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Complete Guide to Camping in El Chalten, Argentinian Patagonia (2022)

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El Chaltén is a small mountain village in Argentinian Patagonia. Surrounded by breath-taking pure surroundings, the city is a hub for strolling and climbing excursions and is named the Nationwide Capital of Trekking in Argentina.

Laguna de Los Tres El Chalten
Laguna de Los Tres is likely one of the most spectacular websites in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Tenting within the park you can also make it right here for dawn.

Tenting in El Chalten is a improbable expertise and one of the simplest ways to expertise the mountains and glaciers that make this nook of Patagonia distinctive. El Chalten is dwelling to a few of the most effective day hikes in Patagonia and there are a great deal of superb hikes beginning on the city. We rolled out of our tent and began mountaineering on a regular basis! Try our detailed Information to Trekking in El Chalten! There are many superior tenting choices on the town and within the surrounding park. Most of the campsites provide spectacular views of the 2 most outstanding peaks, Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. We actually loved the vibe within the city, everyone is right here to hike and we stayed in a number of campsites. Many individuals do one-day routes returning to city each evening.

El Chalten town
The little city El Chalten.

Tenting in El Chalten

There are a number of campsites within the city every with a distinct vibe and issues that make it nice or not so nice. Listed here are a number of the issues we take a look at when selecting a campsite in El Chalten:

  • Kitchen, we didn’t prepare dinner on our tenting stoves staying within the campsites on the town, is the kitchen sufficiently big for everybody staying within the campsite? Are there sufficient utensils, pots, pans and range burners? Tenting it’s possible you’ll be on an actual finances, is there a ‘shared meals part’ (space the place you permit meals you do not need) many camper vans and vacationers depart issues like olive oil, good espresso, gasoline and so forth.
  • Widespread Space, does the campsite have a pleasant frequent space the place campers can eat and socialize? We made nice mates in these frequent rooms discussing mountaineering and sharing journey tales.
  • Showers and Bogs – are they clear and does the showers have sufficient scorching water, a chilly bathe in freezing climate after an extended day mountaineering isn’t good.
  • Dimension, is there sufficient house to not camp on prime of one another
  • Location, is it near the trailhead? it’s good for those who wouldn’t have to stroll far earlier than or after the hike. Is it near outlets and eating places?
  • Price

Campsites within the city El Chalten

El Relincho Tenting

Tenting El Relincho is a wonderful campsite, spacious, nice frequent room, good kitchen, scorching showers, central location, fairly expensive. It’s a giant campsite so I assume in excessive season the amenities will likely be very busy (frequent room, bogs and so forth.).

El Relincho Campsite El Chalten
Tenting El Relincho is likely one of the of the most well-liked campsites in El Chalten, spacious, nice frequent room, good kitchen, scorching showers and a central location.

The indoor frequent space for socializing is nice, busy room with many retailers and USB ports. It has a very good kitchen with adequate utilities, however restricted utensils (pots, pans and so forth.). Large spacious campsite, some timber and palisades, however not sufficient shelter from the wind for tents. Central location on the primary avenue of El Chaltén, very near every thing: eating places, bars, markets, and the trailhead of the Nationwide Park.

  • Space to do laundry by hand and washing machines.
  • Bogs have been clear and had good scorching showers (24h).
  • Electrical energy at some websites.
  • Barbeque space
  • Baggage storage service.
  • Waste discharge pit for motorhomes and bins.
  • Worth – 11.20$ per particular person (1200 pesos) plus 3.70$ (400 pesos) per car (camper van). Pay card or money (it extra for those who pay by card)

Handle: San Martín 545, Z9301 El Chalten, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Tel +543548408964

La Torcida Tenting

Tenting La Torcida is a small household run campsite with solely 20 websites out there. The placement is sweet, very near the place to begin for the mountaineering path to Laguna Torre. Positioned near the Rio Negro, not a lot shelter from wind and rain. Widespread space in the home and a pleasant kitchen. Dorm room out there

Camping La Torcida El Chalten
Tenting La Torcida is a small household run campsite in El Chalten with a very good location near the place to begin for the mountaineering path to Laguna Torre.


  • scorching showers, bathrooms
  • electrical energy factors
  • wifi. 
  • Kitchen, good utilities, restricted utensils.
  • Dorm room out there
  • Worth – $8 per particular person
  • Location Tenting La Torcida
  • Tel +5492966632537 / +54992966632537

El Refugio Tenting

Easy campsite, OK tenting. Grass spots. Bogs are fundamental, however bathe scorching. Location within the city heart quiet space, good to trek from. Out of doors communal kitchen. Fences/timber for wind shelter

Worth – 300pesos/evening/particular person and 100pesos/evening/automobile.

Casa de Cyclistas

Donation, legendary amongst cyclists in Patagonia. A girl opened her home to any cyclists to remain at no cost. I spoke to a few individuals, they mentioned it has become extra of a hostel, a enterprise, you should purchase cooked meals. Just one rest room. An inexpensive ‘donation’ is predicted for staying right here.

casa de cyclistas camping El Chalten
The legendary Casa de Cyclistas tenting for donation web site in El Chalten

It is extremely low cost (100pesos per particular person per evening tenting), which is nice in case you are on a really tight finances, nevertheless you might be actually tenting in somebody’s small and never very good again backyard. There isn’t a view and there may be only one bathroom/bathe for everybody tenting, staying in a room and the household. The household are very good, good place to satisfy adventurers from everywhere in the world. Won’t suggest for greater than an evening or two.

Campsites in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

In Parque Nacional Los Glaciares there are some free campsites on mountaineering routes resulting in iconic sights like Mount Fitz Roy, Laguna de los Tres, Cerro Torre and Laguna Capri. These free campsites have very fundamental amenities. This makes it potential to camp within the park and mix a number of at some point hikes to create your personal multi day trek. As a result of the websites are situated near well-known landmarks tenting right here is the one strategy to attain well-known websites like Laguna de los Tres for dawn.

These campsites have restricted amenities, no mild or electrical energy. There are dry bathrooms and potable water from a river or stream at every campsite.

Campamento Laguna Capri

Campamento Laguna Capri is the primary campsite you’ll attain mountaineering from El Chalten on the circuit round Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Positioned on the attractive shores of Lake Capri with a formidable lakefront view of Cerro Fitz Roy. Positioned a 7 km, 2-hour hike from El Chalten. Good 1 hour hike to the Cerro Fitz Roy Mirador from right here.

Worth: Free, cannot guide

Amenities: Camp bathroom, potable water is accessible from the lake

Campamento Poincenot

Seeing Mount Fitz Roy at dawn over Laguna de los Tres is likely one of the most well-known photos in Patagonia. To achieve the lake in time for dawn you possibly can in a single day at Campamento Poincenot.

Positioned in a forest about 11-kilometres from El Chaltén city the campsite is near the place to begin for ascending to Laguna de los Tres. For those who stand up 2 hours earlier than dawn it’s best to have sufficient time to catch this spectacular dawn.

Campamento Poincenote in El Chalten
Campamento Poincenote in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Chalten has fundamental amenities, no electrical energy, lights or working water.

The campsite has two dry bathrooms, not electrical energy or lights. A stream offers drinkable water to the campsite. For the reason that campsite is in a forest there may be some safety from the wind.

Campamento Poincenot was very busy the evening we camped there and was fairly noisy till late.

From Campamento Poincenot, the climb to Laguna de Los Tres is roughly 2 kilometres and round 400 metres’ elevation achieve. For those who’re going for dawn, enable no less than an hour for the ascent. We set off at 5am for a 6:15am dawn, and made it simply in time!

Worth: Free, cannot guide

Amenities: Camp bathrooms on web site, Potable water out there from a stream

Tenting de Agostini

That is the campsite closest to Laguna Torre. The tent pitches are simply a few minutes’ stroll from a improbable view of Cerro Torre over the lake.

Tenting de Agostini is a couple of 9-kilometre hike from El Chaltén, clearly signposted all the way in which. There are kilometre markers, making it simple to tempo your trek.

For those who’re taking over a multi-day hike, it’s roughly 17 kilometres’ mountaineering distance from Campamento Poincenot.

Worth: Free, cannot guide

Amenities: Camp bathrooms on web site, Potable water out there from a stream

Suggestions and Guidelines for Tenting in El Chalten

  • Pack a headlamp, there are not any lights within the nationwide park campsites.
  • Get consuming water upstream from camp, don’t go to the lavatory or wash within the water supply.
  • Don’t camp wherever within the nationwide park apart from in official campsites;
  • The very best sunrises are from the viewpoints don’t miss Fitz Roy and Lago de Los Tres!
  • Pack for all climate very popular to freezing.
  • Keep in mind sunscreen!
  • Rise up early, you’ll have the paths and views to your self. 
  • Get to the campsites early to choose good spot to pitch your tent.
  • Carry a telephone and obtain Maps.Me, the paths are properly mapped.
  • Pack a powerpack for recharging your telephone.
  • No fires within the nationwide park
  • Don’t hike alone and maintain an eye fixed out, that is puma nation.
  • No wild tenting, solely camp within the official campsites.

Lodging in El Chalten

El Chalten has an enormous vary of lodging to cater for each finances from tenting to luxurious lodges. Tenting is sweet, however it’s improbable to return to a heat lodge, have your personal rest room and a snug mattress after an extended day mountaineering within the chilly Patagonian climate!

Tremendous consolation – Los Cerros Boutique Resort & Spa, lovely boutique resort with superb views 5 minutes from the path, breakfast is included.

Destino Sur Resort & Spa de Montaña – 5 Star luxurious resort, glorious scores

Mid Price range – Hosteria El Paraiso Alpine-style cabin with panoramic views of Fitz Roy hills. Good worth for cash.

Backpacker Price range – La Guanaca Good mountain home with hill views.

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