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Experience the rugged South American wilderness as you trek through the well-renowned Fitz Roy Range in Argentina with its sheer granite towers, sweeping glaciers and stunning turquoise lakes.
You'll visit the largest ice cap outside the earth’s Polar Regions and may get to witness huge icebergs carving from the glacier into the spectacular Lake Argentino.
Your trekking adventure will conclude with an exploration of the cosmopolitan capital city of Buenos Aires, visiting the Plaza de Mayo and the colourful La Boca district, where you can enjoy the amazing culture and world-class cuisine.
After arriving in Buenos Aires, we'll fly across the vast Patagonian wasteland to descend over the deep blue waters of Lago Argentino. On a clear day, the descent allows breathtaking views of the distant peaks of the Andes.
You will have most of the day to explore the rustic town of El Calafate, named after the berry that, once eaten guarantees your return to Patagonia. You'll be able to sample the excellent Argentinian cuisine – a steak lover’s dream, before receiving a full expedition briefing.
Today you'll visit the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier; one of the most famous geological sights in the world. This stunning centrepiece of the Southern Ice Cap carves into Lake Argentino, and occasionally you will see huge lumps of ice break off and fall into the lake as icebergs. It's then on the town of El Chalten, where you will catch your first glance of the stunning Fitz Roy Mountain range.
Today’s trek will be in a Nothofagus forest, a place that very few people get to experience so it will feel like you have the magic of the forest all to yourself. You will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Fitz Roy Massif and Glacier Caglirro. You'll stay overnight in cabins at Ricanor campsite surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains and enjoy Argentinian steak for your evening meal.
Day 6: Laguna Torre to Madre Hija Trail - approx. 8 hours trekking
If the weather's kind, you'll catch a glimpse of probably the most incredible sunrise you will ever experience as the Fitz Roy Massif glows orange. At Laguna Torre, the trail leads to a lookout with grandstand views across the glacial moraine towards Cerro Solo, the Adela’s Range, Glacier Torre and the legendary spire Cerro Torre. You will then retrace your steps to join the trail along the Rio Fitz Roy to reach your cabins in El Chalten.
The next two days of the trek are spent expedition style! Starting from El Chaltén at 450 metres above sea level, you will take the trail to Laguna Toro and Pliegue Tumbado. You'll climb through beautiful beech trees to the timberline (1000 metres) at the base of the Pliegue Tumbado Ridge. You'll descend to the Toro Lake campsite, at 650 metres, where you will camp for two nights in this remote area.
Get ready for an extraordinary expedition day jam-packed with adventure! Starting with a glacial river crossing, you'll take in snow-capped mountain scenery before having the rare opportunity to trek along the Tunel Glacier, and discover the third largest icefield in the world!
From the campsite at Lake Toro, you will head back downstream and retrace your steps via “Pliegue Tumbado”. Undulating trekking takes you back through burnt forests, marsh areas and lush beech forests before arriving at the park ranger station where the expedition comes to its end.