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7-Day Los Glaciares National Park: Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Trek

7-Day Los Glaciares National Park: Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Trek

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7-Day Los Glaciares National Park: Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Trek
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From north to south, trek to the basecamps of Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, camping at each and trekking to Paso del Viento with views of the second largest icecap outside the polar regions! Experience classic Argentine Patagonia landscapes - steep granite spires towering over vast glaciers, cerulean lakes, rivers and forests.

--Season: October to March

--5 days backpacking trek, 7 days total

--Difficulty: Intermediate - Must be physically fit; 6-8 hours trekking/day

--Requires backpacking experience (carrying 40-45 lbs/18-20 kgs backpack; sections of steep trail and scree, river crossings by zip-line and/or wading)

--Group size: 4 to 8 guests

DEPARTURE DATES 2018:

--Jan 4-10

--Jan 28-Feb 3

--Feb 25- Mar 3

--Mar 25-31

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Day 1: Arrival in El Calafate, Transfer to El Chalten

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Arrive El Calafate (airport FTE). Bus Transportation from Calafate Airport to El Chaltén. Briefing with your guide about details of the program. Gear check. Lodging at El Chaltén. No meals included.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Senderos

Day 2: Start trek, Piedras Blancas Glacier & Laguna de los Tres (BLD)

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Transportation from El Chaltén to Hostería El Pilar. We start hiking towards Fitz Roy base camp, along the Rio Blanco valley.  We pass by the front of Piedras Blancas Glacier and then by the Rio Blanco campsite.  We will hike up from here to Laguna de los Tres (1200m/a/s/l).  This viewpoint has the closest and best panoramic view of Fitz Roy.  From here, we descend to Poincenot campsite (750m/a/s/l), where we will spend the night.  This hike has an elevation gain of 700 meters and will take approx. 7-8 hours.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 3: Laguna Torre & Mirador Maestri (BLD)

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Poincenot campsite is a good spot to take pictures of Fitz Roy during sunrise.  After breakfast, we will leave for our hike to Laguna Torre, passing by Lagunas Madre and Hija.  The hike to Laguna Torre is about 3 hours and a wonderful place for lunch.  If the weather allows, we will continue to Mirador Maestri, the main viewpoint of the mythical Cerro Torre and Glacier Grande.  Afterwards, we’ll return to our camp at “De Agostini” to spend the night.  This hike takes 5 to 6 hours and has an elevation gain of 300-400m.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 4: Zip-line & Laguna Toro (BLD)

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From “De Agostini” campsite we walk about 15 minutes to the origin of Fitz Roy river.  We use a zip-line and harnesses to get across the river.  Then we start ascending a steep forest towards “Paso de Las Agachonas” (1400m/a/s/l), a pass at “Pliegue Tumbado” mountain.  The panoramic views of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from this site are astonishing!  From there we descend to “Rio Tunel” valley and camp at “Laguna Toro” (600m/a/s/l).  This hike has an elevation gain of 800m and will take approx. 6-7 hours.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 5: Tunnel Glacier & Patagonian Ice Field (BLD)

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After 30-40 minutes of walking around Laguna Toro, we cross the Tunnel river:  wading through the river or using another zip-line cable, depending on the conditions of the river.  The ascent to Paso del Viento (passes of the winds) through scree, moraines and a brief section of glacier trekking on the Inferior Tunnel Glacier.  From the windy pass (1550m/a/s/l), you will appreciate part of the Patagonian Ice Field; the origins of Viedma Glacier and the Mariano Moreno Range, among others.  We return to Laguna Toro campsite.  The hike has an elevation gain of 900m and takes about 7-8 hours.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 6: Return to El Chalten (BL)

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We return to El Chaltén by a trail through an open valley and beech forests (lenga trees), traversing the lowest part of “Pliegue Tumbado”.  This hike has an elevation gain of 300-400m and takes 5-6 hours. Lodging at El Chaltén.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Senderos

Day 7: Departure (B)

Bus Transportation from El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport. End of our services.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

7-Day Los Glaciares National Park: Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Trek

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2018

# People in Group: 2+
7-Day Los Glaciares National Park: Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Trek: $1400

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)

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