The Huemul Circuit

A trek that visits some forgotten corners of Los Glaciares offering great viewpoints of the icecap, with challenging sections like the battering climb through the aptly named Viento (windy) Pass, the Huemul Pass ascent to a campsite high above the sparkling Lake Viedma and the zipline crossing of the River Tunel.

5 Days


The Huemul Circuit - 5 - $1,350

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike through beautiful meadows whilst enjoying amazing views of the impressive Patagonian spires of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre 
  • Zip-line over the Rio Tunel before starting an uphill hike to the Paso del Viento
  • Hike the Huemul Pass with incredible views over Lago Viedma
  • After taking in the Patagonian sunrise from the campsite you'll hike/drive back into El Chalten

Start from El Calafate and end at El Chaltén

Landmarks visited on The Huemul Circuit

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: El Chalten

On arrival at El Calafate Airport you will take a minibus directly to El Chalten on a 2.5 hour drive along the Patagonian steppe. Once the bus turns to the west along the huge Viedma lake you will have your first spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers. At the bus station, your driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel. This evening you will have time to meet your guide for a briefing on the itinerary, and to ask any questions you may have.

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten

Day 2: Laguna Toro

Walking Duration: 7 hours

An early departure from El Chalten as you have 6 hours trekking through the forest until you reach Laguna Toro campsite. This hike passes through beautiful meadows whilst enjoying amazing views of the impressive Patagonian spires of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. The Toro campsite is located at the edge of the forest, thus providing good protection from the wind.

Accommodation: Wild camping

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Viento Pass

Walking Duration: 8 hours

Once you are ready in the morning, break camp and begin the trek towards the day's first challenge: the crossing of the River Tunel via a zip line. After this spectacular crossing, begin the uphill trek towards the Viento Pass, a privileged viewing point of the Southern Ice Field. The name of this pass means windy in Spanish, so expect to feel the full-force of these notorious gales. Once over and onto the western slopes of the mountain, you begin to descend towards the Paso del Viento refuge, an ideal resting place with water running at the door of the hut.

Accommodation: Wild camping or hut

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Huemul Pass

Walking Duration: 8 hours

Today follow the trail which takes you alongside the Viedma glacier. You will always see the glacier from above, thus giving you spectacular views along the way. During the trek, pass by some sparkling mountain lakes and after lunch, the hard work awaits you as you trek up to the Huemul Pass. After crossing this high-point, descend for only 20 minutes until reaching the final sleeping place in the mountains, with incredible views over Viedma Lake.

Accommodation: Wild camping

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: El Chalten

Walking Duration: 8/9 hours

After taking in the Patagonian sunrise from the campsite, begin a steep descent of almost 600 metres, until reaching the shore of the lake. Hike down the road and drive or hike back into El Chalten.

Once back in El Chalten the programme ends.

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

NOTE: Trekkers are expected to carry their personal gear, including sleeping bag and mats.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
November 2019
19-Nov-2019 $1,470 Provisional Date
December 2019
3-Dec-2019 $1,470 Provisional Date
24-Dec-2019 $1,470 Provisional Date
January 2020
7-Jan-2020 $1,470 Provisional Date
21-Jan-2020 $1,470 Provisional Date
February 2020
4-Feb-2020 $1,470 Provisional Date
18-Feb-2020 $1,470 Provisional Date
March 2020
4-Mar-2020 $1,470 Provisional Date
25-Mar-2020 $1,470 Provisional Date
April 2020
8-Apr-2020 $1,470 Provisional Date
22-Apr-2020 $1,470 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,350

Prices are based on a shared hostel room and vary depending on the group size as below:

Groups of 4 - USD $1,350 per person

Groups of 3 - USD $1,495 per person

Groups of 2 - USD $1,470 per person

Upgrades to a private room with breakfast are also available.

Departures can be set up on a date of your choice and we will help to form groups of likeminded travellers.


  • Experienced bilingual mountain guide
  • Technical equipment (crampons, ropes, etc.)
  • Satellite phone
  • All meals
  • Transfer in / out from El Calafate airport
  • Transfer in/out from El Chalten bus station
  • Accommodation in El Chalten village as described in the itinerary


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

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