TREKKING PLIEGUE TUMBADO – 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
If you have 3 days in El Chaltén, this circuit is the most recommended to complement the visit of the area, since it contributes a real magnitude of all the area, with panoramic points ideal to take Photographs. The head of the trail is located at the entrance of the town, in the Administrative Headquarters of Parks Nationals Started the walk, you cross a small log bridge spanning a beautiful stream, which, after an ascent, we will have on our left. Then we started to cross Lenga forests and ñires, reaching an area under the open sky, called “Pampa de las Carretas”, with a wide and beautiful view from the Fitz Roy Torre and Cerro Huemul massifs. Then the trail goes back into the leafy forest, where you can possibly identify many birds that inhabit the area. When the forest ends a landscape begins more arid and mountainous, and the path continues to the Mirador del Pliegue Tumbado, in this section you we find fossil remains very easily 100 million ammonite and belemnite seafarers years old. In this viewpoint, you have a spectacular view of almost the entire area: Fitz Roy river canyon, the glacier Grande, Adela Glacier, Glacier and Cerro Torre, Mother and Daughter lagoons, the Fitz Roy and you get to observe to the Laguna Cóndor. Continuing 45 minutes of walking to La Loma from the Lying Pleat, the view reaches Lake Viedma, with the Passage of the Wind the exit door of the Continental ices.
We suggest you bring: a small backpack, lunch box, water, hat, sunglasses, rain jacket, polar sweater, gloves, sunscreen, trekking shoes.
Experience required: Fit. No trekking experience required.
Duration: aprox. 8 hours.
-Regular tour departs everydaym 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!?