Available: September to May
|This hike goes along Fitz Roy river
valley up to where it begins, Torre Lake, always within
boundaries of the National Park. There are two trails
from the village, one at the bottom of the valley
the other to the north of the village, that become
one after half an hour walk. During this hike, there
many panoramic points that give good views of Mt.Solo,
the Adela chain and the most impressive Mt. Torre.
you walk, the glaciers Torre and Grande get into view.
Just before arriving at the lake, in the middle of
woods, you arrive at the Padre De Agostini camp site.
From there, after 500 mts. walking along the river,
you reach Torre Lake and its great view: Torre glacier
and the front side of Grande glacier, Adela chain,
and Mocho, Mt. Egger, and Standhardt, Bífida
and 4 dedos Peaks.
All year round
|Going up North, following the road that
brought you to El Chaltén, you drive by the
de las Vueltas river to this beautiful lake surrounded
by woods and mountains, 37 kilometers far from the
village.You will enjoy all the way, going through
woods and brooks,
big lagoons and small waterfalls. Always following
the winding course of this river to the right of
and, most of the time, discovering the north-east face
of mount Fitz Roy to the left.A few meters before
the lake, you will find a private camping site. The
lake, extended in direction N-S, lies between the
chain to the West and the Del Bosque chain to the East.
From here it is possible to make many hikes, or just
spend a day surrounded by a landscape of unique beauty.
This waterfall can be found 5 Km far from El Chaltén. It
is approximately 15 mts. high and it is hidden inside the woods.
It can be reached by car or walking along the road to Lago del Desierto,
taking the detour to the left marked with a wooden sign. From there
on, you continue walking along the path towards the waterfall.
The horses provide transport for camping gear and packs to
the base camps and other sites, or you can do basically
the same journeys as for the daily hiking trips to the
lagoons ‘Capri’, ‘Torre’, ‘Toro’,
‘Lago del Desierto’, camps ‘Río Blanco’
and ‘Piedra del Fraile’. Another option is to take
one the long horse rides (4/7 days) that are organized in
the extraordinary patagonian estancias
In the mountain range of Santa Cruz's province they are, according
to the opinion of professional mountaineers, some of the more
difficult mountains of the world to be ascended: the mount Fitz
Roy and the picks that surround it; the hills Torre, Egger and
The Fitz Roy mount, baptized by the first residents of these lands
with the name of Chaltén (mountain that tosses smoke) due
to a physical phenomenon taken place by the formation of clouds
constant flying snow; this gives the sensation that a heap of smoke
ascends by the granite needles that identify to the hill, confusing
also to the science men like Francisco Moreno who aimed it in its
maps like a volcano.
In 1952 Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone ascended the mount Fitz
Roy for the first time and from then on, the village of El Chaltén
is visited every year by thousands of mountaineers coming from all
parts of the world with the same objective.