Fitz Roy Trek – Patagonia’s Crown Jewel (With Map & Video) - Mountain IQ

Fitz Roy Trek – Patagonia’s Crown Jewel (With Map & Video)

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One of the most well-known landmarks in South America, Mount Fitz Roy has been an emblem of Patagonia for many years.

It’s easy to see why this mountain has become so well known. 

At 3,375m, the soaring rock formations stand out like jagged peaks, creating one of the most dramatic landscapes on earth.

On this page you will find a comprehensive and impartial guide to the Fitz Roy Trek.

As this is a very long and detailed article on the Fitz Roy Trek, we recommend using the quicklinks below to navigate to the sections that interest you most. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page for future reference.

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Fitz Roy Trek Overview

Route Details

Also known as Cerro Chaltén, Mount Fitz Roy is located on the border between Argentina and Chile near the village of El Chaltén on the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. The mountain was first climbed by French alpinists Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone in 1952 and remains to this day, one of the most difficult ascents on the planet.

The Fitz Roy trek is generally around 30km in length and takes 3-4 days to complete depending on how much walking you wish to do each day. Whilst the landscape is one of rugged beauty, the weather is just as rugged with high winds and frequent storms. Make sure you bring the necessary gear to deal with this.

The trek begins near the bustling trekking village of El Chaltén and hikers take a trail around the famous mountain whilst also visiting the Cerro Torre base camp. Hikers are exposed to some of the most breathtaking scenes on earth and, depending on the season you trek, you’ll see stunning flora and fauna throughout the national park. 

The trek is considered an easy multi-day hike and only a basic level of fitness is required. There is no altitude risks as the elevation of the trek stays fairly regular throughout, the trails are well defined and there are ranger station dotted along the path. All this means that the Fitz Roy is an ideal option for inexperienced trekkers.

Regional Map

The Fitz Roy Trek is situated in the Los Glaciares National Park near the southern tip of South America.

The park itself is located 112 km north of Puerto Natales and 312 km north of Punta Arenas.

Map courtesy of Elchalten.com

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Route Map

The best map we have found for the Fitz Roy Trek is the Monte Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre: Trekking-Mountaineering and Lago Del Desierto: Trekking – Travel Map.

The map provides a compressive satellite relief, contour lines, shelters, timed trails, camping and inns.

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Itinerary

Below is a detailed Fitz Roy Trek itinerary. Please note that this is a typical Fitz Roy Trek itinerary.

There are sometimes great differences in trek length depending on weather and trekking experience. The itinerary provided is the standard 4 day trek option.

Click each day to read more.

Day 1: Drive to El Chaltén

Day 2: Trek to Laguna Los Tres

Day 3: Cerro Fitzroy, Laguna de los Tres

Day 4: Cerro Torre to El Chaltén

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Fitz Roy Trek Helpful Resources

Video Overview

A great video overview of the Fitz Roy Trek Backpacker Steve. 

The video gives a great sense of the type of landscapes encountered along the trek and is 3:00 long.

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