Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Spend the night in El Calafate; opportunities to explore, time permitting
- Walk to the Perito Moreno Glacier and ice hike on the glacier with a guide
- Walk through forests to Laguna de los Tres, views of Mount Fitz Roy
- Hike the Torre Valley to Laguna Torre and the base of Mount Torre
- Transfer by bus back to El Calafate
Day 1: El Calafate
As soon as you arrive into Calafate, you will be met by your driver who will take you to your accommodation, 20 minutes from the airport. Depending on what time you arrive you might have time for visiting the centre, bird watching at Laguna Nimes or visiting Glaciarium, the ice museum, a great introduction to Patagonia! (And maybe a drink in the ice bar?)
Accommodation El Calafate: Hosteri-a Roble Sur or similar
Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier
We pick you up from your hotel in the morning and take you to the Bajo de Las Sombras port, from where we continue our journey by boat for around 20 minutes. We cross the part of the lake known as Brazo Rico and, once on the other side, receive an introductory talk on the day's activities. The trek starts with a walk towards the Perito Moreno Glacier along a picturesque beach.
Upon reaching the ice we are split up into small groups and fit crampons to our trekking boots, under the supervision of experienced mountain guides. Instructions are given on how to walk on a glacier and the group sets off on the ice-hiking part of the trek. We spend approximately one and a half hours on the glacier, which is plenty of time to take photographs and marvel at the fascinating and infinite shapes of the centuries-old ice. The mountain guide gives us interesting snippets of information about the glacier, the southern region of Patagonia and local flora and fauna, etc., and you will get the chance to ask as many questions as you like.
The colours, shapes and sounds are all part of this wonderful experience on one of the most emblematic glaciers in Argentine Patagonia. At the end of the ice trek, we visit a cosy refuge, which is an excellent place to enjoy your packed lunch. You will also have time to visit the walkways in front of the glacier, on the peninsula.
At 18.30 you will leave the on the public bus to El Chalten. You will arrive into El Chalten at just after 9 o'clock. We will pick you up and take you to your hotel and go through the next couple of days with you.
Accommodation: El Chalten
Day 3: Laguna del los Tres
This trek is one of the highlights in the area and starts from El Pilar. We will leave El Chalten in a transfer to the trailhead, half an hour away. We then start this lovely walk in a forest on a path that ascends gently and first arrives at Piedras Blancas Glacier viewpoint. We have a brief stop here to enjoy the view of the hanging glacier. After a bit more gentle climbing the challenging section of one hour of steep uphill to get to Laguna de los Tres, starts. The effort is all made worthwhile by the breathtaking views we get at the top, of Mt Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains and the valley we have just been walking along. Weather permitting; we will have lunch at the lagoon. We will then start the descent and head towards Laguna Capri, our home for the night and another very scenic spot in the National Park.
Length of hike: 7/8 hours (17 km)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Poincenot
Day 4: Laguna Torre
You may want to get up early to take some sunrise shots of Fitz Roy in its beautiful hues of red (weather permitting!) After breakfast we will head off again. We trek along past some beautiful lagoons Madre and Hija before dropping down into Torre valley. This glacial valley is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect shape. At the end of the valley, we will find Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mt Torre one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. Sometimes floating on the lagoon are some icebergs that have broken off the Torre glacier. The Fitz Roy river starts from this lagoon too and here is where there is a Tyrolean rope that is used by climbers to access the mountains that they plan to climb.
We will also have time to visit D'Agostini Camp ground - where lots of famous climbers have spent a night or two! After lunch at the lagoon, we will head back towards Chalten, along the Fitz Roy river valley and crossing over a couple of old moraines. If we are lucky we may spot a Magellanic woodpecker, the nearly extinct deer - Huemul and lots of beautiful wild flowers. Back in town, we might want to celebrate with a home made beer or a delicious hot chocolate.
Length of hike: 6 hours (18 km)
Accommodation: El Chalten, Hosteria Roble Sur
Day 5: Bus to Calafate
Catch the early bus to El Calafate for your onward flight, or to cross to Chile the following morning.
What our customers think
Our guide was incredible; we learned a lot from him, not just about the park but also in conversations over dinner. Everything was provided – tents, sleeping bags, meals, even wine!
Jake November 2015
Thanks again for a fantastic trip; itinerary was perfectly customised to my preferences, answers were quick and insightful, service was friendly. My trip was a dream come true!
Jon November 2015
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,100 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.
- Ice hiking on Perito Moreno Glacier
- Guided hikes in El Chalten
- Bus transfer from El Calafate - El Chalten
- Accommodation as indicated in itinerary
- Long haul flights
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses