Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
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
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
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
Breakfast and return to El Chalten
Arrival to El Chalten. End of services.
In El Chaltén.
Passengers must carry their personal belongings and part of the team gear.
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