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It is an active tourist destination, accessible to all. All activities are carried out in a stunning mountain environment, mostly protected areas..
El Chaltén is the Argentine Capital of Trekking, so people who enjoy it the most are passionate for outdoor activities seeking places of extraordinary natural beauty and love practicing mountain sports.
But because the tourist village is located in a valley at the foot of the mountains, even those who do not wish to do trekking can live the unforgettable experience of knowing one of the most beautiful
places in the world, either from the town itself or in any of the possible hikes.
See what to do in El Chaltén.
El Chaltén is a summer destination, with a season that goes from October to April, but you can visit it at any time of the year since the National Park remains always open,
buses arrive every day and self-guided activities can be done all year round. Choose the date that suits you:
Tourist season: it begins in October and ends normally in April. The highest number of visitors is registered during the summer - December to March - with its maximum peak in January.
During this season with the warm weather and the longest days of the year, you can do all self-guided and organized activities.
Winter: from June to September, the weather is cold and the days are short, excursions do not operate during this time of the year and some sections of the self-guided trails can
be closed due to the accumulation of snow or mud by thawing. The majority of services do not work but some hostels, cabins, apartments, markets and stores remain open. Winter snow and tranquility attract
those who seek a different and more intimate experience with Patagonia.
May to September: they are "intermediate" months where it is possible to carry out a great number of self-guided walks since the weather is not too cold but most of the excursions do not operate.
Some accommodation and restaurants remain closed. Walk on the trails, contemplate the landscapes from natural viewpoints or spend the night in campsites is a much quieter experience than in the months of
the tourist season.
More information on how to get to El Chaltén.
From 3 to 10 days. It depends directly on how much you enjoy the activities and your experience in the mountains:
Beginner: 3 to 4 days.
If you are one of those people who do not go out much to the mountain and you are not sure how long to stay in El Chaltén, you will need at least three days to be able to do some short or medium treks
and some half day or full day excursions. You will also want to have time to get to know the delicacies offered by the tea house, bars and restaurants, as well as visit the souvenir shops.
Enthusiast: 5 to 7 days. In this segment is where most travellers are. Surely you will want to make several trekking circuits,
spend the night in campsites or refuges and make the most wanted excursions. Either way, you'll want to come back for more!
In love with the mountains: 7 days or more.
If trekking is your thing it will be very difficult to say goodbye to El Chaltén. You will need at least a week to be able to do so many activities and you will always find excuses to return.
See what to do in El Chaltén.
El Chaltén has a cool and dry mountain climate, with intermittent winds.
It is said that in Patagonia it is possible to experiment the four seasons in one day because of its unpredictable weather. It can be defined as follows:
Spring-Summer: from October to March, the climate is mostly mild, with average temperatures that range between 10ºC and 20ºC; on very hot days the temperature can reach 30ºC, although
at night it can easily descend to 10ºC or less, especially in the valleys.
Autumn: during March there is a clear decrease of daylight hours, the temperature drops and April can register below zero conditions. During this period this wonderful season is reflected
especially in the forest coloured with different shades of red, ocher and yellow as the leaves of Ñires and Lengas fall. The weather is more humid and it is when intermittent rains can be expected.
Winter: during June, July and August the weather is cold, with short days and with little or no wind. Temperatures oscillate between 5ºC and -5ºC but very cold days of -15ºC or less can be
recorded, especially in the valleys.
August-September: hey are the windiest of the year, and they can also be quite rainy, with average temperatures of 5ºC. During the second half of September you see the gradual increase of
sunlight hours and the first spells of splendid days of sun.
More information about the climate and current weather conditions.
NO. Unlike the Southern Zone of Los Glaciares National Park ( where the Perito Moreno Glacier is located) no entrance fee is required.
PYou can enter freely and free of charge to all the trails starting from El Chaltén. There are footpaths located outside the National Park on private property where you will have to pay an access fee,
as in the cases of Laguna Azul and Laguna Diablo in Estancia Los Huemlues
or the Huemul Glacier Trail in Lago del Desierto.
NO. Access to the Northern Zone of Los Glaciares National Park remains open all year round.
In the winter months -from June to September- the access of the trails can be made impossible by the accumulation of snow or mud by thawing so you should always inquire about trail conditions
before starting your trek in the Visitor Centre of Los Glaciares National Park.
See Visitor Centres.