Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Visit Perito Moreno glacier
- Experience remote trekking and wild camping
- 2 days at beautiful lakeside lodge
- Hike to Laguna de los Tres
- Free day for trekking from El Chalten
Start from El Calafate
Landmarks visited on Glaciers, Trekking & Luxury in Los Glaciares
You will be picked up at the airport and driven directly to Perito Moreno Glacier. This is about a 2 hour journey with a few photo stops on the way; you will learn all about the glacier, the area, etc, en route. At the glacier you will have time to explore the walkways that provide great aerial views of the top and the face of the glacier. The roar of the calving is amazing too. After a couple of hours here you will get back on the road and head back to El Calafate. You will be dropped off at your hotel.
You will leave Calafate in the morning and travel 225km (2.5hours) of paved road to Chalten and then along the gravel road towards Lago del Desierto for another 37km (90 minutes). There will be a few photo stops and picturesque viewpoints en route, too. At the lake you will leave your main luggage, which will be transported to the lodge and now you will carry on with just your day packs on your camping adventure. You will travel 12km across the lake to its northern point to where your first trekking begins!
You will walk in a dense lenga (nothofagus) forest on a path which is not maintained, so the crossing of streams adds to the adventure, After about 5 hours of trekking you will arrive at the Refugio Diablo which will be your new home for the night. From near here you will enjoy views of different glaciers and the Lake San Martin. After a good hot meal you will be ready to curl up in your sleeping bags for the night.
After breakfast you will head back along the same path as the day before and then continue for a few hours along the side of Lago del Desierto to your new home for the next two nights. After some adventurous off the beaten track walking you will have earned the comforts of this uniquely located lodge. You will meet the owners and the local guide who will make you feel very welcome and they will advise you about what you can do while you are there. There is no rush and decisions can be made day by day depending on the weather or how much energy you have left!
You might fancy another big walk but if not you could do a half day trek. Depending on what who else is there depends whether it is a half day near the lodge of walking - along the beach , to a viewpoint and waterfalls. It may be a boat ride and a walk up to a glacier... or maybe just a good book curled up next to the log fire.
This morning you will be getting up a bit earlier, to get the lodge's boat and then drive part of the way back to Chalten. You will get out of the car at El Pilar and from here start one of the highlight treks in the area. You start this lovely walk in a forest on a path that ascends gently. The challenging section is one hour of steep uphill to get to Laguna de los Tres, later on in the day. The effort is all made worth it by the breathtaking views you get at the top, of Mt Fitz Roy and its satellite mountains. Weather permitting; you will have lunch at the lagoon. You will then start the descent towards El Chalten via Laguna Capri, another very photographic spot in the National Park. When you arrive into El Chalten, you will walk another 10 minutes to your hotel. Trek 8/9 hours. Distance: 22km
There are various treks that you can do from El Chalten. The 2 most popualar ones are to Laguna Torre and to Pliegue Tumbado. Depending on your energy levels and what the weather is doing, will decide which one you do. Both afford great views and are great day treks.
In the morning after breakfast, you will be picked up for your private transfer to the airport.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,100 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
Prices from USD $2,100 per person.
Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for details.