• Trip duration
    5 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    -
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec

Description

This is a 5-day trek around the circuit of Mount Huemul, 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 to other exciting trips I like to do in this area, like hiking in Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, or an expedition to Paso Marconi.

Itinerary

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.

From there, we follow Tunnel River valley
until getting to Camp Toro, near Lake Toro.

Each passenger has to carry his/her personal equipment.

Meals included: box lunch and dinner.

Day 2

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.

Meals included: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 3

Viedma Glacier

Full-day ice trekking into the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, on the surface of Viedma Glacier, using snowshoes or crampons
according to the ice-conditions.

This is a wonderful hike that gives a true sense of the vastness of the Ice plateau, with the best
views of Moreno Range, Witte and Viedma Nunataks.

In the afternoon, we will return to our camp in the Hut.

Meals included: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 4

Huemul Pass

Full-day trek to Huemul Pass, through this lonely part area of the National Park, circling Cerro Huemul.

The camp is just over the pass, sheltered by dwarf-sized Lenga forest, with gorgeous
views of Viedma Glacier as it meets Lake Viedma.

Only five minutes from camp there are ‘condoreras’€ (a set of condor nests), clinging to ledges on rock walls. If we are lucky, we will see condors flying over our heads.

Porters will carry the gear as usual. The walking distance is 8 km. (6/7 hours). Elevation gain: 200 mts  ascent and 100 mts descent.

Meals included: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 5

Lake Viedma

Trek down the steep descent to Lake Viedma and Cabo de Hornos Bay. Once there, we navigate on the boat Huemul (for our return to Tunnel Bay, 30 minutes away by minibus from El Chaltén).

Walking distance: 5 Km. (2/3 hs. hours)

Elevation drop: 600 mts steep descent
Meals included: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment

Extras

Accommodation

-Lodge -Camping

More info

The following items are included in the price: - Double tents, cooking equipment and utensils. - Mountain equipment (ropes, harnesses, karabiners, maps, compass, etc.) - Crampons and technical equipment for the participants. - Boat transfer to Bahía Túnel, and minibus to El Chaltén.As regards carrying weight: -The first day you will carry your lunch box and only your personal things like sleeping bags and pads (which can be brought or rented). The llamas will carry food and general equipment such as tents, rope and harness. - The second day you should take part of the general gear as well as personal equipment. - Load to be carried about from day 2: 16 to 20 kilos.