Located south of Punta Arenas, in the Chilean region of Magallanes, the Alberto de Agostini National Park is a destination for demanding adventurers. It is surrounded by lush vegetation, spectacular glaciers and beautiful formations in the Darwin Range. Mount Sarmiento, a pyramid of 2404 meters with a glacier summit, Mount Darwin (2488 m), Shipton (2568 m) and Bove (2279 m) are some peaks to climb.
Mountaineering expedition to Darwin Range
What should I know about Mountain Climbing Chile?
It is important for you to know that it’s not possible to get to Alberto de Agostini National Park by land. Its main access is maritime. Several boats depart daily from Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt or Ushuaia (Argentina).
There are daily flights to Punta Arenas from all points of the country and there are also flights from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, the closest city to the park.
Why should I choose Chile for my Mountain Climbing adventure?
Virgin forests of Coigües descend to the fjords and are shaped by the strong winds. There are also Canelos, Cypress, Lengas and Ñirres trees, as well as a undergrowth forest with hundreds of Fungi, Mosses and Lichens, in addition to Magellan Tundra, and colorful species, such as Centellas, Orchids, Coicopihues, Chauras and Anemonas.
The park has at least 108 species. The Marinelli Glacier sculpts the fjord that houses a colony of endangered sea elephants, as well as leopard seals, sea lions, chungungos, whales and dolphins. There are other 49 species of land and sea birds such as albatrosses, petrels and cormorants.
The culture of the Yamanas, the southernmost inhabitants of the world, can still be felt in this region. They were fishermen sailing on the Beagle Channel, the Brecknock Peninsula and Cape Horn in canoes made with tree bark. The women dived into the cold waters to catch hedgehogs and spider crabs to eat.
What can I expect from the weather during my Mountain Climbing trip in Chile?
Winds in the summer are quite frequent, so you must be always ready for strong cold gusts and rain. The average annual temperature is 9 °C. In autumn and winter, rainfall increases considerably and temperatures drop to -1 °C.
When is the best time to travel to Chile for Mountain Climbing?
December - February
Which language is predominantly spoken in the Chile region?
What currency is accepted around Chile?
Chilean Peso, although US Dollar is usually accepted.
The trip was great! Sebastian's colleague Ignacio catered it exactly as I have envisioned the trip to be according to my skills and background experience. He was patient and helpful when I struggled in certain moments and he taught me a lot of important safety details on various aspects of the activity, which was what I expected. Overall, a fantastic three days and will definitely return if I have time next year!
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