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It is important to note that this expedition takes place in a restricted area of the Los Glaciares Nacional Park. A special permit is requested and only one group is allowed per time, in order to minimize the impact on the area’s wildlife. This has also the advantage of allowing for a very unique wilderness experience; we will not meet other groups of people during our trekking. Have in mind we will be walking far off the beaten track and away from civilization.

Data Sheet

5 days backpacking trek

4 night camping

Requires trekking experience

Intermadiate difficulty

2 - 8 people per guide

October to April



Meeting with the guide at night at El Calafate.
Debrief about the program and early check of your personal equipment.


Transfer to Punta Bandera and Estancia Cristina, located on the Northwest branch of the Argentino lake (200 meters or 630 feet a/s/l) Well start hiking around noon, along the Catalina river valley and then, after passing the Northern margin of Anita lagoon, we will arrive to the Norte river valley.
The landscape is mostly steppe and beech forests (lenga trees), transiting on old cattle tracks. Estimated time of total walk is about 7-8 hours. We will set camp at “Río Norte 1”.


Alter breakfast, we will head up the Norte river valley; during this day well walk among lengas, “mallines” (wet grasslands) and glacier moraines (rocky terrain), with some traces of old tracks. We´ll hike right by the Mount Norte base, with excellent views to its hanging glacier and small lake. We will get to a second lagoon and an open meadow in order to reach our second campsite: “Río Norte 2”. Total time of walking will be around 8 hours.


From our previous night campsite, we will continue our way up to the “Paso Norte” (1100 meters or 3500 feet a/s/l), our highest point of the trip. Upon arriving, the view is of some astounding 360º, and wide open on the valleys below.
After some time for pictures (weather allowing), we will start walking downhill to the “Bosque Quemado” ( burned forest ) valley, approaching lake Viedma’s Moyano sound. This day is mostly off the beaten track, crossing through “mallines”, rocky terrain and bush wagging . Estimated walking time for the day is of about 8 hours. We will set camp for the night at the “Puesto”, a beautiful spot by the shores of lake Viedma (300 meters or 980 feet a/s/l).


After breakfast, we will walk towards East, going along the Viedma lake by its Southern margin. We will be wading some small creeks, crossing through some more bushes and “mallines “ until reaching the “Laguna de la Pesca”, where we will set our last night camping. We will be walking a total of about 4-5 hours this day.


Once we leave the “Laguna de la Pesca”, some old tracks start to show in our way, we will follow them walking through hillsides, until we reach Estancia Helsingfors. We will be walking a total of about 3-4 hours this day. Transfer to El Calafate or El Chaltén. End of our services.

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Certified Mountain Guide
• 1 porter every 2 guest (for group equipment)
• Tents, Kitchen set and utensils
• Expedition meals
• Sat phone
• First-aid kit
• Transfer El Calafate – Ea. Cristina
• Transfer Ea. Helsingfors - El Calafate (or El Chaltén)

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Transportation from El Calafate to El Chaltén
• Loading in Calafate
• Loading in Ea. Helsingfors y Ea. Cristina
• Porters ( at your request) ( para equipo personal)
• Alcoholic drinks
• Gratuities
• Services not specified

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.



• Medium to large duffle or rolling soft-sided luggage
• 60-65 L backpack
• Waterproof pack cover or garbage bag to line pack
• Dry sacs or plastic bags



• Medium to large duffle or rolling soft-sided luggage
• Casual clothing/shoes for travel and city wear (lightweight, easily washable)
• Waterproof jacket, lightweight
• Waterproof pants, lightweight
• Fleece/softshell jacket (windproof preferred)
• Down (or synthetic) jacket
• T-shirts, synthetic or wool
• Long sleeve shirt, synthetic or wool
• Hiking pants (no jeans for trekking)
• Synthetic or merino base layers
• Underwear/sports bra (quick drying)



• Waterproof trekking boots with rugged sole
• Hiking socks, synthetic or wool
• Light shoes (sneakers or water sandals)
• Water crossing/camp shoes


Assorted Personal Items:

• Trekking poles (collapsible)
• Sleeping Bag (15-20°F/-5-10°C) with compression stuff sack
• Insulating mattress (compact, lightweight; Therm-a-Rest ideal)
• Water bottles (2 1-Liter or 2L hydration bladder)
• Headlamp with batteries (& extra batteries)
• Sunscreen and Lip balm with SPF
• Sun hat
• Wool or fleece hat
• Neck warmer or buff
• Gloves/mittens
• Sunglasses with UV filter
• Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, quick drying travel towel,etc)
• Toilet Kit: Toilet paper, Ziplock bags (at least one for clean TP, one for dirty TP), wet wipes, hand sanitizer (You must pack out all toilet paper.)
• Personal first aid kit, medications, blister kit
• Bandana
• Pocket knife
• Camera/memory cards/battery
• Packing cubes/stuff sacks
• Gaiters
• Optional:
Earplugs and eye shade
• Binoculars
• Water purification (filter or tablets)

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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