Huemul circuit - Trekking - El Chalten - Glaciar Viedma - Patagonia

An unforgettable trek. A four day cirucit to enjoy a trek that encompasses lots of different environments and varied landscapes

  • Start Date : 2025-Jan-15
    End Date: 2025-Jan-18
  • Hora Inicio: 15 hs
    Hora Fin: 9 am
  • Meeting Point:El Chalten, Santa Cruz
    End point: El Chalten, Santa Cruz
  • Duration:7 days + trip
    Availability: 6 spots
US$ 975 US$ 780.- Cot Oficial 20 % Off

Special price booking until 08 de March!

Trekking Huemul circuit - El Chalten


Through the lands of the National Capital of Trekking
One of the most attractive and complete trekking tours in Patagonia. Views of the Fitz Roy and Torre massifs, and the southern Patagonian ice field, the Viedma glacier and lake, the Vuelta al Huemul has become an extraordinary trekking in Patagonia.


Day 1 - Meeting in El Chaltén, equipment/gear review, guides presentation. Overnight in hostel

Day 2 - We leave in the morning from El Chaltén to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado from where we´ll be able to fully observe the Fitz Roy and Torre massifs. We will follow the Tunnel River Valley upstream to the Toro Lagoon Camp, where we´ll spend our first night. We´ll camp at the Laguna Toro Camp.

Day 3 - After a delicious breakfast, we disarmed camp and leave to Paso del Viento. Key day of trekking because it is our gateway to the Patagonian Continental Ice. After crossing the Tunnel river, wading or using the zip line (according to the conditions and decision of the guide) we´ll ascend 900 meters of unevenness to have one of the most impressive views of Patagonia: the ice field. The trekking is very varied, passing through stone, grass, glacier ... From there we will descend heading south to the Paso del Viento refuge. Camp.

Day 4 - Early we leave for the Huemul Pass. Following the lateral moraine of the Viedma Glacier with a southerly direction, we skirt Cerro Huemul through this unexplored region of the National Park. An ascent of about 400 final meters and reaching the Huemul Pass we will have the Viedma Glacier on our right, the Viedma Lake on our left, all at the same time. From there we can see the front of the Viedma Glacier from above, as well as just 15 minutes away, a "condorera". Then we´ll descend the steep slopes of Cerro Huemul to the Bay of the icebergs, where in an old post we set up our camp.

Day 5 - After breakfast we start our march through the famous Patagonian steppe, always with Lake Viedma on our right. We arrive at the mouth of the Tunnel river. After a wading on foot, sometimes intense depending on the level of the river, we continue to Bahía Túnel where a 45-minute land transfer will take us to El Chaltén. Overnight in hostel

Day 6 - This day we include it with the option of trekking to Laguna de los Tres and ascend to the top of Cerro Madsen, a wonderful little spire, facing Fitz Roy. You can choose one or both alternatives. Return in the afternoon to El Chalten. Last night in hostel. End of the program.

Day 7 - Return

Included Services
  • Transfer from Bahia Tunel to El Chalten (end of the tour).
  • All meals from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 5
  • Professional guides and enabled by APN.
  • Equipment and general logistics (kitchen and camping).
  • tents for 2/3 or 4 people.
  • 2 nights accommodation in a hostel in El Chalten (check other option)
  • Permanent assistance
  • Equipment and main first aid kit.
  • Communication equipment for emergencies: VHF, Satellite Telephone.
  • Personal accident insurance

Services NOT included
  • Meals in El Chalten (day 1 and dinner day 5)
  • Entrance Ticket to Los Glaciares National Park
  • Trip to El Chalten

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Where do you sleep

Overnight in igloo tents, to share, from 2 to 4 people.


Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have a previous physical preparation, or be physically active. In this case we suggest training (jogging twice to three times a week, cycling or swimming) and doing a good leg workout (gym, crossfit, , etc.)

Do I need to have previous experience?

We recommend  walking at least once before this trekking with a backpack, although no previous experience is required. Having slept in a tent also helps as a experience for this trekking.

Where do we spend the night?

Overnight is spent in mountain campsite in igloo tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people.

Do I have to carry a tent?

The tents are included in the service. If you want to bring yours, ask us.

Do I have to carry a tent?

The tents are included in the service. If you want to bring yours, ask us.

Is there a bathroom?

No. There are no chemical toilets or toilets. Everything is in nature, delimiting sectors. And you have to maintain the hygiene of the place, taking the papers.

What is the weather like ?

Even though we visit the area in summer, temperatures tend to fall at night.

Are there any breaks to rest?

Stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity.

There are breaks for lunch, snack, and rest.

How old do I have to be to do this activity?

From 16 years old onwards. We also recommend you to contact us before registering or registering a minor just to make sure that his/her experience is the suitable for this trek.

How much does the backpack weigh?

In a woman backpack, from 15 to 18 kilos, in a man from 18 to 25 kilos. 

Is there a porter service?

NO. You can hire a porter but it is up to each one.

What do we eat?
  • Lunch: Milanesa and tomato sandwiches, cold sandwiches, snacks, salads, tapas, etc.
  • Dinners: Vegetable stews with bacon or chorizo ;chicken and vegetable casseroles, pasta with various , barbacue (goat), Chaw Fan, chicken with rice among other meals
  • Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate Cocido, Mate, Milk powder; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit.
  • It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone does not eat some type of food.

Difficulty graduation

Mochila: Peso / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Backpack (M)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya

40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs

60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo

80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)

100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice

Physical (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

20% half a day or less with little unevenness.

40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.

60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)

80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.

100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. How much can it cost us to climb a slope, if it is very steep or if we have to use our hands in some section (simple climbing), both in rock and snow-ice, or materials such as crampons and pegs in other ascents.

20% flat land

40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents

60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.

80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.

100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

20% We will not be much affected.

40% This is a normal level of attention.

60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.

80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.

100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

Gradual Adventure Activity Difficulty System designed by Leandro Scheurle.
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Required equipment

  • Backpack for trekking (65 to 80 liters)
  • Warm sleeping bag (0 degrees comfort) 
  • Insulated sleeping pad (10 to 15mm)
  • trekking poles **
  • Waterproof plastic bags to keep all the clothes inside the backpack
  • Plastic Poncho/raincoat
  • Backpack rain cover or large plastic bag
  • trekking socks (multple pairs)
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of trekking boots (in good conditions)
  • 1 second pair of footwear  to cross rivers
  • Long trekking pants (NO JEAN)
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 2 Dry fit synthetic short sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 Long sleeve shirt
  • Fleece and duvet jacket
  • 1 waterproof / breathable jacket  (parka,ultrex,goretex)
  • 1 sun hat (with flaps)
  • 1 handkerchief to cover your neck from the sun (multifunction scarves type Buff)
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat 
  • Passport or ID.  MANDATORY to do the immigration process.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Travel assistance insurance.
  • Front flashlight with batteries (With spare batteries)
  • Sunglasses (Category III or IV)
  • Sunscreen (not less than factor 45). Lip balm
  • Toilet paper. Wet wipes
  • Containers to contain water for at least 2 liters (can be plastic bottle)
  • Cutlery, plate or tupper and glass. (No glass or metal)
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)
  • SILVER TAPE tape, for blisters and repairs.
  • Steel thermos
  • Binoculars, monocle. Camera
  • Book, travel diary, pencil, pen.
  • Games; cards, dice, etc
  • Whistle and lighter.

Rental Equipment

Trekking sleeping bag

Booking in Advance

US$ 16 + options

Pair of Trekking Poles

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

Rental mittens

Booking in Advance

US$ 8 + options

Pair of Crampons

Booking in Advance

US$ 15 + options

Rental : helmet, crampons and ice ax

Booking in Advance

US$ 36 + options

Combo Top: helmet, crampons, ice ax and full harness

Booking in Advance

US$ 50 + options

Category 3 sunglasses - Shepra Julbo Spectrom

Booking in Advance

US$ 5 + options

Backpack for trekking and mountaineering - Woman

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

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