Trekking Cerro Huemul loop, El Chalten

Join Merlín, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, on this amazing Cerro Huemul loop hiking tour. And enjoy the best views around El Chaltén, Patagonia.




Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip




    This 4-day trekking circuit in the region of El Chaltén, in southern Patagonia, will take us around Cerro Huemul.

    El Chaltén is a magical town in the south of the Argentinian Patagonia. And the Cerro Huemul (2876 m) is the perfect spot  to enjoy some of the most  shocking view in Patagonia.

    Through our journey we will pass through rivers and enjoy beautiful views of lakes, glaciers, and we will appreciate part of the Patagonian Ice Field, the third largest icefield in the world.

    Below you’ll find a proposed itinerary, remember that this is only one of many options we can discuss about.

    Please contact me if you are interested in this trekking in this beautiful area of Patagonia!

    And if you want to try another beautifl hike in El Chaltén, please check my Base Camps Trek in El Chaltén or my Southern Ice Field Expedition, Patagonia.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    1800 USD

    Group of 2
    1000 USD

    Group of 3
    800 USD

    Group of 4
    800 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Transport during the trip
    • Personal Insurance
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    • Day 1Arrival and first hike

      Meeting with the Guide in the morning; debrief about the details of the program and check of the gear. We´ll start the trek at noon from El Chalten and hike towards Toro lake, passing by the Pliegue Tumbado hillside. This hike takes about 6 hours and has an elevation gain of 500 meters (1640 feet). We will camp at Laguna Toro (650 meters or 2132 feet a/s/l).

      Meals: Box lunch and dinner.

    • Day 2Paso del Viento

      After 30-40 minutes of hiking, we cross the Tunel river, either by wading through the river or using a fixed cable and harnesses, depending on the conditions. We continue the ascent towards Paso del Viento. The main part of the ascent is along trails, moraines and the Tunel Inferior glacier. From here we can appreciate a part of the Patagonian Ice Field, the nascents of the Viedma glacier, and mount Mariano Moreno amongst others. We descend to the Paso del Viento refuge (900 meters or 2950 feet a/s/l) where we will camp. It is a 7 hours hike with an elevation gain of 900 meters (2950 feet) from Laguna Toro to Paso del Viento.

      Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

    • Day 3Hike to the East

      We continue the hike bordering Cerro Huemul towards the East until we reach Paso Huemul (1000 meters or 3280 feet a/s/l). There are great views of the Viedma glacier during the entire trip. From Paso Huemul we can appreciate the front of the Glaciar Viedma and the homonym lake. It’s also common to see condors flying close by. The hike takes 6-7 hours and we will camp at Paso Huemul where there is a small forest of Lenga bushes (900 meters or 2950 feet a/s/l).

      Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

    • Day 4Hike back to the transfer

      We descend to Cabo de Hornos bay at the Viedma lake (300 meters or 985 feet a/s/l) by a very steep and rocky terrain. From here we will continue to Viedma’s Tunel bay. This hike takes 7-8 hours with a decline of 600 meters (1968 feet). At Tunel bay we will meet our vehicle for the transfer back to El Chalten. This is the end of the expedition.

      Meals: Breakfast and box lunch.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required



    About the 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

    • 2 reviews


    Recientemente fui guiado en el circuito de Cerro Huemul por Luis, quien era un guía muy experimentado, experto y profesional. Ayudó con los 2 cruces de tirolesa, la parte de la caminata que requería caminar sobre el glaciar, y significó que nunca tuve dudas sobre dónde llevaba el sendero. Merlin organizó a la perfección toda la comida, el equipo y la transferencia de retorno desde el final del camino. Debido a que toda la experiencia transcurrió tan bien, y Luis hizo que mi caminata fuera tan cómoda y agradable, definitivamente recomendaría esta compañía. El sendero en sí era hermoso, con muchas vistas impresionantes y estoy muy contento de haberlo experimentado. Entre los puntos destacados se encuentran los Campos de Hielo de la Patagonia Sur después de escalar sobre Windy Pass, así como los cóndores al otro lado del paso Huemul y las vistas desde el último campamento.
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    impresionante la excursión!!! vale la pena cada minuto dentro de la montaña, sus hielos, paisajes y atardeceres. Algo que no borraré nunca de mi alma. Gracias Mountaineering Patagonia, un servicio excelente, un guía de primera - experiencia de vida.-
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