Glaciers, Trekking & Luxury in Los Glaciares

Relax by the fire at a luxurious lakeside lodge on the shores of Lago Desierto after visiting the vast face of the Perito Moreno glacier, taking on Fitz Roy's most famous trek, and seeing the hanging glacier at Piedras Blancas Glacier, as well as some wilder guided hikes on unmarked trails.

7 Days

$4,345

Glaciers, Trekking & Luxury in Los Glaciares - 7 - $4,345

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit Perito Moreno Glacier, trekking to aerial views of the top and face of the glacier
  • Hike through a dramatic glacial valley uncovering the Laguna Torre and the Mount Torre at the end
  • Cruise across Lago del Desierto by boat, hike the entire length of the lake, or go flyfishing in the surrounding lakes at Aguas Arriba Lodge
  • Meet knowledgeable guides throughout who will ensure you soak up the most of the local nature, geology and culture
  • You'll have full-board meals for three of the days and breakfast and lunch on the other full excursion days

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Glaciers, Trekking & Luxury in Los Glaciares

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival into El Calafate

As soon as you arrive into El Calafate, you will be picked up at the bus station and taken to your accommodation in town, where you can drop off your luggage and settle in, then explore El Calafate.

Accommodation: Madre Tierra Boutique Hotel, El Calafate


Day 2: Full Day at Perito Moreno Glacier

Today you'll spend the whole day on a group guided excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier. Stopping for photo opportunities on the journey, your guide will also tell you all about the glacier and the local area as you make your way there. During the trek, you will have time to explore the walkways and see incredible aerial views of the top and the face of the glacier, while marvelling at the roar of the ice calving.

After lunch and a few hours exploring, your transfer will take you back to El Calafate for another night at Madre Tierra Boutique Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Madre Tierra Boutique Hotel or similar, El Calafate


Day 3: Travel to El Chaltén and Laguna Torre trek

In the morning, following breakfast at the hotel, you will travel from El Calafate to El Chaltén by shuttle.

A guided trek to Laguna Torre is then in store for the afternoon, which will see you hike a glacial valley loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect shape. At the end of the valley you will find Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mount Torre, one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. Sometimes, icebergs that have broken off the Torre glacier can be seen floating on the lagoon. From the lagoon, the FitzRoy river also starts, and there is a Tyrolean rope that is used by climbers to access the mountains that they plan to climb.

After lunch at the lagoon, you will head back towards Chaltén, hiking along the FitzRoy river valley and crossing over a couple of old moraines. If you are lucky you may spot a Magellanic woodpecker and the nearly extinct deer known as the Huemul, as you trek through landscapes filled with masses of beautiful wild flowers.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Senderos Hostería or similar, El Chaltén


Day 4: Trek to Laguna de los Tres

Trek: 22km, over 8–9 hours

This trek is one of the highlights in the area. You will leave El Chaltén in a transfer to the trailhead, half an hour away, with your guide. You start this lovely walk in a forest on a path that ascends gently and first arrives at Piedras Blancas Glacier viewpoint. You'll have a brief stop here to enjoy the view of the hanging glacier. 

After a little more gentle climbing, the challenging section of one hour of steep uphill, to get to Laguna de los Tres, begins. The effort is more than worthwhile for the breathtaking views you'll experience at the top of Mount FitzRoy. Weather permitting you'll have lunch at the lagoon, if not you'll eat somewhere more protected. 

You will then start the descent and head towards Laguna Capri, finishing the trek back at Hostería El Pilar. Here, you will take a transfer to Lago del Desierto before a boat ride to the Aguas Arriba Lodge. An exciting day of varied sights and many modes of travel! 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (drinks not included and must be paid in cash)

Accommodation: Aguas Arriba Lodge, El Chaltén


Day 5: Aguas Arriba Lodge, El Chaltén

Your fifth day is yours to choose what you'd like to do at this point in the trip. You'll have a free choice of guided treks in the stunning surroundings of the lodge; explore the heart of the Patagonian Andes heading out on the trails of varying lengths or visit the surrounding lakes and rivers on flyfishing trips accompanied by the local guides. If you'd prefer to take the day at a slow pace, you can soak up the environment from the lodge, taking in the peaceful atmosphere and the magnificent peaks of Mount FitzRoy in the distance.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (drinks not included and must be paid in cash)

Accommodation: Aguas Arriba Lodge, El Chaltén


Day 6: Aguas Arriba Lodge, El Chaltén

After one day enjoying the surroundings of Aguas Arriba you'll likely be even more eager to experience more of this special location. You'll have another day to explore at your leisure; with so many day treks possible this relieves the pressure of choosing one (fortunately, they are all wonderful options!) and means you can mix up your days. Set out on independent or guided treks, jump in the lodge's boat with one of the hiking trails, or walk the entire length of the Lago del Desierto on a six-hour hike.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (drinks not included and must be paid in cash)

Accommodation: Aguas Arriba Lodge, El Chaltén


Day 6: To Punta Sur and then El Calafate

On your final day, begin with a boat ride that will take you to Punta Sur. From here, you'll pick up your private transfer to El Calafate, ready for departure or onward travel (this is a four-hour drive).

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price of USD $4,345 per person is based on two people sharing. Please get in touch for information on departures.

Includes

  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation: 6 nights in hotels, lodges or refugios
  • All entrance fees included in itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • All private transport included in itinerary
  • English and Spanish speaking guide

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks (drinks at Aguas Arriba Lodge are not included and can be paid in cash only)
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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