Rating in Argentina
$ 3216

Patagonia trekking adventure holiday

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
min $ 3216
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: El Calafate, Magallanes y la Antartica Chilena Region
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 3216
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Description

Highlights

El Calafate | Lake Argentino | Los Glaciares National Park | Las Vueltas River | Mount Fitz Roy | Laguna de los Patos | Capri Lagoon | Hija Lagoons | Mount Torre Valley | El Chalten, visiting the Climbers Chapel | Del Desierto Lake | Perito Moreno Glacier | Las Torres viewpoint | Pehoe Lake | Grey Glacier viewpoint | Puerto Natales | Ushuaia | Boat trip | Alicia Island | the Island of Birds | Light House Les Eclaireurs |

Description of Patagonia trekking adventure holiday

This Patagonia trekking holiday is an adventure into some of the most remote and stunning mountain terrain, with hikes in three of its greatest national parks: Fitzroy, Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares. All magnificent in their own ways. We do pace things pretty well over the two weeks, with walks between two to eight hours depending on the day. Most of the time you carry just a daypack, although there are two days when you carry enough clothing for a few days in the wilderness, around 7-10kg depending on how much stuff you wish to take in.

Our first big hike is to Mount Fitz Roy basecamp and then up to Laguna De los Tres, which is one of the most stunning viewpoints in Los Glaciares National Park. In this park we also spend a day exploring the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s few advancing ones.

More glacial wonders await in Torres del Paine National Park, where we trek up to Las Torres basecamp and then up to park’s famous granite spires, with a fair amount of scrambling needed for this one. We also head out onto the water while exploring Torres del Paine National Park, taking a catamaran across Pehoe Lake to the Pehoe refuge area enabling us to hike to the French Valley, where you will be enveloped, quite simply, by massif magnificence.

Heading even further south takes us not only to the ‘end of the world’ but also into another cultural world of Patagonian ranchers in Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia. And finally, swap landlegs for sea ones as we take a cruise through the famous Beagle Channel to see Tierra del Fuego National Park from the water. Beagle is famous for its massive seal and penguin colonies, and both it and the island national park boast the most beautiful mountain terrain.

On this trekking holiday, you will be staying in either a tent or hostel, either shared or solo, so let us know and we can alter your itinerary accordingly.




Our top tip: Break in your walking boots before you leave & bring along walking sticks & loo paper for the treks. Trip type: Small group. Activity level: Moderate. Accomm: Hostels with shared dorms in cities. Campsite with "igloo" tents Solos: Solos welcome, some rooms may incur a surcharge Included: Accomm., listed activities, transport, guides. Park entrance fees not included Meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Itinerary

Day 1:We meet you at El Calafate Airport and from there you are transferred to El Calafate. At 7pm (approx.) the group and guide meets at Hostal del Lago Libertador. El Calafate is a small but growing town. It was, for several decades, a tiny staging post for the wagons transporting wool between remote estancias (sheep stations) and the coast. El Calafate lies on the shore of the vast, turquoise lake Argentino and is today a gateway to the natural wonders of the Los Glaciares national park. (accommodation options – hostal with shared bathroom, hotel room or single room with private bathroom). (D)
Day 2:After breakfast we travel by bus to El Chalten, a small colourful town next to Mount Fitz Roy. We drive 220 km through the Patagonia steppe. When we arrive in El Chalten we set of walking into the heart of the national park. Our first day's trek takes us along a beautiful trail next to the Las Vueltas river, which gives us our first panoramic views of Mount Fitz Roy. We then head upwards through old beech forest towards the Laguna de los Patos and on to our fully equipped campsite next to the Rio Blanco and the Fitzroy base camp at Poincenot. (4 hours approx.) (B,L,D)
Day 3:Early in the morning and carrying only waterproofs, some water and a camera, we walk towards Fitzroy. We have the impressive spires of the Fitzroy mountains above us. The first 2 hours are mainly flat, through forest and open grassland and bog areas, with diverse bird life; this leads us to Fitzroy Roy base camp. From here it is a 400 metre/1,300 ft climb to Laguna De los Tres up a steep trail that takes around an hour and a half at a gentle pace. This walk is one of the highlights in the Los Glaciares national park; the views of Cerro Poincenot, Monte Fitz Roy and the other peaks surrounding these are splendid. We return to Poincenot Full Camp. (5 hs approx). (B,L,D)
Day 4:This morning we hike around Capri Lagoon, down a trail to Madre and Hija Lagoons, then through a dense forest following the Fitz Roy River. We reach the Mount Torre Valley and continue to the glacier-fed Laguna Torre where the Fitz Roy river begins. We then return to El Chalten along the Cerro torre Trail. Hostel. (B,L)
Day 5:Trek Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. This mountain, 1,500m tall, is located immediately south of Cerro Torre valley and offers some of the best views over the different group of mountains, glaciers and lakes that features the area. From the lower terraces to the summit, you can get spectacular views of Fitz Roy, Torre and the spectacular glacier valley in between both. From the summit the bonus is the sight of Paso del Viento and some of the mountains that stick out from the Patagonian Icefield. According to the group capacity, we choose the lower terraces or try the summit, a long but gentle climb in scree. The lower part of the mountain is covered by shrubland and forest. Hostel. (B,L,D)
Day 6:In the morning there is free time. Options include: exploring the town of El Chalten, visiting the Climbers Chapel; or the Mazden family country house, one of the pioneering families in the area; the Del Desierto Lake located 45 Km out of town or the vistor centre of the national park. Around 5 pm we head for El Calafate by bus, arriving around 21.00 and transferring to the hostel. (B)
Day 7:After breakfast we depart by bus to the Magallanes peninsula, the entrance of The Glaciers national park. Its centrepiece is the Perito Moreno Glacier, which, because of unusually favourable local conditions, is one of the world’s few advancing glaciers. We go down to the lakeside to board a boat (optional trip) that takes us on a spectacular short cruise along the front of the glacier. We return to El Calafate. (B)
Day 8:We depart early in the morning (around 7 am) from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park through a spectacular landscape of Patagonia steppe. In the park a 1 to 2 hour familiarisation walk and then continue to the camp. Las Torres Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 9:After breakfast, we set off for the trail head crossing a suspension bridge and head up the slopes of the Almirante Nieto mountain, alongside the gushing Ascencio River. After one hour of climbing the trail flattens out, and we reach the Chileno Refuge. From there the trail leads us through the forest, through beautiful old southern beech forests, to Las Torres base camp. This is where climbers wait for good weather conditions to climb the granite spires of Las Torres. We trek for one more hour up rocky morraine - a bit of a scramble in places - and reach the Las Torres viewpoint, an amazing natural amphitheatre at the bottom of the vertical granite towers. We return the same way - a 7/8 hour trek in total. Full camp at Las Torres. (B,L,D)
Day 10:Early in the morning drive to Puerto Pudeto where we take a catamaran for the 45 minute crossing of Pehoe Lake arriving at the Pehoe refuge area. We walk from there to the French Valley. This is a beautiful mountain valley descending right in the heart of the massif toward the Nordenskjold Lake, flanked by the Horns to the east and by the impressive Paine Grande (3,050m/10,006ft) to the west. We head up the valley to some excellent look-out spots. These are located in a natural amphitheatre surrounded by some of the most spectacular needles and walls of the massif. We descend the same trail and turn west, skirting Skottberg Lake until we arrive back at the Refugio Pehoe camp. (B,L,D)
Day 11:Today we say goodbye to this iconic National Park. We drive towards the southwest side of it, to visit Lake Grey and the Paine Grande western slopes and peaks. The drive takes around 2 hours stopping for short walks and photo opportunities before arriving to the lake. Once there, we spend 1 to 2 hours walking its southern shore which is one of the most beautiful spots in the area. Early in the afternoon we start our drive down south to our accommodation in Puerto Natales, a picturesque fishing town located on the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fiord. (B,L,D)
Day 12:We leave Natales and continue south and reach the legendary Magellan Strait, which stays in view until we reach Primera Angostura. Here, we board a ferry in which we cross the Strait. This Pass, discovered by Hernando de Magallanes in 1520, was the natural and logical way for all vessels to go around the continent until the Panama Channel was opened at the beginning of the 20th century. You find yourself wondering how those men dared to sail those waters in such fragile boats. Once in Tierra del Fuego (literally, Land of Fire - due to the fires seen by the first white sailors arriving on the coast. These fires were made by the local Indians to cook with and for heat) we head back into Argentina through Paso San Sebastián. After a couple more hours, we reach Estancia Las Hijas, where our Full Camp is waiting for us, as well as a lamb cooked in the classical Patagonian barbecue style. A dining saloon, toilets and showers are available tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 13:In the morning we learn about the ranch activities and how dogs deal with the sheeps. By mid morning we continue south to visit Lago Fagnano in the middle of Andes Mountains, to continue to our last destination: Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the World. In the afternoon we continue to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This National Park is in the south west corner of the argentinean side of the Island, thus in the border with Chile. The main attraction of the Park and the whole Island actually are the mountains coming down to the sea. We make a short hike in this area. (B,L)
Day 14:In the morning we have a short boat trip on the Beagle Channel. The Beagle Channel forms part of the border between Argentina and Chile. In addition to the great scenery, we should see many species of marine mammals and birds before we return to our hostel or hotel. Afternoon free. (B)
Day 15:Morning at your own leisure to visit the town which features some interesting museums and architecture. In the afternoon we take you to Ushuaia Airport. (B)
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Responsible Travel
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