Ultimate Chalten Trek

The complete El Chalten trekking experience - combine the highlight trails around Mount Fitzroy and Cerro Torre with the challenging Huemul Circuit in the south of the Park. Enjoy dramatic mountain views, hanging glaciers, peaceful forests and windy mountain passes all in one trip.

8 Days

$1,920

Ultimate Chalten Trek - 8 - $1,920

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit the Laguna de los Tres viewpoint, the best place to take in the Fitz Roy massif
  • Hike along the Mother and Daughter lakes to reach the legendary valley of Cerro Torre
  • Cross the River Fitz Roy via a zip line before being lead to one of the best views in the valley: the Agachonas Pass
  • Walk along big and spectacular moraines towards Viento Pass, an incredible viewing-point of the Southern Ice Field
  • Trek up the Huemul Pass and have the chance to see Condors 

Start from El Chaltén and end at El Chaltén

Landmarks visited on Ultimate Chalten Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in El Calafate

Take a shared transfer from the airport or town to El Chalten.

Accommodation: Patagonia Hostel


Day 2: Laguna de los Tres

You begin the day with a 30-minute transfer to the beginning of the trail at Hosteria El Pilar. You'll head towards the Fitz Roy massif in the direction of the Poincenot camp, the place where you will spend the first night in the national park. You can leave your stuff for the night and continue upwards another 400 metres to an altitude of 1160 metres at the Laguna de los Tres viewpoint: the best place to take in the Fitz Roy massif.

Length of hike: 15 km, 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Poincenot Camp


Day 3: Cerro Torre

After breakfast, you'll have time for some more pictures before you get started on your way along the Mother and Daughter lakes which will ultimately lead to the legendary valley of Cerro Torre. This is a gentle hike and it won't take you more than 5 hours to get there. After having a cup of tea and leaving your clothes for the night you'll continue on to see Laguna Torre and walk a little further up to the Maestri look out.

Length of hike: 8 km, 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping, Cerro Torre

Note: From here everyone will have to carry their sleeping bags and help with a minimum of the tents or ask for porters


Day 4: Laguna Toro

After packing your backpacks and having breakfast you'll start the walk to Torre Lake and cross the River Fitz Roy via the zip line. Once across, the trail takes you through the forest, then along a rocky stretch before finally leading you to one of the best views in the valley: the Agachonas Pass.

From this point, you'll begin your descent towards the River Tunel Valley, with amazing views of the glacier bearing the same name and its neighbor, Mt. Solo. Once in the vast glacial valley, you'll head westwards towards our next camp at Laguna Toro.

Length of hike: 15 km, 8/9 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild Camp, Laguna Toro


Day 5: Viento Pass

After breakfast, you'll begin trekking towards the day's first challenge: the crossing of the River Tunel via a zip line or wading (depending on the temperature of the river). Then you'll continue walking uphill along big and spectacular moraines towards 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'll descend towards Paso del Viento camp, an ideal resting place with a crystal clear river running next to the tents.

Length of hike: 13 km, 7/8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Paso del Viento Camp


Day 6: Huemul Pass

Today you'll follow the trail which takes you alongside the Viedma glacier. The glacier will always be in view above you, giving spectacular views along the way. During the trek, you'll pass by some sparkling mountain lakes. After lunch, the hard work begins. You'll trek up to the Huemul Pass. At the top you may have the chance to see some Condors 

From the top of the pass and after taking the necessary time for a resting you'll have to descend a long way through the forest to get to the next camp at Bahia de los Tempanos (Icebergs)

Length of hike: 18 km, 7/8hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping, Bahia de los Tempanos


Day 7: Bahia Tunel

From the camp you'll have the chance to see some icebergs from the calving Viedma glacier and after breakfast there will be a fairly easy trek to get to the Bahia Tunel. From there our transfer will be waiting to take us to El Chalten

Length of hike: 14 km, 5/6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch,

Accommodation: Patagonia Hostel


Day 8: Take a Transfer from El Chalten to El Calafate airport or town centre.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
November 2018
19-Nov-2018 $1,920* Provisional Date
December 2018
3-Dec-2018 $1,920 Provisional Date
10-Dec-2018 $1,920* Provisional Date
17-Dec-2018 $1,920 Provisional Date
24-Dec-2018 $1,920* Provisional Date
January 2019
7-Jan-2019 $1,920 Provisional Date
14-Jan-2019 $1,920* Provisional Date
21-Jan-2019 $1,920 Provisional Date
28-Jan-2019 $1,920* Provisional Date
February 2019
4-Feb-2019 $1,920 Provisional Date
11-Feb-2019 $1,920* Provisional Date
18-Feb-2019 $1,920 Provisional Date
25-Feb-2019 $1,920* Provisional Date
March 2019
4-Mar-2019 $1,920 Provisional Date
11-Mar-2019 $1,920* Provisional Date
18-Mar-2019 $1,920 Provisional Date
25-Mar-2019 $1,920* Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,920

Price of $1920 USD per person is indicative based on a group of 2 people in a shared hostel room.

The price for a group of 3 people is $1765 USD per person, for 4 people is $1620 USD per person and for a group of 6 people the price is $1470 USD.

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

Includes

  • All meals, transfers, staff necessary, permits during the trekking
  • Entrance to the national park
  • Accommodation in hotels for previous and last night of the trek
  • Accommodation in camps as described in the itinerary
  • Private bilingual guide during the trek
  • Technical gear when required
  • Tents and any gear necessary except what is personal gear
  • Round trip bus transfers from El Calafate to El Chalten

Excludes

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

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