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Estancia El Condor – Lago del Desierto Traverse near El Chaltén, 5 days

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Join Diego, an AAGM-certified guide, for this 5 day trek through the gorgeous varied landscapes of remote Southern Patagonia!



5 Days

Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec




* Trek through beautiful landscapes of remote Southern Patagonia

* Visit a typical Patagonian estancia - Estancia el Condor

* Finish the trip with incredible views of the famous Fitz Roy


Discover a remote area of stunning Southern Patagonia with this 5 day trek through some the beautiful and varied landscapes of the famous region.

This is an incredible trip that combines numerous highlights of Southern Patagonia in a 5 day trek. Following a vehicle transfer from El Calafate or El Chalten, we will begin the journey at the typical Hacienda el Condor, where we will experience the lifestyles of the locals while also spotting some of the region’s wildlife, including guanacos, red foxes, and condors.  Departing from the estancia on little used paths, our trek will take us around the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake San Martin, through forested valleys, and past sparsely vegetated mountain passes. We will sleep in refuges or set up our own camps along the way. The journey ends near Desierto Lake in time for our transfer back to El Chalten. The exact route is described in more detail below.

While this is not a technical trek, participants should have a good fitness level in order to walk for 9+ hours and 15+km for multiple days in a row. Also note that participants will be required to carry their sleeping bag, a portion of the food and group camping gear (totaling 4-5 kg per person).

Book now and we will spend a magical 5 days discovering some classic Patagonian landscapes along remote trails, with incredible views of such highlights as Lake San Martin and Fitz Roy.

Check out my other trips in the area: 4-day Gorra Blanca ascent in El Chaltén, Argentina, Huemul Massif, Argentina, 4 Day Guided Hike, and Patagonia Ice Field, 9 Day Guided Trekking Tour!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Minimum of 2 people per group. Price includes: bilingual guide, all meals, transfers, entrance and permit fees, technical gear, camping gear (excluding personal gear), satellite communication equipment, 1 night in double room at Estancia el Condor, transfer from El Calafate to Estancia El Condor at beginning of program, transfer from Estancia el Condor to El Chalten at the end of the trek.


Day 1: Hacienda el Condor

Vehicle transfer from either El Calafate or El Chalten to the Hacienda el Condor.  From El Calafate, the transfer is 5 hrs. During the ride, you will get your first glimpse of the Patagonian Steppe.  We will also have a chance to glimpse wildlife of the area, such as guanacos, red foxes, condorss, and choiques.

We arrive at the estancia where we spend the night. Dinner and breakfast will be included.

Day 2: San Martin Lake

We set off after breakfast. We head north around an arm of the gorgeous turquoise San Martin lake. We trek toward La Nana, where we spend the night in a tent or refuge.

Distance: 17km

Time: 8-9 hours

Day 3: Martinez de Rosas river

We begin to ascend as the terrain grows more rugged. Along the way, we will enjoy gorgeous views over San Martin lake. Near the border with Chile, our route takes us along Martinez de Rosas river.  We will have to ford the river several times before we arrive at our camp.

Distance: 17km

Elevation gain: +800m

Time: 8-9 hours

Day 4: Trek to Valley

Today’s trek takes us through lovely beech forest, with more river crossings. We reach the valley, where we set up our camps on the bank of a small river.

Distance: 15km

Elevation gain/loss: +300m/-500m

Time: 5-6 hours

Day 5: Desierto Lake

We continue our ascent during the morning, eventually passing into a sparse landscape with little vegetation. We top out at around 1,350m, where we will enjoy an incredible view of the surrounding mountains. We then descend into another lovely valley. After crossing the valley, we reach the south end of Desierto Lake where we enjoy stunning views of the famous peak of Fitz Roy and our transfer back to El Chalten.

Distance: 18km

Elevation gain/loss: +350m/-750m

Time: 9-11 hours


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I graduated in Buenos Aires as Universitary proffesional in tourism and as a Mountain Guide in Mendoza province. I started working in adventure activities, horseback riding and mountain ascents. Then i moved to Patagonia that was my dream place for living and thanks to this profession it became in my place for working and personal development.

After several years of experience working in these mountains and numerous trips around the world looking for adventures and experience, I managed to unite both professions in an objective, so Serac Expeditions arose. In the last 15 years working with Serac, I have organized trips for thousands of people and personally guided hundreds of them in diverse and remote places in Patagonia, Chile, Peru and Bolivia.

Today my passion is not only guiding but also organizing special and personalized trips for people who enjoy exploring in nature and at the same time push their limits. My ideal is to provide a safe trip, spend a good time togheter with my clients and be flexible to provide a great experience and memories. To do this I work with a group of guides that share my ideals and way of working.





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What people are saying about Diego



Our trip to Patagonia was a once in a lifetime opportunity that checked off all the boxes! We had excellent guides, the accommodation was perfect and each day was more beautiful than the last. Explore-Share ensured we connected with the appropriate people whenever we had questions and the customer service was 5 star!



Magnificent tour! Cristian was an amazing guide we strongly recommend for your tour who knows all about the landscape, its plants and animals and all stories around the impressing climbing, trekking and expedition destination in the area!

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