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Hiking in Fitz Roy, visiting Glacier Perito Moreno

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Program: Fitz Roy & Perito Moreno

  • Length: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Activity Level: Active Moderate
  • Start / Finish: Airport

Highlights: Perito Moreno Glacier, Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy, Viedma Ice Hike

Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina has become known for Fitz Roy Mountain and Perito Moreno Glacier. The two destinations are spectacular and are located just 220 km (136.7 miles) apart in this enormous park. In order to arrive at Fitz Roy you will need to travel through pampas and cross rivers in order to arrive in El Chalten, where you can find the trailhead. During the program you will explore the most attractive trails in the area. The weather conditions will determine your route during the last four days of the trip, allowing you the best views of each destination.

  • Day 1: El Calafate Airport - El Calafate
  • Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate
  • Day 3: El Calafate - El Chalten
  • Day 4, 5 and 6: Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
  • Day 7: Viedma Ice Hike - El Calafate
  • Day 8: El Calafate - El Calafate Airport

Fitz Roy & Perito Moreno

  • Length: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Activity Level: Active

Day 1: El Calafate Airport - El Calafate
You will be greeted in the El Calafate airport (FTE) and taken directly to the city. The drive is approximately 30 minutes through the Patagonian Pampas. You will be taken to your accomodation and have some time to freshen up. After a bit of a rest or some time exploring the town, you will meet again with your guide for dinner.

Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate
After a nice breakfast you will board a van heading towards Perito Moreno Lookout. As you arrrive at the lookout you will be able to orient yourself in front of the enormous ice wall. During the summer the glacier often calves and if you are lucky you will be able to observe this while at the glacier. You will also take a short cruise in front of the glacier in order to get a closer look.  In the evening you will return to the city, have dinner, and spend the night.

Day 3: El Calafate - El Chalten
Today you will wake early and prepare for the first bus to El Chalten. The trip is approximately three hours by bus and you will arrive before lunch. After arriving in the small town you will get aquainted with your new accomodation and then you and your guide will leave for lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be for exploration of the city. However, you should take some time to visit the park ranger station in the afternoon and also take a short 45 minute hike to the Condor´s Lookout. You will meet with your guide for dinner and recieve instructions for your hike the next day.

Day 4, 5 and 6: Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
Each one of the following days you will explore trails that lead to different attractions of the park. Based on the weather conditions, your guide will determine the destination allowing you the best possible views.

Cerro Torre Lookout: You will begin walking from your hostel until you reach a path that borders Fitz Roy River.  The path leads you along plains, valleys and slightly uneven walkways. You will reach a lookout after approximately three hours and be able to see a spectacular valley and the looming Cerro Torre. As you continue you will hike through a Lenga forest, until you finally reach a moraine and the Torre Lagoon. From here on a clear day you can see the Torre, Grande, and Adela Glaciers at the foot of Cerro Torre. You will spend time here enjoying the view.  Later we will return to El Chalten on the same path, have dinner and get some rest in order to be prepared for the next day.

Fitz Roy Lookout: Today you will have breakfast again in your hostel. Soon after, a van will take you to El Pilar Hotel, where the trailhead begins. The ride is approximately 30 minutes with the view of Rio de Las Vueltas along the way. You will reach the trail head and begin your hike along Rio Blanco. You will pass through an amazing forest where you might see the Carpintero Woodpecker. After about an hour you will reach a spectacular lookout; you can see Piedras Blancas Lake and Glacier. The view is absolutely breath-taking and you will need to stop for a few pictures before continuing on your way. After another hour you will finally reach camp Poicenot, here the views will begin to change and you will start your climb up the side of a hill and along the moraine that will finally take you to Los Tres Lake. The hike is steep and will take approximately one more hour. You will have lots of time to admire the various peaks and later return to El Chalten walking down another trail that leads directly into the city. It will take approximately four hours to return to the small town for a shower, dinner and a good night´s rest.

La Ioma del Pliegue Tumbado Mountain: Today you will wake again and leave directly from El Chalten. You will hike past the park rangers station and start immediately climbing up a hill. You will first walk along a small creek until you reach an open space that is sometimes very windy. As you hike onwards you will enter a beautiful forest and continue to climb up, until you finally reach a plateau, here you will notice that cows graze regularly in this pasture. After crossing the pasture you will enter another forest, with tall old trees and the light will dance on the fallen trunks and make for a gorgeous picture. Finally you reach what appears to be the top. Here you will walk across rocks and an endangerd environment until you reach the last lookout (situated at 1500 meters above sea level). The view will stun you as you arrive in a place where you have a panoramic view of the area, from here you can see Cerro Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and all of the surrounding valleys and glaciers. You will return to El Chalten to have dinner and spend the night in your hostel.

Day 7: Viedma Ice Hike - El Calafate
In the morning a van will pick you up and take you towards Viedma Lake, you will enjoy a cruise across the lake until you arrive at the foot of the glacier. You will be given instruction on how to hike on the glacier, and also be given the necessary gear. Your guides will help you to get prepared and you will spend a few hours hiking ontop of Glacier Viedma. After the hike, you will return back to the boat, and cross the lake to return to your van and be taken back to El Chalten in time to gather your things and get a quick bite to eat. You will board the 6pm bus and head back to El Calafate to spend the night. You will arrive in El Calafate in time for a late dinner and a good night´s rest.

Day 8: El Calafate - El Calafate Airport
Today you will take a transfer back to the El Calafate airport. You will say goodbye to our staff and continue your journey home or to your next destination!

Below is a suggested packing list:

  • Upper body:
  • Shirts/Jacket
  • Wind proof and water proof jacket, such as Gore Tex or similar
  • Fleece or pile coat
  • Quick dry long sleeve t-shirt
  • Quick dry or cotton short sleeve t-shirt
  • Winter hat
  • Light gloves
  • Lower body:
  • Quick dry hiking socks
  • Quick dry, light weight long underwear bottoms
  • Quick dry and breathable windproof pants
  • Shorts
  • Light trekking boots and/or gym shoes
  • Other necessary items:
  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping bag (-5°C for Nov. – Mar. trips, -15°C for April – Oct. trips)
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle (1.000cc)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chap Stick with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack (big enough for all your personal things)
  • Shower Shoes
  • Earplugs
  • Head lamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera

Dittmar Adventures gear:

  • Four Season Tents
  • MSR Asgard, 3-man tent
  • MSR Fury, 2-man tent
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Thermarest Prolite 4
  • Thermarest Prolite plus
  • Base Camp Tents
  • Mountain Hardwear Space Station
  • MSR Board Room
  • Cooking gear
  • MSR Whisperlite international
  • MSR Base pot set
  • GSI Tableware

How far ahead should I book my trip?
Due to the popularity of Patagonia, we recommend booking your trip 4 months in advance during the peak travel months (Dec-Feb). If you want to travel in November or March we recommend booking travel 2 months in advance.

Upon arrival to Patagonia
Your guide will meet you at the airport upon arrival. Typically he/she will take you to Puerto Natales, which is about a 3-hour drive from Punta Arenas. Depending on what time your plane arrives, you will have the entire day or just a few hours to explore or rest-up in the small town of Puerto Natales. Your guide will leave you at your hotel and meet you shortly after dinner to discuss trip details, answer questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days (the hotel will allow you to leave any unnecessary luggage with them).

Patagonian weather
Most of the time, there is no way to know what to expect. What you need to know is that it is fast changing and one can witness the wind, sun, rain and snow all in a matter of hours while in Patagonian wilderness. However, in the cities it is slightly more predictable, normally and are correct.

What to pack
During the trek you need to have a backpack (renting a backpack is possible) with just enough room to carry your clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bag (during W trips, renting a sleeping bag is also possible). Shared equipment like tents, stoves, pots, and food will be brought and transferred by our staff.

Personal equipment and clothing should be chosen to allow comfort while hiking. Select clothes to keep you dry in the rain, protected from the wind, and cool enough for warmer moments. It is essential that you are prepared to experience all four seasons in one day.

Tour insurance
It is very important that every visitor has international insurance against accidents. Make sure you have arranged for this insurance before paying for the trip. It is worth considering that some aspects of nature are unpredictable and that we must be prepared for any inconvenient circumstances.

Tour meals
Three meals a day during your program are included. We do not include drinks while in cities or snacks during the day. When staying in cities we will eat in restaurants, however during the days we are in the wilderness your guide will prepare your food. Food is purchased at local stores and we choose your meals according to the preference sheet you fill out. Food can include, but is not limited to, assorted vegetables, beef, chicken and fish. We will also provide energy rich carbohydrates like pasta, rice, or potatoes. To top things off and excite your taste buds we also bring some of the following: wine, beer, cookies, cheese, crackers, and fruits.  Your meals are carried and, most of the time, prepared by your guide.

Changes in itinerary
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule agreed upon, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.

Canceling your adventure
At the time we receive written notice that you must cancel your trip, the following fees will apply to your deposit (all dates are from departure date):

Regular Departures
From time of reservation until 90 days prior to departure -$100 USD
89 to 60 days prior to departure - $200 USD
59 to 30 days prior to departure - 50% of deposit USD
29 days or less prior to departure - 100% of deposit USD
Private Adventures, Custom Adventures & Special Departures
From time of reservation until 90 days prior to departure -15% of deposit
89 to 60 days prior to departure -50% of deposit USD
59 days or less prior to departure -100% of deposit USD

Please Note: No partial refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Program Costs are quoted as a package and refunds are not given for services not used. (Note—Extra hotel nights cancelled within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% of the hotel cost or $35, whichever is greater.)

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  • 1st - Fill out the client information form and read the terms and conditions on the booking form
  • 2nd - Make the deposit payment (40% of total trip cost)
  • 3rd - Upon arrival pay the balance (60%)

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