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Expedition to summit Cerro Huemul (2677m)

Alberto, IFMGA certified mountain guide, invites you to this 4-day ascent of Cerro Huemul, one of the largest massigs in Los Glaciares National Park.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration4 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified


Cerro Huemul (Mount Huemul) is one of the largest massifs of Los Glaciers National Park, in Argentina. In fact, it’s like a great island surrounded by glaciers that come from Cerro Grande. On the north is Tunel Rio and to the south we find Glacier Viedma.

Once you approach El Chalten, you can see the peak from the distance. Its walls and glaciers give the wrong idea of being difficult to reach. In fact, the peak has a normal route of ascent and has no major technical difficulties to climb. This makes Cerro Huemul the only mountain of the area accessible for those who have no mountaineering experience. Nevertheless, you need to be in good shape and eager to reach your first summit in the region.

We will leave from El Chaltén. Then we will hike up to Laguna Toro camp, enjoying beautiful views. From there, on the second day we progress until the vivac of Piedra Partida. The third day is summit day! We will marvel with the breathtaking views from the summit and then return to Laguna Toro camp. Finally, the trip ends on the fourth day upon our arrival to El Chaltén.

Interested in this 4-day expedition in Patagonia? Then please contact me for more information! El Chaltén is a wonderful place in Argentina for adventurers, as there are so many options. For example, I also an guide ice climbing course, check it out!






The program begins and ends in El Chalten. The itinerary can be modified and should be considered as a guide. External factors or weather conditions can change daily plans, which will be at the discretion of the Guide.

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Passengers must carry their personal belongings and part of the team gear.

Meeting point

In El Chaltén.




Day 1: El Chalten – Camp Lake Toro

During the morning, general briefing about the trip and personal equipment check (if possible, this is made the day before).
We start the trek from El Chaltén gently climbing Loma Del Pliegue Tumbado, with panoramic views of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, and Lake Viedma. From there, we follow Túnel River valley until getting to Camp Toro, near Lake Toro.
Laguna Toro: 550m over sea level. Around 6 walking hours
Chalten-Pliegue Tumbado: drop in ascent: 800m
Pliegue Tumbado-Laguna Toro: drop in descent: 500m

Day 2: Camp. Lake Toro – Vivac of Piedra Partida

We will start the trek walking along the north shore of Laguna Toro until reaching a small canyon formed by Tunel River before it flows into Laguna Toro.
We will cross the canyon getting one of the first strong emotions of this ascent.
We will then walk along the south shore and cross the river’s mouth, and after wading Kolliquer’s stream that comes down from Cerro Huemul we will start the first half of the ascent.
A steep slope over a firm rocky terrain and high Andean prairies will lead us to Piedra Partida Vivaque, a natural vivaque located 1600m over sea level. Laguna Toro- Piedra Partida Vivaque: drop in ascent: 850m

Day 3: Summit Cerro Huemul – Camp Lake Toro

After an early breakfast we will seek for the summit 1000m over the Vivaque.
The ascent begins across a snow cover of 40º of inclination scattered with rocks, that will accompany us almost to the summit.
Once in the edge of the summit, if weather allows, we will have one of the most amazing views of the area, not only because of the neighboring Torre and Fitz Roy peaks, but for Huemul’s summit exposition and ledge, Viedma Lake, Upsala and Viedma Glaciers, Mariano Moreno range and Mount Murallon on the south.
The descent is along the same trail, and once we recover all our gear from the vivaque, we will continue to Laguna Toro, where we will spend the last night of the trip.
Piedra Partida Vivaque – Huemul’s Summit: Elevation gain: 1077m

Day 4: Camp Lake Toro – El Chalten

Breakfast and return to El Chalten
Arrival to El Chalten. End of services.

About the guide

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Since 1985 we have been operating the best trekking programs in southern Patagonia. We are always looking for new itineraries, unique expeditions, little known spots, and we offer the highest quality outdoor activities in the area... A good example of this are our classic Ice Field Expeditions that have been running with great success for many years.

Our mountaineering origin made us choose this pristine part of the Andes; Southern Patagonia is a place ruled by immense glaciers, rough weather, and mountains such as Mt Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, a place not to miss.
We hope you join us in one of our programs so our guides can show you what Patagonia is about. We offer the best hotels, lodges and camping arrangements to suit everyone.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2165 each

Group of 2

USD 1253 each

Group of 3

USD 1160 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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