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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.

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Flora and Fauna

Whether you stick to the most trodden trails or disappear into the undergrowth you are bound to see magellanic woodpeckers, caracaras and chucao. If you are really lucky you'll see a huemul deer. There are Lenga and Nirre forests abound and they are magical. Underfoot there are Calafate shrubs (bearing fruit in the Autumn), yellow orchids and all manner of other dainty flowers.


Proximity to the Ice Cap

Whether it's a view of this impressive expanse of ice or to pitch yourself against the wind and extremes by taking an expedition across the Ice Cap you are after, you can reach the Ice Cap after a couple of days walking.


The Town of El Chalten

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?

El Chaltne and FitzRoy

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FAQs about Hiking in El Chalten

  • How many days should I spend hiking in El Chalten?

    The very minimum that we recommend in El Chalten is three nights so you have a chance to see the peaks and do the two main day hikes. With five nights in El Chalten or camping in the Fitz Roy range you are more likely to get a sighting of the main peaks and enjoy some off the beaten track hikes. Experienced trekkers looking to really get under the skin should spend a week to ten days in the area.

  • Do I need to arrange a guide before I get to El Chalten?

    A guide is not entirely necessary on the main trails close to Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, but is advisable so that you can learn about the history of the culture and mountaineering, and will mean that you will be shown flora and fauna that you might otherwise miss on your own. In peak season, guides book up ahead of time so it is advisable to book before you get to El Chalten.

  • Where should I stay whilst hiking in El Chalten?

    You can camp in the park or there are a wide range of different hotels in El Chalten. See our El Chalten Hotels page. 

  • Do I need to bring my own trekking equipment?

    El Chalten has shops where you can buy new gear or rent gear. It is advisable to bring your own boots and rucksack because you are likely to get a much better fit than those on offer in El Chalten. For technical treks, good quality gear is available form local trekking and mountaineering guides.

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