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Trekking in Patagonia: Torres del Paine and El Chaltén in 10 days

Join Diego, an AAMG-certified guide, for this 10 day journey through the highlights of remote Patagonia, from Torres del Paine, to Perito Moreno, to Fitz Roy - and much more!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration10 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Magical journey through the highlights of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares

  • Fitz Roy, Torres del Paine, Perito Moreno Glacier are just a few of the stops

  • We take care of all logistics, including accommodation, meals, and transfers

Description

During this incredible 10-day journey, you will have the chance to discover the most spectacular highlights of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, a region known for awe-inspiring landscapes and natural wonders!

This is a fantastic 10 day program that includes the most famous landmarks in two stunning national parks: Los Glacieres National Park in Argentina, and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.  You will have the chance to discover Torres del Paine (trekking along the W Circuit), Fitz Roy, Perito Moreno Glacier, and Cerro Torre, to name a few of the highlights of this trip. The journey will combine trekking with other activities, including glacier walking and kayaking on Grey Glacier and Grey Lake (optional activities for an extra charge).

This is not a technical program and no special skills are required. The treks are low to medium difficulty, so some physical fitness is required. We will begin at the airport in Punta Arenas, and end with a transfer to El Calafate.  In between, all accommodations, meals (except one dinner which you have at leisure), and transfers are included in the price.

For the exact details of the itinerary and the many wild landscapes you will visit, please review the day-by-day section below.

Book now for a magical 10-day adventure filled with breathtaking views around every corner. You will discover the wild landscapes and stunning natural beauty of remote Patagonian national parks in Chile and Argentina.

Check out a few of my other programs: Estancia El Condor – Lago del Desierto Traverse near El Chaltén, 5 days, 4-day Gorra Blanca ascent in El Chaltén, Argentina, or Huemul Massif, Argentina, 4 Day Guided Hike!

 

Accommodation

We will stay at different hotels, lodges, refuges, and camps along the way.

Meeting point

Airport at Punta Arenas

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Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Natales

After meeting at the Punta Arenas Airport, a 3 hour transfer takes us through Patagonian Pampa landscapes to Puerto Natales. We arrive at our lodge (Natalino Hotel, or something equivalent) for a welcome dinner and trip briefing.

Day 2: Torres del Paine

Vehicle transfer to Torres Del Paine National Park (2 hour transfer). From there, we begin our trek in the Ascensio Valley. We follow the trail through a lenga forest. Once we arrive at the moraine, it’s one more hour trekking until the 3 pink granite towers of Torres del Paine become visible above us.

Distance: 17km

Time: 7 hours

Accommodation: Refugio Nash

Day 3: French Valley

Following breakfast, vehicle transfer to Pudeto. A catamaran will take us across Pehoe Lake. From there, our trek in the French Valley begins. This is a beautiful valley surrounded by hanging glaciers, towering granite walls, and impressive spires. There are two routes we can take to explore this area of the park: the first involves hiking to British Camp (24km/7-8 hours), and the second to the Main Lookout (16km 5-6 hours).

Lodging: Refugio Nash

Day 4: Grey Glacier

Vehicle transfer with stop at Salto Grande waterfall. We will spend 4 hours trekking around Lake Grey. We will stop at the Glacier Grey viewpoint.

Should you wish, option to go kayaking on the glacier lake (extra charge) in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to explore the floating icebergs up close, and to see the magnificent Grey Glacier from the water.

Accommodation: Camping Grey (dinner at Grey Lodge).

Day 5: Puerto Natales

In the morning, optional ice hiking excursion (extra charge). You will transfer to Grey Glacier, where you will have a chance to walk on the glacier for about 3 hours using technical equipment. This is a great chance to explore the cracks, tunnels, and lagoons in the glacier.

After lunch, we head out in a catamaran to further explore Grey Lake, sipping on traditional Chilean cocktails served with ice fresh from the glacier, as we observe the many textures of the glacier up close. After the excursion, we head back to Puerto Natales for the night.

Accommodation: Natalino Hotel (or equivalent)

Day 6: Perito Moreno

After breakfast, we head to the Puerto Natales bus station where we take a commercial bus to El Calafate. We arrive at our hotel in El Calafate about 1:30pm. From there, we head out to Perito Moreno glacier for our excursion, walking the footbridges that allow us to observe the glacier from different viewpoints. We return to the hotel where you have the evening free (dinner not included).

Day 7: El Chalten

We depart El Calafate at 8am on a commercial bus to El Chalten. Upon our arrival, we head straight to Los Huemules, where we have several different trekking options to explore one of the wildest areas of Patagonia.

Day 8: Laguna Los Tres, Fitz Roy

After breakfast, vehicle transfer to Hosteria el Pilar. From there, we trek among a lenga forest near the River Blanco, taking the opportunity to discuss the native wildlife along the way. We will also stop at a great viewpoint for Piedras Blancas glacier.

As we trek toward Poincenot Camp, where we will stay for the night, we will have a great view of the famous Fitz Roy and Laguna Los Tres.

 

Day 9: Laguna Torre

After breakfast, we head towards Lake Mother and Daughter and Cerro Torre. It’s a beautiful path through lenga forest, with many great views of the lake. Depending on the weather, we will continue to Maestri Viewpoint, which has a great view of Grande Glacier.  We will then take a different route back to El Chalten, trekking along the Fitz Roy River.

 

Day 10: Depart El Chalten to El Calafate

8am commercial bus transfer from El Chalten back to El Calafate. Once there, the program ends.


About the guide

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I graduated in Buenos Aires as Universitary proffesional in tourism and as a Mountain Guide in Mendoza province. I started working in adventure activities, horseback riding and mountain ascents. Then i moved to Patagonia that was my dream place for living and thanks to this profession it became in my place for working and personal development.

After several years of experience working in these mountains and numerous trips around the world looking for adventures and experience, I managed to unite both professions in an objective, so Serac Expeditions arose. In the last 15 years working with Serac, I have organized trips for thousands of people and personally guided hundreds of them in diverse and remote places in Patagonia, Chile, Peru and Bolivia.

Today my passion is not only guiding but also organizing special and personalized trips for people who enjoy exploring in nature and at the same time push their limits. My ideal is to provide a safe trip, spend a good time togheter with my clients and be flexible to provide a great experience and memories. To do this I work with a group of guides that share my ideals and way of working.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 7650 each

Group of 2

USD 4325 each

Group of 3

USD 3866 each

Group of 4

USD 3681 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Minimum group of 2 people. Includes: Professional bilingual guide throughout the trip, all meals, all transfers, accommodation, technical gear, camping gear (except personal gear), VHF Radio communication, entrance fees and permits.


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