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Poincenot and Laguna Torre 2-day guided trek

A great 2-day hiking program across the Poincenot and Laguna Torre trails. Merlín, a IFMGA certified mountain guide from El Chaltén, will lead this unforgettable expedition.

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2 Days

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


The Poincenot and Laguna Torre trek is a must if you come to El Chaltén.

It's my pleasure to offer you this unique 2-day trekking expedition across the Poincenot camp and the Laguna Torre, two jewels of the area. The Poincenot is one of the most traveled trails in El Chaltén. That is because of its beautiful landscapes with the Mount Fitz Roy as background.

On the other hand, the Laguna Torre is a lake of the Los Glaciares National Park, very close to El Chaltén as well. Its waters are the result of the glacial melt. It's another chosen place among hikers from all around the world.

The itinerary of this great 2-day hiking tour in Poincenot and Laguna Torre starts in El Chaltén. A transfer will take us to the Hostería El Pilar. Here we must walk up the Rio Blanco Valley, passing by the Piedras Blancas Glacier's viewpoint.

We will then reach the famous Poincenot camp, from where we will continue a steep ascent to the Laguna de los Tres. After having lunch there, we will return to the Poincenot campsite, where we'll spend the first night.

As for our second day, we'll enjoy the most incredible views of the Fitz Roy during the sunrise in the Poincenot campsite. Then, we'll have breakfast and start hiking to the Laguna Torre passing by the "Madre and Hija" lagoons. This hike will take about 3 hours. If the weather conditions are good we can continue to the Maestri viewpoint from where we will admire the amazing Glacier Grande and the Cerro Torre.

Finally, we will walk back to El Chaltén across the Laguna Torre trail for around 6 to 8 hours.

I can lead a group from 2 up to 12 guests. All participants must have a good fitness level. The best period to enjoy this trek is from October to April.

And if you love hiking adventures but you have only one day left in El Chaltén, you should check out my full day trek in Loma de las Pizarras. It's a trip you won't forget in your life.

So, contact me for more details or to start with the reservation process. We'll talk about your wishes and I will make them true in El Chaltén!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


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Not included in the price: - Transportation from El Calafate to El Chaltén - Lodging at El Chaltén - Porters (at your request) - Not specified services

Meeting point

El Chaltén

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina.

I live in El Chaltén since 1998. I'm originally from Bariloche and I started with mountain activities when I was 15 years old. I've done climbing and ascents in many mountains of Patagonia, Perú, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitán, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua among others. I'm also a Ski Instructor and I am passionate for backcountry ski.

I speak fluent English, Italian and French and have been leading trips and expeditions for more than 20 years. I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available for the trip you request, one of my colleagues will guide you!



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What people are saying about Merlín



Mojon Rojo was my second climb with Merlin (I climbed Cerro Electrico with him 2 days earlier.) But it was like climbing with your old friend. I had an amazing time climbing with him. His climbing skills and knowledge are top notch. I can’t wait to climb more peaks in Patagonia with him.



Merlin was great—very knowledgeable, encouraging, and safe. I would definitely climb with him again and recommend his services very, very highly!



Everything about this trip was really great. Firstly explore-share was extremely helpful, really responsive. We felt really supported making all the arrangements from Netherlands to Argentina. Thanks for the team for that! In terms of the trip -- this was one of the most special trips we ever had. Huemel circuit is was very special. You start day1 in Patagonian forests and slowly ascend to the more rugged, stoney views of the circuit until you end up in the glaciers (and walk on them!) in day 2. Day 2 is slightly challenging due to the long ascend and walk until the camp. But without being very experienced we were able to do it (also thanks to our amazing guide Luis). We camped in an area only by ourselves, where it snowed overnight, which added to the majestic beauty of the whole trip. Day 3 mainly was descending to the 3rd camp area next to Viedma lake. This was also slightly challenging given the very steep descend in the forest, but despite the challenge it was fun, and was filled with great views. The reward is big, where Viedma lake is awaiting with glacier pieces floating on the lake just in front of you (and sometimes letting go some of it’s pieces). It’s a mesmerising area. And day 4 is going back to the start through next to the lakes, hares and guanakos. slightly easier trek but very peaceful, a nice goodbye to the circuit. We were picked up by a car at the end, arranged by Merlin/Luis. In all days, we were flabbergasted by the ruggedness and beauty of Patagonian mountains, glaciers, forests, lakes and everything we've seen. We were mainly alone in the circuit -- at least in the direction we were doing there was no one else with us. In that sense it was extra special. Our guide Luis was one of the main reasons for why this trip was so special. Very experienced and friendly -- made us feel really comfortable in what we were doing through his guidance on technical moves (e.g. in traverses, when we are descending etc). Also very experienced in the area, knew the circuit step by step - gave us a lot of information on the story of the geography not just like a guide but like a scientist almost (he was full of knowledge for this space). It was obvious that he really loves these lands and mountains, it was great to experience this route with him. I never write reviews, but this was a great trip on all levels, and want to make sure anyone who sees the review doesn’t doubt and just goes for it. Thank you Luis, Merlin and explore share - for your friendliness, professionalism and love of nature. You definitely added an incredible memory to our minds. I highly recommend everyone to experience Huemel Circuit with Luis and Merlin. Gulcin and Sebastiaan



Could not recommend both Merlin and his touring itineraries more. He went above and beyond from guiding us to lines I will never forget to showing us how an asado is done to renting me his *personal* skis for 2 weeks to make sure I had the best equipment for the adventure. He’s not like other guides I’ve had before, pushing us to get the most rewarding experience possible. Already looking forward to the next adventure.

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