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Argentina Classic Patagonia Hiking

From the Perito Moreno Glacier to Sky-High Peaks

 

Discover the majestic mountain beauty of Argentinian Patagonia on this classic one-week hiking adventure! See the famous Perito Moreno Glacier with its cracking and calving wall of ice before heading to the mountain village of El Chalten. From your base, set out to explore remote trails in Los Huemules Reserve and follow breathtakingly beautiful paths in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park. Be amazed by pristine glacial lakes and iconic snow-capped peaks, including the magical pairing of Laguna Torre and Cerro Torre. Explore in the company of our expert Patagonia team, and enjoy restful nights at comfortable hotels, cozy cabins, and remote mountain lodges.

  • Be awestruck by the Perito Moreno Glacier and its colossal wall of calving ice

  • Enjoy the best day hikes in Los Glaciares with spectacular views of the Fitz Roy Massif

  • Follow riverside trails to Laguna Torre and marvel at its magnificent mountain backdrop

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Arrive:

El Calafate, Argentina

Depart:

El Calafate, Argentina

Price: from $4,395

Duration:

7 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-12

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

Expect day hikes between 5 to 9 hours on rocky, sometimes steep, mountain terrain in Los Glaciares National Park. The weather can change drastically, causing temperatures to fluctuate rapidly.
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  • Arrive in El Calafate

    Day 1

    Welcome to Argentina! Upon arrival at El Calafate Airport, you will be met by an MT Sobek representative and transferred to your hotel in the city. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Posada Los Alamos-El Calafate

    Posada Los Alamos is a grand red-bricked hotel, surrounded by soaring poplar trees, in the heart of El Calafate. It's 144 comfortable rooms, with either garden or mountain views, are pleasantly furnished and come with modern amenities. Choose to unwind with a game of golf or a treatment at the hotel's Humus Spa, and enjoy dinner at La Posta restaurant.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier

    Day 2

    Enjoy a full-day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park to see the renowned Perito Moreno glacier on the southern arm of Lake Argentino. At this very active glacier, a 200-foot-high headwall continually calves massive blocks of ice into the lake with a thunderous roar - an awesome spectacle of nature's power at work. Explore the area's picturesque trails on a short hike before returning to El Calafate. Have an evening at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Hotel Posada Los Alamos-El Calafate

    Posada Los Alamos is a grand red-bricked hotel, surrounded by soaring poplar trees, in the heart of El Calafate. It's 144 comfortable rooms, with either garden or mountain views, are pleasantly furnished and come with modern amenities. Choose to unwind with a game of golf or a treatment at the hotel's Humus Spa, and enjoy dinner at La Posta restaurant.

    Activity: 1 hour/2-3 miles hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Journey to El Chalten

    Day 3

    After breakfast, set out on a drive to the mountain village of El Chalten in the heart of Patagonia. Marvel at scenic views of Lago Argentino and Lago Viedma, with their rugged mountain backdrops, at viewpoints along the way. Settle into the Laguna Condor Cabañas on the banks of the Rio de Las Vueltas and enjoy dinner with the group.

    Accommodation: Laguna Condor Cabanas

    These wilderness cabanas are located in a private forest setting about 10 miles north of El Chalten. The cozy timber lodge is built on the shore of Rio de Las Vueltas and boasts unique views of Fitz Roy's north face. The fabulous dining room exudes a warm feel, just right for those Patagonian nights.

    Transportation: 3-hour private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Los Huemules Nature Reserve

    Day 4

    Today you'll travel just north of El Chalten to Los Huemules, an unspoiled 5,800-hectare private reserve created to protect local flora and fauna - specifically the endangered huemul deer. Follow a gentle uphill trail to Laguna del Diablo, enjoying tranquility and impressive views along the way. Return to the Laguna Condor Cabañas for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Laguna Condor Cabanas

    These wilderness cabanas are located in a private forest setting about 10 miles north of El Chalten. The cozy timber lodge is built on the shore of Rio de Las Vueltas and boasts unique views of Fitz Roy's north face. The fabulous dining room exudes a warm feel, just right for those Patagonian nights.

    Activity: 6-7 hour/10 miles hike with 1,207' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Laguna de Los Tres

    Day 5

    Rise for a short transfer to Hostería el Pilar, the starting point for today's exciting trek to Laguna de los Tres, one of the best viewpoints for Cerro Fitz Roy. Set out on an easy trail through a beautiful forest with impressive vistas and begin a steep climb up to Laguna de los Tres. From the lakeshore you can see "Los Tres," referring to the three peaks of Fitz Roy (11,020'), Poincenot (9,849'), and Saint-Exupéry (8,392'). Pass the secluded and very scenic Laguna Capri on the hike back to El Chalten.

    Accommodation: Destino Sur Hotel de Montana & Spa

    Located just steps from the main street of town yet close to trailheads, Destino Sur offers both convenience and an escape to nature. Each room is colorfully decorated and equipped with wooden furniture, a king-size bed, and lots of amenities. Indulge in a spa massage, or relax in the sauna or Jacuzzi.

    Activity: 8-9 hours/14 miles with 2,300' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow Trails to Laguna Torre

    Day 6

    Wake early for a thrilling day trek in Los Glaciares. Follow a scenic trail along the Fitz Roy River, taking in spectacular mountain views along the way. Arrive at Laguna Torre, a beautiful glacial lake set against the backdrop of Cerro Torre, and be awestruck by the unbelievable vista! Raise a toast to your adventure in Patagonia at your farewell dinner tonight.

    Accommodation: Destino Sur Hotel de Montana & Spa

    Located just steps from the main street of town yet close to trailheads, Destino Sur offers both convenience and an escape to nature. Each room is colorfully decorated and equipped with wooden furniture, a king-size bed, and lots of amenities. Indulge in a spa massage, or relax in the sauna or Jacuzzi.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/11 miles hiking with 660' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transfer to El Calafate & Depart

    Day 7

    Depart from El Chalten after breakfast and return to El Calafate Airport for connecting flights to Buenos Aires, or your next destination.

    Transportation: 3-hour private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Argentina Classic Patagonia Hiking

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This perfectly paced hiking adventure includes the best of Los Glaciares National Park, including the Perito Moreno Glacier, in just one week!

Reason #02

We've been exploring Patagonia since the 1970s, working with generations of highly experienced local guides.

Reason #03

We blend top sights with less-traveled paths to ensure that you get into the wilderness and enjoy an unbeatable insider experience.

Meet your guides

Rodrigo Bahamondez

Rodrigo Bahamondez

"Ro" was born in the Last Hope Province of Chile and grew up in Patagonia, where he developed a deep love for the outdoors. He has guided in Patagonia and Canada for more than 15 years, and is an accomplished hiker, kayaker, mountaineer, and photographer-with a keen eye for capturing the natural beauty of Patagonia. He is a certified Mountain guide and kayak instructor and has completed Wilderness Emergency Responder & Medical; (WFR NOLS-EASPA). Ro speaks English, Spanish, and conversational French.

Andre Labarca

Andre Labarca

André fell in love with Patagonia at first sight and has made it his home for the last 10 years. He has participated in more than ten mountain expeditions in the region, accomplishing many first ascents, including the summits of the North and South Towers of the Torres del Paine. André has a great interest in the development of sustainable tourism and is always looking for other regions to explore within Patagonia. André's love for nature and respect for the mountains is infectious to all who travel with him.

Tomas Marusic

Tomas Marusic

A passionate mountaineer, Tomas grew up in Torres del Paine and explored the park on foot, by horseback, and through many climbing expeditions. He was educated at a small school inside the park, which engrained a deep understanding and passion for the history and significance of Patagonia. Today, he continues to enjoy the mountains and landscapes of Patagonia, leading treks for MT Sobek. Tomas is an accomplished climber and a great ambassador of Patagonia's culture. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. 

Activities

Scenic moderate to strenuous hikes covering up to 14 miles a day in mountainous terrain. Includes a visit to the famous Perito Moreno glacier.

Lodging

Accommodations range from scenic mountain huts to comfortable hotels with modern amenities.

Climate

Expect extreme weather conditions that can change from one moment to the other. Be prepared for everything, especially strong winds and bright sun.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Our local staff will meet you in the Arrivals Hall at the El Calafate Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Can my vegetarian diet be accommodated?

Argentina is known for its outstanding asado (or BBQ), chimichurri, and meat empanadas, but we can accommodate almost any diet with advanced notice.

I hear the weather is always windy in Patagonia. Is that true?

Patagonia is known for its strong winds, but that is what creates the dramatic and beautiful, windswept landscape! We will help you prepare for the weather of Patagonia.

What wildlife will I see in Argentina?

You might see armadillo, Patagonian hare, guanaco, Darwin's rhea, vicuna, pudu deer, mara, Magellanic woodpecker, flamingo, and much more. If you are lucky, you will see an Andean Condor or a Puma.

Is this an appropriate trip for a beginner hiker?

You will get more enjoyment out of this adventure if you have some full-day hiking experience. If that is not you, call us for our recommended level-2 or 3 hiking trips that we think you will enjoy.

When is the best time to visit Argentinian Patagonia?

Patagonia's high season is mid-November through March. This is summertime in South America.

2022

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Feb 20 - 26, 2022
    $4,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available
  • Mar 06 - 12, 2022
    $4,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Private Trip Pricing:

2022 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $7,395 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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