Lace up your boots for El Chalten

3-Day El Chalten Trekking Tour - Patagonia, Argentina

Prices from £218 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationEl Calafate - El Chalten - El Calafate

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Get lost amidst the snowy peaks, forests, glaciers and lagoons of Patagonia, following remote trails between mountains shrouded in clouds. During this trip, you’ll spend two nights in El Chalten, a colourful trekking village with a welcoming vibe. By day, you can head out into the wilderness on foot, soaking up the scenery as you hike across a land of staggering natural beauty. In the evening, you can curl up around the fire with a hot mug of tea or swap trekking stories over a glass of wine (or two).

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Bus transfers

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Calafate to El Chalten

At Calafate bus station, you’ll exchange your voucher for bus tickets to El Chalten. The views from each side of the bus are completely different. From the left side, you’ll look out across the shimmering lakes of Lago Argentino and Lago Viedma. From the right, all you’ll see is the lonely, desolate landscape that characterises Patagonia.

mountains in patagonia

Pulling in to El Chalten, the bus will stop at the Visitor Centre where you’ll be given a briefing about trekking in the area. The trails are marked and, at every fork in the trail, the direction, distance and hiking times are clearly indicated.
The bus will then drive to the other side of the village and from here, it’s just a short walk to your hotel. The warm and welcoming guesthouse has rooms with private bathrooms, so it’s great place to rest your head after a challenging trek.

Traveller in El Chalten Mountains

El Chalten & departure

Today, you’ll set off on your Patagonia trek and there are three interesting routes to choose from. If you’d like to take it easy, take the scenic one-hour trail to the Chorillo del Salto waterfall. For part of the way, you’ll follow the wide riverbed against a backdrop of towering peaks and the waterfall is hidden amongst the rocks.

El Chalten & departure

If you’re looking for something more challenging, take the spectacular full-day trek to the foot of the Fitz Roy massif. For the first three hours, you’ll follow the trail past a couple of beautiful bright blue lagoons to the viewpoint. From there, you can continue climbing up, or take the slightly easier option of hiking along the glacier to Hotel Pilar, where you can warm up by the fireplace with a cup of tea.

Customer having a picnic next to a lake

In the late afternoon, hikers will start trickling from the hills back into the village. El Chalten is a tiny place so you’re bound to meet other travellers and you may well bump into some familiar faces from Calafate or your Perito Moreno boat trip. Before you know it you’ll be cracking open a bottle of red wine and swapping Patagonia stories.

On day 4, this trip draws to a close and you’ll make your way back to Calafate.

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