3-day trek to Cerro Torre Basecamp

Join Gonzalo, an AAGM trekking guide, on this 3-day trek to Cerro Torre Base Camp. And enjoy a unique hike to a magical place!

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    This 3-day trek to Cerro Torre Base Camp is a great way to experience an incredible mountaineering adventure!

    El Chaltén is possibly the most magical town in the Argentinian side of Patagonia. Lying on the foot of the amazing Mount Fitz Roy, you can almost breathe the mountaineering atmosphere. It’s the Argentinian Trekking Capital and there are infinite hiking possibilities.

    One of the most famous features in this area is the Cerro Torre (3133 m). This needle shaped mountain is considered to be one of the most difficult climbing ascents in the world, mostly because of the 800 m vertical granitic wall that you have to sort no matter from what face you are climbing from.

    This mountain was even worthy of a Werner Herzog film in 1991 –Scream of Stone– and has currently a documentary on Netflix –Cerro Torre– where David Lima, the prodigy rock climber infant, tries to conquer it with no ropes.

    So I’ve designed a 3-day program to the Cerro Torre Base Camp so you can experience the first part of this famous ascent. And in the way we’ll go through an amazing landscape with magnificent views.

    During this trip, for which you don’t need a lot of previous mountaineering experience, I’ll also show you some basic mountaineering techniques. We’ll cross a river using a harness and ropes, I’ll show you the right way to use crampons how to use crampons to hike on a glacier and, if there’s time, we’ll practice a bit of Ice climbing!

    Come with me to this 3 -day trek to Cerro Torre Base Camp and allow me to share my passion and my knowledge with you. I’m confident you’ll greatly enjoy the experience!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    550 USD

    Group of 2
    500 USD

    Group of 3
    500 USD

    Group of 4
    450 USD

    Group of 5
    350 USD

    Group of 6
    300 USD

    Group of 7
    300 USD

    Group of 8
    300 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     Guide:client ratio is 1 guide for 3 clients. If more, a guide assistant will join. Maximum group size is 9, for which there'll be a guide with two assistants.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1El Chaltén - Niponino

      We depart from El Chaltén at 9 AM. The first two hours are a gentle hike through Lenga forests, until D’Agostini camp. We rest for a while and continue until Torre Lagoon. We cross Fitz Roy river with a zipline, and go up till the base of Cerro Solo, from where we descend to Glacier Grande (known as Torre Glacier), using our crampons. We finally arrive to Niponino camp, an amazing place in a valley surrounded by the west wall of Fitz Roy and the east face of Cerro Torre.

    • Day 2Niponino - Torre Basecamp - Niponino

      From Niponino we go up to Polacos, Cerro Torre’s basecamp. There we get on to Torre Glacier, and after one or two hours we arrive to Cerro Torre’s base! We might even see some climbers going up or down, before going back to our camp for dinner.

    • Day 3Niponino - El Chaltén

       

      We dismantle our camp, and go down following the same path we use on the way up. If weather and time allows, we might even do a short ice climbing practice. On the way down we stop for a rest and a hot drink in Prestadores camp, and continue until we arrive to El Chaltén.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Occasional

    Meeting point

    El Chaltén.

    More info

    - Take notice that you need to bring your own tent and that you'll have to cook your meals.

    - If you want a porter for your personal stuff I can provide you one, let me know and I'll tell you the price.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    AAGM trekking guide from Argentina

    Since a young age I felt a powerful attraction for mountains: snow, water and heights have always been something important for my life.

    I live in El Chaltén, south Patagonia, for 6 months every year, and then I travel to different spots in the Andes such as Esquel and Bariloche, where I work as Ski Patrol in ski resorts.

    I’m a mountain guide since 2007, Rafting 4° and Kayak Guide since 2005, Ski Patrol since 2011, and Patrol Rescue Dogs Guide and Avalanche rescue since 2016.

    Get in touch with me if you want to have an unforgettable trip!

     
     

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