We've been exploring Patagonia for over 30 years now. And this, our story, is what drives us and gives us purpose.

Today we are prouder and more active than ever.

From the get-go, we’ve had change ingrained deep in our DNAs.

Change as a process in Nature, in which we are immersed, has become innovation. It’s what, still today, pushes us to keep on exploring and opening new roads.

Our ICE TREK to Cagliero glacier is regarded as one of the not-to-miss adventures in the area. It’s organized under the highest quality and safety international standards.

Our background, along with our never-ending work, provides us with the expertise to come up with new trails. It also allows us to give each and every one of our clients the adventure of a lifetime.

Come join us! Be a part of this Patagonia adventure!

OFFICE TEAM

Alberto Castillo | Director

Argentinian mountaineering has great leaders, Alberto del Castillo is one of them. He has climbed Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, as well as nearly every other summit in the Chalten area.

Alberto is the founder of Fitz Roy Expediciones.

When he arrived in El Chaltén, the town was very young, it had been established in 1986. The only paths available were the ones leading to base camp.

“I realized that the preexisting trekking trails could be expanded, so I decided to take them one step further. That´s how I made my way, finding new trails and beautiful lookouts.”

Years later, said trails became part of the maps we currently use. He was also a pioneer in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

“During that time, the Southern Patagonian Ice Field had a certain mystique and it was pretty much inaccessible. It was virgin territory, windswept and weather-beaten. As usual, I wanted to know what lay beyond it. That’s how I started moving forward, little by little until I reached a point where I said to myself “I will go around the Ice with people” ”.

So, we did it once, twice, three times until the Southern Patagonian Ice Field trek grew to become a new destination.

This story of exploration and innovation still lies at the heart of our company, making Fitz Roy Expediciones the best option for your adventure.

Martin Gretch | Operation Manager

His passion for mountains is only exceeded by his love for fly fishing.

He ascended Aconcagua for the first time at the age of 16. From that moment on, mountains conquered his heart, leading him to become an outstanding mountain guide with a high trajectory in his almost 30 years of experience. He offered his support and professionalism to more than 1,200 expeditions from all over the world.

He holds a degree in Tourism and is responsible for making Fitz Roy Expediciones one of the best companies in the field of adventure in Argentina, with the highest international standards of quality and safety.

Valeria Martin | Logistic

Mountain guide, Physical Education teacher, mountaineering instructor and an outdoors lover, Valeria defines her work in a very simple way: compliance means quality of service.

As Logistics Manager, she is the one who closes the door of the company every night, after having made sure that every passenger feels that we have fulfilled our promise of excellence and commitment in the service.

Carolina Cervetta | Customer Service

Carolina already has 8 years of experience advising those interested in hiking and
climbing in El Chalten. She is in permanent contact with all our clients, answering their questions and providing quick answers and accurate information.

She is the first contact for those clients when they have question or want to join our trips. Those who do, immediately notice her kindness and undeniable professionalism.

Paula Martinez | Administración

Carolina already has 8 years of experience advising those interested in hiking and
climbing in El Chalten. She is in permanent contact with all our clients, answering their questions and providing quick answers and accurate information.

She is the first contact for those clients when they have question or want to join our trips. Those who do, immediately notice her kindness and undeniable professionalism.

LEAVE NO TRACE

At Fitz Roy Expediciones we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices very seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. We believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Please read the seven LNT principles below and feel free to call the office if you have any questions about what you can do to plan ahead and prepare.

 

LEAVE NO TRACE SEVEN PRINCIPLES:

 

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.

Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.

Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.

Visit in small groups. Split larger parties into groups of 4-6.

Repackage food to minimize waste.

Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

 

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.

Protect riparian areas by camping at least 70 meters from lakes and streams.

Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.

In popular areas:

Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.

Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.

Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.

In pristine areas:

Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.

Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

 

Dispose of Waste Properly

Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.

Deposit solid human waste in cat holes dug 15 to 20 centimeters deep at least 70 meters from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cat hole when finished.

Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 70 meters away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

 

Leave What You Find

Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.

Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.

Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

 

Minimize Campfire Impacts

Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.

Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.

Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.

Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

 

Respect Wildlife

Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.

Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.

Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.

Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.

Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

 

Be Considerate of Others

Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.

Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.

Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.

Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.

Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

All kinds of graduation are somewhat subjective. It is difficult to pinpoint just how demanding activity can be. Factors such as the state of the trails, or unpredictable weather changes, make hiking days more or less demanding.

When classifying our activities, we take into account the following points:

• Number of hours and walking distance.

• Difficulty, condition, and absence of trails.

• Exposure to the climate (the routes are going higher than the vegetation line usually present more severe conditions).

• Distance from trafficked areas (isolation).

 

GRADUATION:

  

A – Easy:

It is not necessary to have previous experience in hiking or mountain trekking at this level. Good health and reasonable physical condition are required. Any person accustomed to walking daily, playing golf, tennis, biking, or doing sports with low physical load can carry them out without significant inconveniences.

These programs generally combine daily walks with accommodation in hotels and rest days between walks.

• Short walks from 3 to 8 hours, returning to hotels.

• Little unevenness on the ground (100 to 400 meters).

• Accommodation in hotels, cabins, and occasional camps.

• Low physical demand.

  

B – Moderate:

Anyone who goes for regular mountain walks or who regularly performs aerobic sports and is in good physical condition for their age can do this type of activity.

They can be short activities but with uneven terrain such as trekking with camping. There is no technical difficulty, but sleeping in a tent and walking every day adds wear to the participants.

The tour follows typically well-marked trails and easy to walk.

• Hikes from 5 to 10 hours.

• Moderate to large uneven terrain (400 to 600 meters).

• Accommodation in hotels and camps

• Moderate physical demand.

 

C – Demanding:

This type of trekking does require a regular sport or mountain activity from the participant; otherwise, training before trekking is essential.

On many occasions, the trails are not well marked, or you walk outside them or through morays, snow, glaciers, or closed forest. They are usually trekking, where cross passes between mountains where the climatic conditions are generally harsher than in the valleys. Suitable warm clothing is mandatory as such conditions may include snow or blizzard.

• Hikes from 6 to 10 hours.

• At certain stages of the program, the client must carry their equipment (additional porters can be hired).

• Moderate to large uneven terrain (400 to 1,000 meters).

• Accommodation in / hotels / camps / shelters / vivacs.

• Great physical demand.

• Physical training before the program highly recommended.