The Fitz Roy Massif offers some of Patagonia's most dramatic mountain and glacial landscapes. Unlike its Chilean counterpart, Torres del Paine, you can hike to many of the best vantage points on day hikes, returning to the comfort of your hotel each day. Alternatively those willing to camp will be rewarded with some great multi-day trek routes.
Here we share our thoughts on the trekking routes around Chalten and Mount Fitz Roy, as well as example itineraries for including Fitz Roy in a wider tour of Patagonia. We also have a guide to El Chalten and to the Los Glaciares National Park.
Chalten Day Hikes
Returning each night to a choice of comfortable hotels in El Chalten, these routes take 4-8 hours. Most trails are well marked and some people choose to hike these independently. However guides offer more than just safety and navigation - they'll help you find the best vantage points and leave you with a rich sense of the region's climbing history, geography and culture. Interested in guided hikes?
Laguna de los Tres
You can trek from Chalten as a there-and-back route retracing your steps, however it's much better to drive out to Hosteria Pilar and set out from there. This is a 22km route, ascending approx 800m and taking around 7-9 hours if you take your time to enjoy yourself and take it all in. The route starts on a forest path with views across to the Piedras Blancas glacier, and then you have a steep ascent up to the Laguna itself - a great place to stop for lunch if conditions permit. The descent takes you to the wonderful Laguna Capri which also offers great views up to the massif.
On this hike you ascend a perfect glaciated valley up to the the Laguna Torre with its wonderful views to Cerro Torre and the glacier. It's an easier hike than the Laguna de los Tres, normally done over 5-6 hours and covering 20km, ascending 250m-350m depending on whether you continue up to the lookout point Mirado Maestri.
Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
translates to 'hill'; as opposed to the dramatic mountain peaks
surrounding it, but nevertheless some 1,000m above the town of El
This trek takes you to the south of the FitzRoy massif offering a different perspective on the mountains, as well the view south to the Lago Viedma. Although the alititude gain is significant the route is relatively easy going. You should allow 6-8 hours depending on how far up you go, and is around 16-18km round trip. Keep an eye out for the fossils!
Piedra del Fraile
To the north of FitzRoy lies the Electrico Valley and Piedra del Fraile is a charming little refugio and campsite. This is a gentle hike through the forest with very little climb but affords a great view of the vast Electrico Valley and the Marconi Glacier in the distance.
Ice hiking on the Viedma glacier
Another great option for a day trip would be head to the Viedma Glacier to try out some ice hiking for the first time.
Whilst you can do this on the Perito Moreno glacier, this glacier just a
few miles from El Chalten offers a much wilder and remote opportunity
to don the crampons and get up close to the crevasses.
Los Glaciares tours (2-8 people) & Hiking FitzRoy
Highlights of Los Glaciares
Experience the best of Los Glaciares in just 5 days: ice hiking on Perito Moreno glacier (no previous experience required) and 2 days of hiking to the best viewpoint of Mount FitzRoy and the Torre Glacier. Everything is arranged from…
The Best of Los Glaciares
Ideal for couples, this is the way to see the glaciers and hike up to the base of Mount FitzRoy in style. Enjoy a stay at a unique and wonderful Patagonian lodge, only accessible by boat. The trip includes a…
Glaciers, Trekking & Luxury in Los Glaciares
Challenging and remote hikes, combined with a luxurious lodge. Hike off the beaten track, spend 2 nights at a wonderful lake-side lodge that is so remote and secluded that a boat is required to reach it, and then finish with…
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Multi-Day Treks: Mt FitzRoy
Camping overnight after longer days of trekking, you'll find great rewards - off the beaten track routes, views out across the Patagonian Ice Cap and new perspectives on the FitzRoy mountains. These can be tackled in any order or direction but these are the four main areas/routes...
The Fitzroy and Torre loop
You can combine the treks to Laguna de Los Tres and to Laguna Torre into one trip using either the Poincenot or Thorwood campsite, and taking in the Madre & Hija lagoon as well. This is a great two day hike and with a third day with a guide you can cross to Pliegue Tombado as well via Paso Agachonas a more challenging a remote route.
Huemul Circuit and Paso del Viento (south)
This route isn't really accessible for the day hikers and you can therefore expect a much more remote experience as well as views over the Patagonian Ice Cap itself. Cerro Huemul stands at nearly 2,700m and this route circumnavigates the mountain and takes you up to Paso del Viento on the edge of the Ice Cap, and then along the edge of the Viedma glacier and lake. It's a 60km+ route with some tough climbs and terrain, and normally done over 4 days with 6-8 hours each day.
Pollone and Electrico Valleys (north)
The Electrico valley leads up to the other major access point to the Patagonia Ice Cap, the Marconi Pass. The Piedra del Fraile campsite is a nice staging post along the way, and as you progress further up the valley the landscape changes dramatically: witness the giant glacial boulders of the Pollone Valley and the other wordliness of Lago Electrico, at the base of the Marconi glacier's terminal morraine. A 2-3 day hike here will give a sense of the vastness and remotess of the Patagonian Andes.
Lago del desierto and Refugio del Diablo (30km north)
To the north of El Chalten lies Lago del Desierto with a 20km trail around it's eastern edge north to the frontier. There's also a trail to the north west up to Refugio del Diablo which offers 1-2 days very much off the beaten track and a good option for people spending a night or two at Lago del Desierto's lakeside lodge.
FitzRoy Trekking (with supported camping) 2-8 pax
El Chaltén Highlights
Highlights: Cerro Torre, Mount Fitz Roy, Laguna Torre, Laguna de los Tres Accommodation: 2 nights in hotel and 2 nights in a comfortable camp in the forest with view to the famous peaks and full…
Huemul Massif & Paso del Viento
Highlights. Windy Pass, South Patagonian Icefield view and hiking over Viedma glacier. Wilderness Accommodation: 2 nights in hotel and 3 nights in…
Paso Marconi & Gorra Blanca Ascent
Climb a 2,900 metre peak overlooking the Patagonian Ice Cap. This is physically very demanding but does not require any technical mountaineering experience. With highly experienced guides this a great way for trekkers to do some low grade mountaineering and…
Chalten Mountain Escape
Highlights: Cerro Torre, Mount Fitz Roy, Laguna Torre, Laguna de los 3, Agachonas Pass, Paso del Viento and South Patagonian Icefield look out. Glacier hike over Tunel Glacier and zip line river crossing. Accommodation: 2 nights in hotel and…
FitzRoy and Huemul Circuit Treks
If you have a week in Argentine Patagonia and want to combine a remote and challenging 4 day trek with a local guide, with a couple of days of more independent hiking and sightseeing then this is it. On day…
Complete Chalten Trek
THE all-encompassing trek of El Chalten, you’ll be guided in small groups to the best sights, climbs and lagoons of the area. With all equipment, food, accommodation organised for you, you can enjoy trekking around one of Patagonia's most…
Example Itineraries including Fitz Roy
Below are some of our suggestions for visiting other several regions of Patagonia, as well as trekking around Mt. Fitz Roy. These can be fully tailored to suit your timeframe, budget and interests. Also take a look at our other inspirational itineraries.
Day Hike Patagonia
14 nights, from USD $5,300 to $7,200
Hike the glaciers, mountains and coastlines of Patagonia, experiencing the famous national parks of Torres del paine, Mount FitzRoy and Tierra del Fuego and get off the beaten track on the island of Chiloe. This trip is ideal for those who love to hike dramatic trails, but with only a daypack and good quality accommodation each night.
Trekking South Patagonian Andes
21 nights, from USD $4,500 to $5,600
Experience the very best of Southern Patagonia - Torres del Paine, FitzRoy and Tierra del Fuego. Hike to famous viewpoints, get off the beaten track, and camp in remote corners of the national parks. Ideal for experienced trekkers looking to hike deep into the Patagonian Andes.
Map of Chalten peaks, glaciers, campsites and lodges:
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