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Loma del Pliegue Tumbado Trek

Despite being one of the most underrated treks in El Chalten, this hike offers absolutely stupendous views!

Hiking Difficult

19 km
1.1 km
1.1 km
5-6 hrs
Low Point
393 m
High Point
1.5 km
Loma del Pliegue Tumbado Trek Map

If you are looking for a hike that offers stunning panoramic views of the Patagonian landscape, you should consider the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado trek in El Chaltén, Argentina.


This hike takes you from the El Chaltén APN Visitor Center to a viewpoint at 1,500 meters above sea level, where you can admire the majestic peaks of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, as well as the glacial lakes of Laguna Torre and Viedma. The hike to the overlook is about 17 kilometers round trip and takes 6 to 8 hours to complete. It is rated as medium difficulty and requires a steady ascent of about 900 meters.

Along the way, you will pass through open fields, dense forests, and rocky terrain, where you might spot some wildlife and ancient marine fossils. The trail is well marked with yellow sticks and signs, but be prepared for strong winds and possible snow at higher altitudes.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can also continue from the viewpoint to the summit of the mountain, which adds another 0.8 kilometers and 230 meters of elevation gain. This will reward you with even more spectacular views of the surrounding area. The route shown here runs all the way to the summit of the mountain.

The Loma del Pliegue Tumbado trek is one of the most underrated hikes in El Chaltén, but also one of the most rewarding. It is a great way to experience the beauty and diversity of Patagonia from a different perspective.

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Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between December and March


  • Alpine

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