Hike to the Cerro Torre Lagoon and Overlook

Argentinian Area

This day hike offers spectacular views of Cerro Torre, one of the most acclaimed mountaineering mountains in the world. The 18½ Km trek will take 4 - 5 hours, leading you through dense Patagonian forests to the glacial moraine of the Cerro Torre Lagoon.

  • Data sheet

    Activity Type: Hiking
    Sector:  El Chaltén
    Starting Point: Corner of Av. San Martin and Ricardo Arbilla
    Ending Point:   Corner of Av. San Martin and Ricardo Arbilla
    Considerations:  During sunny, hot summer days, we suggest getting an early start to avoid the heat. Carry a backpack with enough water for the day and clothing for weather changes.
    Distance: 18 Km
    Duration: 3-4 hours.
    Seasonality: October – March
    Difficulty: Challenging with steep climbs and slippery moraine

Turning onto Ricardo Arbilla from San Martin, there are several dirt paths that lead uphill to the trail head.  Once on the trail, you will wind slowly uphill for the first few kilometers, with great views of town. The trail continues alongside the Fitz Roy River as it winds along the mountainside. You’ll climb over rolling hills leading to a long, final climb that rewards with the first of many overlooks of Cerro Torre. This is a good stopping point for families hiking with children. 
Continuing, the trail descends to cross a flat leading up to the glacial moraine. Here, the trail changes to rock.  The hiking becomes difficult as you traverse the large, tilled rocks, caused during the formation of the Torre Lagoon, but the short challenge ends with a remarkable view. Here, break, for lunch and the opportunity to soak in Cerro Torre and the lagoon. The glaciers themselves can only be reached with a professional guide, as access requires crossing the river using a harness system. There are several mountaineering schools and outfitters that provide ice climbing, trekking, and glacial walks located in the town of El Chaltén. Most of these operators also offer guided hikes to the overlook; a great way to learn more about natural history of the area.

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