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Trekking the Cerro Huemul circuit, near El Chalten (4 days)

Join Gisela Aguilo on one of the most beautiful treks available in all of Patagonia. This trip combines steppe, Patagonian Andean forest, rivers, glaciers and high mountain areas

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration4 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelExtremely Fit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Unique views of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Cerro Huemul and Paso del Viento

  • Crossing Rio Tunel by zip-line

  • Reaching a summit of 900 mts on Paso del Viento

  • View of Lake Viedma and the front of the Viedma Glacier

Description

Join me on one of the most beautiful treks available in all of Patagonia. This trip combines steppe, Patagonian Andean forest, rivers, glaciers and high mountain areas. We will be able to see the diverse landscape that this spectacular part of the world has to offer! This trip offers unique views of local geography, including the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and Viedma Glacier. You will be one with nature as you gaze upon majestic condors and different animals of the local fauna. We will sleep under the many stars of the clear Patagonian night sky.

This is a physically demanding trip that is extremely rewarding for those who can push themselves. We will hike around 50 kilometers over the course of 4 days. We will hike up mountains, reaching heights as high as 900 meters. This is a backpacking trip where we will trek with everything we need on our backs at all times.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Patagonia the way it is meant to be experienced! This is the most complete circuit within Los Glaciares National Park, where you can see Patagonia in all its aspects. We will explore expansive steppe, lush forests, hanging glaciers and colossal ice fields. Request to book this unique trip today and I guarantee you will make memories to last a lifetime!

Looking for a shorter trip? Check out this 1 day trek to Loma Pliegue from El Chaten!

Details

Disclaimer

This trip is recommended only for experienced trekkers, who are in very good physical condition. We will be hiking along high, mountainous terrain and some areas will not have a visible path. Each person will need to carry a backpack with personal belongings and part of the necessary equipment for the expedition.

More info

Don't forget to bring a sleeping bag and insulator. Come with comfortable trekking clothes and footwear. The day before the expedition we will have a meeting to finalize details and do an equipment check. If you require a porter, this can be arranged at an additional cost. There is the option to add an extra day in the expedition, with the possibility of getting closer to the ice field if the weather allows.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Valle Laguna Toro

We will climb a mountain called La Loma de Pliegue until we reach the river valley which we will follow to the Laguna Toro. Here in Laguna Toro we will set up our first campsite. Weather-permitting, we should be able to see  Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Cerro Huemul, and Paso del Viento this day.

 

  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Ascent level: 600 mts

Day 2: Paso del Viento

This is the most physically demanding day of the trip. We will trek from Laguna Toro to Rio Tunel. We will cross Rio Tunel by zip-line. We will reach a moraine where we can stop and admire the lower glaciers. From here we continue until we reach Paso del Viento. Here, we reach our highest summit where we have a beautiful view of the Campo de Hielo. After our descent, we will arrive at the refuge Paso del Viento, where we will make our camp.

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Ascent level: 900 mts

Day 3: Paso Huemul

We will trek around Cerro Huemul and admire the view of the Viedma Glacier. Once in El Paso Huemul, we will enjoy a view of Lake Viedma and the front of the Viedma Glacier. Then, we make our descent to camp close to the coast of the lake.

  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Ascent level: 200 mts

Day 4: Bahía Tunel

Finishing around the Cerro Huemul we continue through a large steppe, to find a typical Patagonian landscape. Our tour brings us closer to Lake Viedma. Wading through the river tunnel by a zip line we will arrive at Bahía Tunel, where the transfer is waiting for us to return to Chalten.

  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Distance: 18 km
  • Ascent level: 50 mts


About the guide

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AAGM-UIMLA Certified mountain guide based in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina.

I was born and raised in Patagonia. As a child I adopted the mountains as a way of life and now it is my honour to share my passion for this incredible landscape with all travellers who come looking for adventures.

Since 2009 I work as a guide in the surroundings of the magical town of El Chaltén. There are just too many things to do around here, from day hikes to longer trekking programs or tougher expeditions. My goal is to fulfil all of my clients´ goals and expectations in this wonderful area.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1444 each

Group of 2

USD 928 each

Group of 3

USD 825 each

Group of 4

USD 774 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

AMGA-certified mountain guide,

Accident insurance,

Technical equipment for the crossing of the zip-lines,

Tents,

Communication system,

First aid kit,

Kitchen equipment,

Meals for the expedition,

Transfer back to El Chalten


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