Fitz Roy and Perito Moreno Express
Hike across a UNESCO protected landscape of creaking glaciers and high peaks, reaching a summit few others do for out of this world views.
El Calafate Airport
This is the perfect trip for adventurous travellers who want to push a bit further and higher than most people do. Reasonable fitness and a bit of previous hiking experience will serve you well.
Travel to the small hiking town of El Chaltén, far from civilisation and surrounded by towering, snow-covered mountains. Trek past glaciers and iceberg-filled lagoons, spot local wildlife and summit Cerro Madsen (1806m) for an aerial view of this amazing landscape. Set up camp beneath Mount Fitz Roy itself and contemplate the meaning of life while you gaze at its sheer walls catching the last of the sun's rays. Finish off the adventure with a visit to the must-see Perito Moreno glacier. Want more? Combine this with our Untouched Torres Del Paine trip for the ultimate trekking fortnight.
- Two days trekking
- One night camping in the National Park
- Two nights in hotels in El Chaltén
- One night in a hotel in El Calafate
- Certified, English speaking local guide
- Camping equipment
- 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner (on camping night).
- Private visit to Perito Moreno glacier
- Comfortable public buses to/from El Calafate
Day 1: Travel to El Chaltén
From the town of El Calafate on the edge of the Patagonian ice field, jump on the bus (pre-arranged for you from either the airport, or town centre) and drive for around three hours to El Chaltén, getting your first glimpse of the Fitz Roy massif as you cross the altiplano.
Check into your hotel and then meet your guide and fellow hikers in central El Chaltén, before relaxing over a hot meal in one of the town’s cosy restaurants.
Day 2: Trek Laguna de los Tres and Ascend Cerro Madsen
From the trailhead at El Pilar, set off on foot along a gently ascending path through the forest, to the Piedras Blancas Glacier viewpoint.
After a break to recharge and take in the views of the hanging glacier, tackle the most challenging section of today’s trek - one hour of steep uphill hiking through a landscape of snow-capped mountains.
Catch your breath at the top and then eat lunch alongside panoramic views of Mount Fitz Roy, before crossing the glacial moraine to begin your ascent of Cerro Madsen.
Hike and scramble across rocky outcrops as you climb towards the summit, then look down upon Laguna de Los Tres and the altiplano in the distance.
Once you’ve had your fill, descend to Capri Lagoon and see Mount Fitz Roy reflected in its still, clear waters, then continue on to Poincenot campground, your home for the night, where you’ll set up your tent at the edge of the forest and enjoy a hot dinner cooked over an open fire with views of Mount Fitz Roy.
Total distance hiked: 24km / 12 hours / 1200 metre ascent / 1100 metre descent
Please note, depending on the weather, the guide may decide to switch the ascent of Madsen to day 3.
Day 3: Trek to Laguna Torre
Rise with the sun to watch the morning rays hit Fitz Roy turning its steep rocky slopes into dozens of shades of orange and red.
After breakfast, hike past the Madre and Hija lagoons and then drop down into Torre valley, famous among geologists for its perfect shape carved by glaciers scouring the landscape thousands of years ago.
Follow the valley to the glacial lake of Laguna Torre, keeping an eye out for small icebergs floating across the surface and enjoy the views of Mount Torre – one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb.
Take lunch at the lagoon and then visit D’Agostini camp where some of the world’s most famous climbers have spent a night or two, before following the Fitz Roy river back to El Chaltén to say goodbye to your guide and enjoy a meal with your fellow hikers.
Total distance hiked: 20km / 7-8 hours / 250 metre ascent / 180 metre descent
Meals: breakfast & lunch
Day 4: Head to Perito Moreno glacier
After breakfast, jump on the comfortable public bus back to El Calafate, where your new guide for the day will be waiting with a private mini-van to take you to explore Perito Moreno glacier.
The beautiful 80km drive along the shores of Lago Argentino is worth a photo stop or two. Your guide will tell us a bit about the history of the region, its life and customs, the National Parks and the glaciers. Once we get to the glacier, we'll have 3 or 4 hours to explore the series of walkways, allowing you to get up close and see the glacier from all sorts of different angles, and possibly a spectacular ice fall or two.
Back in El Calafate at the end of the day you'll be dropped at your hotel. Explore the town in your own time, and perhaps head out for a final dinner with your fellow adventurers.
Meals: breakfast & lunch
Day 5: Say goodbye
Check out after breakfast, say your goodbyes and head off to your next adventure. Are you carrying on to Puerto Natales to trek Torres Del Paine, going south to Ushuaia, or perhaps going to the airport to fly back to Buenos Aires? Your local host can help arrange your onward travel if needed.
A note on our travel style
On this trip, we've chosen to move around on public buses to/from Chalten and Calafate. They are direct, comfortable and run regularly, allowing you to keep costs down and the spirit of independence up.
All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.
You’ll spend two nights in a simple local guesthouse in El Chaltén that’s well located to explore the small town, with clean, comfortable, en-suite twin share rooms. While trekking you’ll spend one night at the Poincenot camp ground located on the wooded edge of a valley with epic views of the Fitz Roy massif. The campsite is basic, with no shower facilities or electricity. All camping and cooking equipment will be provided by your hosts. On the last night in El Calafate you'll be in another welcoming 2 star guesthouse with en-suite rooms.
PRIVATE ROOM UPGRADE: For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for the guesthouse nights only (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking.
Los Glaciares National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering 2,806 square miles, making it the largest national park in Argentina. Home to 47 glaciers, as well as Magellenic woodpeckers and the nearly extinct Huemel deer, 30% of the park is covered in ice, with the rest comprised of mountain lakes and lagoons, glacial moraine and snow covered peaks including the towering 3,405 metre summit of Mount Fitz Roy. The town of El Chaltén is home to around 350 year-round residents and has been named Argentina’s capital of trekking.
El Chalten, 19.00.
Check in to your accommodation any time, then meet the rest of the group and guide at the host’s local office in central El Chaltén at 19:00 on day one for a pre-trip briefing. The bus from El Calafate (airport or town centre) to El Chalten is included in the price and will be pre-booked for you according to your travel plans. Your local host will confirm all the details with you after booking.
El Calafate, after breakfast.
You'll be dropped at your hotel in El Calafate after visiting Perito Moreno glacier. Breakfast is included the following morning, and check out when you like. Where will you head next? You host can help you arrange your onward travel if required.
Dates & Prices
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There are currently no planned group departures. Please contact this host to request a quote for a custom trip.
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