Base Camps Trek in El Chaltén

A great 5-day hiking adventure in company with the local IFMGA mountain guide Merlin. You will discover the most remote and amazing corners of El Chalten in this camp-to-camp expedition.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Towering view of the east face of Mt. Fitz Roy from Laguna de los Tres

  • Trek to Laguna Torre and Mirador Maestri to witness the mythical Cerro Torre

  • Zip-line across the Fitz Roy river

  • Cross a section of glacier to Paso del Viento to view the Viedma glacier

 

This 5-day trek in the Patagonian region of El Chaltén will take us to the base camps of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. In our way, we’ ll enjoy fantastic views of these mountains as well as unique glaciers and lakes.

During this Andean trek we’ll set up camp in the most beautiful spots. From north to south, we’ll walk to the base camps of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Then, we’ll trek to Paso del Viento with the best views of the second largest icecap outside the polar regions!

But there are still more features that make this trip unique:

  • Trek to Laguna Torre and the Maestri viewpoint;
  • You will witness the mythical Cerro Torre and the famous Glacier Grande;
  • A zip-line across the Fitz Roy river;
  • Towering view of the Fitz Roy east face, from Laguna de los Tres;
  • Wade Tunnel River and a big challenge crossing the Paso del Viento.

The best season to come to El Chalten is from October to March. I can lead a group between 4 and 8 participants. All of you must have a good backpacking experience. Keep in mind you will carry between 18-20 kgs on your back through steep sections.

And if you would like a shorter trek in the same place, please check out my hiking day programs in Laguna Torre or Laguna de los Tres.

As a local guide with vast experience in the Patagonia I can surely find the perfect option for you. So, contact me for more details or if you want to book your place for next departures!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
1400 USD

Group of 2
1400 USD

Group of 3
1400 USD

Group of 4
1400 USD

Group of 5
1400 USD

Group of 6
1400 USD

Group of 7
1400 USD

Group of 8
1400 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Transport during the trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 Price per person to join a group from 2 to 8 people.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Arrival at El Chaltén

    Arrive at El Calafate airport. Bus Transportation from the airport to El Chaltén. Briefing with your guide about details of the program. Gear check. Lodging at El Chaltén (no meals included).

     

  • Day 2Poincenot campsite

    Transportation from El Chaltén to Hostería El Pilar. We will start hiking towards Fitz Roy base camp, along the Rio Blanco valley. We will pass by the front of Piedras Blancas Glacier and then by the Rio Blanco campsite.  We will hike up from here to Laguna de los Tres (1200 m).  This viewpoint has the closest and best panoramic view of Fitz Roy.  From here, we will descend to the Poincenot campsite (750 m), where we will spend the night. This hike has an elevation gain of 700 meters and will take approx. 7-8 hours (B, L, D).

  • Day 3Laguna Torre - De Agostini campsite

    After breakfast, we will leave for our hike to Laguna Torre, passing by Lagunas Madre and Hija.  The hike to Laguna Torre is about 3 hours and a wonderful place for lunch.  If the weather allows, we will continue to Mirador Maestri, the main viewpoint of the Cerro Torre and the Glacier Grande.  Afterwards, we’ll return to our camp at “De Agostini” to spend the night. This hike takes 5 to 6 hours and has an elevation gain of 300-400 m (B, L, D).

     

  • Day 4Laguna Toro campsite

    From “De Agostini” campsite we walk about 15 minutes to the origin of Fitz Roy river.  We use a zip-line and harnesses to get across the river. Then we will start ascending a steep forest towards “Paso de Las Agachonas” (1400 m), a pass at “Pliegue Tumbado” mountain. From there we will descend to “Rio Tunel” valley and camp at “Laguna Toro” (600 m).  This hike has an elevation gain of 800 m and will take approx. 6-7 hours (B, L, D).

     

  • Day 5Laguna Toro campsite

    After 30-40 minutes of walking around the Laguna Toro, we will cross the Tunnel river: wading through the river or using another zip-line cable, depending on the conditions of the river. Then, ascent to Paso del Viento from where you will appreciate part of the Patagonian Ice Field. We will return to the Laguna Toro campsite. The hike has an elevation gain of 900 m and takes about 7-8 hours (B, L, D).

     

  • Day 6El Chaltén

    We will return to El Chaltén by a trail through an open valley and beech forests (lenga trees), traversing the lowest part of “Pliegue Tumbado”.  This hike has an elevation gain of 300-400m and takes 5-6 hours. Lodging at El Chaltén (B, L).

     

  • Day 7Ending point

    Bus transportation from El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport. End of the program (B).

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

El Chaltén

 

About the Guide

 
 

Certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina.

I live in El Chaltén since 1998. I'm originally from Bariloche and I started with mountain activities when I was 15 years old. I've done climbing and ascents in many mountains of Patagonia, Perú, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitán, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua among others. I'm also a Ski Instructor and I am passionate for backcountry ski.

I speak fluent English, Italian and French and have been leading trips and expeditions for more than 20 years. I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available for the trip you request, one of my colleagues will guide you!

 
 
FROM 1400 USDper person
 

 

What People are Saying about Merlín Lipshitz

  • 4 reviews

 

Absolutely awesome, one of the best weeks of my life! Did the 6 day basecamp trek and the scenery cannot be compared to anything! Amazing guides who were so knowledgeable, friendly and funny!
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I did the 6 Day Basecamp Trek through Patagonia and had a blast. The trip was amazing, with amazing views and the hiking top notch. I would totally go back and do another one of the hikes offered by Mountaineering Patagonia.
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Jason O
I just returned from an incredibly memorable and exciting trip from Patagonia, the highlight being the 6 day Base Camps trek with Mountaineering Patagonia. The trip was well organized, the food was amazing (I think we all gained weight somehow despite the long days of hiking) and the guides were wonderful-particularly our lead guide Juan. If you\'re looking for an adventurous outdoor experience with a team that truly knows and loves the area I highly recommend them. The experience could not have been better. Thank you Merlin, Juan & the rest of Mountaineering Patagonia for an incredible time!
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Nicole M
Had a really amazing time on this trek. Most credit to our very knowledgeable guide Juan, his assistant Matthias who was also a good cook and porters Waco and Patto. The trip was very well organized, and we learned a lot from being hands on as far as pitching and taking down our own tents. The views were amazing and everyday had something different to offer. Would definitely recommend Mountaineering Patagonia to anyone who wants see the beauty of Patagonia. Would love to do the Southern Ice field someday with the same company
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