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Fitzroy and Los Glaciares Trekking

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Explore the iconic peaks and glaciers of Fitzroy, Cerro Torre, and the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park.  This Patagonian adventure lets you enjoy some of the most rewarding (and challenging!) hikes but still overnight in lodges.

Trip Length: 6 Days
Destination: Perito Moreno, Patagonia, Cerro Torres, Fitzroy & El Chalten, Argentina
Lodging: 3-star hotels
Difficulty:
Challenging trek

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WHY THIS TRIP

Argentine Patagonia is one of the most spectacular regions in the world, and the 6-day Fitzroy and Los Glaciares Trekking trip explores the most stunning part, Los Glaciares National Park, by foot. Cerro Torre and Mount Fitzroy can only be truly appreciated by hiking up close to the peaks, and the Perito Moreno Glacier comes alive when you walk on its ice. Relax in quaint Patagonian hotels each night after long walks to see the best of Patagonia.

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Mount Fitzroy and Cerro Torre are two of Patagonia’s iconic peaks, and no roads lead up to them. The best way to experience them is by taking the long way to get close to their bases. This trek explores the area around both peaks and also explores the equally famous Perito Moreno Glacier with its classic views of ice chunks calving into the water.

Day one of this trek involves traveling to El Chalten, Argentina, a small town at the edge of Los Glaciares National Park from either Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, or El Calafate, Argentina. The first three nights are spent in a classic Patagonian inn.

After a good night’s sleep the trekking begins, with long but not overly difficult treks to Laguna Torre at the base of Cerro Torre and then to Laguna de los Tres at the base of Mount Fitzroy. The third day of trekking is much shorter, but it involves hiking uphill for an hour to reach the viewpoint at Mirador de las Carretas with excellent views of Cerro Torre and the region around Mount Fitzroy.

After this walk you transfer back to El Calafate where you spend the next two nights at a beautiful hotel outside of town. The next day you travel to the Perito Moreno Glacier where you board a boat to view the southern wall of the glacier. Then you hike a short ways to glacier and put on crampons to walk out onto the ice, before ending at a small bar serving cocktails in glacier ice. Finally you move to the main glacier viewpoints to see the north side’s giant walls with chunks of ice calving off into the water below. After one more night in El Calafate your Los Glaciares trip is done and everyone will head on to their next destination.

LOCAL OPERATOR: CASCADA EXPEDICIONES

Since 1991 Cascada Expediciones has been offering eco-friendly opportunities for travelers to let go of normal life and refresh with energizing connections to nature. With a strong focus on providing innovative, high-quality experiences — trips in which each traveler enjoys every moment of a trip — Cascada has refreshed nearly 30,000 people. Headquartered in Santiago, a trip of a lifetime with Cascada can include activities ranging from trekking, mountaineering, horseback riding, biking, rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, wildlife safari and photography, multisport itineraries to winery tours. In engaging the outdoors Cascada-style, every traveler is made to feel relaxed and energized by each activity; nourished rather than weary.

More good feeling comes in knowing the money spent on a Cascada trip stays in the Chilean economy. Moreover, the money stays with a company and people who have a deep respect for the environment. The staff and guides live an eco-friendly life, sharing the environmentally sustainable philosophy put into practice over the life of the company. So firm in its understanding of nature’s importance, Cascada became a carbon neutral company in 2008 and, between June 2009 and 2010, offset more than 183 tons of CO2 emissions. With a goal of becoming entirely CO2-free, Cascada encourages its travelers, suppliers and shareholders to help by standing by its philosophy.

 

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Itinerary


DAY 1: Travel from Calafate to El Chalten

Waking up early, we’ll kick off with a drive to the Cerro Castillo border with Argentina. Then, after passing through customs, we will continue to El Calafate, a small town set on the edge of Los Glaciares National Park, bathed in dramatic scenery and natural beauty. If there are fellow travellers starting the trip in Calafate, we’ll meet them in town.
In Calafate, a local guide will meet us and give us a trip briefing as we tuck into lunch. Next we will continue with a semiprivate transfer to El Chalten, a tiny outpost beside Los Glaciares National Park, and at the foot of the impressive Mount Fitz Roy. The drive will take us across isolated dirt roads, through the pampas and along the northern end of Viedma lake. Once we’ve checked into our hotel in El Chalten, it’s time to get some rest and prepare for the upcoming days.

Overnight Hosteria Senderos 3*, El Chalten (Breakfast, Lunch)

Note: The order of your excursions in El Chaltén might vary based on logistics consideration.

DAY 2: Hike to Laguna Torre

Today you’re off for a full day of hiking along the Cerro Torre trail to Laguna Torre, a stunning mountain lake with the majestic Mount Torre in the background. You set off after breakfast walking eastward following the trail through beech forest toward Fitz Roy River. You continue toward Base Camp de Agostini and then do a short hike to Laguna Torre, admiring the western view of Cerro Torre and the Adela range. Icebergs can be seen peacefully floating on Laguna Torre as the wind pushes them toward the coast. You stop at various points to appreciate the magnificent view and enjoy a picnic. Later, you return to Chalten following the same trail. Upon your return, you are free to enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Chalten’s cozy restaurants before heading back to the hotel from the previous night.

Overnight Hosteria Senderos 3*, El Chalten (Breakfast, Lunch)

Walking time: 7 hours
Distance: 22 kilometers / 14 miles
Max. Altitude: 650 meters / 2,133 feet

DAY 3: Laguna Los Tres

Today you trek to Laguna Los Tres, with a great view of Mount Fitz Roy — the landmark of Los Glaciares National Park! You begin your hike by heading toward Laguna Capri, passing its northern corner. Then you follow the Fitz Roy Trail up to Blanco river, passing the mountaineering camp Poicenot. Finally, a short steep trail takes us to Laguna de Los Tres where you witness one of the park’s most marvelous natural scenes — the turquoise-blue of the lagoon framed by Fitz Roy’s spires and glaciers. Here is the perfect time to enjoy a picnic and soak up the scenery while relaxing in such a memorable place. When everyone’s ready you hike back to Laguna Capri and continue along the trail back to tiny Chalten to spend the final night in your hotel here. (Breakfast)

Walking time: 9 hours
Distance: 25 kilometers / 16 miles
Max. Altitude: 1,175 meters / 3,854 feet

DAY 4: Trek & El Calafate

Today you’ll do a short morning trek along the Pliegue Tumbado trail. After an hour trekking up the hill you’ll reach Mirador de las Carretas with an excellent view of Cerro Torre and the best sights around Mount Fitzroy. You return to Chalten to gather your luggage and begin the journey back to Calafate. You’re dropped off at the terminal to board the midday bus (in April you take the afternoon bus), following the same road lined with Argentinean pampas that welcomed you upon your arrival. You arrive in El Calafate in the afternoon with plenty of time to rest, walk around town and look for a nice place to have dinner before heading back to the Calafate hotel.

Overnight Hosteria Senderos 3*, El Chalten (Breakfast, Lunch)

Walking time: 8 hours
Distance: 24 kilometers / 15 miles
Max. Altitude: 1,490 meters / 4,888 feet

DAY 5: Perito Moreno Glacier

You enjoy an early breakfast and board the minibus heading to Perito Moreno glacier. After a couple of hours you reach Los Glaciares National Park and continue driving to Bajo de las Sombras bay sector where you board the boat that sails approximately 20 minutes on Lago Rico to reach the southern wall of the glacier. On the other side the guide gives you a short talk about the formation of glaciers with other interesting details about local geology. From this point you take a short walk to the edge of the glacier where you’re given crampons to fit to your shoes. Now you start the ice trekking adventure! As you walk ahead you have spectacular views of the glacier and its surroundings. Your trek finishes at a little ice bar serving whisky on freshly chopped millenary ice from the glacier.

After having lunch, you continue to the footbridges with multiple viewpoints of the glacier’s incredible north side with its mighty cracking walls. Here you’re free to enjoy the surroundings at your leisure. After the thrilling encounter with the glacier, you drive back to Calafate for the final night in your hotel here.

Overnight Hosteria Senderos 3*, El Chalten (Breakfast, Lunch)

Walking time: 2 hours
Distance: 1 kilometer / .6 miles
Max. Altitude: 280 meters / 919 feet

Alternatively you can choose to do the “Big Ice” glacier hike also on Glacier Perito Moreno (additional costs apply – age limit 10 to 50 years old).

Trek to the heart of Perito Moreno Glacier, crossing ice crevasses and exploring ice caves along the way! The excursion begins with a boat ride across the lagoon, departing from “Bajo de las Sombras” port. During the navigation, we admire the imposing ice wall of the glacier that we will soon walk on. After disembarking, we hike for 1.5 hours across the moraine to reach the access point of the glacier. As soon as we put on our crampons, we are ready for the big ice hike. With our knowledgeable bilingual guides, we will trek deep into the glacier, full of creaks, cracks and caves. Our physical efforts will be rewarded by the glacier revealing all its splendour as we get closer and closer to its heart, where we have lunch surrounded by the deep blue of the million year-old ice. After the hike, which lasts about 3.5 hours, we head back the same way and cruise on the lake for 20 minutes, during which we get within a hairbreadth of the southern wall of the glacier. Please see the price section for additional costs.

Note: Due to operational insurance issues, the age limit for doing the ice trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier is 65 years old. If a passenger exceeds this age then an alternative excursion to the Glacier will be arranged.

DAY 6: Depart Calafate

Today marks the end of your memorable trip — adios Patagonia, hopefully we’ll meet again! After having breakfast, a transfer will take you to the airport and you’re free to continue traveling on your own or to take another extension with Cascada. (Breakfast)

OPTIONAL FINISH IN PUNTA ARENAS

Note: This option has an additional fee that will be added to your overall trip pricing.  See Pricing Tab for more details.

DAY 6: Heading to Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas, Chile

An early transfer will take you to the Calafate bus terminal. There you board the public bus going to Puerto Natales, arriving around midday. A Cascada representative will be waiting to take you to the office. When you’re ready you board the next public bus going to Punta Arenas city, where another Cascada representative will be waiting to arrange the transfer to the hotel. Overnight Hotel La Plaza 3*, Punta Arenas

DAY 7: Airport Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas, Chile

After breakfast you will be driven to the airport.

Getting To and From the Trip: 

Starting this Trip in El Calafate, Argentina: You will be picked up from the El Calafate Airport, bus station, or from your hotel in El Calafate by 1:30pm on Day 1 of this trip. Depending on your international and domestic flights, you may need to overnight in El Calafate the night before, or in Buenos Aires. We can help you arrange all necessary hotels and transportation.

Starting this Trip in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile: Some travelers take this trip as an extension to their stay in Torres del Paine. If so, the pick up time is at 9:30am on Day 1 from EcoCamp. We can help you arrange this if you are interested in spending time in both the Chilean and Argentinian sides of Patagonia.

Ending this Trip in El Calafate, Argentina: You will be dropped off at the El Calafate Airport, bus station, or your hotel by 10:00am on Day 6. If you are catching an internal flight this day, please make sure it departs after 12:00pm in order to give yourself enough time to check in. If you are staying extra time in El Calafate, we can help you arrange hotels, transportation, and day tours to make this trip exactly as you want it.

Ending this Trip in Punta Arenas, Chile: You will be dropped off at your hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile in the evening on Day 6. You will need to overnight here before continuing with your travels. Your internal Chile flights, bus, or next tour can start at any point the next day (Day 7). Please note, this option has an additional fee. You can see the details in the Pricing Tab.

Domestic Argentina & International Flights: We at Detour do not arrange flights, but we can connect you with our travel partner Exito Travel. They specialize in international and domestic flights in Latin America.

Trip Start: This trip begins in El Calafate, Argentina. You will be picked up from the airport or from your hotel by 1:30pm on the first day. Depending on your international and domestic flights, you may need to overnight in El Calafate or Buenos Aires. We can help you arrange hotels and transportation.

Trip End: This trip can end in either El Calafate, Argentina, or in Punta Arenas Chile. If ending in El Calafate, you will be dropped off at the airport at 10:00am. If ending in Punta Arenas, you will be dropped off at your hotel in the evening, and you will need to spend the night in this town before onward travel. We can help you arrange a hotel.


Getting all the way down to Patagonia isn’t easy, what else can you do while you’re there? If you want to see all the most amazing parts of Patagonia, we recommend going to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile in addition to this trip. We also recommending heading even further south to Ushuaia (Argentina) and exploring Tierra del Fuego National Park, either by hiking or by naturalist cruise. We have packages for all of these trips, and we can help make your trip exactly the way you want it.

Since you’re going to be in Argentina, we recommend exploring some of the other parts of this beautiful country: staying on a hacienda and working with gauchos, wildlife viewing in Peninsula Valdez, wine tasting in Mendoza, biking and paddling in Bariloche and the Lake District, getting a taste of the Amazon at Iguazu Falls, and experiencing the romance of Buenos Aires. We can help you with all of this and more.

2017 PRICES: 

Rates are dependent on the exchange rate between US Dollars (USD) and Chilean Pesos (CLP).  The rates below are in USD and are an estimate of the actual trip rate.  Upon requesting a trip, you will be given an updated trip price (in USD) based on the CLP exchange rate. 

Rates are per person, and based on double occupancy in 3-star hotels. Hotel upgrades available upon request.

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, & SATURDAY DEPARTURES
OCTOBER 1, 2016 – APRIL 30, 2017

2+ People: $2,130.00

Potential Extra Costs
1 Person Group Supplement (includes single supplement): $680.00
Single Room Supplement: $310.00
Optional Ice Trek on Perito Moreno Glacier: $84.00

Optional Extension to end trip in Punta Arenas
2+ People: $259.00
Single Supplement: $40.00

 

THURSDAY & SUNDAY DEPARTURES
OCTOBER 1, 2016 – APRIL 30, 2017

2+ People: $1,930.00

Potential Extra Costs
1 Person Group Supplement (includes single supplement): $680.00
Single Room Supplement: $310.00
Optional Ice Trek on Perito Moreno Glacier: $84.00

Optional Extension to end trip in Punta Arenas
2+ People: $259.00
Single Supplement: $40.00

2018 PRICES: 

For 2018 pricing, please inquire using the “I Am Interested” button above or by calling 1-866-386-4168.


INCLUDED: 

  • 3 star hotels: 3 nights in El Chalten, 2 nights in El Calafate (hotel upgrades available upon request)
  • All transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Park Fees
  • A bilingual guide during all excursions
  • Crampons during Perito Moreno ice-trekking excursion
  • Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, BL=Box Lunch, D=Dinner
    day 1: L
    day 2: B, BL
    day 3: B, BL
    day 4: B, BL
    day 5: B, BL
    day 6: B

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance (it’s mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional trip finish in Punta Arenas, Chile (see Pricing Tab for more details)
  • Optional ice trekking in Glacier Viedma (see Pricing Tab for more details)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals not indicated
  • Services not indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodations and services in Buenos Aires (can be added upon request)
  • Argentina reciprocity fee (if applicable)

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES TO CONSIDER:

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance (it’s mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff
  • Meals not indicated
  • Accommodations and services in Buenos Aires (can be added upon request)
  • Argentina reciprocity fee (if applicable)


 

 

 

Plan Your Trip

There are group departures every day from October 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017, pending availability.

There are no departures geared specifically to families, but families are welcome to join on any date!

Trip Start: This trip begins in El Calafate, Argentina. You will be picked up from the airport or from your hotel by 1:30pm on the first day. Depending on your international and domestic flights, you may need to overnight in El Calafate or Buenos Aires. We can help you arrange hotels and transportation.

Trip End: This trip can end in either El Calafate, Argentina, or in Punta Arenas Chile. If ending in El Calafate, you will be dropped off at the airport at 10:00am. If ending in Punta Arenas, you will be dropped off at your hotel in the evening, and you will need to spend the night in this town before onward travel. We can help you arrange a hotel.

How Do I Get To and From the Trip: 

Starting this Trip in El Calafate, Argentina: You will be picked up from the El Calafate Airport, bus station, or from your hotel in El Calafate by 1:30pm on Day 1 of this trip. Depending on your international and domestic flights, you may need to overnight in El Calafate the night before, or in Buenos Aires. We can help you arrange all necessary hotels and transportation.

Starting this Trip in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile: Some travelers take this trip as an extension to their stay in Torres del Paine. If so, the pick up time is at 9:30am on Day 1 from EcoCamp. We can help you arrange this if you are interested in spending time in both the Chilean and Argentinian sides of Patagonia.

Ending this Trip in El Calafate, Argentina: You will be dropped off at the El Calafate Airport, bus station, or your hotel by 10:00am on Day 6. If you are catching an internal flight this day, please make sure it departs after 12:00pm in order to give yourself enough time to check in. If you are staying extra time in El Calafate, we can help you arrange hotels, transportation, and day tours to make this trip exactly as you want it.

Ending this Trip in Punta Arenas, Chile: You will be dropped off at your hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile in the evening on Day 6. You will need to overnight here before continuing with your travels. Your internal Chile flights, bus, or next tour can start at any point the next day (Day 7). Please note, this option has an additional fee. You can see the details in the Pricing Tab.

Domestic Argentina & International Flights: We at Detour do not arrange flights, but we can connect you with our travel partner Exito Travel. They specialize in international and domestic flights in Latin America.

Transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people, with a driver and your guide. When there are only 2 to 4 people, smaller vehicles are used, usually a 4×4, driven by the tour guide. On the regular departure trips, you‘ll share the vehicle with other travelers joining your shared trip. On private departures, the vehicle will be for your use exclusively, although transfers for private groups may be combined with other travelers, owing to Cascada’s environmental policy to keep to the lowest possible ecological impact, and thus avoid driving the same way at the same time with two half-empty vehicles.

El Calafate Hotels: If you arrive early to El Calafate, Argentina, or if you would like to extend your stay for a few days, we can help you arrange hotels and transportation here.

Punta Arenas Hotels: If you opt to end this trip in Punta Arenas, Chile, you will need to spend the night in this town before continuing your travels. We can help you arrange hotels and transportation here. Punta Arenas is a great jumping off point for exploring southern Chile.

‘Buenos Aires Hotels: Depending on your international and internal Argentina flights, you may need to spend a night or two in Buenos Aires.  This is a great city to explore, so it definitely won’t feel like wasted time. We can help you arrange day tours, hotels, and all necessary transportation to fit with your flights.

Getting all the way down to Patagonia isn’t easy, what else can you do while you’re there? If you want to see all the most amazing parts of Patagonia, we recommend going to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile in addition to this trip. We also recommending heading even further south to Ushuaia (Argentina) and exploring Tierra del Fuego National Park, either by hiking or by naturalist cruise. We have packages for all of these trips, and we can help make your trip exactly the way you want it.

Since you’re going to be in Argentina, we recommend exploring some of the other parts of this beautiful country: staying on a hacienda and working with gauchos, wildlife viewing in Peninsula Valdez, wine tasting in Mendoza, biking and paddling in Bariloche and the Lake District, getting a taste of the Amazon at Iguazu Falls, and experiencing the romance of Buenos Aires. We can help you with all of this and more.

Countries Visited: Argentina

Destinations Visited: 

El Calafate, El Chalten, Los Glaciares National Park, Mount Fitz Roy, Laguna Torre, Laguna Los Tres, Cerro Torre, Pliegue Tumbado Trek, Huemul Glacier, Perito Moreno Glacier, and Punta Arenas, Chile (optional)

Activities: Day Hike, Trek

Activity Description: 

Day 1, From Torres del Paine or El Calafate to Chalten
Torres del Paine to Cerro Castillo (borderline): 63 km / 39 miles / 1.5 hrs driving.
Cerro Castillo (borderline) to Calafate: 287 km / 180 miles / 4 hrs driving.
Calafate to Chalten: 220 km / 138 miles / 4 hrs driving

Day 2, Los Glaciares NP, Argentina
Laguna Torre Trail:
Approximate walking time: 7 hrs. Distance: 22 km / 14 miles round trip.
Altitude: low altitude trails, no need to worry.
Optional Glacier Torre Trekking:
Approximate walking time: 12 hrs (2 hours on the glacier)
Distance: 15 km / 9.32 miles round trip.

Day 3, Los Glaciares NP, Argentina
Laguna Los Tres Trail:
Approximate walking time: 9 hrs. Distance: 25 km / 16 miles round trip.
Altitude: low altitude trails, no need to worry.

Day 4, Los Glaciares NP, Argentina
Loma del Pliegue Tumbado Trail:
Approximate walking time: 8 hrs. Distance: 24 km / 15 miles round trip.
Altitude: low altitude trails, no need to worry.

Day 5, Los Glaciares NP, Argentina
Perito Moreno excursion: 8 hours approx.

Day 6, El Calafate Departure
Under 1 hour of driving.

Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Fitness Level: 

This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active, have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. To enjoy this trek it’s essential to be in shape before you arrive. It’s not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a program of conditioning well before departure.

Note: Due to operational insurance issues, the age limit for doing the ice trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier is 65 years old. If a passenger exceeds this age then an alternative excursion to the Glacier will be arranged.

Minimum Age: 12

Maximum Age: 85

Minimum Group Size: 1

Maximum Group Size: 14

Typical Group Size: 8

Months Offered: January, February, March, April, October, November, December

Best Time to Go: 

The best time for this trip is during the high summer in Patagonia: the months of December, January, and February. Spring is in October and November, and fall is in March and April. Spring and fall are also good times to travel in Patagonia, but the weather can be more variable. But please remember that you can get cold weather and rain even in mid-summer.

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, both the strong marine and the South Patagonic Ice field influence make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find cold- strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min).

Food and Special Diets: 

Breakfasts and lunches are provided. Please let us know upon booking if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, and these will be accommodated.

Drinking Water: 

Water in Argentina is drinkable; however we recommend drinking only filtered water. Bring a refillable water bottle (at least 2 liters) for your day hikes.

Equipment Provided: 

No special equipment provided

Boat Specifications:

Special Equipment You Should Bring: 

  • Day backpack with rain cover
  • Waterproof trekking shoes (that have been broken in)
  • Rain jacket & rain pants
  • Trekking poles
  • Refillable water bottle

For a complete packing list, see the Suggested Packing List under the More Info Tab.

 

HOTEL / LODGE AMENITIES:  Breakfast, Restaurant, WiFi

BOAT AMENITIES: You do not stay on a boat on this trip

CAMP AMENITIES: You will not be camping on this trip

ROOM AMENITIES: Twin Beds, Double Beds, Safebox, Telephone, Hot Water, Private Bathroom, Shower, Soap and Shampoo, Towels

ROOMING OPTIONS: Double, Triple, Single, Single Supplement

DESCRIPTION:

Hosteria Senderos

El ChaltenHostería Senderos (Nights 1-3)

Inside Los Glaciares National Park, at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy, this 3* classic Patagonian inn in Chalten offers warm, professional service.

Hosteria Sierra Nevada

El CalafateHostería Sierra Nevada (Nights 4-5)

Integrated into the beautiful scenery of Los Glaciers National Park, a fifteen minute walk from the city centre of Calafate, this 3* hotel has wonderful gardens and views.

 

 

Local Tour Operator:

Guides:

TMI (Too Much Information)

  • Day backpack with rain cover
  • 1 or 2 pairs of quick dry pants
  • 1 or 2 quick dry t-shirts
  • Waterproof trekking shoes (that have been broken in)
  • Warm socks
  • Comfortable shoes for the evenings
  • Warm insulated jacket (synthetic or down)
  • Rain jacket & rain pants
  • Warm base layers for hiking (fleece, wool, or synthetic)
  • Long underwear (wool or synthetic)
  • Trekking poles
  • Gloves, sun hat / cap, warm hat, bandanna, sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Soap and other personal toiletries
  • Bathing suit
  • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Camera, extra memory card, extra batteries, and charger
  • First aid Kit.  While most guides carry first aid kits, you are responsible for bringing along your own personal medical kit including medications, especially prescription drugs, or vitamins you regularly take (fill prescriptions before you travel), including any over the counter drugs you might take such as pain relievers, motion sickness pills or indigestion tablets.  And it’s always a good idea to take band aids, mole skins, anti bacterial cream, alcohol wipes, etc.

HOW TO PACK 

For your day hikes, you will need a day backpack, large enough to hold water bottles, rain jacket & pants, a warm layer, sun screen, insect repellent, camera, and snacks. The day backpack makes a good carry-on for your flights.

For your main luggage, you can use whatever type of suitcase, duffle bag, or backpack you prefer. The main bulk of your luggage and your main suitcase will be left at your hotels during the day.

Pro Tip: We recommend carrying on all of your most essential items on your flights to El Calafate. This way, if your checked luggage is lost in transit, you will still be able to do the trek. For example, wear or carry on your hiking boots. Good, comfortable, and broken-in hiking boots are irreplaceable. Also carry on any prescription medications, sunglasses, and anything else that is irreplaceable for you. Everything else necessary for your trip (trekking poles, rain jackets & pants, etc. can be found in El Calafate).

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Electricity in Argentina is 220 volts, 50 cycles and an adaptor will be needed to use 110 volts powered items. Flat-pronged plugs, North American and European, need adapters; since plugs in Argentina are with double or triple round prongs. You will have access to electricity at the hotels, not during the day.

You will be traveling in medium-sized towns and national parks. You will have access to ATMs, banks, and places to exchange money. Be sure to carry small denominations of Argentinian Pesos with you during the day. You will be able to purchase souvenirs, drinks, snacks, etc. during the day.

Smoking is not allowed in rooms or enclosed public areas.

Safety:

Medical Attention:

Most traveling incidents are relatively minor, involving nothing more than cuts and bruises or a brief case of traveller’s tummy. Cascada Expediciones’ guides are trained to cope with these minor incidents but in the unlikely case of something more serious, they will seek local medical assistance. Medical insurance is mandatory for all their trips and they also strongly suggest you buy cancellation and curtailment insurance.

Staff/ Crew on Trip: 1 guide for every 6 travelers

DETOUR'S POLICIES

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER
Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

Cancellations: If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will forfeit a $100 per person handling fee to Detour. This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

Trip Changes:  If you decide to make any changes to your trip (changes to your itinerary, travel dates, tours, or accommodations) after it is booked, you will incur a $50 change fee per person, per change.  Unavoidable changes (such as those imposed by an international flight schedule change) will not incur this fee.  Adding on services before or after your confirmed tour will not incur this fee.

Rate Changes to Domestic Flights, Park Entrance Fees, Government Taxes and Fuel Surcharges:  The rates for all these items are subject to change at any point and these fees or fee changes can be imposed on any trip, even after a trip has been confirmed and paid for in full.  These rate changes are beyond the control of Detour or our local operating partners.  Oftentimes, these changes are imposed by government decree and take effect immediately.  While this is a rare occurence and the rate changes themselves are typically quite small, these changes are unpredictable and sometimes unavoidable.  Travelers are responsible for any additional costs or fees due to these rate changes, even after the trip is paid in full.

Passports and Traveler Details:  Passengers are responsible for sending up-to-date and correct information that is requested in the “Trip Reservation Form.”  If any of those details change, it is the passenger’s responsibility to notify Detour of the change before the trip departure.  If you need to renew your passport prior to your trip, you must notify Detour that you will be renewing your passport and you will have to email a scanned copy of both your old and new passports to Detour.  Additionally, you will have to bring both passports with you on your trip. Please make sure that you request to receive your old passport at the start of the renewal process.

Airport Transfers:  Airport transfer rates are based on group size with the assumption that all travelers will be taking the same transfer.  If some travelers in your personal group arrive or depart on different days or at different times, additional airport transfers will have to be booked and the passenger is responsible for this additional cost.

Insurance
Travel protection is essential for your peace of mind; unexpected medical emergencies or illness before or during your trip and several other contingencies could make you lose pre-paid, non-refundable trip payments. Emergency medical transport and air ambulance during your trip to a remote location might be extremely expensive and will probably not be covered by your medical health plan.

That is why it is compulsory that you purchase personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which may arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring during your trip. We also suggest for you to purchase cancellation and curtailment insurance. When obtaining travel insurance, you must ensure the insurer of the type of travel to be undertaken, especially when “adventure activities” are included in your trip.

There are several insurance companies offering travel protection plans through the web. Cascada Expediciones has selected some of them for your convenience.

Medical & Health
It is mandatory that clients with medical problems make themselves known to us well before departure. The trip leader has the right to disqualify anyone, at any time, during the trip if he feels the trip member is physically incapable and/or if a trip member’s continued participation will be detrimental to the individual involved or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances.

Because of the fact that hospital facilities for serious problems are often unavailable and evacuation can be prolonged, difficult and expensive, it is that we assume no liability regarding provision of medical care at any time during the trip. This statement is included on the Release & Assumption of Risk form provided by our company. All passengers over 65 are requested to fill out a Medical Certificate that would entitle him/her to safely accomplish the trip he/she is applying for.

Physical and/or Technical Certificates
These certificates are issued in addition to the general medical certificate and are asked to secure a safe accomplishment of the activities included on certain specific mountaineering and kayaking trips.

Physical Certificate
The following programs will require the passenger to be physically qualified to be accepted on the trip. This is not a technical demand but a provision towards the physical condition of the participant and the enforcement to be accomplished during the excursion:

High Altitude Mountain Trips: Aconcagua, Ojos del Salado, Parinacota.

Technical Certificate
The following programs will require the passenger to be physically and technically qualified to be accepted on the trip. This is a provision towards the level of skills owned by the participant and the degree of technical difficulty and risk involved on the trip: Rafting River Futaleufu; Intermediate and Experts River Kayaking.

Responsibilities of Trip Members
Trip members are responsible for understanding the conditions implied in the Trip Itinerary and selecting a trip that is appropriate to their interests and abilities. In order to assist you we grade each trip with a Trip Rating. We are also happy to discuss the trip with you, as well as provide you with names of past participants who can discuss their experience with you.; Trip members are held responsible for being in sufficient good health to undertake the trip; for bringing appropriate clothing and equipment as advised in the equipment list; for following normal standards of personal hygiene in order to lessen risk of traveler’s diseases; for following normal social behavior patterns with fellow trip participants; for acting in an appropriate and respectful manner in accordance with the customs of areas visited; for completing the itinerary as scheduled (or as adjusted in the field as necessary).

Normally the travelers will be asked to carry a day-pack containing the extra personal belongings they wish to take such as: camera, glasses, extra clothing, etc. In the 10-day Patagonia trekking and Aconcagua, Plomo, Parinacota, Ojos del Salado ascents, travelers will be asked to carry their own personal items including back pack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, daily box-lunch and others. The 10-day Patagonia trip offers the option to hire a porter. In camping trips, the cooking and the cleaning will be the responsibility of the guiding staff and they may ask the passenger for help in setting up his/her tent;

Reasonable changes may be made in the itinerary due to weather conditions or if judged to be in the best interest and well being of the participants.

Pricing policies:

Pricing
The price for the land portion of the trip is called Land Cost and includes:
– All accommodations in hotels, inns, mountain huts, camps and tents
– Ground transportation in private vehicles or domestic buses depending on the itinerary including reception & transfer from the nearest airport
– Meals in the field as specified in each program except for those meals in cities or towns where the travelers will feel inclined to make their own choices
– All trekking, horse-riding, diving, marine and river arrangements in the field (as specified in each program) including group equipment, permits and mules or pack horses if specified
– Entries and park fees
– Expert leadership including English speaking guides in all our fixed departures trips.

The guide/participant ratio varies from 1/5 to 1/10 depending in the type of program.

Costs not included in the trip are some meals as noted in the itinerary, soft drinks and liquor, medical expenses, cost of hospitalization or evacuation, laundry, airport departure taxes, visas, international and domestic airfares, gratuities and insurance. Please refer to the trip itinerary for detailed information on what is included and not included in the Land Cost. If a trip must be extended or an itinerary modified due to weather, road conditions, lack of transportation, political or civil disputes, medical emergency or other causes beyond our control, the associated costs including any non-recoverable costs are not included in the trip rates or refunds. In such circumstances it is your responsibility to pay directly for actual extra costs in the field (i.e. food, transport, accommodations, etc.). Obtain trip cancellation/interruption insurance!

Prices listed on our website and marketing material are subject to change since the trip dates and prices have often been published more than a year in advance. Between that time and the time of the trip’s actual departure, we are occasionally faced with exceptional cost increases or currency fluctuations that we cannot absorb. We do everything we can to keep our prices the same as published.

Tier Pricing
In order to operate small groups, some trips are priced according to the number of full-price passengers on the trip. Cascada Expediciones staff, invited passengers as travel writers, photographers or tour operators’ representatives under a familiarization trip and other discounted travelers are excluded from the count for this purpose. We initially invoice you at the highest tier level price. If the price drops due to an increase in the group size, you will be refunded the difference.

Accommodation
The prices correspond to accommodations in a share basis. If the passenger is traveling alone and there is no one with whom to share, or if he/she wishes single accommodation, then he/she will be asked to pay the single supplement fee listed in the Price-List. Accommodations in hotels and tents are based on double occupancy. The criteria for picking out the accommodations are a mixture of comfort, security, location and local atmosphere.

Meals
All meals in the field are included as well as all others to be taken in places such as National Parks where the travelers will not be able to purchase their own food; or where we consider it is not recommendable to do so. Please refer to each trip itinerary for information on which meals are included and not included. The meals included are shown as B=breakfast, L=lunch, L-=box-lunch, D=dinner.

Cancellation Policies:

Cancellation and Refund Policy
If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your trip, money will be returned less the cancellation fees charged by Cascada plus any additional nonrefundable cancellation fees and payments already advanced to airlines, hotels and other local suppliers.

1. Cascada Land cancellation fees for regular departures: these are departures with fixed dates. Cancellation of the confirmed booking outside 30 days prior to departure entails loss of deposit, which is 20% of the total trip cost.

Thereafter the following applies:
30 – 23 days 40% of total fare
22 – 14 days 60% of total fare
13 – 0 days 100% of total fare

2. Cascada Land cancellation fees for private departures: these are trips operated in a non-fixed date or as special requests. Cancellation of the confirmed booking outside 60 days prior to departure entails loss of deposit, which is 20% of the total trip cost. Thereafter the following applies:

60 – 45 days 40% of total fare
44 – 31 days 60% of total fare
30 – 0 days 100% of total fare

Refund Policies:

No partial refunds will be given for unused trip arrangements for any reason whatsoever. We therefore recommend you to take out travel insurance to safeguard against cancellation and curtailment.

Cascada reserves the right to cancel any trip due to insufficient sign-up or logistical problems that may impede trip operations. In such a case you will be given full refund of the amounts paid to Cascada by you. Cascada will not be responsible for additional expenses incurred by you in preparing for the trip (i.e., nonrefundable air tickets, Visa fees, equipment, medical expenses, etc.). The refund of all land payments received shall release Cascada from any further liability.

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning, and you will drive to the trail head. Hike until about noon, and stop for a lunch break. You will be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the day, usually around 3:00pm.

Your hotels in El Chalten and El Calafate will have wifi available.

Tipping is not compulsory, but it is customary and we encourage you to do so if you feel the service has been satisfactory. Some guidelines could be:

  • For tours with 6 or fewer people, an average of US$30.00 per day of the tour from the group as a whole is suggested as a tip for your bilingual guide, with US$10.00 per day from the group is suitable for your driver.
  • For half-day tours with more than 6 people, US$15.00 and US$5.00 from the group are appropriate for guide and driver respectively.
  • For group tours of more than 6 people, each person should tip US$5.00 per day to their guide, and US$2.00 per day for their driver.
  • For half-day tours of more than 6 people, each person should tip US$3.00 per day to their guide, and US$1.00 per day for their driver.
  • Transfer guides are usually tipped at a rate of US$5.00 from the group with US$3.00 for the driver from the group per service.
  • Tipping for luggage handling at hotels is usually US$1.00 to $2.00 per piece of luggage.

At restaurants a typical gratuity would be 10% of the total.

Finally, taxi drivers do not usually expect tips, but it is customary to round up the fare.

Laundry: Laundry services are available through your hotels.

Food and Special Diets: 

Breakfasts and lunches are provided. Please let us know upon booking if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, and these will be accommodated.

Drinking Water: 

Water in Argentina is drinkable; however we recommend drinking only filtered water. Bring a refillable water bottle (at least 2 liters) for your day hikes.

 

1 review for Fitzroy and Los Glaciares Trekking


  1. Rick
    5 out of 5

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    I did the Fitzroy and Los Glaciares Trek first, followed by the W-Trek in Torres de la Paine, which is the order I would definitely recommend. The Fitzroy area is spectacular and the guides were excellent. I hiked the first two days with Marcello and the third day with Pella. They are very competent knowledgeable guides and I learned much about the local area, flora, and fauna. They hiked at a very pleasant pace, slower than I’m used to, which allowed me to experience everything around me like I haven’t normally done. I consider that a lesson learned in how to be in the moment and not obsessed with accomplishing the hike.

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