El Chalten Mirador Maestri Full-Day Trek
One of the classic walks of El Chaltén, to Laguna Torre where there is an impressive view of the Torre massif, the Adela range, Mount Solo, and their respective glaciers.
- Start: Northern Sector of El Chalten, at the end of San Martin Avenue; beginning of 41 Route.
- End: Mirador Maestri
- Grade of difficulty: Difficult (be aware of changing weather conditions).
- Distance: 22km, return.
- Trek Time: 9hrs, return.
The trail head begins at the northern edge of El Chalten village. The initial minutes is all uphill until you reach the small Ñirre forest. From here, the path starts to gain height until is levels out beside the Fitz Roy River at a viewpoint of the river canyon and the Margarita waterfall.
After 2.5 km of walking, you will arrive at Mount Torre viewpoint. Here you can enjoy the most magnificent view of Mount Torre, the Adela range, and its glaciers.
One hour of walking later, you will reach a natural viewpoint with an incomparable panoramic view of the Adela mountain range and the Mount Torre and the granite spiers that accompany it. The path finally crosses the De Agostini base camp, where it is possible to spend the night.
You will walk through large Lenga forests, and also over old glacial moraines and wet plains formed by the previous courses of the river until you get to Laguna Torre.
At Laguna Torre, it is usual to see huge icebergs, ice which has fallen off the Torre glacier face.
The final part of the trail leads to the Mirador Maestri viewpoint. Starting from the northern bank of the Laguna Torre the trail continues for 2 km more until it reaches the lookout.
The trail does not continue, therefore, in order to return you need to take the same trail back.
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