Los Glaciares Explorers

Starting in the cosy town of Chaltén, trek to the top sights of Los Glaciares – Perito Moreno, Cerro FitzRoy, and the Marconi and Cagliero Glaciers. The trip balances guidance on excursions with independence in travelling and free time for your own exploration. Stay in comfortable local accommodation and spend one night in a mountain refugio. Starting in the cosy town of Chaltén, trek to the top sights of Los Glaciares – Perito Moreno, Cerro FitzRoy, and the Marconi and Cagliero Glaciers. The trip balances guidance on excursions with independence in travelling and free time for your own exploration. Stay in comfortable local accommodation and spend one night in a mountain refugio.

8 Days

$2,080

Los Glaciares Explorers - 8 Days - $2,080

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Launch straight into the adventure with your first afternoon witnessing the ice calving of the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Trek to Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres, admiring views of Mount Torre and Fitzroy, walking in the tracks of Huemul deer, and enjoying scenic lunches overlooking the lagoon
  • Explore the 5,800 hectare Los Huemules Reserve, a protected area of native forest committed to preserving the unique local flora and fauna
  • Walk through forest and climb over rocks before scaling your way across the Cagliero Glacier, in an entirely off-the-beaten-track experience
  • Breakfast included throughout the trip, as well as four lunches and one night's dinner

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Los Glaciares Explorers

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Perito Moreno Glacier

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.

You'll then spend a rather special first afternoon visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier. It's just over an hours journey to the glacier and you'll stop a few times en route to take photos of the landscape. On arrival you will have time to walk along the walkways in front of the glacier, on the peninsula, to appreciate the sheer size of this emblematic glacier of Patagonia. The noise of the ice calving and the waves it causes are definitely not to miss!

You'll enjoy a picnic lunch in a memorable location somewhere near the glacier. Late in the afternoon, the shuttle will drop you back off at your hotel in El Calafate.

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation: Madre Tierra Boutique Hotel, El Calafate


Day 2: Explore El Chaltén

In the morning you will take a shuttle transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén. You will have the afternoon at your leisure to explore the surroundings of this famous climbing town, prepare for the days of trekking ahead (there's shops to get any essentials), visit the local breweries, and pick from the many options for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Senderos Hostería or similar, El Chaltén


Day 3: Trek to Laguna Torre

Trek, 20 km, over 6–7 hours

On this full day of trekking you will follow the gentle path to Lagoon and Mount Torre. The glacial valley is 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

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 and starts from Hostería El Pilar. 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, eventually finishing the trek back at Hostería El Pilar, where you will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hostería El Pilar


Day 5: Trek to Reserva Los Huemules

A full day hiking the trails of the Reserva Los Huemules, which offer spectacular views of the north face of FitzRoy and its neighbouring needles, the Marconi and Cagliero Glaciers, as well as the vivid Lake Diablo, with dazzling hues of blue and green. The reserve is committed to the conservation of both cultural heritage and wildlife; whilst soaking up the scenery look out for the torrent duck, the Magellanic woodpecker, condor, Huemul, red fox and puma.

After the day out on the trails, you will stay at the nearby Refugio Puesto Cagliero, an authentic mountain lodge with six shared bedrooms and views overlooking Laguna Diablo and Cagliero Glacier.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Refugio Puesto Cagliero


Day 6: Ice trekking at the Cagliero Glacier

A different type of challenge is in store today as you take to ice trekking at the Cagliero Glacier, in the Los Huemules Reserve. The trek involves a Via Ferrata (protected climbing route) approach. You'll journey along the border of Lake Diablo and venture through the thick lenga forest, before putting on your harness to climb some rocks, then facing the icy peaks; getting your crampons into action as you trek on the glacier. With few making it to Cagier and visitor caps in place, you'll experience the humbling sensation of being out in the true wilderness.

In the afternoon, you will take a transfer back to El Chaltén where you will stay the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Senderos Hostería or similar, El Chaltén


Day 7: Free day

Today you are free to either hike the Loma del Pleguie Tumbado self-guided, or try out a range of other activities, perhaps horse riding or kayaking, or the local spa! 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Senderos Hostería or similar, El Chaltén


Day 8: Depart

Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to El Calafate airport by shuttle, ready for onward travel.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price of USD $2,080 per person is based on a group of 4 people. Please get in touch for information on departures.

Includes

  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation: 7 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
  • 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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