Chaltén Discovery

Fitz Roy + Cerro Torre + Los Huemules Reserve

A stunning, challenging 4-day circuit with overnight stays in some of El Chaltén’s most iconic spots, with the added bonus of Los Huemules Reserve and the Cagliero Glacier. An incredible journey that takes in sweeping views, the base of the legendary Fitz Roy mountain, and the option of traversing a via ferrata to a remote glacier.

Day 1
Trekking to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

We leave El Chaltén along a path that goes to Laguna Toro. After an hour walking uphill and crossing little streams and groves of Antarctic Beech and lenga beech, we reach a large, open area with picture perfect views of the Fitz Roy, Torre and Huemul mountains.

After passing through a dense forest, we will encounter different scenery, almost high mountain, where the dryness and floral species constantly surprise and amaze us. On this stretch of our hike, we can also feel the famous Patagonian winds. After lunch with unforgettable, stunning views, we descend via the Agachonas mountain pass, cross a river with the help of a zip line, and finally reach the place where we’ll sleep for the night, and have dinner and rest.

– Overnight: Prestadores Campsite.

– Distance: 16 Km.

– Walking time: 9 hrs.

– Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2
Trekking to Laguna De los Tres

After breakfast, we set out on a trail through a leafy forest with views of the Mother and Daughter Lagoons (Lagunas Madre & Hija). After reaching the Río Blanco campsite, we continue along a path that rises progressively until reaching Laguna de los Tres, which is the closest we can get to Fitz Roy without having to apply technical knowledge. Our efforts will be rewarded with amazing views of the Fitz Roy massif and the valley behind us.

In good weather, we can enjoy our lunch on the edge of the lagoon. We start our descent until we arrive at the Poincenot Campsite, in a beautiful lenga beech forest, where we’ll have dinner and stay overnight.

– Overnight: Poincenot Campsite.

– Distance: 7 Km.

– Walking time: 6/7 hrs.

– Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3
Trekking to Los Huemules Reserve

We make a very early start this morning to admire, with a little luck, the stunning spectacle of the reddish and orange colours of the sunrise on Fitz Roy’s walls. After breakfast, we set out on a trail that takes in the Piedras Blancas Glacier lookout point, then continue on to the Río Eléctrico bridge, a short walk along a gravel road until re-entering the leafy forest of the Valle del Río Diablo (the Devil’s River Valley). This day’s trip is less demanding in terms of ascents and descents, along more level ground. After hiking for a few hours, we’ll reach our overnight spot, with views over the Cagliero Glacier.

– Overnight: Puesto Cagliero.

– Distance: 10 Km.

– Walking time: 6/7 hrs.

– Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4
Via Ferrata + Trekking on the Cagliero Glacier

After a hearty breakfast, we set out hiking again, retracing the last part of yesterday’s trek. We reach some domes, where we put on the helmet and harness, and listen closely to the safety talk to learn how to move between the tensioners and anchors of the via ferrata. The ascent up the rock takes around an hour, until we arrive at the glacier! Here, our guide will help us to put the crampons on over our hiking boats, and we’ll practice the basic movements for negotiating the ice terrain. The length of our time on the glacier will depend on the weather and the physical performance of the group members, taking approximately an hour.

During the day, we take short breaks for eating, taking photos and enjoying this unique experience of trekking on a glacier in one of Patagonia’s most remote sectors. At the end of the day, we’ll return to the town, first along the via ferrata, then walking through the forest, and later taking the land transfer to El Chaltén.

– Distance: 8 Km.

– Altitude variation 300 metres.

– Walking time: 6/7 hrs.

– Breakfast and lunch included.


  • Good physical condition and willing to carry a backpack weighing 6-8 kg.
  • Trekking experience is required.
  • No prior technical experience is required.
  • The last day of this circuit is physically and mentally demanding, and not recommended for people who suffer from vertigo. For private departures, alternatives may be chosen. Please ask.

This includes:

  • Mountain Guide (AAGM/EPGAMT-APN).
  • Day 4 transport: from the Los Huemules Reserve to El Chaltén.
  • Entry to private properties.
  • Group camping and cooking equipment.
  • Safety equipment for trekking on the glacier: harness, helmet, carabiners and crampons.
  • Meals (*): 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 afternoon teas and 3 dinners.
  • Overnight:
    2 nights of camping with sleeping bags and insulation mats (basic wild campsite with latrine)
  • 1 night in mountain refuge: dorm-category accommodation, beds made up.
  • Tourism Activities Licence (P.N.L.G.).

This doesn’t include:

  • Accommodation in El Chaltén before or after this programme (please ask).
  • Personal equipment (look at the recommended kit list).
  • Porters.
  • Fizzy and alcoholic drinks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Anything not specified in the programme.

Equipment and logistics:

  • Dome tents for dining (7 m diameter) equipped with benches and tables.
  • During the activity, all meals are provided (as indicated).
  • The safety and camping equipment will be provided.
  • Personal equipment items that are lacking or inadequate can be rented in El Chaltén.
  • Clients may hire an additional porter (up to 15 kg) for transporting loads and/or personal equipment.
  • We have digital cameras, GPS and Talk About handys or VHF available for rent.

Equipment provided:

  • Camping: 2 or 3-person mountain tents, sleeping bag and mat, a full set of tableware.
  • Others: Safety equipment, first aid kit, VHF radio.

Recommended personal kit list:

  • Backpack (30 litres).
  • Warm hat.
  • Cap/sun hat.
  • Buff/scarf (to keep your neck warm).
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts (synthetic).
  • Fleece.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (like Gore-Tex).
  • Warm gloves.
  • Trekking trousers.
  • Overtrousers (like Gore-Tex or Ultrex).
  • Trekking poles (telescopic).
  • Sunglasses with UV filter.
  • Sun block (SPF 40) and lip balm.
  • Nalgene-style 1-litre water bottle.
  • Tape/Compeed for blisters.
  • Personal hygiene kit.
  • Penknife.
  • Torch.


The trekking guide service for the first three days of the trip is private and exclusive for the group. The Cagliero Glacier ice trekking is done with a specialist guide for the activity and in a joint group with other participants (who come from El Chaltén on that day).

Wild campsite (without conventional infrastructure).

In the campsite sector, the use of dome tents may be shared with other travellers (groups).

The campsites have no electricity, bathrooms or showers (only a latrine).

Please indicate any requirements or personal restrictions for meals (vegetarians, gluten-free, etc.).

(*) All the meals have been calculated and prepared in line with the energy requirements of each expedition day. The items are top quality and each ration has been recommended by a professional nutritionist, Ms María Eugenia Sánchez (Prof. Reg. LN-025) exclusively for Walk Patagonia.

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  • 4 days and 3 nights
  • 3. Difficult | Trekking experience with camping
  • October to April
  • 1 to 10 people
  • 1 Guide: 10 Pax
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