Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre Backcountry Trek


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    This unique trek offers the chance to delve deep into the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentinean Patagonia experiencing classic landscapes with steep granite spires towering over vast glaciers, cerulean lakes, rivers and forests. You’ll carry a full pack and the benefits of this self sufficiency will become quickly evident. With the day hikers retreating back to El Chalten we savour the serenity of our base camps at Mount Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre being treated to incredible sunrises with the play of light on these formidable peaks. This is definitely a much wilder experience to your average trek with forays on the high ridge line above Lake Agostin and a high line river crossing of the Fitzroy River to access the real backcountry and to make the 700m ascent to the Pass of Agachonas. Ascending the final saddle a surreal panorama brings together the last two days with expansive views of the Lago Torre, the spines of Cerro Torre, the glaciated mountain of Cero Solo & the Fitz Roy summit rising high above the ridgeline of the Techado Negro. From our next base camp at Laguna Toro we make a challenging foray to Windy Pass, involving another high line river crossing and a moraine traverse with the finale of sweeping views across the Patagonian icefield. Our circuit trek brings us back to El Chalten, a great short adventure that will leave a big impression.

    Highlights

    • Get off the beaten track in beautiful Patagonia backcountry with possible sightings of condor, puma, guanaco and Patagonian fox
    • Encounter stunning sunrises in Los Glaciares National Park
    • Enjoy magnificent views of the east face of Mount Fitz Roy from Laguna de los Tres
    • Trek to Laguna Torre and Mirador Maestri to witness the mythical Cerro Torre and Glacier Grande
    • Zip-line across the Fitz Roy River and hike to a pass with the finest vista to Mt Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from the south
    • Wade Tunnel River, hike up scree, and cross a section of glacier to Paso del Viento (pass of the winds) to view the Viedma glacier, part of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Join El Calafate and transfer to El Chalten
    Arrive El Calafate and transfer to El Chalten.

    Day 2 Commence trek via Rio Blanco valley and Laguna de los Tres
    Transportation from El Chalten 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). This viewpoint has the closest and best panoramic view of Fitz Roy. From here, we descend to Poincenot campsite (750m), where we will spend the night. This hike has an elevation gain of 700 meters and will take approx. 7-8 hours. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 Trek to Lagunas Torre and Mirador Maestri
    At various points around the Poincenot campsite there are great spots 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 three hours and a wonderful place for lunch. With good weather, we will take the high ridge walk 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. The total days hike takes approx.. 6 hours and has an elevation gain of 300-400m. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 Trek to Laguna Toro via Rio Tunel
    From “De Agostini” campsite we walk about 15 minutes to the origin of Fitz Roy river. We use a fixed-line above the river and harnesses to make the crossing. Then we start ascending a steep forest towards “Paso de Las Agachonas” (1400m), 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). Today’s hike has an elevation gain of 800m and will take approx. 6-7 hours. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 Ascend to Paso del Viento and Inferior Tunnel Glacier
    After 30-40 minutes of walking around Laguna Toro, we cross the Tunnel river: wading through the river or using another fixed-line cable, depending on the conditions of the river. The ascend 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), 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. Today’s hike has an elevation gain of 900m and takes about 7-8 hours. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 Train to El Chalten and traverse Pilegue Tumbado
    We return to El Chalten by a trail through an open valley and beech forests (lenga trees), traversing the lowest part of “Pliegue Tumbado”until Chalten comes into sight where we descend to the valley floor. This hike has an elevation gain of 300-400m and takes 5-6 hours. Lodging at El Chalten. (B, L)

    Day 7 Return to El Calafate where trip concludes
    After breakfast we are transported by bus for three hours back to El Calafate Airport where the trip concludes. (B)

    Inclusions

    • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
    • airport transfers on days 1 & 7 only
    • experienced local head guide and expedition crew
    • all group camping and cooking equipment
    • emergency radio communication equipment, satellite phone
    • emergency medical kit
    • accommodation on a share basis in tents during the trek and lodging in El Chalten
    • transfers: El Chalten – El Pilar, El Calafate – El Chalten adn El Chalten – El Calafate

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