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!
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
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!
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transport during the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
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.
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.
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.
Time: 7 hours
Accommodation: Refugio Nash
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
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).
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
8am commercial bus transfer from El Chalten back to El Calafate. Once there, the program ends.
We will stay at different hotels, lodges, refuges, and camps along the way.
Airport at Punta Arenas
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.
Magnificent tour! Cristian was an amazing guide we strongly recommend for your tour who knows all about the landscape, its plants and animals and all stories around the impressing climbing, trekking and expedition destination in the area!
I first saw the opportunity to trek the South Patagonia Icefield when I was in El Chalten 3 years ago. I finally took the plunge this year and signed up with Serac Expeditions for their late-February departure - best decision ever! The Expedition itself is incredible! Only about 100 people/year undertake it so you get to see a part of Patagonia that few others have experienced. And of course the scenery is amazing. I won't lie - the expedition is challenging (especially for a relatively small female), but if you go in with reasonable fitness and the right mental attitude, it is totally doable and absolutely worth it. It also helps when you have decent weather :) Serac Expeditions are wonderful! They are very responsive and helpful throughout the whole process of arranging the trek, provide excellent equipment, and work with incredible guides (million thanks Juan and Rafa - you guys are awesome!). They also include some special surprises along the way, but you'll have to sign up yourself or read my blog posts to find out what ;) 100% recommend Serac Expeditions and this trek. I am now wanting to return to do the Marconi - Estancia Cristina expedition with them, but this time at the start of the season (November) to experience the Icefield with snowshoes rather than crampons.
My husband and I had a great experience with Serac - we did the El Chalten Mountain Escape trek and it was fantastic. Our guide (Christian) was very knowledgeable and kind; food was excellent and they even had wine portered to our campsites each night. All in all, highly recommended!
This was a great trek. The organization by and support from the Serac team was top notch. I reserved well in advance and the communications I received before my trip were always clear and timely. Once I arrived in EL Chalten, everything was smooth. Hostels were arranged and the team arrived to walk us through the trek. The guides were knowledgeable and helpful, the trek was challenging but the views were rewarding. Highlights were camping in "iceberg bay" and the hike up to Paso del Viento. The shuttle back to El Chalten was timely and even came with a complimentary beer! The trek is tough so not for the mentally unprepared.
Awesome guides provided by serac Expedition. The Huemul circuit is really beautiful and we were lucky to have good weather. Meals provided were sufficient, given that you have to carry your food, and dinner carried by the guide. It would be cheaper if you could go in a bigger group, and also definitely more enjoyable with more people. We managed to spend 1 hour at the Paso del Vento and the view is amazing!
Super professionals, great choice! When looking for options for trekking in Patagonia, Serac was the company that responded in the shortest time. They asked for our preferences and skills and they put together a plan for us. We adapt the program to our preferences and they always guided us and recommended what seemed best to us. Super thoughtful throughout the whole planning. We spent 1 day in the Perito Moreno glacier and 4 days hiking guided by Martin (great experience with him, very good guide, at all times he knew how to adapt the plan to the climatic conditions and our fitness) Everything from the pick up to the airport, the hostels, the camping, the food to the guided one by the mountain have been exceptional !!!! Thanks to all the team, Diego, Sergio and Mariano for being so aware of us!
Continental Ice Expedition I made the Continental Ice expedition with them. Aside from the absolutely amazing landscapes, everything was organized to perfection. The guides, in addition to very professional, are charming and made me spend very good times. I Completely recommended them! Wishing to do something with them again!
A Great Experience Thanks to Serac I had an incredible memory of El Chalten and the expedition. The organization, assistance and development of the trip was impecable. I appreciate their fexibility and guidance. I will not hesitate to hire Serac again on my next trip to Patagonia Argentina!
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