- Distance: 17.7 km round trip (11 miles)
- Min Elevation: 397 meters (1,301 ft)
- Max Elevation: 1,285 meters (4,216 ft)
- Estimated Duration: 6-9 hours round trip
The trailhead is right next to the park ranger office, which is located directly off of Highway 23 on your left as you come into town (just before you cross over the Rio Fitz Roy bridge). Use the same trailhead for the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado hike and the Mirador de los Condores hike.
This hike is no walk in the park, but the views of Cerro Torre, Mount Fitz Roy, and Laguna Torre are well worth every ounce of effort. Another highlight is that you’ll likely encounter Andean Condors and Lady Slipper Orchids on your trek. Loma means hill in Spanish, and Pliegue Tumbado is the name of the grouping of hills at the top.
From the trailhead at the park ranger office, you’ll walk about 100 meters until you reach your first trail junction. Take a right, avoiding the way up to the Mirador de los Condores, and head towards Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. You’ll quickly cross over a small creek.
From here it’s almost all uphill. The first third of the hike is fairly exposed. There’s little tree canopy to shelter you from the sun and wind so plan accordingly.
After approximately 2.8 km (1.75 miles) you’ll enter the lenga forest. At 4.4 km (2.75 miles) you will reach a major trail junction. Continue straight through, avoiding the trail to the left, which ultimately leads to Laguna Toro.
The hike is truly magical after the trail junction. The next 2.4 km (1.5 miles) of your journey wind up and through one of the most tranquil forests in the world. Enjoy the soft sounds around you.
At 6.8 km (4.25 miles) into the hike, you’ll exit the forest and begin the final ascent. Be very cautious if the weather and wind are bad. This section of trail is exposed to Mother Nature and all of her elements – especially the winds. The terminus of the hike is located 8.9 km (5.5 miles) from the trailhead. Enjoy the awe-inspiring views before returning back the way you came.
Argentina is such an incredible place. We highly recommend picking up a travel guide before you venture out!