Complete Chalten Trek

THE all-encompassing trek of El Chalten, you’ll be guided in small groups to the best sights, climbs and lagoons of the area. With all equipment, food, accommodation organised for you, you can enjoy trekking around one of Patagonia's most famous mountain ranges, the FitzRoy Massif.

6 Days

$2,660

Complete Chalten Trek - 6 - $2,660

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Trek through the Rio Electrico valley and then the enchanting Lena forest  
  • Trek to Lagunas de los Tres and Capri;  get up close to FitzRoy  
  • Glacial valley trek to Laguna Torre , this valley is loved by geologists and photographers because its perfect shape 
  • Tyrolean rope crossing of Rio FitzRoy; trek the Tunel River valley to Laguna Toro
  • Wade across the Tunel River; trek to Paso del Viento
  • Follow the Tunel River;  trek to El Chalten

Start from El Chaltén and end at El Chaltén

Landmarks visited on Complete Chalten Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: El Chalten - Trekking to Piedra del Fraile and Glaciar Pollone

The day starts with a 30-minute transfer from El Chalten to Rio Electrico.  From here you start walking along the Electrico valley, through an enchanting lenga forest until you arrive at Piedra del Fraile, about 2 hours later. This will be your home for the night. After a short break and some lunch, you continue along the valley towards the Pollone Glacier. The trek here is against the prevailing winds from the Continental Ice field. You are able to appreciate raw nature at its best; pure rock and ice. Along the way, you admire a different angle of Mt Fitz Roy, its Northern Face, Marconi Glacier and the Electrico Lake. This path is used by people who are heading towards the Continental Ice Field. After a short break at this hidden lagoon at the base of the mountains, you return to your refuge to enjoy a hot meal and rest.

Height gain: 500m

Length of hike: 15km , 6 hours    

Accommodation: Piedra del Fraile Refugio   

Meals: Pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner


Day 2: Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Capri

You have an exciting trek today from Piedra del Fraile to Laguna Capri, passing by Laguna de los Tres, at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy.

After breakfast, you start by walking up the Rio Blanco passing by the impressive Piedras Blancas Glacier with the option of getting close to the lagoon to take some great photos. There is a river crossing over large boulders! You then continue towards Rio Blanco base camp (exclusively used by climbers). After a short break and a look round the area you start the ascent to Laguna de los Tres (1200m). This is the closest you can get to Fitz Roy without doing anything technical. The views are breathtaking; Mt Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains and the view of the valley you have been walking along. Weather permitting; you will have lunch at the lagoon. You will then start the descent towards Laguna Capri, your next camp. Here is another very photographic spot in the national park!  

Height gain: 700m

Length of hike: 20km , 8 hours

Accommodation: Tents   

Meals: Breakfast, pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner


Day 3: Laguna Torre

If you are lucky, you'll get up early to take sunrise photos of Fitz Roy in a beautiful hue of red, reflected on Laguna Capri!

After breakfast, you will head off along the Madre Hija path, past some lovely lagoons. The trek is a bit gentler today with not so much climbing! After a couple of hours, you will drop into the glacial valley that takes you towards Laguna Torre. This 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. After lunch near the lagoon, you can either have a siesta or if you want to you can opt for a short walk up to the famous viewpoint of Maestri. You'll spend the night in Prestadores camp ground.

Height gain: 400m

Length of hike: 12 km , 6 hours

Accommodation: Tents   

Meals: Breakfast, pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner


Day 4: Trek to Laguna Toro

You depart from the camp ground towards Laguna Torre, where the Fitz Roy River starts. You will cross over the river on a Tyrolean rope using a harnesses. An exciting morning and something to get the adrenalin pumping!

You'll then start to slowly climb up through a lenga forest on the steep slopes of Mount Pliegue Tumbado, in search of 'Paso de Las Agachonas' (Bird Pass) (1400 masl). On arriving at the pass you will be treated to one of the best views in the whole national park including the valley of Mount Torre and the Fitz Roy massif. You'll descend into the Tunel River valley and then trek along until you arrive at Laguna Toro base camp (600 masl).

Height gain: 750m

Length of hike: 14k, 8 hours

Accommodation: Tents   

Meals: Breakfast, pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner


Day 5: Trek to Paso del Viento 

After breakfast, you set off for Paso del Viento. After walking for about 30 to 40 minutes you arrive at Tunel River, which you must wade through, to be able to carry on with the trek. The cold water will wake you 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 you arrive at the Paso del Viento (1550masl), you 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 your energy back you'll start the descent back to Laguna Toro for a well-deserved meal and rest!

Height gain: 850m

Length of hike: 15km , 8/9 hours

Accommodation: Tents   

Meals: Breakfast, pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner


Day 6: Trek to El Chalten

After dismantling camp we start our final trek, back to El Chalten. First of all you walk alongside the Tunel River and then following a path that alternates between open areas, pastures and lenga forests. You will also be able to see the Lake Viedma in the distance. If there isn't a lot of wind you will be able to enjoy lunch with a view of the mountains which have been accompanying us throughout our trek. In the afternoon we arrive at our goal - El Chalten - proud of our achievement!

Height gain: 250m

Length of hike: 15km , 6/7 hours   

Accommodation: Tents    

Meals: Breakfast and pack lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,660 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.

Please note:

Price of $2660 USD per person is indicative of a group of 2 people. For 3 people, the price is $2300 per person, for 4+ people the price is $2000 USD.

Departures can be set up for a group of 2 people, we will try to form groups of likeminded travellers. 


Includes

  • Guide
  • Technical equipment
  • National Park permit
  • All meals mentioned in itinerary

Excludes

  • Additional porters
  • Alcoholic/fizzy drinks
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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