El Chalten Loma del Pliegue Tumbado Full-Day Trek
This is a full day trek from the village of El Chalten lasting around 8hrs. It is uphill nearly all the way, but at the end is a stunning 360° panoramic view over the entire area.
- Start: El Chalten - South Sector of El Chalten (the ranger station)
- End: Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
- Grade of Difficulty: Medium Difficulty
- Distance: 21.8km return.
- Trek Time: 8hrs return.
- Altitude Gain: 1,503m.
- Experience Required: You need to be reasonably fit. No trekking experience required, but you should be accustomed to long walks, and trekking poles are suggested.
- Season: All year round, but in the winter, it depends on conditions.
This is another fantastic trek is to access a 360° viewpoint via a less used trail in the national park. The whole way to the destination is up hill. From the top at 1,484mt, there is a great panoramic over the entire National Park. The final sector is quite steep and sturdy footwear and trekking poles are required.
We advise you start your hike early and check the weather forecast. Just because weather is nice in the morning, doesn’t mean it will stay like that all day.
The first hour of walking involves crossing over small streams and through wooded areas of Ñires and Lenga trees.
Then the trail continues across the Pampas, locally called “Pampa de las Carretas” before passing through wooded sectors that are home to a variety of birds.
The trail will be marked as Laguna Toro until you reach the trail junction in approximately 4km, indicating Loma Del Pliegue Tumbado to the right.
After a good 4hr uphill walk you will likely encounter the Patagonian wind, but at the end, provided that it is a clear day, you will be able to see the summits of: Mount Fitz Roy, Mount Torre, Grande Glacier, Mount Solo, among others. Many people consider it the best panoramic view they have ever seen.
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