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SELF GUIDED CALAFATE & CHALTÉN (5 DAYS)

Explore the Wonders of Argentine Patagonia - Perito Moreno, 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
• Mini Ice Trek Excursion on Perito Moreno
• Independent Hikes – Enjoy at Your Own Pace!
• Trek to Laguna Los Tres
• See Mount Fitz Roy & Mount Torre
• Explore the Town of El Chaltén, Argentina
• Stay in Comfortable, Quaint Hotels
• All Logistics & Reservations Organized For You!

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Trip length

5 DAYS

Trip Level

3
Demanding

From USD

$1.895 per person

Start / End

El Calafate

Spaces:

NO MIN OR MAX

Season

OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBRE
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH

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Itinerary

Day 1

Bus Connection El Calafate – El Chaltén

  • 3 Hours by Public Bus
  • Night at Senderos Hostería
    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, enjoying exploring this quaint mountain town by foot as you make your way to your hotel to check-in and prepare 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 Senderos Hostería 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, you’ll start to see Mt Fitz Roy from a different angle. You begin walking in a dense forest of lengas, that protect us from the winds coming off the Continental Ice Field.

Right from the start you 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. Arriving at our first viewpoint, Piedras Blancas glacier and a bit later you’ll leave the forest and end up in a clearing where you can admire in all their splendour the peaks of “S”, Saint Exupéry, Poincenot, Fitz Roy, Mermoz and Guillaumet.

From here you continue for a few more minutes until you arrive at Poincenot camp ground, located in beautiful lenga forest inhabited by countless varieties of birds, which will accompany us with their song until you reach the campground Río Blanco.

You then climb 400m in about an hour until you arrive at Laguna de los Tres.

Upon arriving to the highest point on the path, you are rewarded by the majestic views of Fitz Roy and Laguna Los Tres.

After a rest and a bite for lunch, you will start the descent and walk back to El Chaltén.

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Day 3

Self-guided Hike to Laguna Torre – Bus 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 you head off on the Laguna Torre footpath and after a small climb you 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, you arrive at the Mount Torre viewpoint. Here you will make the most of the magnificent views of Mount Torre, the Adela range and glaciers and have a short break.

You then walk for 2 hours through lenga forests, crossing old glacial moraines and wet plains formed by the previous courses of the river until  arriving 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 you are able to see a large variety of wild flowers endemic to Patagonia.

After a rest and boxed lunch at the lagoon, start the trek back to El Chaltén. After picking up your luggage at the hotel, you must make your way to the bus terminal for your afternoon transfer via public bus.

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Day 4

Boat Navigation to Perito Moreno Glacier – Mini Ice Trek

  • 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 a boxed lunch 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.

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Day 5

Private Transfer to Airport or Bus Terminal

(B)

After a nourishing breakfast reminiscing on 4 wonderful days of beautiful landscapes and adventure, a private 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.

INCLUDED

  • All Public/Shared Transportation Indicated
  • Two Nights at Senderos Hostería (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)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfers IN/OUT from bus terminals
  • Tax for the use of bus terminals (USD$ 2 per person in both El Calafate and El Chaltén)
  • Any Additional Nights
  • Medical Expenses
  • Insurance of Any Kind
  • Personal Expenses
  • Guides (Only on Day 4 for Ice Hike)
  • Tips for Chauffeurs & Ice Hiking Guide
  • Bus Ticket to/from El Calafate and/or Puerto Natales

Trip length

5 DAYS

Trip Level

3
Demanding

From USD

$1.895 per person

Start / End

El Calafate

Spaces:

NO MIN OR MAX

Season

OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBRE
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH

Lodgings

Senderos Hostería

At the gates of El Chaltén, within Los Glaciares National Park and at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy sits Senderos Hostería, an ideal place to enjoy your experience in Argentina Patagonia! Each fully equipped classic room can be either a twin or king and have been designed to offer warmth, privacy and tranquility to its guests during their stay. Enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared breakfast and a unique and calm atmosphere while staying at this wonderful and quaint accommodation.

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

This program is shared as regular services and there may be a higher number of participating guests per group than Chile Nativo regularly operates.

PRICES FOR SEASON 2023/2024: (valid until March 2024)

1 Guest Total: USD$ 2.595

2 or More Guests: USD$ 1.895 per person 

Single Supplement: USD$ 500

*DEPARTURES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST* PLEASE CONTACT A TRIP SPECIALIST FOR MORE DETAILS

FAQ's

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$ 90 per person for round-trip tickets
– Private Transfer to/from Puerto Natales/El Calafate: *Please Contact A Trip Specialist For Your Quote

Reviews

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SY Joyce Kan
SY Joyce Kan
2023-03-07
Amazing trip! We joined the Torres Del Paine 7 day O trek tour - note that this tour is not a complete O Trek but skipping the part from Camp Frances to Las Torres, which worked in our favour as our holiday is limited and we won’t miss much. Our guide, Debbie was knowledgeable and amicable, and very passionate about hiking. Unfortunately I fell sick during the hike and wished to leave a day earlier than planned. Debbie and Chile Nativo quickly rearranged transportation for us and was very helpful. Throughout the whole process Chile Nativo was very responsive. We had a memorable journey and I would highly recommend Chile Nativo.
Jim Garvin
Jim Garvin
2023-03-02
Fantastic experience! We were booked with Chile Nativo via Swoop and had a wonderful experience. Our guides, Tim & Lucile, were awesome. We really enjoyed their company. They were very knowledgeable about the region (the history, animals, landscape, etc). Highly recommend.
Olivia Evans
Olivia Evans
2023-02-15
I booked the independent, self-guided Torres Del Paine trek with Chile Nativo’s help and was so glad I did. When I looked to book on my own, everything was all reserved in Torres Del Paine and Chile Nativo was the only agency that could help me find a spot still. To still be able to go on the trip when I wanted to go, to not have to spend so much time planning all the logistics, to get a local’s recommendations on the best way to do the trek…but STILL get to do the trek on my own was amazing and worth every penny. In particular Paolina at the agency was incredibly helpful. I would recommend this agency to anyone looking to hike in Torres del Paine.
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
2023-02-10
Serious, professional, and friendly Tour Agency in Puerto Natales that will cater your needs in Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Kevin Jobst
Kevin Jobst
2023-01-27
Hiking in Torres with Pepa is like walking with your smartest and wisest friend. She has an incredible depth of knowledge in everything from mycology to government, from geology to history. She is fiercely passionate about conservation and our planet and has dedicated her life to making our world a better place. Our two porters Filipe and Bastian were both incredibly strong and highly professional. Always in the know on where to set up the tent, they picked the best spot in every site we were at. Also, they were an absolute blast to hang out with after the long days hiking. I cannot recommend this particular team highly enough and if you are passionate about the environment, making the world a better place, learning everything there is to know about glaciers, mushrooms, Patagonia, the history of Chile, magma intrusions and edible berries request them by name. Thank you to all three of you for making our experience so special and I hope our paths cross again.
Brad Smith
Brad Smith
2023-01-15
Our Torres Del Paine Plus trip was fantastic! A great crew of newly-made friends, guided by Izabella “La Professora”, on a journey beyond expectations. What a great time, a balance of hiking and touring. DO NOT miss the pumas!!! I will definitely go with the Chile Nativo team again, and thanks to Nestor & Juan too!
Senga Simpson
Senga Simpson
2023-01-09
Excellent service. Thank you Vicky
Lukas Winegarner
Lukas Winegarner
2022-11-28
Camilo is ledged! Chile Nativo is extremely experienced and knowledgeable - I would highly recommend booking directly through them. We were a group of 8 doing the O 7 day hike and everything was great! Thanks to Camilo & Tomas and all of our porters!

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