EL CHALTÉN TREKKING CERRO TORRE – LAGUNA CAPRI FULL DAY
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
Length: 7/8 hours
Grade of difficulty: Easy
Experience required: Fit. No trekking experience required.
Season: October to April
Group size: Variable
Ratio: 1 Guide : 15 Pax
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.
It is also the source of the River Fitz Roy. This river may be crossed by using the Tyrolean rope; it’s used by the climbers to access Torre glacier and to get to the base of the mountain they plan to climb.
You will also be able to visit the Agostini campground that used to be a base camp for climbers from all over the world.
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
- Mountain Guide(AAGM/EPGAMT-APN)
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!?