This trekking circuit begins in El Chaltén, a town that was declared in 1994 as "The National Capital of Trekking". With the endless options it offers, hiking enthusiasts do not miss the opportunity to visit this region. Emblematic peaks, eternal glaciers, mythical forests and beautiful lagoons are not enough to describe this extraordinary route.
The Trail to Fitz Roy is one of the most popular in the area, following its path we arrive at De los Tres Lagoon, named for the three peaks that surround it (Saint Exupery, Poincenot and Fitz Roy). The road is well signposted and maintained, it has an extension of approximately 11 km, with an ascent of about 770 m, leaving from the town to the lagoon. The estimated time to reach the destination and return to the town is between 8 and 9 hours. During the circuit, some points of interest to appreciate the spectacular patagonian landscapes are the Río de las Vueltas Viewpoint, the Fitz Roy Viewpoint and the Capri Lagoon.
It is a route that is considered difficult in terms of physical demand, but it does not require great experience in hiking.
It is always recommended checking the status of the trail at the Tourist Office.
Tips, hints and links
For more information about the area:
Getting thereThe most common thing to do is to travel by plane to the El Calafate International Airport. Then by bus or car, take Provincial Route 11 to the east, turn north on National Route 40, until it intercepts Provincial Route 23, continue along this route until reaching El Chaltén.
ParkingArriving at the end of San Martín Avenue it is possible to park, here begins the Trail to Fitz Roy.
Book recommendations for this region:
- Food and 2 liters of water.
- Sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Gloves, hat, warm clothing and waterproof jacket.
- Personal hygiene items.
- Waste bag.