Introduction

Circunnavigate Cerro Huemul, including Paso del Viento with views to the 2nd largest icecap outside the polar regions!
Experience classic Argentine Patagonia landscapes - steep granite spires towering over vast glaciers, cerulean lakes, rivers and forests.

Highlights

Trek to Paso del Viento, with views to the Ice Field

Zip-line across Tunel River

Trek to Paso Huemul, with views to Viedma Lake & Glacier

Data Sheet

4 days backpacking trek

3 night camping

Requires backpacking experience

Intermadiate difficulty

2 - 8 people per guide

October to April

Itinerary

DAY 1

Meeting with the Guide in the morning; debrief about the details of the program and check of the equipment. We´ll start the trek at noon from El Chaltén and hike towards “Laguna Toro” campsite, passing over the “Pliegue Tumbado”.
This hike takes about 5-6 hours and has an elevation gain of 500m. We will camp at Laguna Toro (650m/a/s/l).

DAY 2

After 30 or 40 minutes of hiking, we´ll get across the Tunnel river, either by wading through the river or using a zip-line cable and harnesses, (depending on the conditions). We´ll continue the ascent towards Paso del Viento, along screes, moraines and the Inferior Tunnel Glacier. From the pass, you can appreciate a portion of the Patagonian Ice Field, the origins of Glacier Viedma and the Cerro Mariano Moreno mountain range.
We´ll descend to the “Refugio Paso del Viento” (900m/a/s/l) where we will camp. It is a 7 hour-hike with an elevation gain of 900m from Laguna Toro to Paso del Viento.

DAY 3

We´ll continue the trek bordering Cerro Huemul towards East until we reach “Paso Huemul” (1000m/a/s/l). There are great views of Viedma Glacier during the entire trip! From “Paso Huemul we can appreciate the front of the Viedma Glacier and the homonym lake.
It’s usual to see condors flying near by. There is a very steep descent trough the forest and rocky terrain, down to “Bahía de los Témpanos”. The hike will take around 8-9 hours and we will camp at Bahía de los Témpanos.

DAY 4

The terrain today is steppe, with moderate elevation gain, some rivers and bog areas. Near the end of the hike, we will need to get across the Tunnel River.
Total time 5-6 hours to “Bahia Tunel” . Transfer back to El Chaltén, end of our services.

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia

INCLUDED SERVICES

2 nights Lodging at El Chaltén (double occupancy)
4 nights Tents (double occupancy)
Mountain guide
Breakfast at hotel; Expedition meals
Kitchen set and utensils
VHF radio or sat phone
First-aid kit
Transfer El Chaltén- El Pilar
Transportation from El Calafate to El Chaltén
Transportation El Chaltén to El Calafate

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia

NOT INCLUDED SERVICES

Porters (at your request for an additional fee)
Personal equipment
Alcoholic drinks
Restaurant meals
Gratuities
Personal Travel & Rescue insurance (highly recommended)
Services not specified

Packing List

Weather: The weather in Patagonia is notorious for high winds and extreme variability. Days can range from sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s (15°C) in October to rain, hail, and occasionally even snow. Nighttime temperatures often drop down into the 30s and 40s (0-5°C). The wind-chill factor can sometimes make the ambient temperature feel much colder. Please come prepared for all possibilities and equipped with good quality rain and wind gear.

1

Luggage

• Medium to large duffle or rolling soft-sided luggage
• 60-65 L backpack
• Waterproof pack cover or garbage bag to line pack
• Dry sacs or plastic bags

2

Clothing

• Medium to large duffle or rolling soft-sided luggage
• Casual clothing/shoes for travel and city wear (lightweight, easily washable)
• Waterproof jacket, lightweight
• Waterproof pants, lightweight
• Fleece/softshell jacket (windproof preferred)
• Down (or synthetic) jacket
• T-shirts, synthetic or wool
• Long sleeve shirt, synthetic or wool
• Hiking pants (no jeans for trekking)
• Synthetic or merino base layers
• Underwear/sports bra (quick drying)

3

Footwear

• Waterproof trekking boots with rugged sole
• Hiking socks, synthetic or wool
• Light shoes (sneakers or water sandals)
• Water crossing/camp shoes

4

Assorted Personal Items:

• Trekking poles (collapsible)
• Sleeping Bag (15-20°F/-5-10°C) with compression stuff sack
• Insulating mattress (compact, lightweight; Therm-a-Rest ideal)
• Water bottles (2 1-Liter or 2L hydration bladder)
• Headlamp with batteries (& extra batteries)
• Sunscreen and Lip balm with SPF
• Sun hat
• Wool or fleece hat
• Neck warmer or buff
• Gloves/mittens
• Sunglasses with UV filter
• Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, quick drying travel towel,etc)
• Toilet Kit: Toilet paper, Ziplock bags (at least one for clean TP, one for dirty TP), wet wipes, hand sanitizer (You must pack out all toilet paper.)
• Personal first aid kit, medications, blister kit
• Bandana
• Pocket knife
• Camera/memory cards/battery
• Packing cubes/stuff sacks
• Gaiters
• Optional:
Earplugs and eye shade
• Binoculars
• Water purification (filter or tablets)

Please make sure you have all requested equipment, let us konw if you need advice for buying or renting

NOTE

Water is potable in Southern Patagonia. Please bring your own water filter or purification tablets if you don’t want to drink the water untreated.
Sleeping bags/pads are available for rent in El Chaltén. Book early for best availability

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Eduardo Brenner 88 (9301), El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Tel/Fax (++54 2962) 493194
Mobile Phone: ++54-9-2962-409207
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