From El Chalten: Desert Lake Boat Trip and Glacier Trek

From El Chalten: Desert Lake Boat Trip and Glacier Trek

From $57 per person

Take an 8-hour trip from El Chaltén to sail Lago del Desierto (Desert Lake) and trek a natural reserve. Explore the base of Vespignani Glacier, or choose a softer trek along the coastline, and end the day enjoying a delicious snack in the woods.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
You will be picked up at your hotel in El Chalten.


  • Enjoy a boat trip and spot glaciers
  • Hike to the base of Vespignani Glacier
  • Discover amazing views of Mount Fitz Roy
  • Learn about the history of this natural place with a specialized guide
  • Enjoy a hot beverage inside a dome in the woods
Full description
Start your trip with a pick-up from your hotel, and pass through woodlands and back roads bordering the blue waters of Rio Las Vueltas during the 23 miles to Lago del Desierto. Upon arrival at Punta Sur, embark on a 1-hour sail through Lago del Desierto to reach Punta Norte. On the way, spot the amazing Huemul and Creston glaciers, and snap your best shot. After sailing, disembark to hike one of the trails in the Vespignani Glacier Reserve. You can choose a 45-minute uneven hike to the foot of the Vespignani glacier, promising incredible views of the northern face of Mount Fitz Roy, an intermediate option that takes 15 minutes, ending in a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the glacier. Or choose a soft trek in an entirely flat trail where you can wander the forest and the coastline. Regardless of your choice, your tour guide will be there to assist. End the day by enjoying an energizing snack from within a dome in the woods before embarking again for the bus back to El Chaltén.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Boat ride
  • Trek
  • Snack
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Flashlight

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Oversize luggage
    • Smoking
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • The weather in Patagonia is very changeable. Be sure to bring all the extra clothing you may need. Wear layers, including an undershirt, short sleeve t-shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, sweater, and jacket
    • Be sure to bring some food and a flashlight for the trek
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    based on 3 reviews

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    DESASTROSA! WITH GETYOURGUIDE, IN TRAVES DE LA AGENCIA ARGENTINA SAYHUEQUE NO COMPREN, pagaran el doble de lo que pagarian with EXPLORADORES DEL DESIERTO! Les cuento mi experiencia viajamos en UNA LANCHA COMPARTIDA, SIN CALEFACCION, EN ESTADO DECADENTE (HUMEDAD, ASIENTOS ROTOS, sin ningun tipo de servicio, y ademas ES UN MEDIO DE TRANSPORTE LOCAL, NO a medium dedicated to quienes haciamos la excursion), sin ademas ninguna explicacion respecto a las vistas o lugares visitados during the navegacion, or sea practicamente sin guios; ademas cuando llegamos al muelle nos dejaron media hora en un puesto de Gendarmeria, bajo la lluvia! O sea la atencion desastrosa! POR ESTE DESASTRE NOS COBRARON 104 USD POR PERSONA, y Exploradores del Desierto (que son los operadores locales, y quien llevan a cabo la excursion) cobran POR LA MISMA EXCURSION 40 USD, que es desde mi point of view lo que vale, no mas !

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    January 14, 2020

    Very nice excursion

    February 9, 2020

    Balade sur le lac Desertio avec escale de 3 h pour chemins de randonnées

    March 3, 2020

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