Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Visit Perito Moreno Glacier
- Trek to Piedra del Fraile
- Trek to Laguna de Los Tres
- Trek to Laguna Torre
- Trek to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
Day 1: Calafate
As soon as you arrive into Calafate catch a taxi to your hotel - 20 minutes from the airport. Depending on what time you arrive, you might have time for Visitors Centre, bird watching at Laguna Nimes or visiting the Glaciarium - the ice museum - a great introduction to Patagonia! (And maybe a drink in the ice bar?!) Hotel in Calafate.
Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier
Today you will be picked up from your hotel 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. At the end of the day you will be dropped off at your hotel. A great highlight to start your trip on! Hotel in Calafate.
Day 3: Transfer to El Chalten
You will catch the 18.30 bus to El Chalten. The journey to Chalten takes about 3 hours and is 225km. Chalten is small - your hotel is a 5 minute walk from the bus station.
Day 4: Trek to Piedra del Fraile
Today you have a gentle day of walking on your own after the travelling of the previous day. You start off with a transfer of 35 minutes to the trailhead and from there you walk along an almost flat path along the valley bed of the Electrico river. You cross some streams, walk through mature lenga forests and have great views of the mountains and glaciers. To get to Piedra del Fraile is about 2 hours - you can get a coffee/tea here and then head back. Transfer back to town. Trek 4/5 hours. Distance: 12km.
Day 5: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres and back to Chalten
This trek is one of the highlights in the area and starts from Hosteria El Pilar. You will leave El Chalt?n with your guide 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
Day 6: Trek to Laguna Torre
Today you will walk on your own. You can depart from the hotel by foot. The trek is a bit gentler than the day before - 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. Return to your hotel.
Day 7: Trek to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
The final trek in the national park! 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's 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. Hotel in Chalten.
Day 8: Bus to El Calafate airport
Bus from El Chalten leaves at 8am, arriving into the airport at about 10.30/11am.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,025 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.
Prices from USD $1,025 per person. Please get in touch for information on departures.