A lodge-based trek through spectacular, world-renowned Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks—guided by the Patagonia experts
Patagonia’s famously rugged landscape surpasses expectations—a hypnotic wilderness of stunning granite towers thrusting thousands of feet above the golden Argentine and Chilean steppes. This pristine beauty is preserved in two exceptionally scenic parks: the breathtaking mountain environs of Torres del Paine in Chile, and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. Hiking through them on foot is a one-of-a-kind adventure (with the welcome feature of a warm, comfortable lodge, cabin, or traditional estancia at the end of each rewarding day). MTS has been exploring Patagonia since the 1970s, and pioneered some of the very routes you’ll be taking. Our itinerary is the most comprehensive Patagonia trek available, showcasing the very best of both parks—from the ice-clad peaks of the Torres del Paine, including a portion of the famous “W,” to the sheer-walled granite shark fin of Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park, to the renowned Perito Moreno glacier. Your highly experienced naturalist guides know every inch of the region, and will ensure the best possible Patagonian adventure—and as a bonus, your trip wraps up with a visit to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America.”
8 days moderate to strenuous hiking, some long drives
- See the best of the region on moderate day hikes in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, with the company that’s been leading tours here since the 70s
- Gaze at spectacular vistas of the Towers of Paine, Cerro Torre, and the awesome Fitz Roy massif
- Enjoy a full-day excursion to famous Perito Moreno glacier, including an optional hike on the massive ice cloak itself!
- Stay at luxurious hotels, a traditional estancia, cozy cabins next to a waterfall, and a mountain lodge accessible only on foot—no camping!
- Visit Buenos Aires, cosmopolitan capital of Argentina—often referred to as the "Paris of South America"
Duration: 14 days Start Location: Punta Arenas End Location: Buenos AiresDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Punta Arenas
Meet in Punta Arenas, Chile.
Day 2 : Travel to Torres del Paine National Park
Drive to Las Torres in Paine National Park, via Puerto Natales.
Day 3 : Torres del Paine
Roundtrip hike to the granite towers of the Torres del Paine, one of the most scenic sights in the world!
Day 4 : Paso Cuernos
Hike into the spectacular cirque of the French Valley and along the shores of turquoise-hued Lago Nordenskjold, nestled beneath the Cuernos del Paine massif.
Day 5 : French Valley
Hike into the French Valley, below glaciers that descend from Paine Grande, and below the enormous granite sweep of the horn-like Cuernos del Paine. Two different hiking options are available today (8-10 hours hiking, depending on which option you choose). End the day at Lodge Paine Grande on the shores of Lago Pehoé.
Day 6 : Torres del Paine National Park – Grey Glacier
Hike to the Grey Glacier lookout for outstanding views. Then travel by catamaran across Lago Grey and stay at Hosteria Lago Grey.
Day 7 : Travel to Argentina
Drive to Calafate, Argentina, located in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lago Argentino. The next day you'll visit the lake's Perito Moreno Glacier with its massive ice wall.
Day 8 : Perito Moreno Glacier
Full-day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park, with a visit to impressive Perito Moreno glacier as the centerpiece.
Day 9 : To Los Glaciares National Park
Drive to Los Glaciares National Park. The following days include hikes in the park, with possible destinations including Cerro Torre Base Camp, scenically situated on a glacial lake and framed by the monolith of Cerro Torre, and to spots with views of the remarkable Fitzroy massif.
Days 10 - 11 : Los Glaciares National Park
In the interior of Los Glaciares National Park, we'll make long day hikes to some of the most inspiring spots in all of Patagonia, including possible visits to Laguna Torre—base camp for climbs of Cerro Torre—and Piedras Blancas, among others.
Day 12 : El Chaltén
Enjoy one last hike in Los Glaciares National Park before returning to El Chaltén. Farewell dinner with the group in the evening.
Day 13 : Buenos Aires
Drive to Calafate and fly to Buenos Aires. Depart Buenos Aires on Day 14.
Day 14 : Buenos Aires – Fly Home
Free day for shopping and sightseeing in Buenos Aires. Afternoon transfer to Buenos Aires airport for homeward-bound flights.
DATES: Best time to go: January - March, November - December Departures: Mar 17 - 30, 2014 Nov 16 - 29, 2014 Dec 7 - 20, 2014 Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 Jan 11 - 24, 2015 Jan 25, 2015 - Feb 7, 2015 Feb 8 - 21, 2015 Feb 22, 2015 - Mar 7, 2015 Mar 1 - 14, 2015 Mar 22, 2015 - Apr 4, 2015
2013/14 PRICES (per person)
$5,195 (12-15 members)
$350 internal airfare (subject to change)
2014/15 PRICES TBA
Hotel Cabo de Hornos
Recently renovated modern European style hotel in the world's southernmost city, located on the main Plaza Munoz Gamero. High ceilings and beautiful artwork complement the stone floors in the entryways.
Hosteria Torres del Paine
Surrounded by towering mountains, this hostería sits in a grassy field at a considerable distance from nearby towns. Simple, comfortable rooms come equipped with all the welcome essentials but in elegant harmony with the awe-inspiring surroundings.
Hotel El Quijote
Centrally located in El Calfate, Hotel El Quijote is a traditional family establishment furnished in an antique ranch style, fitting for the remote mountain territory. With large, modern rooms, this hotel provides a favorable launching point into Los Glaciares National Park.
Loi Suites Recoleta
This five star hotel is located in the most elegant area of the city, at walking distance from museums, art galleries, shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks.
Refugio Paine GrandePaine National Park
The Lodge is on the shore of Pehoé Lake, facing the southern face of Paine Grande hill, crowned by Punta Bariloche in the plain that terminates Quebrada de los Vientos. It is strategically located in the old area of Pehoé Shelter and is only accessible via Lao Pehoé or by walking the trekking routes of the park. It forms part of the W Circuit and is considered as the base camp.
The Lodge can hold 100 people in 22 bedrooms with 3 and 2 bunks each. These rooms have a view to Pehoé lake, the heights of Paine Grande, Valle del Francés and the east face of Cuernos del Paine. Each one of them has comfortable bunks and drawers to put away gear. However, we have a custody service and a safety box to keep valuable belongings.
The toilets are on the first and second floor and have wash basins, toilets and hot water showers, separated for men and women.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
Sergio "TC" Bahamondez
Sergio was born in Puntarenas, Chile, and grew up in Tierra del Fuego, where he developed his love for the outdoors. He studied psychology at La Plata University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has a degree in Patagonia Biodiversity from Magallanes University. Sergio has more than 10 years of experience as a tour leader, and his explorer’s spirit has taken him to nearly every continent. He is an excellent ambassador of his country and its culture—his enthusiasm and sense of adventure are absolutely contagious! Sergio is best known in Patagonia by his nickname, “TC,” and we know you’ll be captivated by his engaging smile.