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Adventure Patagonia, Torres del Paine & El Chaltén

Serac Expediciones - 10 days

  • Adventure Patagonia, Torres del Paine & El Chaltén
  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included?
Accommodation
FAQ
The National Parks
Packing List
Safety
Serac Expeditions
How to Book

Overview

> Get to visit both sides of Patagonia
> Walk the W-Circuit in Torres del Paine
> Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier

A complete and fantastic itinerary that combines two of the most visited national parks in South America.  This trek combines Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina and Torres del Paine National park in Chile.

During this trek, we will visit some of the highlights of both parks, including the Fitz Roy peak, Cerro Torre, Perito Moreno glacier and the classic views in Torres del Paine along the W circuit.

Note: This tour is available from October to April. For other dates please check availability. 

Route

What's the plan?

Day 01: Puerto Natales

Our guide will meet you at the Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales, a three-hour drive through the Patagonian pampa. Lodging in Puerto Natales at Natalino hotel or similar. Welcome dinner and meeting to discuss the trip program. (D)

Day 02: Torres del Paine

Transfer by van to Torres del Paine National Park. This is a two hours journey crossing the pampa Patagonica. Arrival at Torres del Paine. We will begin trekking to the Ascencio Valley where from above you see the river (of the same name) running wildly past Refugio Chileno. After a quick stop here, we will continue through a forest of the native Lenga (Beech) trees until reaching the glacial moraine. From here it’s a 1-hour trek to the top where the towers appear from nowhere! This trek is spectacular where you get to view the 3 pink granite towers with its glacial lake below that made the park famous. (7 hours round trip, 17 KM ). Lodging & dinner Refugio Nash. (B/BL/D)

Day 03: French Valley

Transfer to Pudeto, cross Pehoe lake by catamaran. Trek to the French Valley. This valley is the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world. Its surrounded by hanging glaciers (where you can see & hear the ice calving off at various intervals) and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires.

There are amazing views throughout this trek and the further you trek into the valley the better they become! For this day we will have two hiking options as well:

A consists in getting to the further end of the trail, to the British Camp, this is all the way to the end of this natural congregation of mountains. If we reach this point, we will have completed 24km and 7-8 hours hiking.

Plan B consists in reaching to the French Valley Main Lookout, from this point you can appreciate the whole natural amphitheater created by glaciers millions of years ago, it is absolutely breathtaking. Option B you will have hiked for 5-6 hours and completed 16km.

The options will depend on fitness level, timing and weather conditions. On the return journey, you will notice the extraordinary turquoise color of Lake Pehoe. Cross Pehoe lake by Catamaran, lodging, and dinner at Nash Serrano Lodge. (B/BL/D)

Day 04: Grey glacier

We will travel by van through the national park, with a stop at the Salto Grande waterfall. Cross Lake Pehoe by catamaran. Four hours hiking along enchanting Lake Grey with magnificent views of Glacier Grey and floating icebergs. Visit to the glacier lookout point and to the lakeshore for up-close views of vibrant-blue icebergs. Dinner at Grey Lodge, night at Camp Grey. (B/L/D)

OPTIONAL PM - KAYAKING: (Not included in the price)

At our Bigfoot basecamp, our guides will introduce us to the equipment needed for the tour and we will have a safety briefing. After this, we will carry the kayaks approximately 20 meters to the lake’s edge. We will be paddling around icebergs that are floating in the lake and afterwards we paddle towards the eastern side of the Grey Glacier to wonder at the spectacular scenery in this special place. If conditions permit, we can paddle closer to the glacier to get a really good view. After this, we will paddle back to the start point.

Day 05: Puerto Natales 

OPTIONAL AM - ICE HIKING: (Not included in the price)

After breakfast, the guides will have an introductory chat explaining the route, the time the tour will take and also test the equipment adjusting it correctly for each passenger. Then, we go in a zodiac boat for 15 minutes until we reach the west side of the Grey Glacier. On arrival, we will disembark on the island at the glacier (nunatak) and we will walk on it for about an hour until we reach the ice. Before walking onto the glacier, the guide will talk to us about the safety aspects, and they will explain the techniques of displacement in the ice and the correct use of the equipment. Once the safety briefing is complete we will begin our exploration of the Grey Glacier which will last approximately 3 hours. During this time we will be able to observe cracks, rivers, lagoons, and tunnels with their different tones of blue. After 3 hours on the glacier, we return to the zodiac boat and ride back to the base camp.

After lunch we will navigate in the Grey III catamaran, 2 hours navigation in this magic lake surrounded by icebergs where the boat does a circuit right up to the front of the glacier whilst you stand on the deck sipping your pisco sour served with glacial ice! Transfer from Grey lake to Puerto Natales. Dinner and night at Natalino hotel or similar. (B/BL/D)

Day 06: El Calafate, Perito Moreno

Breakfast and transfer to Puerto Natales bus station. Regular bus to El Calafate. Welcome at El Calafate bus terminal, short transfer to the hotel. (Estimated time: 1.30pm)Private tour to Perito Moreno glacier. Visit at the glacier walking through thefootbridge having views from different points. (Estimated departure time: 3 pm). Return to hotel. Free night. (B)

Day 07: El Chalten 

At 8 am we will take a public bus from El Calafate to El Chalten leaving from El Calafate bus terminal. After the arrival, we leave with our ground transportation to the starting point of the trek located 20 km away from town to a natural reserve called Los Huemules. Here we have multiple options to trek one of the wildest and natural places outside of the national park. Accommodation in a bungalow in a twin shared basis. (B/BL/D)

Day 08: Laguna Los Tres, Fitz Roy

After having breakfast at the dining room, we’ll leave in our private vehicle to Hosteria El Pilar located just a few kilometers away from the ECO camp. Once we arrive, we start to walk on the trail to Poincenot camp through a forest of“Lengas”, typical Patagonic tree, having the Blanco River on our right. During our way, we do different stops to learn about the typical fauna and flora of our National Park. After an hour, we’ll stop at Piedras Blancas glacier viewpoint where we’ll have the opportunity to take pictures and notice the trace left by this glacier during its setback along the last years.

Following our way to Poincenot camp, we’ll have an excellent view of Fitz Roy’s massif to get even closer after we cross the Blanco river’s bridge heading the last part of this trail all the way up to De los Tres lake. At this point, we’ll take some time to have our lunch, take pictures and have some rest at the lakeshore. After we recover from this last effort, we’ll begin our way down to Poincenot camp where we’ll enjoy some snacks while we wait for dinner. During the night we’ll have dinner at our private dome including beverages and dessert. (B/BL/D)

Day 09: Laguna Torre

We begin our day having a full breakfast at our private dome preparing for the second day of our itinerary. Once we’re ready, we got onto the trail towards the valley of Lake Mother and Daughter leaving the Fitz Roy massif behind us to our final destination the valley of Cerro Torre. During the trail, we’ll have enough time to stop at the lakes to take some pictures of the area around and with some luck to a small colony of typical Patagonic gooses.

After this stop, we continue through the trail towards Cerro Torre’s valley enjoying the emblematic Patagonian forest of Lengas and Ñires till the final part of our trek crossing an old moraine to face Lake Torre and Grande glacier. If the weather looks good, we could continue to the Maestri viewpoint, from where the famous Italian climber Cesare Maestri outlined his strategy to conquer Cerro Torre and having, at the same time, a closer view of Grande glacier. Once we completed this traverse, we’ll return to town through Cerro Torre valley along the Fitz Roy river till the classic viewpoint and then reaching a beautiful waterfall called Margarita closing our itinerary returning to El Chalten. (B,BL)

Day 10: El Calafate 

At 8 am we will catch the morning bus to El Calafate from El Chalten bus terminal. End of our services. (B)

 

What's Included?

Included:

 Transport
Our crew will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and will drive you to Puerto Natales on the first day. The bus tickets needed to get from Chile to Argentina and all other transfers needed are included in the price as well. Your trek will end with a bus ride to El Calafate.

√ English and Spanish speaking trekking guide
Professional mountain guides, duly entitled by National Park and experienced in this program will be joining you during the trek. 

 Accommodation
While trekking in the National Parks, you will spend the night camping. On day 7 you will spend the night in a bungalow, in a twin shared basis. You will spend the remaining nights in Puerto Natales, El Calafate, and El Chaltén in hotels.


 Camping Equipment
Tents and all necessary cooking equipment will be provided by the trekking company.

√ Technical equipment
Technical equipment such as carabiners and ropes will be provided by the trekking company during the trek when necessary. VHF radio communication will also be available in case of an emergency.

 All meals indicated in the schedule
All meals detailed in the itinerary, including Breakfast, Lunch Boxes, Dinner, and snacks, are included in the price of the trek.

 Permits and Entrance Fees
The permits required and the entrance fees to the National Parks are included in the price of the trek.

Not included:

× Airfare
You have to make your way to El Chaltén. The total amount is exclusive of flights to and from Argentina. 

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Sleeping bag
Sleeping bags are not included in the price of the trek. You can either bring your own or rent one in El Chaltén before the trek.

× Optional Activities
During this trek, you will have the option of kayaking on Grey Lake and/or go ice hiking on Grey Glacier. These activities are optional and are not included in the price of the trek.

× Tipping
Tipps for the guide are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.

Accommodation

Accommodation

On your first and fifth night, in Puerto Natales, you will spend the night at Natalino hotel or similar. While trekking in Torres del Paine National Park you will spend your nights either at a Refugio or camping. Your trekking company will provide tents and the necessary equipment for you. Bear in mind that sleeping bags and a Therma-Rest mat are not included, you must bring your own.

On day 7 you will spend the night in a bungalow, in a twin shared basis. The next day you will spend the night at Poincenot camp. The nights you spend in El Chaltén and El Calafate in Argentina, you will sleep at a hotel.

FAQ

FAQ

Best season
Truth be told, you can visit the Argentinean Patagonia whenever you want. Most National Parks are open all year round and all seasons have something special to offer. That being said, the most recommended time of the year to enjoy Patagonia is from October to April, when days are longer and temperatures are not that low. During wintertime (June to September) you may have some trouble completing your trek due to bad weather conditions and snow. Moreover, not all tours can be operated during these months.

How to get there
Your trek starts from Punta Arenas, but your trekking company will meet you in Puerto Natales and drive you there. The trekking crew will meet you at Punta Arenas Airport (Airport code: PUQ) on the first day of the trek. In order to see which airlines fly to Punta Arenas Airport, check their website.

Tipping
In Argentina, as well as in Chile, tipping is a common practice. The tip usually depends on the service provided, so if you had a friendly guide who took care of you and made sure you had everything you needed, then, be generous. A common tip for an experienced guide would be USD 15/20 per day of trek. But again, it depends on the service.

Training
Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude more often and do you do sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in Patagonia.

Is this the first time that you are trekking in the mountains? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Patagonia

The National Parks

Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park is the biggest National Park in Argentina and was created in 1937 in order to preserve an extensive area of continental ice and glaciers, the southern Andean-Patagonian forest, and samples of the Patagonian steppe. It was also declared a World Heritage Site by the UNSECO in 1981.

Within this park, visitors can get to know the local flora and fauna, part of which are endangered species. Moreover, visitors can get to see glaciers such as the Perito Moreno or climb Mount Fitz Roy.

This National Park covers an area of 726,927 ha and is situated in Santa Cruz province. The park is located in the Argentinean border with Chile and borders the Torres del Paine National Park to the south, in Chilean territory.

If you like trekking, this park is ideal for you. The park has plenty of trekking trails that will guide you to breathtaking glacial lakes and will walk you through majestic forests. At Los Glaciares National Park you will get to see Patagonia in its purest form.

Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine is one of Chile's most important natural reserves and it is situated just below Los Glaciares National Park, on the Chilean side of the Andes. Fun fact about this park:
 Paine means "blue" in the native Tehuelche language and is pronounced PIE-nay.

This park is famous for its nature and the breathtaking rock formations that gave the park its name: the Towers. The Torres del Paine are the distinctive three granite peaks of the Paine mountain range. Moreover, in the park, you can find plenty of rivers, lakes, valleys, and glaciers that are part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Patagonia is no walk in the park. Weather conditions can change rapidly and you need to be prepared for whatever mother nature may throw at you. Serac Expediciones has prepared a recommended gear list to make packing a bit easier for you:

Gear:

• 50 to 60 liters backpack 
• Sleeping bag for -12º C comfort min. (synthetic or duvet filling) 
•Therma-Rest mat (inflatable better) 
• Medium mountain boots with Gore-Tex ideally 
• Crocs (for resting at the camps and river wading) 
• Trekking poles 
• Sun-glasses for snow and ice and googles 
• Headlamp with new batteries and spare batteries 
• 1-litre bottle (Nalgene ideally) 
• Sunblock (35+ or more) 
• Lips sunblock 
• Minimum personal hygiene items 
• Dry bags to protect your staff 
• Vacuum bottle 0.5L 
• Cup, plate, spoon

Clothing:

• Gore-Tex waterproof jacket with hood 
• Softshell jacket with hood (2nd layer) 
• Waterproof light over pants 
• Softshell trekking trousers 
• Underwear synthetic fabric t-shirt and trousers (2) 
• Spare underwear 
• Three pairs of trekking socks 
• Wind-stopper gloves 
• Liner gloves 
• Waterproof over gloves 
• Warm hut and cap 
• Neckerchief or Buff for neck protection (optional) 
• Light feather or synthetic warm jacket for the night

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

Serac Expeditions

Serac Expediciones

Serac Expediciones is a company dedicated to designing and operating adventure programs in mountain environments. Whether you like trekking, skiing, mountain biking or kayaking, in 10 years of experience we have consolidated our work based on our values: Commitment, Service, Quality, and Safety. We have multiple trekking program options with different difficulty levels. We organize your trip based on your needs, availability, and budget to make your visit a unique experience. Join us and discover the beauty of Patagonia.

How to Book

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