Laguna de los Tres

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Leslie G
256 contributions
That Last KM Though
Mar 2020
Starting off, completely admitting that my husband and I are not in shape by any means. We did the 20 km over 10 hours or so, and that last KM (both up and down) was absolutely grueling. On the way back to El Chalten I felt like I was in a daze. HOWEVER, this was quite possibly the most beautiful and rewarding experience of my life. The entire trek was absolutely beautiful, and the cherry on top, was literally that, the cherry at the top of the trail. This view was SPECTACULAR, so much so it brought tears to my eyes (probably half exhaustion related, who knows). I think being young was ultimately what helped, but you would definitely benefit from having good cardio. The trek before the last KM was extremely doable, didn't have any issues with that.

12/10 recommend
Written March 22, 2020
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Guildford113 contributions
Great views, great walk
Feb 2020
This was a fairly long walk for us; 20 Kms/15 miles there and back but very well worth it. You do not need a guide as the route is well sign posted. You get some suburb views en route (we did have good weather). The walk is fairly easy/medium until the last Km - the last Km is very steep and took us an hour each way! There were plenty of other walkers but not alone.
Written March 12, 2020
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andrea a
Sydney, Australia44 contributions
Truly Amazing Hike , Manners Please !!
Jan 2020
This is an amazing hike , all the terrain leading up to it (we started at Hosteria Pillar ) and of course the lakes at the top of that very steep climb. Then the walk back to town with the gorgeous (Patagonia emblem) as a backdrop. Start early we encountered crowds on the way back down at about 1pm . Keep in mind you will be sharing this walk with people that are hell bent on getting to the top I presume instagramming and hell bent on getting back down again. Still an amazing day - in summer the days are super long so you don't have to rush.
Written February 13, 2020
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Northville, MI176 contributions
Hardest Hike to Most Beautiful View
Feb 2020
At the age of 62, this, no doubt, was the most challenging hike I've ever done. I admit, I'm not real fit, as I practice yoga over cardio, which this demands. At the junction where the hike takes you up a very steep trail the last 400 meters, the sign said it would take one hour. Ha! Took me an extra 40 minutes over that hour, and it was full of huge rocks, loose gravel, all with a pounding heart and several rests to catch my breath. Many times, I nearly gave up. But our patient guide kept encouraging me, "one step at a time, take it easy, rest when you need to." Finally, we arrived! Glorious! I felt like I was looking at the most beautiful place on earth, and I've seen many beautiful wild places. Just stunning! A great sense of accomplishment! Getting back down was also a challenge, but didn't take quite as long. Still treacherous though. The entire hike from the east, where a van dropped us off, up to the top, and back down to town in the west, and to the other side of town to our hotel, was a total of 15 miles (according to our phone's health app) and ten hours. My body is used to hikes about half that length and difficulty. Hips, knees, ankles and toes all hurt the next few days, and we ended up canceling our next day's long hike, and chose to do a short, easy hike to a waterfall instead, just perfect! It was all worth it in the end though. Do it while you are healthy and have the energy, and maybe younger than me! The reward is worth every step and grimace along the way!
Written February 6, 2020
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Joan T
77 contributions
Great national Park
Jan 2020 • Couples
We spent the whole day there, we walked to every view point, we had a picnic lunch, there are bathrooms at the beginning of the trail and at the end. We took a boat ride to get close to the Glaciares, that’s worth it, you may what to get your tickets in advance. The boat ride is an hour long
Written January 19, 2020
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Evans L
9 contributions
Beautiful place but crods and poor trail condition detract
Jan 2020
Yes, the location is beautiful, but I would not rate it as a 5 star hike, primarily because of HUGE crowds on the final, steep section before reaching the Laguna de los Tres. At times, there was a continual stream of hikers on the trail, separated by only a few feet, to the point that it was almost like being on the subway or in an airport. There are many spectacular hikes in the area, but everyone (myself included) seemed determined to do this one. As a result of the crowds, the trail is in terrible condition. Descending it in a light rain, as I did, is very dangerous. I saw several people fall, almost all of them young and overconfident in their ability to handle the steep, wet, muddy, and uneven terrain. Despite the fact that there are few places that you could actually fall off a cliff, I consider it to be among the most dangerous of the many, many trails I have hiked. I think this is really more of a "tourist," Instagram, or bucket list trail, rather than a real hikers' trail. I believe the crowds are at least partially due to the park management, tourism industry, and web-based travel advice that funnel everyone into this one location. For some reason that I cannot understand, the park management discourages people from hiking to Laguna Sucia or to the laguna at the base of the Piedras Blancas Glacier, saying the trails are rough or non-existent. While this is undoubtedly true, it seems like alternate trails should be constructed to these other, similar locations, given the number of visitors. Do yourself a favor and pick one of the many different, less crowded options in the area.
Written January 18, 2020
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Palos Heights, IL7,204 contributions
Our most challenging hike yet and quite the achievement to complete. Great views. Not much wildlife on our hike.
Oct 2019
This was a tough hike for us; we do like hiking but this was a whole different level of hard. Fortunately we had arranged for a guide - Marcelo - who judged our capabilities and our pace and kept us going while giving us breaks at the appropriate times. He also educated us about the nirre and lenga trees that made up these forest, other flora, and told tales of the mountaineering history of El Chalten and surrounding mountains. He was a definitely a major reason we were able to complete this hike. We left our hotel early, hitting the trail just past 8AM. The aim was to make it to Laguna de los Tres in 4 hours including breaks.

This was a hike taken at the very end of October making it spring time in the southern hemisphere. The weather was cold and drizzly and the notorious Patagonian wind never let up. We were frequently buffeted by that wind when were in the open. We started out at the Hosteria El Pilar trailhead, hiked past the Glaciar Piedras Blancas (White stone glacier) which we viewed from across the valley of the Rio Blanco. We then descended into and crossed the valley of the Rio Blanco, Once across we tackled the final kilometer up to the glacial lake. It was a rocky if not "bouldery" trail at times basically a scramble over rocks when it got very steep. The lake was still frozen and Monte Fitz Roy / Cerro Chalten had become overcast in the time it took for us to get there. Yet hiking early in the season meant the trail was not too crowded; Marcelo told us over 1,000 hikers a day would hit this trail in the high season. I couldn't imagine negotiating this last part of the ascent with hundreds of other hikers. Then there was the descent; with the wind and rain and many more hikers climbing up we all had to make sure to make room for each other.

We did not see much in the way of fauna. We could hear songbirds, though. The highlight was seeing an Andean Condor ride the wind a eye level as we descended from Laguna de los Tres; unfortunately that moment was far too short.

We crossed the valley of Rio Blanco across to the Laguna Capri. Of course, once we looked back up, we could see the peaks of Cerro Chalten emerging from cloud cover again.

The final portion of the hike was high on the side of the valley overlooking Rio de Las Vueltas. The rounded mata guanaco bushes were blooming and their red flowers made for a great pop of color.

We ended up the north end of town at the other trailhead, that of Sendero al Fitz Roy. Our lodging, Hosteria Senderos, was at the very other end of town, just under 2 km away. We were very tired but there was no way about it; we had to walk the last stretch but at least it was paved and flat. It had been quite the hike; according to my phone app we had climbed over 390 floors between all the ascents and descents. We had also hiked over 20 kilometers.

Our hiking poles were indispensable, a true help. We had made sure to have worn sturdy - and broken-in - hiking boots and cushioning wool socks. As always, wearing layers was critical, especially having a wind- and water-proof shell. A warm hat was important too.
Written January 11, 2020
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Arezzo, Italy335 contributions
Tough hike but totally worth it!
Jan 2020 • Solo
It was the last of the three trails I did in El Chalten and I decided to go even if I knew the weather was quite cloudy. I did about 26 km in total. I got a shared transfer to hotel El Pilar (500 pesos) and started the hike from there in order to combine the two trails. The first part of the hike was quite easy and the Piedras Blancas lookout is a nice scenery to take in. Then, I arrived at the top of the lagoon, but I must say that the last km or so is a very steep killing climb. However, even if the Fitz Roy was partly covered, I thought it was worth it. When I started to climb down towards El Chalten the clouds had covered everything, so I coulda get any sight of laguna Capri, and it had started to rain, too. The return was long and at that point I was already quite proved, but it was not difficult. Don’t miss it!!
Written January 3, 2020
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Connected Horizons
Madrid, Spain102 contributions
Amazing Place in El Chalten
Dec 2019
Definitely a must-visit for all those planning to hike around El Chalten. Getting to the bottom is rpetty doable for most hikers but the hard part is the last steep 1h ca. trail to the actual lagoon. This can take the toll from even most experienced hikers. Overall, a beautiful spot even better in my opinion than laggon at Torres Del Paine National Park. And don't forget visitng here is completely free!!!!
Written December 31, 2019
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Neil G
39 contributions
Los Tres Hike
Nov 2019
It was our 1st hike in the area, and was very good. Its a long day, and you climb quite a bit, but all in all its not that bad. The last km is steep however. There were a few people, but not busy except the actual summit/lake area.
Written December 26, 2019
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