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Hiking in Los Glaciares National Park

8 Days 7 Nights

This tour starts and ends at El Calafate and focuses on Los Glaciares National Park, visiting and hiking Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, may be the two most emblematic mountains of Patagonia, and the Perito Moreno Glacier (only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process due to unusual favorable conditions) You will travel in an active way, enjoying the company of fellow travelers.

– Are you travelling alone? Our group tour in Patagonia will allow you to visit the most beautiful places in Patagonia in company of great people with your same interests.  

– Hike along the nicest trails in El Chalten to get the most incredible views of Mount Fitz Roy and Mount Torre 
– Camp in the national capital of trekking: El Chalten, Argentina and in Torres del Paine in Chile surrounded by nature to live a unique experience 

– Visit one of the natural wonders of Patagonia Argentina: the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier and its rupture process.

Day 1 – Arrival El Calafate 

We welcome you at Calafate airport and transfer to your accommodation. You get the rest of the day to enjoy the town. At night we get together with the tour leader and fellow travelers to enjoy welcome dinner. 

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Welcome Dinner 

Day 2 – El Calafate – El Chaltén 

After breakfast we take our bus for the 220 km long drive to El Chaltén, a small and picturesque village at the foot of Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre massif. We make a stop half way to enjoy local pastries and hot coffee. Once in El Chaltén, we start our trek. We carry in our packs only the necessary items for these 2 nights and 3 days in which we’ll overnight in our Full Camps inside the National Park. What we don’t need is left behind at our office and you will find it back at your accommodation when we arrive back to El Chaltén on day 4. We hike up a gentle slope on Fitz Roy trail to gain height over the River de las Vueltas valley up to the first viewpoints over Fitz Roy massif, which we will first spot after a couple of hours walking. From these first viewpoints, another 2 hours of gentle walking across bogs and forests take us to our camp, from where we will enjoy a spectacular view of all the Fitz Roy group spires rising from the surrounding glaciers.

Full Camp El Chalten – Double or Single Tent
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner 

Day 3 – Fitz Roy Mount, Laguna de los Tres

Early in the morning, before the first coffee, we can try to match up the morning light getting pink in Fitz Roy granite walls. You only need this to feel the trip is worthwhile. But of course the day offers much more.
After breakfast, carrying only day personal items such as our parka, gloves, our camera, water bottle and box lunch, we hike along Fitz Roy trail up to Rio Blanco, climbers basecamp to the east side of the mountain. From here a steep 1 hour trail leads us to one of the most spectaculars viewpoints of the National Park: Laguna de los Tres, with its zephyr blue color, lies at the foot of the massif, offering full close up views of Fitz Roy massif spires and glaciers. Each wall raises something from 600 to 1500 mts above the surrounding glaciers. Fitz Roy, with its 3405 mts above sea level, is considered the “King of Patagonia” and also considered one of the three most beautiful mountains on Earth (together with Alpamayo in Perú and K2 in the Karakoram). We hike back to our camp in the late afternoon. Walking time is 5 to 6 hs.

Full Camp El Chalten – Double or Single Tent
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Mount  Torre – El Chalten

Today we walk south along Lagoons Madre and Hija Valley and down to Fitz Roy river valley, where we meet Cerro Torre trail. The trail runs along beech forest, bogs and shrubland and leads to Laguna Torre, enclosed by moraines and with Glacier Grande calving in its west side. It is usual to see icebergs pushed by the wind in the coast of the lagoon. The thin and elegant 3128 mts of Cerro Torre group and the Adela range in the background complete this spectacular view. In the afternoon we hike back to El Chalten along Cerro Torre trail.

Accommodation in El Chalten – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 

Day 5 – El Chaltén – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

This mountain, 1500 mts tall, is located immediately south of Cerro Torre valley and offers some of the best views over the different group of mountains, glaciers and lakes that features the area. From the lower terraces to the summit, you can get spectacular views of Fitz Roy, Torre and the spectacular glacier valley in between both. From the summit the bonus is the sight of Paso del Viento and some of the mountains that stick out from the Patagonian Ice field. According to the group capacity, we choose the lower terraces or try the summit, a long but gentle climb in scree. The lower part of the mountain is covered by shrubland and forest. We are back in Chaltén by late afternoon.

Accommodation in El Chalten – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 

Day 6 – El Chaltén – El Calafate

After breakfast we take our bus to El Calafate. Upon arrival we have the entire day to explore the city or to do an optional excursion.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast 

Day 7 – Perito Moreno Glacier 

We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Icefield, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favorable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – El Calafate – El Calafate Airport

At the indicated time we transfer to El Calafate airport where our services end. 

Included Meals: breakfast

INCLUDED SERVICES

• Incoming Services
• Bilingual Tour Leader (Spanish – English) for a group of 6 passengers or more 
• All Nights Accommodation mentioned in the itinerary

• Mountain Trekking Guide during treks 
• Full Day Tour Perito Moreno Glacier 
• All transfers mentioned in the itinerary  
• Durant the trip we combine regular and private transfers 
• 7 Breakfast, 4 Box Lunch, 3 Dinner 

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

• Entrances to National Parks
• Medical or Life Insurance 
• Tips
• Drinks and Bevegrages 
• International or Domestic Flights
• Optional Tours 
• Services non show in the itinerary

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