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El Chalten Day Tours

Rafting Río las Vueltas

An aquatic way to enjoy El Chaltén! If you are tired of walking and want an adrenalin fueled adventure enjoy an amazing trip down the River de las Vueltas, views of the mountains and the stunning canyon full of amazing geological faults carved out by the river itself. This activity fits in perfectly for arrival/ departure days into Chaltén.

We start the activity at the Rafting base of operations. The guides hand out and show us how to use the dry suits. They also teach us the basics of paddling as part of a team! Ready for adventure, we start our descent down the River de las Vueltas, a distance of about 16km. The first section is gentle, allowing time for learning the basics of paddling and safety. Later we enter the zone of rapids where our attention jumps between following the guide’s instructions, the adrenalin running through our veins making us feel very much alive and admiring the landscape that we pass; the unique sedimentary formations that so characterize this canyon. At the end of the trip, a vehicle will be ready to take us back to El Chaltén. This trip takes place in the morning and in the afternoon, so you can do it on the day you arrive in the afternoon or on the day you leave in the morning. 

 

Length: 3 hours
Grade of difficulty: Easy
Experience required: Fit. No rafting experience required.
Season: November to April
Group size: Variable
Ratio: 1 Guide : 8 Pax

Include: All rafting gear – Rafting guide – Full dry suit – Transfers to/from start/end points.

FROM USD 142

Lago del Desierto Premium Excursion (Private Tour)

A unique excursion, where you can enjoy one of the most rugged areas of Patagonia. It is an unforgettable tour in which you can enjoy nature with “the five senses”. This is a different option in which we can interpret nature, take many photos, visit historic sites, watch wildlife, boat on a lake, and trek through one of the most beautiful forests in the region. We will also enjoy a “Picada Argentina” (Mix of different cheeses, meat, olives, and bread) with some of the best products from Argentina, and of course, enjoy a good wine. 

The group will leave El Chaltén at approximately 9 am and take the mountain gravel road (RP 23) northbound for 40 km. While driving along road we will pass through spectacular landscapes such as the valley of Río de Las Vueltas, framed by the Cordón de Los Cóndores.

Shortly after we will begin to enjoy the amazing view of the glaciers such as Eléctrico, Piedras Blancas, and Cagliero. We can also see the Marconi glacier, the gateway to the Southern Continental Ice Field.  As we move forward through the dense forest, we will cross many streams that turn into rivers and that run under historical bridges. We will also make a stop at the beautiful Cóndor Lake to do some bird watching. 

Other waterfalls along the way will invite us to stop: The first being El Salto del Anillo, for a souvenir photo. The next is Salto Argentino where torrent ducks can be observed. We also have an option to stop at a landmark that tells the history of the area.   Arriving at Lago del Desierto, we will prepare to go up to the Huemul Glacier and lagoon and marvel at the forest and flora in the area, as well as get a chance to view a hanging glacier. (a walk of 4 Km, that takes 2 hours, with an elevation of 220 m).At the lake we will head down to the viewpoints and prepare a “Picada Argentina” and enjoy a nice lunch accompanied by good wine.Then we will board the boat and sail to the North End of Lago del Desierto while we admire the beautiful lake surrounded by the Andes mountain range, the main protagonist being Mount Vespignani. From the North End we will enjoy a unique view of the north face of Mount Fitz Roy in the distance.  We will return to the South End and then disembark after a short walk, arriving back at El Chaltén at about 17hs. 

 

 

Length: 8/9 Hs
Grade of Difficulty: Easy
Experience Required: No experience in trekking required
Season: OCTOBER / APRIL

Included: Lunch. Entrance Fee. Binoculars, trekking poles, magnifying glasses, maps, flora and fauna guides.

NOTE: Request for regular half-day service

FROM USD 408

Trek to Laguna Torre (Private Tour)

One of the classic and can’t be missed walks of El Chaltén, to Laguna Torre where we find an impressive view of the Torre massif, the Adela range, Mount Solo and their respective glaciers. The footpath will take us through a wide range of landscapes, ranging from wide glacially formed valleys to dense forests. We stop at great panoramic spots and visit famous base camps that are used by famous climbers.

From El Chaltén we head off on the Laguna Torre footpath and after a small climb we enter a small ñire wood. From here, the path starts to gain height and straighten up alongside the Fitz Roy River until it arrives at a viewpoint of the river canyon and the Margarita waterfall. The panorama presents the valley of the Fitz Roy River and its serpentine course with the backdrop of the unique Mount Solo, the Adela range and the impressive Mount Torre. After about an hour of walking we arrive at the Mount Torre viewpoint. Here we will make the most of the magnificent views of Mount Torre, the Adela range and glaciers and have a short break. We then walk for 2 hours through grand lenga forests, crossing old glacial moraines and wet plains formed by the previous courses of the river until we arrive at Laguna Torre. In this section there is always the possibility of spotting a wide range of birds, including the Magellanic woodpecker. At Laguna Torre it is usual to see huge icebergs, ice which has fallen off the Torre glacier face. This walk in springtime is lovely, as we are able to see a large variety of wild flowers endemic to Patagonia. After a rest and lunch at the lagoon, we start the trek back to El Chaltén

 

 

Length: 7/8 hours
Grade of difficulty: Easy
Experience required: Fit. No trekking experience required.
Season: All year round, depending on the winter, shorter treks may be necessary, this will be decided by the guide.
Group size: Variable
Ratio: 1 Guide : 15 Pax

Note: Meals not included

Trek to Laguna De los Tres

 

The classic, spectacular and unforgettable trek of the region. This is the trek to do if you only have one day in El Chaltén.  A trek that takes you past some impressive scenery and through forests until you arrive at the mystical Mount Fitz Roy; admiring lagoons of different shades of blue, imposing glaciers and campgrounds visited by famous international climbers. This trek starts with a transfer to the trail head at El Pilar, located 17km to the north of the town. We start walking in a dense forest of lengas, that protect us from the winds coming off the Continental Ice Field.  The path is easy as it’s quite flat and the climbs are gentle. We arrive at our first viewpoint, Piedras Blancas glacier and a bit later we leave the forest and end up in a clearing where we can admire in all their splendour the peaks of “S”, Saint Exupéry, Poincenot, Fitz Roy, Mermoz and Guillaumet. From here we continue for a few more minutes until we arrive at Poincenot camp ground, located in beautiful lenga forest. We then climb 400m in about an hour until we arrive at Laguna de los Tres. On arriving at the highest point on the path, we are rewarded by the majestic views of Fitz Roy, the glacier de los Tres and its lagoon.  The grandeur of this location makes you feel very insignificant. From here we circle Laguna de los Tres and head towards the viewpoint of the Laguna Sucia and its glacier. Again, the breathtaking views are unforgettable. After a rest and a bite for lunch, we will start the descent and walk back to El Chaltén

 

 

Length: 8/9 hours
Grade of difficulty: Moderate
Experience required: Fit. No trekking experience required
Season: All year round, depending on the winter, shorter treks may be necessary, this will be decided by the guide.
Group size: Variable
Ratio: 1 Guide : 15 Pax

Note: Meals Not included

Mountain Bike from Lago del Desierto

 

Start your tour by driving on this 37 km unpaved route between El Chaltén and Lago del Desierto. Once in Lago del Desierto, put off the bike ride for a little bit, if you want, choosing to explore the area, trek Huemul Glacier or travel by boat on the lake. The bike ride back to El Chaltén has some uphill moments, but will generally be flat or downhill. For the most part, the road is in the valley basin of Rio de las Vuelta and there will be many parts where the trail runs parallel to the river.

 

Duration: Full day, 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Physical requirements: Fit. Minimal MTB experience recommended
Services Included: Bike and related equipment, transfer to Lago del Desierto.
Services Not Included: Meals, guide.

 

Note: Excursion only possible October through April.