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Chaltén Express: Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre

This classic 2-day guided El Chaltén trek visits the most spectacular landmarks in the Los Glaciares National Park. Hike through forests and across log bridges to reach Laguna de Los Tres and stunning views over Mount Fitz Roy. Camp overnight at Poincenot before continuing your trek through a glacial valley to Laguna Torre for stunning views of Cerro Torre.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

2 Days

From

$630

Location

Los Glaciares

Chaltén Express: Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre - 2 - $630

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres; Poincenot camp 

Day 2: Trek to Laguna Torre; El Chaltén

Start from El Chaltén and end at El Chaltén

Landmarks visited on Chaltén Express: Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres; Poincenot camp

This trek is one of the highlights in the area. We'll drive from El Chaltén to the trailhead at El Pilar, 30mins away and then start this beautiful trek on a forest trail that climbs gently to reach the Glacier Piedras Blancas viewpoint. We'll stop here for a short break to soak up the view of the hanging glacier. After more gentle ascending, we'll start a challenging, 1hr section of steep ascent to Laguna de Los Tres.

All this effort is rewarded by stunning views from the top. We'll see Mount Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains and the valley we have just walked along. If the weather allows, we'll have our picnic lunch at the lagoon before starting the descent to Poincenot camp, our home for the night and from where we can enjoy more views of the Fitz Roy massif!

Length of hike: 6-7hrs, 12km 

Meals: Box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Poincenot camp


Day 2: Trek to Laguna Torre; El Chaltén

Perhaps get up very early this morning to capture some sunrise shots of Fitz Roy in its beautiful hues of red. After breakfast we'll get back on the trail, trekking past the beautiful Madre and Hija lagoons, before descending into the Torre Valley. This glacial valley is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect shape. At the end of the valley we'll reach Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Cerro Torre – one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. Sometimes there are icebergs floating on the lagoon that have broken off Glacier Torre.

The Fitz Roy River begins flowing from Laguna Torre and there is a Tyrolean rope here that is used by climbers to access the mountains they aim to climb. We'll also have a chance to visit D'Agostini campground where many famous climbers have stayed.

After a picnic lunch at the lagoon we'll head back to El Chaltén. We'll trek along the Fitz Roy River valley and cross a couple of old moraines. If we're lucky we may spot a Magellanic woodpecker, the nearly extinct Andean deer, the huemul, and a wide variety of beautiful wild flowers.

Length of hike: 7-8hrs, 20km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

4 people: USD $630 per person
3 people: USD $710 per person
2 people: USD $870 per person

Start date Price (pp)
February 2023
20-Feb-2023 $630* Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $630

Includes

  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 box lunches, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation: 1 night camping (tent) at Poincenot; sleeping bag and mat included
  • Mountain guide
  • Transfer from El Chaltén to trailhead at El Pilar
  • Group camping and cooking equipment
  • National park entry fee
  • English and Spanish-speaking guide

Excludes

  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • 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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