Chalten is the way the natives called the area in Santa Cruz Province where the Fitz Roy (3376 m.o.s.l) and Torre (3128 m.o.s.l) peaks are located. The word "Chalten" has its origin in the Tehuelche language and it means "blue mountain" og "smoking montain". This is how the natives called this mountain which seen from long distance can seem to be volcanoes.
These to peaks are located in the Andes mountain range, northern area of Los Glaciares National Park (Glaciers National Park), on the shores of Viedma Lake, and show the border with Chile.
After several attempts Fitz Roy was climbed in 1952, while the same happened with Cerro Torre in 1959. It must be considered that these two peaks are one of the biggest challenge for climbers all over the world.
El Chaltén is also the name taken by a small village located in the sorroundings of Fitz Roy. It has been declared National Trekking Capital and it was settled in 1985. Its population reached 332 inhabitants in 2001.
The closest town to El Chaltén Village is El Calafate 220 km away. While Río Gallegos, capital city of Santa Cruz province, is located 500 kms away.
Fitz Roy and Viedma Lake seen from Helsingfor Ranch
El Chaltén Village
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4 days/3 nights
- 3 nights accommodation with breakfast - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion - National Park Tcikets not included
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Our trip could not have been more perfect. It was amazing how everything went so smoothly. Argentina is certainly a beautiful place. We loved the natural beauty. All of our transports were prompt and friendly. Our guides were really informative, knowledgeable and fun to get to know...