FITZ ROY & DE LOS TRES LAGOON – FULL DAY
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeAdventure, Bird Watching, Budget, Camping, Charming, Classic, Climbing, Family-friendly, Forest, Hiking, Ice Trekking, Lake, Mountain, Quiet, Romantic, Rural, Seaside, Trekking, Trendy
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
A demanding but unforgettable excursion that includes transfer by bus and trekking. This incredible experience begins with the transfer along the provincial route n ° 41 by bus, from El Chaltén to the Hostería El Pilar, which is located about 14 km from the town.
From there we start the ascent, bordering the Río Blanco, after approximately 1:30 hs of hiking in the forest, we arrive to the viewpoint of the Piedras Blancas Glacier. Then we will continue along the path to until the Poincenot area, which is the base of Cerro Fitz Roy. From this point we will start the last ascent of approximately 90 minutes, to reach the Laguna de los Tres, staying facing the central wall of Cerro Fitz Roy.
After enjoying this unforgettable place, we will begin the descent towards the town. During this path, we will enjoy different viewpoints, and we can visit the Laguna Capri. After 10 km of footpath we will arrive at El Chaltén at approximately 6:00 p.m.
We suggest you bring: a small backpack, lunch box, water, hat, sunglasses, rain jacket, polar sweater, gloves, sunscreen, trekking shoes.
Experience required: Demanding/hard. We DO NOT recommend it for children under 12, nor for people who have some motor difficulty in relation to walking.
Duration: approx. 8 hours.
-Regular tour departs everyday from October to March.
-Private tour departure schedule is coordinated previously with the passenger depending on their availability.
- Pick up and Drop off at your hotel;
- Mountain expert English speaking guide (AAGM/EPGAMT-APN).
- Meals and drinks;
TRANSFER TO THE TRAIL
This trek starts with a transfer to the trail head at El Pilar, located 17km to the north of the town. The journey itself is enjoyable for the lovely views of the valley, the Río de Las Vueltas, that we drive along, and constantly present the impressive Cordón de Los Cóndores. After about 20 minutes we start to see Mt Fitz Roy from a different angle.
We start walking in a dense forest of lengas, that protect us from the winds coming off the Continental Ice Field. Right from the start we are able to see lots of different glaciers; Marconi, Eléctrico, Cagliero and in the distance, towards Lago del Desierto, the Vespignani glacier.
KEEP ON WALKING
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 inhabited by countless varieties of birds, which will accompany us with their song until we reach the campground Río Blanco. This is the base camp for the most adventurous climbers who will attempt to conquer these granite masses.
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.
LAGUNA LOS TRES
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.
En route we go past some varying landscape, crystal clear streams and we pass by Laguna Capri – a favourite spot for photographers. After visiting the lagoon we drop down into the valley where El Chaltén is located.
Having had such an exciting day, why not relax in the town having a beer made in the town’s microbrewery or a hot chocolate with some homemade cake!?