Glaciers, Trekking & Luxury in Los Glaciares

This luxury lodge-based trip in and around the Mount Fitz Roy area features an immense choice of excursions, whatever your ability. Trek famous routes like Laguna Torre and Laguna de Los Tres, or try something different such as rock climbing or spotting endemic birdlife. Return every evening to your lodge near the beautiful and friendly mountain-town of El Chaltén. This luxury lodge-based trip in and around the Mount Fitz Roy area features an immense choice of excursions, whatever your ability. Trek famous routes like Laguna Torre and Laguna de Los Tres, or try something different such as rock climbing or spotting endemic birdlife. Return every evening to your lodge near the beautiful and friendly mountain-town of El Chaltén.
5 Days
$4,360

Glaciers, Trekking & Luxury in Los Glaciares - 5 - $4,360

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate; Explora El Chaltén 

Days 2, 3 & 4: Choice of excursion; Explora El Chaltén

Day 5: Transfer to El Calafate

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Glaciers, Trekking & Luxury in Los Glaciares

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate; Explora El Chaltén 

A shuttle will pick you up from your hotel in El Calafate at 11am, or from El Calafate Airport at 12pm, and head to El Chaltén. The journey takes about 3hrs, crossing Patagonian steppe and passing through ancient gorges scarred by the harsh winds. The lonely road hugs the vast glacial Lake Viedma and then gradually the monumental granite peaks come into view as you approach the climbers' mecca of El Chaltén. Upon arrival in the town, you will be picked up by a hotel-exclusive transfer and taken to Explora El Chaltén, 17km away.

This newly-built lodge comprises of just 20 rooms and will be your base for explorations in the region. It sits amongst native beech trees in a private reserve. Everything at this all-inclusive lodge just oozes style and comfort: the menu has been designed by Argentina's top chefs, the interior is sleek and elegant and showcases the magnificent views seen outside. Your friendly hosts will make you feel at home and the Explora-trained guides will lead you on small group excursions where no other lodges go. Enjoy the spa and open bar – there is no better way to discover Patagonia.

Meals: Dinner  

Accommodation: Explora El Chaltén


Days 2, 3 & 4: Choice of excursion; Explora El Chaltén

Choose three from a list of approximately 30 full- or half-day excursions. Here are some of our favourites:

Laguna de Los Tres – El Chaltén's iconic trek and one of the world's most jaw-dropping day-hikes, this is not to be missed. Hiking up through native forests in Los Glaciares National Park, we'll reach Poincenot camp. From here we'll continue to the Río Blanco camp used by adventurous climbers. An hour of ascent later on we'll reach Laguna de Los Tres. A river crossing and an ascent brings us to stunning views of Mount Fitz Roy.

Length of hike: 8hrs, 20km

Laguna Torre – From one of El Chaltén's trailheads, we hike a valley with native Patagonian vegetation and take in the amazing views of Cerro Torre. After walking through lenga forests we'll arrive at Laguna Torre and see icebergs that have calved from Glacier Torre. We'll soak up the views and have lunch here before returning.

Length of hike: 7hrs, 17km

Pliegue Tumbado – Beginning in the south of Los Glaciares National Park, we take a trail leading through different valleys, eventually opening out to views of Cerro Torre, Lake Viedma and the Las Vueltas river valley. An ideal chance to sit and quietly contemplate these immense mountains.

Length of hike: 7hrs, 17km

Condor and Eagle viewpoints – An easy hike to the viewpoints of Mirador del Los Cóndores (condors) and Las Aguilas (eagles) that give great views of both El Chaltén town, some of the incredible skyline of the Andes mountains and the glacial Lake Viedma. Hikers often see the local aerial stalwarts – majestic condors and imposing buzzard-eagles. 

Length of hike: 2hrs, 5km

Mirador de las Aguilas – A hike in Los Glaciares National Park for keen birdwatchers. This route travels through native Patagonian shrub to Lake Viedma and rewards trekker with wide views of the Andes.

Length of hike: 2hrs, 5km

Rock Climbing School – El Chaltén is one of the best places in the world for rock climbing. An introduction to this activity includes essential information on learning how to control your physique to master the art of climbing and how to put your trust in your partner. You will also receive an introduction to the history and locations of the best places to climb around El Chaltén.

Duration of activity: 2.5hrs

Lago del Desierto – We take a van from the lodge to the south shore of Lago del Desierto. From there, we cross the lake and enjoy views of Glacier Vespigniani. Reaching the northernmost tip of the lake, we take a rugged track through the forest to explore some of the most remote parts of this region. Our trek brings us back to the south shore and our van; we return to the lodge.

Length of hike: 5.5hrs, 13km

Diablo Lagoon and Hill hike – With views of the spectacular Mount Fitz Roy, we hike through a lush valley floor with native beech forests on a route following the Diablo river where we may see torrent ducks. As we climb we find views of Glacier Cagliero and Lake Diablo. This trail in a private reserve area is one of Chaltén's lesser-known gems. There are two choices for the return journey: walking back along the valley, straight to the lodge, or hiking via the elevated Diablo peak for more impressive views over the area and back down to meet the Explora van. You guide will decide the best route for your small group of hikers.

Length of hike: 3-5hrs, 7-12km

Laguna Azul – From the lodge, we hike through a lenga and ñirre forest watching for different species of birds and following huemul deer tracks. We hike up to the Laguna Azul where more bird species can be spotted.

Length of hike: 2hrs, 5km

Paso del Cuadrado ascent – Another of El Chaltén's lesser-known routes, this tough day hike will get you away from the crowds and as close to the granite spires of Guillaumet, Mermotz and Fit Roy as possible – a wilderness trekkers' paradise. Start off hiking the Eléctrico Valley floor before following a steep zig-zagging mountain trail up towards the granite summits. The views below get rapidly more impressive as you quickly ascend. As the slope eases there is the chance of trudging through some snow as you climb towards the paso (pass). Once arrived the views are sublime as the major peaks of Cerro Torre, Polone and Fitz Roy come into view from a completely novel perspective. You'll follow the same trail back down from this incredibly fulfilling hike into the heart of Los Glaciares National Park. Tonight you deserve to toast to a fantastic day's outing back at the Explora El Chaltén.

Length of hike: 8hrs, 18km

Around 30 excursions are possible at Explora El Chaltén. All excursions are discussed with guests and confirmed the day before with your Explora guide.

Meals on days 2, 3 & 4: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation on days 2, 3 & 4: Explora El Chaltén


Day 5: Transfer to El Calafate

After breakfast, your transfer leaves Explora El Chaltén at 9am to arrive at El Calafate Airport at 12:40pm and hotels in El Calafate at 1pm.

Meals: Breakfast 

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Low Season (Oct & Apr) prices start from USD $3,485 per person, based on 2 people sharing a double room in the all-inclusive luxury lodge for four nights.

High Season (Nov to Mar, not inc Holiday Season, see below) prices start from USD $4,360 per person, based on 2 people sharing a double room in the all-inclusive luxury lodge for four nights.

Mid-season (Oct) and Holiday Season (21st Dec to 1st Jan) rates are available.

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people.

Additional Notes

Excursions – Other excursions are available – please get in touch for a full list. Small-group excursions take place daily with a maximum of 8 passengers and always led by an Explora bilingual guide.

Room upgrades – Room upgrades and longer stays are available for an additional cost. Please get in touch for more information.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
  • Open bar (House wines and standard liquors)
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at Explora El Chaltén
  • Daily excursions
  • Private transport included in the itinerary
  • Transfer from/to El Calafate Airport or town (preset schedule)
  • Mountain and ice gear
  • Entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park and Los Huemules Nature Reserve
  • Explora English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Access to hot tubs and leisure areas

Excludes

  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Premium wines and liquors
  • 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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