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Fitz Roy Patagonia

Explore the Perito Moreno Glacier, hike to the base of Mt. Fitz Roy, and walk the trails that weave throughout Argentina’s famous Glaciares National Park.

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend a week exploring Patagonia's famous Glaciares National Park

  • See the bright blue waters of Laguna de Los Tres at the base of Mt. Fitz Roy

  • Experience the Perito Moreno Glacier - a designated UNESCO World Heritage site

GROUP DEPARTURES

Join as a solo traveler or with friends to experience these amazing destinations with fellow travelers from all over. We guarantee all group departure dates even if only one person is signed up. We recommend asking us how many people are currently in your group before booking. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to El Calafate Airport
Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 3: Bus from El Calafate to El Chaltén
Day 4: Hike to Thorwood Camp
Day 5: Hike to Mt. Fitz Roy / Poincenot Camp
Day 6: Hike to Laguna Condor Mountain Lodge via El Pilar
Day 7: Laguna Condor to El Chaltén
Day 8: Bus from El Chaltén to Calafate Airport; International departures after 3pm

Please note: 

Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart in Argentina. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

See our Cancellation Policy.

WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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I would definitely recommend the OneSeed Fitz Roy Patagonia trip. We can’t state how much we appreciated Fabrizio as a guide and a companion for a few days - he really cares about the environment and has a positive attitude.
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Our guide Pablo was excellent. The sun came out on the last day and the mountains were gorgeous.
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Every detail was taken care of and the local guides treated us like family. Getting to know the guides and seeing the mountain lakes and glaciers were my favorite.

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Day 1: Arrive in El Calafate

Arrive to the picturesque Southern Patagonian town of El Calafate. Meet your guide at the airport and take a short drive to our partner lodge in El Calafate. Spend the afternoon exploring the town on your own. 

Peak Altitude: 653 ft (199m)

Inclusions: airport transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 2: El Calafate to Perito Moreno Glacier

Awake to the beauty of Argentina surrounded by steep mountain peaks and vibrant blue water. After breakfast, depart for the Perito Moreno Glacier, considered by many to be the 8th natural wonder of the world. One of the largest glaciers in Patagonia, Perito Moreno reaches an average height of 240 feet above Argentino Lake. Spend the day exploring this magnificent glacier and sailing around the lake. Arrive back to Calafate by 5pm and to rest and gear up for the trip north in the morning.

Peak Altitude: 653 ft (199m)

Inclusions: breakfast, box lunch; accommodations; national park entrance fees

 
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Day 3: El Calafate to El Chaltén

Say goodbye to your Calafate guide and take a morning bus ride (3 hours) from El Calafate to El Chaltén. Meet your guide at the bus station and drop off your belongings at the partner lodge in El Chaltén. Depart for an afternoon hike to Mirador de las Aguilas. This scenic 1-hour hike takes you through lush forest before arriving to the top where you'll see panoramic views of El Chaltén, including the Fitz Roy range. Keep an eye out for wild armadillo and condors along the way. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Argentinian barbecue and prepare for the first day of your trek the following day.  

Peak Altitude: 1,826 ft (557m)

Total Hiking: approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) / 1 hour trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / box lunch / dinner; accommodations; public bus transportation

 
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Day 4: El Chaltén to Laguna Torre / Thorwood Camp

Depart from the hotel and head west along the Fitz Roy river en route to Laguna Torre and Grand Glacier. At the end of the valley, see Laguna Torre, its glacier, and the famous Mt. Cerro Torre, which is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. Sleep at Thorwood Camp that evening. 

Peak Altitude: 2,080 ft (634m)  

Total Hiking: approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) / 4 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; camping accommodations

 
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Day 5: thorwood camp > Mt. Fitz Roy > Camp Poincenot 

After breakfast, head north for another day of magnificent views. The glacial valley you trek though today is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect “U” shape. Pass by three more lakes; Laguna Huja, Laguna Lago Capri, and Laguna Madre. Hike another mile to Camp Poincenot where you will spend the night. Drop your bags and take a steep path toward Laguna de Los Tres, the closest you can get to the base of Mt. Fitz Roy. At the top, enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains, and the expansive valley.

Peak Altitude: 3,838 ft (1170m)

Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.2 km) / 4.5 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; camping accommodations

 
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Day 6: Poincenot to El Pilar to Laguna Condor

After breakfast, hike towards El Pilar where a van will be waiting to take you to Laguna Condor Mountain Hut. Relax in the hot tub or take a bike for a ride around the area before enjoying a delicious meal at the lodge.

Peak Altitude: 2,460 ft (750m)

Total Hiking: approximately 5 miles (8 km) / 3 hours trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; mountain lodge accommodations

 
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Day 7: Laguna Condor to El Chaltén

After breakfast, relax at the lodge or explore the remote Patagonian wilderness around Laguna Condor before heading back to El Chaltén in the late afternoon.

Peak Altitude: 1,312 ft (400m)

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch; B&B accommodations

 
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Day 8: El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport

Take an early-morning bus from Chaltén to Calafate (unaccompanied), arriving to the airport by 1pm for your international departures. Note, OneSeed suggests booking your flight from El Calafate after 4pm in order to prevent any missed connections. 

Peak Altitude: 653 ft (199m)

Inclusions: breakfast; airport transportation


NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items

  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)

  • international airfare and meals during travel

  • beverages outside of designated meals

  • extra snacks during trek

 

INCLUSIONS

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date

  • airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 8

  • ground transportation between locations 

  • guide services

  • entrance fees & national park permits 

  • 2 nights lodge accommodation in El Chaltén

  • 2 nights lodge accommodation in El Calafate 

  • 2 nights camping accommodation

  • 1 night mountain lodge accommodation

  • cooking equipment

  • meals during the trek

*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.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

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 at the hotel in El Chaltén during your expedition. See current weather conditions for Los Glaciares National Park.

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

 

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Argentina.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Argentina here.

 

The List (check it twice)

Trekking Gear

  • Change of clothes for El Calafate - to be kept in storage during expedition

  • Waterproof hiking boots

  • Backpack (40L for carrying your gear)

  • Down jacket

  • Fleece jacket or vest

  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)

  • Rain jacket

  • Rain pants

  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)

  • Short sleeve t-shirts (2)

  • Shorts (2)

  • Wool or synthetic hat

  • Light gloves

  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)

  • Sandals for walking around camp in the evening

  • Water bottle

  • Headlamp

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunhat

  • Quick-dry towel

  • Personal toiletries and medicine

  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag

  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Punta Arenas

  • Flight information submitted

  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)

  • Photocopy of passport

  • Medical insurance card

  • 40 Argentinean pesos for departure from El Calafate (may be acquired in country)

  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

  • Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills

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

  • Inflatable camp pillow (a sleeping pad is provided during tent camping. A pillow is not)

ELEVATION

*Measured in feet
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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 GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK WEATHER

Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

  • If you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 8 of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

  • Visas are not required for US citizens for tourist visits less than 90 days. Please keep your passport with you at all times during your expedition.
  • Visit the State Department website for Argentina entry/exit requirements.
  • Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines found here.

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

The water along the trail is safe to drink, whether that's straight from the tap or off a glacier.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT ON THE TRAIL?

  • Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast may include items such as oatmeal, toast, jam/cheese, tea, and coffee. Lunch is usually a sandwich (with a vegetarian option), fruit, snack bar, and some chocolate. Dinners may include red or white meat / a vegetarian option, pasta, potatoes, rice, veggies, soup, and dessert.
  • OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email info@oneseedexpeditions.com. We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON THE TRAIL?

  • On the trail, you will be sleeping in tents and a basic mountain lodge on the last night with shared dorm-style bunk beds and shared bathroom facilities.

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.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

Tips are always appreciated. Averages below are based on per person recommendations.

  • Head Guide: $6-8/day
  • Assistant Guide: $2-5/day

DOES SOMEONE CARRY MY PACK?

  • You are responsible for carrying your backpack during the entirety of your trip. OneSeed guides will carry group gear like tents, sleeping pads, and cookware.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

  • You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Calafate. Leaving an extra bag at either hotel during your trek is free of charge.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR MY TREK?

  • While the elevation is not much of a factor on this trip, daily mileage can range from 6-13 miles and 5-10 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires above average physical fitness. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Patagonia is recommended.

WHAT IS THE ELEVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

  • The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 3,838 ft. Trekking at high elevation is generally not a concern below 10,000 ft.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

  • Weather in Patagonia is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a slightly more comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain or snow. It never hurts to prep for both!
  • Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for Los Glaciares National Park.

How many people will be on my expedition?

  • We generally cap our group departure dates at around 10, though some may be slightly larger depending on the expedition.
  • We guarantee all group departure dates whether there are 1 or 10 travelers signed up. We recommend asking our team how many people are in your group when you sign up for a departure date. Keep in mind, travelers may join or cancel at the last minute! If you are the only one in your group, we are happy to work with you on changing your travel dates if no deposits have been made.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

  • We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Spanish with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.

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