October to early April
The village of El Chaltén is the gateway to the park; Calafate is 3 hours away
Hike the mountains and valleys of Los Glaciares National Park
Located in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, Mt. Fitz Roy is one of the most impressive hiking destinations in the world. On the border of Argentina and Chile, next to the village of El Chaltén, Los Glaciares National Park is the gateway to the walls of Patagonia’s iconic granite massif. Discover the epic beauty of this region on a two-day, one-night guided hiking adventure into the Patagonian wilderness. This adventure combines the hike to Laguna de los Tres and its views of Fitz Roy with overnight camping at Poincenot and a trek to Laguna Torre to witness the magnificent glacier and the spectacular peaks of the surrounding granite mountains before heading back to El Chaltén. This might only be two days, but these 30km of hiking are sure to deliver memories to last a lifetime!
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Hiking Mount Fitz Roy and Laguna Torre in Patagonia
This two-day adventure will leave you amazed by the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia. Carved out by glaciers eons ago, Fitz Roy offers awe-inspiring trails in Patagonia’s stunning landscape. The stunning views of the mountain are even more awe-inspiring combined with the panoramas of otherworldly glaciers across the rugged terrain. Visit the lakes, lagoons and valleys stretching beneath the granite peaks of Fitz Roy and see one of the most beautiful UNESCO Sites in Argentina. Let your guide take you to the most exquisite places in Los Glaciares National Park and spend the night under the stars at the Poincenot camping site.
Explore the Patagonian wilderness and see all the wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage Site during this two-day guided adventure. One of the most beautiful hiking trails in southern Patagonia, the Mount Fitz Roy trek is made even more impressive when linked up with a trek to Laguna Torre. Along the way, you’ll encounter beautiful glaciers, mountains, and lagoons like Madre and Hija. Some of the impressive destinations along the way are the turquoise waters of Laguna de los Tres, the Piedras Blancas Glacier viewpoint, the Laguna Torre’s magnificent glacier, and, if you’re up for some added adventure, an ascent to Cerro Madsen. This area is filled with natural wonders, historical sites and artifacts, and with a local guide to explain the history and culture, you’ll have an added dimension to your adventure.
Day One: Trek to Laguna De los Tres and Camp at Poincenot (12 km / 6-7 hours)
The guide will pick you up in the early morning hours at your El Chaltén accommodation and transfer you to the El Pilar trailhead which is half an hour away, followed by introductions and a safety briefing. Before heading to the track, your guide will go over the navigation and trailhead location with you. You will then start your walk in a forest on a path that ascends gently and first arrives at Piedras Blancas Glacier viewpoint. You will have a brief stop there to enjoy the view of an amazing glacier.
After a bit more gentle climbing, begins the challenging section of a steep uphill route to get to Laguna de los Tres. The effort is definitely worthwhile once you experience the breathtaking views from the very top of Mt. Fitz Roy and its satellite mountains. If the weather permits, you can even have lunch at the lagoon. You will spend the night at the Poincenot camping which is beautiful, but quite basic and doesn’t have electricity, toilets or showers. You will then start the descent and head towards Poincenot, from where you can continue to admire the Fitz Roy Massif!
Day Two: Trek to Laguna Torre (20 km / 7-8 hours)
You may want to get up early to soak up sunrise views of Fitz Roy in its beautiful hues of red (weather permitting). After breakfast you will head off again. You will trek along past the beautiful Madre and Hija Lagoons before descending into Torre Valley. At the very end of it, you will find Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mt. Torre. Don’t be surprised if you see some icebergs that have broken off the Torre Glacier floating on the very same lagoon from where the famous Fitz Roy river starts.
If there is enough time, you can visit D’Agostini campsite – where numerous famous climbers have spent a night or two! After lunch at the lagoon, you will head back towards Chaltén, along the Fitz Roy river valley and crossing over a couple of old moraines.
Things you need to know
Covid measures in Patagonia
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 Patagonia, please refer to Argentina Travel.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
Why should I book with 57hours?
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What you get on this adventure:
- A professional, knowledgeable, medically-trained wilderness guide
- Transfer from El Chaltén to the trailhead at El Pilar
- Camping and cooking equipment
- Meals — 1 breakfast, 2 pack lunches, 1 afternoon tea and 1 dinner
- Entrance to the National Park
What’s not included:
- Trekking poles
- Hiking boots
- Guide gratuities
Please contact us if you have any special dietary requirements (vegetarian, celiac or any allergies) so we can ensure you get the best service possible!
What can I expect from hiking with a guide?
Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Los Glaciares National Park and its wonders to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems and secret trails the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will customize your day to the desires of your group. Because there is so much to see and do in Los Glaciares National Park — and it gets crowded quickly — this is one location where it really pays to have a guide by your side to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Overnight pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 30L backpack)
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking or trekking boots
- Thermal long-sleeved shirt
- Synthetic t-shirts and long-sleeved shirt
- Waterproof rain jacket with hood (like Gore-tex)
- Thermal base layer pants
- Waterproof pants
- Hiking pants (preferably convertibles)
- Down jacket or vest
- Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
- Winter hat, scarf and gloves
- Hiking poles — optional (but recommended)
- Head torch (plus extra batteries)
- Pocket knife
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, lip balm, etc.)
- First aid kit
- Sunglasses with UV filter
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
How fit do I need to be?
This Fitz Roy and Laguna Torre adventure offers intermediate to difficult trails. Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking for a total of 30 km over two days For this adventure, you should have a good level of fitness and have some trekking/hiking experience. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can change quickly and you’ll also be packing a backpack weighing 6-8kg, filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout your trip.
What is the minimum age requirement?
Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome on this hiking adventure.
Children older than 10 can join private hikes, with final approval on a case-by-case basis. If you’re travelling with children under 10, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about group sizes and pricing?
Groups usually consist of 4-8 people, but you can arrange a trip with up to 10 people. If you’re traveling with a larger party, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements. All pricing is per person and cost doesn’t decrease.
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?
It’s highly recommended that you cover all your bases with travel and medical insurance. While hiking might seem like a low-risk outdoor activity, accidents can happen anywhere and we recommend insurance to avoid paying out of pocket for costly medical expenses. And as we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to have cancellation insurance that also covers lost baggage. It’s tried and tested and it works.
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
Fitz Roy is located in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina and the nearest town of El Chaltén is located in the middle of the park . Most people fly from Buenos Aires to the town of Calafate in southern Patagonia. From there, you can take a three-hour bus to El Chaltén, home base for Fitz Roy adventures. You can also reach El Chaltén from Bariloche along Ruta 40.
Once you are in El Chaltén, the Fitz Roy hike trailhead is at the end of Avenida San Martín. If you are staying in El Chaltén, it’s an easy walk to the trailhead since the town is not that big. On your first day of tour, your guide will pick you up in the early morning hours at your El Chaltén accommodation and transfer you to the El Pilar trailhead, followed by introductions and a safety briefing. From there, you’ll start your two-day hiking adventure!.