El Chaltén is a small mountain village located 135 miles north of El Calafate and was created in 1985 to help secure the disputed border with Chile. It is situated in the Glacier National Park, at the base of the Torre and Fitz Roy Mountain peaks.
Fitz Roy Mountain
The landscape combines the magic of glaciers, hidden lagoons, estancias, Lake Viedma, and the magnetic presence of the Fitz Roy Mountain. The summit of its unmistakable majestic silhouette is almost always covered in a cloud that the Tehuelche Indians thought was smoke, a mistake that gave origin to the name ´Chaltén´, which means volcano.
El Chaltén is contiguous to Lake Viedma, and has been declared National Hiking Capital for the wide variety of activities for hikers and climbers. The granitic towers of the Torre and Fitz Roy Mountains compose a spectacular panorama together with glaciers Viedma, Upsala and Moyano, which drain into Lake Viedma.