Conquer Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia 9D Tour

Conquer Patagonia’s peaks on this exhilarating trekking journey across Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia! Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile and Mount Fitz Roy & Perito Moreno in Argentina provide exciting hikes through the wilderness on this fast paced trip uniting the best of Patagonia. This unique program has been tailor made only by us, contact us and enjoy the best Treks on both Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia

Highlights:
• Combine the best Treks of Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia (Unique Treks)
• Trek the to the Base of the towers and French Valley in Torres del Paine NP
• Sail at Grey Glacier in Chile and admire Piedras Blancas Glacier in Argentina
• Visit Puerto Natales, El Chalten and El Calafate cities
• Hike Fitz Roy Mount with amazing views
• Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier

Starting / Finishing Points

The trip starts during the morning in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales; contact us for more information arrival. The trip finishes at Calafate Airport at noon or later depending on the group flight schedule. For domestic flights you have to be at the airport 1 hour before the flight departs.
This Trek depart on some Sunday’s during high season, check out dates below

Day 01

The Patagonian Adventure begins, Torres Del Paine NP, Chile

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park (alternatively you can start your trip in Calafate). En route we make a couple of stops – First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza”, where we enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen.

The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there’s plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.

/ Lunch / Dinner /

Day 02

The Paine Massif’s Heart: Valle Frances, Torres Del Paine NP, Patagonia, Chile

After breakfast, we start our day driving towards Pudeto dock, located by the shores of Pehoe Lake. Once there we board the catamaran that takes us to the northern west sector of the Lake from where we’ll start the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How deep we go depends on our groups’ rhythm. An active walk leads us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif. From this point there is a truly wonderful view. Then we continue up the trail until reaching the upper section of the valley. The entire group of geological formations of the high valley can be admired here: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). It’s time to have a picnic and recover from the walk. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well. Next, we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest until reaching the Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. Here we organize our luggage and enjoy a replenishing dinner.

*The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe:

From October 1st to November 15th and from March 16th through April the navigation operates only once a day, therefore the hike will be limited and only reach Italian campsite. (From November 16th to March 15th the excursion operates on a regular basis)

Aprox walking time: 8 hours
Distance: 25 KM/ 15 miles
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 03

Glacier Grey, Torres Del Paine NP, Chile

Today we hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern end of glacial Lake Grey. We enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails to the blue face of Glacier Grey. There’s lots of time to marvel at this calving glacier during the boat ride across this lake, with its floating pieces of ice. From Lake Grey’s southern end we transfer to EcoCamp.

Occasionally the weather may not permit us to sail across the lake, or during Shoulder Season (October and April) the sailing might be cancelled if the required minimum of 10 passengers isn’t reached. In this case we will get up early and trek about two hours along the Grey trail until reaching a sightseeing point offering a spectacular view of the Glacier. Then we return to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to Pudeto’s dock, from where we’re driven back to EcoCamp.

/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /
Aprox walking time: 4 hours / 40 minutes Lake Navigation
Distance: 14 KM, 9 miles

Day 04

The big challenge: Torres del Paine, Torres Del Paine NP, Chile

Time for a big breakfast and lots of enthusiasm – Our goal today is to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres Del Paine NP! We walk from the camp site towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world’s most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres Del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consists of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice.

After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch?
After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.

*During Shoulder Season (October and April) the Towers Trek excursion might be cancelled because of weather conditions and safety considerations.
Aprox walking time: 8 hours
Distance: 21 KM / 13 miles
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 05

Entering Argentinean Patagonia, Los Glaciares NP, Argentina

After enjoying a delicious breakfast we head to Argentina on a regular bus, doing the international border crossing at Cerro Castillo. Once we complete the immigration process we enter Argentina and continue to Calafate, a small town set on the edge of Los Glaciares NP amid dramatic scenery and natural beauty. At the bus terminal we are met by a representative and taken to a local restaurant where we have lunch and then enjoy free time in the city before boarding a regular bus in the late afternoon which will take us on the 3 hour journey to El Chalten. The drive is on isolated roads across the pampas and along the northern end of Lago Viedma. Chalten is a tiny outpost beside the Glacier National Park at the foot of impressive Mount Fitz Roy. We arrive at our hotel in time to get some well-deserved rest.

Overnight Hotel Los Senderos 3* or similar, El Chalten
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 06

Mount Fitz Roy, Los Glaciares NP, Argentina

Today’s hike is along Rio Blanco. We drive to El Pilar, 11 miles north of El Chalten, and follow the Rio Blanco trail to Piedras Blancas Glacier, a hanging glacier descending from the base of Mount Fitz Roy. We picnic here, marveling at the glacier, and then continue up Rio Blanco Trail until reaching one of the best views of Mont Fitz Roy – the landmark in Los Glaciares NP. We descend via another path heading past Laguna Capri, ending back in El Chalten.

Overnight Hotel Los Senderos 3*, El Chalten
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /
Aprox walking time: 6 hours
Distance: 20 Km / 12.4 miles

Day 07

Hike to Laguna Torre, Los Glaciares NP, Argentina

Today we’ll do a full day hike along the Cerro Torre Trail to Laguna Torre, a stunning mountain lake with majestic Mount Torre in the background. After breakfast we walk eastwards, following the trail through beech forests until we reach Fitz Roy River. We continue and reach Camp Base de Agostini from where we do a short hike to Laguna Torre, with Cerro Torre and the Adela range on our West. Icebergs can be seen peacefully floating on Laguna Torre as the wind pushes them to the coast and we stop at different points to take in the magnificent view and enjoy a picnic. Back at the hotel we gather our luggage and begin the drive back to Calafate by a regular bus, following the same road filled with Argentinean pampas that welcomed us. We’ll arrive in Calafate after an approximate 3 hour drive and are driven to our hotel to check in.

Overnight Hotel Sierra Nevada 3*, El Calafate
Aprox walking time: 6.5 hours
Distance: 22 KM / 13.7 miles
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Day 08

Glacier Perito Moreno, Los Glaciares NP, Argentina

After breakfast we head off on our final excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most famous landmarks in Patagonia.

Unlike typical tours which go straight to the regular panoramic views, we go first to the glacier’s less-frequented north face to marvel at its splendor. We’ll observe, and hear; giant chunks of ice plummet into the waters of Lake Argentino. Our guide will answer questions about the glacier and the park. We’ll then continue to the footbridges and take a break, enjoying the surroundings at our own leisure. We’ll also have the opportunity to do a short nautical safari to observe this magnificent glacier from up close.

After the thrilling encounter with the Perito Moreno, we drive back to Calafate for our final night.

Overnight Hotel Sierra Nevada 3*, El Calafate
Aprox walking time: 2 hours
Distance: 1 KM
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Day 09

Adios Argentina, Calafate

Today we finish this memorable trip, Adios Patagonia! After having breakfast, a transfer will take us to the airport and we’re free to continue traveling on our own or to take another extension with Ecotours Chile.

** Lake Pehoe – The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe:
From October 1st to November 15th and from March 16th through April the navigation operates only once a day, therefore the hike will be limited and only reach Italian campsite. (From November 16th to March 15th the excursion operates on a regular basis)

*** During Shoulder Season (October and April) the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the Park.
N.B. During Shoulder Season (September, October and April) the Towers Trek excursion might be cancelled because of weather conditions and safety considerations.

• Accommodation: 3 nights at EcoCamp Standard Domes, 1 night at refuge Paine Grande, 2 nights at Hotel Los Senderos and 2 nights at Hotel Sierra Nevada.
• All ground regular transportation and excursions as indicated in the itinerary in EcoCamp Patagonia
• Transfer from Chile to Argentina in regular bus
• Regular transfers and excursions in Argentina
• English speaking guide for all excursions
• Guide ratio aprox. 1:12. Max group size: 16 people
• All national park fees and Cueva del Milodon ticket
• Boat crossing ticket over Grey Lake and/or Pehoe Lake
• Chile full board at EcoCamp, breakfast, lunch box on excursions and dinner (soft drinks or wine included in dinner)
• Breakfasts and lunches at Argentina (beverages not included)
• Lunch on Day 4 in El Calafate

• Flight tickets
• Dinners at Argentina
• Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
• Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
• Soft drinks or snacks not served with meals at EcoCamp
• Beverages at Argentinean side
• Items of personal nature
• Reciprocity fee

DATES 2014/15 – Ask us for private departures
07/15 DEC 2014 – 8 SPOTS AVAILABLE
18/26 JAN 2015 – 8 SPOTS AVAILABLE
22/30 MARCH 2015 – 8 SPOTS AVAILABLE

Weather
The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, the strong marine influence and the affect of the Southern Patagonia Ice field make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºCmax, 2ºC min).

Physical Demands
This trip does not demand physical activity, other than walking a maximum of two consecutive hours over rather flat terrain. We take as many stops as necessary depending on the rhythm of the group. Travelers doing the active excursions will find them sufficiently energetic. To enjoy these more active treks it is essential to be in shape before arriving. All trails visited in the programs are under 1,000 m / 3,000 ft high so passengers don’t need to worry about altitude.

What you need to bring
Passengers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once. Essential equipment includes a one day backpack (10 liters – to carry camera, glasses, rain coat, etc), trekking or hiking boots, extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet, waterproof jacket, two pairs of woolen socks, fleece jacket or sweater, shorts or comfortable loose pants, sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm and screen) and optional capilene underwear for the upper and lower body.
US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres Del Paine NP

Itinerary Modifications
The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to deal with at times. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

Trekking Chart en Torres del Paine

trail French Valley Trail Grey Trail The Tower’s Trail
Name
Starting point EcoCamp Patagonia Paine Grande Refugio EcoCamp Patagonia
Finishing point Paine Grande Refugio EcoCamp Patagonia EcoCamp Patagonia
(Trekking ends at Grey viewpoint)
Approx 8hr 4hr / 40min Lake Navigation 8hr
walking
time
Distance 25km / 15mi 14km / 9mi 21km / 13mi
Max 300m / 984ft 300m / 984ft 300m / 984ft
altitude
point