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The Huemul Circuit

Explore the forgotten corners of Los Glaciares on this adventurous trek taking in the Viento and Huemul Passes and the vast South Patagonian Icefield. Wild camp at the Bay of Icebergs on the shore of the sparkling Lake Viedma, hike alongside the enormous Glacier Viedma and cross the River Túnel by zipline. This is the complete adventure.

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

6 Days




Los Glaciares

The Huemul Circuit - 6 - $1,355

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate Airport to El Chaltén; Hotel 

Day 2: Trek to Laguna Toro; Wild camping 

Day 3: Trek to the Viento Pass; Wild camping or hut 

Day 4: Trek to the Huemul Pass; Wild camping

Day 5: Trek to El Chaltén; Hotel

Day 6: Transfer to El Calafate

Start from El Calafate and end at El Chaltén

Landmarks visited on The Huemul Circuit

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate Airport to El Chaltén; Hotel

On arrival at El Calafate Airport you'll take a minibus directly to El Chaltén on a 2.5hr drive across the Patagonian steppe and through wind-hewn gorges. Once the vehicle turns to the west along the huge glacial Lake Viedma you'll have your first spectacular views of the famous granite peaks and immense hanging glaciers.

This evening you will have time to meet your guide for a briefing on the itinerary, and to ask any questions you may have. Your guide can recommend gear hire shops in town if you require any last-minute additions.

The small town of El Chaltén, nicknamed the 'Argentine capital of trekking', and only established in 1984, is nestled in a small valley between the Patagonian steppe (prairie) and the immense Southern Patagonian Ice Field and very much retains its 'frontier feel'. The gateway to such famous peaks as Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre make this a climbers' and trekkers' paradise and it's also a great town to base yourself for the various day hikes in the region. You should try the locally-brewed beer in the Cerveceria, or perhaps the hot chocolate in the Chocolateria. Either way, this little town will enchant and make you want to stay for longer.

Accommodation: 'No frills' hotel (private room)

Day 2: Trek to Laguna Toro; Wild camping

We'll leave El Chaltén early in the morning as we have to complete a long trek to reach the Laguna Toro wild campsite today. This hike passes through beautiful forests and meadows whilst enjoying amazing views of the impressive Patagonian spires of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

The wild campsite is located at the edge of the forest, thus providing good protection from the wind.

Length of hike: 6-7hrs, 16km

Elevation gain/drop: +600m/-400m

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camping

Day 3: Trek to the Viento Pass; Wild camping or hut

After breakfast we'll break camp and begin the trek towards the day's first challenge: the crossing of the River Túnel via a zipline. Once safely across, we'll begin the uphill trek to the 1400m Viento Pass – a spectacular viewpoint for the Southern Ice Field, the Mariano Moreno range and the Glacier Viedma. The name 'viento' translates as 'windy' in Spanish, so expect to feel the full-force of these notorious gales at the viewpoint.

Once over and onto the western slopes of the mountain, we'll begin our descent towards the Refugio Paso del Viento. This is an ideal location for us to wild camp for the night and there is running water at the door of the hut.

Length of hike: 6-7hrs, 16km

Elevation gain/drop: +800m/-400m

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camping or hut

Day 4: Trek to the Huemul Pass; Wild camping

Today we'll follow a trail which takes us alongside the enormous Glacier Viedma that drains into Lake Viedma. We'll always be above the glacier, thus giving us spectacular views along the way. Along this section we'll also pass by some crystal clear mountain lakes.

After lunch, the hard work begins as we trek up to the Huemul Pass. After crossing this high-point, it's a steep descent for 20 minutes until we reach our final sleeping place in the mountains at the Bay of Icebergs on the shore of Lake Viedma. Once the camp is set up you can take some time to explore the icebergs along the shoreline.

Length of hike: 9hrs, 18km

Elevation gain/drop: +150m/-800m

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camping

Day 5: Trek to El Chaltén; Hotel

After taking in the Patagonian sunrise from the campsite, we being the final day of trekking. The trail is relatively flat and straightforward, through typical Patagonian steppe.

Once we reach the River Túnel, we'll cross it by zipline and pick up our transport to drive us back into El Chaltén.

Length of hike: 6hrs, 15km

Elevation gain/drop: +200m/-200m

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Accommodation: 'No frills' hotel (private room)

Day 6: Transfer to El Calafate

Transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

6 people: USD $1,200 per person
4-5 people:USD $1,355 per person
2-3 people: USD $1,425 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
14-Feb-2023 $1,355* Provisional Date Enquire
March 2023
1-Mar-2023 $1,355 Provisional Date Enquire
13-Mar-2023 $1,355* Provisional Date Enquire
27-Mar-2023 $1,355 Provisional Date Enquire
April 2023
1-Apr-2023 $1,355* Provisional Date Enquire
8-Apr-2023 $1,355 Provisional Date Enquire
15-Apr-2023 $1,355* Provisional Date Enquire
22-Apr-2023 $1,355 Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,355

Additional Notes

Group size – 6 maximum, 2 minimum.

Note – Trekkers are expected to carry their personal gear, including sleeping bag and mats as well as part of the group equipment/meals. Be prepared to carry around 20kgs. Porters are available at an extra cost if required, but must be booked in advance.

Accommodation – An upgrade to the accommodation for the first and last days of the trip is possible. Please ask us for more information.


  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 box lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in hotel in El Chaltén, 3 nights wild camping
  • Bilingual certified mountain guide
  • Technical equipment (ropes, harness, etc. for Tyrolean traverse)
  • Satellite phone
  • Transfer from/to El Calafate airport
  • Accommodation in El Chaltén village as described in the itinerary


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Accommodation not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal porters: USD $150 per porter per day (includes their meals and insurance)
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • 60-65ltr backpack
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

Questions about this Trip?