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Los Glaciares Wilderness Trek

Trek between two historic estancias across the untouched wilderness of Los Glaciares National Park. A challenging trek through tough terrain, suitable for experienced hikers only. If you want to experience glaciers, rivers, mountains and rock formations in a remote and untouched corner of Patagonia, this is the trek for you.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

7 Days




Los Glaciares

Los Glaciares Wilderness Trek - 7 - $2,275

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate Airport to Estancia La Estela 

Day 2: Transfer to Estancia Helsingfors; Trek to Seno Moyano; Wild camp 

Day 3: Trek to the North Pass; Wild camp 

Day 4: Trek through North Valley; Wild camp

Day 5: Trek to Anita Lagoon; Wild camp

Day 6: Trek to Glacier Upsala; Wild camp

Day 7: Trek to Lake Argentino; El Calafate

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Los Glaciares Wilderness Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate Airport to Estancia La Estela

You'll be met at El Calafate Airport and, depending on flight times, taken into El Calafate or onto Estancia La Estela, on the shores of Lake Viedma. We'll have an equipment check and discuss the trekking route.

Accommodation: Hotel (El Calafate) or Estancia La Estela

Day 2: Transfer to Estancia Helsingfors; Trek to Seno Moyano; Wild camp

We'll start the day by driving to Estancia Helsingfors from either El Calafate or Estancia La Estela. It's 180km from El Calafate, a good deal of which is along dirt roads, so the journey can take around 4hrs.

The estancia is located at the entrance of the Seno Moyano of Lake Viedma and we'll trek along this section of the lake through low vegetation. We follow the valley between the Mascarello and Huemules ranges with views of glaciers and the Moyano range. Our wild camp location is near an old hut.

Length of hike: 8hrs, 13km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camp 

Day 3: Trek to the North Pass; Wild camp

Today we'll continue our trek through the valley to a viewpoint for the Valle del Quemado below, the North Pass ahead and, in the distance, the Moyano and Norte mountains with hanging glaciers.

We'll hike into the Valle del Quemado and climb up to the North Pass at 1100m. From here we'll be able to see the entire mountain range of the Mascarello Strict Nature Reserve and the North Canyon.

We'll then start our descent from the pass on rocky terrain before crossing a section of wetlands and low forest where we'll look for a suitable place to wild camp.

Length of hike: 9hrs, 7km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camp

Day 4: Trek through North Valley; Wild camp

After leaving our camp near the forest, we'll trek across a large glacial moraine into the picturesque North Valley. The route through here is undefined and requires skirting areas of wetland and navigating through forests.

If the weather is good, we'll wild camp with a view of Mount North's hanging glacier and lagoon, otherwise we press on further to a more sheltered spot in the forest. 

Length of hike: 4hrs, 8km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camp

Day 5: Trek to Anita Lagoon; Wild camp

Today, we'll continue our trek through North Valley, to the left of the river. There are numerous waterfalls to look out for between the forests and wetlands. Once we ascend up to the a ridge we'll be able to see Lake Argentino and Estancia Cristina off in the distance and also the Canon of Fossils on the other side of the river.

We'll wild camp near the river and Anita Lagoon.

Length of hike: 9hrs, 16km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camp

Day 6: Trek to Glacier Upsala; Wild camp

After packing up our camp we trek towards the River Catarina in search of a crossing point. Once safely across we'll walk through the amazing Canyon of Fossils to an isolated rocky ledge noted for its colours and geology.

Onwards from here we'll make our way to the viewpoint for Glacier Upsala. Close by, behind a rocky promontory is the Refguio Upsala and it is here that we'll set up our wild camp for the night.

Length of hike: 6hrs, 11km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camp

Day 7: Trek to Lake Argentino to Estancia Cristina area; El Calafate

We'll need to be up early today to watch the sunlight over Glacier Upsala from the viewpoint near our camp. After breakfast we'll begin the final section of our trek – a descent to Lake Argentino. It is from here that we'll take a 3hr boat trip back to El Calafate. Here you'll check-in to your hotel and say goodbye to your guide after a truly memorable week together – it's time to celebrate.

Length of hike: 4hrs, 14km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Accommodation: Hotel

Los Glaciares Wilderness Trek

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

6 people: USD $2,005 per person
4-5 people: USD $2,275 per person
2-3 people: USD $2,655 per person
Please enquire about joining a small group of like-minded travellers on an expedition to reduce the cost.


Start date Price (pp)
February 2023
10-Feb-2023 $2,275* Provisional Date Enquire
March 2023
11-Mar-2023 $2,275 Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,275

Additional Notes

Group size – 6 maximum, 2 minimum.

First night – If you wish to change your first night from El Calafate to Estancia La Estela this will add USD $210 to the trip price.

Single supplement – Additional supplement required for solo travellers requiring a single room at Estancia La Estela and in El Calafate.


  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in hotel in El Calafate or 1 night in hotel and 1 night in Estancia La Estela, 5 nights wild camping
  • Bilingual certified mountain guide
  • Nights in wild camp
  • Full camping equipment (tent, cooking ware) in double tent
  • All meals during the trek


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Meals in town except when mentioned
  • Night at Estancia Cristina (ask for this supplement)
  • Personal porters: USD $150 per porter per day (includes their meals and insurance)
  • Sleeping bag or mat
  • 60-65ltr backpack
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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