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SELF GUIDED EXTENSION TO EL CHALTÉN

Overview

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.

Trip Highlights

• Visit Los Glaciares National Park
• Independent hike
• Trek to the Laguna los Tres
• See Mount Fitz Roy & Mount Torre
• Explore the town of El Chaltén, Argentina
• Stay in comfortable, quaint hotels
• All logistics and reservations organized for you

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Bus connection El Calafate – El Chaltén

    3 hours by public bus

    Night at Hotel Lunajuim, or similar - subject to availability

    Today you will make your way to the El Calafate bus station where you will take a public bus straight to El Chaltén, a tiny city 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.

    Day 2

    Self-guided Hike to Laguna Los Tres

    30 minutes by shuttle, 8-9 hours round-trip hike, (25 KM)

    Night at Hotel Lunajuim, or similar - subject to availability (B-BL)

    This trek starts with a transfer to the trail head at El Pilar, located 17km 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.

    Day 3

    Self-guided Hike to Laguna Torre – Shared transfer to El Calafate

    7-8 hours hike, 22 KM

    Night at Hotel Sierra Nevada, or similar - 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.

    Day 4

    Transfer to Bus Station or El Calafate airport (B) **Optional Perito Moreno Ice Hike

    **Optional Mini Ice Trek on Perito Moreno Glacier in Calafate (MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE)

    Early in the morning we will drive you to the bus station to take the bus to Puerto Natales. In 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.

    INCLUDED

    • All the public transportation indicated in the schedule
    • Two nights at Hotel Lunajuim or similar in Double room
    • One night at Hotel Sierra Nevada or similar in Double room
    • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
    • All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: picnic lunch, D: dinner)

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Any additional nights
    • Medical expenses
    • Insurance of any kind
    • Personal expenses
    • Guide
    • Bus ticket to El Calafate

    Lodgings

    Hotel Lunajuim

    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

    PRICES FOR SEASON 2019/2020: (valid until April 2020)

    USD$995 per person


    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES/SERVICES: (must be booked in advance)

    You may extend your program by 1 Additional Day and add the Mini Ice Trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier. This includes your transportation to/from hotel in Calafate, 2 hours ice hike w/crampons, 1-hour walk at the Perito Moreno catwalks, Night at Hotel Sierra Nevada or similar (B-BL)

    OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL DAY 4: Minitrekking Perito Moreno Glacier
    Price Per Person: USD$ 360

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