Classic Patagonia Treks

Classic Patagonia Treks
Classic Patagonia Treks
Classic Patagonia Treks
Classic Patagonia Treks
Classic Patagonia Treks
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Experience breath-taking 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.

Highlights
  • Stunning treks amongst 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
Food

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. 

Destinations
  • Buenos Aires
  • El Calafate
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Chalten
  • Perito Moreno Glacier
  • South America
  • Torres del Paine
  • Andes
  • Adventure Holidays in South America
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Scenic
  • 18-30 somethings
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • Rail
  • Wildlife

Location: El Calafate

Flight inclusive bookings will have arrived into Buenos Aires on the previous day and been taken to the centrally located hotel by the tour leader before having a short city tour and opportunity for an evening out exploring the city. Flight inclusive bookings include internal flights from Buenos Aires down to El Calafate today. 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 Exodus in advance, then it will be possible to meet the group flight at the airport 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 breath-taking 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.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hosteria Koi Aiken (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Torres del Paine

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.

Accommodation: ,Refugio-Torre Central or Torre Norte

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Cerro Nido de Cóndores

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) and you can leave your bag at the refugio for this walk. There will be lockers available to leave your things, but please make sure to bring your own lock as these are not provided. *Accommodation: Refugio* *Torre Central or Torre Norte*

Accommodation: ,Refugio Torre Central or Torre Norte

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Refugio Los Cuernos

We will walk down the valley towards the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and then follow the edge of the lake on a much flatter and easier terrain to reach Los Cuernos. This is considered by many to be one of the most charming sites in the whole park, a perfect spot to rest in our refuge for the night.   Trekking time: Approximately 4/5 hours. 

Accommodation: ,Los Cuernos Refuge or Frances Domes Refuge

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Refugio Vértice 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. *Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande or Full-service Camping*

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Accommodation Name: Refugio Paine Grande or Full-service Camping

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Grey Glacier, El Calafate

Today we will start early in order to see the final day 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. 

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hosteria Koi Aiken (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: 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.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hosteria Koi Aiken (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: El Chaltén

In the morning we will transfer approximately 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.

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Accommodation Name: Hosteria Los Ñires or Don Atilio (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: El Chaltén

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. 

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Accommodation Name: Hosteria Los Ñires or Don Atilio (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: El Chaltén

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. 

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hosteria Los Ñires or Don Atilio (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: El Calafate

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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Included
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

Not Included
  • Travel insurance
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  • Internal flights for Land Only bookings
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  • Visas or vaccinations
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  • Single accommodation (available on request)
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Minimum 18 and above age passenger can go on this tour.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A
comfortable and welcoming small hotels
4* Great Fun
Really fun trip with a very sociable bunch of fellow trekkers.Quite a lot of travel(as it says on the tin).Not a trip for anyone not used to fairly strenuous walking.Bunk beds in refugios so if allocated a top bunk you have to be quite agile.Be aware that weather notoriously fickle in Patagonia and seeing the mountains not guaranteed.
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4* Classic Patagonia
On reflection, I would of liked there to be more trekking. Land only booking is 11 days of which only 6 are trekking. I fully appreciate the size of the region and the need for transfers to see "it all" but given the distance travelled and the cost involved I think DAY 7 should be a trekking day rather than a rest day. There is plenty of time to rest during transfers.
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5* Does what it says on the tin - and a great deal more!
A truly inspirational holiday, helped by a very accomplished leader, a super friendly group, awesome scenery, great weather and good food. The Iguazu Falls extension was the perfect end to a truly wonderful holiday.
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4* Classic Patagonia Treks
The breath taking landscapes/views, whether you were sitting in the bus or hiking.Don’t forget to look up!
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5* Patagonia Rocks (pun intended)!
Views of Torres Del Paine and Mount Fitroy are breathtaking. We were very lucky with weather throughout and the trekking was very enjoyable with scenic views at every turn. My inspiration for going was pictures of TDP and it didn't disappoint. However, Mount Fitzroy is just as impressive - if not more so. Overall I didn't think the walking was overly demanding (weather helped of course) and am surprised it was a 5 rating. I believe next year, the real tough day is being split into 2 days?
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4* Classic Patagonia Trek
A thoroughly enjoyable trekking holiday. Fantastic scenery, the company of like minded walkers, in a variety of accommodations in both remote and popular locations in Patagonia, Chile and Argentina. The services of excellent tour and local guides made the experience feel both authentic and comfortable. My hat off to the whole team from Exodus
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5* Another tick on the bucketlist! Outstanding hiking holiday in a very beautiful part of the world.
An expensive holiday, and a long way to travel, so it needed to be good. It was! This trip manages to efficiently fit in the trekking highlights of Patagonia with some sightseeing. Add on time to explore Buenos Aires and the optional trip to Iguassu Falls and you have a really well balanced, satisfying holiday.We found the hiking to be easier than expected, but we did have great weather. We were surprised how busy the trails are - this is not a holiday for those seeking solitude.Accommodation was relatively basic, but functional and adequate throughout. The Refugios in Chile are of a high standard - much better than European mountain refuges. Food throughout was excellent if you eat meat, possibly less so if you don't.
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5* A fantastic trip
We have had an amazing time, our guide Pepe was extremely professional, helpful and made the group feel we were in safe hands. The scenery was beautiful and the treks were hard but well worth the effort.
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5* Classic Patagonian Treks
This is a physically demanding but very rewarding holiday which takes you to a beautiful part of the world.
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5* Classic Patagonia
This trip was fantastic! Even though we didn't see many of the most famous views due to the cloud (there's always an element of luck where mountain weather is involved) it was still an awe inspiring place. The mountain scenery was dramatic and atmospheric in the mist and the lakes in Torres del Paine were the most beautiful shades of blue and turquoise that changed in the light. No two days of walking were the same, the landscape was varied and we never tired of seeing another glacier or the condors soaring above us again.
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5* Awesome trek with a great leader
Having seen the Trango Towers on a K2 bae camp trek many years ago I always had an ambition to see the Torres del Paine and the didn't disappoint. Firzroy is also stunning.We were lucky with the weather which helped and all local guides were excellent.As said in other reviews Tomas our leader is a legend through his enthusiasm, knowledge and caring attitude. Would recommend.
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5* Stunning Patagonia
Where to begin. I've been on some amazing trips but this tops the lot! Exodus clearly do their research, so you are guaranteed awesome walks with excellent competent guides and as described accommodation.The variables typically are a) weather b) the group c) how you get along with the group / guide.On this trip all these were far exceeded - I have memories that will always bring a smile to my face, a sure sign of a great trip.The nature of Patagonia ensured we got to experience all types of weather conditions, high winds, heavy rain, sun, hot, cold, but importantly we were lucky and got to see and do almost everything on the itinerary, and where cut short there were alternatives to keep the group occupied such as the micro brewery in El Chalten :). Excellent beer!The group came from all walks of life and had interesting stories to tell and quickly gelled over our common interests that all brought us to this holiday.Finally, our group leader Tomas, what can I say apart from repeat an earlier review comment, the guy is a legend!
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4* Classic Patagonia Treks
A fantastic trip which I would have given 5 stars until we had major delays with our return flight. The scenery is stunning and the walking excellent.
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5* Classic Patagonia Trek
Excellent trek with lovely views of Torres del Paine in Chile and Cerro Torre in Argentina.
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5* Fascinating trip to South America
Overnight flight to Buenos Aires business class with KLM. All six of us were up for cycle trip around city centre that day - we stayed in Own Recoleta and met the group[16] the next day for a walking trip! Great group all equipped and ready for walking. Early morning flight to El Calafate and the Torres had a 15 kg weight restriction so left luggage at Own Recoleta. Hotel at El Calafate was very comfortable with lovely staff. First day was a gentle walk around the Perrito Moreno Glacier- we had bright sunshine and did the boat trip so we got close to the edge. We left another bag at El Calafate Hotel an early start by bus to the Torres to do the W Trek. Stay in Refugios commenced- three over the week and six of us shared rooms with bunk beds. Showers were variable - some cold- some very busy. At start we were each given a gift of note book pen and Travel towel!Great walking quite an effort at times but we completed it all. We had two guides for Torres plus Pepe our own tour guide which gave flexibility if some of the group needed to do less. Return by catamaran and bus back to El Calafate. There was time here to get washing done - very cheap at hotel - there was a day off - we walked around bird reserve and El Calafate. Travelled by bus to El Chalten. Unfortunately it was raining on first day so trip to Mount Fitzroy was changed to a less challenging walk. Again group had two guides plus Pepe. Hotel in El Chalten had seen better days - water leaked into lounge.Weather improved the next day so successful walking up to another look out and glacier. Flight back to Buenos Aires meant we had another afternoon and evening there. Staying again in Own Recoleta which we appreciated more the second time around. We arranged to do the Iguazu Falls at end. A great hotel with a lovely pool and would fully recommend doing the boat trip at the falls - good to have the refreshing shower! Temperature went up to 30degrees.
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Touring with Exodus

With over 45 years’ experience of taking people on amazing adventure holidays, Exodus can help you reach some of the most incredible destinations on 500 itineraries across more than 90 countries around the world. All staff at Exodus have a passion for travel and adventure, and some team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists and mountain bike gurus. But that’s not all. This reputable company is a Which? recommended escorted tour provider and has won many prestigious awards, including Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company at the 2018 British Travel Awards.

Exodus is all about adventure and helping others to achieve their travel dreams by offering a fantastic range of guided group holidays, self-guided trips, tailor-made getaways and escorted tours. So, if you’re looking to discover different countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts or even jungles, the expert team at Exodus can help you plan an unforgettable solo, group or family adventure.

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Start:El Calafate
Finish:El Calafate
Group size:4 - 16
Suitable for: 18 to 99
Physical rating:Challenging
Meals:10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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