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Classic Patagonia Treks

from $5,299.00

Complete the famous W-Trek in Chile’s Torres del Paine N.P., and walk
amidst spectacular scenery in Argentina’s Fitzroy region.

  • Reviews 7 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Challenging
    7/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Classic Patagonia Treks.

Experience breathtaking landscapes within two classic Patagonian trekking regions on both sides of the Chile/Argentina border. Challenging walks are rewarded with majestic views of lagoons, mountains and glaciers. See guanacos grazing and Andean condors soaring overhead, visit the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, and find sheer tranquillity in the beautiful wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park. An essential trip for trekking enthusiasts that reveals the stunning glory of nature’s southern American wonderland.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Internal flights are not included in tour price.  Inquire for prices and details.

Highlights

  • Stunning treks among the granite peaks of Torres del Paine National Park and the Fitzroy Massif
  • Visit Perito Moreno Glacier and watch huge icebergs calving from the glacier into Lake Argentino
  • Spend 4 nights inside Torres Del Paine National Park
  • 6 nights hotels and 4 nights refugios (dormitories)
  • 6 days walking
  • Light backpacking necessary
  • Good fitness required
  • Altitude maximum 1,000m, average 200m
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 18yrs
  1. Day 1 Start El Calafate; visit Perito Moreno Glacier.

    Those booking ‘Land Only’ will make their own way to El Calafate and meet up with the group at the hotel in El Calafate. If agreed with our office in advance then it will be possible to meet the airport transfer at designated time and join the transfer in to town if this is preferable.Today we’ll drive the short distance out of El Calafate to visit the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier. One of the most famous geological sights in the world, the Perito Moreno glacier is one of only a few glaciers that grows and shrinks with seasonal fluctuations. It calves into Lake Argentino and sometimes part of the lake becomes land-locked depending upon the position of the ice. Every so often it is possible to see (and hear) huge lumps of ice break off and fall into the lake and then float away as icebergs.As there is an early morning start tomorrow we suggest sorting your luggage tonight and preparing a smaller bag that you will carry throughout the next 4 days of trekking in Chile. We have an agreement with the hotel in El Calafate that means excess luggage can be left securely until your return – the tour leader will give further details and assistance. Everything that you bring with you to Chile you will need to carry yourself on the treks.*Standard Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Travel to Torres del Paine N.P  in Chile; transfer to first refugio.

    This morning we start early with a long but scenic journey crossing the Andean border that starts out on the Argentine plateau and emerges in the stunning Chilean landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park.  Once we arrive at the Lago Amarga entrance to the park we will meet our local guide who will join us for the next 4 days to provide expert guidance and insight. From here we will be transferred to our first refugio. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to enjoy some short treks around the area.*Refugio*

  3. Day 3 Trek to the base of Las Torres viewpoint.

    Onwards and upwards we trek to one of the most impressive highlights of the park – the ’base of the towers’. A lakeside viewpoint from where you will look upon Torre Sur (2,850m), Torre Central (2,800m), Torre Norte (2,600m) and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. We descend back down the valley and return to our refuge to enjoy a hot meal and a well earned drink.Trekking time: Approximately 9 hours.Note: To and from the refugio to the base of the towers is an 18 km round-trip (8/9 hours) whereby you can leave your bag at the refugio. There will be lockers available to leave your things, but please make sure to bring your own lock as these are not provided.*Refugio*

  4. Day 5 Trek to Valle Frances and on to Paine Grande.

    Another long day of trekking lies ahead as we venture into the French Valley. The first 2 hours involve some ascents and descents with views of Nordenskjöld Lake accompanying us until reaching ’Campamento Italiano’. Here you can leave your backpack (unattended) at the campsite if you wish, enabling you to walk the next part of the trek empty handed (keep valuables with you). The slight ascent lasts for about 1 and a half hours until French Glacier lookout, where we’ll be able to observe an impressive hanging glacier and listen out for the rumbling noises of small avalanches as great chunks of ice and snow fall off. The trail does continue until ’Campamento Británico’ and on to another lookout point ’Mirador Britanico’, but note that how far the group will walk up into the valley is dependent upon weather conditions, timings, and the condition of the group – the decision will be taken by the local guide who will walk with us whilst in the National Park. We return back down along the valley to Campamento Italiano and continue our walk onwards past the shore of the smaller Lake Skottsberg and into the Pehoé sector of the park. We arrive in the late afternoon to the inviting and idyllic site of ’Paine Grande’ refugio and can spend the evening gazing upon the clear night skies or relaxing in the on-site bar.Occasionally some groups may have full-service camping tonight instead of staying in the refugio dormitories – see accommodation section.Trekking time: Approximately 10 hours. Note: This is the trek distance if reaching the very end of Valle Frances, often we only go as far as one particular viewpoint due to the weather and/or group condition. The total walking distance for today therefore becomes 17 km.*Refugio/Camping*

  5. Day 6 Trek to Glacier Grey viewpoint; catamaran and bus transfer to El Calafate.

    Today we will start early in order to see the third and final of the ’W-Trek’ highlights – the Grey Glacier. This is a round trip to a lookout over Lake Grey that will end back at Refugio Paine Grande, so we can leave our bags and just carry any essentials with us. The trail goes along the western side of the Paine Massif with views to Lake Grey and various mountains. After about one and a half hours we will reach the lookout point and enjoy views of the Grey Glacier in the distance. We return by the same route back to Pehoé Lake from where we will take the Catamaran across the Lake to Pudeto sector. A bus will take us from here on the short drive to the park entry point at Laguna Amarga, and here we will board our transfer vehicle to Calafate (approx. 5/6 hours). After driving through beautiful scenery on our way out of the park (keep an eye out of the window for pumas!) we cross the border once more into Argentina and arrive late evening into the town of Calafate.Trekking time: Approximately 4 hours. *Standard Hotel*

  6. Day 7 Free day at leisure to take part in optional excursions in and around El Calafate.

    This is a free day to either have a rest or you can also book optional tours in Calafate. We recommend the Perito Moreno Ice Trek or the half day tour to Estancia Nibepo Aike where you will have the chance to enjoy a typical Patagonian barbecue and see how a typical estancia works in Patagonia. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to arrange it.*Standard Hotel*

  7. Day 8 Transfer to El Chalten; free afternoon.

    In the morning we will transfer approx 3 hours to the small mountain town of El Chalten that will be our base for walking in the Fitzroy region. After arriving, the rest of the day is free to relax. Alternatively, for those who wish, there are many short treks around town, which your tour leader will help you to arrange. We spend the night in El Chalten at a simple and friendly hosteria.*Standard Hotel*

  8. Day 9 To Los Glaciares National Park; trek in Fitzroy Massif up to Laguna de Los Tres.

    This morning we start with a short 30 minute bus journey on the edge of Los Glaciares National Park to our start point at El Pilar from where we will commence our trekking in the stunning Fitz Roy region. We follow the trail leading to Poincenot Camp, along the way enjoying views of Piedras Blancas Glacier and Fitz Roy if the weather conditions are clear. From Poincenot we then continue onwards to reach ’Laguna de los Tres’, involving a steep ascent to reach a wonderfully scenic spot from which to relax and take photos of the Fitzroy Massif. We descend back down from the viewpoint and walk back down from the mountains to eventually reach the town of El Chalten on foot.Trekking Time: Approximately 8/9 hours. *Standard Hotel*

  9. Day 10 Trek to Torres Glacier and Cerro Torre viewpoint; return on foot to El Chalten.

    Today we will trek into a beautiful valley and make our way toward the stunning Torre glacier viewpoint. If time permits, we might be able to continue on to the Maestri Lookout at Laguna Torre (this 4km section of the walk can get very windy) before walking back to El Chalten.Trekking time: Approximately 7/8 hours. *Standard Hotel*

  10. Day 11 Transfer to El Calafate; fly back home.

    After breakfast we will transfer by road down to El Calafate airport. This is quite a long journey and we allow approx. 3/4 hours in order to arrive on time for the midday or afternoon flight to Buenos Aires.For Land Only bookings – the trip ends at El Calafate airport and the internal flights are not included in the price of the trip.**

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Where you stay

Hotels & Refugios

6 nights hotels  and 4 nights refugios (dormitories).

We use comfortable and welcoming small hotels when staying in towns in the south of Argentina. Within Torres del Paine in Chile we will stay in ‘Refugios’ located within the national park along the trails. They are sociable places, and have all the amenities we will need; including hot showers, food, drink, and comfortable bunk beds with bedding provided in dormitory style rooms.

For the 4 nights staying in refugios within Torres del Paine National Park, it has become increasingly common for these properties overbook themselves and inform us at late notice that our groups will be camping as opposed to staying in the dormitories. In these instances, they each have adjoining campsites and tents are pre-erected for us, with all equipment (including sleeping bags) included. Anyone who has paid a single supplement is able to have a single tent, and others will be on a twin share basis as per the hotel rooming on the rest of the trip. Meals are all still included in the refugios, and sleeping under the stars certainly has its perks in this part of the world. We may not necessarily be able to tell you in advance of travel whether or not your group will be camping. If you have any concerns about this then do get in touch with us.

in a central and safe area of Buenos Aires. Single accommodation can be booked for the hotel nights but doesn’t apply to the 3 nights in refugios.

Please note single accommodation can be booked for the hotel nights but it doesn’t apply to the 4 nights in refugios.

Eating and Drinking

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style and are included. The accommodation in Torres del Paine will arrange packed lunches for days when we are trekking. There is a variety of good quality food on offer in local restaurants and cafes usually for relatively low prices (although the refuge that we stay in for the standard itinerary in Torres del Paine is the exception as facilities here are limited).  Please advise us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements. Vegetarians are catered for throughout the trip, but gluten free diets can be hard to cater for in this part of the world – you may wish to bring supplementary food items.

Activity Level: 5 (Challenging)

This is a trek where it is preferable to have experience of long walks in varied and irregular terrain. The walking is not dangerous or technically difficult, but you must be a confident walker with a good level of fitness in order to manage the sections of ascent and long duration of the treks, combined with carrying your backpack on most days. Due to the unpredictability of the climate in southern Patagonia, you will need to be prepared for walking in all conditions, as the weather can change extremely rapidly, making clothing and footwear choices important. There is a rest day scheduled in the itinerary for the day in El Calafate. The regions we visit on the trip are very remote and you should be prepared to spend time in areas where facilities and services are limited. Roads are mostly unpaved and although well-maintained they can be bumpy and dusty. Walking hours stated are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. There are several days where you have to carry all of your belongings with you on the trek (see ‘What to Take’ section, and daily itinerary text for details) so it is recommended that you pack lightly and are happy walking with a bag.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 07/10/2019
5/5

Does what it says on the tin - and a great deal more!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I have two : 1 ) Seeing the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre range from above El Chalten with hardly a cloud in the sky on the last day of the main holiday. 2 ) Iguazu Falls (on the extension)
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good at his job - friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, a great laugh - just a fun guy to be around.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do the "Estancia Cristina" option from El Calafate on the "rest-day". Do the Iguazu Falls extension.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Classic Patagonia Treks

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Las Torres from a distance as we were driving into Chile and then actually getting to the base . It was same feeling when I saw and climbed to the base of Mount Fitzroy.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Xavier was everything that you want in a guide and more. He was knowledgeable, organised, very friendly, accommodating, possibility the most patient and considerate guide I have met! Our other guides, Paula and Sebastian, were equally excellent.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes are confusing, as my fellow hikers have suggested, - Activity Level of 5 is very valid and nothing to do the accommodation nor the fact that you need to carry you stuff for a few days as suggested by the guy I spoke to in Sales. - you definitely need a bigger pack, max 40L, rather than a day pack - you will have to carry kit in your pack for all weathers so layer up. We had good weather but it did include sunshine, rain, snow and lots of wind - Essentials to pack, definitely bring a pair of flipflops/jandles/tongs/crocks, pain killers, dry bags - ATMs are rare so load-up with dollars
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't be put of my the long hikes, the views are so worth the effort. At the end of the hike there is usually a cold beer or nice glass of wine to look forward.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Classic Patagonian Treks

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The remote Estancia El Condor, located on Lago San Martin, was a sensational final location.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Xavier Espil was excellent, very committed to his country and patient in trying to provide for all the needs of the group. As well as completing the physically arduous treks with us, he had to organize a series of guides in specific places and he seemed to have good relationships with many people (drivers,guides, hoteliers,etc.) who contributed to the success of the trip. He went out of his way to make all the details work. I really liked the way he took care of individual tips from a kitty - this is often not handled well, in my experience, but he worked it out in a fair manner on our behalf.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is a lot of packing and repacking to do, a sensible day pack is necessary (30 litres seemed to be about right). Keep your head torch with you, as it is necessary in the refugios and on the camping night. Bring enough US Dollars to be generous with tips and to be able to have coffee and extra meals. The ATM's are often not working. Tourism (money) is essential to enable these remote areas to sustain viable programs.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The group I was in thought that an extra day doing the Torres Del Paine (W Trek) section would have been desirable, as we were all a bit stunned after the first 13 hour, 30Km day. Most of the inconvenient injuries , (knees and feet) started from that day. An extra day would still make the trek within the 2 week holiday window.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Stunning Patagonia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many highlights, having a shot of Jim Beam on reaching the viewpoint at 'Mirador Britanico' on day five. The views of Fitzroy and Perito Moreno Glacier that take your breathe away, soaking up the vast landscapes and enjoying the journey, exploring cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to the large quantity of ice cream and steak I consumed!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    I'll repeat again Tomas is a legend! Always on the look out for people's well being (include those not on the group!), from simple things like pointing out open zips on rucksacks to dealing with angry people in dorms, that was a simple misunderstanding (nobody from the group I must add!), to carrying peoples bags. His knowledge and spoken English were both excellent and he had many an interesting story to tell of prior jobs and life experiences. After the trip extension I caught up with him for my final evening in Buenos Aires and again he was hard at work attempting to address flight issues for the next group (caused by the G20!), I don't think I seen a harder working guide. Socially he got to know the group very well and our sense of humour, and I hope that we, and the group, stay in touch.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Highly recommend the trip extension to Iguazu Falls, particularly if you have time to see the falls from both sides, Argentina and Brazil. Note - I packed 3 bags, one for this extension (t-shirts, shorts etc), one for Chile where you have to carry everything and one main rucksack for the rest of the trip. Worth nothing that you are not carrying all your stuff as much as you think in Chile.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Try the Ice Cream in El Calafate it is superb. The local beers are good as well and if you have time possibly add extra days to explore Buenos Aires. Finally, if you like 80s / 90s rock you're in for a treat!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Classic Patagonia Trek

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the pinnacles of Mt Fitzroy behind the glacial lake.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    He was extremely competent and helpful, rescuing me on a very difficult long day in the heat.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you love spectacular mountain scenery, you'll love this trek. If you have the chance, take the Iguazu extension. This was fantastic.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I understand we were very lucky with the weather we had. As a consequence I carried alot of gear which was unnecessary - additional fleeces, gaiters and extra waterproofs. This extended to towels which were provided at all accommodations but we weren't told.

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