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Cerro Huemul Circuit Trek in Patagonia


Join a unique Cerro Huemul circuit trek, in one of the less-traveled sections of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia, Argentina.

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4 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec


This is a 4-day trek around the Cerro Huemul circuit, enjoying beautiful landscapes in one of the less-traveled areas of Los Glaciares National Park, in Southern Patagonia.

The starting point for this adventure is El Chaltén, a small town at the base of the iconic Mount Fitz Roy. From there, we'll trek to Camp Toro, our first stop.

During this trip, you'll enjoy incredible views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, from Paso del Viento. This mass of glaciers stands along the border between Argentina and Chile, and is one of the largest ice plateaus in the world.

The trek also follows most of Viedma Glacier’s length until Lake Viedma. Viedma Glacier is a huge ice formation. Actually, it's even bigger than Perito Moreno, which is the most popular glaciar in the region. 

As regards the equipment, its recommended to bring a warm sleeping bag and personal gear, but trying to minimize weight.

For further information about the itinerary of this trip, you can find the complete program below.

If you are planning an adventure near El Chaltén, please contact me. I will be happy to be your guide around the stunning landscapes surrounding Mount Huemul. 

You can also take a look for other exciting trips I like to do in this area, like hiking in Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, or an expedition to Paso Marconi.


Day 1: Lake Toro

We start the trek from El Chaltén, climbing Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, with panoramic views of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and Lake Viedma.

We continue through a unique valley of Lengas and Ñires forests to finally reach Camp Toro, near Lake Toro.

Elevation gain: 550 m

Meals included: box lunch and dinner.

Day 2: Lake Toro - Paso del Viento

We will wake up early to start the key-day of this program.

After circling Lake Toro and crossing a river (walking or by a Tyrolean rope), we will start uphill towards Paso del Viento, door of
access to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

During this 2700-foot (900-meter) ascent, we will cross a glacier and climb up moraines and scree slopes. We’ll have splendid views along the trek, but the highlight is surely the fabulous panoramic view over the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

We will traverse down to our campsite near Refugio Viedma (Viedma’s hut) settled in a lateral moraine of Viedma Glacier and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Camp is set around the Hut.

Elevation gain: 600 m

Meals included: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 3: Paso del viento - Paso Huemul - Bahía Tempanos Camp

Full-day trekking through the foothills of Cerro Huemul.

Andean meadows, lagoons and spectacular views will accompany us to Paso Huemul Camp. Here we will enjoy an incredible aerial view of the Viedma Glacier entering the homonymous lake.  

Finally, we will descend to Bahía Témpanos camp where we will spend the night. 

Elevation gain: 200 m

Meals included: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Viedma lake- Bahía Túnel

After breakfast, we will descend to Viedma lake, which we will skirt until Bahía Túnel. Here, a vehicle will be waiting to take us to El Chaltén. End of services. 

Elevation gain: 350 m

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch





More info

The hiking times, distances, and elevation gains are tentative. Remember that people will have to carry their own personal equipment, box lunch, and water during
all the program route.


Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: - A backpack of 70 liters capacity - Water-proof trekking boots - Synthetic mountain stockings (2 or 3 pairs) - Strong fleece pants, trekking, or other synthetic material - Waterproof trousers with side closures (we recommend Gore-tex) - Two synthetic polypropylene shirts - Polar fleece jacket - Duvet or synthetic jacket for warmth when not hiking - Waterproof Shell jacket with hood (we recommend Gore-tex) - Polar fiber cap - Glacier sunglasses with UV filter for high solar radiation - One sun cap - One pair of polar gloves - Plastic bottle (if possible, wide mouth, Nalgene type) - Headlamp (with replacement batteries) - Multi-purpose penknife - Sunscreen cream (SPF 50) - Lipstick with sunscreen (SPF 50) - Personal first aid kit with personal medicines - Wide adhesive tape for blisters - Hygiene items reduce to the minimum necessary - Photographic equipment - One pair of trekking or ski poles (optional) - Sleeping bag - Insulating mat - Mug, bowl, knife, spoon, fork

About the guide

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

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Please note that the price includes the mountain guide services, technical and camping equipment for the activity, 3 camping nights (double tent), meals specified in the itinerary, and transportation from Bahía Túnel to El Chaltén. Other stuff, such as personal equipment, sleeping bag, accommodation at El Chaltén, and services not specified on this program, are not included in the mentioned price.



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