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Explore the Perito Moreno Glacier, hike to the base of Mt. Fitz Roy and walk along the path that mountaineers use to reach the Continental Ice Field.

 

Price: Starting from $1,692

Duration: 8 days (November - March)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

PRICE: $1990

Student (15% discount): $1692

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to El Calafate Airport
Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 3: Bus to Chalten
Day 4: Bus to Puente Electrico. Hike to Piedral del Fraile.
Day 5: Hike to Mt. Fitz Roy / Poincenot
Day 6: Hike Poincenot / Laguna Torre
Day 7: Hike Laguna Torre / Paso Agachonas / El Chalten
Day 8: Bus from El Chalten Calafate Airport; International departures after 3pm

PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS

Private expeditions are available for this itinerary. Pricing for private expeditions based on group size. 

GROUP DEPARTURES 

Arrival DateEnd DateStatus
November 4, 2017November 11, 2017Open
November 18, 2017November 25, 2017Open
December 2, 2017December 9, 2017Open
December 23, 2017December 30, 2017Open

INCLUsions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • airport pick-up and drop-off on expedition dates (if extending your stay, transportation fees from the airport apply)
  • 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 
  • 3 nights camping accommodation
  • 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: El Calafate (643ft/196m). 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 this beautiful town. 

Inclusions: Airport transportation; B&B accommodations

Day 2: El Calafate to Perito Moreno Glacier (587ft/179m). Awake to the beauty of Southern Argentina, surrounded by steep mountain peaks and vibrant blue water! Enjoy breakfast then depart for the Perito Moreno Glacier. Located in Los Glaciares National Park, the Perito Moreno glacier is considered by many to be the 8th natural wonder of the world and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the largest glaciers in Patagonia, Perito Moreno reaches an average height of 240 feet high as it rises from the glorious Argentino Lake. Spend the day exploring this magnificent glacier and sailing around the lake. Arrive back to Calafate by 5pm and rest up for an exciting day tomorrow!

Inclusions: Breakfast, box lunch; B&B accommodations; National Park entrance fees

Day 3: El Calafate to El Chaltén (1,303ft/397m). Take a morning bus ride (3 hours) from El Calafate to El Chalten. Drop off your belongings at our partner lodge in El Chalten then 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 Chalten, including the Fitz Roy range. You may view a wild armadillo or condors along the way! In the evening, enjoy a traditional Argentinian barbecue and prepare for the first day of your trek the following day.  

Inclusions: Public bus transportation; B&B accommodations, all meals (breakfast, box lunch, dinner)

Day 4: El Chaltén to Piedra del Fraile (1,739ft/530m). 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 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; camping accommodations

Day 5: Piedra del Fraile to Mt. Fitz Roy to Poincenot (2,461ft/750m). 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 Mt 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 6: Poincenot to Laguna Torre (2,080ft/634m): 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 three lagoons – Madre, Hija and Nieta. The path is quite flat, which is a nice break after all the climbing the day before! After a couple of hours, drop into the glacial valley that takes you towards Laguna Torre. 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. Sleep at Thorwood Camp that evening. 

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

Inclusions: All meals; camping accommodations

Day 7: Laguna Torre to El Chaltén (1,759ft/536m). Cross the Fitz Roy River at the tyrolese (zip line), then embark on a steep climb up the Paso de las Agachonas and onto the stunning ridge of the Pliegue Tumbado where you will have panoramic views of the Agujas (needles) and the whole massif. Head back to El Chalten for a rewarding rest.

Total distance: 12 miles. Approximately 6-8 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch; B&B in El Chaltén

Day 8: El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport (1,706ft/520m). Take an early-morning bus from Chaltén to Calafate, 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. End of services. 

Inclusions: Breakfast and airport 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 El Calafate
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip
  • Medical insurance card
  • 40 Argentinean pesos for departure from El 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
  • 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 

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

 

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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.