This four day El Chalten hiking extension covers the best day hikes in Argentina's trekking capital - including Laguna Torre, Fitz Roy and Laguna de Los Tres - with a private guide and luxe glamping accommodation
Staying three nights in luxury glamping tents overlooking Mount Fitz Roy, enjoy comfortable beds with a view and a convivial atmosphere in the dining/lounge tent. Each day you will tick off a bucket-list El Chalten hike with a private guide, starting with Laguna de los Tres and Mount Fitz Roy. From the lake summit, soak in views of Fitz Roy, Glacier de los Tres and the stunningly blue waters of the lagoon at its base. Your second iconic day hike is Laguna Torre, which meanders along the Rio Fitz Roy before ascending to views of the Torre Massif and a mountainous lake filled with icebergs. In the afternoons, relax in a hammock or over a wine by the river with new friends. Additional self-guided walks are available on check-in and check-out days if you want to explore more of the pristine landscape from camp. Your four day El Chalten extension includes private return transfers from El Calafate to Chalten Camp, making it an easy addition to your time in Southern Patagonia.
Your four-day private itinerary includes:
- Three nights at Chalten Camp in a forest-view room with private ensuite
- Private guided hike to Laguna de los Tres and Fitz Roy
- Private guided hike to Laguna Torre
- Independent walks from Chalten Camp on check-in and check-out day
- Daily breakfast and three course dinners at Chalten Camp
- Daily packed lunches for hiking days
- Select non-alcoholic beverages included at Camp (alcoholic beverages at cost)
- All ground transfers required to/from trails
- Private return transfers from El Calafate to El Chalten
This journey commences and concludes in El Calafate, Argentina. Private transfers from El Calafate to El Chalten (and return) are included in your journey. Direct flights to El Calafate are available from Buenos Aires. We can also arrange transfers to El Chalten from Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park on request.
Please enquire about pre and post-accommodation options in El Calafate and extension options to Torres del Paine National Park.
Your private transfer from El Calafate to El Chalten takes about three hours, and you will enjoy the view to Fitz Roy growing larger as you approach. If the jagged peaks of Fitz Roy seem familiar, check your gear – the outline of Fitz Roy is the logo of outdoor clothing brand, Patagonia. On arrival at Chalten Camp, settle in with a drink by the fire in the lounge tent or find a hammock under a tree with a view to the mountains. This uniquely relaxing environment will have you at one with nature in no time. Tonight brings a hearty meal featuring Patagonian produce, before you fall asleep in your dome tent with the stars visible outside.
After a breakfast in the dining dome, and collecting your packed lunch, set off on the short transfer to the trailhead for today’s hike to Fitz Roy and Laguna de Los Tres. Your professional guide will lead you on the 20 kilometre hike starting with a river crossing and gentle climb along a trail that leads to the base of Mount Fitz Roy and the stunningly blue, Los Tres Lagoon. Enjoy lunch here while admiring the views of Fitz Roy and Glaciar de los Tres, and explore the lakeshore and views over the adjacent valley and Lago Sucia. Later return to the trailhead to conclude your hike back at El Chalten, where you’ll be dropped to camp. After a hot shower and wine by the fire, enjoy a three-course dinner with fellow camp guests with the ever-present view to Fitz Roy outside the dome.Daily walk distance: 20 kilometres
Included: B - L - D
Today brings another bucket-list El Chalten day hike, with your guide leading you on the Laguna Torre trail today. After a short transfer to the trail, you will hike alongside the Fitz Roy River as you begin your trek up the valley eventually gaining impressive views of the Torre Massif. After ascending 500 metres over the course of the morning, you will be able to see the adjacent river valet and the often-hiding peaks lying beyond Cerro Fitz Roy. The icebergs floating in the glacial lake at the top of today’s guided walk are a sight to behold and a great spot to enjoy lunch. Later continue along the trail back to El Chalten, arriving at camp late afternoon. After freshening up, consider a glass of wine and maybe some cheese at the scenic tables set up by the river, a perfect way to start the evening. After another dinner warmed by the fire in the dining dome, you’ll be ready for a night of rest.
Daily walk distance: up to 18 kilometres
Included: B - L - D
On your final morning, consider a gentle walk in the Patagonian landscape surrounding camp before breakfast. Your driver will be ready to meet you late morning for your private transfer back to El Calafate.
October to April, with any date departure subject to availability