El Chaltén - Argentinean Capital of Trekking
El Chaltén
Province
Santa Cruz
Distance from Buenos Aires
2898 km.
Flight time from Buenos Aires
3hr. 15min. to El Calafate + 4hr. by bus
GDS Code
ECH
Weather
Temperature
Period
Summer
Min:6º/Max:18º
Dec 21st
Mar 21st
Autumm
Min:-2º/Max:16º
Mar 21st
Jun 21st
Winter
Min:-3º/Max:10º
Jun 21st
Sep 21st
Spring
Min:1º/Max:18º
Sep 21st
Dec 21st

El Chaltén is a small mountain village in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is located in the riverside of Río de las Vueltas, within the Los Glaciares National Park (section Reserva Nacional Zona Viedma) at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains, both popular for climbing. For this reason this village is well-visited by trekkers and climbers.

Activities:
Adventure Tourism
Mountain lovers have the chance to trek, climb or practice mountaineering on the Torre and Fitz Roy Hills. Other activities include ascents to the ice-fields, rafting, canoeing, horseback ridings, archeological expeditions, overland excursions, and photography safaris.

Sport Fishing
Santa Cruz’s many lakes and rivers offer a full range of fishing choices – from sea fishing to salmonid.

Skiing
Do not miss the Valdelén winter sport resort, just 4Km off from Rio Turbio

Place Names
"Chaltén" is a tehuelche word meaning smoking mountain, as they believe it was a volcano for its peak is most of the time covered by clouds. Other visited tracks and sights are Torre Glacier, Laguna Capri, Piedras Blancas Glacier, Chorrillo del Salto and Laguna de los Tres. The village provides national park information for visitors, as well as commercial camping (with showers) and a very limited number of beds, catering mostly for backpackers. On the treks outside of the village free campsites are provided. There are two automated teller machines and relatively no cell phone service.

The tourist trade has spawned a few restaurants and shops in town, with a large variety of outdoor equipment for sale, while some of the accommodations provide internet and phone access and show regular movies. Other than that, the town is fairly far removed from the normal flow of news and communication, even during high season (November–February). The town is nearly deserted during off-season (the southern hemisphere winter).

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 
Programs

1 - EL CHALTEN / 4 Days – 3 Nights

Day 1
El Calafate Airport Arrival.
Meet and greet with and INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide at airport.
Transfer from Airport to hotel in El Chalten.
Free time for leisure.
Overnight at Hotel in El Chalten.

Day 2
Breakfast.
Viedma Light.
We depart by car to Tunnel Bay, located 8 km away from Chaltén. The tour consists in a short navigation on Viedma Lake, where is possible to watch the icebergs coming from the glacier until we get in front of it. The ship get near the ice wall, surrounding it. This tour let us to watch the impressive shapes and colours of the glacier. It’s ideal for a photo safari.
Overnight at Hotel in El Chalten.

Day 3
Breakfast.
Trekking Laguna Capri.
On this trek we will reach the first lookout in Fitz Roy Hill.
It starts from the path to the end of the village, which begins with a somewhat steep slope, which continues during 1h30 'bridging a gap of about 350m to reach the first lookout. From there you will have the first spectacular view of Mount Fitz Roy, flanked Saint Exupery, Mermoz and Guillaumet. After 15 minutes, you get to first base camp of Mountain Capri, a few yards from where this and lagoon, with views of mountains and forests and Fitz Roy.

Day 4
Breakfast.
Private transfer from hotel to Airport with INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide.

END OF THE PROGRAM


2 - EL CHALTEN / 4 Days – 3 Nights

Day 1
El Calafate Airport Arrival.
Meet and greet with INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide at airport.
Transfer from Airport to hotel in El Chalten.
Free time for leisure.
Overnight at Hotel in El Chalten.

Day 2
Breakfast.
ICE TREK GL. TORRE
06.45 am. The initial trail is an easy hike. You start by crossing the moraines, an undulating terrain, until you get to Tirolesa river. Once you are there you must hook your harness in some ropes to cross the river, and you will experience a wonderful sensation. At the base of Torre Glacier, you can have lunch, and put on your crampons to start your ascension to the glacier. When you start your ascension, you cross some crevasses, and after 30 minutes, you arrive at a wall where you can practise climbing with pickaxes. If you can not climb, the guides will teach you. After this excellent experience, you return to Bridway campsite, leave your equipment and return to El Chaltén.
Overnight at Hotel in El Chalten.

Day 3
Breakfast.
VIEDMA PRO
The Ice in Viedma Glacier is specially suited to practice real Ice Climbing. He crevasses, all types of slopes, and other features allow a perfect day of instruction. This is the best option to experience a first day of Ice Climbing training. The clinic includes basic Crampon walking techniques (ten point technique), basic use of Ice axes, important safety knots, glacier travel, and Ice climbing fundamentals. (Top Rope, no leading), anchors, belaying and abseiling. Trained and certified mountain guides will supervise the operation and safety. They provide all the technical gear, first aid kits, radio communication with El Chalten and the boat.
Duration: 9 hours.

Day 04
Breakfast.
Private transfer from hotel to Airport with INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide.

END OF THE PROGRAM


3 - Perito Moreno Glacier, Fitz Roy & Laguna Torre Adventure PROGRAM / 6 Days - 5 Nights

Day 1 | El Calafate
Arrival at El Calafate Airport and private transfer to hotel
Free afternoon
Overnight at El Calafate

Day 2 | El Calafate
Breakfast
Moreno Glacier Big Ice tour - Trip to the center of the Glacier!
Sib transportation, box lunch and National Park fee includedThe excursion begins in the embarking pier located in “Bajo de las Sombras” port, about 6 km before the glacier Balconies- where you embark for 10 minutes navigation across the Rico Arm, enjoying breathtaking views of the Perito Moreno glacier’s front walls.
After checking the gear, we get ready, pick up the crampons and walk following the lateral moraine, for an hour and a half, until we reach the access to the glacier. After fitting harnesses and crampons on our footwear we start the ice trekking.
There is a breathtaking view of the immense plateau of ice. During the walk you will be introduced to a number of features within the ice, huge moulins, crevasses, caves, and above all the special feeling of exploring the middle of the ice. Expert bilingual mountain guides will always lead you, looking after your safety and teaching you the “ways of the ice”. You will hike for about 3 hours and a half, and spend some time having lunch somewhere on the ice. Back on the moraine we start our descent back to the port, to take the boat and navigate for 20 minutes, very close to the southern wall. We are glad to be able to offer one of the most spectacular Ice-hikes in the world.
Return to Calafate Hotel
Free night to enjoy the city
Overnight at El Calafate

Day 3 | El Calafate – El Chalten
Breakfast & Private transfer to El Chalten – Distance: 200 km.
Optional Guide Net rate: USD 172.00-*
Free afternoon for optional self-guided trekkings around El Chalten
Overnight at El Chalten 

Day 4 | Laguna de los Tres Trekking
Breakfast
Guests will be taken to the starting point of the trail. We will begin by meandering through beech woods and before long we will get our first views of the imperious Mount Fitz Roy and the glaciers and lakes that flow from it. As the landscape opens up before us, this view will become more expansive and dramatic. Eventually we will reach one of the two campsites where climbers wait out the weather before attempting to climb Fitz Roy or the other peaks in the massif. Form here starts a steep climb that leads us to Laguna de Los Tres, from where we will have an outstanding panoramic view from the heights. If the day is clear we will be able to see Viedma Lake at a distance and the steppe that flows deeper into the horizon.
Overnight at Poincenot camp - 1 tent for 2 guests
L…D… Poincenot Camp… Mountain Guide – 1 Tent for 2 guests

Day 5 | Laguna Torre Trekking
After breakfast guests will start their trek to Laguna Torre you will go through Madre & Hija until reaching Laguna Torre, this place is filled with beautiful scenery and will set a remarkable l day. Box lunch on the way.
Overnight at Thorwood camp - 1 tent for 2 guests
B…BL…D… Thorwood camp…Mountain Guide – 1 Tent for 2 guests

Day 6 | Trek back to El Chalten
B…BL… Mountain Guide
Private transfer from Chalten to El Calafate. Optional Guide Net rate: USD 172.00-*
Drop of at local airport - Latest flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires not included

END OF THE PROGRAM


4 - Southern Patagonia Ice Cap EXPEDITION / 10 Days - 9 Nights
(El Chaltén – Paso Marconi – Paso Huemul – El Chaltén)

Day 1 | Arrival to El Chaltén – Expedition briefing and equipment check
Arrival to El Chalten. Small town of 300 located at the foot of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.  Meeting with rest of the group and Expedition Leader. General briefing about Southern Patagonian Ice Field, instructions on how to use camping and technical gear provided by Fitz Roy Expeditions. Personal equipment check.
D… Lodge … Mountain Guide
Overnight at El Chalten - Senderos Hosteria - Web site: www.senderoshosteria.com.ar
Breakfast included

Day 2 | Río Eléctrico Valley trekking
The day begins with a private transfer to the bridge over Eléctrico River, 15 Km northwest of El Chaltén, and the start point of our trek towards the base of Marconi Glacier. We will walk the first two hours on a well-marked path, through a forest of Lengas and Ñires, alongside Eléctrico River.  At the end of the vegetation, we stop few minutes in Piedra Del Fraile campsite (Refugio Los Troncos – property of Estancia Ricanor), last encounter with civilization before our return to El Chaltén, at the end of the expedition. We will then enter into a great glacier valley surrounded by Treinta Aniversario, Marconi South, and North Peaks.

From Piedra Del Fraile, we will follow the southern shore of Lake Eléctrico, crossing moraines and rocky formations left by the glaciers less than 70 years ago. Along the way, we will cross Pollone River walking, from where we will be able to observe the North-west face of Fitz Roy. One more hour of trekking will bring us to the western shore of Lake Eléctrico. We will set-up our camp there, only 20 minutes away from Marconi Glacier. After a well-earned rest, we might have some extra energy to explore the area. Walking distance: 12 Km. (6 hours).
Elevation gain: 50 mts.
B, BL, D… La Playita camp… Mountain Guide – Private tent according to guest occupancy

Day 3 | Marconi Glacier – Marconi Pass trekking
We will wake up with dawn, to start our daily routine of the expedition: breakfast, packing up of camp and backpacks, and trekking… Only 30 minutes of walking will bring us in front of the Marconi Glacier. A gigantic scree moraine is our first obstacle; the terrain here is unstable and moves constantly, impeding the formation of a marked path. After this short but difficult stretch, we will climb on the glacier itself entering slowly in a kingdom of snow and ice. This day might be the toughest of the expedition. We will climb 2400 ft (800 m) on ice and snow, using crampons, and round crevasses with the assistance of the guide and his team – with the aid of ropes if necessary. Marconi Glacier forms a pass that creates a bottle effect with the winds coming from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the Pacific Ocean. Hence, participants will need to be not only physically, but also mentally prepared to trek in a rain or snowstorm. At the end of the day, we will arrive at our second campsite, in the shadow of Marconi South Mt and only an hour away from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field itself. Our almost aerial campsite offers fantastic sunsets and sunrises over the Fitz Roy Range, Cerro Pier Giorgio, and Gorra Blanca. Full board.
Walking distance: 10 Km. (7/9 hours)
Elevation gain: 800 mts.
B, BL, D… Paso Marconi camp… Mountain Guide – Private tent according to guest occupancy

Day 4 | SPIF: Marconi Pass– Circo de los Altares trekking
In the morning, we will cross the Marconi Pass. Guide and assistants will use sledge for the first time, carrying most of the general equipment (tents, food, gas…). Only an hour of trekking with snowshoes will bring us into a land of rock and ice. The Patagonian Ice Field will open itself up giving away fantastic views (if weather permits) of Lautaro Volcano (still active), Mariano Moreno Range (almost higher and much larger than Fitz Roy Range), the De Los Cuatro Glaciares Pass and Chico Glacier, further south. A day of southbound trekking on the ice field to the "Circo De Los Altares", at the foot of the mythic Cerro Torre's West face, take us to the place where we will set up our camp on the ice. Full board.
Walking distance: 12 Km. (6/7hs. Hours)
Elevation gain: 50 mts. - 100 mts. Descent
B, BL, D… Circo de Los Altares camp… Mountain Guide – Private tent according to guest occupancy

Day 5 | SPIF: Circo de los Altares – Paso del Viento Hut trekking
Trekking to De Los Esquíes lagoon, on the lateral moraine of Viedma Glacier – where we will exit the ice itself. If the weather and the physical condition of the participants permit, we will continue up to Paso Del Viento Hut. Camp. Full board.
Walking distance: 14 Km. (8 hours)
Elevation gain: 250 mts descent and 250 mts ascent at the end of the day.
B, BL, D… Paso del Viento Hut Campsite… Mountain Guide – Private tent according to guest occupancy

Day 6 | Paso del Viento Hut trekking
Rest day in the campsite near the hut. Full board.
B, BL, D… Refugio Paso del Viento Camp site… Mountain Guide – Private tent according to guest occupancy

Day 7 | Huemul pass trekking
For the past couple of years and after many expeditions, we have decided to continue the trip following Viedma Glacier towards Lake Viedma, instead of climbing to Windy Pass and return to El Chaltén. This new circuit offered by Fitz Roy Expediciones, makes the trek more interesting and attractive, keeping in sight of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and Viedma Glacier for two more days. This part of the expedition contours Cerro Huemul Andean steppe, lakes, and marvelous viewpoints accompany us towards Paso Huemul, where we will set up camp. Spectacular aerial views of the Glacier’s snout as it calves into Lake Viedma will reward us. Full board views of the Glacier  entering into Lake Viedma will reward us.
Walking time: 6/7 hours.
Distance: 8 Km
Altitude drop: +600 ft, -300 ft (+200 m, -100 m).
Walking distance: 8 km. (6/7 hours.)
Elevation gain: 200 mts ascent and 100 mts descent
B, BL, D… Huemul Pass Camp… Mountain Guide – Private tent according to guest occupancy

Day 8 | Viedma Lake trekking
Trek down the steep descent to Lake Viedma and Cabo de Hornos Bay, return to Bahía Túnel, 30 minutes away by minibus from El Chaltén.
Walking distance: 5 Km. (2/3 hs. hours)
Elevation drop: 600 mts steep descent
B, BL, D… Lodge…Mountain Guide – Private tent according to guest occupancy

Day 9 | Weather Day trekking
To be used at any point of the Expedition, if the day is not needed the Expedition and service provided by supplier will end the first morning after arriving at El Chalten.
B, BL, D… Camping…Mountain guide – Private tent according to guests occupancy

Day 10 |
End of our services.

END OF THE PROGRAM


5 - Hiking & Trekking in El Chaltén - Viewpoint of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field / 5 Days - 4 Nights

Day 1 | Arrival to El Chalten
(Transportation to El Chalten not included)
Overnight at El Chalten - Senderos Hosteria - Web site: www.senderoshosteria.com.ar
Breakfast included

Day 2 | Río Eléctrico Valley Trekking
The day begins with a private transfer to the bridge over Eléctrico River, 15 Km northwest of El Chaltén, and the start point of our trek towards the base of Marconi Glacier. We will walk the first two hours on a well-marked path, through a forest of Lengas and Ñires, alongside Eléctrico River. At the end of the vegetation, we stop few minutes in Piedra Del Fraile campsite (Refugio Los Troncos – property of Estancia Ricanor), last encounter with civilization before our return to El Chaltén, at the end of the expedition.
We will then enter into a great glacier valley surrounded by Treinta Aniversario, Marconi South, and North Peaks. From Piedra Del Fraile, we will follow the southern shore of Lake Eléctrico, crossing moraines and rocky formations left by the glaciers less than 70 years ago.
Along the way, we will cross Pollone River walking, from where we will be able to observe the North-west face of Fitz Roy. One more hour of trekking will bring us to the western shore of Lake Eléctrico. We will set-up our camp there, only 20 minutes away from Marconi Glacier. After a well-earned rest, we might have some extra energy to explore the area. Full board. The participants, guides and other FRE supporting staff will carry the equipment and food.
Walking distance: 12 Km. (5/6 hours).
Elevation gain: 50 mts.
B, BL, D… La Playita camp … Mountain Guide – Private tent according to guests occupancy

Day 3 | Marconi Glacier – Marconi Pass Trekking
We will wake up early: breakfast, breaking of camp, and trekking… Only 30 minutes of walking will bring us in front of the Marconi Glacier. A gigantic scree moraine is our first obstacle; the terrain here is unstable and moves constantly, impeding the formation of a marked path. After this short but difficult stretch, we will climb on the glacier itself entering slowly in a kingdom of snow and ice. This day might be the toughest of the expedition. We will climb 2400 ft (800 m) on ice and snow, using crampons, and round crevasses with the assistance of the guide and his team – with the aid of ropes if necessary. Marconi Glacier forms a pass that creates a bottle effect with the winds coming from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the Pacific Ocean. Hence, participants will need to be not only physically, but also mentally prepared to trek in a rain or snowstorm. At the end of the day, we will arrive at our second campsite, in the shadow of Marconi South Mt and only an hour away from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field itself. The goal is to reach the Chilean Mountain hut at the base of Mt Gorra Blanca.
Marconi pass: 1500 above sea level
Mountain Hut: 1650 above sea level
Walking distance: 10 Km. (8/9 hours)
Elevation gain: 950 mts.B, BL, D… Gorra Blanca Hut…. Mountain Guide – Private tent according to guests occupancy

Day 4| Southern Patagonian Ice Field - Trekking
A full day spent in the vicinity of the Gorra Blanca Hut, walking n this enormous expanse of Ice, the hut is located on a Nunatak, ( a rocky outcrop) and offers incredible views. His a day not to forget to wander around this Antarctic-like landscape.
B, BL, D… Gorra Blanca Hut…. Mountain Guide

Day 5| Return to El Chalten – Trekking – Private tent according to guests occupancy
Descent following the same route on Marconi Glacier toward Piedra del Fraile and the Eléctrico Valley. It is quite a contrast to walk in the forest the same day after spending some time only seen rock, snow and Ice.
Transfer to El Chalten from Rio Eléctrico Bridge. 9 hours walking
B, BL … Gorra Blanca Hut…. Mountain Guide – Private tent according to guests occupancy

END OF THE PROGRAM

 

 

 

 
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