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Patagonia Hiking Adventure
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13 days

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Prices are indicative. Based on twin share. The rate of exchange calculated is approximate and the final tour cost will be as on the final date of payment. Taxes are additional.

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Designed for experienced active travelers in excellent physical condition, these itineraries may include full-day hikes (sometimes at high altitude) or full-day kayaking excursions. Trails often include steep ascents/descents on mountainous terrain, with some exposed sections.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Hike the famed W circuit in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, trekking amid twisting peaks to the base of Las Torres’ sheer granite walls.
  • Trek through Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, following trails to serene lakes at the foot of spectacular Cerro Torre and the Fitz Roy massif.
  • Experience the power and magnificence of the Perito Moreno Glacier on a cruise to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
  • Unwind in hotels and lodges tucked amid some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world.
Itinerary

Experience Patagonia’s pristine beauty in two national parks: the Torres del Paine in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. Set out to explore the wonders of both on foot—from the black-tipped “horns” of Cuernos del Paine to the ice-clad pinnacles of Mount Fitz Roy. Hike along sapphire-colored lakes strewn with incandescent icebergs in Torres del Paine; and in Los Glaciares, part of the third-largest ice cap in the world, walk among active glaciers that calve ice into milky lakes. Spot wildlife, from Andean condors to guanacos and eagles, and venture across the sweeping Patagonian steppe.

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile/Puerto Natales

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Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel in the quaint town of Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Meet your trip leader and gather for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.

Day 2: Torres del Paine National Park

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Drive north into Torres del Paine National Park, where we’ll set out on a short walk across the valley. Step into Milodón Cave, where scientists have found evidence of the extinct Mylodon—an animal described as a giant ground sloth. Travel to Grey Lake in time for lunch, and settle into our lakeside hotel, ideally situated within Torres del Paine National Park.

Day 3: Grey Glacier

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Cross Grey Lake by boat to the foot of Grey Glacier. Trek along the lakeshore, and take in spectacular views of the unique ice formations, flanked by the dramatic Paine massif. Settle into our lodge overlooking Lake Pehoé. (7–8 miles hiking, 4 hours)

Day 4: French Valley

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Today’s hike traverses the magnificent French Valley, a natural basin overshadowed by the black slate “horns” of the Cuernos del Paine and a highlight of the famed W circuit. Walk beneath the ice-covered slopes of Cerro Paine Grande, the highest summit in the range, and take in panoramic vistas of this extraordinary sweep of mountains. Stay in cabins tucked in beside a waterfall this evening. (14 miles hiking, 10 hours, or 7 miles hiking, 6 hours)

Day 5: Paso Los Cuernos

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Follow the Paso Los Cuernos trail along the north shore of Nordenskjöld Lake, hiking at a relaxed pace between the soaring Cuernos del Paine massif and the lake’s sapphire waters. Continue to the base of the mountains and check in to our hotel. (7 miles hiking, 4–5 hours)

Day 6: Torres del Paine

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Rise early for an all-day hike to the base of Las Torres, where sheer walls of massive granite soar towards the sky. Trek along a path that cuts through beech forests and up the barren slopes below the towers, arriving at one of the most magnificent viewpoints in the world. Here, the towers rise majestically, and far below, the glacial lake shines a brilliant shade of blue. (11 miles hiking, 8–10 hours)

Days 7-8: El Chaltén, Argentina/Los Glaciares National Park

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Cross the Argentine border to arrive at El Chaltén—our base camp for exploring Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and part of the third largest ice cap in the world. Upon arrival, head out on foot on an afternoon excursion to the Madsen House Museum—the restored historic home of the region’s Danish pioneer. The next morning, walk through the Diablo River valley, on the lookout for torrent ducks, pumas, and deer. Stop at a mountain hut at the foot of the pristine Cagliero Glacier, and linger over a cup of hot soup while soaking up the dramatic view. After lunch, return along a different trail that passes the stunning Blue and Green Lagoons. (Day 7: 7 hours driving; Day 8: 10 miles hiking, 7–8 hours)

Day 9: Monte Fitz Roy

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Explore the fabled Monte Fitz Roy (11,073') from a variety of angles. On the drive to the trailhead, stop at a scenic overlook for your first glimpse; then hike through a beech forest along the Blanco River. Pause at a lookout to view the Piedras Blancas Glacier, and continue to a climbing base camp where a stunning vista of the massif and its lagoon and glaciers awaits. Take your return route past the sparkling Capri Lagoon. (14 miles hiking, 8-9 hours)

Day 10: Cerro Torre

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Spend today tackling spectacular Cerro Torre. Ascend the trail along the Fitz Roy River canyon, and see stunning waterfalls along the way. Reach the mountain’s base camp, popular among elite climbers. Continue to Torre Lagoon, a serene glacial lake flanked by needle-like granite peaks. (11 miles hiking, 6–7 hours)

Day 11: El Calafate

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Today, we delve into Argentina’s gaucho culture. Travel south across the steppe, stopping for lunch at a local estancia, or ranch, on our way to El Calafate. This evening, experience life on a working ranch at Estancia Bon Accord, where we’ll savor a private dinner complete with regional specialties and a behind-the-scenes tour led by the owner.

Day 12: Perito Moreno Glacier

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Embark on an unforgettable full-day cruise aboard the María Turquesa to discover the majesty of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field from the water. Step ashore for a walk with a naturalist to learn about local flora and fauna. Continue on through the Upsala Canal and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the towering Spegazzini Glacier. Take in the scenery from the ship’s upper deck as it navigates to the famed Perito Moreno Glacier, an active glacier on the southern arm of Lake Argentino. Watch the glacier calve great chunks of ice into the lake. Return to the hotel for a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 13: El Calafate

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of strenuous, and is designed for experienced hikers. Hikes range from 4 to 10 hours (7 to 14 miles) on moderate to steep grades on potentially uneven and rocky terrain. Vehicle support is limited in the national parks.

Accommodations
We stay 11 nights in hotels and small mountain inns, plus one night in a traditional refugio with shared bedrooms (on Day 3). During two nights, we will have shared bathrooms.

Please note that if you have reserved single accommodations, in addition to the shared accommodations in the refugio on Day 3, you will also be required to share (twin) accommodations with another National Geographic traveler of the same gender on Day 4.

Expedition Team
One adventure guide, accompanied by local guides. will lead this trip.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Dec 6-18, 2019
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,00,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,29,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Dec 17-29, 2019
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,00,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,29,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Jan 10-22, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,00,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,29,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Jan 24-Feb 5, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,00,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,29,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Feb 3-15, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,00,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,29,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Feb 8-20, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,00,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,29,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Feb 22-Mar 5, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,00,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,29,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Mar 2-14, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,00,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,29,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Mar 16-28, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 5,00,800 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹6,29,700 Per Person
  • extensions yes

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All Gratuities

    What's Not Included

    • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
    • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
    • Visas
    • Alcoholic beverages