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Patagonia Best Hikes

Hiking trip to the Highlights of Patagonia

Duration

12 days from/to

Puerto Natales

Activity
  • 6 days hiking
  • 2 boat rides
Lodging
  • 3 nights refugios
  • 8 nights hotel
Meals
  • 11x breakfast
  • 5x box lunch
  • 3x dinner
Price

from 2.750 USD

The perfect way to discover this great region as a couple or individually in a small group. Perfect organization for a "Don't Worry - Be Happy" trip - thank you! Our guide in Patagonia was not only very nice, careful and competent, but he was also a great conversational partner. That was the true luxury of this Patagonia Best Hikes trip!

Ute & Wolfgang - Germany

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Hike the Classic Torres del Paine W-Trek in Torres del Paine NP
  2. Torres Granite Needles - French Valley - Grey Glacier
  3. Patagonian Icefield
  4. Famous Monte Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre Treks
  5. Argentinian steak & Malbec red wine
  6. Huge Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares NP with boat ride
  7. Local wildlife: guanacos, condors and ñandus & Patagonian pampa and gauchos

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TRIP DESCRIPTION

Experience this 12-day hiking trip to see the highlights of Patagonia. Who hasn’t heard of the world renowned Torres del Paine, Monte Fitz Roy or the Perito Moreno Glacier?
On relaxing daily guided hikes through the most beautiful national parks of the region, explore natural miracles and the mountain world of Patagonia and dive into a world of granite rock and ice. Hike one of the most famous treks in Patagonia, the Torres del Paine W-Trek. Admire the famous Grey Glacier and take a boat ride to the deep blue-shining Perito Moreno Glacier. Learn more about this impressive ice field of the southern hemisphere. Hike to the rock spire of the mystic Cerro Torre and the legendary Monte Fitz Roy. Explore the capital of the glaciers El Calafate and the picturesque mountain village El Chaltén. Soak up some of the cultural highlights and enjoy tasty Chilean and Argentinian cuisine and wines.

DIFFICULTY

Good physical fitness is a necessary requirement for this tour. Furthermore, you should be able to walk with your daypack (40l to 50l) up to 6-8 hours a day with some strenuous ascents and descents. Your personal items must be carried by you (rain gear, fleece or light down jacket, trekking poles, gloves, cap, camera, lunch and water for the day; in Torres del Paine in addition vanity bag, extra-set of clothes).  All the rest of your luggage, which you do not need on the Torres del Paine trek, will stay locked at your guesthouse in Puerto Natales.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Puerto Natales

Day 1
Upon arrival in Puerto Natales you meet our trekking-guide for a short briefing about the next days. You spend the first night in a guesthouse in Puerto Natales in double room with private bathroom (-/-/-)

Day 2-5: Torres del Paine NP – Hikes to the Torres Granit Needles – French Valley – Grey Glacier

Day 2
In the morning, you take our private transfer to the Torres del Paine National Park and will see some of the native wildlife of this fantastic region like Guanacos and Ñandus. Upon arrival in the park your first hike leads you to the famous 'Torres' granite needles. At first you hike up to the Ascencio-valley where you take a break at the Refugio Chileno next to the Ascencio River. After 2+ hours and a tough ascent you efforts will be rewarded: You will stand in front of the impressive needles with a green lagoon lying at your feet. Appr. walking time: 8 hours, walking distance: 19 km (11,8 miles), elevation gain of approx. 950 m (3,100 ft) ascent and descent. Overnight: in the “Refugio Chileno” or “Refugio Torre” in shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms. (B/BL/D)
Note: If the lodges (refugios) are fully booked, you will spend the night in 2-person-tents 

Day 3
Today, you hike along Nordenskjöld Lake to the wonderful Refugio Los Cuernos, close to the lake and the “Cuernos”. Passing Monte Almirante Nieto (2,640m), you can probably watch condors circling in the sky. Appr. walking time: 4-5 hours, walking distance: 11,5 km (7 miles), elevation gain of approx. 250 m (820 ft) ascent and descent. Overnight: in the “Refugio Los Cuernos” or “Refugio Frances” in shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms. (B/BL/D)
Note: If the lodges (refugios) are fully booked, you will spend the night in 2-person-tents. 

Day 4
In the morning you head towards the French valley and its viewpoint “Mirador” where you gain deep insight into the mountains. With a bit of luck you may witness ice cracking off the Paine Grande (3,050 m / 10,000 ft) sounding like a roaring thunder. Subsequently you walk along the splendid Lago Skottsberg to the emerald green Lago Pehoe. Appr. walking time: 6-7 hours, walking distance: 17 km (10,5 miles), elevation gain of approx. 600 m (1,970 ft) ascent and descent. Overnight: in the “Lodge Paine Grande” in shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms. (B/BL/D) 
Note: If the lodges (refugios) are fully booked, you will spend the night in 2-person-tents

Day 5
Today you walk along the Black Lagoon (Laguna Negra) and the Path of Winds (Camino del Viento) to your viewpoint on the Grey Glacier. Depending on the weather and season you will come across various birds and plants. You hike back to the Lodge Paine Grande, cross the beautiful Pehoe-Lake with a catamaran (approx. 30 min) and take our private bus back to Puerto Natales. Appr. walking time: 4-5 hours, walking distance:  12 km (7,5 miles), elevation gain of approx. 350 m (1,150 ft) ascent and descent. Overnight: Guesthouse in Puerto Natales in double room with private bathroom. (B/BL/D)

Day 6-7: El Calafate – El Chaltén

Day 6
Transfer with a regular bus through the wind shaped Pampa to El Calafate in Argentina (without a guide). In the afternoon you have time for shopping or for trying one of the famous Argentine steaks. Overnight: Hotel in El Calafate in double room with private bathroom. (B/-/-)

Day 7
Today you are heading to El Chaltén with a regular bus (without a guide), taking a break at the Estancia La Leona. El Chaltén is a lovely village in the mountains that will be your starting point for the next days. In the afternoon you have some time to discover this idyllic place on our own or to do a short hike to the Chorillo del Salto. Overnight: Hotel in El Chaltén in double room with private bathroom. (B/-/-)

Day 8-10: El Chaltén – Cerro Torre & Fitz Roy Trek

Day 8
In the morning you will meet your trekking-guide for the next hikes. A 6-hours guided walk leads you to Laguna Torre where you have a great view to the Cerro Torre (3,102m / 10,180 ft) with its glaciers. Later on, you take a break at the Agostini Camp that is the base camp for all Cerro Torre mountaineers. Appr. walking time: 6 hours, walking distance: 18 km (11 miles), elevation gain of approx. 250 m (820 ft) ascent and descent. Overnight: Hotel in El Chaltén in double room with private bathroom. (B/BL/-) 

Day 9
Today you can choose an optional half-day or full-day-excursion to the lake "Lage del Desierto" or go on a full-day-hike to "Loma del Pliegue Tumbado". Or you have some time to discover this pristine place on your own and go on a short hike to the viewpoints “Condores & Aguilas”. Overnight: Hotel in El Chaltén in double room with private bathroom. (B/-/-) 

Day 10
Today hike to Laguna de los Tres and the viewpoint of Laguna Sucia. You also pass the Base Camp Rio Blanco that serves all Fitz Roy Mountaineers. Your efforts will be rewarded with an unforgettable view on the Monte Fitz Roy (3,406 m / 11,174 ft) and the surrounding mountains.  Appr. walking time: 8-9 hours, walking distance: 24 km (14,9 miles), elevation gain of approx. 750 m (2,460 ft) ascent and descent. Overnight: Hotel in El Chaltén in double room with private bathroom. (B/BL/-)

Day 11-12: Glacier Perito Moreno – El Calafate – Puerto Natales

Day 11
In the morning you get back to El Calafate with the regular bus (without a guide, driving time appr. 3 hours).  In the afternoon you visit the incomparable Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciers National park that is part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (with a guide). If you are lucky you will witness the Glacier calving. Furthermore you take al boat ride over the Argentino Lake along the imposing ice walls of the glacier (appr. 1 hour). Overnight: Hotel in El Calafate in double room with private bathroom. (B/-/-) 

Day 12
You travel from Argentina back to Puerto Natales, Chile on a regular bus (without a guide). 
Or: Private Transfer to the airport of El Calafate (without a guide). (B/-/-)

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation: 8 nights in a guesthouse or hotel in double rooms with private bathroom and 3 nights in a lodge/refugio with shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms. Note: If the lodges (refugios) are fully booked, you will spend the night in 2-person-tents.
  • Meals: 11x breakfast, 5x box lunch, 3x dinner
  • Local English and Spanish speaking certified trekking guide for Torres del Paine (Day 2 - 5) (WFR)
  • Local English and Spanish speaking certified guide for El Chaltén (Day 8 and 10) (WFR) and during the excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier (Day 11)
  • Transport: all public and private transfers as per the detailed itinerary
  • Boat rides: across the Pehoe Lake & the Argentino Lake
  • Entry fees to the Torres del Paine NP and to the Los Glaciares NP
  • Emergency equipment: including a first-aid kit and VHF-equipment

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • Single supplement (8 nights in the cities): extra charge p.p. $275 USD 
  • Tour guide on the days of transfer
  • Meals and beverages not indicated on the itinerary
  • Optional trips (e.g. on Day 9)
  • Tips
  • Local payments
  • International and domestic airfare and airport charges
  • Travel insurance is not included in this tour. Travel insurance is mandatory and must be purchased prior to the start of the trip.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

13.10.2019 - 24.10.2019
fully booked
from 2.750 USD
03.11.2019 - 14.11.2019
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24.11.2019 - 06.12.2019
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22.12.2019 - 02.01.2020
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12.01.2020 - 23.01.2020
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20.01.2020 - 31.01.2020
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02.02.2020 - 13.02.2020
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23.02.2020 - 06.03.2020
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01.03.2020 - 12.03.2020
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05.04.2020 - 16.04.2020
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Indian Summer
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PRIVAT JUST4U  You can choose your own private departure for this trip with a minimum of 2 of you travelling together.

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