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Argentine Patagonia Extension: trekking to Fitz Roy

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Argentine Patagonia Extension: trekking to Fitz Roy

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  • 6 Days
  • Ideal for: couple, group of friends
  • icon voiture circuit autotour chili
    Self-guided
  • Pace: moderate
  • Style: adventure, itinerant hiking
  • Minimum: 2 people

What better way to discover Argentine Patagonia than a trekking of the Fitz Roy, near the capital of hiking, El Chaltén?

In addition to a visit to the Chilean or Argentine Patagonia, this trip permits you to discover the Fitz Roy, El Calafate, Lago Argentino and the unmissable Perito Moreno glacier. Between camping in the middle of nature and nestling into a comfortable eco-dome, this one-week extension is a perfect compromise between adventure and relaxation.

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Highlights and experiences

This itinerant tour includes double rooms in comfortable accommodation with one night at a mountain camp.

An active journey filled with discoveries awaits you:

  • Hiking in El Chaltén: Fitz Roy, Laguna Torre and Lagunas de los Tres
  • Trekking on the impressive Perito Moreno glacier
  • The Lago Argentino, an stunning lake of azure blue
  • El Calafate and the Ñimez Reserve
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Daily itinerary

Day 1En route to Argentine Patagonia

Whether you’re starting from Chile and the famous Torres del Paine Park or from Argentina, today you will head to Argentine Patagonia, in the direction of El Chalten.

After your transition, you can get your feet wet with the Chorillo del Salto waterfall, an accessible hike for a first active leg and a superb reward.

Overnight stay in a magical ecological dome, the best place for glamping and ideal for a honeymoon or romantic night.

Day 2Hike to Laguna de los Tres

Leave today with your camping equipment to start your itinerant trekking in the splendid landscapes of El Chalten. This 2-day hike is self-guided.

Depart from the north of El Chalten, at the start of the hiking trails, in the direction of the Laguna de Los Tres, which will be your destination for this first day of hiking. The path begins with a rather steep and constant climb to the Laguna Capri, from which you will have a nice view of the Fitz Roy.

Then, continue through the middle of the forest towards Camping Poincenot, where you will pitch your tent.

In a round trip of 2.5 miles you will reach the incredible Laguna de Los Tres and its breathtaking view of the mountains.

Head back to return to the campsite.

In total, you’ll cover about 7.5 miles today.

Overnight stay at a basic campsite.

Day 3Part two of your hike towards Laguna Torre

Leave early with your belongings on your way to Laguna Torre!

About 7 miles separate you from your next stop.

Descend into the forest to the Madre and Hija lagoons, one in front of the other. If you aren’t too tired after admiring the view of the lagoons’ glaciers and icebergs, you can continue on to the Mirado Maestri, a challenging 2 miles past the lagoons but worth the detour.

You will then begin the descent to El Chalten, where you can unwind in your hotel after these two days of adventures.

Overnight stay in a superb ecological dome.

Day 4On the way to el Calafate

Today, you’ll head out towards el Calafate. El Calafate–which bears the name of a thorny shrub whose fruit is used to make jams–is the basecamp of all excursions to the famous Perito Moreno.

Then, head to the nature reserve of the Ñimez lagoon and its rich fauna and flora.

If you want to know more about how glaciers work, check out the Glaciarium. This brand new museum was inaugurated in 2011 and is one of the few museums in the world dedicated to this topic. It is worth a visit if you want to learn all about glaciers, their geology, the challenge of their conservation, and the poles. The museum offers 3D models, interactive tools, and didactic explanations for all ages. Stop by the ice bar in the basement for a cocktail in a unique setting.

Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.

Day 5Cruise on Lago Argentino

On the program for today’s cruise: the discovery of the Campo de Hielo Patagónico Park, passing through Lake Argentino and the Iceberg Channel.

Los Glaciares National Park is a beautiful setting of woods, lakes, mountains, ice, and grasslands, and boasts more than 200 glaciers. Among the most famous: the very high Spegazzini glacier, the Upsala glacier (which covers almost the entire valley), and of course, the Perito Moreno, which is constantly advancing.

The Upsala glacier is three times larger than the Perito Moreno: it is over 600 square miles! The journey takes you through the walls of snow-capped mountains, while drifting icebergs dot the waters.

You will then disembark at Puesto de Las Vacas for a short walk. The day will end in style with a final sail to the Los Tempanos Canal and to the north wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.

Day 6Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier

To finish this getaway with a flourish, discover the Perito Moreno glacier by trekking! The breathtaking Glaciar Perito Moreno is the highlight of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, a set of ice fields comprised of numerous glaciers. The Perito Moreno is therefore one of the most mobile and above all the most accessible ice field on the globe. With its grand size of 18 miles long and 3 miles wide, you will get the chance to watch huge icebergs detach from it. The colors of the glacier change in intensity according to the light. With the aid of crampons, a 1.5-hour hike on the glacier is planned to give you a unique, unforgettable experience.

Recommended airport and departure point

El Calafate International Airport (Armando Tola), Argentina

The price includes

  • The activities mentioned above: hiking, glacier trekking, and sailing
  • Accommodation

The price does NOT include

  • International flights
  • Park entrance fees