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Estancia Cristina to Helsingfors 5-day Trek

Estancia Cristina to Helsingfors 5-day Trek
Austrian Alps
Estancia Cristina to Helsingfors 5-day Trek
Estancia Cristina to Helsingfors 5-day Trek

Merlin invites you to a special trek from the Estancia Cristina to Helsingfors. On the way, you will not meet other groups of people! It is a hike far off the beaten track and away from civilization. Why don't you join him?


5 Days

Jan - Apr, Oct - Dec


Today I bring you a very special proposal. A hike across an exclusive and private area in Los Glaciares National Park. A trek from the Estancia Cristina to Helsingfors, in the Argentinean Patagonia.

I have made some arrangements in order to obtain a special permission. Therefore, the trip I am proposing now is suitable for small groups of hikers. Not only because this is a restricted area but it is essential to preserve its wild environment.

Please find here below the itinerary of this “Estancia Cristina to Helsingfors Trek”


Day 0

We will meet in El Calafate, where I give you a briefing about the program. Besides that, I must check your equipment carefully.

Day 1

A transfer will take us to Punta Bandera and the Estancia Cristina in the Northwest side of the Argentino Lake. Then, we will start the hike along the valley of Catalina River. After crossing the Anita Lake, we are finally in the North of the river valley.
Estimated walking time about 7-8 hours. Night in “Río Norte 1” Campsite.

Day 2

Early in the morning we continue towards the North river valley among a lengas and moraine trail. Once we reach the second lake, an open meadow will appear in front of us and there is “Río Norte 2”. Total walking time: 8 hours.

Day 3

Today we will continue our way up to the “Paso Norte” (at 1.100 meters of height). After some pictures in front of such a scenery we will start hiking downhill to the “Bosque Quemado” valley. During this day we will cross through rocky terrains and bushes. The walking time is about 8 hours. We will set up our camp at the “Puesto”, a beautiful spot by the Viedma Lake.

Day 4

After breakfast we will walk in direction to the Southern margin of the Viedma Lake. We’ll have to cross small streams and more bushes. Finally, we will get to the “Laguna de la Pesca”, where we will spend the last night in tents. Total walking time for today: 4-5 hours.

Day 5

Leaving the “Laguna de la Pesca” behind we continue through some old tracks again. Walking downhill we will find the Estancia Helsingfors, our ending point. Then, it’s time to return to El Calafate or El Chaltén by a private transfer.

As you can see, it will be a very exciting trekking among unique and uncrowded Patagonian lands. Please, feel free to contact me and ask me all the questions you have. I am here waiting for you and your big decision of coming with me!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

About the guide

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Mountain 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!



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What people are saying about Merlín



The guide was Valerie not Merlin. Valerie was super helpful and we had one of our best days in Patagonia! We hope that our use of Explore Share website ensured that the local guide was well compensated. Everything was well organised, the talk on the way about the trek was super interesting. The views stunning.



Teo was our guide and he was great! He was very knowledgeable about the different wildlife and plants. Without him we would have never attempted to summit or descend (which was worse - his belaying and short roping was totally awesome and we felt in good hands). The weather wasn’t the best but he definitely helped guide us on what to do with the crazy winds we got. His English was very good as well. Totally recommend this for anyone seeking a great adventure and these guys made us feel very ready with all the questions and information they gave us before the day! If you want a real adventure do this and not just Laguna de los Tres!



Great hike, exhilarating and so much beautiful scenery! Thank you Marco. Grateful for the hiking poles on the incline to the Laguna.



Teo was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable about the area. He was very considerate of how I was getting on. I had an amazing time!



Merlin is the top climbing guide in Chalten. Anything from simple sport climbing to hard multi pitches. I did a sport day with my brother and our girlfriends. We went to two different crags in Chalten, and climbed 10 routes, fun for the whole family. I got to lead climb and had my girlfriend belay me for the first time. Thanks Merlin and Martin! I want to return to climb Guillaumet with Merlin!

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