Trekking to Paso del Viento

This is an exciting trek recommended for those of you who are short of time but don’t want to miss out on the opportunity of arriving at Paso del Viento (Windy Pass) and being able to look out over the amazing sight of the Southern Continental Ice Field; the third largest frozen water source of the world after Antartica and Greenland.

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: 6/7 hs.

– Height gain: 250 mts.

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 zip line, and we will also walk on a glacier.

After enjoying lunch, taking millions of photos and getting our energy back we start the descent back to Laguna Toro for a well deserved meal and rest!

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.

– Overnight: Tents.

– Meals: Pack lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

– Distance: 15 Km.

– Walking: 7/8 hs.

– Height gain: 850 m.

Day 3
Laguna Toro – El Chaltén

We return from Laguna Toro to El Chaltén, with the option of climbing up Pliegue Tumbado and enjoying great views of Mt Torre and its lagoon and the impressive Mt. Fitz Roy

– Meals: Breakfast and Pack lunch.

– Distance: 15 Km.

– Walking: 6 hs.

– Height gain: 250 m.

Requirements:

  • Fit – be able and willing to carry a back pack weighing 15/20kg.
  • 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) Ratio 1:6.
  • Technical mountain equipment.
  • Group camping and cooking equipments.
  • Meals during the trek (*): 2 breakfasts, 3 pack lunches, 2 afternoon teas and 2 dinners.
  • 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.
  • Campsites are basic (they have no conventional infrastructure).
  • Campsites don’t have electricity, toilets or showers.

Equipment provided:

  • 3/4 season – 2/3 man tents.
  • 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.

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.

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).

iPod, small book, camera, etc.

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

  • 3 days and 2 nights
  • 4. Challenging
  • October to April
  • 1 to 6 people
  • 1 Guide : 6 Pax
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