Data Sheet

Full day (12 horas)

Elevation gain 1600 meters

1 - 3 people per guide

Glacier experience required

Very difficult: physically very demanding

July to December


We will drive early in the morning from El Chaltén to Lago Del Desierto, located at 38 km (24 miles) distance.
From the parking lot we´ll approach to the base of the Huemul glacier ( about 1 h) and we´ll continue the ascent on the glacier using crampons or snowshoes towards the summit (2146 meters or 7040 feet).
It will take us about 6 to 7 hours to get to the top; but he views are worth it! After a good break, we´ll start the descent the same way back; it will take another two hours for the descent back to the car. We will drive back to El Chaltén in the afternoon.
Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Certified Mountain Guide
• Glacier equipment: crampons, harness, rope, helmet, ice axe, etc.
• Traslado de ida y vuelta al Lago del Desierto
• VHF Radio
• First-aid kit

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Transportation from El Calafate to El Chaltén
• Lodging at El Chaltén
• Porters ( at your request)
• Personal Equipment
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal Travel & rescue insurance (highly recommended)
• Services not specified
• Gratuities

Packing List

Weather: The weather in Patagonia is notorious for high winds and extreme variability. Days can range from sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s (15°C) in October to rain, hail, and occasionally even snow. Nighttime temperatures often drop down into the 30s and 40s (0-5°C). The wind-chill factor can sometimes make the ambient temperature feel much colder. Please come prepared for all possibilities and equipped with good quality rain and wind gear.



• Waterproof trekking boots (*)
• 30L dayack
• Walking poles
• Sunglasses
• Sun-block and lip balm
• Pocket knife
• Headlamp
• Water bottle (1l)
• Gaiters
• Trekking pants
• Sweater (medium weight)
• Insulated hooded jacket(down or or synthetic)
• Waterproof pants & parka (gore-tex)
• Fleece jacket or wind stopper
• Windstopper and waterproof gloves (plus spares)
• Sun cap & wool or fleece hat
• Buff, or balaclava

NOTE: We could rent you the marked items*. Please let us know when you register if this is required (also include your boot size).

Please make sure you have all requested equipment.
Let us konw if you need advice for buying or renting.


Water is potable in Southern Patagonia. Please bring your own water filter or purification tablets if you don’t want to drink the water untreated.
Sleeping bags/pads are available for rent in El Chaltén. Book early for best availability

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Eduardo Brenner 88 (9301)
El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Phone: +54 9 2966 60-7070