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Reach the base of Mt. Fitz Roy, hike in the stunning U-shaped valleys and walk along the path that mountaineers use to reach the Continental Ice Field.

 

Price: Starting from $1,692

Duration: 5 days (November - March)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

PRICE: $1990

Student (15% discount): $1692
Private Departure (1-4 pax): $2587
Private Departure (5-10 pax): $1990

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Calafate. Transfer to El Chaltén
Day 2: Hike to Piedra del Fraile
Day 3: Hike to Poincenot
Day 4: Complete the trek and return to El Chaltén
Day 5: Return to Calafate

Arrival DateEnd DateStatus
November 16, 2016November 20, 2016Open
November 23, 2016November 27, 2016Open
November 30, 2016December 4, 2016Open
December 2, 2016December 6, 2016Open
December 7, 2016December 11, 2016Open
December 14, 2016December 18, 2016Open
December 21, 2016December 25, 2016Open
December 28, 2016January 1, 2017Open
December 30, 2016January 3, 2017Open
January 5, 2017January 9, 2017Open
January 7, 2017January 11, 2017Open
January 11, 2017January 15, 2017Open
January 25, 2017January 29, 2017Open
February 8, 2017February 12, 2017Open
February 22, 2017February 26, 2017Open
March 8, 2017March 12, 2017Open
March 22, 2017March 26, 2017Open

INCLUsions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • assistance in Calafate - picked up and transferred to bus to Chaltén
  • public bus (Calafate-Chaltén-Calafate)
  • transfers to/from El Chaltén
  • guide services
  • entrance fees to private property
  • 2 nights accommodation in lodge in El Chaltén
  • 1 nights accommodation in mountain lodge
  • 1 night accommodation camping
  • group camping and cooking equipment
  • meals during the trek

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

ITINERARY

Day 1: Calafate to El Chaltén (1,316ft/401m). Receive an airport transfer that will bring you to the bus station in Calafate. Travel overland to to El Chaltén, where you will meet your guide. Settle in and prepare to begin your trek the next morning. Expedition members must arrive to Calafate no later than 12:00pm.

Inclusions: Transportation and accommodations at lodge

Day 2: El Chaltén to Piedra del Fraile (1,759ft/536m). The day starts with a 30-minute transfer from El Chaltén to Río Electrico. From here, begin walking along the Electrico valley, through an enchanting lenga forest before arriving at Piedra del Fraile, your home for the night. After a short break and some lunch, continue along the valley towards the Pollone Glacier and admire the northern face of Mt Fitz Roy. After a short break at this hidden lagoon, return to the mountain lodge in Piedra del Fraile to enjoy a hot meal and rest.

Total distance: 9 miles. Approximately 6 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: All meals; accommodations at mountain lodge

Day 3: Piedra del Fraile to Poincenot (2,628ft/801m). After breakfast, head off towards the Piedras Blancas glacier and river. The path ascends steeply up to Laguna de los Tres, the closest you can get to Fitz Roy before needing technical skills. At the top, enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains, and the valley through which you have come. Weather permitting, have lunch at the lagoon before starting the descent towards Poincenot, your next camp. Be prepared to take more pictures of this stunning spot in the park!

Total distance: 11 miles. Approximately 7-8 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: All meals; camping accommodations

Day 4: Laguna Capri to El Chaltén (1,316ft/401m). Arise early to take sunrise photos of Mt. Fitz Roy in a beautiful hue of red, reflected on Laguna Capri. After breakfast, continue through the beautiful lenga forests past the lagoons – Madre, Hija and Nieta. The path is quite flat, which is a nice break after the climbing of the day before! After a couple of hours, drop in to the glacial valley that takes you towards Laguna Torre (2,136ft/651m). This valley is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect “U” shape. At the end of the valley, see Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mt. Torre, which is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. After lunch at the lagoon, head back towards El Chaltén along the Fitz Roy River valley.

Total distance: 12 miles. Approximately 6 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: Breakfast and lunch; accommodations at lodge

Day 5: El Chaltén to Calafate (673ft/205m). Wrap up your time with OneSeed and return to Calafate.

Inclusions: Breakfast and transportation

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.

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packing list

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

See current weather conditions in Los Glacieres National Park here. 

See current weather conditions in El Calafate, Argentina here. 

Packing System: This expedition does not include porters. You are responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack.

Carried bag weight limit: n/a

Rentals Available: 

  • Not available on this expedition. 

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and travel plans to Calafate
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip
  • Medical insurance card
  • 40 Argentinean pesos for departure from Calafate (may be acquired in country)
  • Cash for tipping guides, souvenirs, incidents etc.

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Calafate - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Backpack (for carrying your gear)
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Light gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Sandals (for walking around camp in the evening)
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine

Other (optional)

  • Sleeping bag liner (sleeping bags and pads will be provided)
  • Reading material for the trail
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Argentina (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles
  • Bandana (for dust and wind)
  • Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry soap
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

While the weather in El Chaltén can be unpredictable, it is a semi-arid environment with light precipitation common. It is essential to be prepared because the weather can change instantly from sunny to stormy.

The warmer temperatures are recorded in the summer from November to March. Highs are typically in the 60s during the day and 40s at night. It is not uncommon to experience frost in the summer so always bring warm layers! In the winter, temperatures stay in the 40s during the day and drop to below freezing at night.

 

Los Glacieres National Park Weather

 

Elevation


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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

Insure Your Trip

OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.   Travelex Cancellation and Interruption Insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.