Glaciar Huemul, El Chalten

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Trek along the scenic route to Glaciar Huemul to see a small but impressive glacier, and by far the most accessible one in the region. The area is ideal for photography, with great variation in the color and form of the landscape. The glacier is accessible by one of the most attractive trails in the region, leading through the ever-changing scenery of rugged Patagonia. Dress warmly, bring snacks and drinks, and wear shoes suitable for uneven and slippery terrain. To visit Glaciar Huemul and get the most from your holiday in El Chalten, create itinerary details personal to you using our El Chalten online trip itinerary builder .
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  • To reach the Huemul glacier it is necessary to approach to the southern tip of the Lago del Desierto, already out of the Los Glaciares National Park... This must be having private transport or hire one private since they are 40 km away by road from El Chaltén (in my case I hired transport lengas for $500, you go to look at 12 pm for your hostel and take you to the lago del desierto arriving at 2 pm and returning to the village to 17 pm, so you have 3 hours to use freely available before the return). On the other hand to the Huemul glacier they must be paid $200 to reach estancia lago del desierto where begins the trail since it is private property. Trekking takes on average 40 min mostly uphill until you reach the glacier and it must go through a beautiful forest full of mosses which give a tone which is not seen in the forests of other paths. The glacier has its charm even though it is relatively small. Worth paying, really enjoy and the views are much better what can be seen in the photos. To them on time before the return, route crossing a bridge begins a path to the North of the Lake end, even though they are 5 hours duration, a part can be made to be able to see part of the Lake. It is a good choice for cloudy or rainy days or that you do not want to make long treks.
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  • A beautiful journey through forests, a simple and relatively short walk, until you reach the Huemul glacier. Just few meters from steep slopes with ropes to rail mode. Do this with care.
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  • This is one of the most picturesque places I visited in El Chaltén that combines the beauty of the Huemul glacier with a turquoise lagoon, which is extremely interesting. Regardless of the natural beauty of the place, to which is added the fact that to access the view of the glacier there is to walk through a beautiful forest, however the way in which combis service that performs the transfer to this herm is organized bear place happens every two hours, as the estimated rise time is 45-60 minutes depending on the physical condition... as we are sportsmen, not had problems and got 50 minutes doing some stops to remove any other photo, although given the urgency of the c aso pictures were very few, no time to look for good places and think good settings and logically without any time to access various viewpoints that are at the side of the road, which turned to walk more in a competition against the clock to keep the Combi which in a pleasant recreation... to all activity, it should be added that to reach the panoramic point where you can see the glacier we have several people that they were taking their pictures, and while we organize ourselves very well together to make a cute picture of the glacier and Lake, just have 5 minutes each, which is a meager super time to enjoy the beauty of the place. For all these reasons, and joined the high cost of the trip, more the high amount that we were charged for entering the site because the site is private and you have to pay all of the law the right step (but to demand the tax receipt , or at least a paper attesting that we pay income, women that we took said us that that does not lack and that not they give it to no one, and also us nor provide a map of the place, to see other attractions and sights that can be seen to the length of the walk, which when we ask the staff directions to organize ourselves with the times and know where each place (vantage points to see for example the desert lake) was this person did more to confuse us and make us lose the time since it was very erratic, confusing, ambiguous, and contradictory in its indications, and of course we had to go after losing nearly 10 minutes, and missed many of the views that we thought to go, especially since we had the warning that the vans by law only move a certain number of passengers, and that if the two hours passed and we lost our combi, nobody guaranteed us take place again in the next (what not told us in the travel agency where hired the excursion, or other We found out, but that these circumstances them were "digesting" on the fly, at the last moment), which made it despite the incredible beauty of the place, the experience is not recommended, or at least who decides to spend a fortune to have a moments to make a beautiful picture of the glacier, know of the circumstances which are exposed if you go in the form in which we had to go, and which if we had known all this, sure we were going to move from this tour , as there are many alternatives to enjoy el Chalten.
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