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El Chaltén is located north of Lake Viedma and minutes away from the base of Mount Fitz Roy. The access to El Chalten is by Highway 40 from El Calafate, which is 137 miles away. Line buses make the trip every day and, during high season, more than once a day. Known worldwide as the capital of trekking, this is the ideal site for walking fans and professional mountain climbers.

Tourist Attractions:

Trekking to Fitz Roy Mountain and Laguna de los Tres

This is an 8 hour-long trekking that will take us closer to incredible views of the majestic Mount Fitz Roy. Once in Laguna Sucia we will see some hanging glacials.

Trekking to Cerro Torre:

After a few hours walking we will arrive at Laguna Torre and an amazing view: Glacials Torre and Grande, the Adela chain, mountains Torre and Mocho, Egger tower, needle peaks Standhardt, Bifida and Four Fingers.

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Fitz Roy Mountain: this mountain is 11,000 feet high and sits in the border between Argentina and Chile. The first climbers to reach the top were French, Lionnel Terray and Guido Magnone, members of a local expedition. Although it is not a very high mountain, compared to the Himalaya giants, it has a reputation of “extreme difficulty” because it requires technical expertise in climbing to overcome vertical, smooth and slippery slabs. There are only one or two successful climbs per year, by either one of two routes: the “argentine” or the “french”.

HOTELS IN EL CHALTEN

PATAGONIA ARGENTINA

LA ALDEA HOTEL

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ESTANCIA LA QUINTA

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HOSTERIA EL PILAR

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TOURIST PACKAGES FOR EL CHALTEN - PATAGONIA ARGENTINA

We have designed the following packages for you. But, if you have time constraints, we can customize your trip taking full advantage of each destination and assuring you full satisfaction.

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FREQUENT Q&A AND SOME ADVICE FOR YOUR TRIP TO EL CHALTEN

These are the most frequently asked questions about this destination. With this information you will know the basics and will be able to take full advantage of your time. Please, don´t hesitate to contact us—we are here to offer you our best advice and make sure you get the package you need, because yours is a unique trip and it should be an unforgettable one.

1- How easy is it to reach El Chaltén?

The nearest airport is at El Calafate, 137 miles away. There are bus lines departing from downtown El Calafate. The frequencies depend on the season, low season being from April through October, with only one bus per day. This bus leaves El Calafate in the morning and arrives back from El Chaltén late afternoon. During high season, from November through March, there are two buses in the morning from El Calafate and two buses in the afternoon from El Chaltén, every day.

2- Is El Chaltén at the base of Mount Fitz Roy?

Not exactly, it is next to Lake Viedma and to Mounts Fitz Roy and Torre. You can reach both by well-signaled roads that will lead you to the bases in a few hours through a beautiful landscape of glacial, lagoons and lakes.

3- Why is it known as the trekking capital?

Because several trekking excursions leave from El Chaltén to visit the surrounding areas, some paths are easy to follow, others are more complex and require a specialized trekking guide.

4- How many nights would you recommend for this destination?

Two would be the minimum number of nights to really enjoy the place. Although this place is attractive enough to stay longer than that.

5- Can you go to El Chaltén from El Calafate and back in one day?

Although it is possible to make a round trip to El Calafate using the line buses, we don´t recommend it. You would be travelling a total of 274 miles in one day, having only 4 hours left in El Chaltén for any activities, meals, etc. It´s also worth mentioning that the most interesting trekking options are about 8 to 9 hours long, so they would be impossible to make in such a short time.

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