El Chaltén

Classic Trek
Fitz Roy + Cerro Torre

Length: 2 days and 1 night
Grade of difficulty: Moderate
Season: October to April
Group size: 1 to 10 People
Ratio: 1 Guide : 10 Pax

Description

The most spectacular and unforgettable camping trek in the region. A trek that has great views and takes you through lovely forests until you arrive at the mystical Mt Fitz Roy and the famous Mt Torre. You will also see lagoons of various colours, imposing glaciers and camp grounds of some international famous climbers.

Itinerary

Day 1: Trek to Laguna De los Tres and camp at Poincenot

This trek is one of the highlights in the area and starts from El Pilar. We will leave El Chaltén in a transfer to the trailhead, half an hour away. We then start this lovely walk in a forest on a path that ascends gently and first arrives at Piedras Blancas Glacier viewpoint. We´ll have a brief stop here to enjoy the view of the hanging glacier.



After a bit more gentle climbing the challenging section of one hour of steep uphill to get to Laguna de los Tres, starts.

The effort is all made worthwhile by the breathtaking views we get at the top, of Mt Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains and the valley we have just been walking along.

Weather permitting; we will have lunch at the lagoon.

OPTIONAL: Ascent to Cerro Madsen..

We will then start the descent and head towards Poincenot, our home for the night and from where we can continue to admire Fitz Roy massif!

  • OVERNIGHT: Camping at Poincenot
  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Walking: 6/7hs.

Day 2: Trek to Laguna Torre

You may want to get up early to take some sunrise shots of Fitz Roy in its beautiful hues of red (weather permitting!) After breakfast we will head off again. We trek along past some beautiful lagoons Madre and Hija before dropping down into Torre valley. This glacial valley is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect shape. At the end of the valley we will find Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mt Torre – one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb.

Sometimes floating on the lagoon are some icebergs that have broken off the Torre glacier. The Fitz Roy river starts from this lagoon too and here is where there is a Tyrolean rope that is used by climbers to access the mountains that they plan to climb. We will also have time to visit D’Agostini Camp ground - where lots of famous climbers have spent a night or two!

After lunch at the lagoon we will head back towards Chaltén, along the Fitz Roy river valley and crossing over a couple of old moraines. If we are lucky we may spot a Magellanic woodpecker, the nearly extinct deer - Huemul and lots of beautiful wild flowers

  • Distance: 20 Km.
  • Walking: 7/8 hs.
  • Programme details
  • Requirements:
  • Fit - be able and willing to carry a back pack weighing 6/8 Kg..
  • Trekking experience.
  • No technical experience is required.
  • Prior to the participating in the trek the Personal Information Questionnaire must be filled in and sent to us.
  • Includes:
  • Mountain Guide(AAGM/EPGAMT-APN).
  • Transfer from hotel to trailhead at El Pilar.
  • Group camping and cooking equipment.
  • Meals during the trek (*): 1 breakfast, 2 pack lunches, 1 afternoon tea y 1 dinner.
  • National Park permission of Tourist activities (P.N.L.G.)
  • Doesn't include:
  • Personal equipment (check recommended Kit List).
  • Additional porters.
  • Alcoholic drinks or fizzy drinks.
  • Insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Anything not mentioned in the programme.
  • Equipment and logistics:
  • Camping and Safety equipment are provided (may be shared with other trekkers).
  • Eating is in 7m wide domes with tables and stools.
  • Sleeping in 2/3 man tents with sleeping bag and sleep mat.
  • Any equipment that you don’t have or you forget may be hired in El Chaltén.
  • Clients help with the carrying of group equipment and food.
  • Clients can contract a porter (up to 15kg) for transfering personal/group kit.
  • We have available digital cameras, GPS, Walkie Talkies and VHF radios for hire if you wish.
  • Campsites are basic (they have no conventional infrastructure).
  • Campsites don’t have electricity, toilets or showers.
  • First aid Kit.
  • VHF Radio.
  • Recommended Personal Kit List:
  • Back pack (30 litres).
  • Warm hat.
  • Cap/sun hat.
  • Buff/scarf (something to keep your neck warm).
  • Short and long sleeved t-shirts (synthetic).
  • Thermal layers - top and bottom.
  • Fleece.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (like Gore-Tex).
  • Trekking trousers (preferably convertibles).
  • Waterproof trousers.
  • Warm gloves.
  • 2 pairs of trekking socks.
  • Light waterproof trekking boots.
  • Trekking poles (optional - or hire locally).
  • Sunglasses with UV filter.
  • Sun block (SPF 40) and lip balm (it’s dry in Patagonia).
  • Water bottle - 1 litre.
  • Tape/Compeed - something for blisters.
  • Personal hygiene kit.
  • Personal basic first aid kit.
  • Penknife.
  • Head torch (plus extra batteries).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Notes:
  • (*) All meals have been prepared and calculated according to the energy output of each day of the trek. We only use top quality produce that has been recommended by the nutritionist Ma. Eugenia Sánchez (Mat.Prof.LN-025) exclusively for Walk Patagonia.


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