El Chaltén, trekking capital of Argentina

Province of Santa Cruz • Argentina

Laguna De los Tres

Description: This is the most sought trek and viewpoint, with spectacular sights of the Fitz Roy massif. This natural viewpoint is undoubtedly the most famous of all walks closer to the imposing walls of Fitz Roy mount and its surrounding granite peaks.

Jurisdiction: Los Glaciares National Park.
Duration: 5 hours (one-way).
Difficulty: medium.
Elevation: 700 meters from El Chaltén.
Season: normally from October to May.

Itinerary: The headtrail begins at the end of Avenida San Martín, where El Chaltén town ends. There you can park your vehicle in a designated parking area.

The slope is quite steep during the first hour until you reach Del Salto stream valley towards the Mt. Fitz Roy. You will notice that the Antarctic Beech become more and more numerous along the path and approximately after an hour and a half further down the way you will reach a well marked natural viewpoint. There you will find a sign that interprets the whole landscape right in front of you. The trail continues up along the Del Salto stream until reaching the drainage of the Lagunas Madre e Hija.

Four hours ahead from the starting point you will arrive to Poincenot base camp (big free campsite) and after crossing the Río Blanco you will arrive to Río Blanco base camp (only for climbers). From there the path continues in ascent approximately 400m. until you reach Laguna de los Tres.

The trail finishes at the old moraine ridge with an extraordinary view of the lagoon and De los Tres Glacier.

This is the closest view to the granite wall of Mt. Fitz Roy and the peaks around.

Going down the moraine, you can take a trail that surrounds the lagoon until its outfall where it is possible to appreciate the emerald waters of the Laguna Sucia and its hanging glaciers.

Note: Although the access to this viewpoint is possible during the months listed above, the access to this trek can vary depending on the accumulation of snow, especially in its last stretch. We always recommend to check the condition of the trail at the Visitors' Centre of Los Glaciares National Park located just before the entrance to El Chalten.

Recommendations: If you plan to stay or camp overnight in Poincenot or Laguna Capri campsites, we suggest you carefully read the Recommendations during your stay.

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