Ultimate Trails – Patagonia: 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 Roy, Cerro 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


Technical Difficulty: Intermediate
Physical Demand: Intense
Duration of the Itinerary: 6 days
Starting Point: El Chaltén
Number of clients per group: Min 1
Day 1
El 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 2
Laguna 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 3
River 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 4
Paso 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 5
Viedma 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 6
Bahia 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)

Services Included

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

Tour Info

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)
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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