El Chaltén is in an ecoregion called ecotone, the transition between the steppe and the forest. The plain abruptly leads to huge rock formations with forested valleys crossed by rivers and streams.
The seasons are well defined during the year, summer is mild with average temperatures of 12ºC, days with many hours of sunlight, usually windy and moderate rainfalls. The winter is cold, with an average temperature of 2ºC, short days, little wind and sporadic snowfalls.
El Chaltén was declared «National Capital of Trekking”. In this way it is officially recognized adding value to the extraordinary combination of elements that are given in El Chaltén for mountain sports: a pristine and protected natural environment, numerous trekking circuits with varying grades of difficulty, dozens of climbing routes of very high technical requirements.
A lesser known trek route around Mt. Fitzroy, this 360° trek will challenge ardent trekkers alike and includes some rock climbing with rappeling for an additional thrill. A great experience for outdoor enthusiasts with intermediate to advanced experience in trekking & high-mountain ropework.
Day 1 - Chalten - Poincenot Base Camp - Mirador Fitz Roy
08.00am - 18.00pm
Your adventure begins in the town of Chalten, it'll take you 3 hours to get to the field base.
Passing through Capri Lagoon and it's mother and daughter lakes, spectacular views and lunch at BC.
Leaving for Laguna de los Trés to enjoy the views of Lake Viedma and Fitzroy (Chaltén) for 2 hours and then return to BC, during the night.
Distance: 8-9 kms
Day 2 - BC - Mirador las piedras - BC Piedra del Fraile
Today is a 3-hour walk at regular level, enjoying the view of the glaciers and Piedras Blancas lagoon.
After enjoying your boxed lunch you'll begin the gradual ascent to the Base Camp Fraile for 3 hours.
Day 3 - BC - Paso cuadrado - Guillumet BC
A difficult ascension and early stage trek for about 3 hours and you'll arrive at the Guillumet needles and another part of the Fitzroy massif.
Absorbing incredible views of glacier routes that most climbers go in search of crowning such needles.
Boxed lunch and you'll continue the journey through moraines and glaciers until reaching the Guillaumet Base Camp, after 2 hours approximately.
Day 4 - BC Guillaumet - Paso Guillaumet Niponino BC
It's a mixed trail today, between glaciers and moraines for approximately 2 hours until you reach the wall where level 5a rock is climbed (French scale) and rappelling for 2 hours.
Then crossing the moraines until reaching Niponino BC for 2 hours.
Day 5 - BC Niponino - Agostini BC
Today is a solid 8 hour walk from Niponino to Agostini.
Overnight: Agostini BC
Distance: 10 km
Day 6 - Agostini BC - El Chaltén (Option transfer to El Calafate)
3 hrs of moderate walking difficulty back to El Chaltén where you'll finish your epic adventure.
A beer will be waiting!
Option to travel to El Calafate Airport.
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Base Price $1199 $1399
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