Challenging hikes in Los Glaciares National Park
On the southern edge of Patagonia, alongside the largest ice field outside Antarctica, looms the sheer granite mass of Fitzroy—the centerpiece of Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park—rising some 6,000 feet from the glaciers at its base. Often shrouded by mists and violent cloudbursts, the foreboding spires of this region have long attracted the most daring climbers and adventurers.
Our trip takes you to the most remote reaches of the park—not only to the base of Fitzroy, but also to the shores of Lago Toro and Lago Viedma. Along with spectacular views of Cerro Torre and the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, keep your eyes open for the massive condors that nest here! This trip is paradise for hardy trekkers who love to challenge themselves on strenuous terrain. Patagonia's highlands are some of the most dramatic anywhere, and this unparalleled adventure brings you to the very heart of this legendary landscape. Minimum age is 15.
7 days strenuous hiking on uneven terrain;
- Challenge yourself with strenuous hikes among the famous high peaks of Los Glaciares National Park
- Traverse massive glaciers and hike the shorelines of expansive lakes that few travelers ever have the chance to see
- Stunning views include Cerro Torre, Fitzroy, the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, and Lago Viedma
Duration: 10 days Start Location: El Calafate End Location: El CalafateDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Calafate – El Chaltén
Arrive at El Calafate and transfer to the village of El Chaltén, within Los Glaciares National Park for overnight.
Day 2 : El Chaltén – Fitzroy Adventure Camp
Traveling north you'll have the chance to ride mountain bikes or float the Río de Las Vueltas—with Fitzroy looming on the skyline!
Day 3 : Loma del Diablo
Hike up Loma del Diablo (5,900'), a rarely traveled area with gorgeous views of Cerro Torre.
Day 4 : Laguna de Los Tres
A hike up the Río Blanco brings us to La Laguna de los Tres, where you'll be able to see the routes of technical assaults on Fitzroy.
Day 5 : Laguna Toro
Cross Agachonas Pass, then follow the Río Túnel to our camp near Lago Toro.
Day 6 : Paso del Viento
Scramble over glaciers and up scree slopes to a panoramic lookout over the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Camp in a lateral moraine of the Viedma Glacier.
Day 7 : Rest Day
A rest day, or time to be used elsewhere in case of inclement weather.
Day 8 : Huemul Pass
Today's hike circles Cerro Huemul, in a remote part of the park. Tonight we'll camp in a dwarf beech forest with views of the Viedma Glacier flowing into Lago Viedma.
Day 9 : Lago Viedma – El Chaltén
Descend steeply to Lago Viedma and rendezvous with a boat that will take us to a waiting vehicle for our return trip to El Chaltén.
Day 10 : Departure
Drive to Calafate and fly to Buenos Aires. Fly home.
DATES: Best time to go: January Departures: Jan 17 - 26, 2014
Rates quoted are per person, based on sharing double accommodations.
Internal flights are not included in the land cost.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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