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3-day “Highlights of El Chaltén” Trek

3-day “Highlights of El Chaltén” Trek
Highlights of El Chalten
Highlights of El Chalten
Highlights of El Chalten

Join Diego, an AAGM-certified guide, for this 3 day program exploring the stunning landscapes around El Chalten. As you trek, take in incredible views of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, among other highlights!



3 Days

Jan - Apr, Sep - Dec




* Trek through the heart of Patagonia with great views of landmarks like Fitz Roy

* This 3 day trip combines many highlights of the area around El Chalten

* Fully equipped campsites so we won't need to carry extra weight in our packs


Discover some of the highlights of Southern Patagonia as we explore the landscape around El Chalten during this 3-day guided trekking adventure!

We will venture through the classic landscapes of Pagatonia as we experience incredible views of some of the most impressive landmarks of the area around El Chalten. We begin with an exploration of the wild scenery of Los Huemules and continue our adventure with some fantastic trekking on our way to Poincenot Camp. Along the way, we will enjoy incredible, awe-inspiring views of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre as we follow the trail through Patagonian lenga forest and around crystal clear glacial lakes. For more details on the route, refer to the day-by-day itinerary section below.

No technical skills or abilities are required to participate in this trip, although some fitness is required as the trekking ranges from low to medium intensity. We will spend the first night in a cabin at ECO Camp, and the second at a campsite on the mountain. Both sites are equipped with everything we will need, so we won’t have to carry any extra weight in our packs.

Book this incredible 3-day trekking adventure now and you will discover the wonders of Patagonia as we explore some of the best treks in the area surrounding El Chalten.

Check out my other exciting adventures in Patagonia: Trekking in Patagonia: Torres del Paine and El Chaltén in 10 days, Paso Guillaumet – Paso Superior Traverse near El Chaltén, 3 days, or Estancia El Condor – Lago del Desierto Traverse near El Chaltén, 5 days!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Price includes: professional bilingual guide, all meals (breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner), transfers, any additional support staff, 1 night in private cabin (double occupancy), any necessary technical gear, camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, mat) except personal gear, satellite communication, entrance fee to Huemules and permits.


Day 1: Los Huemules

Early  morning vehicle transfer from El Chalten to Los Huemules, where we will spend the day trekking. Upon our return, we head to the ECO Camp for the night.

Distance: 20km

Time: 7-8 hours

Intensity: Medium

Day 2: Poincenot Camp

Vehicle transfer to Hosteria el Pilar. From there, we trek through lenga forest along the Blanco River, stopping along the way to discuss the flora, fauna, and glacier ecology. As we ascend, we will enjoy spectacular views of the legendary Fitz Roy.

Finally, we reach Poincenot camp where we enjoy snacks and dinner before a restful sleep.

Distance: 12km

Elevation gain/loss: +740m/-400m

Time: 7-8 hours

Intensity: Medium

Day 3: Cerro Torre Valley

After breakfast, we descend to the valley of Cerro Torre, stopping at Lake Mother and Daughter for photos and birdwatching. The landscape of the valley is a typical Patagonian lenga forest. Finally, we cross a moraine where we have a great view of Grande Glacier. We have the option to ascend to the Maestri Viewpoint for even better views. After, the trail takes us back to the town of El Chalten.

Distance: 17km

Elevation loss: -400m

Time: 8-9 hours

Intensity: Low


Equipment you will need to bring

Mountain boots, headlamp, sunscreen, waterproof jacket and pants, underwear, socks, gloves, cap.


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
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Hotel Galicia Castro Chile
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I graduated in Buenos Aires as Universitary proffesional in tourism and as a Mountain Guide in Mendoza province. I started working in adventure activities, horseback riding and mountain ascents. Then i moved to Patagonia that was my dream place for living and thanks to this profession it became in my place for working and personal development.

After several years of experience working in these mountains and numerous trips around the world looking for adventures and experience, I managed to unite both professions in an objective, so Serac Expeditions arose. In the last 15 years working with Serac, I have organized trips for thousands of people and personally guided hundreds of them in diverse and remote places in Patagonia, Chile, Peru and Bolivia.

Today my passion is not only guiding but also organizing special and personalized trips for people who enjoy exploring in nature and at the same time push their limits. My ideal is to provide a safe trip, spend a good time togheter with my clients and be flexible to provide a great experience and memories. To do this I work with a group of guides that share my ideals and way of working.





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What people are saying about Diego



Explore Share - Set me up with Serac Operations - so an excellent 5day traverse - challenging at times (with a fairly full pack)! Perfect Autumnm weather. Serac provided an excellent very experienced guide - Matias Passerano - and he did a great job.



Our trip to Patagonia was a once in a lifetime opportunity that checked off all the boxes! We had excellent guides, the accommodation was perfect and each day was more beautiful than the last. Explore-Share ensured we connected with the appropriate people whenever we had questions and the customer service was 5 star!


This was a great trek. The organization by and support from the Serac team was top notch. I reserved well in advance and the communications I received before my trip were always clear and timely. Once I arrived in EL Chalten, everything was smooth. Hostels were arranged and the team arrived to walk us through the trek. The guides were knowledgeable and helpful, the trek was challenging but the views were rewarding. Highlights were camping in "iceberg bay" and the hike up to Paso del Viento. The shuttle back to El Chalten was timely and even came with a complimentary beer! The trek is tough so not for the mentally unprepared.


My husband and I had a great experience with Serac - we did the El Chalten Mountain Escape trek and it was fantastic. Our guide (Christian) was very knowledgeable and kind; food was excellent and they even had wine portered to our campsites each night. All in all, highly recommended!


I first saw the opportunity to trek the South Patagonia Icefield when I was in El Chalten 3 years ago. I finally took the plunge this year and signed up with Serac Expeditions for their late-February departure - best decision ever! The Expedition itself is incredible! Only about 100 people/year undertake it so you get to see a part of Patagonia that few others have experienced. And of course the scenery is amazing. I won't lie - the expedition is challenging (especially for a relatively small female), but if you go in with reasonable fitness and the right mental attitude, it is totally doable and absolutely worth it. It also helps when you have decent weather :) Serac Expeditions are wonderful! They are very responsive and helpful throughout the whole process of arranging the trek, provide excellent equipment, and work with incredible guides (million thanks Juan and Rafa - you guys are awesome!). They also include some special surprises along the way, but you'll have to sign up yourself or read my blog posts to find out what ;) 100% recommend Serac Expeditions and this trek. I am now wanting to return to do the Marconi - Estancia Cristina expedition with them, but this time at the start of the season (November) to experience the Icefield with snowshoes rather than crampons.

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