Data Sheet

3 days

Elevation gain 1300 meters

Guide Ratio 1:2

Difficult: Requires Glacier Travel
experience and very good fitness

October to December



Transfer from El Chaltén to Eléctrico River (30 min drive), where we will start the approach along the Eléctrico valley. After we get to “Piedra del Fraile”, we will head up on very steep trail terrain to the base of the glacier. The campsite is called “Piedra Negra”. Elevation gain is 1000m. Hiking time approx 5hs.


Early start to climb to continue with crampons and rope to the “Paso del Cuadrado” Pass; the views are worth the effort on a clear day! We continue down to traverse the “Inferior Fitz Roy Glacier”, in order to access to the ridge of “Filo del Hombre Sentado” : the views are very unique here, with the west face of Fitz Roy and the East Face of Cerro Torre! Back same way to PIedra Negra Camp in the Afternoon. Hiking time 8-10 hs depending on the snow conditions.


Descent to Piedra del Fraile and back to Rio Electrico Bridge.
Drive back to El Chaltén. Hiking time approx 5hs.

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Certified Mountain Guide
• Transportation El Chaltén - Rio Eléctrico - El Chaltén
• Kitchen set & utensils
• Glaciar Equipment: Crampons, Harness, Ice Axe, Helmet, Ropes, etc.
• Camping gear: 4 season tents and cooking set
• Expedition food
• VHF Radio
• First-aid kit

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


• Transportation from El Calafate to El Chaltén
• Lodging at El Chaltén
• Personal Equipment
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal Rescue Insurance
• Services not specified
• Gratuities

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.



• Backpack 50-60 lts
• Sleeping bag (-15°c, down recommended)
• Insulating mattress ( Inflatable recommended)
• Mountaineering boots Class B1 or B2*
• Insulating mattress
• Bottle or thermo flask 1l
• Merino Base layers (top and bottom)
• Sweater (mid layer)
• Light puffy jacket or vest
• Mid weight Puffy jacket with hood
• Warm hat
• Neck warmer, buff, or balaclava
• Sun cap
• 3 pairs of Gloves: thin, mid layer and & snow waterproof gloves
• Waterproof jacket & pants (gore-tex)
• Snow Gaiters
• Extra socks and t-shirt
• Sunglasses goggles
• Goggles (optional)
• 3 pairs of socks (2 thick and one liner, not cotton)
• Personal hygienic set
• Sunbloc & lip protection
• Headlamp
• Pocket knife
• Personal cup & spoon
• Bivi sac (optional)
• Colapsable Walking poles with snow basket
• Snickers or light trekking shoes

NOTE: We could rent you the marked items*. Please let us know when you register if this is required (also include your boot size). 

Please make sure you have all requested equipment.
Let us know 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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Eduardo Brenner 88 (9301)
El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Phone: +54 9 2966 60-7070