Classic El Calafate and El Chalten

Marvel at the enormous electric blue Perito Moreno Glacier. hike the iconic trails of the Fitz Roy Range for stunning views then relax and enjoy the chocolate shops and craft beer in the charming mountain town of El Chalten. This is the classic way to experience Los Glaciares and is one of our most popular trips. You can combine this with ‘Classics’ in other parts of Chile and Argentina to tailor your 2-3 week holiday. Please enquire for further details.

6 Days


Classic El Calafate and El Chalten - 6 - $1,192

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Explore the Los Glaciares National Park for immense views of the Perito Moreno Glacier 
  • Enjoy the charming town of El Chalten before trekking to Laguna de los Tres, the most popular trek 
  • Trek to Laguna Torre, an other major trek which ends with a beatiful view of Cerro Torre
  • Hike through a beautiful valley to De Agostini Base Camp, where some of the world's best climbers make their base before climbing the tower
  • Transfer back to El Calafate with plenty of time for your flight

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Classic El Calafate and El Chalten

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Calafate

Upon arrival at Calafate airport you will be met and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, El Calafate 

Day 2: Perito Moreno Excursion

Your tour takes you into Parque Nacional Los Glaciares for views of the immense Perito Moreno Glacier. En route to the glacier you stop at the pier for a short boat trip to the south wall of the glacier. From the water level you'll get an amazing feel for its sheer size, more than 3 miles wide and over 20 stories high - a true highlight of Patagonia.

We can organise a gourmet picnic lunch to enjoy on the walkways overlooking the glacier. The trip includes national park entrance fee, a packed lunch to enjoy with views of the glacier, and the boat trip.

Excursion: Full day excursion with a shared guide

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, El Calafate

Day 3: Transfer from El Calafate to El Chalten

Take the morning public bus to El Chalten where where someone will be waiting to meet you and assist you to the hotel for the next three nights. For those raring to get out on the hiking trails, we recommend an afternoon hike to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. For those looking to relax, we suggest exploring this charming town and perhaps dropping by the chocolate shop / tea house and the craft beer pub!

Excursion: Public bus from El Calafate to El Chalten

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten

Day 4: Trek to Laguna de los Tres

This is the most popular trek in El Chalten, and it is certainly one of the prettiest. It leads to the viewpoint for Cerro Fitz Roy. "Los Tres" refers to the three peaks that you can see from the laguna's shore: Fitz Roy (3,405m), Poincenot (3,002m), and Saint-Exup?ry (2,558m), but the view is magnificent around all 360 degrees. After a transfer to the trailhead at Hosteria El Pilar, your guide lead you through a beech and nires forest bordering the Rio Blanco, and after 1 hour you get to the first viewpoint with excellent views of the Piedras Blancas Glacier.

Forty five more minutes and you arrive at the Poicennot camp, where you cross a hanging bridge over the river into Rio Blanco camp, a base for climbers. From here, it is a 420 vertical metre hike up to the Laguna de los Tres viewpoint. The view of Fitz Roy Massif, the lagoon and its glaciers, is spectacular. A few meters away, you can also get a very good view of the Laguna Sucia. Then return to El Chalten on a path that passes past the Capri Laguna lookout.

Excursion: Full day, small group, guided excursion, 9 hours, 18km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten

Day 5: Trek to Laguna Torre

Next to the Fitz Roy, this is the other major trek, which ends with a beautiful view of one of the world's most difficult mountains to climb, Cerro Torre. The trail starts from the village, ascending alongside the river. After 20 minutes you get a view of the Fitzroy River Canyon, and see beautiful waterfalls. From here, you begin to get stunning views of Cerro Torre.

After a rest at the first viewpoint, the hike continues for about an hour through a beautiful valley, with a few undulations, to De Agostini Base Camp, where some of the world's best climbers make base, waiting to climb the tower. After a few minutes more you reach the Lagoon Tower, with a magnificent view of Cerro Torre, the Egger, Standhard and Bifida peaks, and the Adelas cord with its stunning glaciers spilling into the lagoon. Then head back down the same path.

Excursion: Full day, small group, guided excursion, 7 hours, 16km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten

Day 6: Shuttle to El Calafate airport

You will be picked up at your hotel for a door to door shuttle transfer to El Calafate airport, in plenty of time for your flight.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,192 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

The price based on Standard hotels is $1,192 per person

The price based on  Superior hotels is $1,260 per person

The price based on Luxury hotels is $2,097 per person

Prices valid until 31/03/2018


  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Meals stated above
  • Private airport transfer from Calafate airport/bus terminal
  • Transfers and hikes as described in small groups
  • Boat trip at Perito Moreno Glacier
  • National Park entrance Fee
  • Concierge assistance 24/7 from our Buenos Aires, El Calafate & El Chalten offices


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

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