The Fitzroy Mountains are dramatic peaks located at the northern end of Los Glaciares National Park. From a base in the frontier town of El Chalten, there are excellent trekking trails around the mountains, in particular to the base camps of Cerro Fitz Roy (3441m) and Cerro Torre (3102m). From the base camps, the views of these peaks, which attract international climbers, are spectacular and often shrouded in cloud. Laguna de los Tres is also an excellent destination, where the three main peaks of the range are reflected in the waters of the glacial lake. El Chalten is also a good base to explore the nearby glaciers, in particular the Viedma Glacier reached by a boat trip across Lake Viedma. Here you can don crampons for a trek across the surreal ice-scapes of the glacier and for the adventurous, grab a couple of ice-picks and attempt to climb a sheer wall of ice on the glacier.
Travel to Fitzroy Mountains
Organised group tours: The following tours for Fitzroy Mountains are available:
The Patagonian Andes forms a wonderland of glacial lakes, towering granite peaks, impressive glaciers, secluded lakes, beech forests and rolling grasslands. A spectacular region ideally suited to the walker who does not want to commit to a strenuous trek. On our day walks in Los Glaciares National Park we stay in comfortable lodges and trek to the base of Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre the granite peaks that have inspired mountaineers and trekkers throughout the world. We transfer to Puerto Natales for a taste of Chile before cruising up the stunning fjords to the impressive Balmaceda Glacier. We continue on a series of fast Zodiacs and a catamaran through pristine waterways to our refugio in Torres del Paine National Park. Viewing the beautiful scenery from the riverways is an unforgettable highlight of this trip. By contrast our fully supported classic W trek leads into the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. From comfortable mountain refugios we trek beneath a panorama of impressive granite peaks rising above the tumbling glaciers and deep blue lakes and undertake exhilarating walks to clamber across the glacial moraine to the base of the peaks. Crossing the button grass we may also appreciate the guanacos and other wildlife, while we hope to spot a mighty condor soaring overhead.
Southern Patagonia presents a veritable wilderness of huge glaciers and awe-inspiring granite peaks, the most famous of which are the Torres del Paine and Cerro Fitz Roy. Our popular itinerary accesses all of the best viewpoints, without the need for sustained multi-day trekking or backpacking. Throughout the trip, we make use of comfortable fixed camps with excellent facilities, including hot showers. We begin our adventure with a 6-day exploration of the Paine region, including excursions to Lago Grey and Lago Pehoe and day-walks up to the base of the majestic rock towers. Transferring to Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, we stop-off at the unmissable and extremely impressive Perito Moreno Glacier. Then, 3 days of trekking will enable us to seek out the best views of Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. This is your chance to experience one of the wildest and most spectacular corners of the world.
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