Hike Statistics:

  • Distance: 18 km round trip (11 miles)
  • +  Optional hike to Mirador Maestri: additional 5.5 km round trip (3.4 miles)
  • Min Elevation: 426 meters (1,397 ft)
  • Max Elevation: 642 meters (2,106 ft)
  • Estimated Duration: 6-9 hours round trip

Map

Trailhead:

This trailhead is located in El Chalten and can be a little tricky to find.  Head southwest on Lago del Desierto from its intersection with Av. MM De Guemes (the main road entering El Chalten).  Take a right on Jose Antonio Rojo and follow it to its end where you’ll run into a stairway.  Climb up the stairs to the top of the hill.  You’ll still be in a residential area with some houses.  The trailhead is located a little further to the southwest behind a couple blocks of homes/shops.  Look for the trail as it climbs steeply from the trailhead.

Hike Description:

Laguna Torre is one of the classic hikes in Parque Los Glaciares. This holds especially true on a clear, low-wind day.  Cerro Torre is a very elusive mountain (and it is also one of the most famous in the area).  As soon as the wind picks up – and it’s almost always windy during the middle of summer – Cerro Torre gets enshrouded in clouds.

You’ll climb consistently throughout the first 3.2 km (2 miles) of the trek until you reach Mirador Laguna Torre.  Rio Ritz Roy parallels you the entire time on your left.  You’ll be treated to some wonderful views of the river along the way.

Once you get to Mirador Luguna Torre, be certain to soak in the sight of what stands before you to the west.  You can make out Cerro Torre and its companion peaks from there.  Continue downhill to the west through gorgeous stands of lengas.  The trail will level off and continue through the gentle forest.  Soon you will encounter a trail junction with the Sendero Lagunas Madre e Hija.  Continue past the junction on the left.

At kilometer 4.8 (mile 3), the trail will start climbing again.  It will continue to climb slightly until you reach Campamento De Agostini and then Laguna Torre at 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) in.  Campamento De Agostini is the only camping spot in the area.  It has a pit toilet if you are camping or need to use the restroom.

From here, you have an optional hike that will take you up to Mirador Maestri.  If you have the time and legs, the additional 5km (3.1 mile) round trip hike is well worth it.   If not, return back to the trailhead the way that you came.

Extra Credit:

To get to Mirador Maestri, continue on the trail that climbs up the moraine on the north side of the lake.  It peters out after 2.7 kilometers.  This is a nice place to take a break, enjoy the view of Cerro Torre, Laguna Torre, and the large glacier that spills into Laguna Torre on its west end.

Argentina is such an incredible place.  We highly recommend picking up a travel guide before you venture out!