Mountain Escape – Patagonia: El Chalten – 5 Days

Mountain Escape – Patagonia: El Chalten – Thus; there are a variety of views from steppe to the forest. So then; from huge glacier moraines to colourful lakes. Also the views from Agachonas pass and del Viento pass; makes this program a unique and fantastic way to explore the best of this National park.

Following then, from the imposing and stunning views of the Mt. Fitzroy to the beautifully clear views of the laguna Torre; and the thrill of the zipline through to the exhilarating Paso del Viento. After all; this is a trek adventure with different experiences along the way; and thus it’s an awesome way to experience the north Patagonian wilds of El Chalten.

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. Toro campsite
  • Day 5 – Return to El Chalten.
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate
Physical Demand: Intense
Duration of the Itinerary: 5 days
Starting Point: El Chaltén
Day 1
El Chalten - Laguna los Tres
We leave early in the morning to the starting point of the trek located 20 kms away from town in our private vehicle to Hosteria El Pilar. Once arrived, we start to walk on the trail to Poincenot camp thru a forest of “Lengas”, typical Patagonic tree, having the Blanco River on our right. Here, we may leave our gear before continuing through Lenga (Southern Beech) forest and ascend to the Laguna de los Tres. At this lagoon we enjoy the closest, and best, views of the massif before returning to camp.
  • Distance: 15 km +650
  • Duration: 7 hrs
  • Physical Intensity: medium – high
  • Accommodation: Organized camp with sleeping gear, all meals, snacks and wine if desired (B, L, D)
Day 2
Laguna Torre & Cerro Torre
After breakfast we begin our descent into the Valley of the Madre and Hija lagoons, with permanent views of Fitz-Roy. This trail leads us to the next valley: that of Cerro Torre. Always surrounded by Lenga forest, we take a short hike to our campsite where we leave our overnight gear before continuing on to the Maestri lookout. It was from here that the legendary climber planned his climb of Cerro Torre in the 50's. From here we return to camp to rest.
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Trekking time: 7 hrs
  • Physical Intensity: Medium
  • Accommodation: Organized camp with sleeping gear, all meals, snacks and wine if desired (B, L, D)
Day 3
River Tunel Valley
After breakfast and packing our clothes we walk to Torre Lake and cross the River Fitz-Roy on 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 campsite at Laguna Toro.
  • Distance: 11 km +900
  • Duration: 8/9 hours
  • Physical Intensity: High
  • Accommodation: Wild camp and all meals (B, L, D)
Day 4
Paso de Viento
Early in the morning, we prepare for another intense day, which begins with a second impressive river crossing, this time across the River Túnel. After it, we begin our gradual ascent across glacial moraine until reaching the Viento Pass – privileged viewing point of the Southern Ice Field and the main body of the Viedma Glacier. From here we return along the same path till reaching our campsite at Laguna Toro.
  • Distance: 13 km +700/-700
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Physical Intensity: High
  • Accommodation: wild camping and all meals (B, L, D)
Day 5
Pliegue Tumbado Hill & Viedma Lake
This day takes us along one of the Park’s less walked trails. The first part keeps us in the Túnel River Valley after which we gently climb towards the Pliegue Tumbado Hill. Along this route, returning towards El Chaltén, we will have the best views of the Viedma Lake, and each clearing in the forest will reward us with photo opportunities of mounts Fitz-Roy and Cerro Torre. Once back in El Chaltén the program ends.
  • Distance: 13 km -200
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Physical Intensity: medium
  • Accommodation: meals (B, L)

Services Included

  • All camping Equipment (incl. sleeping bags)
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Park entrance fees

Tour Info

Breakfast x 4
Lunch x 5
Dinner x 4
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)
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
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
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
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.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
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.
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.
From June through to the end of September, we’re offering one person free on all of our treks (in Peru) for group sizes of 3+. If you are a group of 2 you can add one person for free, or if you’re a group of 3 the third person joins free and so on.

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  • Domestic flights (can be incorporated on request)
  • Transfers (can be arranged as part of package)
  • Accommodation required before or after
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