Double Occupancy: $1,999 per person
Single Occupancy: $2,410 per person
Duration: Eight Days
Minimum No. of Travelers: 2
The Fitz Roy and Perito Moreno Glacier adventure starts and ends at El Calafate, and focuses on Los Glaciares National Park. You hike Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, the two most emblematic mountains of Patagonia. You also visit Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers in the world that shows a closure and rupture process due to unusually favourable conditions.
This is a tour for those wanting to enjoy Patagonia at a closer and deeper level. You go through El Calafate and El Chalten, the two most iconic cities in the Patagonia region that are an integral part of so many climbing expeditions.
This journey has no demanding passages nor risky paths, and virtually anyone can take it! It just requires the willingness to approach this sort of tourism as a balanced mix of outdoors, comfort and nature.
DAY 1: El Calafate
We welcome you at El Calafate airport and transfer you to town where you check in at your lodge. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the town.Overnight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Welcome Dinner
DAY 2: Bus to El Chalten – Camp Poincenot
After breakfast you take a 137 mile long bus ride to El Chaltén, a small and picturesque village at the foot of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre massif. You make a stop halfway through the drive to enjoy local pastries and hot coffee. Once in El Chaltén, you start your trek. It is important to note that on this trek you must only carry what is necessary for the 2 nights and 3 days in which you spend at your fully loaded camps inside the National Park. What you don’t need is left behind at our office and you receive it back at your accommodation in El Chaltén on day 4.
To start your trek, you hike up a gentle slope on the Fitz Roy Trail and gain height over the River de las Vueltas valley. After a couple hours of trekking you get to the first viewpoints over Fitz Roy massif. From this first viewpoint it is another 2 hours of gentle walking across bogs and forests to take you to your camp, Your camp offers a spectacular view of all of the Fitz Roy group spires rising from the surrounding glaciers.
*Your camps are pitched up early in the season, so they are ready upon arrival. The camp offers comfortable igloo type tents for 1 to 2 passengers with an insulation mat and sleeping bags inside. The camp also features a spacious dinning tent, a kitchen tent, tables, benches or chairs and a full set of kitchenware. The sanitary services are latrine-type (rural area).
DAY 3: Cerro Fitz Roy – Laguna de Los Tres
Early in the morning before the first coffee, you can try to catch the pink morning light hitting the Fitz Roy granite walls. This moment is really all you need to make the trip worthwhile, but of course, the day offers much more!
After breakfast, carrying only what you need for the day such as a parka, gloves, a camera, water bottle and your box lunch, you hike along Fitz Roy Trail up to Rio Blanco. You can see the climbers basecamp to the east side of the mountain. From here, a steep 1 hour trail leads you to an incredible viewpoint of the National Park: Laguna de los Tres. With its distinct blue waters, Laguna de los Tres lies at the foot of the massif and offers a full close up view of the Fitz Roy massif spires and glaciers. Each wall raises from about 600 to 1500 mts above the surrounding glaciers. Fitz Roy, 3,405 mts above sea level, is considered the “King of Patagonia” and also one of the three most beautiful mountains on Earth (together with Alpamayo in Perú and K2 in the Karakoram). After taking it all in, you hike back to the camp in the late afternoon. The total walking time for the day is about 5 to 6 hours.
DAY 4: Cerro Torre – El Chalten
Today you walk south along Lagoons Madre and Hija Valley down to Fitz Roy river valley where you pick up the Cerro Torre Trail. The trail runs along beech forest, bogs and shrubland. It finally leads you to Laguna Torre, enclosed by moraines and Glacier Grande calving in its west side. It is usual to see icebergs pushed by the wind in the coast of the lagoon. The thin and elegant 10262’ of the Cerro Torre group and the Adela range in the background complete this impressive view. In the afternoon, you hike back to El Chalten along the Cerro Torre Trail to return to your comfortable room and hot shower.Overnight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Box Lunch
DAY 5: El Chalten – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
This 4900 ft. hill immediately south of Cerro Torre valley offers some of the best views over the different groups of mountains, glaciers and lakes that are featured in this area. From the lower terraces to the summit, you get spectacular views of Fitz Roy, Las Torres and the glacier valley in between. A bonus from the summit is the vision of Paso del Viento and some of the mountains that stick out from the Patagonian Icefield. Depending on the group capacity, we can choose either the lower terraces or try the summit, a long but gentle climb on scree. The lower part of the mountain is covered by scrubland and forest.Overnight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6: El Chalten – El Calafate
During the morning and afternoon you have the opportunity to spend the day at your leisure, and visit the town or go on an optional excursion around the area. In the late afternoon, you return to El Calafate.Overnight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast
DAY 7: El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier
We dedicate today to the World’s Natural Wonders and an UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Moreno Glacier. This giant sheet of ice flows down from the Patagonian Icefield and measures 97 mi2! Because of the unusually favourable local conditions, this is the only glacier in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads you to the very front of the glacier, which will only be a few feet away from you. A short picturesque trail leads you from the shores of the lake to the upper viewpoints. The roar of the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes this a very special and unique experience. We then drive about 1 and a half hours to return back to your hotel across a steepe with the possibility of sighting a wide variety of birds.Overnight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast
DAY 8: El Calafate Airport
After breakfast at your hotel you transfer to El Calafate airport to head home or continue on to your next adventure! This is the end of our services.Meals provided: Breakfast
The meals we provide in the program are shown below:
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- Bilingual Tour Leader / Guide (Spanish - English) throughout the trip.
- Entrance fees to all Sites shown in the itinerary
- All transportation as shown in the itinerary including buses and regular ferries
- 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 4 dinners as detailed
- 5 nights in hotels (double or single room with private bathroom)
- 2 nights in tents in fully equipped camps
- International Flights to and from El Calafate
- Medical and life insurance
- Drinks and beverages (all meals exclude alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks)
- Entrance Fees to National Parks
- Optional excursions
- Services not shown or detailed in the program
- A 60 litre Duffel sac (18 lbs max weight)
- Small daypack
- Thermal underwear and socks
- Walking shoes or boots
- Trekking boots and poles
- Rain jacket & pants
- Gloves & wool hat
- Long sleeved shirts (cotton/breathable fabric, not too thin)
- Sun hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
- Mosquito repellent
- Personal items & medication
- Torch, binoculars
- Personal documents (Passport Mandatory to present at control gates)
Weather in Patagonia is unpredictable. Not very cold, but usually windy. We suggest you dress in layers.
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