The ideal adventure for independent hikers wanting to extend their trip onward to Los Glaciares National Park in El Chaltén, Argentina without guides, set dates or pre-departure planning. Hike to Laguna los Tres with incredible views of Mount Fitz Roy and visit the impressive Mount Torre. Hike through lenga forests, crossing old glacial moraines and wet plains, all in the company of countless varieties of flora, fauna, and birds which will accompany you with their song. We prepare everything for you including accommodations each night in relaxing and quaint hotels.
• Visit Los Glaciares National Park
• Independent Hike – Enjoy at Your Own Pace!
• Trek to the Laguna Los Tres
• See Mount Fitz Roy & Mount Torre
• Explore the Town of El Chaltén, Argentina
• Stay in Comfortable, Quaint Hotels
• Mini Ice Trek on Perito Moreno
• All Logistics & Reservations Organized For You!
Bus Connection El Calafate – El Chaltén
3 Hours by Public Bus
Night at Hotel Lunajuim or Similar, Double Occupancy Room (subject to availability)
Today you will make your way to the El Calafate bus station where you will take a public bus to El Chaltén, a quaint village next to Los Glaciares National Park located at the foot of the breath-taking Mount Fitz Roy. On the bus route, you will be driven across isolated dirt roads, through the pampas and along the northern side of Viedma Lake. At your arrival to the bus station in El Chaltén, you will be transferred to your hotel to check-in and have a short briefing for the upcoming days ahead of you!
Self-Guided Hike to Laguna Los Tres
30 Minutes Shared Shuttle, 8-9 Hour Round-Trip Hike/25 KM
Night at Hotel Lunajuim or Similar, Double Occupancy Room (subject to availability) (B-BL)
After a relaxing first night in the eclectic village of Chaltén, you begin your first day´s trek - a round-trip hike which begins with a short transfer to the trailhead at El Pilar, located 17 km to the north of the town.The journey itself is enjoyable for the lovely views of the valley, the Río de Las Vueltas, and the constantly present impressive Cordón de Los Cóndores. After about 20 minutes of hiking, we start to see Mt Fitz Roy from a different angle. We start walking in a dense forest of lengas, that protect us from the winds coming off the Continental Ice Field. Right from the start we are able to see lots of different glaciers; Marconi, Eléctrico, Cagliero and in the distance, towards Lago del Desierto, the Vespignani glacier. The path is easy as it’s quite flat and the climbs are gentle. We arrive at our first viewpoint, Piedras Blancas glacier and a bit later we leave the forest and end up in a clearing where we can admire in all their splendour the peaks of “S”, Saint Exupéry, Poincenot, Fitz Roy, Mermoz and Guillaumet. From here we continue for a few more minutes until we arrive at Poincenot camp ground, located in beautiful lenga forest inhabited by countless varieties of birds, which will accompany us with their song until we reach the campground Río Blanco. We then climb 400m in about an hour until we arrive at Laguna de los Tres. Upon arriving to the highest point on the path, we are rewarded by the majestic views of Fitz Roy and Laguna Los Tres. After a rest and a bite for lunch, we will start the descent and walk back to El Chaltén.
Self-guided Hike to Laguna Torre – Shared Transfer to El Calafate
7-8 Hour Hike/22 KM
Night at Hotel Sierra Nevada or Similar, Double Occupancy Room (subject to availability) (B-BL)
From your hotel we head off on the Laguna Torre footpath and after a small climb we enter a small beech forest. From here, the path starts to gain height and straighten up alongside the Fitz Roy River until it arrives at a viewpoint of the river canyon and the Margarita waterfall.
You will have amazing views from the valley of the Fitz Roy River and its serpentine course with the backdrop of the unique Mount Solo, the Adela range and the impressive Mount Torre. After about an hour of walking, we arrive at the Mount Torre viewpoint. Here we will make the most of the magnificent views of Mount Torre, the Adela range and glaciers and have a short break.
We then walk for 2 hours through lenga forests, crossing old glacial moraines and wet plains formed by the previous courses of the river until we arrive to Laguna Torre. In this section there is always the possibility of spotting a wide range of birds, including the Magellanic woodpecker.
At Laguna Torre it is usual to see huge icebergs, ice which has fallen off the Torre glacier face.
It is also the source of the River Fitz Roy. This river may be crossed by using the Tyrolean rope; it’s used by the climbers to access Torre glacier and to get to the base of the mountain they plan to climb. You will also be able to visit the Agostini campground that used to be a base camp for climbers from all over the world. This walk in springtime is lovely, as we are able to see a large variety of wild flowers endemic to Patagonia.
After a rest and boxed lunch at the lagoon, we start the trek back to El Chaltén. After picking up your luggage at the hotel, you will be transferred to your hotel in El Calafate.
Transfer from Hotel - Navigate Bajo de las Sombras Bay - Hike to Refugio - Mini Ice Trek Excursion
1 Hour Transfer Each Way, 20 Minute Navigation Each Way, 30 Minute Hike, 2 Hour Ice Hike, 1 Hour Walk at Viewing Balconies (BL)
Night at Hotel Sierra Nevada or Similar, Double Occupancy Room (subject to availability) (B-BL)
Early in the morning, your transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the immense Perito Moreno Glacier, a very active glacier on the south arm of Lake Argentino. The excursion begins in the embarking pier located in Bajo de las Sombras Bay about 6 KM before the glacier viewing balconies - where you embark for 20 minutes navigation across the Rico Arm, enjoying breathtaking views of the glacier’s front walls and icebergs channel. You disembark on the opposite shore and hike 30 minutes through the forest to a small shelter where specialized mountain guides welcome you. After checking the last details and completing a safety briefing, groups of up to 20 follow their guides along the lake’s shore towards the edge of the glacier. Once on the ice, the guides assist each participant fir their crampons and explain the proper techniques of their use. This two hour ice trek circuit introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues. You will receive explanations about flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region and also about the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier and eventually produces its rupture.
Enjoy your premium box lunch and wine after a successful hike and later, your group will cross again by boat and returning to the peninsula. Here you will proceed with the group to the balconies to view the magnificent glacier for approximately 1 hour. After snapping your last photos and enjoying the wonderful sights, you return to spend the night in the town of Calafate.
Transfer to Airport of Bus Terminal
After a nourishing breakfast reminiscing on 4 wonderful days of beautiful landscapes and adventure, a transfer will pick you up and drive you to the bus station to take the bus to Puerto Natales. In the case you have a flight departing from El Calafate Airport, after you check-out from your hotel, you will be dropped off at the airport.
- All Public/Shared Transportation Indicated
- Two Nights at Hotel Lunajuim (or similar based on availability, double occupancy room)
- Two night at Hotel Sierra Nevada (or similar based on availability, double occupancy room)
- Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
- Round-Trip Boat Navigation
- Ice Trekking Excursion (Groups up to 20)
- Ice Trekking Equipment (helmets, crampons, harness, ice axe)
- Professional & Certified Ice Hike Guides (English-Spanish languages)
- Visit to Glacier Viewing Balconies
- All Meals Indicated in Schedule (B: Breakfast, BL: Box Lunch, D: Dinner)
- Additional Park Entrance Fee to Los Glaciares National Park (if participating in mini ice trek)
- Any Additional Nights
- Medical Expenses
- Insurance of Any Kind
- Personal Expenses
- Guides (Only on Day 4 for Ice Hike)
- Bus Ticket to/from El Calafate and/or Puerto Natales
$1.395 per person
Start / End
NO MIN OR MAX
A quaint, calm hotel situated among the impressive landscape of the Andes Mountains in the small village of El Chaltén still attended by the owners. With a library full of books in various languages, this pleasant and quiet hotel is the perfect completion to your days´end.
Hotel Sierra Nevada
Fresh flowers are always in bloom and the large parks and wonderful views welcome guests during their stay. Rooms are comfortable, bright and warm, with ample amenities, both in its 40 rooms and in the various common spaces. This hotel offers gorgeous views from all corners of the hotel as they integrate the beauty of Los Glaciares National Park.
Dates & Prices
Chile Nativo operates with a maximum of 8 guests per departure which allows for a high level of individualized service and an unforgettable personalized experience. Some programs however, are shared as regular services and there may be a higher number of participating guests per group.
PRICES FOR SEASON 2020/2021: (valid until April 2021)
USD$ 1.395 per person
*DEPARTURES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST*
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Add-Ons & Upgrades
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES/SERVICES: (must be booked in advance)
– Bus Puerto Natales – El Calafate: USD$ 45 per person for one way ticket, USD$ 75 per person for round-trip tickets
– Private Transfer to/from Puerto Natales/El Calafate: *Please Contact A Trip Specialist For Your Quote