Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
Bus transportation from El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport. End of the program (B).
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!
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