El Chalten

(4 Nights – 5 Days)

Operated: Between mid-October to End of April.
Based upon 2-People (for more people please just let us know).
Note: We can add a guide if required.

We can arrange itineraries to include El Chalten, for which we suggest a minimum of three nights, from El Calafate. Ideally you would add El Chalten into your Torres del Paine trip as a pre or post visit incorporating El Calafate inbetween, and going to see the Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate. Therefore a suggested itinerary would be 3 nights El Chalten, 2 nights El Calafate and 4 nights Torres del Paine with possibly an extra night in El Calafate for logistical reasons depending on flight times.

El Chalten for Mount Fitzroy

To get to El Chalten you will need to get to El Calafate first. The transfer from El Calafate to El Chalten takes about 3 hrs. We can include this return transfer in any itinerary we arrange for you.

El Chalten is a very small touristic village located beyond the northern end of Lake Viedma and within the Los Glaciares National Park 200km north from El Calafate. Originally the indigenous Tehuelche people named the high-jagged peak, now called Mount Fitzroy, as El Chalten, which means “smoky mountain”. Considering that for most of the year Mount Fitzroy is shrouded in mist the “smoky mountain” name is appropriate. However, the peak was re-named Mount Fitzroy after Captain Robert Fitzroy of Charles Darwin’s ship “The Beagle” (Charles Darwin being an important and historic scientific naturalist who came to the southern shores of Patagonia), but the name El Chalten was adopted by the settlers as the name of the village.

Historically El Chalten had been considered to be within Chile until Argentine nationals began to live here.  Today the village is considered to be within Argentina, but it is adjacent to the still disputed border boundary between Chile and Argentina. Both countries, until now, have not agreed on where the official border should be in this zone and the Lago del Desierto (a long narrow lake north of El Chalten) is an area whose political future is yet to be finally determined. It is also very close to the southern-most village of mainland Chile – Villa O´Higgins, at the end of the Careterra Austral road.

The main attraction – Mount Fitzroy,  resembles the “Torres” in Torres del Paine National Park, reaching a height of 3,400m with vertical sides that create an impressive and dramatic mountain spectacle. El Chalten is primarily a base for serious hikers who wish to hike the trails in the area or climb the challenging peaks.

Considering that El Chalten sits within the national park people mainly sleep in the village and each day will walk one of the hiking trails then return to their same comfy hotel at night, avoiding the need to camp.

The park rangers located at the entrance to the village provide camping and national park information for visitors. The tourist trade has spawned a few restaurants and basic shops in town, and some of the accommodations provide internet and phone access. There are a few hikers’ hostels, a handful of boutique-style, small hotels and one top-end hotel in town. Other than that, the village is fairly far removed from the normal flow of news and communication, even during high season (November-February), and is nearly deserted during off-season (the Southern Hemisphere winter).

EL CHALTEN

El Chalten is a small village set within the northern sector of the Los Glaciares National Park, a three hour drive from El Calafate. It is rapidly becoming a top destination for hikers and climbers who wish to enjoy the natural environment and the challenge of scaling the peaks, some of which have vertical sides. On a clear day the jagged peak of Mount Fitzroy is dramatic and impressive.

EL CHALTEN, 4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS

ITINERARY

 Day 1

Arrival to El Calafate
Transfer to your hotel in El Chalten.

Night 1

Hotel in El Chalten, matrimonial or twin-bed room, breakfast included.


Day 2

Select from options further below, an activity or activities you wish to participate in.

Night 2

Hotel in El Chalten, matrimonial or twin-bed room, breakfast included.


Day 3

Select from options further below, an activity or activities you wish to participate in.

Night 3

Hotel in El Chalten, matrimonial or twin-bed room, breakfast included.


Day 4

Select from options further below, an activity or activities you wish to participate in.

Night 4

Hotel in El Chalten, matrimonial or twin-bed room, breakfast included.


Day 5

Transfer to airport.

DEPART


NOTE: 

If you want we can also arrange for you the domestic flights between Buenos Aires and Calafate + private transfer to El Chalten.

Included

Accommodation.
Breakfast at HOTELS.

*Optional Activities El Chalten
(self-guided trek option. * if you want to going a group or book a private tour, let us know!)
Laguna de los Tres – Mt. Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre – Cerro Torre
Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
Los Cóndores and Las Águilas Viewpoints
Laguna Capri
Mirador Torre
Estancia Los Huemules
Piedra del Fraile & Glaciar Pollone

Please supply us with as much information as you can about where you want to go, what you want to do, what you want to experience and how much money you want to spend (or do not want to spend!).  How many people, what type of beds (matrimonial, twin, single etc.)

VIP – if you are a VIP in any of the fields such as celebrity and / or political and / or business, and you need “special attention” such as privacy and / or security for your trip please use an alias in the enquiry, but mention that you are VIP and one of the directors will handle your request and keep your real name and details confidential.

Remember, our speciality is to create a travel itinerary custom-built to your needs.

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