Hike to Capri Lagoon, Poincenot Camping and the Blanco River

Argentinian Area

If you are hoping to get up close to the famed peaks of Mt.. Fitz Roy, we suggest this 6-8 hour, 20 Km hike. You can break the hike into two segments, camping at the Capri Lagoon or Poincenot Campgrounds, along the trail (free).

  • Data sheet

    Activity Type: Hiking
    Sector:  El Chaltén
    Starting Point: Northern end of El Chaltén, Av. San Martin
    Ending Point: Northern end of El Chaltén, Av. San Martin
    Considerations: Although listed as easy, many hikers are tired by the end of a day in the sun, on this hike. We recommend that families with small children turn-around at Capri Lake. Remember that this camping is on a first-come, first-served basis and tends to fill up quickly, especially during peak months.
    Distance: 20 Km, out and back.
    Duration: 6-8 hours.
    Seasonality: October – April
    Difficulty:  A long day for families; but, suitable for all.

 Head north 1 Km toward Laguna/Lago del Desierto and the Los Glaciares National Park sign marking the trail head. The trail begins with a fairly steep ascent, climbing for roughly 20 minutes, before rewarding you with an overlook of the De Las Vueltas River.
From here, the trail climbs along the foot of Mount Rosado.  You’ll cross a few open areas before arriving at a small lagoon which provides prime photography opportunities, with Mt.. Fitz Roy in the background.  200 meters after the lagoon, hikers will find a rock out-cropping that provides another fantastic overlook of Fitz Roy, Saint-Exupery, Poincenot, Mermoz, and Guillaument.
This overlook is a turnaround spot for hikers seeking a shorter day; only a 1½ hour hike from El Chaltén. Continuing another 20 minutes through rolling hills, hikers will turn left at the signs indicating the Capri Lagoon Camping Area. Here, you will have great views of the massif and the first of two options for camping.
The final section follows the banks of the Chorrillo del Salto River for a while, before crossing. On the other side, you will soon encounter a second campground called the Poincenot Campground. Afterwards the trail steeply climbs on its way to the swift moving, Blanco River.  The wooden footbridge crossing this river leads to a climber-only campground which provides another great vista and optional turn-around point, if you plan to complete this hike in one day. 
Check out the option to extend this hike, described in the article about hiking to De los Tres Lagoon.

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