- Distance: 22.9 km round trip (14.2 miles)
- Min Elevation: 405 meters (1,328 ft)
- Max Elevation: 1,180 meters (3,870 ft)
- Estimated Duration: 8-11 hours round trip
- Camping: Established campgrounds at Laguna Capri and Campamento Poincenot
The trailhead for the Laguna de los Tres hike is well signed and easy to locate. Head to the northern end (opposite of the way you likely came into town) of Av. San Martin and you really can’t miss it. The trailhead will be on your left at the edge of town.
Take some time to study the map and information at the trailhead. The National Park Service has done an excellent job posting maps and relevant information for your adventure.
If there is a “must do” hike around El Chalten, this is it! You’ll be rewarded with amazing view after amazing view along the way. Even if you only have a couple hours, make sure that you at least hike up to Mirador del Fitz Roy or Laguna Capri.
The trail climbs sharply for the first 3.2 km (2 miles). You’ll run into an intersection at that time. You can either head left towards Laguna Capri or you can go right towards Mirador del Fitz Roy. We strongly suggest that you take a right towards Mirador del Fitz Roy (you can visit Laguna Capri on your way back to the trailhead).
Mirador del Fitz Roy is another .4 km (.25 miles) up the trail. This high point offers sweeping views of Mount Fitz Roy and the Chorrillo del Salto valley. Take 15-20 minutes to enjoy nature’s show before continuing on.
You’ll drop downhill slightly over the next .8 km (.5 miles) before the trail flattens out. Around 3.2 km (2 miles) after leaving Mirador del Fitz Roy, you’ll end up at another trail junction for Sendero Lagunas Madre e Hija, which you can use to connect this hike to the Laguna Torre hike. Continue past the junction to the right, avoiding the Sendero Lagunas Madre e Hiha.
Campamento Poincenot is located approximately 1.6 km (1 mile) beyond the junction with Sendero Lagunas Madre e Hija. Fill up your water bottles in the Rio Blanco if you’re running low and prepare for a very steep climb up to Laguna de los Tres. It’s about 2 km (1.25 miles) and 160 vertical meters (520 feet) to the top of the moraine that cups the turquoise lake. Prepare to pick your jaw up off the ground when you reach the top – especially on a clear day. There’s hardly a better view on the planet! Mount Fitz Roy towers above you at 3405 meters (11171 feet). Words can’t describe the tantalizing feeling you’ll get.
Return to El Chalten the way that you came. You won’t add any distance to your return trek by visiting Laguna Capri instead of going by Mirador del Fitz Roy. The slight alteration is definitely worth it.
Argentina is such an incredible place. We highly recommend picking up a travel guide before you venture out!