LAGO DEL DESIERTO AND RÍO DE LAS VUELTAS
Difficulty: low (navigation), intermediate (hike).
Description: We travel the nearly 40 kilometres that separate El Chaltén from the Lago del Desierto, stopping at the different spots of interest and panoramic viewpoints. Upon the arrival, there are two different options:
• Lago del Desierto navigation: from the South Point (Punta Sur) to the North Point (Punta Norte) of the lake, with the possibility of walking up to the Centinela Viewpoint, or enjoying the view of the Lago del Desierto and the Cerro Fitz Roy. After two hours we return to the South Point. (Navigation is subject to weather conditions).
• Huemul Glacier hike: of approximately two hours through a thick forest of lenga and beech trees, reaching several viewpoints on the way, from which we can admire the Lago del Desierto, the Laguna Huemul and glacier and the Cerro Fitz Roy massif.
Later, we continue toward the Fitz Roy Adventure Camp, where we are expected for a countryside lunch. In the afternoon and until tea time you can enjoy your free time, or take short walks around the area.
Hours: from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Description: Departure from the hotel to Puerto Bahía Túnel. This excursion takes you on a cruise across the Viedma Lake, passing beside icebergs, which have calved off the front of the Viedma Glacier. The boat will stop at a safe distance from the glacier, continuing to sail down its entire front, allowing spectacular view of the high wall of ice. The excursion provides a totally different perspective of the glacier and it is a unique opportunity for a photographic safari.
Duration: from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
VIEDMA TREK – VIEDMA ICE
Difficulty: medium – high. Minimum age: 12. Not advisable for pregnant women or people with heart, respiratory or mobility disorders.
Description: Departure from Puerto Bahía Túnel. We will sail through Lago Viedma to the rocky promontory near the glacier. At this point, we can choose between:
• Viedma Trek: walking on the rocky promontory with unique sights of the glacier and its caverns.
• Viedma Ice Trek: putting on the crampons and walking on the largest glacier of “Los Glaciares National Park” visiting the ice caverns
Duration: from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Difficulty: high. Minimum age: 12. Not advisable for pregnant women or people with heart, respiratory or mobility disorders. This trek is destined for physically fit, because of the requirements of high resistance.
Description: Departure from Los Cerros to Puerto Bahía Túnel. We will sail through Lago Viedma to the rocky promontory near the glacier. This excursion offers you a short ice-climbing practice. The lesson will follow describing the equipment, safety tips and climbing technique.
Duration: from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
TREKKING GLACIAR TORRE
Duration: 12 hours
Description: Trekking and climbing on the Glaciar Torre.
One of our most challenging options, this trek is destined for the physically fit, because of the excursion’s requirements of high resistance.
Following the Río Fitz Roy margin up to the Laguna Torre, we trek up one of the most popular mountain paths, that have been walked by the greatest climbers of all times.
After a short stop at the base camp to prepare ourselves with the necessary equipment, we do a Tyrolean traverse (crossing by rope and harness) of the Fitz Roy River. We continue our walk through a forest first and then among the rocks that precede the glacier. Once we have reached the Glaciar Torre, we shortly trek with crampons, and climb, with pickaxes and harnesses into the ice.
Spectacular views of Cerro Torre’s southern wall, the Egger and Standhard peaks, the Aguja Bífida (Bifid Spire), the Paso del Hombre Sentado (Sitting Man’s Pass) and a rare view of the Fitz Roy Massif from the West are among the rewards of this journey. Includes picnic style lunch.
Outing distance: 30 km
Elevation: 250 meters