8 Days in Fitz Roy, El Chalten & Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 1: El Calafate arrival
We will transfer you to the hotel in El Calafate on arrival.
Day 2: El Calafate – El Chalten & start trekking
Travel along the steppe (220 km) until you reach El Chalten, located at the foot of Mounts Fitz Roy. Start your trek on arrival. This two-night, three-day journey will take you through some of the most amazing trails in Patagonia.
You will be following portions of the Fitz Roy trail, gaining height over the River de las Vueltas Valley as you travel until you reach the first viewpoints over Fitz Roy massif. Then continue walking across bogs and forests until you reach the camp in the Poincenot area from where you can enjoy beautiful views of spires in the Fitz Roy range.
Please note that you will spend the night in a full camp, which is equipped with igloo tents (double or single), insulation mat and sleeping bags. There is also a dining tent, a kitchen tent, tables, benches or chairs and a full set of table service and kitchenware. The sanitary services are latrine-type.
Day 3: El Chalten: Laguna de Los trek
Try to reach the massive granite walls of Fitz Roy before. After, carry only the very basic stuff in your bag (leave the rest in the camp) and continue your journey, heading for Rio Blanco, from where a steep one-hour trail leads us to one of the most spectaculars viewpoints of the National Park: Laguna de Los Tres.
See the zephyr blue lake located at the foot of a massif and enjoy great views of Mount Fitz Roy as well as the surrounding massifs, spires, and glaciers. Fitz Roy (3,405 m) is considered one of the three most beautiful mountains in the world.
Return to your campsite after the trek is over. the total time you spend walking is around five to six hours. You will spend the night in a full camp today.
Day 4: El Chalten: Cerro Torre
Pack your gear and walk south along the lagoons of Madre and Hija until you reach the Cerro Torre trail. The journey will take you through beech forests, bogs and shrublands before Laguna Torre appears in sight, enclosed by moraines and with Glacier Grande calving on its west.
Usually, you can also see icebergs pushed by the wind in the coast of the lagoon. The main highlight in the area is Cerro Torre, a thin, elegant needle 3128 m high. The Adela range in the background completes this spectacular view. In the afternoon, we head back to El Chalten, hiking along the Cerro Torre trail.
Day 5: El Chalten: Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, located immediately south of Cerro Torre, offers some of the best panoramic views of Fitz Roy and Torre mountains as well as the spectacular glacier valley in between these two massifs.
You might also get the chance to see Paso del Viento with a view of the mountains that stick out of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Depending on the rhythm that we take, we choose either the lower terraces or try the summit, the latter of which is a long but gentle climb. We’re back in El Chalten around late afternoon.
Day 6: El Chalten – El Calafate
You have some free time in the morning. You can book optional activities (for instance, Lago del Desierto, rafting, horseback riding, cycling, etc) to make the most of your time if you want to. We return to El Calafate in the late afternoon.
Day 7: El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier
We dedicate this day to visiting one of the world’s greatest natural wonders: Perito Moreno Glacier. Head for the viewpoints from where we can clearly see ice blocks calving from the glacier and falling into the water, which makes for an amazing sight. Transfer back to the lodge.
You also have the option to book a trip to the top of the glacier or navigate the southern wall of the glacier at an additional amount.
Day 8: El Calafate departure
We will drive you to the airport for your flight home. You can also extend your stay with optional excursions if you want to.