Lago del Desierto – Huemul Glacier
Lago del Desierto boat ride
A full or half day excursión.
The shuttle will pick you up at the posada in the morning. Arriving at Lago del Desierto about two hours later. Once you get there, you might choose between a boat trip to Vespiniani glacier look out point or northen tip of Lago del Desierto (bookable in advance or at the spot).
You can also hike up to Huemul Glacier (entrance fee has to be paid since it is private property) and the beautiful 1-hr walk will take you through a beautiful forest to a tiny turquoise lagoon with a hanging glacer on top of it !
Also you can go around the lake taking the trail that goes to the northern tip by its right bank (5-6 hr, the trails might not be very well marked).
Trekking on Viedma Glacier
GlacierViedma is the biggest in the National Park and is the only option in el Chalten for walking on a glacier or just taking a boat ride that takes you to its impressive front.
You can visit Viedma Glacier and do a glacier hike or even an ice-climbing day! A shuttle ride covers the 16 kms to Bahia Tunel where all these options depart from.
It is not allowed taking horses on the National Park trails so all horse-back riding excursions take place outside the National Park.
Please ask about available options.
La Leona, petrified forest.
This excellent excursion is organized mostly from El Calafate but at it takes place near La Leona out post just at middle point of the route between El Calafate and El Chalten it can be arranged from either side.
The trip beggins at La Leona (the bus or shuttle leaves from either El Calafate or El Chalten) and from there you take a road for 15 km that leads to private property. The petrified wood is sorrounded by stunning badlands.
By car: you can arrange to meet with the van at La Leona meeting point on your way to or from El Chalten.
A half-day activity recommended for those of you who are willing to try this thrilling activity. You can either hire a private guide or join group of two or three people (check availability). The climbing takes place on the nearby walls and boulders of town so no trekking is required neither previous experience, all of the routes are of low difficulty.