Trek to Fitz Roy Base Camp

A challenging trek, camping in the mountains for 5 nights as you head towards the climbers' base camp, crossing some high passes and allowing you stunning views of the ice field, endless mountains and Fitz Roy at sunrise. Hike solo or with a guide depending on your preference and group size.

6 Days

Trek to Fitz Roy Base Camp - 6

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Experience the best of the Los Glaciares National Park
  • 6 days trekking
  • 5 nights camping
  • Spectacular views of the Patagonian Ice Cap

Start from El Chaltén and end at El Chaltén

Landmarks visited on Trek to Fitz Roy Base Camp

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Transportation from El Chalten to the bridge over Rio (river) Electrico. Hike until we reach Piedra del Fraile Campsite (530m), heading along the Rio Electrico valley (2 hours). The campsite has a food and beverage service plus a refugio. Once here we can hike to Laguna (lagoon) Pollone (900m) in the afternoon from where we can appreciate the Fitz Roy inferior glacier and the North face of Fitz Roy plus the Pollone needle. This hike is along rocky terrain and takes about 3 hours.

Meals: Box-Lunch, Dinner


Day 2:

We start hiking towards the base camp of Fitz Roy, along the valley of Rio Blanco. We pass by the front of Glaciar Piedras Blancas and then we pass by the Rio Blanco campsite. We will hike up from here to Laguna de los Tres (1200m). This viewpoint has the closest and best panoramic view of Fitz Roy. From here, we descend until reaching the Poincenot campsite (750m), where we will spend the night. This hike has an elevation gain of 700 meters and will take approx. 7-8 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Box-Lunch, Dinner


Day 3:

Poincenot campsite is a good spot to take pictures of Fitz Roy during sunrise. After breakfast, we will leave for our hike to Laguna Torre, passing by Lagunas Madre and Hija. The hike to Laguna Torre is about 3 hours and the idea is to have lunch there. If the weather allows, we will continue until we reach the Mirador Maestri (the principal viewpoint of the mythical Cerro Torre). Then we will return to our camp at Thorwood to spend the night. This hike takes 5-6 hours and has an elevation gain of 300-400m.

Meals: Breakfast, Box-Lunch, Dinner


Day 4:

From Thorwood campsite we walk about 30 minutes until we arrive at the source of the Rio Fitz Roy. We will use a fixed cable line and harnesses to cross the river. Then we climb through a steep forest towards Paso de Las Agachonas (1400m), a pass at Pliegue Tumbado. The panoramic views of Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from this point are unimaginable. From here we descend the valley of Rio Tunel and we camp at Laguna Toro (600m). This hike has an elevation gain of 800m and takes approx. 6-7 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Box-Lunch, Dinner


Day 5:

After 30-40 minutes of walking around Laguna Toro, we cross Rio Tunel: wading through the river or using a fixed cable line, depending on the conditions. The ascent to Paso del Viento passes through trails, moraines and a brief section of glacier trekking on the Glaciar Tunel Inferior. From the Pass (1550m), we can appreciate part of the Patagonian Ice Field; the source of Viedma Glacier and Mariano Moreno Range, among others. We return by taking the same trail to Laguna Toro campsite. The hike has an elevation gain of 900m and takes about 7-8 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Box-Lunch, Dinner


Day 6:

We return to El Chalten by taking a trail that goes through an open valley and lenga forests, traversing the lowest part of Pliegue Tumbado. This hike has an elevation gain of 300-400m and takes 5-6 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Box-Lunch, Dinner

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 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.

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