The starting point of the trek, which can be done in about 3 days - more is recommend to really enjoy the sights, starts in the town of El Chaltén, just north of El Calafate. From here most people traditionally hike to Campamento Poincenot (approximately 1¾ to 2¾ hours and approximately 8 km), taking side hikes to Laguna Capri, Laguna Sucia and / or Laguna De Los Tres. It would be ideal to at least visit Laguna De Los Tres as it affords the most picturesque view of Mt Fitzroy. On Day 2, continuing north you make your way to Refugio los Troncos (approximately 2½ to 3½ hours, approximately 11 km). Day 3 can be spent taking in the views and a side trip to the mirador near Cerro Electrico; alternatively you can head back to Campamento Poincenot. From here, you can hike south to Campamento De Agostini and then on Day 4 (or 5) you would return to El Chaltén and continue on your journey.
My proposed plan will be to travel overland from Puerto Natales, Chile to El Calafate, Argentina and then onwards to El Chaltén. Depending on how exhausted I am from the trek in Torres del Paine, I may or may not do the full trek or I may give myself a couple of days rest before starting out on the full trek.
|Geo Coordinates: 49°16′16.6″S 73°02′35.6″W|
|Day 1||El Chaltén to Campamento Poincenot|
|Day 2||Sunrise at Laguna de Los Tres & Laguna Piedras Blanca Treks|
|Day 3||Campamento Poincenot to Refugio Los Troncos|
|Day 4||Refugio Los Troncos to Campamento Poincenot [route in yellow]|
|Day 5||Campamento Poincenot to Campamento Agostini|
|Day 6||Sunrise to the Mirador and return to El Chaltén|
Stay tuned for more information.
Update January 2012: I never ended up doing this route. I ended up using El Chaltén as a base and did long day hikes in and out of some of these places. This was due to the condition of my feet. My boots were not as broken in as I would have hoped and so I had some blisters. I wanted to be able to keep my feet warm and dry so opted to stay at a guesthouse in El Chaltén.
Top Photo © Yang Meyer