In the language of local Tehuelche people, El Chaltén means ‘the smoking mountain’ and refers to Mt. Fitz Roy – an object of curiosity for numerous mountaineers, as Fitz Roy appears to be a natural monument piercing the skyline. Be enchanted by the impressive Argentinean Andes and enjoy the solitude of this mountainous region.

Interests

  • Adventure
  • Landscape

Highlights

  • Mt. Fitz Roy
  • Cerro Torres
  • Viedma Glacier
  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Kayaking

Places to Stay

Exterior view at Hosteria El Puma in El Chalten, Argentina
Hosteria El Puma

Style: Boutique

Located in the heart of Argentina's Glacier National Park is the town of El Chaltén: gateway to the finest climbing, trekking and horse riding trails in Patagonia.

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Hosteria Senderos

Style: Boutique

Hosteria Senderos enjoys an enviable location at the foot of the impressive Fitz Roy massif.

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Refugio Lago Condor

Style: Camp

Set amongst the forests of Patagonia along the shores of the Rio de las Vueltas, the Refugio Lago Condor is a cozy timber wilderness lodge boasting unique views of Mt. Fitz Roy.

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Activities in El Chaltén

Independent Trekking in El Chaltén

El Chaltén is a hikers paradise! With very well-marked trails leaving right from the small center of town, you can enjoy various day-hikes independently leaving right from your hotel. The hotel will have trail maps and experienced staff to give recommendations and organize for lunch boxes for the longer hikes. Favorite hikes include Cerro Torre (medium level trek) and Laguna de los Tres (difficult level trek) which leads up to the stunning lagoons at the base of Mount Fitz Roy. (Independent activity, no guide)

4 Days Fitz Roy & Cerro Torres trekking

Surround yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Patagonian mountains on a four day trek. Your adventure begins with a briefing from your mountain guide. Get a good night’s sleep in a comfortable hotel El Chalten before venturing through beautiful beech forests to reach Fitz Roy base camp. After a hearty breakfast the following day, Cerro Torre base camp awaits for another enchanting evening under canvas.

Independent Hiking and Trekking in El Chaltén

El Chaltén is a hikers paradise! With very well-marked trails leaving right from the small center of town, you can enjoy various day-hikes independently leaving right from your hotel. The hotel will have trail maps and experienced staff to give recommendations and organize for lunch boxes for the longer hikes. Favorite hikes include Cerro Torre (medium level trek) and Laguna de los Tres (difficult level trek) which leads up to the stunning lagoons at the base of Mount Fitz Roy. (Independent activity, no guide)

Half day Viedma navigation at EL Chaltén in Group

From El Chaltén, sail on the glacial waters of Lago Viedma visiting its namesake glacier. Approach the facade of the glacier, which is a dramatic blue ice wall towering 130 feet above the surface of the Lake, and also enjoy views of the Huemel Mountain.

Half day Mountain Bike at EL Chaltén in Group

A half-day mountain bike tour reveals the vast expanse of Patagonia, which you’ll experience firsthand with a small group.

Full Day visit to Kayak De las Vueltas River

A beautiful day trip in a small group offers incredible memories along the way as you kayak through the Patagonian steppe landscape and into the De las Vueltas River.

Full Day visit to Desierto Lake with navigation

Your tour starts with a small group, journeying from El Chaltén to the beautiful Desierto, the desert lake situated in the middle of the Patagonian Steppe. Travel by boat over the calm crystal-clear waters of the lake and wonder at the breathtaking landscape scenes.

Full Day visit to Desierto Lake with hike to Huemul Glacier

Visit the ‘Lago del Desierto’ or desert glacier lagoon and take a short walk to admire Glacier Huemul in a small group. Then head to the Ecocamps where lunch will be served to you. Explore the intoxicating world of the Andes mountain on your own before heading back to El Chalten at 16:30.

EL Chaltén Viedma navigation & Ice Trek in Group

From El Chaltén, sail on the glacial waters of Lago Viedma visiting its namesake glacier. Disembark alongside the icy giant and enter the ice for an amazing trek during which you will experience the magical world of the glacier from up close. Marvel at the sculptural formations, deep crevasses and the myriad shades of blue of Argentina’s largest glacier.

EL Chaltén Viedma navigation & Ice Trek Pro in Group

A spectacular glacial ice trek reveals the beauty of El Chalten. You will be individually guided and cared for while you enjoy breathtaking views of the white-turquoise, sparkling mass of the ice giant and the surrounding landscape.

El Chaltén self-guided with ice trek 4 Days

Spend four magical days within the beautiful Ecocamps of El Chalten and partake in numerous, treks and hikes. All transfers and meals are included.

Included activities at Fitz Roy Adventure 3 Days

A wonderful stay amidst the Patagonian mountain range delivers the best of nature. The comfortable Fitz Roy Adventure Camp offers a variety of exciting trips, including trekking tours to Capri and Torre Lagoons and to the base camp of Fitz Roy Mountain. Additional trips can also be arranged if time allows. Customized routes and activities make this a one-of-its-kind experience in an Argentinean trekking paradise.

Included activities at Fitz Roy Adventure 2 Days

Immerse yourself natures splendor with a wonderful stay in the heart of the Patagonian mountain range. The comfortable Fitz Roy Adventure Camp offers a variety of exciting activities: trekking tours to the Capri and Torre Lagoons and to the base camp of Fitz Roy Mountain are just a few. Depending upon the duration of your stay, you can pick and choose activities for a unique experience in this Argentinean trekking paradise.

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