Driving time: 3 hours
Say goodbye to Helsingfors and drive to Road N°23 as you make your way towards El Chaltén, a small mountain village in Patagonia regarded as the trekking capital of Argentinian Patagonia. Rising sharply above the flat town are Fitz Roy’s two magnificent, towering peaks (3,405 m) and Cerro Torre behind them (3,128 m).
During the summer months (December to March), trekkers make their way to explore the many lagoons, lakes, glaciers, and mountains within. The Patagonia steppe is inhabited by herds of guanacos, foxes, partridges, pumas, deer, guanacos, and rheas, all of which run freely across the steppes.
After arriving in Chalten mid-morning, embark on a day hike to Torre Lake (826 m) for an impressive view of the slender shapes that make up Cerro Torre and its neighbors, Egger (2850 m) and Stanhardt spires (2730 m). The trail winds along beech forest, bogs, and shrubland. From the camp, it’s a short hike to Laguna Torre, enclosed by moraines and with the Glacier Grande calving in its west side. See icebergs being pushed by the wind along the coast of the lagoon with the thin and elegant peaks of the Cerro Torre group and the Adela range in the background. Continue on to El Chaltén to check into your hotel, the Destino Sur. This hotel, constructed from wood and iron with the feel of a luxe log cabin, is located on a quiet corner just off the main street in El Chaltén within walking distance of the trailheads.