Join local IFMGA mountain guide Manuel on this 4-day tour around the amazing Cerro Huemul, departing from El Chaltén. A unique wild adventure for well-trained trekkers.
This tour around Cerro Huemul will be an unforgettable trek. It consists in a 4-day guided circuit during which we’ll enjoy a trail that crosses a wide variety of environments and landscapes.
We’ll walk through dense forests and high prairies as well as among glaciers and moraines to ascend 1550 meters of altitude. Once up there we can appreciate the immensity of the famous Continental Ice Field. We will also visit the sources of the Viedma Glacier and the majestic Viedma Lake. A complete 4-day tour for all tastes!
Our starting point will be in El Chaltén. From there we’ll walk to the Laguna Toro Camp. On day 2 we’ll continue approaching the Cerro Huemul until we reach the Huemul Pass. The third day we’ll be dedicated to border the mount by its south face. On day 4 we’ll return to El Chaltén. Please find the complete day by day itinerary at the bottom of this page.
This demanding hike is ideal for those in search of a unique experience in this wild Patagonian region. There are some open groups you can join if you are on your own.
Want to be part of this great adventure? So get in touch with me by filling out the form. It’ll be my pleasure to guide you on this tour around Cerro Huemul.
During the trekking we will sleep in camps and 4-season double base tents.
This is an area of strong winds and very changing weather conditions. Be ready to feel nature with all its beauty and power.
El Chaltén. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to El Chaltén. The easiest way to get there is flying from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. For those who come from other points I also recommend getting to El Calafate and from there, take the bus to El Chaltén.
We will leave in the morning from El Chaltén by Loma del Pliegue Tumbado from where we can se the massifs of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. We will continue along the Tunnel River Valley to the Laguna Toro Camp, where we will spend our first night. It is one of the least visited camps in the area.
After breakfast, we will disarm camp and leave for Paso del Viento. Today will be a key day because it is our gateway to the Patagonian Ice Field. After crossing the Tunnel River, bordering it or using the zip line (according to the conditions and decision of the guide) we will begin to ascend 900 meters of altitude change to have one of the most impressive views in Patagonia. This trek is quite varied, passing through stones, pasture and glaciers. Then we will descend south to the Paso del Viento del Viento Hut, where we will set up camp.
Today we will load our backpacks and after breakfast we will leave for Paso Huemul. Following the lateral moraine of the Viedma Glacier in southeast direction we will border Cerro Huemul by this unexplored region of the National Park. An ascent of about 400 meters leads us to the Huemul Pass, from where we will have the Viedma Glacier to our right and the Viedma Lake to our left, simultaneously. Then we will descend the steep slopes of Cerro Huemul to the Bahia de los Tempanos where we’ll set up our camp.
After breakfast we will start our journey through the famous Patagonian steppe, always with the Viedma Lake to our right. We will arrive at the mouth of the Tunnel River. After a walk bordering the river, sometimes intense depending on the level of the river, we will continue to the Tunnel Bay where a 45-minute transfer will take us to El Chaltén.
UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina
Based in El Chaltén, south Patagonia, since 2000. I was the first guide to complete the AAGM (Argentine Mountain Guides Association) complete training platform.
I did the first Argentinean guided ascent of Mt. Fitz Roy via Supercolouir route (la Supercanaleta). I have guided Aguja Guillaumet more than 25 times. I also guided Aconcagua, Alpamayo (Peru), Matterhorn (Switzerland), Mont Blanc, Dent du Geant (France), The Rockies & The Bugaboos (Canada), Torres del Paine (Chile), among others.
I am also member of El Chaltén Search and Rescue team. I have several WFR certificates with different schools such as NOLS & Fundacion Ecomed.
I speak Spanish, English and French fluently
My biggest passion is Alpine Rock climbing & Ski Mountaineering. Get in touch with me if you are interested in discovering the unique spots in the Fitz Roy massif, and other gems around El Chaltén! I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available when requested, one of my colleagues will guide you.
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Our Guide Juan did an excellent job . He was courteous, informative and a pleasure to spend the day with . He’s an experienced climber and knows his way around the mountains . I would definitely contact Juan again for any future adventures . Well worth every penny !
Manuel was very knowledgeable and worked with me with what I wanted to climb and learn. With his help, I climbed my first multi-pitch route! Would definitely recommend!
A big thanks to Merlin for organizing and guiding two unforgettable ascents during my trip to el Chalten! Merlin was very responsive and helpful ahead of the trip, sending me route ideas and answering all sorts of gear questions of a Patagonia novice! During the ascents themselves Merlin was extremely professional, helpful... and great fun! (and he always arranged delicious packed lunches for Day1 :)) I would totally recommend Merlin for any mountaineering ascents in Patagonia, in the Alps or anywhere else! I felt safe at all times and had an unforgettable time!