Lake Viedma Glacier

Southern Patagonia Argentina: (IT-ARSR02)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/argentina_viedma_glacier_ride.aspx

Introduction
Southern Patagonia Argentina
A true "jewel in the rough" in stunning Southern Patagonia!

Join us on a 5-day adventure getaway - a wonderful and intimate lodge awaits you, in the middle of the Argentinean Patagonia wilderness nestled at the base of the impressive Viedma Glacier, 120 miles north of Calafate.

The lodge is unique in its charm and offers wonderfully cozy accommodations, delicious gourmet meals and first class service in every aspect. It is surrounded by a stunning and fascinating landscape, sheltered  first by coniferous woods before unveiling a panoramic view of Lake Viedma and the majestic Andean Mountains.

Your trip will start with a transfer from Calafate, crossing the barren landscape of Southern Patagonia until you reach the breathtaking Lake Viedma, views of Mount Fitzroy across its the waters. Nearing the lodge, your home for the next  few days, you will immediately impressed and enchanted by the grandiose glaciers that come all the way down to the blue-green water's edge.  This exquisite landscape is now yours to discover on horseback.
 

Accomodation

The Lodge
Is located 180 km north of El Calafate. It has 9 luxury rooms ( 7 double and 2 triple) each with private bathrooms.
All rooms are exquisitely decorated, yet with amazing simplicity - combining warm colors and different textures that harmonize and blend in with the natural environment.A total of 20 guests are able to live and enjoy a personalized service, which is only part of the unique experience.
Check in is after 1 pm and check out is at 10 am. Guests are required to leave their room by 10am, however guests may stay at the lodge, have lunch and enjoy a half-day activity for an extra cost.

History

This lodge has over 100 years of history and is located at the foot of the Andes Mountains on the SW margin of the Viedma Lake, right in front of a breathtaking view of Mt. Fitz Roy (or Chaltén, as the local Tehuelches aboriginals called it).

Services

  • Restaurant with three-course fixed meals. Soft drinks during meals are included.
  • Laundry (*)
  • Cradle
  • Credit cards accepted at the lodge: Visa, American Express and MasterCard.
  • Telephone only at the reception desk. Guests are allowed to make phone calls but not to receive them. (*)   
  • Internet connection (Wi-Fi)
  • Electricity, 220 volts 24 hours.
  • No mobile phone signal
  • No television
    (*) With additional cost


    Meals
    The lodge has its own vegetable garden. A refined wine cellar featuring a variety of Argentine and Chilean selected vintage wines accompany the delicacies of our regional cuisine. Typical local dishes such as Patagonian lamb or exquisite local trout are just some of the delectable meals on offer.

    Riding

    There is a great herd of free roaming Criollo bred horses at the lodge - all perfect trekking companions for your stay.

    You can choose from short rides around the lodge or extensive all day rides across the mountains to the glacier or the neighboring ranch - endless breathtaking scenery to discover.

    Itinerary

    After arriving to the Hostería, the guide will organize the activities during your stay. These activities will have to be reconfirmed the night before. We remind you that all activities may change according to the weather conditions.

    Horse ride / Walk along the beach with a view on the Fitz Roy
    Going East, one will encounter small ravines where special types of typical vegetation from the Patagonian step can be seen: El Calafate (Box-leafed barberry), coirón, neneo, yareta and many others used as medicinal plants. We then arrive to the beach, which in some places has very thin sand, allowing the horses to gallop nicely. The whispering of the waves breaking against the sand is part of the excursion. If the sky is clear, the view on the Fitz Roy is truly unbeatable.
    Note: This walk is an excellent alternative for those who want to go on a nice horse ride. It is perfect for beginners as well as for more experienced riders who will be able to enjoy galloping on the beach.
    Rating of difficulty: easy
    Length: 6 Km.
    Duration: 2 h or more according to the time spent on the beach.

    Trekking or Horseback Riding to Blue Lagoon
    The visitor sets out on an old grass trail which starts at the same lodge. The path enters the river Alfredo valley (the same one that provides energy to the lodge), gradually ascending by the sides of the Huemul Hill and with the musical noise of the river. After a 40-minute walk, a most magnificent view can be seen from where one can appreciate the magnitude of Mt. Fitz Roy emerging from the other side of Viedma Lake. The path continues to enter deeper into the valley that becomes narrower, surrounded by the Cordón Huemul and its peaks that reach 2700 ms in height; the Blue Lagoon glacier can already be seen in the horizon of the valley. The footpath then leads into a forest of “lengas” and “ñires”. During the journey it is usual to see guanacos and condors curiously approaching to observe the visitor. After a one-hour walk at the end of the valley, one sees the river descending in escalating form on the rocks, forming a spectacular waterfall at a height of 300 ms. The journey continues bordering the mountain to where the river rises and which is reached after a 50-minute climb and places the traveler where the snows are permanent on the mountains that surround him. A 10-minute walk and a small wood separate the visitor from his objective. Upon arrival, one can see the lagoon in a deep bright blue contrasting with the darkness of the mountain and the whiteness of the glacier which descends from the highest of the Andes Mountains to the very bank of the lagoon. The surroundings are beautiful and invite to contemplation and reflection in absolute silence, which is only interrupted by the sounds of the usual avalanches that take place from the summits falling to the glacier.
    Rating of difficulty: Medium
    Length of trip: 16 km.
    Maximum height reached during the trip: 850 ms
    Duration of trip: by foot: 5.30 hs. /on horseback: 4.30 hs.

    Horseback riding and trekking to Estancia Los Hermanos
    When departing from the lodge and heading East, the travelers crosses the Alfredo river and climbs the mountain cliff to witness the spectacular, panoramic view of Viedma Lake. While heading there, one can observe the local flora which offers a diverse variety of species and large amount of birds, typical of this region when passing near the three lagoons. After 45 minutes, one arrives at the Estancia Los Hermanos, where one can visit the shearing shed, the vegetable garden that supplies Helsingfors, and have the opportunity to see how a Patagonian farm functions. As one heads to this estancia, one can see sheep, guanacos, cows and beautiful horses, many of them the foals of the “Cuarto de Milla” stallion which live on this farm.
    After the visit to the farm, one crosses the countryside to arrive at the lake which has a small pebble beach from where one returns enjoying the wonderful view of Helsingfors.
    Rating of difficulty: Low-Medium
    Length of trip: 12 km.
    Maximum height reached during the trip: 370 ms
    Duration of trip: Trekking: 4.00 hs. On horseback: 3.00 hs.

    Horse ride to the Mirador del Cóndor
    We will go South, along the Milodón River, this area is known as La Faja. After going through a burnt down forest, climbing 600 meters, we will have a breathtaking view on the glacier Milodón, framed by the impressive Cordón Huemul. The vegetation totally changes as the valley of the Condór begins. After a short rest, sheltered by the last trees to have lunch and in order for the horses to rest, we will keep on climbing. This area is inhabited by guanacos and condors that will surely be surprised by our presence. Arriving at the edge after the last efforts, we will stand in front of a breathtaking view, in the heart of the National Park, Los Glaciares. From the Mount Pintado to the Mount Fitz Roy, we stand in front of the ANDES.
    Note: Can participate, riders who have already experienced horse rides in the mountains.
    Rating of difficulty: Hard
    Length of trip: 30 km.
    Maximum height reached during the trip: 1200m
    Difference of height: 1000 m.
    Duration of the trip: 8/9 hs.


    Rates and Dates for Lake Viedma Glacier

    Rates include:

    Breakfast, lunch, tea & dinner with non-alcoholic beverages, activities, scheduled transportation to/from El Calafate on particular days of week, taxes

    Packages and Options



    • SeasonYearDescription US$
      A
      20195 day trip, AP (low)$1645
      • Single supplement$710
        Guide and driver's fee (MANDATORY if less than 10 guests)$500
    • B
      20194 day trip, AP (low)$1235
      • Single supplement$530
        Guide and driver's fee (MANDATORY if less than 10 guests)$375
    • C
      20195 day trip, AP (high)$1660
      • Single supplement$220
        Guide and driver's fee (MANDATORY if less than 10 guests)$500
    • D
      20194 day trip, AP (high)$1245
      • Single supplement$165
        Guide and driver's fee (MANDATORY if less than 10 guests)$375

    * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

    Transfer and Other Charges:



     DescriptionUS$
    2019 Transfers included at scheduled times on Tues, Thurs or Sun (max 4 passengers) $0
    2019 Holiday supplement (Christmas & New Year) per person $130
    2019 Children 3-7 yrs. old. 50% Discount $0
    2019 Children under 3 yrs. old -- FREE $0
    2019 Extra night, dbl, pp $415
    2019 Private transfer from/to El Calafate (up to 4 pax), each way
    This is a "Group Rate"
    $350
    2019 Private transfer from/to El Chaltén (up to 4 pax), each way
    This is a "Group Rate"
    $400

    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    C 2019 11/03 - 11/07 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    D 2019 11/03 - 11/06 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    D 2019 11/05 - 11/08 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    C 2019 11/05 - 11/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    C 2019 11/07 - 11/11 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    D 2019 11/07 - 11/10 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    D 2019 11/10 - 11/13 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    C 2019 11/10 - 11/14 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    C 2019 11/12 - 11/16 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    D 2019 11/12 - 11/15 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    D 2019 11/14 - 11/17 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    C 2019 11/14 - 11/18 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    C 2019 11/17 - 11/21 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    D 2019 11/17 - 11/20 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    D 2019 11/19 - 11/22 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    C 2019 11/19 - 11/23 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    C 2019 11/21 - 11/25 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    D 2019 11/21 - 11/24 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Expired
    D 2019 11/24 - 11/27 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 11/24 - 11/28 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 11/26 - 11/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 11/26 - 11/29 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 11/28 - 12/01 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 11/28 - 12/02 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 12/01 - 12/05 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 12/01 - 12/04 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 12/03 - 12/06 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 12/03 - 12/07 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 12/05 - 12/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 12/05 - 12/08 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 12/08 - 12/11 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 12/08 - 12/12 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 12/10 - 12/14 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 12/10 - 12/13 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 12/12 - 12/15 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Sold Out
    C 2019 12/12 - 12/16 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Sold Out
    C 2019 12/15 - 12/19 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 12/15 - 12/18 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 12/17 - 12/20 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 12/17 - 12/21 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 12/19 - 12/23 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 12/19 - 12/22 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    D 2019 12/22 - 12/25 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 12/22 - 12/26 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Reserve
    C 2019 12/24 - 12/28 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Sold Out
    D 2019 12/24 - 12/27 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Sold Out
    D 2019 12/26 - 12/29 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Sold Out
    C 2019 12/26 - 12/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Sold Out
    C 2019 12/29 - 01/02 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Sold Out
    D 2019 12/29 - 01/01 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Sold Out
    D 2019 12/31 - 01/03 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Sold Out
    C 2019 12/31 - 01/04 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (high) 1 /6 Sold Out

    Dates Note:

    Rates do not include:

    meals before lunch of arrival day and meals after breakfast on departure day.

    Other Info
    Meeting: Lake Viedma
    Airport: El Calafate
    Transfer: El Calafate 10:30 AM - return late afternoon

    Climate:
                                                El Calafate area
     

    Month

    Jan

    Feb

    Mar

    Apr

    May

    Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

    Oct

    Nov

    Dec

    Average High Temperature (°F)

    67

    65

    62

    56

    47

    41

    40

    45

    50

    57

    61

    65

    Average Low Temperature (°F)

    48

    46

    43

    38

    33

    28

    27

    30

    34

    39

    42

    46

    Average High Temperature (°C)

    19

    19

    16

    13

    8

    5

    5

    7

    10

    14

    16

    18

    Average Low Temperature (°C)

    9

    8

    6

    3

    1

    -2

    -3

    -1

    1

    4

    6

    8

    Source: NOAA
     

    Seasons
    El Chaltén has a mostly dry climate, with very light precipitation distributed on a large number of days throughout the year despite the semi-arid setting. It should be noted that more rain typically falls in the months between March and May. However, it is a fair bit drier during the summer months of October to March. It can be windy, especially during the spring and summer months. Also note that temperature varies greatly between the low lying elevations and the mountaintops. Weather is changeable and localized.

    Summer
    Summers consist of very long daylight hours (about 17 hours of daylight), very windy weather, and cool temperatures, mostly below 18 °C (64 °F) during the day and below 5 °C (41 °F) during the night. Frost can and will occur in the summer season in El Chaltén.

    Winter
    Winters bring snow in moderate quantities and average temperatures are usually around 3 ° C (37 °F) during the day and −4 ° C (25 °F) during the night. Spring and fall are variable, but generally cold as well. The shortest day in winter has nearly 8 hours of daylight.

    What To Bring:
    The best way to dress is in layers: a t-shirt, shirt, pullover (or fleece which is light and dries quickly), and a jacket to give protection against wind and rain.
    If you do not intend wearing a hard hat, we recommend a hat with a wide brim (also good if it happens to rain).

    Basic Pack should include:
    • Day Pack
    • Trekking shoes (that have been used before)
    • Comfortable shoes for resting
    • Warm parka and windbreaker
    • Pullover / warm sweater
    • Light pullover / sweatshirt
    • Gloves, hat / cap, bandanna, sunglasses
    • Sun screen / Sun block
    • Camera and lots of film
    • Binoculars

    This list is only a guideline for you

     

    Travel documents and Voucher

    Flight tickets

    Passport

    Visa (check with your consulate)

     

    RIDING GEAR

    Trousers should be comfortable for riding - jodhpurs, jeans

    Footwear that is safe for riding

    Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)

    Half Chaps (optional)

    Riding gloves

    Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection

    Rain wear

     

    PERSONAL CLOTHING

    Jacket for protection against wind and rain

    Comfortable t-shirts/shirts

    Jeans

    Shorts

    Underwear and socks

    Pajama

    Light summer jacket

    Warm jacket

    Comfortable shoes/sneakers

    Swimsuit

     

    ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

    Personal Toiletries

    Insect protection

    Personal medications

    Sore cream (for the emergency)

    Sewing kit

    Handkerchiefs

    Laundry (wash) bag

    Camera and enough extra films

    Small flashlight

    Sun glasses with strap

    Sun tan lotion and lip balm