Frontier Land Plus

An exciting option exclusively offered by Walk Patagonia in one of the wilder and less visited areas of El Chaltén. It starts with a boat ride across Lago del Desierto, then a trek through lush lenga, ñire and coihue forests, across lots of streams, admire some glaciers in Chile, and finally trek along the lakeside of Lago del Desierto. A perfect hike for those who want to go off-the-beaten-path!

Day 1
Boat ride across Lago del Desierto and trek to Refugio del Diablo

We travel from Chaltén along the gravel road to Lago del Desierto – 37km (90 minutes). There will be a few photo stops and picturesque viewpoints en route, too. When we get to the lake we board the boat to navigate the 12km across the lake to its northern point to where our first trekking begins!

After meeting the Gendarmerie that live here (and control the border) we start our walk heading west towards an old estancia (ranch) where one of the oldest families of the area used to live: the Sépulvedas (the estancia is not working nowadays).

We continue on in a dense lenga (nothofagus) forest on a path which often disappears, and we cross a few streams that feed into the Diablo River. After about 5 hours of trekking we will arrive at the destination where we will spend the night. We will put up the tents in the forest next to the refuge, and after a good hot meal we will be ready to curl up in our sleeping bags for the night. If the sky is clear, we could also admire the southern skies, milky way, etc.

– Overnight: camping in wilderness

– Meals: Pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

– Distance: 12 Km.

– Walking: 5/6 hs.

Day 2
Views of Lake O'Higgins and trek to the Chilean border

After breakfast we start another day of adventure. We start off with visiting a viewpoint nearby that affords great views of Lake O’Higgins and Chico Glacier – you will be standing in Argentina looking across at Chile.

After a few photos we will head back along the same path as the day before until we reach Lake del Desierto, to enjoy sunset and a meal with a view across the lake and (hopefully!) Mt Fitz Roy in the distance. This will be our camping spot for today.

– Overnight: Tents at Punta Norte, Lago del Desierto.

– Meals: Breakfast, Pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

– Distance: 12 or 22 Km.

– Walking: 8/9 hours.

Day 3
Trek from Punta Norte to Punta Sur of Lago del Desierto

After a good breakfast we start our return journey, walking along the path that borders the Lago del Desierto. Throughout the trek we are able to enjoy great views of Mt Fitz Roy, the lovely colours and reflections in the lake itself and the impressive Vespignani Range.

After some 4 or 5 hours we arrive at the southern end of the lake where a vehicle will be waiting for us, for our return to El Chaltén

– Meals: Breakfast and Pack lunch.

– Distance: 14 Km.

– Walking: 5 hs.

Requirements:

  • Fit.
  • Trekking with camping experience.
  • No technical experience is required.

Includes:

  • Mountain Guide (AAGM/EPGAMT-APN) .
  • Transport El Chaltén / Lago del Desierto / El Chaltén
  • Boat ride – Punta Sur / Punta Norte LDD.
  • Group camping and cooking equipments.
  • Meals during the trek (*): 2 breakfasts, 3 pack lunches, 2 afternoon teas and 2 dinners.
  • Overnight: 2 nights of camping in wilderness

Doesn’t include:

  • Personal equipment (check recommended Kit List).
  • Accommodation pre/post trek in El Chaltén (please ask for advice).
  • Additional porters.
  • Alcoholic drinks or fizzy drinks.
  • Insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Anything not mentioned in the programme.

Equipment and logistics:

  • Camping and Safety equipment are provided.
  • 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.

Equipment provided:

3/4 season – 2/3 man tents.

Sleeping bag and sleep mat.

Caming stoves and utensils.

  • First Aid Kit.
  • VHF Radio.
  • GPS (Global Positioning System).
  • SPOT (Satellite messenger).

Recommended Personal Kit List:

  • Back pack (60 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.
  • iPod, small book, camera, etc.

Notes:

Campsites are basic (they have no conventional infrastructure – they are basically an official place to put up a tent).

Campsites don’t have electricity, toilets or showers.

Clients help with the carrying of group equipment and food.

Please inform us when booking if there are any special dietary requirements or limitations (vegetarians, celiacs, etc.).

(*) 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.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • 3 days and 2 nights
  • 3. Difficult
  • October to April
  • 1 to 4 people
  • 1 Guide : 4 Pax
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