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“Some advice on the different hikes in El Chaltén” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Patagonia Hikes el Chalten

Patagonia Hikes el Chalten
Av Lago del desierto 250, El Chalten, Argentina
+54 2962 49-3359
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Ranked #7 of 22 things to do in El Chalten
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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“Some advice on the different hikes in El Chaltén”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

The main reason to find oneself in this dusty town is to go hiking. It's a magical place, partly because of the people one can meet in town who came for the same purpose. I definitely could have stayed a longer amount of time. As it was, and given my time constraints, I think I was there just the perfect amount of time to do every day hike--namely 3 days, 2 nights.

1. the weather is unpredictable, so be prepared to either grit your teeth and do the hike anyway, or be willing to change plans. For instance, my full day there was 'ruined' by rain and wind in the morning, which meant I decided against hiking up to the Lago de los Tres (Fitz Roy). That said, after waiting a few hours reading I was able to go walk all the short hikes (mirador de los condores and aguilas as well as the chorrillo salto) in the afternoon.

2. weather permitting, save Fitz Roy for last. It is such a gorgeous hike, and an overwhelming view, you will want to do it again and perhaps miss the other good hikes. This is principally the Lago Torre. I did it my first afternoon, and in hindsight it was an equally magical experience to the Fitz Roy. Fitz Roy is also a destroying hike for anyone who isn't in pretty decent shape, so build it up by doing the shorter ones first.

3. Do them all! 3 days will do it, and beats sitting around in a hostel-hotel-restaurant instead. Follow a punishing time in town with a few long bus rides (i.e. to Puerto Natales) to recover. This is how my travel agency, Say Hueque, arranged it, and I wouldn't have changed a thing.

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“Best Hike ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

we did a 20 Kilometre hike fromHostel El Pilar to El Chalten.Quite easy s have asthma and cannot tackle any steep walks. Only about 200 metres gained overall. Coming from the Hostel side was the best option as we did not have a steep climb from El Chalten.The park was in pristine condition and the views of Mt Fitz Roy,the hanging glaciers, the beautiful mountain streams and lakes decked out in autumn colours was superb.

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“Hiking is amazing!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Hiking up to Mount FitzRoy was very cool and satisfying.

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“Great hikes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Trails are extremely clean with no trash whatsoever found. Fresh water sources abound and you don't have to bring much drinking water with you as you can simply refill them at the little streams scattered throughout the trails (better ask the local / tour guides to see which ones are safer to drink, we had a tour guide with us). Great scenary for the most part. No mosquitos/bugs encountered, which was a plus for my wife. Weather can turn very harsh (or nice) in a second and I found myself putting on and taking off clothes constantly. Trails are not packed with people so you can enjoy some peace and quiet while hiking.

Visited April 2012
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“Amazing trails!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We have never seen such clean, pristine trails. You cannot find one single piece of trash. Trails are well marked and easy to follow, making it nearly impossible to get lost.

Visited April 2012
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