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Huemul Circuit & Southern Icefield Viewpoint

Serac Expediciones - 4 days

  • Huemul Circuit & Southern Icefield Viewpoint
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included?
Accommodation
FAQ
Los Glaciares National Park
Packing List
Safety
Serac Expediciones
How to Book

Overview

> Cross  the Túnel River via a zip line
> Enjoy unique views of the Southern Ice Field
> See condors flying over the snowy peaks

Trek along one of the less visited areas of the National Park Los Glaciares, crossing some high passes with views at the most spectacular valleys and glaciers that give the name to this famous National Park. 

The Huemul Circuit is an excellent choice for a trekking adventure in Patagonia. This trek walks you around the Huemul Massif, situated within the National Park Los Glaciares, and on the way, you will get to cross mountain passes and camp next to the glacier. Moreover, you will get to know the local flora and fauna, so characteristic of the region.

Some of the highlights of this incredible trek are the Windy Pass, the panoramic view of the South Patagonian Icefield, colorful lakes and trekking nearby and along the Viedma glacier. Wilderness and pure nature await you during this trek.

Note: This tour is available from October to April. For other dates please check availability. 

Route

What's the Plan?

Day 1: 
Today we will meet you at our office and we will drive you to the trek's starting point. This is a warming up day, hiking mostly through the forest on a nice trail until we reach Laguna Toro campsite. This hike passes through beautiful meadows whilst enjoying great views of the impressive Patagonian spires of Fitz-Roy and Cerro Torre. 

Distance: 15 km, +500
Trekking time: 6/7 hours
Services included: camp with services, gear, and meals (BL, D)

Day 2:
After breaking our camp we begin our trek towards the day’s first challenge: crossing the river Túnel via a zip line or wading depending on the river conditions.

Then we continue walking uphill along big and spectacular moraines towards El 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 creek running next to our tents.

Distance: 13 km, +900/-450
Trekking time: 7/8 hours
Services included: camp with services, gear and all meals (B, BL, D)

Day 3:
Today we follow the trail that takes us alongside the Viedma glacier. We will always see the glacier from above, thus giving us spectacular views along the way. Along the day 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 this wide pass and after taking the necessary time for resting, we have to descend a long and steep way through the forest to get to our next camp at Bahia de Los Tempanos (Icebergs), on the shore of Viedma lake with views to the glacier. 

Distance: 18 km, +300/-900
Trekking time: 7/8 hours
Services included: camp with services, gear and all meals (B, BL, D)

Day 4:
From this last camp, we have the chance to see some icebergs from the calving Viedma glacier and get spectacular pictures at sunrise. After breakfast, we have a fairly easy trek to get to Bahía Túnel, including a last zip line. From the end of the trail, we complete the day with a transfer that will take us back to El Chalten, 16 km away.

Distance: 14 km
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Services included: camp with services, gear, and meals (B, BL)

What's Included?

Included:

 Transport
Round trip transportation from our office to the starting point of the expedition (20km away from El Chaltén) is included in the price of the trek.

√ 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. There will be 1 guide every 4 trekkers.

 Camping Equipment
Tents and all necessary cooking equipment will be provided by the trekking company.

√ Technical equipment
Technical equipment such as harness, carabiners, and ropes will be provided by the trekking company during the trek when required. 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 are included in the price of the trek.

Not included:

× Airfare
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.

× Sleeping bag
Sleeping bags are not included in the price of the trek. You can either bring your own or rent one in El Chaltén before the trek.

× Tipping
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.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek, you will spend your nights in camping sites along the way. Tents and cooking equipment will be provided by the trekking company.  Sleeping bags are not included and is recommended that you bring your own together with a Therma-Rest mat. If you don't have a sleeping bag, you can rent one in el Chaltén.

FAQ

FAQ

Best season
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.

Tipping
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.

Training
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.

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.

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.

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 List

Packing 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:

Gear:

• 65 to 70 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

Clothing:

• Gore-Tex waterproof jacket with hood 
• Softshell jacket with hood (2nd layer) 
• Waterproof light over pants 
• Softshell trekking trousers 
• Gaiters 
• 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

Safety

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 Expediciones

Serac 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

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

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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