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


 

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!


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

 

Price per person

 
1 Person
1400 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
 Price per person to join a group from 2 to 8 people.
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Arrival 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 2: Poincenot 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 3: Laguna 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 4: Laguna 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 5: Laguna 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 6: El 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 7: Ending 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 10 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 USD per person
 

 

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