Self Guided Trekking

Most of the treks are free and do not require previous experience in the mountains. Nonetheless you can hire a guide for your peace of mind, especially for those which are of greater difficulty.

Short walks from El Chaltén

If you are not used to walking in the mountains or if you doubt of your physical condition it is highly recommended that you start doing short walks before undertaking hikes of longer Length.

If you have a few hours to spend or you are accompanied by small children these are the indicated to do.

Start with some short walks before taking on the longest treks

Mirador Margarita

Easy     2 hours

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Los Cóndores - Las Águilas

Easy     2 hours

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Chorrillo Del Salto

Easy     3 hours

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Half Day walks from El Chaltén

Even if you have no experience in trekking, you can take any of these walks that take you to extraordinary viewpoints. These hikes are not the most demanding ones but they will assure you the best memories of these landscapes of Patagonia.

If you do not have any experience in the mountains but do not want to miss any of these hikes you can hire a guide.

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These are the perfect viewpoints for those looking for a half-day activity!

Mirador Del Torre

Easy     3 to 4 hours

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Laguna Capri

Easy     4 to 5 hours

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Full Day walks from El Chaltén

These are the most demanding ones, those that every enthusiastic walker dreams of accomplish in El Chaltén. Your day should start very early in the morning because there will be several hours of activity and numerous stops to get your energy back. Once on the trail there are no places to buy what you forgot to carry in your backpack, so make sure you have the necessary food, water and clothing for the entire day.

If you have little experience in the mountains but do not want to miss any of these hikes, it is advisable to hire a guide.

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The first prizes to the effort and the best views of the two emblematic mountains of El Chaltén.

Laguna Torre

Media     7 to 8 hours

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Laguna De los Tres

Media     8 to 9 hours

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Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

Media     8 hours

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Walks in De Las Vueltas River Valley

Between El Chaltén and Lago Del Desierto there are some of the most beautiful spots in the area. Many of the walks in the valley are short and easy and they give you the opportunity to explore more points of interest on the way to or from the Lago Del Desierto.

To get to this area -between 13 and 17 km from El Chaltén- you can take any of the transfer services in El Chaltén.

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Unique places hidden halfway to the Lago del Desierto

Piedra del Fraile

Media     5 to 6 hours

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Laguna Azul

Facil     2 hours   

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Lag. Diablo - Puesto Cagliero

Media     5 to 6 hours   

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Piedras Blancas Viewpoint

Media     3 to 4 hours

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Punta Norte

Walks in the Lago del Desierto

This beautiful lake is at the end of the De las Vueltas river valley. Its name does not honor this paradise of forests, turquoise water, hills, glaciers and waterfalls where you can do hikes and excursions of different Length and difficulty.

The lake is located 37 km from El Chaltén, if you do not have your own vehicle you can take any of the private transfer services in El Chaltén.

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The scenic route to El Lago del Desierto is a must-see from El Chaltén

Glaciar Huemul

Facil     2 hours    Paid entrance

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Punta Sur Punta Norte

Facil     7 to 8 hours

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Lag. Larga - Hito Limítrofe

Facil     4 hours

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Photo "Loma del Pliegue Tumbado" courtesy of Walk Patagonia