Multi-day hiking in Fitz Roy
The hiking and camping in Los Glaciares offers breathtaking views and unique scenery, for a truly authentic Patagonian trekking experience.
The highlight trails around Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre can be extended and combined to form a more challenging trek. The landscapes have an alpine feel as you hike up to the mountains, rather than around them. The Ice Cap and world-famous peaks are popular with mountaineers and those seeking an expedition-style trip. For a truly unique journey, there are hikes that take you far beyond the beaten path.
Types of hiking
Connect the highlight hikes in the centre of the park to Mount Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and Loma del Pliegue Tumbado with overnight camps along the way. Extend your hiking to include the secluded Los Huemules Reserve which has a variety of shorter and easier trails. Explore the dramatic Electrico Valley, known as the gateway to the Ice Cap, or hike into the Tunel Valley and up to Paso del Viento (the Windy Pass).
Combine all of the highlight hikes in El Chalten for the ultimate Fitz Roy trekking experience or explore more remote regions of the park. The Huemul Circuit leads you up to the Ice Cap and around to the mighty Viedma Glacier. The Quechu Crossing takes you beyond Lago del Desierto and crosses the border into Chile to connect with the infamous Carretera Austral.
Off the beaten track expeditions
Venture into the secluded and inaccessible areas of the mountains in Los Glaciares to experience a sense of pure adventure. Working closely with our local partners and their expert guides you can explore the outlying valleys where very few have been before. For those looking to test themselves, the Ice Cap and the Gorra Blanca summit offer non-technical but physically challenging mountaineering expeditions. Previous experience using crampons and ice axes isn't necessary but will certainly stand you in good stead.
Off the beaten track expeditions
Gorra Blanca is a 2,900 metre peak overlooking the Patagonian Ice Cap. Whilst physically very demanding, between November and February Gorra Blanca does not require technical mountaineering experience and with the support of highly experienced guides this a great way…
The hiking in El Chalten has so much more to offer than just Mount Fitz Roy or Cerro Torre. The valleys further north and south still remain virtually untouched and the Southern Patagonia Ice Field is well worth climbing to for its jaw-dropping views.
Falling asleep to the thunderous sound of Viedma Glacier calving in the distance is a night's camping I'll never forget.
Tom Ludwig Swoop Expert
FAQs about multi-day hiking in Fitz Roy
To make the most of the highlights in Los Glaciares, we recommend a minimum three night trek. This will allow you to explore the northern/southern sections of the park, as well as the central areas around Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. For more challenging and adventurous treks, you should expect to spend four nights in the mountains as a starting point.
You will have porters to carry your tent, food, and cooking utensils (pots, stove, mugs etc). However you should expect to carry your own sleeping bag and roll matt (these can be borrowed upon request) and your spare clothing. A personal porter can be hired if you want to hike with absolute minimal weight. The going rate is around US $100-150 per day.
The main campsites at Poincenot and Prestadores have long drop toilets. There are no showers or refugios. All of the campsites are located close to a fresh water source so you can wash and replenish your water bottles easily.
The best time of year in terms of dry and warm weather is between December-February. The shoulder season from October-November is spring time in Patagonia so this still makes for pleasant walking conditions but without the crowds of summer season. If you choose to travel between March-May you will notice it is cooler and the flora turns a beautiful golden brown as autumn creeps in.
A sturdy pair of high-ankled walking boots and reliable waterproofs are essential for any multi-day hikes in Los Glaciares. A well-fitted backpack is recommended but these can be borrowed upon arrival. For any expeditions to the Ice Cap, Gorra Blanca or surrounding peaks, all technical equipment is provided including crampons, harnesses and ice axes.
There are several special lodges and hotels in El Chalten that you can choose to unwind in after your long trek in the mountains. The Aguas Arriba Lodge is located on the edge of Lago del Desierto and offers true luxury and seclusion. The Destino Sur, tucked away in the heart of El Chalten, has spa facilities and a fine restaurant. For a true taste of Patagonian tradition, soak up the hospitality of Estancia Helsingfor or Estancia Cristina.
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