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Los Glaciares Multisport Adventure

Take the classic hikes to Laguna de Los Tres and Laguna Torre and then get a different perspective of the awe-inspiring peaks of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre peaks as you learn to climb the outcrops behind El Chaltén, bike towards the massif and then look over your shoulder as you paddle away.

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Los Glaciares Multisport Adventure

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Trip type

Patagonia Trip

Trip length

6 Days

Price

$1,485

Location

Los Glaciares

Los Glaciares Multisport Adventure - 6 - $1,485

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén; Optional rock-climbing

Day 2: Biking at Lago del Desierto; Trek in Los Huemules Reserve

Day 3: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres

Day 4: Trek to Laguna Torre

Day 5: Kayak on Río La Leona; Cerro Los Hornos trek

Day 6: Leave El Calafate

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Los Glaciares Multisport Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén; Optional rock-climbing

After breakfast, you’ll take a private transfer from El Calafate through the typical landscape of the Patagonian steppe to El Chaltén. This journey takes around 3hrs by private transfer (driver only), during which you’ll have views of Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma and the Fitz Roy mountain range.

On arrival in El Chaltén, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel to relax. We recommend taking a wander around the town, which didn’t even exist before 1985!

Once everyone has arrived, the guide will visit the group for a short briefing of the upcoming activities.

El Chaltén offers various options for rock-climbing. If it’s your first time you could try our climbing school and learn the basics, but if you’re an experienced climber we can climb any of the multiple level, high-quality routes in the area. Our guide will suggest the best available option.

This activity will last about 3hrs. Our guide will introduce safety procedures as well as the basic concepts of rock-climbing manoeuvres and the equipment. All equipment is included.

Transfer: 3hrs

Duration of climbing: 3hrs

Difficulty level: Introductory

Accommodation: 'No frills' hotel in El Chaltén


Day 2: Biking at Lago del Desierto; Trek in Los Huemules Reserve

We’ll be met in the morning by our guide and will take a private vehicle towards Lago del Desierto, located next to the Chilean border. Here there is a 37km-long gravel road with wonderful views of the Patagonian landscape of forest, mountains and glaciers.

On arrival at the lake, our guide will give us safety gear and help us to adjust the bikes. We’ll also have a review of the security basics and the proper use of bike’s brakes and gears.

During the ride we'll stop at various spots along the route to take photos of the beautiful crystal-clear rivers and waterfalls in the forest. There will be a vehicle supporting the bike ride in case any of the participants prefer to take a rest and enjoy the landscape from the van.

After 20km, we’ll arrive at Los Huemules Reserve to have a picnic lunch and relax. We’ll then take an easy 2hr 30min hike to the Blue and Green Lagoons.

At the end of the day we’ll reach the ECO Lodge on the shore of Lake Condor to spend the night and relax in a wonderful hot tub.

Transfer: 1hr 30mins

Duration of biking: 3hrs

Duration of hike: 2hrs 30mins

Difficulty level: Introductory

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: ECO Lodge


Day 3: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres

Today begins with a short private transfer to the start of the trail into the National Park at Hostería El Pilar. From there we’ll hike along a beautiful trail through the lenga forest, following the Río Blanco (White River) towards the Poincenot campsite.

Along the way, we’ll stop to learn about the flora and fauna that is typical of the Patagonian Andean forest and also visit the stunning Piedras Blancas (White Rocks) viewpoint. From here we can see the Piedras Blancas Glacier and the erratic boulders and lateral moraines left behind as the glacier has retreated in the last few decades. We’ll also enjoy different views of the Fitz Roy mountain chain as we make our way towards our objective for the day – the magnificent Laguna de Los Tres. This unforgettable location has the best view of Cerro Fitz Roy and is one of the most impressive vistas in all of Patagonia.

We will have plenty of time to take in this unforgettable view before descending to the Poincenot Camp for snacks and drinks before our dinner and overnight stay.

Duration of hike: 6-7hrs, 11km

Difficulty level: Introductory

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Supported camping at Poincenot Camp


Day 4: Trek to Laguna Torre

From our forest campsite, we’ll enjoy dawn breaking over the incredible Fitz Roy mountain range. After breakfast, we’ll leave Cerro Fitz Roy behind us and head off towards a beautiful valley with rolling hills and the Lagunas Madre e Hija (Mother and Daughter lagoons). We’ll have plenty of time to stop and take photos and, if we’re really lucky, we may even spot the small group of Cauquenes that is sometimes seen in the area.

From our forest campsite, we’ll enjoy dawn breaking over the incredible Ritz Roy mountain range. After breakfast, we’ll leave Cerro Fitz Roy behind us and head off towards a beautiful valley with rolling hills and the Lagunas Madre e Hija (Mother and Daughter lagoons). We’ll have plenty of time to stop and take photos and, if we’re really lucky, we may even spot the small group of Cauquenes that is sometimes seen in the area.

The trail leads us through forests of Lenga and Ñires and across a large moraine before arriving at our destination – Laguna Torre. We’ll stop here for lunch while taking in the stunning views of the Torres mountain chain and Glacier Grande. If the weather conditions permit, we’ll then hike towards the Maestri viewpoint for the closest view of Glacier Grande.

This viewpoint is named after the controversial Italian climber, Cesare Maestri, who formulated his strategies for climbing one of the most difficult mountains in the world from this location.

Once we’re ready, we’ll leave the lake and mountain and follow the path through the Cerro Torre valley back to El Chaltén where we’ll spend the night.

Duration of hike: 7-8hrs, 17km

Difficulty level: Introductory

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch

Accommodation: 'No frills' hotel in El Chaltén


Day 5: Kayak on Río La Leona; Cerro Los Hornos trek

You’ll be picked up from your hotel at 7:30am. Our epic adventure starts easily enough with a private transfer 1hr 30mins to the Río La Leona. There, we will have a safety briefing on how to use all of the necessary equipment, and distribute both the equipment thermal suits.

Once dressed, you’ll be allocated to one of the double kayaks and we’ll launch into the river. The guides will be in single kayaks so they can manouevre swiftly through the group, providing further instruction on paddling techniques and looking out for everyone’s safety.

The first kayaking section is about 8km long and should take just over an hour. We’ll come ashore at Estancia La Meseta near Cerro Fortaleza for a well-deserved lunch break and while here, we’ll hike the incredible Cerro Los Hornos to a viewpoint that features fossilized bones and petrified trees. The walk in this area is truly incredible – you'll see the petrified remains from Patagonia's ancient past where dinosaurs roamed these plains. The landscape is other-worldly and at times you'll feel like you are walking on the moon.

We’ll return to our kayaks to explore another stretch of the river, paddling past intriguing geological formations and colourful vegetation typical of the Patagonian steppe.

Our private vehicle will be waiting at the end of our journey to take us back to El Calafate.

Length of kayaking: 14km

Length of hike: 5km

Difficulty level: Introductory

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch

Accommodation: 'No frills' hotel in El Calafate


Day 6: Leave El Calafate

You'll have a day to unwind from your trek and enjoy the town of El Calafate before moving on to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

6 people: USD $1,395 per person
4-5 people: USD $1,485 per person
2-3 people: USD $1,710 per person
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Please enquire about joining a small group of like-minded travellers on an expedition to reduce the cost.

2022

2023

Start date Price (pp)
November 2022
4-Nov-2022 $1,485* Provisional Date Enquire
18-Nov-2022 $1,485 Provisional Date Enquire
December 2022
2-Dec-2022 $1,485* Provisional Date Enquire
16-Dec-2022 $1,485 Provisional Date Enquire
January 2023
6-Jan-2023 $1,485* Provisional Date Enquire
20-Jan-2023 $1,485 Provisional Date Enquire
February 2023
3-Feb-2023 $1,485* Provisional Date Enquire
17-Feb-2023 $1,485 Provisional Date Enquire
March 2023
3-Mar-2023 $1,485* Provisional Date Enquire
17-Mar-2023 $1,485 Provisional Date Enquire
April 2023
7-Apr-2023 $1,485* Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,485

Additional Notes

Family groups – This trip is ideal for active families or groups of friends. The recommended minimum age is 10 years old.

Optional rock-climbing – This activity costs USD $190 per person.

Accommodation upgrade – It's possible to upgrade accommodation in both El Calafate and El Chaltén. Please contact us for more information.

Includes

  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in hotel in El Calafate; 2 nights in hotel in El Chaltén; 1 night at ECO Lodge in a double cabin; 1 night fully-supported camping at Poincenot Camp in a double tent
  • Bilingual certified mountain guide
  • Private transfers from and back to El Calafate and throughout the trip
  • All biking and kayaking equipment
  • Rock-climbing equipment if optional climbing activity is booked
  • Entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park (El Chaltén) and Los Huemules Reserve

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Rock-climbing activity
  • 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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