ULTIMATE CHALTEN TREK

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Activity type: Trekking
Activity level: Moderate
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1 Oct 2020 - 30 Mar 2021

Duration: 6 Day(s) / Tour with flexible start dates
Price: from $1340 / Negotiable

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This is not a technical trip, but the physical intensity of the trek ranges from medium-high, so good physical fitness level is required. Beginning from El Chalten, we will spend 6 days exploring some of the natural highlights of the region in a great itinerary that includes the off the beaten path treks in the Huemul Circuit, which will allow us to explore the beautiful valleys of the area, with the tough ascents up Agachonas, Del Viento, and Huemul Pass. Along the route you will be impressed by the scale and beauty of such famous towers as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, and others. We will trek through a variety of different landscape, from lenga forest, to glacier, to colorful lagoons, so that you can discover the full range this stunning area has to offer.

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Price includes

  • Private bilingual guide during the trek
  • All meals and staff necessary during the trekking
  • Transfers
  • 1 assistant per 3 persons to assist the group at campsites
  • Entrance and permits
  • Technical gear when required
  • Tents and any gear necessary except what is personal gear
  • VHF radio or satellite communication

Not included in price

  • Personal gear
  • Medical ensurance
  • Tips for guides

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Diego De Angelis

 Diego De Angelis 

47 years, Argentina

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Day 1

El Chalten - Laguna de los Tres
We begin the day with a 30 minutes transfer to the beginning of the trail at Hosteria El Pilar. We walk heading the Fitz Roy massif in direction to Poincenot camp, the place where we will spend the first night in the national park. We can leave our stuff for the night and continue upwards another 400 metres to an altitude of 1160 metres at Laguna de los 3 viewpoint: the closest and best place from where to take in the Fitz-Roy massif.
Distance: 15 km +650
Trekking time: 7 hs
Physical Intensity: medium – high
Accommodation: organized camp with sleeping gear, all meals, snacks and wine if desired (B, L, D)

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Day 2

Valley of Cerro Torre - Laguna Torre
After breakfast we have time for some more pictures before we do our way along the Mother and Daughter lakes to reach the legendary valley of Cerro Torre. This is a gentle hike and it won´t take us more than 5 hours to get there. After having a cup of tea and leaving our clothes for the night we could continue to see Laguna Torre and walk a little further up to the Maestri viewpoint.
Distance: 8 km +100
Trekking time: 7 hs
Physical Intensity: medium
Accommodation: organized camp with sleeping gear, all meals, snacks and wine if desired (B, L, D)

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Day 3

River Fitz-Roy - Agachonas Pass - River Tunel Valley
We pack our backpacks and after breakfast we try the harness and walk again to Torre Lake to cross the River Fitz-Roy via the zip line. Once across, our trail takes us through the forest, then along a rocky stretch and finally leads us to one of the best views in the valley: the Agachonas Pass. From this point we begin to descend towards the River Túnel Valley, with amazing views of the glacier bearing the same name and its neighbor, Mt. Solo. Once in the vast glacial valley we head westwards towards our next camp at Laguna Toro.
Distance: 15 km +900/-400
Duration: 8/9 hours
Physical Intensity: High
Accommodation: wild camp (B, L, D)

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Day 4

River Túnel - Viento Pass
After breaking our camp we begin our trek towards the day’s first challenge: the crossing of the river Túnel via a zip line or wading depending on the level of the river that surely is going to be very cold.
Then we continue walking uphill along big and spectacular moraines towards Viento Pass – privileged viewing point of the Southern Ice Field. The name of this pass means Windy in Spanish, so we expect to feel the full-force of these notorious gales.
Once over and onto the western slopes of the mountain we descend in direction to Paso del Viento camp, an ideal resting place with a crystal clear river running next to the tents.
Distance: 13 km +900/-450
Duration: 7/8 hours
Physical Intensity: Medium-High
Accommodation: wild camping (B, L, D)
Note: *(From DAY 4 on, everyone will have to carry their sleeping bags and help with a minimum of the tents or ask for porters with an extra charge)

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Day 5

Viedma Glacier - Huemul Pass - Bahía de los Témpanos
Today we follow the trail which takes us alongside the Viedma glacier. We will always see the glacier from above, thus giving us spectacular views along the way. During the trek we pass by some sparkling mountain lakes and after lunch the hard work awaits us as we trek up to the Huemul Pass. At the top we could have the chance to see some Condors flying around since there is a huge “Condorera”. From the top of the pass and after taking the necessary time for a resting time we have to descend a long and steep way thru the forest to get to our next camp at Bahía de los Témpanos (Icebergs)
Distance: 18km +300/-800
Duration: 7/8 hours
Physical Intensity: Medium - high
Accommodation: wild camping (B, L, D)

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Day 6

Bahia Tunel - El Chalten
From the camp we have the chance to see some icebergs from the calving Viedma glacier and after breakfast we have a fairly easy trek to get to Bahía Túnel. From there our transfer will be waiting to take us to El Chalten
Distance: 14 km
Duration: 5/6 hours
Physical Intensity: Low - Medium
Accommodation: Not included. Meals (B,L)

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