Torres del Rio Chico Basecamp

In just three days you will follow a challenging basecamp trek from sea level, high up onto a plateau with lagoons and stunning mountain views beyond. Beginning and ending in Ushuaia, You will be accompanied by an expert local mountain guide who can not only guide the way but also give you plenty of information on flora, fauna and local history.

3 Days


Torres del Rio Chico Basecamp - 3 - $450

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike for three days barely seeing another hiker
  • Pass high altitude lagoons with extraordinary views down onto the valleys below
  • Trek over a mountain pass to reveal the Andes as far as the eye can see
  • With your main luggage kept at the base camp, you'll explore with minimal weight
  • End each evening with delicious hot meals cooked by your expert guide (and porter)

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Torres del Rio Chico Basecamp

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Chico River Valley

The first day begins near the city of Ushuaia where you will go into the Chico River Valley to gradually ascend, crossing mountain streams, 'los amigos' waterfall, peat bogs and beaver dams. You walk for approximately 4 hours (6.6 km) until reaching the base camp. Leaving our main luggage at camp, you can choose to either trek to the viewpoint of Carbajal Valley (2 hrs, 2.38 km) or Punta Chloe (2 hrs, 1.33 km). The choice might be made for you as a result of weather and ground conditions.

Have a snack once you've arrived back at the camp and relax until dinner time – a delicious meal surrounded by the mountains.

Accommodation: Chico River Camp

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Lagoon Tour

After breakfast, you'll begin the second day with a trek to the base of the Torres del Río Chico (2 hrs). Then, you will ascend to the north edge to to reach the Valle de las Lagunas (Valley of the Lagoons). The first will be Matamico Lagoon with its stunning turquoise shades – if the weather allows you can enjoy the views while having lunch here. Continuing on, you'll reach Chiming Lagoon, before finishing at the spectacular Halcón Lagoon.

You'll walk for around 6 hours (6.6 km) over the day, returning to the camp for a restful evening and dinner.

Accommodation: Chico River Camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Manutata to Ushuaia

On the third day, you will get to do the trek that you did not do on the first day; either the viewpoint of Carbajal Valley or Punta Chloe. Lunch here before returning to the base camp to pack up, then return to Ushuaia in the afternoon, where you will be picked up for your transfer at around 1600.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Additional Notes

The trip is suited for people with or without trekking experience, but a general level of fitness is required to manage more than 5 hours per day of walking for a maximum of three days. If desired, the itinerary can be modified with shorter routes in some places.


  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and hot drinks
  • Accommodation: 2 nights camping
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags and liners
  • Cooking equipment
  • Personal insurance
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • English and Spanish speaking mountain guide


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Hiking boots
  • Clothing
  • Flashlight
  • Other personal equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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