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El Chaltén | Patagonia

Hiking Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Massifs in El Chaltén

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Season

October to April

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Nearest city

El Chaltén is half an hour away from the trailhead

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Duration

3 days

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Skill level

Beginner

Fitz Roy and Torre Massif trek combines epic trails and monumental views

If you are only stepping into the world of hiking, Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Massif trek is the perfect fit for you! This 3-day adventure will lead you through otherworldly forest trails, past majestic lakes and glaciers, and deliver panoramic views over the surrounding mountains. Enjoy the Patagonian wilderness while your guide teaches you about safety, camping gear and history of the area. This trail will make you come back and explore more advanced trails like Huemul Circuit! There is no time to waste as both beauty and adventure await in breathtaking Patagonia!

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Hiking to the Cerro Torre Massif in El Chaltén

$440 per person · 3 days

Surrounded by impressive nature and distinctive for its low elevation gain, trekking to the Cerro Torre Massif is the perfect opportunity for any beginner hiker to experience the call of the wilderness and adventure. Let your guide take care of your safety, navigation and meals, while you take in the wonderful views of Fitz Roy, Lenga Forest, lagunas and Piedras Blancas Glacier. This three-day camping and hiking adventure is ideal for anyone still discovering the thrill of hiking and wanting to see the unforgettable views of Patagonia!

Trip Highlights

Spend your days hiking and your nights camping in one of the world’s most famous landscapes. Enjoy three days and two nights in the nature surrounding Cerro Torre, hiking through some of the most impressive parts of Argentinian Patagonia. The footpath leading through the native forests, next to waterfalls and glaciers will take you to viewpoints with incomparable vistas of the magnificent Cordon Adela, the Mount Torre and the granite needles around. Huge vertical spires and unique wildlife give a special touch to the whole experience, while gentle ascends make the trail perfect for beginner hikers.

Itinerary

Day One: El Chalten to Poincenot Campsite

Distance: 8 km to camp + 2.5 km to Laguna de los Tres
Elevation gain: +400 m (+400 m to L3)

Start the hike in El Chaltén, going up to Poincenot campsite through beautiful Lenga forest. Around four kilometers from the town, you will reach Laguna Capri and from there the trail gets more flat until you reach Poincenot after walking another four kilometers. From there, hike up to Laguna de los Tres, at the foot of Cerro Chaltén — also known as Fitz Roy — and enjoy the amazing views of the massif.

Day Two: Poincenot Camp to Laguna Torre Camp

Distance: 15 km
Elevation gain: +300 m / -200 m

Depending on the weather and the seasonal regulations of Los Glaciares National Park, you will start the day by walking to Piedras Blancas Glacier viewpoint or Laguna Sucia — a lower lake at the foot of the massif. Hike by Madre and Hija Lakes to cross to the next valley, where the great peak of Cerro Torre sleeps among the clouds.

Day Three: Laguna Torre to El Chalten

Distance: 13 km
Elevation gain: +300 / – 500 m

Start the day by going to Maestri’s viewpoint at the far end of Laguna Torre, to have a closer
look at the glaciers and Torre’s massif. After taking down the campsite, you and your group will head back to El Chaltén walking for 10 km and stopping at the last viewpoint of the massif. This trail is the flattest part of this trip.

Optional Day Four: El Chaltén to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

Distance: 20 km
Elevation gain: +900 / –900 m

On this extra day, you will start hiking early from El Chaltén. Pass by the dry eastern
section of the National Park with amazing views of Fitz Roy Massif and, after crossing a
beautiful Lenga forest, we will trek up to the summit of Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, a small hill that gives us one of the most amazing landscapes of Patagonia: a panoramic view of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Massif, all from the same viewpoint.

You can opt for a four day trip and use the last day to hike to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, a small hill that offers one of the most impressive landscapes of Patagonia. There is also an option to combine this trip with Paso del Cuadrado and do a longer trip without going back to town. Combining Massif trek and Huemul Circuit gives a complete panorama of the massif from north to south. If this interests you, let us know and we will have the guide create a custom itinerary for you!

Things you need to know

Covid measures in El Chaltén

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in El Chaltén, please refer to Argentina Travel.

Why should I book with 57hours?

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What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • Certified Mountain Guide
    • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Not included:

    • Personal gear: tent, sleeping bags, trekking poles, helmets, etc.
    • Transportation
    • Travel insurance

What can I expect from hiking with a guide?

Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Patagonia’s beauty to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will transport you to and from the destination. Also, your guide will know just what to do if the weather takes a turn or something unexpected happens.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking boots
  • Crampons
  • Trekking poles
  • Gloves and hat
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood and pants (Gore-Tex recommended overall)
  • Down jacket or vest (synthetic puffy jackets work better in wet environments such as Patagonia)
  • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
  • Waterproof layers (both jacket and pants)
  • Spare clothes
  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
  • Water bottle
  • Compass
  • Mattress (inflatable or not)
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, first aid kit, toilet paper, etc.)
  • High-quality sunglasses
  • Head lantern
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks
  • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

Rental locations are in El Chaltén and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

How fit do I need to be?

This trail is beginner friendly! You need to be able to hike for full days, carrying a full backpack. Each day you will hike between 8-15 kilometers per day. The terrain can be challenging and the weather can change. That said, if you are looking for adventure and up to the task of four full days of hiking, you’ll be rewarded immensely!

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this hiking adventure.
  • Minors may be permitted to join the tour on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 5:1 and pricing is per person.

Hiking in El Chaltén can be arranged for larger groups, up to 10 people per group. The minimum number of people per group is 2. Contact us to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

Tours are scheduled to fit with the seasons and ideal hiking conditions, but Los Glaciares National Park is prone to temperature and weather changes, so you need to be prepared with the right gear. Make sure to always have a rain jacket with you. The mountains are a beautiful place to be even when it rains and wet weather can add a very unique aspect to the whole experience

When the weather does not cooperate, your guide will know the correct course of action to take. Whether that’s shifting to a more favorable location or postponing until conditions approve, your guide will know just what to do. In the event of predictably bad weather, you will be contacted prior to the trip to discuss suitable alternatives.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Strict Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

El Chaltén is located in the middle of Los Glaciares National Park. Most people fly from Buenos Aires to International Airport El Cafete Armando Tola in southern Patagonia. From there, you can take a three-hour bus to El Chaltén. You can also reach El Chaltén from Bariloche along Ruta 40.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, mostly like your hotel accommodation. From there, you’ll start the trekking from the town of El Chalté, walking from the hotel straight into nature.

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