El Chaltén Highlights trek
Serac Expediciones - 3 days
- El Chaltén Highlights trek
- 3 days / 2 nights
- Max. group: 0 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
> Visit the private reserve Los Huemules
> Get to see the main highlights of Los Glaciares National Park
> Get to know Patagonia in its purest form
This itinerary combines the most classical views around El Chaltén: Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and their lakes with one day hike in a private reserve a few km away from the town and a night at a comfortable adventure camp.
If you are in El Chaltén but you don't have that much time to do a longer trek, this trek is your solution. During this trek, you will get to visit the main highlights of Los Glaciares National Park while also spending a day at the private natural reserve Los Huemules, a park with multiple trekking options and some of the best-preserved natural areas of the region.
Note: This tour is available from October to April. For other dates please check availability.
What's the plan?
Day 1: Today we will meet you at our office or we will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and we will drive to the starting point of the trek, located 20 km away from El Calafate to a natural reserve called Los Huemules. Here we have multiple options to trek one of the wildest and most pristine places of the reserve. Finishing our day, we head to the ECO camp for dinner and to recover energies.
Distance: 20 km
Duration: 7/8 hours
Services included: ECO camp with all meals (BL, D) and sleeping gear included
Day 2: After having breakfast at the dining room, we’ll leave in our private vehicle to Hosteria El Pilar, located just a few kilometers away from the ECO camp. Once we arrive, we start to walk on the trail to Poincenot camp through a forest of “Lengas”, a typical Patagonic tree, having the Blanco River on our right.
During our way, we do different stops to learn about the typical fauna and flora of our National Park Los Glaciares. After an hour, we’ll stop at Piedras Blancas glacier viewpoint where we’ll have the opportunity to take pictures and notice the trace left by this glacier during its setback during the last years.
Following our way to Poincenot camp, we’ll have an excellent view of Fitz Roy’s massif, to which we will get even closer after we cross the Blanco river’s bridge, heading the last part of this trail all the way up to De Los Tres lake. At this point, we’ll take some time to have lunch, take pictures, and have some rest at the lakeshore.
After we recover from this last effort, we’ll begin our way down to Poincenot camp, where we’ll enjoy some snacks while we wait for dinner. During the night, we’ll have dinner at our private dome, including beverages and dessert.
Distance: 12 km, +750/-400
Trekking time: 7/8 hours
Services included: camp with services, gear and all meals (B, BL, D)
Day 3: We begin our day having a full breakfast at our private dome preparing for the third day of our itinerary. Once we’re ready, we get onto the trail towards the valley of Lake Mother and Daughter, leaving the Fitz Roy massif behind us to our final destination: the valley of Cerro Torre. During the trek, we’ll have enough time to stop at the lakes to take some pictures of the area around and, with some luck, of a small colony of typical Patagonic gooses.
After this stop, we continue through the trail towards Cerro Torre’s valley, enjoying the emblematic Patagonian forest of Lengas and Ñires, till the final part of our trek, crossing an old moraine to face Lake Torre and Grande glacier. If the weather is good, we could continue to the Maestri viewpoint, from where the famous Italian climber Cesare Maestri outlined his strategy to conquer Cerro Torre and, at the same time, have a closer view of Grande glacier.
Once we completed this traverse, we’ll return to town through Cerro Torre valley, along the Fitz Roy river till the classic viewpoint, and then reaching a beautiful waterfall called Margarita. We will finally return to El Chalten.
Distance: 17 km -400
Trekking time: 8/9 hours
Services included: all meals (B, BL)
Round trip transportation to the starting point of the expedition is included in the price of the trek. On the first day of the trek, you will meet at Serac Expediciones' office, where your private transport will be waiting for you. You can also arrange for them to pick you up from your hotel. On the last day, you will be driven back to El chaltén.
√ English and Spanish speaking trekking guide
Professional mountain guides, duly entitled by National Park and experienced in this program will be joining you during the trek.
You will spend your first night at an Eco Camp. You will sleep in bungalows on a twin shared basis. The rooms are equipped with beds, sheets, and blankets. On the second night, you will spend the night at a camping site. Your trekking company will provide all the camping equipment necessary, including sleeping bags and mats.
√ Camping equipment including sleeping bag
Your trekking company will provide all the camping equipment necessary, including sleeping bags and mats. The trekking company will make sure that everything is ready once you get to the camp and the tents are set up.
√ Technical equipment
Technical equipment such as carabiners and ropes will be provided by the trekking company during the trek when necessary. VHF radio or satellite communication will also be available in case of an emergency.
√ All meals indicated in the schedule
All meals during the Expedition, including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and snacks, are included in the price of the trek.
√ Permits and Entrance Fees
The permits required and the entrance fees to the National Park Los Glaciares and to the natural reserve Los Huemules are included in the price of the trek.
You have to make your way to El Chaltén. The total amount is exclusive of flights to and from Argentina.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
Tipps for the guide are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.
You will spend your first night at an Eco Camp. You will sleep in bungalows on a twin shared basis. This Ecolodge has private cabins with a bathroom, a big dining room for dinner/breakfast and hot tub. The rooms are equipped with beds, sheets, and blankets.
On the second night, you will spend the night at a camping site. The campsite is fully equipped, with no need to carry any equipment besides personal belongings and box lunch. The trekking company will make sure that everything is ready once you get there and the tents are set up. Your trekking company will provide all the camping equipment necessary, including sleeping bags and mats. The campsites don’t have electricity or showers. The toilet is latrine-style with a seat.
Truth be told, you can visit the Argentinean Patagonia whenever you want. Most National Parks are open all year round and all seasons have something special to offer. That being said, the most recommended time of the year to enjoy Patagonia is from October to April, when days are longer and temperatures are not that low. During wintertime (June to September) you may have some trouble completing your trek due to bad weather conditions and snow. Moreover, not all tours can be operated during these months.
How to get there
The most popular choice to get to El Chaltén, and the whole region in general, is to fly to El Calafate. From El Calafate, you have plenty of private shutters and public buses that can take you to El chaltén.
In Argentina, tipping is a common practice. The tip usually depends on the service provided, so if you had a friendly guide who took care of you and made sure you had everything you needed, then, be generous. A common tip for an experienced guide would be USD 15/20 per day of trek. But again, it depends on the service.
Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.
Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude more often and do you do sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in Patagonia.
Is this the first time that you are trekking in the mountains? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Patagonia
Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park is the biggest National Park in Argentina and was created in 1937 in order to preserve an extensive area of continental ice and glaciers, the southern Andean-Patagonian forest, and samples of the Patagonian steppe. It was also declared a World Heritage Site by the UNSECO in 1981.
Within this park, visitors can get to know the local flora and fauna, part of which are endangered species. Moreover, visitors can get to see glaciers such as the Perito Moreno or climb Mount Fitz Roy.
This National Park covers an area of 726,927 ha and is situated in Santa Cruz province. The park is located in the Argentinean border with Chile and borders the Torres del Paine National Park to the south, in Chilean territory.
If you like trekking, this park is ideal for you. The park has plenty of trekking trails that will guide you to breathtaking glacial lakes and will walk you through majestic forests. At Los Glaciares National Park you will get to see Patagonia in its purest form.
Packing ListPacking List
Trekking in Patagonia is no walk in the park. Weather conditions can change rapidly and you need to be prepared for whatever mother nature may throw at you. Serac Expediciones has prepared a recommended gear list to make packing a bit easier for you:
• 50 to 60 liters backpack
• Sleeping bag for -12º C comfort min. (synthetic or duvet filling)
•Therma-Rest mat (inflatable better)
• Medium mountain boots with Gore-Tex ideally
• Crocs (for resting at the camps and river wading)
• Trekking poles
• Sun-glasses for snow and ice and googles
• Headlamp with new batteries and spare batteries
• 1-litre bottle (Nalgene ideally)
• Sunblock (35+ or more)
• Lips sunblock
• Minimum personal hygiene items
• Dry bags to protect your staff
• Vacuum bottle 0.5L
• Cup, plate, spoon
• Gore-Tex waterproof jacket with hood
• Softshell jacket with hood (2nd layer)
• Waterproof light over pants
• Softshell trekking trousers
• Underwear synthetic fabric t-shirt and trousers (2)
• Spare underwear
• Three pairs of trekking socks
• Wind-stopper gloves
• Liner gloves
• Waterproof over gloves
• Warm hut and cap
• Neckerchief or Buff for neck protection (optional)
• Light feather or synthetic warm jacket for the night
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.
Serac ExpedicionesSerac Expediciones
Serac Expediciones is a company dedicated to designing and operating adventure programs in mountain environments. Whether you like trekking, skiing, mountain biking or kayaking, in 10 years of experience we have consolidated our work based on our values: Commitment, Service, Quality, and Safety. We have multiple trekking program options with different difficulty levels. We organize your trip based on your needs, availability, and budget to make your visit a unique experience. Join us and discover the beauty of Patagonia.
How to Book
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You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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