 5: 

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 we finally arrive into the Toro Valley. 

From the valley, we 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 we arrive at our camp: Toro lagoon at 650masl. 

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

Accommodation: Tents; Meals: Pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner; Distance: 15 Km; Walking: 7 hs; Height gain: 250 m.


Day 6: 

After breakfast and taking down camp we set off for Paso del Viento with an elevation gain of 900m. After walking for about 30 to 40 minutes we arrive at Tunel River, which we must wade through, to be able to carry on with the trek. The cold water will wake us 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 we arrive at the Paso del Viento (1550m), we 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 our energy back we start the descent to the Paso del Viento Refuge (900m) our next camp. 

It's located next to a small lagoon that if it's not too cold we can refresh ourselves in before another good hot meal. Camp is set up around the refuge itself.

Accommodation: Tents; Meals: Breakfast, pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner; Distance: 12 Km; Walking: 7/8 hs; Height gain: 900 m.


Day 7:

After breakfast today we continue our trek circling Mount Huemul. The path climbs quite gently and allows us to enjoy fascinating views, very different to what we have seen so far. 

Crossing a few small streams we start the climb up to Paso Huemul (987m). From here, we 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 we'll enjoy lunch before starting down the very steep and rocky path to Bahia Cabo de Hornos on Lake Viedma (300m). 

This will be our final camp for the trek. After setting up camp and before dinner we can 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: Tents; Meals: Breakfast, pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner; Distance: 18 Km; Walking: 6/7 hs; Height gain: 600 m.


Day 8: 

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

Accommodation at Senderos Hosteria -or similar-, includes breakfast and pack lunch. Distance: 18 Km; Walking: 7 hs; Height gain: 50 m.


Day 9:

Return to El Calafate for onward travel. 

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices are based on 2 people sharing.

Start date Price (pp)
March 2017
14-Mar-2017 $2,100* Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,100

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 U$S25 for Chalt?n and U$S25 for Calafate)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional porters
  • Alcoholic / fizzy drinks
  • Insurance
  • Tips

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