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El Chaltén Highlights

Explore the famous trails of Los Glaciares on this comprehensive hiking trip in the El Chaltén area. Take in stunning views of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre and hike to the remote Loma del Diablo in a private reserve. Staying in the town, as well as camping and at a unique wilderness refugio maximises your experience in Argentine Patagonia.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

5 Days




Los Glaciares

El Chaltén Highlights - 5 - $1,530

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate Airport to El Chaltén; Hostel 

Day 2: Trek to Loma del Diablo; Refugio Cóndor

Day 3: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres; Poincenot Camp 

Day 4: Trek to Laguna Torre; El Chaltén

Day 5: Transfer to El Calafate Airport

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on El Chaltén Highlights

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate Airport to El Chaltén; Hostel

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 Loma del Diablo; Refugio Cóndor

Today begins with a 30min drive north to a private reserve area of Los Huemules. From here you'll start your day's hiking to Lake Diablo or Diablo Hill. The Lake Diablo hike follows a valley path through pristine beech forest, over undulating trails with wonderful views of Fitz Roy and some glaciers. Your private mountain guide will help you decide the most apt trail to tackle and will also be on hand to give you an insider's story of Patagonia and its wonderful history.

Perhaps you'd prefer the tougher Loma del Diablo (Diablo Hill) hike where you'll rise above the tree line in the valley, taking in the stunning views of the various peaks of the region and possibly reaching up to 1200m.

Either way, you'll not encounter many other trekkers in this area given that the number of visitors is limited. Upon returning, transfer to the nearby Refugio Cóndor where you can enjoy a dip in the hot-tub overlooking the forest and river – a great end to a great day's hiking.

Length of hike: 7-8hrs, 16km

Physical Intensity: Medium – High

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Cóndor

Day 3: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres; Poincenot Camp

We begin the day by taking our vehicle to Hosteria El Pilar to meet the trailhead to Mount Fitz Roy.

From there we'll spend 2-3hrs hiking a mostly flat trail, through local sub-antarctic forest and observing the impressive Piedras Blancas hanging glacier. We'll also have the chance to marvel at Mount Fitz Roy from different angles.

After arriving at the rustic Poincenot Camp, we'll leave our overnight gear at our tent and continue up to Laguna de Los Tres, climbing some 800m up a scree path. It's tough going up, but your reward will be possibly the best view in the whole of Patagonia: Mount Fitz Roy.

After having lunch and taking time to relax and take photos, we'll return to the camp and rest for the evening before enjoying a camp meal.

Length of hike: 6-7hrs, 11km

Physical Intensity: Medium – High

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Poincenot Camp

Day 4: Trek to Laguna Torre; El Chaltén

From our campsite we wake to wonderful views of the Fitz Roy range. After breakfast we make our way into the beautiful valley of the Madre and Hija lagoons, which then leads us through the lenga and ñires forests of the Cerro Torre valley. The trail has some gentle ups and downs with changing views to the surrounding mountains before we arrive at our destination – Laguna Torre.

Here we will stop for lunch and enjoy the stunning views of the Torres range and Glacier Grande. If the weather permits, we'll continue on to the Maestri Viewpoint, from where the legendary Italian climber Cesare Maestri eyed-up his climb of Cerro Torre in the 1950s. From here we can see Cerro Torre and the Glacier Grande from above in all its length.

From here we follow the trail to El Chaltén along the Río Fitz Roy.

Length of hike: 7-8hrs, 17km

Physical Intensity: Low – Medium

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Accommodation: 'No frills' hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 5: Transfer to El Calafate Airport

Today you'll transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport taking approximately 3hrs.

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think of El Chaltén Highlights

El Chaltén Highlights trips scored 4.3/5 from 13 reviews

Impossible to pick just one! Cerro Torre lookout? Laguna de los Tres? Reaching the glacier at Aquas Arriba Lodge? The spectacular underwater calving at Perino Moreno glacier? The adorable penguins in Ushuaia? It was ALL amazing! I must say something here - Natascha told us we must not miss Aquas Arriba & so we planned our trip around the available dates there! She was SO RIGHT! It is a magical, special retreat & we both cried when we left. Natascha I am so very thankful to you - being able to take my daughter to such a place makes my heart sing. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I wish we had stayed another day - as you suggested (!) & skipped a day in Ushuaia.

Travelled: February 2020

Evelyn -

The trip was incredible. The destinations are wild, unique, and absorbing. Every location took hold of us and offered so much more than we could do given our two weeks in the area. We found the people very pleasant and friendly, and the guides at the independent operators were knowledgeable, skillful and committed to ensuring that our family had the best experience possible. We were surprised by exceptional weather with clear skies all day but one! Coming down from the pass to Grey Glacier was unforgettable, as was Perito Moreno and Laguna los Tres.

Travelled: March 2021

Jon DeCristofaro -

My most memorable moment was seeing the three Towers of Paine. We were fortunate to have a blue sky day with little wind and spent more than an hour enjoying the incredible scenery and ambiance at the base of the towers.

Travelled: February 2020

Marian -

We had so many that we really can't choose! But - we loved poincenot camp, laguna condor refugio, patagonia camp, and the base of the towers trek!

Travelled: February 2020

Chaewon -

Hikes to Torres del Pine and Fitz Roy

Travelled: March 2023

Anonymous -

I loved the hiking and camping and learning about the flora and fauna of the El Chalten region.

Travelled: January 2023

Adele -

French valley and Torres treks in n T del Paine Fitzroy trek in n Los Glaciares

Travelled: December 2022

Olivia -

Arriving at Laguna de los Tres was spectacular. Our guide Lucas was also phenomenal.

Travelled: January 2022

Charles -

Our guide, Lucas, was wonderful and made the journey possible for me. Overall, everyone we met was absolutely fantastic. The sites and experiences were fantastic but people generally make the trip!

Travelled: January 2020

Mary -

Out of 24 days in Argentina/Chile, the highlight of our trip was definitely when we reached the look out at Mt. Fitz Roy - weather was perfect; clear blue sky with no signs of clouds. Amazing landscapes in both Chile (Torres del Paine) and Argentina (El Chaltén). My wife got to see the condor at close range - which also was kind of a highlight. Our guide (Juan from Serac Expeditions) was awesome. His knowledge and commitment clearly made the difference - and was the primary reason why you should do this trip with a guide, and not just on your own. What would we tell family and friends? Go there! You won't regret it.

Travelled: March 2021

Henrik -

Time spent at eco camp

Travelled: March 2023

Anonymous -

Everything was fantastic. The highlights were the W Trek and the hikes in El Chalten. I was very lucky to have perfect weather for those.

Travelled: March 2021

Greg Sergi -

French valley

Travelled: March 2023

Mary -


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2023/24 season are:
6 people: USD $1,530 per person
4-5 people: USD $1,610 per person
2-3 people: USD $1,995 per person
Please enquire about joining a small group of like-minded travellers on an expedition to reduce the cost.



Start date Price (pp)
November 2023
3-Nov-2023 $1,530* Provisional Date Enquire
10-Nov-2023 $1,530 Provisional Date Enquire
17-Nov-2023 $1,530* Provisional Date Enquire
24-Nov-2023 $1,530 Provisional Date Enquire
December 2023
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8-Dec-2023 $1,530 Provisional Date Enquire
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January 2024
5-Jan-2024 $1,530* Provisional Date Enquire
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February 2024
2-Feb-2024 $1,530 Provisional Date Enquire
9-Feb-2024 $1,530* Provisional Date Enquire
16-Feb-2024 $1,530 Provisional Date Enquire
23-Feb-2024 $1,530* Provisional Date Enquire
March 2024
2-Mar-2024 $1,530 Provisional Date Enquire
9-Mar-2024 $1,530* Provisional Date Enquire
16-Mar-2024 $1,530 Provisional Date Enquire
23-Mar-2024 $1,530* Provisional Date Enquire
30-Mar-2024 $1,530 Provisional Date Enquire
April 2024
13-Apr-2024 $1,530* Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,530

Additional Notes

Group size – Six maximum, two minimum.

Baggage – Passengers walk with only a light backpack with their picnic lunch and some clothes (to change at night or in case of bad weather).

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


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 box lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in hotel in El Chaltén; 1 night in double private cabin at Refugio Cóndor; 1 night fully supported camping (tent, cooking ware, sleeping bag, mat) in double tents
  • Bilingual certified mountain guide
  • Transfer from and back to El Calafate
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park (El Chaltén)


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal porters: USD $150 per porter per day (includes their meals and insurance)
  • 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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