A lodge-based trek through spectacular, world-renowned Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks—guided by the Patagonia experts
Patagonia’s spectacular, untamed beauty is simply beyond description—a magical, hypnotic landscape of stunning pink and white granite towers thrusting 6,000 feet in the air, massive glaciers, dense forests of southern beech, the golden plains of the Argentine and Chilean steppes, and sparkling lakes of myriad hues. Some say it’s like the Grand Tetons and Yosemite rolled into one.
We’ve been exploring Patagonia since the 1970s and pioneered some of the trekking routes in Paine National Park. We know every nook and cranny of the region and have designed an itinerary that maximizes your hiking time, minimizes driving time, and showcases the very best there is to see. Our trip leaders have years of international guiding experience, so you can rest assured you’ll have the best adventure possible.
Patagonia’s pristine beauty has been preserved in two very scenic national parks: breathtaking Torres (Towers) del Paine National Park, Chile, and famed Los Glaciares (Glaciers) National Park, Argentina. On this comprehensive adventure you’ll explore the best of both. This is an ideal tour for active travelers who enjoy moderate, six- to ten-hour day hikes (no backpacking is required—you’ll hike with only a light daypack), but like to sleep in a warm bed each night! You’ll stay in a variety of comfortable accommodations: luxurious hotels, a traditional estancia, cozy cabins next to a waterfall, and a mountain lodge accessible only on foot.
In Paine, you’ll hike for four days among the ice-clad peaks and granite needles of the Torres del Paine (10,000')—5,000 feet of near-vertical granite rising from rolling grasslands and beautiful lakes. Here, you’ll traverse a portion of the classic “W” circuit, which includes Lago Grey, French Valley andLago Pehoé, some of Patagonia’s most famously spectacular locales. After a scenic drive across the pampas to Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, you’ll marvel at still more of Patagonia’s unique rock spires, like Fitz Roy (11,073'), a sheer-walled granite pinnacle rising 6,000 feet from the glaciers at its base, and nearby, the jagged needle of 10,280-foot Cerro Torre—both sought-after prizes by photographers and climbers the world over. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier, whose awesome 100-foot-high headwall continually calves massive blocks of ice into the lake with a thunderous roar.
As a bonus, you’ll wrap up your trip with a visit to Argentina's cosmopolitan capital city, Buenos Aires. You’ll have a night and a day to shop and explore the “Paris of South America,”and sample the city’s famous cuisine.
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: Nov 16 - 29, 2014 SOLD OUT Dec 7 - 20, 2014 Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 SOLD OUT Jan 11 - 24, 2015 Jan 25, 2015 - Feb 7, 2015 Feb 8 - 21, 2015 Mar 1 - 14, 2015 Mar 22, 2015 - Apr 4, 2015 Apr 5 - 18, 2015 Nov 1 - 14, 2015 Dec 6 - 19, 2015 Dec 13 - 26, 2015 Jan 3 - 16, 2016 Jan 24, 2016 - Feb 6, 2016 Feb 21, 2016 - Mar 5, 2016 Feb 28, 2016 - Mar 12, 2016 Mar 20, 2016 - Apr 2, 2016 Mar 27, 2016 - Apr 9, 2016 Apr 3 - 16, 2016
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 PRICES (per person)
$5,395 (12-15 members)
$400 internal airfare (subject to change)
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 PRICES (per person)
$5,795 (10-16 members)
$400 internal airfare (subject to change)
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.
Hotel Las TorresPaine National Park
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.