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Easy day hike from Hostería El Pilar to El Chaltén, near Fitz Roy


Let experienced AAGM Mountain Guide Juan show you some of Argentina's best views on a gentle day hike from Hostería El Pilar to El Chaltén in Patagonia.

Private and Group


1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec




  • Get awesome views of classic spots like Mount Fitz Roy
  • Enjoy a light trek stretched out over a day
  • Learn more about the nature of the area from an experienced guide


Looking for a gentle hike through some beautiful Patagonian landscape? I have just what you are looking for.

Our experience will start at the Hostería El Pilar and follow a relaxed trail alongside the mountains. Of all the hikes in the area, this is the least physically demanding. If you are new to hiking then this will be perfect for you.

However, we will still be covering around 13 km of terrain. This is just a stroll in the park. You’ll need to be prepared with hiking boots and suitable clothing.

This adventure will take around 6 hours in total. On the way, we’ll get to enjoy awesome views of some of the best spots in the area, like the Piedras Blancas glacier, the Fitz Roy cordon, and the Laguna Capri. You’ll want to have your camera handy!

We’ll follow the trail all the way to El Chaltén where we will say our goodbyes.

This an excellent way to see the sights of El Chaltén in one day on a relaxed hike. Get in touch today to book your space.

If you are looking for something more strenuous, why not take a look at my one- day hiking trip to Laguna de Los Tres. 

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip


More info

For this trip you will need:

  • 25 L backpack
  • Hiking boots
  • Synthetic or wool base layer
  • Fleece layer
  • Waterproof/ breathable layers
  • Thick jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Wool hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves
  • Extra socks

Meeting point

Hostería El Pilar

Equipment you will need to bring


About the guide

I moved to El Calafate in 2001 and very soon I started practicing mountain activities, including rock climbing, skiing, hiking and trekking. In 2007, I began to work in the mountains as an assistant guide in Perito Moreno.

I finished my trekking guide course in 2011 and then, in 2015, I completed the following course to become a Mountain Guide.

I manage Zetatrek, a guiding company offering hiking and trekking trips in El Chaltén and Los Glaciares National Park. I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will do it. All the guides in the team are professionally certified, and hold the required permits to guide.





What people are saying about Juan Zaldivar

Jamil Dewji


January, 2023

Juan and the guide he assigned to hike with us, Rodrigo, were fantastic. Rodrigo was patient, knowledgeable, and a total blast to hike with. The hike itself was one of the toughest but most unforgettable experiences of our lives. Would absolutely recommend.

Amy Stubbs


December, 2022

The hike was a wonderful, unforgettable experience! Juan and Matias provided great insights regarding the trail, region and town. Highly recommend!

Shane Li


July, 2019

Juan is an excellent guide who genuinely cared for the clients ! He came with a huge backpack full of emergency equipment! He has in-depth knowledge of Patagonia and is truely passionate about sharing it with tourists. Highly recommend !



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