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Explore all that Patagonia has to offer with this 16-day Chile & Argentina trek. See stunning views of the the rock cliffs, glaciers and lakes of Torres del Paine National Park and Mt. Fitz Roy in Glaciares National Park.  

 

Price: Starting from $4,796

Duration: 16 days (November - March)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

PRICE: $5642

Student (15% discount): $4796

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Santiago
Day 2: Fly to Punta Arenas and bus to Puerto Natales
Day 3: Explore the Milodon Cave then head to Torres del Paine
Day 4: Hike to the base of the Three Sisters towers
Day 5: Hike to Refugio Los Cuernos
Day 6: Hike to Refugio Paine Grande
Day 7: Hike to Refugio Grey
Day 8: Day hike OR optional kayaking or ice hiking
Day 9: Complete the Chile trek and travel to Puerto Natales
Day 10: Puerto Natales, Chile to Calafate, Argentina
Day 11: Calafate to Chaltén
Day 12: Chaltén to Piedra del Fraile
Day 13: Piedra del Fraile to Mt. Fitz Roy to Poincenot
Day 14: Poincenot to Laguna Torre to Calafate
Day 15: Calafate to Perito Moreno
Day 16: International Departures from Calafate Airport

Please note: Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Chile. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS

Private expeditions are available for this itinerary. Pricing for private expeditions based on group size. 

GROUP DEPARTURES

Arrival DateEnd DateStatus
November 6, 2017November 21, 2017Open
November 13, 2017November 28, 2017Open
November 20, 2017December 5, 2017Open
November 22, 2017December 7, 2017Open
November 27, 2017December 12, 2017Open
December 4, 2017December 19, 2017Open
December 11, 2017December 26, 2017Open
December 18, 2017January 2, 2018Open
December 20, 2017January 4, 2018FULL
December 26, 2017January 10, 2018Open
December 28, 2017January 12, 2018FULL
January 2, 2018January 16, 2018Open
January 15, 2018January 30, 2018Open
January 29, 2018February 13, 2018Open
February 12, 2018February 27, 2018Open
February 26, 2018March 13, 2018Open
March 12, 2018March 27, 2018Open

INCLUsions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • 1 night accommodation in Santiago
  • 2 nights accommodation in Puerto Natales
  • 3 nights accommodation in Calafate
  • 1 nights accommodation in lodge in El Chaltén
  • domestic flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas
  • all accommodations on trek in refugios (shared bathroom)
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • farewell dinner
  • guide services
  • all ground transportation in Chile and Argentina
  • guided excursions in Santiago

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

ITINERARY

Day 1: Santiago (1,706ft/520m). Upon your arrival to Santiago’s international airport, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner bed and breakfast, located within walking distance from La Moneda, Chile’s Presidential Palace.

Inclusions: airport shuttle; accommodations

Day 2: Santiago to Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (10ft/3m). Wake up early for a pre-dawn flight to Chilean Patagonia. After a 3.5 hour flight, meet your local trekking guide in Punta Arenas, who will then accompany you to Puerto Natales (3 hours bus ride). On the way to Puerto Natales, soak up the beautiful views of the ocean surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Explore the quaint town of Puerto Natales then spend the night at our partner lodge. 

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks. Other options available for guest purchase); airport transportation; domestic flight; accommodations

Day 3: Puerto Natales to Refugio Las Torres (492ft/150m). Head to the Cueva del Milodón, a famous cave located just outside of Puerto Natales, home to fossils of pre-historic animals and signs of human habitation as early as 6000 BC. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic with local Chilean wine before heading to the entrance gates of Torres del Paine and settling into Refugio Las Torres for the evening.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); bus transportation; park entry fee; accommodations

Day 4: Refugio Las Torres (492ft/150m). Start the trek with day packs as you ascend through a rocky terrain cut by pristine glacial rivers. Climb through a beautiful lenga forest until reaching the base of the towers. Another shorter climb will put you meters from the three sister towers and the emerald lake that sits at their base. Return to the mountain lodge for the evening.

Total distance: 12.5 miles. Approximately 8 hours of trekking (*Only required to carry a day pack)

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 5: Refugio Las Torres to Refugio Los Cuernos (229ft/70m). Spend a majority of this part of the trek nestled on a trail between Lake Nordenskjold and Mount Almirante Nieto of the Paine Massif.

Total distance: 7 miles. Approximately 7-8 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 6: Refugio Los Cuernos to Refugio Paine Grande (119ft/37m). Head out from Los Cuernos and hike through Torres’ old-growth forest. After a short climb, see an impressive viewpoint of the French Valley and Cerro Hoja and Cerro Máscara, two of the famous horned peaks.

Total distance: 9 miles. Approximately 7-8 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 7: Refugio Paine Grande to Refugio Grey (229ft/70m). Hike to Grey’s Glacier, an impressive ice field that covers the west end of the park. Enjoy the beauty of Pehoé Lake and Grey Lake as you approach the glacier.

Total distance: 7 miles. Approximately 4-5 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 8: Refugio Grey (229ft/70m). On the final day of trekking, make your way along Grey’s Glacier toward Campamento Paso. Scale ladders and enjoy views of the glacier before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Total distance: 6-7 miles. Approximately 6-8 hours of optional trekking (*Only required to carry a day pack)

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 9: Refugio Grey to Puerto Natales (10ft/3m). Spend one final half day in the park. A short three hour walk toward the lake will take you to the catamaran back to Pehoé and out of the park. Bus transportation will be awaiting your arrival to take the scenic ride back to Puerto Natales. Share a farewell to Chile dinner with your guide before a restful night in our partner lodge.

Total distance: 7 miles. Approximately 4-5 hours trekking

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); bus transportation; catamaran ride; accommodations

Day 10: Puerto Natales to Calafate (1,706ft/520m). Take a bus from Puerto Natales to Calafate (5 hours). Spend the night in Calafate.

Inclusions: Breakfast (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); bus transportation; accommodations at lodge

Day 11: Calafate to El Chaltén (1,759ft/536m). Take a bus from Calafate to Chaltén (3 hours). Private transportation from the Chaltén bus station to hotel where you will meet your Argentina guide and have a quick debrief on the days to come! Enjoy a day-hike outside of Chaltén.

Total distance: 3 miles. Approximately 3 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: Breakfast and Lunch (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 12: Chaltén to Piedra del Fraile (2,628ft/801m).  The day starts with a 30-minute transfer from El Chaltén to Río Electrico. From here, begin walking along the Electrico valley, through an enchanting lenga forest before arriving at Piedra del Fraile, your home for the night. After a short break and some lunch, continue along the valley towards the Pollone Glacier and admire the northern face of Mt Fitz Roy. After a short break at this hidden lagoon, return to the mountain lodge in Piedra del Fraile to enjoy a hot meal and rest.

Total distance: 11 miles. Approximately 7-8 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 13: Piedra del Fraile to Mt. Fitz Roy to Laguna Poincenot (1,316ft/401m). After breakfast, head off towards the Piedras Blancas glacier and river. The path ascends steeply up to Laguna de Los Tres, the closest you can get to Fitz Roy before needing technical skills. At the top, enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains, and the valley through which you have come. Weather permitting, have lunch at the lagoon before starting the descent towards Poincenot, your next camp. Be prepared to take more pictures of this stunning spot in the park!

Total distance: 12 miles. Approximately 6 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 14: Poincenot to Laguna Torre to Calafate (673ft/205m). Arise early to take sunrise photos of Mt. Fitz Roy in a beautiful hue of red, reflected on Laguna Poincenot. After breakfast, continue through the beautiful lenga forests past the lagoons – Madre, Hija and Nieta. The path is quite flat, which is a nice break after the climbing of the day before! After a couple of hours, drop in to the glacial valley that takes you towards Laguna Torre (2,136ft/651m). This valley is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect “U” shape. At the end of the valley, see Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mt. Torre, which is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. After lunch at the lagoon, head back towards El Calafate along the Fitz Roy River valley. 

Inclusions: Breakfast, boxed lunch; bus to El Calafate, accommodations at lodge

Day 15: Calafate to Perito Moreno to Calafate (1,706ft/520m). Take a 2-hour bus ride to Perito Moreno where you'll have the day to explore the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. The 97 square mile glacier stretches for as far as the eye can see and you will be awe-inspired by the expansiveness of the blue ice. 

Inclusions: Breakfast, boxed lunch; bus transportation; domestic flight; airport transfer; accommodations

Day 16: Calafate (1,706ft/520m). International flights depart.

Inclusions: Breakfast (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); airport shuttle.

 

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


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PACKING LIST

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

 

Chile

See current weather conditions for Paine Grande here.

See current weather conditions in Santiago here. 

Argentina

See current weather conditions in Los Glacieres National Park here. 

See current weather conditions in El Calafate, Argentina here. 

 

Packing System: This expedition does not include porters. You are responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack.

Carried bag weight limit: n/a

Rentals Available: 

  • Not available on this expedition. 

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to and from Santiago
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Santiago - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Backpack (for carrying your gear)
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt (3)
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Light gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Sandals (for walking around the lodges in the evening)
  • Day pack – should be light and easy to stuff in main pack when not in use
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine (showers are available during the trek)
  • Sleeping bag w/ 30°F rating
  • Pack cover
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)
  • Synthetic shorts
  • Bandana (for dust and wind)
  • Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)
  • Outlet adapter
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

Chile: The best time to travel to Torres del Paine National Park is during the summer months in Chile, November to March. During this season, the highs fluctuate around 60ºF and the lows can drop down below 40ºF.

The park is infamous for its strong winds that can blow up to 80 mph! Typically, your trek will include some sun, rain, and wind all mixed into one trip.

Argentina: While the weather in El Chaltén can be unpredictable, it is a semi-arid environment with light precipitation common. It is essential to be prepared because the weather can change instantly from sunny to stormy.

The warmer temperatures are recorded in the summer from November to March. Highs are typically in the 60s during the day and 40s at night. It is not uncommon to experience frost in the summer so always bring warm layers! In the winter, temperatures stay in the 40s during the day and drop to below freezing at night.

Patagonia Weather

Elevation for Chile

Elevation for Argentina


Epic Patagonia Reviews

Booking with OneSeed not only made the travel arrangements simple and straightforward, but I knew the routes and accommodations would be tried and tested. Our guide took the guess work out of the daily activities and provided knowledgeable information on our safety and surroundings and gave me full confidence to know we would be safe and not aimless on the trails.
— Nicole
The trip was well thought out. The amount of time spent on the hike was just right. It was challenging and difficult at times but oh so worth it!
— Anonymous
I LOVED the Patagonia trip! Nathan in Santiago and Sabine in Patagonia were outstanding in terms of responsiveness and warmth. The trekking met my expectations and I found the refugios to be sufficient for the sites. I really appreciate the fact that OneSeed supports the local economy and gets me out of the “chain” feel of other trips and tours. Excellent!!
— Anonymous

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

Insure Your Trip

OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.  Travelex Cancellation and Interruption Insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.