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

$1,830

Chalten Mountain Escape - 7 - $1,830

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Spend five full days exploring the mountain trails of Chalten
  • Trek to the highlights of Laguna Capri, Laguna de los Tres, and Lago Torre
  • Visit the Maestri lookout, reach the Viento Pass, and cross the Rio Fitz Roy by zip-wire
  • Camp out in the stunning surroundings for four nights, with all meals taken care of
  • First and last days spent in El Chalten, uncovering the charm of this climbing town

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Chalten Mountain Escape

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to El Chalten

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 in El Chalten, your driver will be ready to take you to your hotel. Your first evening will involve meeting your guide and a full briefing about the itinerary, with the chance to ask any questions you may have.


Day 2: Laguna Capri to Laguna de los Tres

Leaving in the morning from town, today you will set off hiking the trail to Laguna Capri, where you will enjoy excellent views of the Fitz Roy mountain range. At Laguna Capri, you will leave your sleeping gear before continuing through Lenga (Southern Beech) forest and ascending to Laguna de los Tres. At this lagoon you'll be able to soak up the closest, and best, views of the massif.

You'll return to camp for the evening and eat dinner with your fellow travellers.

Duration: 7 hours; Physical Intensity: Med – High

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping (sleeping gear included)


Day 3: Valley of the Madre to the Maestri lookout

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

You'll then continue on to the Maestri lookout, from where the legendary climber planned his climb of Cerro Torre in the 1950s. After admiring the views, you'll return to camp for a relaxed evening and dinner.

Duration: 6/7 hours; Physical Intensity: Low

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping (sleeping gear included)


Day 4: Torre Lake to Laguna Toro

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

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

Duration: 8/9 hours; Physical Intensity: High

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild Camping (sleeping gear included)


Day 5: River Tunel to Viento Pass

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

Duration: 8/9 hours; Physical Intensity: High

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild Camping (sleeping gear included)


Day 6: Tafanel River Valley to Pliegue Tumbado Hill

This day will take you along one of the Park's less walked trails. During the first part of the trek you'll route through the Tafanel River Valley and then you will gently climb towards the Pliegue Tumbado Hill. Along this route, returning towards El Chalten, you will enjoy the best views of the Viedma Lake, 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 Chalten.

Duration: 7 hours; Physical Intensity: Medium


Day 7: Departure Day

Take a public transfer or bus to Calafate Airport/other for departure/onward travel.

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
November 2019
23-Nov-2019 $1,985 Provisional Date
December 2019
7-Dec-2019 $1,985 Provisional Date
26-Dec-2019 $1,985 Provisional Date
January 2020
9-Jan-2020 $1,985 Provisional Date
23-Jan-2020 $1,985 Provisional Date
February 2020
9-Feb-2020 $1,985 Provisional Date
March 2020
15-Mar-2020 $1,985 Provisional Date
April 2020
13-Apr-2020 $1,985 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,830

Prices are based on a shared hostel room and vary depending on the group size as below:

Groups of 4 - USD $1,830 per person

Groups of 3 - USD $1,970 per person

Groups of 2 - USD $1,985 per person

Upgrade to a private room with breakfast is an option.

Departures can be set up on a date of your choice and we will help to form groups of likeminded travellers.

Includes

  • Bilingual guide
  • Transfer from and back to El Calafate (city or airport)
  • Transfer from the bus station to the hotel in El Chalten
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: 4 nights camping
  • Full camping equipment (tent, mat, sleeping bag)
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Catamaran across Lago Pehoe
  • Boat at Lake Grey
  • English & Spanish speaking Guide/Driver

Excludes

  • Personal porters: $110 USD per porter per day (includes their meals and insurance)
  • Excursions and accommodation in El Calafate
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary (in El Calafate)
  • Sleeping bag in El Calafate
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights

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