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SELF GUIDED EXTENSION TO EL CHALTÉN (4 DAYS)

Explore the Wonders of Argentina Patagonia - Fitz Roy, Chaltén, & Los Glaciares National Park

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 – 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 with Advanced Booking
• All Logistics & Reservations Organized For You!

    Trip length

    4 DAYS

    Trip Level

    3

    Demanding

    From USD

    $995 per person

    Start / End

    El Calafate

    Spaces:

    NO MIN OR MAX

    Season

    SEPTEMBER
    OCTOBER
    NOVEMBER
    DECEMBRE
    JANUARY
    FEBRUARY
    MARCH
    APRIL

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    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!

    Day 2

    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.

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    Day 3

    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.

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    Day 4

    Transfer to Bus Station or El Calafate airport *Optional Perito Moreno Ice Hike (must be booked in advance)

    Today you have the option to take part in the highlight adventure of trekking on the millennial ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier. If you have other plans, 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.

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

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    INCLUDED

    • All Public/Shared Transportation Indicated
    • Two Nights at Hotel Lunajuim (or similar based on availability, double occupancy room)
    • One night at Hotel Sierra Nevada (or similar based on availability, double occupancy room)
    • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
    • All Meals Indicated in Schedule (B: Breakfast, BL: Box Lunch, D: Dinner)

    NOT INCLUDED

    • 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
    • Guide
    • Bus Ticket to/from El Calafate and/or Puerto Natales

    Trip length

    4 DAYS

    Trip Level

    3

    Demanding

    From USD

    $995 per person

    Start / End

    El Calafate

    Spaces:

    NO MIN OR MAX

    Season

    SEPTEMBER
    OCTOBER
    NOVEMBER
    DECEMBRE
    JANUARY
    FEBRUARY
    MARCH
    APRIL

    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

    Program prices are determined on the final number of confirmed guests in a group. The per person price lowers as more guests join the group. 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.

    PRICES FOR SEASON 2020/2021: (valid until April 2021)

    4 Day/3 Night Self Guided El Chaltén Extension:
    USD$ 995 per person

    5 Day/4 Night Self Guided El Chaltén Extension + Perito Mini Ice Trekking Excursion:
    USD$ 1.395 per person
    *This includes your transportation to/from your hotel in Calafate, 2 hours ice hike w/crampons, premium boxed lunch, 1-hour walk at the Perito Moreno viewing balconies, & 1 night at Hotel Sierra Nevada (or similar based on availability). This addition is USD$ 400 per person.

    *DEPARTURES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST*

    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 ticket

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      Sashi Perera
      Sashi Perera
      2020-03-26T03:03:07+0000
      The staff at Chile Nativo were so helpful with our pre trip enquiries. The plan and briefing we received for our 5 day... Independent W Trek were so useful, we enjoyed every moment of our trek. Big thanks to the team for a very memorable experience.read more
      Katie Kow
      Katie Kow
      2020-03-17T15:59:20+0000
      Seamlessly communicated and executed trip! Would recommend for sure!
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      Fionna Tod
      2020-02-26T15:41:33+0000
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      2020-01-19T04:47:14+0000
      Melhor empresa de turismo do Chile
      Mary Schmitz
      Mary Schmitz
      2019-08-25T14:00:18+0000
      I had the most amazing trip of my life with these guys - trekking around the Big O circuit. Incredible! Our guide,... Mauricio Vargas Delgado, knew every detail of the route. Getting the trip set up was easy - the staff is very responsive to any questions during planning and booking.read more
      Edric Subur
      Edric Subur
      2019-08-14T12:15:49+0000
      I am very happy with the service Chile Nativo provided. First of all, the experience during the trip itself was... amazing, the accommodation was more than I could ask for, the snack was delicious and our guide was not only very friendly but also extremely intelligent - he could answer all kind of questions we threw him about the park, animals, and geography! But the best part of Chile Nativo came up when a crisis hit. I got on the wrong bus the day before the tour started which prevented me from getting to the tour in time as a result. Daniella and Johana from the team were incredibly resourceful and kind to help me out of this situation. They worked after hours to help me find a private car that was willing to drive me from El Calafate to Puerto Natales in Chile. Johana even came to the office early morning to greet me and attend to me. I was beyond grateful for their professional service that really goes the extra mile in making sure I get to make to my trip and enjoy it thoroughly. Highly recommend Chille Nativo to everyone visiting Patagonia!read more
      Peter Noorani
      Peter Noorani
      2019-05-21T01:53:34+0000
      Working with Chile Nativo was a very positive experience. They were able to accommodate our dates with no issues,... despite the dates being offset from their usual schedule. Everyone we worked with was communicative and helpful, and we felt well prepared given the information (e.g. packing list) they provided. The most important benefit of traveling with Chile Nativo was our access to one of their guides, Fernando.I cannot give enough positive feedback for Fernando. While everything you'd expect from a good guide was present, Fernando delivers so far above and beyond what's expected. Any question we had about a tree, for example, Fernando could answer, and then provide several layers more detail and information. I’ve never been hugely into geology, but Fernando’s knowledge of the rock formations in the park added a fascinating element to our hike; everything around us became even more interesting. By the afternoon of the first day, it felt as though we were hiking with a good friend who happened to know everything about the park. We were genuinely sad to leave once the trip was complete. The entire time, I felt that we were getting the very most out of our hike, and that Fernando knew the tips and tricks to avoiding crowds and getting the best views. A huge plus is his photography skills, too! Fernando was recommended to us by a friend, and we’ve been insistent to all our friends who’ve asked about our trip that they should also use Chile Nativo and ask for Fernando.read more
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      2019-04-20T17:06:56+0000
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      2019-03-29T18:51:04+0000
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      Nerile Rimiene
      Nerile Rimiene
      2019-02-21T17:53:11+0000
      We had W trek in Patagonia in February 2019. Everything was organized perfectly, thanx a lot! Enjoyed a lot! That was... the only company who managed to organize trek on our particular dates and everything went just smoothly.read more
      Joe Williams
      Joe Williams
      2019-01-30T14:57:50+0000
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      Carter Sample
      Carter Sample
      2019-01-15T22:21:39+0000
      My wife and I just completed the O Circuit with Chile Nativo. Our guides Fernando and Ignacio were absolutely amazing!... Aside from the beautiful trip, we learned so much because of Chile Nativo Travel and our two guides. They were very accommodating of my wife's food allergies and were constantly upbeat and encouraging to us and our group. They even taped up ankles and sore joints when we expressed any sort of discomfort. A+ experience all around!read more
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      2018-12-15T20:38:18+0000
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      2018-12-11T03:48:39+0000
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      Serena Clardie
      Serena Clardie
      2018-12-03T19:44:14+0000
      I can't recommend this company enough! The initial planning and email correspondence leading up to our trip was... professional and seamless. They even took care of adding on and planning an additional leg to our trip to Argentinean Patagonia with a reliable local company there. Most importantly though, our Fast Trek W trip with Chile Nativo was everything we hoped it would be and more. Our guides, Baru and Nacio, were THE BEST. I was sad to leave them at the end of our 3 days together. They were responsible, knowledgeable, kind and so much fun - and they kept us going when spirits might have been a little down after 2 straight days of pouring rain and relentless wind. :) The camp is fantastic - the domes were super comfortable and the dining hall dome was a great meeting place to eat (and stretch and drink wine and pisco and even dance!). The drivers were great, the chefs were impressive (thanks Alexis!! - the food was an unexpected treat because it was seriously good, not just camping good). We somehow also managed to get extra lucky and click with the rest of the people in our group and are already planning our next trip together, so thanks for that added bonus! It was a magical trip that we will never forget. Thanks Chile Nativo! ❤️read more
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      Adrienna Bunti Robotham
      2018-11-10T02:39:56+0000
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      2018-04-17T20:53:04+0000
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      2018-04-04T22:25:47+0000
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      2018-04-04T22:10:45+0000
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      2018-04-04T22:01:21+0000
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      2018-04-04T21:00:43+0000
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