Ultimate Patagonia Tour, 16 Days, Hike in Chile & Argentina

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Explore All That Trekking in Patagonia Has to Offer With This 16-Day Chile & Argentina Hike. See Stunning Views of the Rock Cliffs, Glaciers & Lakes of Torres del Paine National Park & Mt. Fitz Roy in Glaciares National Park.

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All about the Ultimate Patagonia Tour, 16 Days, Hike in Chile & Argentina.

Ultimate Patagonia Tour

 

Overview

  • 16 Days

  • Explore Grey Glacier & Perito Moreno Glacier

  • Get up close to Las Torres Towers

  • Hike in the famous Torres del Paine National Park

  • English Speaking Guides

  • 10% Re-Invested with Local Entrepreneurs

Why Do We Recommend It?

This is a bucket-list trip for a reason. The Patagonia region is absolutely stunning and unique.

Experience glaciers that, unfortunately, may not exist for future generations.

Experienced and trusted tour operator that gives back to the local communities.

Is It Right for Me?

You should have at least average fitness and endurance for this hiking tour. You will need to carry your own backpack, as there are no porters to carry it for you. However, other than average fitness, you don’t need any other skills or experience, just enthusiasm to explore and be active.

If you’re not sure, just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to talk it through with you.

What People Say About The Trip

Very organized tour! Our guides, Jorge & Mauricio, were excellent. They were experts not just on trekking, but on the whole area of Patagonia and Puerto Natales since they live and work there. They went out of their way to make each of us feel comfortable and were so helpful in every aspect.

Can I Go Anytime?

The tour is scheduled for specific dates and you can find those while checking availability in the fields above. However, we may also be able to arrange for private trips if these dates don’t work for you. Just get in touch with us and we’ll let you know.

Itsy Bitsy Details

  • Where: Patagonia Region, Chile & Argentina
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Tour Starts: Santiago, Chile
  • Tour Ends: Calafate, Argentina
  • Fly To: Santiago International Airport, SCL
  • Fly From: Comandante Armando Tola International Airport, FTE
  • Group Size: 12 people
  • Age: No limit

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to the expedition start date
  • 1 nights accommodation at B&B in Santiago
  • 2 nights accommodation at B&B in Puerto Natales
  • 1 nights accommodation at B&B in El Chaltén
  • 2 nights accommodation at B&B in Calafate
  • 1-way domestic flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas
  • All accommodations on the trek in refugios (shared bathroom) and tents in Argentina (tents and sleeping pads included)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
  • Trekking permits and entry fees
  • Perito Moreno Glacier entrance fee
  • Farewell dinner
  • Guide services
  • All ground transportation in Chile and Argentina
  • Airport transfers on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 16
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Personal items
  • Trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
  • International airfare and meals during travel
  • Beverages outside of designated meals
  • Snacks during the trek (there is plenty of food provided and you can purchase snacks at your lodge)
  1. Day 1 SANTIAGO

    A staff member will pick you up at Santiago’s international airport and take you to our partner bed and breakfast, located in the Providencia district just south of Santiago Metropolitan Park, which has several trails, a Japanese garden, and the National Zoo.

    Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m)

    Inclusions: airport shuttle; accommodations

  2. Day 2 SANTIAGO TO PUNTA ARENAS TO PUERTO NATALES

    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.

    Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m)

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch; domestic flight; transportation; accommodations

  3. Day 3 PUERTO NATALES TO REFUGIO LAS TORRES

    Take a morning hike on private land just outside the city to see recently uncovered archeological ruins. Afterward, enjoy a picnic before heading to the entrance gates of Torres del Paine and settling into Refugio Las Torres for the evening.

    Peak Altitude: 492 ft (150m)

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; bus transportation; park entry fee; accommodations

  4. Day 4 REFUGIO LAS TORRES

    Start the trek with day packs as you ascend through a rocky terrain cut by pristine glacial rivers. Gain two thousand feet in elevation as you climb through a beautiful lenga forest until reaching the base of the towers. Another shorter climb will put you meters from the towers and the emerald lake that sits at their base. Return to the mountain lodge for the evening.

    Peak Altitude: 2,870 ft (875m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 12.5 miles (20 km) / 8 hours of trekking (*day pack only today)

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations

  5. Day 5 REFUGIO LAS TORRES TO REFUGIO LOS CUERNOS

    Spend a majority of this part of the trek nestled on a trail between Lake Nordenskjold and Mount Almirante Nieto of the Paine Massif. Arrive to Refugio Los Cuernos, “The Horns”, nestled between the two famous horned peaks, Cerro Hoja and Cerro Máscara.

    Peak Altitude: 797 ft (243m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 7-8 hours of trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations

  6. Day 6 REFUGIO LOS CUERNOS TO REFUGIO PAINE GRANDE

    Head out from Los Cuernos and hike through Torres’ old-growth forest. Pass by the French Camp and arrive to the Italian Camp, which is the start to the French Valley. At the Italian Camp, drop your full backpacks and repack your food, water and windbreaker into your daypack for the hike into the French Valley. If you’re feeling up to it, hike an additional 8 miles (13 km) round-trip into the French Valley for stunning 360 views of the park.

    Peak Altitude: 2,495 ft (760m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (13 km) / 7-8 hours OR 17 miles (27km) / 12 hours of trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations

  7. Day 7 REFUGIO PAINE GRANDE TO REFUGIO GREY

    Take a day hike to Grey 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. Spend a second night at Paine Grande.

    Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 4-5 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations

  8. Day 8 REFUGIO GREY

    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.

    Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 6-7 miles (9-11 km) / 6-8 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations

  9. Day 9 REFUGIO GREY TO PUERTO NATALES

    Spend one final half day in the park. A 3-4 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.

    Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11 km) / 3-4 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations; bus transportation; catamaran ride

  10. Day 10 PUERTO NATALES TO CALAFATE TO EL CHALTÉN

    Take a bus from Puerto Natales to Calafate (unaccompanied, 5 hours). Transfer buses and take a bus from El Calafate to El Chaltén (unaccompanied, 3 hours) where you will be greeted at the bus station by your Argentinian guide. Take a short ride to our partner B&B in El Chaltén and have a quick debrief on the days to come! Take the evening to explore the quaint town of El Chaltén.

    Peak Altitude: 1,312 ft (400m)

    Inclusions: breakfast; public bus transportation; accommodations

  11. Day 11 EL CHALTÉN TO LAGUNA TORRE / THORWOOD CAMP

    Depart from the hotel and head West, hiking along the Fitz Roy river en route to Laguna Torre and Grand Glacier. At the end of the valley, see Laguna Torre, its glacier, and the famous Mt. Cerro Torre, which is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. Sleep at Thorwood Camp that evening.

    Peak Altitude: 2,080 ft (634m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 6 miles (9.6 km) / 4 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; camping accommodations

  12. Day 12 HIKE TO MT. FITZ ROY / CAMP POINCENOT

    After breakfast, head North for another day of magnificent views. Pass by three more lakes today; Madre, Hija, and Nieta. Hike another mile to Camp Poincenot where you will stay the night. Drop your bags and take a steep path toward Laguna de Los Tres, the closest you can get to Mt 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.

    Peak Altitude: 2,460 ft (750m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.2 km) / 4.5 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; camping accommodations

  13. Day 13 POINCENOT TO EL PILAR TO LAGUNA CONDOR

    After breakfast, hike towards El Pilar where a van will be waiting to take you to Laguna Condor Mountain Hut. Relax in the hot tub or take a bike for a ride around the area.

    Peak Altitude: 2,595 ft (791m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 5 miles (8 km) / 3 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; mountain lodge accommodations

  14. Day 14 LAGUNA CONDOR TO CHALTEN TO CALAFATE

    After breakfast at your mountain lodge, head back to El Chaltén followed by the bus ride back to El Calafate.

    Peak Altitude: 1,476 ft (450m)

    Inclusions: breakfast / boxed lunch; bus ticket to El Calafate; accommodations at B&B

  15. Day 15 CALAFATE TO PERITO MORENO TO CALAFATE

    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.

    Peak Altitude: 856 ft (261m)

    Inclusions: breakfast / boxed lunch; bus transportation; accommodations at B&B

  16. Day 16 DEPARTURES FROM CALAFATE

    International flights depart.

    Peak Altitude: 653 ft (200m)

    Inclusions: breakfast; airport shuttle

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights

  • Spend a week trekking in Patagonia’s famous Torres del Paine National Park

  • Climb through a beautiful lenga forest to the base of the Las Torres Towers

  • Explore the massive and beautiful Grey Glacier and Perito Moreno Glacier

  • Trek to the stunning blue waters of Argentina’s Laguna de Los Tres

  • Marvel at the Mt. Fitz Roy skyline at sunrise

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrive in Santiago
Day 2: Fly to Punta Arenas and bus to Puerto Natales
Day 3: Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine
Day 4: Hike to the base of the Three 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 to Chaltén, Argentina
Day 11: El Chaltén to Laguna Torre
Day 12: Laguna Torre to Poincenot
Day 13: Poincenot to Laguna Condor
Day 14: Laguna Condor to El Chalten to El Calafate
Day 15: Calafate to Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 16: International Departures from Calafate Airport

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.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

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 at the hotel in Puerto Natales during your expedition.

 

PACKING LIST

Trekking Gear

  • Change of clothes for Santiago – to be kept in storage during the expedition
  • Backpack (for carrying your gear)
  • Small lightweight backpack (for day hikes)
  • 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
  • Waterproof medium-weight 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 the 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 with 40°F rating
  • Pack cover
  • Toilet paper in a ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Punta Arenas
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
  • Photocopy of passport
  • 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

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • Hotel reservations for an extended time in Chile (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles (must fit inside the pack for domestic flight)
  • Synthetic shorts
  • Bandana or buff 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
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  • Medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to the expedition start date
  • 1 nights accommodation at B&B in Santiago
  • 2 nights accommodation at B&B in Puerto Natales
  • 1 nights accommodation at B&B in El Chaltén
  • 2 nights accommodation at B&B in Calafate
  • 1-way domestic flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas
  • All accommodations on the trek in refugios (shared bathroom) and tents in Argentina (tents and sleeping pads included)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
  • Trekking permits and entry fees
  • Perito Moreno Glacier entrance fee
  • Farewell dinner
  • Guide services
  • All ground transportation in Chile and Argentina
  • Airport transfers on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 16
  • Personal items
  • Trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
  • International airfare and meals during travel
  • Beverages outside of designated meals
  • Snacks during the trek (there is plenty of food provided and you can purchase snacks at your lodge)