Mount Fitz Roy, Laguna de los Tres, © Can Stock Photo / javarman
Visit El Chaltén – Laguna de los Tres Hiking Trail
The most popular hiking when you Visit El Chaltén – Laguna de los Tres Hiking Trail. Hiking starts in El Chaltén at the north end of Av San Martin. Viewpoints along the way include the Rio de las Vueltas, Lago Capri, Mount Fitz Roy (Cerro Chalten) viewpoint and Laguna de los Tres. After an initial climb out of the valley of the Rio del las Vueltas, the trail levels out. Then there is a climb up a steep hillside, which eventually turns into a steep moraine. Although it’s a considerable effort to climb this section, there are no dangerous precipices. At Laguna de los Tres, expect a different day than in the valley below, with high winds, rain and even sleet in summer. Along side the lake, hike 500 m further for views back down to Laguna Sucia. The typical hiking time to Laguna de los Tres is 4 hours one way with a vertical climb of 2,500 feet (750 m).
Cerro Torre Peak from Lago Torre, © Can Stock Photo / irisphoto5
Visit El Chaltén – Cerro Torre Hiking Trail
The Cerro Torre Hiking Trail starts at the west edge of El Chaltén near the Don Los Cerros Hotel. The trail follows the Fitz Roy River. It is much flatter than the Laguna de los Tres Hiking Trail. This trail leads to Lago Torre (Tower Lake) at the base of the Grand Glacier and Cerro Torre (Tower Mountain). Typical hiking time to Lago Torre is 3 hours one way with a vertical climb of 800 ft (250 m). Near the halfway point of this hike, there is an option to divert tothe Laguna de los Tres Hiking Trail instead.
Visit El Chaltén – Condors & Eagles Hiking Trails
Mirador Los Cóndores and Las Aguilas – These are easy hiking trails to start off your visit to El Chaltén. Walk over the river at the south edge of town and you will see the trail to these two lookouts. It’s about a 45 minute hike up from the valley floor to a height of 325 ft (100 m). The first lookout has a view over El Chaltén and is frequented by Andean condors. Another half hour hike along the ridge leads to a view in the opposite direction toward Lake Viedma and a chance to see eagles (aguilas).