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Trekking in Patagonia: Torres del Paine and El Chaltén in 11 days

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Join Diego, an AAMG-certified guide, for this 11-day journey through the highlights of remote Patagonia, from Torres del Paine, to Perito Moreno, to Fitz Roy - and much more!

Private

Andes

11 Days

Jan - Mar, Oct - Dec

Intermediate

Beginner


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 11-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 11-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 11-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!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

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.


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.

Included: Private transfer Punta Arenas airport-Puerto Natales. Night in hotel with breakfast.
Not included: Dinner not included. Guide in transfer not included.

Day 2 to 4: Torres del Paine

Departure by regular bus to Torres del Paine park for Trek W with a private guide and accommodation in shelters in Torres del Paine with all meals included.
The W trek in Torres del Paine National Park is a moderately challenging hike. We'll walk up to 18 kilometers (11 miles) per day.
Bear in mind that you will be trekking with a backpack; the contents will depend on whether you’re carrying your tent and meals or planning on renting camping equipment and paying for meals at the campgrounds en route. Before hiking up the French Valley and up to the towers, you can also leave your backpacks at the rangers’ station or campsite, which means you won’t actually have to carry them up to high elevation.
The scenery in Torres del Paine National Park makes up for the hard work! Every day has spellbinding views, whether of Grey Glacier on day one, the French Valley on day two or three, or the eponymous towers on the final day of the hike.

Included: Regular transfer to the TDP national park, private guide, accommodation in a refuge or campsite with complete equipment depending on availability. Meal Plan (D, BL, C).

Day 5: Puerto Natales

End of the trek and return by catamaran from Lago Pehoé to the Pudeto nursery. Regular bus back to Puerto Natales. Night in Puerto Natales. Hotel Natalino.

Included: Regular transfer from TDP National Park to Puerto Natales, Night in hotel with breakfast. Boat ticket.
Not included: Dinner not included.

Day 6: El Calafate

Regular bus from Puerto Natales to El Calafate. Reception at the El Calafate bus terminal and transfer to the hotel. Night at Quijote hotel.

Included: Regular bus P. Natales-Calafate. Private transfer from El Calafate bus terminal to hotel. Night in hotel with breakfast.
Not included: Dinner not included. Transfer to Puerto Natales bus terminal not included. border taxes.

Day 7: Glaciar Perito Moreno

Visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier with Big Ice Glacier Trekking in regular shared transfer. Box lunch included. (entrance to the national park not included) Night at Quijote hotel.

Included: Excursion in regular Big Ice, box lunch. Night in hotel with breakfast.
Not included: Dinner not included. entry fee to the national park not included.

Day 8: El Chalten

Regular bus at 8am from the El Calafate bus terminal to El Chalten. Meeting at the Serac office with the guide to start Hike.
Private transfer to Lago del Desierto and hike to the glacier and Huemul lagoon. Depending on the weather we can get closer to the base of the Vespigniani glacier. Meals included (breakfast, box lunch, dinner)
Transfer to Cóndor refuge where they will spend the night in a private cabin. The shelter also has a hot tub.

Included: Regular bus from El Calafate to El Chaltén. Private guide for hike, box lunch, dinner. Income and permits required. Night in refuge in a double cabin with breakfast.
Not included: Transfer by taxi from the hotel in El Calafate to the El Calafate bus terminal.

Day 9: Laguna Los Tres

Short transfer from Cóndor refuge to the beginning of the trail to Laguna de los 3. Hike to Laguna de los 3 and overnight in Poincenot camp (private area for providers). All camping equipment included (tent, 7cm mattress, sleeping bag). Meals included (breakfast, box lunch, dinner)
Note: The camp has a dining dome that is used for meals and as a place for recreation.

Included: Private guide for hike, private transfers, complete camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, insulation), meals (B, BL, C).

Day 10: Laguna Torre

From the camp and after breakfast hike to Laguna Torre to return to El Chaltén in the afternoon. Night in El Chaltén at Hotel Poincenot or similar: https://hotelpoincenot.com.ar/

Included: Private guide for hike, meals (B, BL), Night in hotel with breakfast.
Note: Dinner not included.

Day 11: Depart El Chalten to El Calafate

Private transfer to El Calafate airport.

Included: Private transfer to the airport.
Not included: Guide in transfer, meals.

 

FAQs

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Río Bravo Puerto Chacabuco Chile
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Hotel Estancia 440 Puerto Chacabuco Chile
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Hotel Loberías del Sur Puerto Chacabuco Chile
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About the guide

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Diego

4.80

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Mountain Guide

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.

Languages

English

Certificates

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What people are saying about Diego

Harley

4.00

Explore Share - Set me up with Serac Operations - so an excellent 5day traverse - challenging at times (with a fairly full pack)! Perfect Autumnm weather. Serac provided an excellent very experienced guide - Matias Passerano - and he did a great job.

Diana

5.00

Our trip to Patagonia was a once in a lifetime opportunity that checked off all the boxes! We had excellent guides, the accommodation was perfect and each day was more beautiful than the last. Explore-Share ensured we connected with the appropriate people whenever we had questions and the customer service was 5 star!

5.00

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.

5.00

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!

5.00

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.


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