Highlights trek PLUS

 

This trek can be done with organized camps or rustic camps. This will depend on how much weight you prefer to carry. Please do not hesitate to ask for both options.

 

Guides and group size

Ratio is 1 guide/assistance per 6 guests. Maximum group size is 12 guests.

 

Difficulty and prerequisites

No mountaineering experience is required, however if you had some it helps a lot. These are all physically demanding days and participants must be in good hiking shape. Guests are required to carry a backpack with their personal gear (clothes, sleeping bag, pad, etc), group (tents, pot, stoves, etc) and food. About 15 to 20 kg. Personal porters could be arranged in advance, if needed.

 

Transportation

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to El Chaltén, Argentina. Your travel agent should be able to arrange this for you. You can get there by flying to Buenos Aires, and then fly to El Calafate. From there, you can get on a 4-hour bus journey or you we can arrange a private transfer.

 

Accommodation & Meals

All food during the expedition is included. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements you have when booking. If you need any help with your lodging, do not hesitate to ask us. We can find the best for your taste and budget.

 

Weather consideration

The fame of the area regarding wind and fast changeable conditions are not a legend. Be ready to experience nature and all its beauties and power.

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 0

Arrive to El Chaltén. Meet the Guide.

 

Day 1

Transfer to Puente Rio Electrico. From there we start our hike towards Piedra del Fraile. We follow Rio Electrico valley, depending on group’s fitness we may go either to Laguna Marconi just in front of Marconi Glacier passing or to Pollone valley where North Fitz Roy Glacier hides.

 

Day 2

Today we get into Rio Blanco valley all the way to Campamento Poincenot (Fitz Roy base camp). During the trek we pass in front of amazing hanging glacier: Piedras Blancas, which comes right from Fitz Roy’s foot. Laguna de los Tres (Fitz Roy look-out) is our final destination before reaching camp where a well-deserved dinner is waiting for us. Check in tents.

 

Day 3

Cerro Torre base camp is our final destination today. We hike along Madre e Hija (mother and daughter) lakes. After a couple of hours wedrop into Cerro Torre valley. One more hour and we reach Laguna Torre where Glacier Grande falls. We head back to our camp.

 

Day 4

Amazing trek to Laguna Toro! We cross Fitz Roy Rive using the Tyrolean crossing and we head to Paso de las Agachonas, a pass between Loma del Pliegue Tumbado and Cerro Solo. From up there, views of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Cerro Huemul, and the Wind Pass are just indescribable. We hike down to the other side of the pass towards Rio Tunnel and then to our camp Laguna Toro

 

Day 5

This trek brings all the terrains together: grass, scree and glacier. This is the strawberry of the desert. For some people the best hike. Impressive views of the continental Southern Ice Cap, third largest ice mass of fresh water in the world. There would be a Tyrolean crossing or wading a river according to conditions.

 

Day 6

After a nice breakfast and packing our stuff. We hike along Rio Tunnel and over Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. A very nice hike out to El Chaltén. Only 6 hours with 500-meter elevation gain. Views of Lago Viedma, Fitz Roy range and Cerro Torre range. We will see the small town up from above. We check in and get ready for a nice Gaucho Style Barbecue.