Chalten Mountain Escape

A moderate intensity trek between established campsites, carrying minimal gear but with two tougher days in the middle as you cross the Rio Fitz Roy by zipline, climb to look down on the ice field from the high Viento Pass and descend into the glacial valleys of the rugged massif.

7 Days

$1,595

Chalten Mountain Escape - 7 - $1,595

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike to Laguna Capri and Laguna de los Tres
  • Trek the Cerro Torre's valley and visit the Maestri lookout
  • Hike to Lago Torre
  • Cross Rio Fitz Roy by zip-wire
  • Hike up the Viento Pass for views of the Ice Field and Glacier Viedma

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Chalten Mountain Escape

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

On arrival at El Calafate airport, you will take a minibus directly to El Chalten on a 2.5-hour drive along the Patagonian steppe. When the bus turns to the west along the huge Viedma lake you will have your first spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers. At the bus station, your driver will be waiting to take you to your Hotel. In the evening there will be time to meet your guide for a briefing about the itinerary and to ask any questions you may have.


Day 2:

Leaving in the morning from town, we hike the trail which takes us to Laguna Capri, where we have excellent views of the Fitz-Roy mountain range. Here, we leave our sleeping gear before continuing through Lenga (Southern Beech) forest and ascend to the Laguna de los Tres. At this lagoon we enjoy the closest, and best, views of the massif before returning to camp.

Duration: 7 hours; Physical Intensity: Med - High; Accommodation: Camping with all meals and sleeping gear included


Day 3:

After breakfast, we begin our descent into the Valley of the Madre and Hija lagoons, with permanent views of Fitz-Roy. This trail leads us to the next valley: that of Cerro Torre. Always surrounded by Lenga forest, we take a short hike to our campsite where we leave our overnight gear before continuing on to the Maestri lookout. It was from here that the legendary climber planned his climb of Cerro Torre in the 50 s. From here we return to camp to rest.

Duration: 6/7 hours; Physical Intensity: Low; Accommodation: Camping with all meals and sleeping gear


Day 4:

After breakfast and packing our clothes we walk to Torre Lake and cross the River Fitz-Roy on the zip line. Once across, our trail takes us through the forest, then along a rocky stretch and finally leads us to one of the best views in the valley: the Agachonas Pass. From this point, we begin to descend towards the River Tunel Valley, with amazing views of the glacier bearing the same name and its neighbour, Mt. Solo. Once in the vast glacial valley, we head westwards towards our next campsite at Laguna Toro.

Duration: 8/9 hours; Physical Intensity: High; Accommodation: Wild camping with all meals and sleeping gear


Day 5:

Early in the morning, we prepare for another intense day, which begins with a second impressive river crossing, this time across the River Tunel. After it, we begin our gradual ascent across glacial moraine until reaching the Viento Pass - privileged viewing point of the Southern Ice Field and the main body of the Viedma Glacier. From here we return along the same path till reaching our campsite at Laguna Toro.

Duration: 8/9 hours; Physical Intensity: High; Accommodation: Wild camping with all meals and sleeping gear.


Day 6:

This day takes us along one of the Park's less walked trails. The first part keeps us in the Tafanel River Valley after which we gently climb towards the Pliegue Tumbado Hill. Along this route, returning towards El Chalten, we will have the best views of the Viedma Lake, and each clearing in the forest will reward us with photo opportunities of mounts Fitz-Roy and Cerro Torre. Once back in El Chalten the programme ends.

Duration: 7 hours; Physical Intensity: Medium


Day 7:

Public Transfer/Bus to Calafate Airport/Town

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
October 2018
14-Oct-2018 $1,595* Provisional Date
November 2018
17-Nov-2018 $1,595 Provisional Date
December 2018
1-Dec-2018 $1,595* Provisional Date
15-Dec-2018 $1,595 Provisional Date
January 2019
2-Jan-2019 $1,595* Provisional Date
16-Jan-2019 $1,595 Provisional Date
February 2019
10-Feb-2019 $1,595* Provisional Date
March 2019
16-Mar-2019 $1,595 Provisional Date
April 2019
1-Apr-2019 $1,595* Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,595

Price of $1595 USD per person is indicative based on a group of 2 people in a shared hostel room. The price for a group of 4 people is $1330 USD per person, for 3 people is $1430 USD per person.

It is also possible to upgrade to a private room with breakfast.

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for more details.

Includes

  • Bilingual guide
  • Night in organized camp with cooking assistant, dining tent, full camping equipment (tent, mat, sleeping bag) in double base and all meals.
  • Trekkers will need to carry a sleeping bag, and their lunch on the second half of this trek.
  • Transfer from and back to El Calafate (city or airport)
  • Transfer from the bus station to the hotel in El Chalten
  • 2 nights accommodation in hostel room

Excludes

  • Personal porters: $110 USD per porter per day (includes their meals and insurance)
  • Excursions or accommodation in El Calafate
  • Meals in El Calafate
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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