If you love trekking, Cerro Huemul Circuit is for you. It is located in El Chaltén, a town in the southern part of the Cordillera de Los Andes in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. Indeed, Cerro Huemul is a vantage point to look down part of the Argentina Patagonia.
Cerro Huemul also offers many hiking trails and what is even more encouraging, in none of them we will need to use technical equipment. These routes do not require permits but if we want, we can register at the gateway of Los Glaciares National Park.
I propose to you the following itinerary.
We leave El Chaltén and head towards Cerro Pliegue Tumbado. Here we will climb down and trek for 5 or 6 hours along to get to Laguna Toro. We will spend a night of free camping there.
Day 2: Ascent to Paso del Viento
From Laguna Toro we climb up to Paso del Viento. Once there, we have to climb down to spend the night in the hut. In this part of the trip we will start to see the Patagonian Ice Cap, which turns the journey into an exciting experience.
Day 3: Resting day
During our resting day we get nearer the South Patagonian Ice Cap to have a better view and if the weather allows, touch it!
We hike trough the southeast ridge for 6 or 7 hours until we reach Huemul Pass. It is a great viewpoint of Lake Viedma and its glacier.
Day 5: Return to El Chaltén
We return climbing down to Bahia de Los Pantanos. Then walking from that bay to Bahia Tunel about 16 km (3 h). Finally a van will take us to El Chalten, where the trip ends.
The South Patagonian Ice Cap and all the extension of Viedma Glacier (the country’s biggest glacier) are waiting for you. I look forward to your contact, so we start together the magical circuit of Cerro Huemul. I love this area, and I can also take you on a 80 km circuit in the South Continental Ice Cap.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Personal Insurance
In El Chaltén.
We will sleep in tents.
The price includes: VHF radio, first aid kit.
Previous experience: just the will to do a trekking with encampment, you must be able to carry backpacks of 50 or 60 lts (15 kg aprox).
The weather in the north area of Los Glaciares National Park deserves an special treatment. This is because the weather in this location is very unstable.