Huemul Circuit

An unforgettable trek. A four day cirucit to enjoy a trek that encompasses lots of different environments and varied landscapes. We walk through mature forests, across high altitude meadows, over glaciers and moraines; to appreciate the immensity of the Continental Ice Field and its frozen world. We will see the source of the Viedma Glacier and be astonished at the size of Lake Viedma. A challenging trek for those who want to live a different experience in this corner of wild Patagonia.

Day 1
El Chaltén - Laguna Toro

Start the trek from El Chaltén towards Toro lagoon, walking gently uphill. After walking through forest and out in the open and enjoying views of Lake Viedma we finally arrive into the Toro Valley.

After crossing some small bridges made out of old tree trunks and walking in a young lenga forest we arrive at our camp: Toro lagoon.

– Overnight: Tents.

– Meals: Pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

– Distance: 15 Km.

– Walking: 7 hs.

– Height gain: 250 m.

Day 2
Laguna Toro - Paso del Viento Refuge

After breakfast and taking down camp we set off for Paso del Viento with an elevation gain of 900m.

The interesting part of this stretch is the variety of terrains crossed; pastures, stony areas, moraines and the Lower Túnel Glacier.

This day will be crossing a river (through a zip line or wading – upon decision of the guide), and we will also walk on a glacier.

After all the hard work and effort we arrive at the Paso del Viento, we can appreciate a great view of part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the source of Viedma Glacier and Mount Mariano Moreno, amongst others.

After enjoying lunch, taking millions of photos and getting our energy back we start the descent to the Paso del Viento Refuge. Camp is set up around the refuge itself.

– Overnight: Tents.

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

– Distance: 12 Km.

– Walking: 7/8 hs.

– Height gain: 900 m.

Day 3
Paso del Viento Refuge - Paso Huemul - Lago Viedma

After breakfast today we continue our trek circling Mount Huemul. The path climbs quite gently and allows us to enjoy fascinating views, very different to what we have seen so far.

Crossing a few small streams we start the climb up to Paso Huemul. From here, we again, get breathtaking views of the landscape below us: Glacier and Lake Viedma.

In a protected spot we’ll enjoy our packed lunch before starting down the very steep path to Bahía Cabo de Hornos on Lake Viedma.

This will be our final camp for the trek. After setting up camp and before dinner we can head towards the lakeside and admire the icebergs: some of the humongous blocks of ice that have fallen off the front of Viedma Glacier.

– Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4
Lago Viedma- Bahía Túnel

Today we start the final trek across part of the steppe towards Bahía Túnel, with Glacier Viedma behind us and the lake we are now familiar with: Viedma on our right (east).

The path is undulating, no big effort is needed. We cross over various streams and a zip line through Río Túnel. When we arrive at Puerto de Bahía Túnel there will be a vehicle waiting for us to take us back to El Chaltén. We have made it!

– Overnight: Tents.

– Meals: Breakfast and pack lunch.

– Distance: 18 Km.

– Walking: 7 hs.

– Height gain: 50 m.

Requirements:

  • Fit – be able and willing to carry a back pack weighing 15/20 Kg.
  • Multi-day trek and camping experience.
  • Proactive attitude and team spirit.
  • No technical experience is required.
  • Not recommended for people who suffer from vertigo, or with a bad knee.

Includes:

  • Mountain Guide (AAGM/EPGAMT-APN).
  • Technical mountain equipment.
  • Group camping and cooking equipments.
  • Meals during the trek (*): 3 breakfasts, 4 pack lunches, 3 afternoon teas and 3 dinners.
  • Transfer in minibus or 4×4 (Bahía Túnel / El Chaltén).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Transport coordinated by Walk Patagonia.

Equipment provided:

  • 3/4 season – 2/3 man tents.
  • Sleeping bag and sleep mat.
  • Camping stoves and utensils.
  • Snow shoes (if necessary).
  • Crampons (if necessary).
  • Harness (if necessary).
  • Helmet (if necessary).
  • Ropes and Safety equipment.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • VHF Radio.
  • GPS (Global Positioning System).
  • SPOT (Satellite messenger).
  • Satellite telephone.

Recommended personal kit:

  • Back pack (70/90 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.
  • Pair of trainers/sandals for wading.
  • Light waterproof trekking boots.
  • Gaiters.
  • 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).
  • 1 big plastic bag (where to put stuff in case it rains).
  • Toilet paper.
  • iPod, small book, camera, etc.

Weather conditions:

  • The climate in this are is very unstable and unpredictible. Therefore a certain amount of flexibility in this programmes is necessary..
  • It’s advisable to have a spare day to be able to complete this activity.

General considerations:

  • We advise you to have insurance that covers mountain hiking.
  • This programmes is generic and may suffer slight changes by us or because of a client request.
  • Any change to the programme, for the security of the group, will be an unarguable decision made by the Mountain Guide.

Notes:

Campsites are basic (they have no conventional infrastructure).

Campsites don’t have electricity, toilets or showers.

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

  • 4 days and 3 nights
  • 4. Challenging
  • October to April
  • 1 to 6 people
  • 1 Guide : 6 Pax
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