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Hiking and 4x4 drive to the Lake of the Desert in El Chalten

Hiking and 4x4 drive to the Lake of the Desert in El Chalten
Hiking and 4x4 drive to the Lake of the Desert in El Chalten
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Travel with us to El Chalten and get wide panoramic views of the Andes range and over patagonian forests, lakes, lagoons, and glaciers

13 hours
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  • Take the famous Route 40 from El Chalafate to El Chalten and do not miss the fantastic views of mount Fitz Roy
  • Admire stunning views of the valley of the De las Vueltas river, Lake of the Desert, and the northern face of Mount Fitz Roy from various viewpoints
  • Enjoy a 4x4 drive heading towards the Lake of the Desert in idyllic scenery


  • Roundtrip transportation from El Calafate Hotels
  • English/Spanish speaking professional tour guide in the transfers to/from El Chalten
  • Visit of El Chalten Interpretation Centre
  • Tour to the valley of the De las Vueltas river and the Lake of the Desert (wihtout guide assitance)
  • Optional self guided hike to Lake and Glacier Huemul
  • Lunch box

  • Coffee break at La Leona
  • National park entrance fee
  • Gratuities

Please Note

  • A minimum of 2 passengers is required for the tour to operate
  • In case of an emergency, all passengers who wish to take this tour must have travelers insurance. You must provide insurance information (Company, Card Number, etc) to Gray Line before your tour date. If you do not have insurance and or have not given Gray Line the necessary documentation you cannot take this tour
  • The pick-up time for your tour will be confirmed the day before the tour date at the hotel reception between 5:00 and 8:00pm
  • We recommend you bring hiking shoes, personal gear, and a bottle of water
  • Please check customs requirements to enter Chile and make sure to have your passport with you
  • Citizens from the United States, Australia and Canada visiting Argentina for tourism or business must pay a reciprocity fee and will have to present the payment receipt at the Immigration control when entering Argentina from Chile. Click here for more information about the reciprocity fee:
  • Hotel name for pick-up
  • Name of all the passengers
  • Passport details for all the passengers: name, passport number, nationality, and date of birth
  • Passengers must have appropriate clothing for outdoor activities and trekking.

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Hiking and 4x4 drive to the Lake of the Desert in El Chalten

13 hours

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Our day starts at 7.45 am as we depart from El Calafate and head along the famous Route 40. This iconic highway goes along the Argentino Lake up to the La Leona River. Passing the 'Cañadón La Leona' we will arrive to the ancient route hotel "La Leona". It is here where you will be able to have a break for coffee and cakes. Once the break is over we will continue along the Lake Viedma, from here we can take in the magical views of glaciers, hidden lakes and the glory that is Mount Fitz Roy. After several photos stops we will then arrive to Andean village El Chalten, also known as the 'The Capital of the Trekking'. As soon as we arrive we will briefly visit the Interpretation Centre and then the group will be divided according their chosen option at our base – The Pudu Lodge. We combine a one-hour trek with a 4x4 trip across the valley of De las Vueltas river. Enjoy a wide panoramic view of the Andes range. The course of De Las Vueltas river is often one of the preferred route for condors in their low flight East-West. If you are lucky you will be able to see them closely. From here we will visit the cascades of De Las Vueltas river and the Lake of the Desert, hidden amongst lush forests amid a paradise of ancient trees, glaciers and streams. After which we will trek to the Huemul Lagoon and Glacier (optional) perched on the slopes of Mount Vespignani. The path starts at Lake of the Desert and goes up the left hand side of a stream that is coming down from Huemul Lagoon. It takes about 45 minutes to climb the 2km to the lagoon. On the way we will get some great views of the valley below and Mount Fitz Roy. Around 17:30 pm we will return with the rest of the group to the base to enjoy a delicious hot chocolate at Pudu Lodge. Minimum age suggested: 13 years old

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