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Hiking and 4x4 Drive to the Lake of the Desert from El Calafate

El Calafate, Argentina
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13 hours (Approx.)
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Explore the Lake of the Desert and De Las Vueltas River on foot and in a 4x4 vehicle during this 13-hour adventure from El Calafate. With a local adventure guide, travel up the iconic Route 40, along... More
Explore the Lake of the Desert and De Las Vueltas River on foot and in a 4x4 vehicle during this 13-hour adventure from El Calafate. With a local adventure guide, travel up the iconic Route 40, along Lago Argentino, eventually reaching the Pudu Lodge in El Chaltén. On the trek and 4x4 vehicle journey through the Andes, watch for condors flying overhead... More
Explore the Lake of the Desert and De Las Vueltas River on foot and in a 4x4 vehicle during this 13-hour adventure from El Calafate. With a local adventure guide, travel up the iconic Route 40, along Lago Argentino, eventually reaching the Pudu Lodge in El Chaltén. On the trek and 4x4 vehicle journey through the Andes, watch for condors flying overhead through the ancient trees. Journey through forests, along rivers and past lakes. Get fantastic views of Mt Fitz Roy and end your trek with a delicious hot chocolate back at the lodge. Lunch and round-trip transportation from El Calafate are included. 

Highlights

  • Explore the Lake of the Desert and De Las Vueltas River on foot and in a 4x4 vehicle
  • With a local adventure guide, travel up the iconic Route 40, along Lago Argentino, eventually reaching the Pudu Lodge
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  • Explore the Lake of the Desert and De Las Vueltas River on foot and in a 4x4 vehicle
  • With a local adventure guide, travel up the iconic Route 40, along Lago Argentino, eventually reaching the Pudu Lodge in El Chaltén
  • On the trek and 4x4 vehicle journey through the Andes, watch for condors flying overhead
  • Get fantastic views of Mt Fitz Roy and end your trek with a delicious hot chocolate back at the lodge

What To Expect

Our day starts early in the morning depart from El Calafate and head along the famous Route 40. This iconic highway goes along the Argentino Lake up to the La Leona River. Passing the 'Cañadón La Leona'... More
Our day starts early in the morning depart from El Calafate and head along the famous Route 40. This iconic highway goes along the Argentino Lake up to the La Leona River. Passing the 'Cañadón La Leona' we will arrive to the ancient route hotel "La Leona". Here where you will be able to have a break for coffee and cakes.
Once the break is over we will
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Our day starts early in the morning depart from El Calafate and head along the famous Route 40. This iconic highway goes along the Argentino Lake up to the La Leona River. Passing the 'Cañadón La Leona' we will arrive to the ancient route hotel "La Leona". Here where you will be able to have a break for coffee and cakes.
Once the break is over we will continue along the Lake Viedma where we can take in the magical views of glaciers, hidden lakes and the glory that is Mount Fitz Roy.
After several photos stops we will arrive to Andean village El Chaltén, also known as the 'The Capital of the Trekking'. As soon as we arrive we will briefly visit the Village.
Here the group will be divided according to their chosen option at our base, The Pudu Lodge.
We combine a 1-hour trek with a 4x4 trip across the valley of De las Vueltas River. Enjoy a wide panoramic view of the Andes range. The course of De Las Vueltas River is often one of the preferred route for condors in their low flight East-West. If you are lucky you will be able to see them closely.
From here we will visit the cascades of De Las Vueltas River and the Lake of the Desert, hidden among lush forests amid a paradise of ancient trees, glaciers and streams. After which we will trek to the Huemul Lagoon and Glacier (optional) perched on the slopes of Mount Vespignani. The path starts at Lake of the Desert and goes up the left hand side of a stream that is coming down from Huemul Lagoon. It takes about 45 minutes to climb the 2km to the lagoon. On the way we will get some great views of the valley below and Mount Fitz Roy.
At around 5:30pm we will return with the rest of the group to the base to enjoy a delicious hot chocolate at Pudu Lodge.

What's Included

Round-trip transportation from El Calafate
English/Spanish speaking professional tour guide
Visit of El Chaltén Interpretation Centre
Self guide tour to the valley of the De las Vueltas River and the Lake of the Desert
Optional self guided hike to Lake and Glacier Huemul
Lunch box
Coffee at La Leona
Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
downtown hotels in Calafate

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that there are some hotels in the city that are not included in our pickup routes. If your hotel is not included, we will contact you to
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that there are some hotels in the city that are not included in our pickup routes. If your hotel is not included, we will contact you to inform you of the closest pick up location. We ask that you wait for the guide in the lobby of the hotel indicated
  • Passengers must have appropriate clothing for outdoor activities and trekking
  • Minimum age is 13 years

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Product code: 5239P83

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