SIB 06 Hours Trekking Fitz roy, Laguna de los tres Difficulty: medium Duration: 6 hs (from El Chaltén) Departure at 12:00 Return at 17:00 Includes: Transfer from and to El Chalten (18 kilometers)
Leave Chalten taking the Laguna de los Tres tail head. After an hour of ascending, we reach the first look-out of Cerro Fitz Roy. From there we walk another 2 hours until reaching Rio Blanco camp site, another hour up the trail reaching Laguna de los Tres. From the lake, there are even better panoramic views of Cerro Fitz Roy! You can also see Laguna Sucia and Lago Viedma in the distance. After lunch and a bit of a rest, taking the valley of Rio Blanco, and .we can see the Piedras Blancas Glacier. One hour more arrived to El Pilar Lodge, where our private car wait for us to return to El Chalten (17km).
SIB HD Trekking Laguna Capri
Jurisdiction: Los Glaciares National Park. Duration: 5 hours (one-way). Dificulty: medium. Ascent: 700 m. Description: This is the closest spot to Mt. Fitz Roy and with no doubt the most famous of all hikes.
Itinerary: This hike starts at the end of Av. San Martín, next to Madsen free campsite. The slope is quite steep during the first hour until you reach Del Salto stream valley towards the Mt. Fitz Roy. You will notice that the Antarctic Beech become more and more numerous along the path and approximately after an hour and a half further down the way you will reach a well marked natural lookout point. There you will find a sign that interprets the whole landscape right in front of you. The path always continues up along the Del Salto stream until reaching the drainage of the Lagunas Madre e Hija. Four hours ahead from the starting point you will arrive to Poincenot base camp (big free campsite) and after crossing the Río Blanco you will arrive to Río Blanco base camp (only for climbers). From there the path continues in ascent approximately 400m. until you reach Laguna de los Tres. The trail finishes at the old moraine ridge with an extraordinary view of the lagoon and De los Tres Glacier. This is the closest view to the granite wall of Mt. Fitz Roy and the peaks around. Going down the moraine, you can take a trail that surrounds the lagoon until its outfall where it is possible to appreciate t
We will take the Laguna Torre trailhead from El Chalten. After an hour of hiking we will reach a look out point of Cerro Torre. From here we walk another two hours until reaching the Laguna Torre (600m/a/s/l), one of the principle attractions of the area. After lunch, the return heading back to El Chalten is along the same trail. We should arrive in the late afternoon.
SIB HD Trekking Plieque Tumbado Difficulty: medium Duration: 4 hours
We take the Laguna Toro trailhead from El Chlalten, after an hour of hiking we reach our first look out of Cerro Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and Cerro Huemul. From there we traverse over the “Pampa de las Carretas”, here we take a detour in the direction of the lookout. Once above the vegetation level (approx. 1000m/a/s/l), you can find yourself amongst fossils such as ammonites and belemnites. This lookout offers a view outside of the conventional views of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy. This trek also has the advantage of not being as popular, so you will not be among too many tourists. In the afternoon we return to El Chalten by the same trail.
Trekking Navigation Viedma Light and ice (SIB) Operation: Every day - 7 hs 09:00 am
We depart from Bahía Túnel Port to Viedma Glacier. At 15 km northwards from El Chaltén we find the small Bahía Túnel port which is located at a sheltered natural bay a few hundred metres away from the delta that forms the homonymous river.We sail the first 15 minutes in this sheltered bay southwards by a modern ship HUEMUL (55 passengers). The lake depth allows a comfortable sailing near the shore so that we can observe Fitz Roy Hill massif and Huemul Hill from the ship. On arriving in Cabo de Hornos (south-eastern end in Campo Ventisqueros), we turn westwards and suddenly, we have a sensational view: Viedma Glacier. Only a 25-minute sailing is left to arrive at the rocky promontory that emerges like a peninsula from the glacier snout.We arrive and disembark at the rocky promontory opposite Viedma Glacier. Once we have disembarked at the natural port, passengers are invited to descend and start a short hike on a surface left by the glacier some years ago. This area with an amusing view is the proper place for the information talks on glaciers and glaciations given by our highly-trained guide. Once the talk is over, another short hike takes us to the glacier snout at its support place on the promontory (ablation zone) where we can observe its erosive traces and visit the ice caves together with the guide; this is not very likely to be seen and visited in the other big glaciers. Then we arrive at the crampon place to put them on and start a 2-hour trek on the homonymous glacier (optional). We depart from the promontory, have lunch (passengers pay for the meal) and sail along the glacier snout in its breaking zone. Once the excursion by land is finished, we embark again to sail opposite the glacier snout (about 55 km high). From the ship we can observe a wide range of blue colours (due to the different strong pressures the ice undergoes on its descent to Viedma Lake by going through a natural funnel created by Huemul and Mascarelo Hills).We arrive in Túnel Bay. We return to El Chaltén and arrive there at about 16:00 h.
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