With the framework of the mountain ranges of the Fitz Roy and Torre, the Northern Zone of the National Park Los Glaciares counts on the Visitor Center “Ceferino Fonzo”, that is open daily from 09.00 to 17.00 hours.
In this place we provide information about the state of the paths and recommendations about the Park.
Visit and trek in the National Park Los Glaciares and consider the following recommendations:
The water is clean, therefore it is drinkable. To keep it that way, we have camps with latrines.
Fire can not be made and only heaters can be used within camp areas.
The camps are wild, have latrines and access to clean water in the form of streams, rivers or lagoons.
The paths are marked and at each start and fork there are signposts.
You should return with your waste (paper, bottles, fruit peels, food, cotton, feminine wipes, toilet paper, etc.)
Pets are not allowed inside the national park.
Drones are prohibited within the protected area.
General information about Senderos
The North Zone has trails marked and in good condition. Because the terrain and vegetation are easily eroded, it is only permitted to walk on foot and within the paths, so that the sides of the trails remain unspoiled and the native flora can be enjoyed. It is not allowed to use horses or bicycles on the paths.
When entering a wilderness area it is important to be careful when traveling, especially with trees and strong winds.
The paths are divided according to the panoramic view of the mountain to which you want to access. We can classify them as follows:
• Fitz Roy Trail
• Tower Trail
• Mother and Daughter Trail
• Loma del Pliegue Tumbado Trail
• Cóndores Viewpoint Trail
• Mirador de las Aguilas Trail
• Chorrillo del Salto Trail
• Sendero El Pilar
Fitz Roy Trail
Walk along the path that leads to the view of the Fitz Roy. In it are the camps of Laguna Capri and Poincenot. In addition, it is the access to the Laguna de los Tres and the Piedras Blancas Glacier.
This trail crosses the Torre del Valle and after three hours of walking you will have access to the Glacier, the Lagoon and the Cerro Torre.It has the Agostini camp.
Mother and Daughter Trail
It is possible to link the paths of the Tower and Fitz Roy through Mother and Daughter, which 8 km in length – in that section – has a difference of 200 m. which can be traversed in approximately 2:30 hours.
It is a path where you can appreciate the Lagunas Madre and Hija. Estimate the time from the village to the forks of the trails: 7 km of the Fitz Roy trail and 5.5 km along the path of the Tower.
Loma del Pliegue Lying Trail
It has a viewpoint from where it is possible to appreciate the laces of the Fitz Roy and the Tower at the same time. In addition, it is a path that allows to cross different zones crossing the steppe, the typical forests of Ñires and Lengas and, finally, the high mountain. On the last section of the trail you should follow the yellow stakes.
Mirador de los Cóndores Trail
One of the most accessible for its short distance and little unevenness, the landscape that can be seen includes Cordón del Torre and Fitz Roy, as well as a panoramic view of El Chaltén and the Río de las Vueltas Valley. It is suitable for people who are not accustomed to walking or walking in the mountains.
With some luck, it is possible to admire the flight of the condors in this viewpoint of 40 minutes of duration, 1 kilometer of distance and 100 meters of unevenness.
Mirador de las Aguilas Trail
It starts at a fork from the viewpoint of the Condors. It is another 20 minutes of trekking to appreciate the Patagonian steppe, part of Lake Viedma and Route 23 through which access to the area.
Chorrillo del Salto Trail
El Chorrillo del Salto is a waterfall 20 meters high where you can enjoy the water and a walk in the forest. It is one of those chosen by those who come to the North Zone for a few hours. It is possible to access by car through Route 41, to the parking lot where the vehicle is left and from there, after only 10 minutes of walking, the visitor will find the waterfall.
Sendero El Pilar
At this point you are up from Route 41, 17 kilometers from El Chaltén. While the road is gravel can be transited by any type of vehicle. Although it starts in Private Property there is no entrance fee and it has a public parking. The path guides the walkers towards the National Park, whose entrance is marked with a portal of logs.
This trail has a viewpoint to the Piedras Blancas Glacier at 1:20 hours of hiking and continues for another 40 minutes to join the path of the Fitz Roy in the Poincenot camp. It is an interesting variant to arrive at the Laguna de los Tres or make the walk of the path of the Fitz Roy ending in El Chaltén.
It is the only circuit dedicated exclusively to the use of bicycles. 2.7 km along the River Vueltas and combine the landscape, flora and fauna of the Forest and the Steppe. It is accessed through Route 41 and after 2 km you can combine through that route, with the walk to Chorrillo del Salto. It is important to leave the bicycle in the parking lot or take it to the side to visit the waterfall.