El Condor to Lago del Desierto Trek

Cross the rugged Cordon del Bosque mountain range close to the Chilean border to reach the tranquil shores of Lago del Desierto. The is a trekking expedition for the truly adventurous hiker as your ford rivers and explore ancient beech forests. You will not meet another soul in these hidden valleys.

5 Days

$2,265

El Condor to Lago del Desierto Trek - 5 - $2,265

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Arrive at Estancia El Condor
  • Trek along the main arm of the San Martin lake and the left band of the river Martinez de Rosas 
  • Walk through forests and gradually descend to reach the western valleys and the Desierto Lake
  • Transportation back to El Chalten

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on El Condor to Lago del Desierto Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Estancia El Condor

Welcome at El Calafate airport. Transfer to the Estancia El Condor. Overnight in tents or beds.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Estancia El Condor


Day 2: San Martin lake

After breakfast, you'll pack up your backpacks and start the trek heading north along the main arm of the San Martin lake. Your destination is the area called Nana refuge. You can choose to sleep in tents or in the refuge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Nana refuge


Day 3: River Martinez de Rosas

From La Nana to Altamirano refuge (in ruins) , the terrain is more rugged, with many short climbs and descents and always overlooking the San Martin lake. You will be walking at a short distance from the border with Chile. There are some good places for lunch. Today you will stay on the left band of the river Martinez de Rosas until you get to your camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Altamirano refuge


Day 4: Continue up the valley

You continue up the valley through beautiful beech forest, until reaching a fork formed by two rivers which you'll cross at least 2 times today. After gaining a 200 to 300 meter at the beginning, you continue heading up more gradually. You maintain that height gained through forests and meadows as we move into the valley. Your camp is near a water stream. Today is also a long day between 7-8 hours, tiring by the number of wadings and slopes to climb, although it is only about 12 km.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Wild camping 


Day 5: Desierto lake and transfer back to El Chalten 

You'll walk through the forest continuously gaining altitude, before crossing the limits of the vegetation and climb further up to 1350 meters. Then you gradually descend into a valley running south. Once we get to the end of this valley and after crossing a wide pass we can see to the other side, to the western valleys and the Desierto Lake. You have about 18 km and the downhill terrain is quite rugged before you get to the centre of the lake. From there you'll walk another hour to reach the south part of the Desierto Lake. You'll then take your transportation back to El Chalten.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
November 2018
10-Nov-2018 $2,265* Provisional Date
December 2018
22-Dec-2018 $2,265 Provisional Date
February 2019
16-Feb-2019 $2,265* Provisional Date
March 2019
9-Mar-2019 $2,265 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,265

The price of $2,265 per person is based on a group of 2 people, the price of $1,970 per person is based on a group of 3 people and the price of $1,760 per person is based on a group of 4 people 

Includes

  • Ground transportation as described in the itinerary above
  • Professional mountain guide for the trek
  • Assistant/porter for the group to carry meals (above 3 persons group)
  • Insurance Tents and all camping gear (no sleeping bag/mat)
  • All meals during trekking program
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary above
  • Entrance to the National Park and permits for the program

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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