Los Glaciares Explorers

Based in the cosy town of Chalten, trek to the top sights of Los Glaciares - Perito Moreno, Cerro FitzRoy, Paso Cuadrado and the Marconi Pass. The trip balances guidance on excursions with independence in travelling and free time for your own exploration. Comfortable hotels and one night in a mountain refugio.

8 Days


Los Glaciares Explorers - 8 - $1,250

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit La Leona Ranch; journey to El Chalten
  • Trek to Laguna de los Tres for views of Cerro FitzRoy; descend toward Laguna Capri
  • Independent trek to Laguna Torre
  • Climb up to Paso Cuadrado
  • Trek to Glacier Pollone and admire the Marconi Pass;  return to El Chalten
  • Free day - perhaps try ice-trekking, horse-riding, kayaking, or the local spa?

Start from El Calafate and end at Puerto Varas

Landmarks visited on Los Glaciares Explorers

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Perito Moreno Glacier

As soon as you arrive into Calafate, your driver who will take you to your accommodation, where you can drop off your luggage and then continue on to visit the Perito Moreno glacier, will meet you. It's just over an hours journey to the glacier, you will have a few stops en route to take photos of the landscape, etc. On arrival you will have time to walk along the walkways in front of the glacier, on the peninsula, in order to be able to enjoy the sheer size of this emblematic glacier of Patagonia. The noise of the ice calving and the waves it causes are definitely something not to miss! At the end of the day you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, El Calafate

Day 2: Petrified forest and onto El Chalten

You will be picked up from your hotel at about 9am and driven to La Leona ranch. Here you will have time for a quick toilet/coffee stop. You will then get back on the bus and go along an unpaved road to an estancia where you will go walking for a couple of hours. You will learn from the guide a bit about the geology of the area and the dinosaurs that used to live in this area. Unique scenery will remind you a bit of the moon, great to be able to compare the walking on the steppe to the forests you will see near Chalten! After lunch you will carry on with the journey and arrive into Chalten at about 4/4.30pm.

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten

Day 3: Trek to Laguna de los Tres

Distance: 22km    Duration: 8 to 9 hours

This trek is one of the highlights in the area and starts from El Pilar. You will leave El Chalten in a transfer to the trailhead, half an hour away, with your guide. You then 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 bit more gentle climbing the challenging section of one hour of steep uphill begins, to get to Laguna de los Tres. The effort is all made worthwhile by the breathtaking views you get at the top, of Mt Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains and the valley you have just been walking along. Weather permitting; have lunch at the lagoon. You will then start the descent and head towards Laguna Capri, for a break and then the last hour back to El Chalten.

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten

Day 4: Trek to Laguna Torre

Distance: 20 km    Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Today you trek on your own along to Lagoon and Mt Torre. The path is gentle, less climbing than yesterday! This 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 Mt Torre, one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. Sometimes floating on the lagoon are some icebergs that have broken off the Torre glacier. The Fitz Roy river starts from this lagoon too 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 Chalten, along the Fitz Roy river valley and crossing over a couple of old moraines. If you are lucky you may spot a Magellanic woodpecker, the nearly extinct deer - Huemul and lots of beautiful wild flowers.

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten

Day 5: Trek to Paso Cuadrado

The day starts with a 30 minute transfer from Chalten to Rio Electrico, along an unpaved road. From here we start walking along the Electrico valley, the path is easy, pretty even while it works its way through an enchanting lenga forest. After about 2 hours we arrive at Piedra del Fraile Refuge (Stone of the Friar), named after Father Alberto de Agostini. In his times of exploring he used to set up his base camp right here, using the large rock as a refuge against the winds from the Continental Ice Field. From here we start our trek up the steep zigzag path to Piedra Negra. We gain height quickly and will be able to enjoy views of the Electrico valley below. After arriving at Piedra Negra we carry on for about another hour, possibly with crampons,depending on ice/snow conditions until we arrive at Paso del Cuadrado. All of the climbing is made worthwhile for this moment! We get amazing views of the granite massifs, other mountains, valleys, etc. After a short break we head back down the way we came up, to Piedra del Fraile to enjoy a well earned hot meal and rest.

Accommodation: Refugio (mountain hut)

Day 6: Trek to Pollone Glacier

After breakfast in the refuge, start the trek along the base of the Electrico valley. You walk a couple of hours in an impressive landscape where the path is rocky and uneven until you arrive at the Pollone Glacier and its lagoon. This is another highlight of the area; you can admire the Marconi glacier and the famous Marconi Pass, the gateway to the Continental Ice Field. You are able to appreciate raw nature at its best; pure rock and ice. After a short break at this hidden lagoon at the base of the mountains, start the trek back to Piedra del Fraile and to the Electrico bridge for our transfer back to El Chalten. Back in town, you might want to celebrate with a homemade beer or a delicious hot chocolate!

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten

Day 7: Free day

Today you are free to either have a go at ice trekking on Viedma glacier, horse ride, kayak..... or try out the local Spa!

At 18.30 you will catch the public bus to El Calafate, arriving in at 21.30.

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten

Day 8: Depart

You start the day by catching the first bus in the morning to Puerto Natales, Chile.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,250 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.

Please note:

Price of USD $1,250 per person is based on a group of 4 people. Please get in touch for information on departures.

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