Los Glaciares National Park Huemul Circuit

Hiking

$930.00 (per person/based on 4*)

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Description

Difficulty: Advanced

Highlights: Diverse terrain, amazing views of the Continental Ice Field, close up encounters with Viedma Glacier  and Lake Viedma

Day 1: El Chalten – Laguna Toro

Day 2: Laguna Toro – Refugio Paso del Viento

Day 3: Refugio Paso del Viento – Paso Huemul – Lago Viedma

Day 4: Lago Viedma – Bahía Túnel

THIS ITINERARY INCLUDES:

 

  • 3 nights of camping in Los Glaciares National Park [including tent + sleeping mat + sleeping bag]
  • Guide on days 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Breakfast on days 2, 3, 4
  • Lunch on days 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Tea on days 1, 2, 3
  • Dinner on days 1, 2, 3
  • Equipment [camping + cooking + technical]
  • Transfer from Bahía Túnel to El Chalten
  • National Park Permission of Tourist Activities [P.N.L.G]

THIS ITINERARY DOES NOT INCLUDE:

 

  • Accommodation / Meals / Transportation not listed above
  • Insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for staff
  • Additional porters

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, beanie
  • 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, flip flops
  • Earplugs
  • Head lamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: Trek to Laguna Toro

El Chalten – Laguna Toro

In the morning, you will meet up with your guide in order to divide up the camping materials between the members of your group. Afterwards, you will depart El Chalten by foot en route to the trailhead for the trek! After finding the trailhead, you will start walking uphill through a large open area known as La Pampa de Las Carretas. Eventually, after walking through a forest, the trail will open up to stunning views of Lake Viedma. Finally, you will reach Toro Valley. From the valley, you will be able to see the hanging glacier on Monte Huemul, which is the mountain that you will circumnavigate over the next 4 days. After crossing a few small bridges and a river, you will walk through a young lenga forest arriving at Toro Lagoon. Here, you will spend the night!

 

Hike: El Chalten – Laguna Toro

Total Distance: 15 kilometers / 9.3 miles

Average Time: 7 hours

DAY 2: Gaze at the Southern Ice Field

 Laguna Toro – Refugio Paso del Viento

Following an energizing breakfast, you will pack up and head out for a very adventurous day! After about 40 minutes of walking, you will reach Túnel River, which you will either cross on foot or via a zipline. The method of crossing will be dependent on weather conditions and water levels. The rest of the day will include a variety of terrains such as pastures, stony areas, moraines, and the lower part of Túnel Glacier. Following the crossing of the glacier, you will begin a long and steady upward ascent to El Paso del Viento. From here, you will be able to appreciate some of the most impressive views accessible by foot of the region’s Southern Ice Field. Following a well-deserved lunch, you will begin descending to Refugio Paso del Viento. This is where you will set up camp for the night.

 

Hike: Laguna Toro – Refugio Paso del Viento

Total Distance: 12 kilometers / 7 miles

Average Time: 7-8 hours

DAY 3: Cross the Huemul Pass

Refugio Paso del Viento – Paso Huemul – Lago Viedma

Following breakfast, you will pack up and get ready to be trekking once again! You will walk along a gently ascending path all the while hopping over a few small streams en route to Paso Huemul. From the top, you will experience breathtaking views of Viedma Glacier and Lake Viedma. Viedma Glacier is the largest glacier in Argentina as well as the largest glacier on the eastern side of the region’s Continental Ice Field. You will enjoy lunch in a sheltered spot before walking down a very steep and rocky path to Bahía Cabo de Hornos, which is at the foot of Lake Viedma. This is where the last campsite of the trek will be! Due to the location of the campsite, you will have the opportunity to admire some of the massive icebergs carved out by the glacier!

 

Hike: Refugio Paso del Viento – Paso Huemul – Lago Viedma

Total Distance: 18 kilometers / 11.2 miles

Average Time: 6-7 hours

DAY 4: Trek Across the Steppe to Bahia Túnel

Lago Viedma – Bahía Túnel

Today, you will trek across part of the steppe towards Bahía Túnel! You will be walking away from Viedma Glacier alongside Lake Viedma. The trail is undulating and mostly flat. You will cross over various steams and rivers. There will be a vehicle waiting at Puerto da Bahía Túnel to take you back to El Chalten!

 

Hike: Lago Viedma – Bahía Túnel

Total Distance: 18 kilometers / 11.2 miles

Average Time: 7 hours