Trek & camp

THESE ARE OUR TREK & CAMP PROGRAMS.


ACTIVE 3 DAYS

October to April


Technical Difficulty: Beginner

Physical Demand: High


Activo 3 dias

DESCRIPTION:

Hiking, rock climbing and the glacier trek make this programme a very interesting option. Transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén and back is included as well as lunch box every day and two nights’s lodging (bed & breakfast style).

DAY 1  ROCK CLIMBING
Rock climbing introduction with qualified instructors. Casa de Guías wants to show you the vertical world. Monitored by expert climbers, certified instructors and AAGM (Association Argentina de Guías de Montaña) Mountain Guides. You will be introduced to know the basics of rock climbing technique in top rope style. Climbing is a unique sport, your whole body is going be engaged and your mind will experience the thrill of going up! Night in Lodge.

DAY 2 TORRE GLACIER TREK
Early in the morning (7 am) we leave the village towards Laguna Torre (Lake Torre) following a well marked trail. Before reaching the lake we’ll stop at Campamento Prestadores to pick up harnesses, crampons and the rest of the climbing gear that we need for the glacier. We’ll also take a break to have some tea or coffee at our mess tent.
Another 30 minutes or so and we’ll be at the lake in the point where the Fitz Roy River is born: here we’ll cross it through a so called “Tyrolean rope”. Once on the other side of the river a rocky steep trail up and down around the lake will finally take us to the glacier. Here the guides will put the crampons on our feet and then give all the necessary instructions to walk on the ice.  We will spend approximately 3 hours on the glacier depending mostly on the weather conditions, walking among beautiful blue crevasses, sink holes, curious formations and perhaps caves; note that all formations on the glacier are ephemeral. You will have an opportunity to practice some ice climbing if you want. We will take the same way to cross the Tyrolean rope, stop for tea at our camp and then take the trail back to El Chaltén.
Total time: 12 hs.

DIA 3  FITZ ROY HIKE
30 minutes bus ride to Hosteria El Pilar (15 km. north of El Chaltén). Here we’ll take a nice trail through a beech forest towards the Poincenot Base camp (2.30 hs); on the way there are great views of the Piedras Blancas Glacier and the Rio Blanco Valley. From this camp a steep trail (1.30/450 mts) goes to Laguna de los Tres. This is the closest lookout to see Mount Fitz Roy, after this point only climbers can continue. We’ll have lunch here enjoying one of the most beautiful mountain sceneries of the world: the superb granite tower called Mount Fitz Roy. Once back to Poincenot via the same trail that we took on our way up, we’ll head back to El Chaltén passing on the by Lake Capri(2.30 hs). Night in Lodge. Estimated time: 9/10 hs. Aprox. Distance: 20 kms.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guides authorized by the National Park. All the activities and excursions described in the itinerary. Rock and ice climbing gear (shoes, harness, crampons and helmet). VHF radio Communication with our office. First Aid Kit. 2 nights’s lodging in bed & breakfast. Bus transfer to Hosteria El Pilar. Bus transfer El Calafate/El Chaltén/El Calafate.

NOT INCLUDED:

Insurance (except when is specifically indicated). Meals in El Chaltén. All services not specifically indicated above.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

Dress like an onion in the mountains. Comfortable hiking pants, warm clothing (polar fleece, two layer, thin and thick), rain jacket and pants, mountain boots o tough sneakers, good hiking socks, gloves, wool hat, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, walking poles (optional, you can rent in El Chaltén), water bottle, 30/40 lts backpack, personal medical items, camera, binoculars, pocket knife, etc.

NOTE:

The Casa de Guias Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions as well as organization issues, rental equipment if needed, prior and after the programme. Casa de Guias would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all programme members is essential for a successful and learning experience. Regarding weather you should expect cold temperatures during all the season, rain or snowfall and high speed winds, you should be prepared to carry a daypack with personal items and lunch. Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so programme members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.

ACTIVE 4 DAYS

October to April


Technical Difficulty: Beginner

Physical Demand: High

Every Day


Activo 4 dias

DESCRIPTION:

Beautiful hikes, rock climbing, the glacier trek, and two night’s camp make this programme the best option for those who want an introduction to the world of the mountains. Recommended. Transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén and back is included as well as lunch box every day and one night’s lodging (bed & breakfast style).

DAY 1 EL CHALTEN – LAGUNA DE LOS TRES – LAGUNA CAPRI
Arrival to El Chaltén. After reception and meeting with the guide we’ll have a 30 minutes bus ride to Hosteria El Pilar (15 km. north of El Chaltén). Here we’ll take a nice trail through a beech forest towards the Poincenot Base camp (2.30 hs); on the way there are great views of the Piedras Blancas Glacier and the Rio Blanco Valley. From this camp a steep trail (1.30/450 mts) goes to Laguna de los Tres. This is the closest lookout to see Mount Fitz Roy, after this point only climbers can continue. We’ll have lunch here enjoying one of the most beautiful mountain sceneries of the world: the superb granite tower called Mount Fitz Roy. Once back to Poincenot via the same trail that we took on our way up, we’ll head to laguna Capri (1.30 hs). Night and dinner at Capri Base camp. Estimated time: 8hs. Aprox. Distance: 15 kms.

DAY 2  LAGUNA CAPRI TO LAGUNA TORRE – MADRE E HIJA TRAIL
We’ll take a trail along the Madre & Hija Lakes (1 hour from Capri). On the way there will be plenty of photo ops both of the mountains and crystal lakes. Once we leave the lakes behind the trail goes down until we reach the Torre Lake trail that follows the Fitz Roy River valley (2 hs). The Torre Lake is one hour from this point. A great mountain landscape will receive us behind the glacial moraine: Cerro Solo, the Adela’s Range, Glacier Torre and the legendary spire: Cerro Torre, the impossible mountain. Our camp is located 20 minutes from the lake.
Before dinner we’ll have time to relax enjoying a snack or perhaps some hot tea. Estimated time: 6 hs. Aprox. Distance: 9 km.

DAY 3  TORRE GLACIER TREK – EL CHALTEN
After a 30 min. hike on the moraines around the lake we will have to cross the Fitz Roy River on a Tyrolean rope, and start walking on a very steep trail to reach the glacier. Here the guide we will put us the crampons on and before starting he will give all necessary instructions on technique. Curious ice formations and crevasses will give a chance to practice the basics of ice climbing and to explore this unique place. There’re will be a closer view of Cerro Torre, the “impossible peak” among beautiful spires and snowcapped mountains. We will take the same way back to camp. We will have a snack before returning to El Chaltén (3 hs). Estimated time: 9/10 hs. Distance aprox.: 20 km

DAY 4  ROCK CLIMBING
Rock climbing introduction with qualified instructors. Casa de Guías wants to show you the vertical world. Monitored by expert climbers, certified instructors and AAGM (Association Argentina de Guías de Montaña) Mountain Guides. You will be introduced to know the basics of rock climbing technique in top rope style. Climbing is a unique sport, your whole body is going be engaged and your mind will experience the thrill of going up! Return to EL Calafate.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guides authorized by the National Park. All the activities and excursions described in the itinerary. Ice climbing gear (crampons, harness), safety equipment (ropes, ice screws, karabiners) and rescue kit, rock climbing gear (shoes, harness and helmet). First Aid Kit. All meals along the trek (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner). Camp accommodation (double tents and mess tent) and cook. VHF radio communication with our office. Bus transfer to Hosteria El Pilar. One night lodging at bed & breakfast. Bus transfer El Calafate/El Chaltén/El Calafate.

NOT INCLUDED:

Insurance (except when is specifically indicated). Meals in El Chaltén. All services not specifically indicated above. Personal equipment (check list).

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

Dress like an onion in the mountains. Comfortable hiking pants, warm clothing (polar fleece, two layer, thin and thick), rain jacket and pants, mountain boots o tough sneakers, good hiking socks, gloves, wool hat, spare clothing, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, walking poles (optional, you can rent in El Chaltén), water bottle, camera, binoculars, pocket knife, personal hygiene kit, personal medical items, 50/60 lts backpack, sleeping bag (-5/-10° C), etc.

NOTE:

The Casa de Guias Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions as well as organization issues, rental equipment if needed,  prior and after the programme. Casa de Guias would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all programme members is essential for a successful and learning experience. Regarding weather you should expect cold temperatures during all the season, rain or snowfall and high speed winds, you should be prepared to carry a daypack with personal items, sleeping bag and lunch. Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so programme members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree. Extra porters are available.

Technical Difficulty: Beginner

Physical Demand: High


Circuito clasico de campamento

DESCRIPTION:

We will hike the classic trails of the Fitz Roy massif and sleep in different campsites. The whole programme is lead by a Mountain Guide, assistant. The use of porters will depend on the number of people. We are going to have a close encounter with the wild nature of the National Park. In addition, we have included the Torre Glacier Trek and a great hike to Paso del Viento (Windy Pass), a perfect balcony that overlooks the fantastic Patagonian Ice Field. We will stay in tents: some of the campsites will have also a mess tent, with camping tables and chairs whereas in others the camping will be simpler.

DAY 1 RIO ELECTRICO VALLEY
From our camp at Estancia Ricanor we will start walking to the rio Eléctrico (Eléctrico River) valley. Just by the bridge over the river we’ll take the trail for 2 hours to reach the Piedra del Fraile base camp. The trail is mostly flat and protected by the forest. Another hour hiking along the moraines bordering Lake Electrico and following upstream Rio Pollone we will arrive the small Pollone Lake. This day will give us a chance to see the northern side of Mount Fitz Roy.
Night at camp Ricanor. Estimated time: 8 hs. Aprox. Distancia: 20 Km.

DAY 2  LAGUNA DE LOS TRES  (LAKE DE LOS TRES)
Early in the morning we’ll walk aprox. 30 minutes to Hosteria El Pilar where we catch the trail to the Fitz Roy’s basecamps. This is going to be a full day hike to one of the best lookouts of the Los Glaciares National Park. The trail has the best views of Fitz Roy and the Piedras Blancas Glacier. The trail goes through a beautiful beech forest to base camp Poincenot. Here we start climbing to the famous Laguna de los Tres (Lake of the three); the way up is very steep but it’ll be worth it. The view from the top is the best you can have of Fitz Roy. After having lunch we’ll go down back to Poincenot and then continue along the Lakes Madre & Hija (mother & daughter lakes). The trail is mostly flat and then down to the Fitz Roy river which is coming from Lake Torre. This is the best place to see the legendary Cerro Torre. You will also see the snowcapped Adela Range, Cerro Solo and the Lake and Glacier Torre. Our camp (Prestadores base camp)is 20 minutes from the lake. Before dinner we will have a snack and review the next day’s activity. We‘ll have a mess tent here and double tents.
Estimated time: 10 hs. Distancia aproximada: 20 Km.

DAY 3 TORRE GLACIER TREK – EL CHALTEN
Start from Prestadores camp. After a 30 minutes hike on the moraines around the lake we will have to cross the Fitz Roy River on a Tyrolean rope, and start walking on a very steep trail to reach the glacier. Here the guide we will put us the crampons on and before starting he will give us all necessary instructions on technique. Curious ice formations and crevasses will give a chance to practice the basics of ice climbing and to explore this unique place. There’re will be a closer view of Cerro Torre, the “impossible peak” among beautiful spires and snowcapped mountains. We will take the same way back to camp. We will sleep again here. Estimated time: 8 hs. Distance aprox.: 10 km.

DAY 4 PASO DE LAS AGACHONAS (AGACHONAS PASS) TO TUNEL RIVER
From now on we’ll go on in light style, there will be no more mess tent, chairs or table, camping hardware reduced to the minimum. Today we have to climb to Paso de las Agachonas at 1300 mts, in order the reach the Tunel River, that’s coming from laguna Toro (Lake Toro) and several glaciers south of the Adela’s Range. The pass was named after a unique species of seedsnipes that can be found in the screes and meadows up from the tree line. All the way up we’ll have great views of Fitz Roy southern side, Cerro Torre and Cerro Solo. We’ll go down to the Tunel River from the pass and then another hour to the campsite near Lake Toro. Night at Laguna Toro campsite. It’s not going to be a very long day the but the climb is not an easy one: the poorly marked trail, if there is one at all, is very steep on both sides. Estimated time: 6 hs. Elevation gain: 700 mt up and down.

DAY 5 LAKE TORO – PASO DEL VIENTO – LAKE TORO
After walking around the lake (30 min.) we have to cross the upper section of the Tunel River; depending on the conditions we will either wade through or take the Tyrolean rope further upstream. Alternatively through loose rocks, moraines and beautifully exposed bedrock we reach the Tunel Glacier. Usually easy to cross, after a while on the ice the serious (steep) climb starts following scree slopes to Paso del Viento or Windy Pass (1500 mts). On the way there are great views of the Tunel and Quervain glaciers and Mount Fitz Roy. Once at the “Paso” the immense beauty of the Ice Field will be in full sight. From here we descend back to Lake Toro. Total time: 8/9 hs. Aprox. distance: 20 Km.

DAY 6 LAKE TORO TO EL CHALTEN
From the campsite at Lake Toro we go downstream Tunel River later to hike up and over the the “Pliegue Tumbado” ridge, where you can find marine fossils embedded in the slaty rocks. From the nose of the ridge the trail goes on through burnt forests, occasional marsh areas and down through a lush beech forest arriving at the park ranger station where the expedition comes to its end after six days. Return to the comforts of El Chaltén. Estimated time: 6 hours

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guides authorized by the National Park. All the activities and excursions described in the itinerary. Ice climbing gear (crampons, harness), safety equipment (ropes, ice screws, karabiners) and rescue kit. First Aid Kit. All meals along the trek (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner). Camp accommodation (double tents and mess tent) and cook. Porters will depend on the number of people. VHF radio communication with our office. Bus transfer to Estancia Ricanor.

NOT INCLUDED:

Insurance (except when is specifically indicated). Meals in El Chaltén. All services not specifically indicated above. Personal equipment (check list). Bus transfer to and from El Calafate. Lodging in El Chaltén.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

Dress like an onion in the mountains. Comfortable hiking pants, warm clothing (polar fleece, two layer, thin and thick), rain jacket and pants, mountain boots o tough sneakers, good hiking socks, gloves, wool hat, spare clothing, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, walking poles (optional, you can rent in El Chaltén), water bottle, camera, binoculars, pocket knife, personal hygiene kit, personal medical items, 50/60 lts backpack, sleeping bag (-5/-10° C), etc.

NOTE:

The Casa de Guias Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions as well as organization issues, rental equipment if needed,  prior and after the programme. Casa de Guias would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all programme members is essential for a successful and learning experience. Regarding weather you should expect cold temperatures during all the season, rain or snowfall and high speed winds, you should be prepared to carry a daypack with personal items, sleeping bag and lunch. Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so programme members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree. Extra porters are available at your expense.

CLASSIC 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

October to April


Technical Difficulty: Beginner

Physical Demand: Moderate


Clasico 2 dias 1 noche

DESCRIPTION:

Join our Mountain guides to hike the most popular trails with the best views. Two days of intense hiking plus one night in our base camp at Lake Capri.

DAY 1  LAKE DE LOS TRES AND LAKE CAPRI
You will meet with the guide early in the morning to go by car or bus to Hosteria El Pilar where we begin to walk. This is going to be a full day hike to one of the best lookouts of the Los Glaciares National Park. The trail has the best views of Fitz Roy and the Piedras Blancas Glacier. The trail goes through a beautiful beech forest to base camp Poincenot. Here we start climbing to the famous Laguna de los Tres (Lake of the three); the way up is very steep but it’ll be worth it. The view from the top is the best you can have of Fitz Roy. After having lunch we’ll go down back to Poincenot and then continue for a bit more than an hour to our camp at Lake Capri where we’ll spend the night. Estimated time: 8 to 9 hs.
 
DAY 2  LAKE TORRE -  EL CHALTEN
Full day hike. We will go from Capri to Laguna Torre (Lake Torre) taking the Lagunas Madre e Hija Trail (Mother & daughter trail). The trail is mostly flat and then down to the Fitz Roy river which is coming from Lake Torre. This is the best place to see the legendary Cerro Torre. You will also see the snowcapped Adela Range, Cerro Solo and the Lake and Glacier Torre. Return to El Chaltén. Estimated time: 8 to 9 hs

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guides authorized by the National Park. All the activities and excursions described in the itinerary. First Aid Kit. All meals along the trek (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner) Camp accommodation (double tents and mess tent) and cook. VHF radio communication with our office. Bus transfer to Hosteria El Pilar.

NOT INCLUDED:

Insurance (except when is specifically indicated). Meals in El Chaltén. All services not specifically indicated above. Transfer to and from El Calafate. Personal equipment (check list). Lodging in El Chaltén.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

Dress like an onion in the mountains. Comfortable hiking pants, warm clothing (polar fleece, two layer, thin and thick), rain jacket and pants, mountain boots o tough sneakers, good hiking socks, gloves, wool hat, spare clothing, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, walking poles (optional, you can rent in El Chaltén), water bottle, camera, binoculars, pocket knife, personal hygiene kit, personal medical items, 50/60 lts backpack, sleeping bag (-5/-10° C), etc.

NOTE:

The Casa de Guias Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions as well as organization issues, rental equipment if needed,  prior and after the programme. Casa de Guias would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all programme members is essential for a successful and learning experience. Regarding weather you should expect cold temperatures during all the season, rain or snowfall and high speed winds, you should be prepared to carry a daypack with personal items, sleeping bag and lunch. Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so programme members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree. Extra porters are available at your expense.

Technical Difficulty: Beginner

Physical Demand: Moderate / High


Clasico 3 dias 2 noches

DESCRIPTION:

DAY 1 EL CHALTEN – LAGUNA DE LOS TRES – LAGUNA CAPRI
30 min. bus ride to Hosteria El Pilar (15 km. north of El Chaltén). Here we’ll take a nice trail through a beech forest towards the Poincenot Base camp (2.30 hs); on the way there are great views of the Piedras Blancas Glacier and the Rio Blanco Valley. From this camp a steep trail (1.30/450 mts) goes to Laguna de los Tres. This is the closest lookout to see Mount Fitz Roy, after this point only climbers can continue. We’ll have lunch here enjoying one of the most beautiful mountain sceneries of the world: the superb granite tower called Mount Fitz Roy. Once back to Poincenot via the same trail that we took on our way up, we’ll head to laguna Capri (1.30 hs). Night and dinner at Capri Base camp. Estimated time: 8hs. Aprox. Distance: 15 kms.

DAY 2 LAGUNA CAPRI TO LAGUNA TORRE – MADRE E HIJA TRAIL
We’ll take a trail along the Madre & Hija Lakes (1 hour from Capri). On the way there will be plenty of photo ops both of the mountains and crystal lakes. Once we leave the lakes behind the trail goes down until we reach the Torre Lake trail that follows the Fitz Roy River valley (2 hs). The Torre Lake is one hour from this point. A great mountain landscape will receive us behind the glacial moraine: Cerro Solo, the Adela’s Range, Glacier Torre and the legendary spire: Cerro Torre, the impossible mountain. Our camp is located 20 minutes from the lake.
Before dinner we’ll have time to relax enjoying a snack or perhaps some hot tea. Estimated time: 6 hs. Aprox. Distance: 9 km.

DAY 3  TORRE GLACIER TREK – EL CHALTEN
After a 30 min. hike on the moraines around the lake we will have to cross the Fitz Roy River on a Tyrolean rope, and start walking on a very steep trail to reach the glacier. Here the guide we will put us the crampons on and before starting he will give all necessary instructions on technique. Curious ice formations and crevasses will give a chance to practice the basics of ice climbing and to explore this unique place. There’re will be a closer view of Cerro Torre, the “impossible peak” among beautiful spires and snowcapped mountains. We will take the same way back to camp. We will have a snack before returning to El Chaltén (3 hs). Estimated time: 9/10 hs. Distance aprox.: 20 km.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guides authorized by the National Park. All the activities and excursions described in the itinerary. Ice climbing gear (crampons, harness), safety equipment (ropes, ice screws, karabiners) and rescue kit. First Aid Kit. All meals along the trek (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner). Camp accommodation (double tents and mess tent) and cook. VHF radio communication with our office. Bus transfer to Hosteria El Pilar.

NOT INCLUDED:

Insurance (except when is specifically indicated). Meals in El Chaltén. All services not specifically indicated above. Transfer to and from El Calafate. Personal equipment (check list). Lodging in El Chaltén.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

Dress like an onion in the mountains. Comfortable hiking pants, warm clothing (polar fleece, two layer, thin and thick), rain jacket and pants, mountain boots o tough sneakers, good hiking socks, gloves, wool hat, spare clothing, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, walking poles (optional, you can rent in El Chaltén), water bottle, camera, binoculars, pocket knife, personal hygiene kit, personal medical items, 50/60 lts backpack, sleeping bag (-5/-10° C), etc.

NOTE:

The Casa de Guias Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions as well as organization issues, rental equipment if needed,  prior and after the programme. Casa de Guias would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all programme members is essential for a successful and learning experience. Regarding weather you should expect cold temperatures during all the season, rain or snowfall and high speed winds, you should be prepared to carry a daypack with personal items, sleeping bag and lunch. Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so programme members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree. Extra porters are available at your expense.

Technical Difficulty: Beginner

Physical Demand: Moderate / High


Clasico + trekking glaciar torre

DESCRIPTION:

We add in this programme one of the best hikes of the area: the Torre Glacier Trek with crampons. These days are going to be very physically demanding.

DAY 1  CHALTEN – LAKE DE LOS TRES - LAG. MADRE E HIJA- LAGUNA TORRE
You will meet with the guide early in the morning to go by car or bus to Hosteria El Pilar where we begin to walk. This is going to be a full day hike to one of the best lookouts of the Los Glaciares National Park. The trail has the best views of Fitz Roy and the Piedras Blancas Glacier. The trail goes through a beautiful beech forest to base camp Poincenot. Here we start climbing to the famous Laguna de los Tres (Lake of the three); the way up is very steep but it’ll be worth it. The view from the top is the best you can have of Fitz Roy. After having lunch we’ll go down back to Poincenot and then continue along the Lakes Madre & Hija (mother & daughter lakes). The trail is mostly flat and then down to the Fitz Roy river which is coming from Lake Torre. This is the best place to see the legendary Cerro Torre. You will also see the snowcapped Adela Range, Cerro Solo and the Lake and Glacier Torre. Our camp (Prestadores base camp) is 20 minutes from the lake. Before dinner we will have a snack and review the next day’s activity. We have a mess tent here and double tents.

DAY 2  GLACIER TORRE TREK – EL CHALTEN
Early in the morning we’ll pick up harnesses, crampons and the rest of the climbing gear that we need and head for the glacier. After 30 minutes or so and we’ll be at the lake in the point where the Fitz Roy River is born: here we’ll cross it through a so called “Tyrolean rope”. Once on the other side of the river a rocky steep trail up and down around the lake will finally take us to the glacier. Here the guides will put the crampons on our feet and then give all the necessary instructions to walk on the ice.  We will spend approximately 3 hours on the glacier depending mostly on the weather conditions, walking among beautiful blue crevasses, sink holes, curious formations and perhaps caves; note that all formations on the glacier are ephemeral. You will have an opportunity to practice some ice climbing if you want. We will take the same way to cross the Tyrolean rope, stop for tea at our camp and then take the trail back to El Chaltén.
Total time: 10 hs.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guides authorized by the National Park. All the activities and excursions described in the itinerary. Ice climbing gear (crampons, harness), safety equipment (ropes, ice screws, karabiners) and rescue kit. First Aid Kit. All meals along the trek (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner) Camp accommodation (double tents and mess tent) and cook. VHF radio communication with our office. Bus transfer to Hosteria El Pilar.

NOT INCLUDED:

Insurance (except when is specifically indicated). Meals in El Chaltén. All services not specifically indicated above. Transfer to and from El Calafate. Personal equipment (check list). Lodging in El Chaltén.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

Dress like an onion in the mountains. Comfortable hiking pants, warm clothing (polar fleece, two layer, thin and thick), rain jacket and pants, mountain boots o tough sneakers, good hiking socks, gloves, wool hat, spare clothing, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, walking poles (optional, you can rent in El Chaltén), water bottle, camera, binoculars, pocket knife, personal hygiene kit, personal medical items, 50/60 lts backpack, sleeping bag (-5/-10° C), etc.

NOTE:

The Casa de Guias Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions as well as organization issues, rental equipment if needed,  prior and after the programme. Casa de Guias would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all programme members is essential for a successful and learning experience. Regarding weather you should expect cold temperatures during all the season, rain or snowfall and high speed winds, you should be prepared to carry a daypack with personal items, sleeping bag and lunch. Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so programme members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree. Extra porters are available.

FAMILY 3 DAYS PROGRAMME

October to April


Technical Difficulty: Beginner

Physical Demand: Low


Familiar 3 dias

DESCRIPTION:

This programme combines different outdoor activities on the northern area of Los Glaciares National Park. Transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén and back is included as well as lunch box every day and two nights’s lodging (bed & breakfast style).
 
DAY 1 HIKE TO LAKE CAPRI
Arrival to El Chaltén and reception. Meeting with the guide. Hike to Lake Capri: although the way to Capri is mostly uphill, the trail is not difficult; there are great views of Mount Fitz Roy from a beautiful mountain lakeside. Lunch at the Lake. It takes approximately five hours roundtrip. Elevation gain: 300 mts. Night in Lodge.

DAY 2 HORSEBACK RIDING
Horseback riding on the Rio de las Vueltas Valley or rock climbing introduction with qualified instructors. Night in Lodge.

DAY 3 VIEDMA GLACIER TREK
Boat ride on Lago Viedma and Glacier Trek on the biggest glacier of the National Park. After sailing the lake, we’ll get off the boat on some rocky outcrops on the front of the glacier. Here, the guides will put in our shoes the crampons that we need to walk on the ice and will brief us on crampons walking technique. For two hours you will enjoy this fascinating landscape. Return to El Calafate.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guides authorized by the National Park. All the activities and excursions described in the itinerary. Rock climbing gear (shoes, harness and helmet). VHF radio Communication with our office. First Aid Kit. Two nights lodging in bed & breakfast. Bus transfer El Calafate/El Chaltén/El Calafate.

NOT INCLUDED:

Insurance (except when is specifically indicated). Meals in El Chaltén. All services not specifically indicated above.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

Dress like an onion in the mountains. Comfortable hiking pants, warm clothing (polar fleece, two layer, thin and thick), rain jacket and pants, mountain boots o tough sneakers, good hiking socks, gloves, wool hat, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, walking poles (optional, you can rent in El Chaltén), water bottle, 30/40 lts backpack, personal medical items, camera, binoculars, pocket knife, etc.

NOTE:

The Casa de Guías Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions as well as organization issues, rental equipment if needed, prior and after the programme. Casa de Guías would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all programme members is essential for a successful and learning experience. Regarding weather you should expect cold temperatures during all the season, rain or snowfall and high speed winds; you should also be prepared to carry a daypack with personal items and lunch. Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so programme members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.

Technical Difficulty: Beginner

Physical Demand: Moderate


Familiar 4 dias

DESCRIPTION:

This programme features a variety of activities including a full day hike to Loma del Pliegue tumbado, a beautiful mountain ridge, and the Viedma Glacier Trek. Daily lunch box is included as well as three nights’s lodging (bed & breakfasts style) and bus transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén and back.

DAY 1 HIKE TO LAKE CAPRI
Arrival to El Chaltén and reception. Meeting with the guide. Hike to Lake Capri: although the way to Capri is mostly uphill, the trail is not difficult; there are great views of Mount Fitz Roy from a beautiful mountain lakeside. Lunch at the Lake. It takes approximately five hours roundtrip. Elevation gain: 300 mts. Night in Lodge.

DAY 2  HORSEBACK RIDING
Horseback riding on the Rio de las Vueltas Valley or rock climbing introduction with qualified instructors. Night in Lodge.

DAY 3 FULL DAY HIKE TO LOMA DEL PLIEGUE TUMBADO
The day begins with a short visit to the National Park Visitor Centre at the trail head. Starting at 450 mts the trail goes above the tree line and up to 1200 mts aprox. We will go through different botanical environments and finally walk over fossiliferous slaty rocks. There are great panoramic views of Lake Viedma, the Windy Pass, Mount Fitz Roy and the legendary Cerro Torre. Elevation gain: 600 mts. Night in Lodge.

DIA 4 VIEDMA GLACIER TREK
Boat ride on Lago Viedma and Glacier Trek on the biggest glacier of the National Park. After sailing the lake, we’ll get off the boat on some rocky outcrops on the front of the glacier. Here, the guides will put in our shoes the crampons that we need to walk on the ice and will brief us on crampons walking technique. For two hours you will enjoy this fascinating landscape. Return to El Calafate.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

Certified Mountain Guides authorized by the National Park. All the activities and excursions described in the itinerary. Rock climbing gear (shoes, harness and helmet). VHF radio Communication with our office. First Aid Kit. Three nights’s lodging in bed & breakfast. Bus transfer El Calafate/El Chaltén/El Calafate.

NOT INCLUDED:

Insurance (except when is specifically indicated). Meals in El Chaltén. All services not specifically indicated above.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

Dress like an onion in the mountains. Comfortable hiking pants, warm clothing (polar fleece, two layer, thin and thick), rain jacket and pants, mountain boots o tough sneakers, good hiking socks, gloves, wool hat, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, walking poles (optional, you can rent in El Chaltén), water bottle, 30/40 lts backpack, personal medical items, camera, binoculars, pocket knife, etc.

NOTE:

The Casa de Guias Staff and Mountain Guides will assess you on any matters, doubts and questions as well as organization issues, rental equipment if needed, prior and after the programme. Casa de Guias would like to emphasize that a good mountain spirit and collaboration of all programme members is essential for a successful and learning experience. Regarding weather you should expect cold temperatures during all the season, rain or snowfall and high speed winds; you should also be prepared to carry a daypack with personal items and lunch. Our Mountain Guides are fully experienced in the area so programme members will have to accept all decisions regarding weather, safety, member’s lack of ability and itinerary modifications of any degree.