Patagonia: Ultimate Trails El Chalten – 6 Days

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6 Day
Availability : Jan 1' - Dec 31'
El Chalten
Mt Fitzroy & Viedma Glacier
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 15
Overview
Patagonia: Ultimate Trails El Chalten – 6 Days

Ultimate Trails: For trekking/camping, it’s all about national parks like Torres del Paine and the peaks near El Chaltén.

A complete North to South 6 days trekking program going around the most attractive points of El Chalten with amazing views of Fitz RoyCerro Torre and the Southern Ice Field from Paso del Viento with overnight camping at our Patagonic forest during the whole program completing the Huemul circuit during the last part of this wonderful itinerary.

This trek route (45km in total, 3 to 6h of hiking per day) is a perfect warm-up if you plan to do longer treks in South America such as the ‘W’ or ‘O’ circuit in Torres del Paine.

Summary Itinerary
Day 1: El Chalten, Laguna de los Tres – Fitz Roy. Poincenot campsite
Day 2: After breakfast we begin our descent into the Valley of the Madre and Hija lagoons to Laguna Torre. Thorwood campsite
Day 3: From Laguna Torre we cross the River Fitz-Roy on the zip line hiking up Agachonas Pass. Toro campsite
Day 4: Zip line crossing for Tunel river to reach Paso del Viento. Camp at refugio surroundings
Day 5: From Paso del Viento towards Huemul pass going down to Bahia Tempanos. Wild campsite.
Day 6: At this last camp we have the chance to see some icebergs from the calving Viedma glacier and get spectacular pictures at sunrise. Return to El Chalten

Resumen:
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate
Physical Demand: Intense
Duration of the Itinerary: 6 days
Starting Point: El Chaltén
Number of clients per group: Min 1


Included
Breakfast x 5
Lunch x 6
Dinner x 5
Private bilingual guide during the trek
All meals, transfers, permits during the trekking
1 assistant guide every 4 participants. Rate 1:4
Technical gear when required
Tents and any gear necessary except what is considered personal
VHF radio or satellite communication
Entrance tickets and permits
Note: all participants must carry their own sleeping bag and mat plus the necessary equipment/food for the program provided. (4 to 5 kgs per person)

Not Included
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Any additional extras

Joining Arrangements There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.
Food & Water Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
Special Diets We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
Trekking Crew We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
Acclimatisation
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
Preparation
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
Machu Picchu An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.
Covid-19 (Useful Links) World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics
Available Discounts Throughout 2021 we’re offfering a 25% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+
Reservation Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Customer Service Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.

 

Itinerary

Day 1El Chalten - Fitzroy & Laguna los Tres

You’ll begin the day with a 30 minutes transfer to the beginning of the trail at Hosteria El Pilar. Walking towards the Fitz Roy massif in direction to Poincenot camp, the place where we will spend the first night in the national park. You can leave your stuff for the night and continue upwards another 400 metres to an altitude of 1160 metres at Laguna de los Tres viewpoint: the closest and best place from where to take in the Fitz-Roy massif.

  • Distance: 15 km +650 Trekking time: 7 hs
  • Physical Intensity: medium – high
  • Accommodation: organized camp with sleeping gear, all meals, snacks and wine if desired (B, L, D)

Day 2Laguna Torre & Cerro Torre

After breakfast we have time for some more pictures before we do our way along the Mother and Daughter lakes to reach the legendary valley of Cerro Torre. This is a gentle hike and it won´t take us more than 5 hours to get there. After having a cup of tea and leaving our clothes for the night we could continue to see Laguna Torre and walk a little further up to the Maestri look out

  • Distance: 8 km +100 Trekking time: 7hrs
  • Physical Intensity: medium
  • Accommodation: organized camp with sleeping gear, all meals, snacks and wine if desired (B, L, D)

Day 3River Tunel Valley

You’ll pack your backpacks and after breakfast we try the harness and walk again to Torre Lake to cross the River Fitz-Roy via the zip line. Once across, our trail takes us through the forest, then along a rocky stretch and finally leads us to one of the best views in the valley: the Agachonas Pass. From this point we begin to descend towards the River Túnel Valley, with amazing views of the glacier bearing the same name and its neighbor, Mt. Solo. Once in the vast glacial valley we head westwards towards our next camp at Laguna Toro.

  • Distance: 15 km +900/-400 Duration: 8/9 hours
  • Physical Intensity: High
  • Accommodation: wild camp (B, L, D)
  • Note: *(From DAY 4 on, everyone will have to carry their sleeping bags and help with a minimum of the tents or ask for porters with an extra charge)

Day 4Paso de Viento

After breaking our camp you’ll begin your trek towards the day’s first challenge: the crossing of the river Túnel via a zip line or wading depending on the level of the river that surely is going to be very cold. Then continuing uphill along big and spectacular moraines towards Viento Pass – privileged viewing point of the Southern Ice Field. The name of this pass means Windy in Spanish, so we expect to feel the full-force of these notorious gales. Once over and onto the western slopes of the mountain we descend in direction to Paso del Viento camp, an ideal resting place with a crystal clear river running next to the tents.

  • Distance: 13 km +900/-450
  • Duration: 7/8 hours
  • Physical Intensity: Medium-High
  • Accommodation: wild camping (B, L, D)

Day 5Viedma Glacier

Today you follow the trail which takes us alongside the Viedma glacier. You’ll always see the glacier from above, thus giving us spectacular views along the way. During the trek we pass by some sparkling mountain lakes and after lunch the hard work awaits us as we trek up to the Huemul Pass. At the top we could have the chance to see some Condors flying around since there is a huge “Condorera”. From the top of the pass and after taking the necessary time for a respite you’ll then begin the descent along a steep way through the forest to get to our next camp at Bahía de los Témpanos (Icebergs)

  • Distance: 18km +300/-800
  • Duration: 7/8 hours
  • Physical Intensity: Medium – high
  • Accommodation: wild camping (B, L, D)

Day 6Bahia Tunel - El Chalten

From the camp you have the chance to see some icebergs from the calving Viedma glacier and after breakfast we have a fairly easy trek to get to Bahía Túnel. From there our transfer will be waiting to take us to El Chalten for a good nights rest & to celebrate the achievements of the last few days!

  • Distance: 14 km
  • Duration: 5/6 hours
  • Physical Intensity: Low – Medium
  • Accommodation: Not included. Meals (B,L)
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