Chaltén Mountain Escape

Trek between four established campsites linking spectacular viewpoints in some of the wildest areas of the park. Hike to Laguna de Los Tres for unrivalled views of Mount Fitz Roy, see Cerro Torre at dawn, climb to the Viento Pass and look down on the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and hike through the spectacular River Túnel glacial valley. Trek between four established campsites linking spectacular viewpoints in some of the wildest areas of the park. Hike to Laguna de Los Tres for unrivalled views of Mount Fitz Roy, see Cerro Torre at dawn, climb to the Viento Pass and look down on the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and hike through the spectacular River Túnel glacial valley.
7 Days
$1,755

Chaltén Mountain Escape - 7 - $1,755

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén 

Day 2: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres; Poincenot campsite 

Day 3: Trek to the Maestri viewpoint; Torres campsite 

Day 4: Trek to the Agachonas Pass; Laguna Toro campsite

Day 5: Trek to the Viento Pass; Laguna Toro campsite

Day 6: Trek to Pliegue Tumbado Hill; El Chaltén

Day 7: Transfer to El Calafate

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Chaltén Mountain Escape

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate Airport to El Chaltén

On arrival at El Calafate Airport you'll take a minibus directly to El Chaltén on a 2.5hr drive across the Patagonian steppe and through wind-hewn gorges. Once the vehicle turns to the west along the huge glacial Lake Viedma you'll have your first spectacular views of the famous granite peaks and immense hanging glaciers.

This evening you will have time to meet your guide for a briefing on the itinerary, and to ask any questions you may have. Your guide can recommend gear hire shops in town if you require any last-minute additions.

The small town of El Chaltén, nicknamed the 'Argentine capital of trekking', and only established in 1984, is nestled in a small valley between the Patagonian steppe (prairie) and the immense Southern Patagonian Ice Field and very much retains its 'frontier feel'. The gateway to such famous peaks as Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre make this a climbers' and trekkers' paradise and it's also a great town to base yourself for the various day hikes in the region. You should try the locally-brewed beer in the Cerveceria, or perhaps the hot chocolate in the Chocolateria. Either way, this little town will enchant and make you want to stay for longer.

Accommodation: 'No frills' hotel (private room)


Day 2: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres; Poincenot campsite

Leaving El Chaltén by car in the morning, we'll drive 17km to our starting point.  From here we'll hike the beautiful trail through the lenga forest to the Poincenot campsite where we'll leave out overnight gear. We'll stop at the Peidras Blancas viewpoint for excellent views of the Glacier Piedras Blancas. Continuing from here there are great views of the Fitz Roy mountain range as we make our way to the Laguna de Los Tres. At this lagoon you'll be able to soak up the closest, and best, views of Mount Fitz Roy.

We'll then return to Poincenot campsite for the evening and eat dinner with our fellow travellers.

Length of hike: 6-7hrs, 11km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Poincenot campsite (sleeping gear included)


Day 3: Trek to the Maestri viewpoint; Torres campsite

After breakfast at the camp, you'll begin the descent into the valley of the Madre and Hija lagoons, with permanent views of Mount Fitz Roy. This trail leads you to the next valley: that of Cerro Torre. Always surrounded by lenga forest, we'll take a short hike to Torres campsite where we'll leave our overnight gear.

We'll then continue on to the Maestri viewpoint, from where the legendary Italian climber, Cesare Maestri, planned his climb of Cerro Torre in the 1950s. After admiring the views, we'll return to Torres campsite for a relaxed evening and dinner.

Length of hike: 7-8hrs; 8km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Torres campsite (sleeping gear included)


Day 4: Trek to the Agachonas Pass; Laguna Toro campsite

Following breakfast, we'll begin our day of trekking by hiking to Lake Torre and crossing the River Fitz Roy on the zipline. Once across, the trail will take us through the forest then along a rocky stretch, finally leading to one of the best views in the valley: the Agachonas Pass.

From this point, we'll begin to descend towards the River Túnel valley, with amazing views of the glacier bearing the same name, as well as its neighbour, Mount Solo. Once in the vast glacial valley, we'll head westwards towards the next campsite at Laguna Toro.

Duration: 9hrs, 13km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Laguna Toro campsite (sleeping gear included)


Day 5: Trek to the Viento Pass; Laguna Toro campsite

Early in the morning, prepare for another intense day which begins with a second impressive river crossing, this time on the zipline across the River Túnel. After this we begin the gradual ascent across glacial moraine until reaching the Viento Pass. From here we have unrivalled viewing point of the Southern Ice Field and the main body of the Viedma Glacier.

When we've soaked up the views we'll return along the same path until reaching the campsite at Laguna Toro.

Length of hike: 9hrs, 16.4km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Laguna Toro campsite (sleeping gear included)


Day 6: Trek to Pliegue Tumbado Hill; El Chaltén

This day will take us along one of the park's less-walked trails. During the first part of the trek we'll pass through the River Túnel valley before gently climbing towards Pliegue Tumbado Hill. Along this route, returning towards El Chaltén, you will enjoy the best views of Lake Viedma and each clearing in the forest will reward you with spectacular photo opportunities of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

As the trip draws to a close, you'll spend your final night in El Chaltén.

Length of hike: 6hrs, 16.5km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Accommodation: 'No frills' hotel (private room)


Day 7: Transfer to El Calafate

Transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate.

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think

The build up to hiking the Agochonas Pass was paced perfectly - 3 days of comfortable hiking on "patagonian flat" with beautiful scenery. The Pass was the ideal challenge - zip-line, steep uphills, challenging terrains and streams to wade through - and great fun too!

Mary Maiden Canada January 2018

The physical highlight was crossing the Fitz Roy and Tunel Rivers by zip line, but on a cerebral level, experiencing the vastness of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in person was indescribable.

Sarah and Jason United States Of America November 2017

The trekking in El Chalten was superb. Our guide, Matias, was friendly, organized. He saw our level of hiking and made the pace very comfortable for us. The terrain was probably a little more strenuous than I thought it would be, but we never felt unsafe. We had paid extra for porters, so that we would not have to carry sleeping bags and tents, and that was well worth it.

Pinky Stuhldreher United States Of America February 2019

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The base price of USD $1,755 per person is based on a 4-person group in a shared hostel room


The trip price varies depending on group size in a shared hostel room as shown below:

6 people: USD $1,630 per person

4 people: USD $1,755 per person

2 people: USD $1,890 per person

Accommodation upgrades for your time in El Chaltén are possible. Please ask us for more details.

All departures are set up on a date of your choice and privately run. Alternatively, please enquire about joining a small group of like-minded travellers on an expedition to reduce the cost.

Please get in touch to enquire for your preferred departure dates.

2022

Start date Price (pp)
January 2022
4-Jan-2022 $1,755* Guaranteed Date Enquire
25-Jan-2022 $1,755 Provisional Date Enquire
February 2022
5-Feb-2022 $1,755* Provisional Date Enquire
19-Feb-2022 $1,755 Provisional Date Enquire
March 2022
5-Mar-2022 $1,755* Provisional Date Enquire
19-Mar-2022 $1,755 Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,755

Additional Notes

Group size – 6 maximum, 2 minimum.

Baggage – Trekkers are expected to carry only their lunch and personal gear. All sleeping and camping equipment will be set up at each campsite.

Accommodation – An upgrade to the accommodation for the first and last days of the trip is possible. Please ask us for more information.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: 4 nights camping, 2 nights in hotel in El Chaltén
  • Full camping equipment (tent, mat, sleeping bag)
  • Bilingual certified mountain guide
  • All technical equipment for Tyrolean traverse of Fitz Roy River
  • Transfer from/to El Calafate (city or airport)

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal porters: USD $150 per porter per day (includes their meals and insurance)
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • 50-55ltr backpack
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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