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Lake of the Three from El Chalten is a 12.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 12.9 mi Elevation gain 3,326 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Running Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Snow
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Uno de los senderos más icónicos de la Patagonia, popular por las espectaculares vistas panorámicas que ofrece entre las que se incluyen el glaciar de Los Tres, el Cerro Madsen y Monte Fitz Roy.

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Jordan Gabriel
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Did this hike in June 2019. Hiking in the winter led to us seeing only one other hiker on the route. Stunning views until we hit a snowstorm near the end and couldnt see the end. Beautiful views on the way back. Very long trail but wasnt too difficult for two novice hikers while taking the last 1 km slowly

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Joel Green
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Devon Brünner
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Favorite trail run in El Chaltén. The crowds in December were as expected—high volume. Trail etiquette wasn’t really followed as is in other places. Start very early at sunrise to avoid the traffic—it’s worth it, especially if you’re a runner.

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Martin stych
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best hike in Patagonia

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Tomas D.
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The views are amazing, the trail is in perfect condition and even though it says hard only the last hour of the hike justifies this label. Still very doable. We did it on a sunny Sunday after a period of bad weather which resulted into this being the most crowded hike ever (queuing to go down etc..), hence the 4 and not 5 stars.

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David Gottfredson
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From the parking lot to the vista at the lake, we recorded 14.2 miles. The first 9 km is not that bad, the last 1 km is a serious grinder with ~1200 ft of elevation gain. Nice that much of the trail is shaded and you have glorious views of the mountains almost all the way up.

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Steven Jones
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Spectacular hike. Left at 0600 to make it before the rains came in. Little clouds by 0830 when up top. Snow flurries and rain when leaving. Back to town before noon. Would definitely recommend on slightly cloudy days.

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Robert Ross
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Awesome hike. Make sure you bring some extra layers. A rain shell saved our lives when it suddenly started blowing crazy wind and rain. Do the detour to Mirador Fitz Roy (the loop near Laguna Capri) and climb up the little hill next to the sign with the mountain names. Gives you a great view. For water you can refill in the streams, too. One water container is likely all you need. Maybe have 2 just incase. Once at the top (and you’ve stopped huffing and puffing), go down to the laguna and stick to the trail on the south side of it. You’ll hit a sign that warns you about lack of trails, make a left and go to the edge to see another glacial lake.

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Katherine Lang
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My husband and I completed this hike in February 2020 and it was the most incredible hike we have ever been on. There are stunning views throughout the entire trail. It is well marked and easy to follow. We had been warned about the rocky ascent the final mile or so, but we were not fully prepared. It took us a little over an hour to make it up the final mile but it was so worth it. We felt like we were on top of the world and could do anything. We were glad to have good hiking shoes and hiking poles to make it back down the steep rocky path safely. My only wish is that I hadn't booked our bus back to El Calafate that same evening. It would have been nice to have time to really sit and enjoy the view at the top for a while and not have to rush back down.

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Marc Rogers
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Amazing. Last km is steep uphill but very manageable and worth it.

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Jason English
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One of the most beautiful hikes I've done. Was lucky to have great weather with frequent clear skies over the course of the day. Would highly recommend using trekking poles coming down. A lot of the rocks had ice on them which made going down right after sunrise really dangerous.

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Mibs Matthews
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Easy until the last mile, then hard but not killer. When you get to the top you want to them go to the easy peak to the west, great but different views. Go early. Best to van out to Hotel Pilar to ascend and then return by this route into town.

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Helena Soares Barros
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Awesome trail!!

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Emily Giovannozzi
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Matt Stellick
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This is a great moderate trail to do in El Chalten. Many reviews say it is challenging, but ultimately depends on your experience. We trail run in the Canadian Rockies on more challenging terrain so would not consider this hard. The biggest challenge was the fact that it was quite busy, full of people with limited gear and experience. The park staff say it takes 8 hours but we did it in about 4.5 hours in the peak time of the afternoon.

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Robert McCallum
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This is at the same time one of the most amazingly beautiful hikes in this planet and yet a tough and physically demanding one. Do not underestimate it.

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Mihir Patel
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Awesome trail - well maintained and well marked, especially for a free national park. Viewpoints on the way are great but nothing beats the view at the end after a challenging final ascent! Start earlier to beat the crowds.

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Jerry Zhu
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Long but our 11 year old enjoyed it. The final 1km zigzag “sky stair” is not that hard, but: it’s literally a river with strong stream flowing down and loose rocks. Wear hiking shoes. Varied terrain and great views, even if the main peak never made out of the clouds for us. There were snow patches by the lake (off trail) that one can slide down if you know what you are doing.

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Kevin Mora
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Got on the trail early (6:00am) to avoid the crowds, which we hit on our descent. After some initial uphill the trail levels and is pretty flat offering nice views (weather permitting) of Fitz Roy. The last mile is a pretty steep uphill which can be challenging for some. The summit has great views but also high winds and hail when we were there. We stuck around for about an hour because the always changing conditions allowed most of Fitz Roy to quickly appear and then disappear again. A great hike and special place. 12/26/19

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Alexey Dantsev
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Jeffrey Stevens
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Galen Godbey
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12/12/19 - 13.6~ miles and 7.5 hours with an awestruck hour at the top. My favorite trek to date - as good as hiking can be. We had perfect weather and very little traffic as we shoved off around 5:30a. Be sure to cruise around the top once you summit the final ridge to see Sucia and other incomprehensible viewpoints. Heavy traffic on our return to the car, but it was of no matter.

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Marie Dietrich
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Easy until the final kilometer. Then it’s steep and covered in slippery snow. Lake was completely frozen. (October)

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Steve Miller
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Our top hike from a 10 day trip through Patagonia. There is a large free parking lot at the trailhead, but it is also easily walkable from most places in Chalten. We decided to get up early and started hiking at 7:00 AM, which seemed like a perfect time. We only saw 2 other hikers and it felt like we had the trail to ourselves. We also had the summit to ourselves for about 15 mins. On the way down there were a lot of people coming up on guided treks, so I think we made it out about 45 mins before most of them.

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