Day 1: Trek to Piedra del Fraile and Pollone Glacier
The day starts with a 30 minute transfer from El Chalten to Rio Electrico. From here we start walking along the Electrico valley, through an enchanting lenga forest until we arrive at Piedra del Fraile, about 2 hours later. This will be our home for the night. After a short break and some lunch we continue along the valley towards the Pollone Glacier. The trek here is against the prevailing winds from the Continental Ice field. We are able to appreciate raw nature at its best; pure rock and ice. Along the way we admire a different angle of Mt Fitz Roy, its Northern Face. After a short break at this hidden lagoon at the base of the mountains we return to our refuge to enjoy a hot meal and rest.
Length of excursion: 15 km , 6 hours
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Piedra del Fraile Refuge
Day 2: Trek to Laguna De los Tres and Laguna Capri
After breakfast we will head off towards the Piedras Blancas glacier and river. There is a river crossing over large boulders! We will then arrive at Rio Blanco campsite. From here the path ascends steeply up to Laguna de los Tres, the closest we can get to Fitz Roy without doing anything technical. The effort is all made worthwhile by the breathtaking views we get at the top; of Mt Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains and the view of the valley we have been walking along. Weather permitting; we will have lunch at the lagoon. We will then start the descent back towards Poincenot Campground.
Length of excursion: 17 km, 7/8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Poincenot Campground
Day 3: Trek to Laguna Torre
If you are lucky you will have got up early to take sunrise photos of Mt Fitz Roy in a beautiful hue of red, reflected on Laguna Capri! After breakfast we will continue through the beautiful lenga forests past the lagoons - Madre, Hija and Nieta. The path is quite flat, a break after the climbing of the day before! After a couple of hours we will drop in to the glacial valley that takes us towards Laguna Torre. This valley is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect "U" shape. At the end of the valley we will find the Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mt Torre - considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. After lunch at the lagoon we head back towards El Chalten along the Fitz Roy River valley
Length of excursion: 18 km/ 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
What our customers think
Making it to Laguna De los Tres, jumping in the frigid waters and camping with the range in sight. Incredible!
Nic and Julie Iannarone October 2016
The Refugio on the first night was excellent – remote, quiet, spectacular views. Our guide was wonderful. The scenery was superb. The campsite was excellent. Being able to walk with light packs and arrive to comfortable tents, sleeping bags and delicious food really made the trip perfect. We would not have changed a thing.
Jo McGrouther Australia December 2017
This trip has definitely opened our eyes to what is possible to plan and do in a few days, especially with help from Swoop. Having the opportunity to experience such a unique part of the world in such a seamless way was amazing.
Katherine Cappellacci Costa Rica March 2019
Spending time hiking around Fitzroy was the highlight. Camping at the base was perfect to observe the mountains during the day, at dusk and again at sunrise. It's a magical place. Our guide was awesome and pushed us hard to hike a few extra miles to reach the best views.
Brian McIntyre United States Of America February 2019
My most magical moment was coming out of my tent one morning, walking to the rivers edge, and seeing Fitz Roy with that early morning glow from the sunrise.
Leslie Dana United States Of America February 2019
I really enjoyed El Chalten – it's a great size for a trekking type town and a fantastic base from which to explore the surrounding areas.
Amil Patel United Kingdom December 2018
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
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* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,100
Price of USD $780 per person is indicative of a group of 4+ people. For 3 people, the price is $890 per person, for 2 people the price is $1,100 per person.
Departures can be set up for a group of minimum 2 people. We will try to form groups of likeminded travellers.
- Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 afternoon teas, 2 dinners
- Accommodation: 1 night in a basic refuge, 1 night camping
- Mountain Guide throughout trip
- Day 1 transfer from El Chalten to Rio Electrico
- Entrance fees to private property
- Technical mountain equipment
- Group camping and cooking equipment (incl. tent, sleeping mag and mat)
- National Park permission of Tourist activities
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Accommodation in El Chalten pre and post trek
- Additional porters
- Alcoholic drinks or sodas
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses