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Chile & Argentina Ultimate Patagonia Hiking

A Classic Adventure in Torres del Paine & Los Glaciares

 

Patagonia's iconic jagged peaks and majestic glaciers are preserved in two exceptionally scenic parks: Chile's Torres del Paine and Argentina's Los Glaciares. On this classic adventure, you'll explore them both in the company of our expert Patagonia team! Take daily hikes through breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Be amazed by pristine glacial lakes, iconic snow-capped peaks, and swaying grasses of the desert steppes. At night, sleep in comfortable hotels, cozy cabins and remote mountain lodges. Your adventure wraps up in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, where you can explore the city and maybe even take in some tango.

  • Experience the best day hikes in Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina) and Torres del Paine National Park (Chile), including the famous "W" route

  • Take in the spectacular vistas of Cerro Torre and the sky-piercing peaks of the Fitz Roy Massif

  • Be awestruck by sweeping views of the Perito Moreno Glacier with its 2,100-foot high wall of calving ice

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Arrive:

Punta Arenas, Chile

Depart:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Price: from $7,995

Duration:

14 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-16 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

Long hikes with support of porters in Torres del Paine and day hiking in El Chaltén. You will be hiking between 5 to 10 hours a day, mostly on steep and rocky terrain. The length and challenging terrain can be taxing. Weather can change drastically, causing temperatures to fluctuate rapidly. These conditions can affect both body and morale.
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  • Arrive in Punta Arenas

    Day 1

    Arrive at the airport in Punta Arenas, Chile, and meet your group leader to transfer to the hotel. In the early evening, gather with the group for a briefing on the adventure ahead.

    Accommodation: Hotel Cabo de Hornos-Punta Arenas

    Recently renovated in modern European style, this large hotel offers comfortable, spacious rooms - some with sea views. Modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and room service are provided. There is a restaurant on-site, but the flavors of Punta Arenas await just outside your door, as do museums and other attractions.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Scenic Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

    Day 2

    After breakfast, travel across the Patagonian plains to the quiet fishing town of Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Stretch your legs a bit and have lunch before continuing on to Torres del Paine National Park and taking in your first spectacular views of the Paine Massif (weather permitting). There is also a very good chance of seeing guanacos - small cousins to the camel and llama - on the way to the park.

    Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National Park

    The simple, comfortable rooms come equipped with all the essentials, and have windows showcasing the awe-inspiring surroundings. Because of its remote location, the hotel has a small shop that provides some trekking equipment, snacks and toiletries. The on-site restaurant serves food that is authentic to the Patagonia region, featuring organic produce and beer from their own microbrewery.

    Transportation: 6-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Majestic Torres del Paine

    Day 3

    Get an early start for an all-day hike to the Torres del Paine lookout. Follow the Asencio River over a low pass into the Ascencio Valley, passing through beautiful beech forests, talus-covered slopes, and boulders. Arrive at a spectacular viewpoint that is one of the most scenic spots in the world, where the towers rise majestically before you and a glacial lake is visible below. Enjoy a packed lunch en route before returning to the hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National Park

    The simple, comfortable rooms come equipped with all the essentials, and have windows showcasing the awe-inspiring surroundings. Because of its remote location, the hotel has a small shop that provides some trekking equipment, snacks and toiletries. The on-site restaurant serves food that is authentic to the Patagonia region, featuring organic produce and beer from their own microbrewery.

    Activity: 9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike below Cuernos del Paine

    Day 4

    Begin your trek deep into the park, hiking at a relaxed pace along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjold to Los Cuernos, following the Paso Los Cuernos trail beneath the jagged Cuernos del Paine. The views are magnificent, including your first sighting of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Stay in cozy cabins right next to a waterfall on the most isolated spot of our journey - an excellent staging area for tomorrow's hike to the French Valley.

    Accommodation: Cabanas de los Cuernos-Torres del Paine National Park

    Located at the base of Los Cuernos del Paine, these eight charming cabins offer spectacular views of Los Cuernos and Nordenskjöld Lake. After trekking through Torres del Paine, you'll undoubtedly be ready to recharge your battery with a warm meal and a good night's sleep in the cozy beds.

    Activity: 5 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,400' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike through French Valley

    Day 5

    Hike into the French Valley, one of the most spectacular cirques in the Paine Range. Walk below the glaciers that descend from the massif's highest summit and marvel at the gray granite peaks of the Cuernos del Paine, topped with fantastical black slate "horns." Two hiking options are available today, weather permitting: We can take an 11-mile hike back to camp, or continue up to the mirador (viewpoint) above Camp Británico for one of the most impressive views in the park.

    Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande-Torres del Paine National Park

    Located on the banks of Pehoé Lake, this remote mountain lodge is an ideal base camp for experiencing Torres del Paine. The dormitory rooms have comfortable bunks, as well as drawers to put away gear and a safety box if required. The on-site restaurant offers American cuisine, and the bar is a great place to exchange stories with fellow travelers.

    Activity: 8 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,200' elevation gain or 10-12 hours/15 miles with 2,000' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take a Boat to Grey Glacier

    Day 6

    Arise early and hike along the Paine Grande Mountain towards the face of stunning Grey Glacier, at the southern end of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Enjoy a packed lunch en route before boarding a catamaran that takes us close to the front of the glacier and then down to the southern shore of the Lago Grey (Grey Lake), where our hotel for the night is located.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lago Grey-Torres del Paine National Park

    Surrounded by the majestic beauty of this unique landscape, Hotel Lago Grey is the perfect base for discovering Torres del Paine National Park. The hotel has 60 spacious rooms, including 36 Superior rooms that have lake, mountain and glacier views. All rooms are warm and comfortable, with Wi-Fi (in common areas), safe, and a phone.

    Activity: 4 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 800' elevation gain

    Transportation: 45-minute catamaran & 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Travel to Argentina & Explore El Calafate

    Day 7

    Depart Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and drive across the border into Argentina. (Please be prepared for delays of up to a few hours while crossing the border). Proceed over the flat grassland steppes to the town of El Calafate, located on the southern shore of glacial lake called Lago Argentino. El Calafate is the gateway to Perito Moreno Glacier and is a great town to explore. You trip leader will recommend restaurants for your dinner on your own 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.

    Transportation: 7-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier

    Day 8

    Enjoy a full-day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park to see the renowned Perito Moreno glacier. 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. Depending on the weather, you can admire the amazing glacier from different viewpoints on a 2-mile footbridge walk. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to El Calafate at the end of the day.

    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: 2 hours/2 miles walking & optional glacier excursion

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Drive to Los Glaciares National Park & El Chaltén

    Day 9

    We continue our drive across the steppes and along the northern end of Lago Viedma, with the views getting better and better as we approach the mountains and glaciers. Arrive at El Chaltén for lunch. Weather permitting, those who would like to may have a short hike to a scenic lookout, before continuing another half an hour to Laguna Condor.

    Accommodation: Laguna Condor Mountain Hut-El Chalten

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

    Activity: 2 hours/3 miles hiking with 300' elevation gain

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Los Huemules Nature Reserve

    Day 10

    We visit the private natural reserve, Los Huemules from where we start hiking at the Condor Valley taking us gently uphill from west to east as we approach Laguna del Diablo. This less travelled path boasts impressive views and solitude.

    Accommodation: Laguna Condor Mountain Hut-El Chalten

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

    Activity: 6-7 hours/10 miles hiking with 1,000`elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Laguna de Los Tres

    Day 11

    Another day, another inspiring day hike into Los Glaciares. A short transfer brings us to the trail head El Pilar, before setting out on an easy walk through a beautiful forest with impressive views of Piedras Blancas Glacier. From here, begin a steep climb up to Laguna de los Tres, situated just below the impressive Fitz Roy Mountain. At the top take in the beautiful surroundings before hiking back to El Chaltén. We pass the secluded and very scenic Laguna Capri.

    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/13 miles hiking with 2,300`elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow Trails to Laguna Torre

    Day 12

    Embark on a long day hike into the park's interior. Take in commanding views of the spectacular peaks of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre - both sought after by photographers and climbers the world over. Depending on the weather we might change the day 10 and 11 itinerary. We walk through a varied landscape formed by glaciers and stop at scenic viewpoints along the way to the Laguna Torre, situated on a beautiful glacial lake set against the backdrop of Cerro Torre.

    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 600`elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transfer to El Calafate & Fly to Buenos Aires

    Day 13

    Transfer to the town of El Calafate, where we bid farewell to our guide. Catch a flight to Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina that is often referred to as the "Paris of South America." Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to your hotel in the city's stylish Recoleta district. Dinner is on your own in Buenos Aires, where there is no shortage of tempting culinary offerings.

    Accommodation: Loi Suites Recoleta-Buenos Aires

    This high-end hotel is located in one of the most elegant areas of the city, steps from Eva Peron's grave at the Recoleta Cemetery and walking distance from museums, galleries, shopping, historical architecture, and parks. Rooms are sober yet stylish, with comfortable beds, fast Wi-Fi, and other modern amenities. The property also features a restaurant and pool.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer & 3-hour flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Buenos Aires & Depart

    Day 14

    Today is free for shopping and sightseeing. Explore the Recoleta, famous mainly for its nightlife but also well worth a visit by day. Take in the Museum of Fine Arts and the National Cemetery, which holds the tombs of many famous people. Or browse the stores and colorful stands of the galerias in the Downtown district, especially along Calle Florida. In the evening, transfer to the airport - or stay on a few extra days to take in the beauty of Buenos Aires.

    Meals: Breakfast

Chile & Argentina Ultimate Patagonia Hiking

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek pioneered commercial trekking in Patagonia in the 1970s, and our itinerary is the most comprehensive route available.

Reason #02

Our highly experienced MT Sobek leaders know every inch of this region.

Reason #03

This multi-faceted trip combines the splendor of nature with a stay in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

Meet your guides

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.

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 been guiding for the last 14 years in Patagonia & Canada. Ro is an accomplished hiker, kayaker, mountaineer, and wilderness responder. He is also a talented 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.

Tomas Marusic

Tomas Marusic

A passionate mountaineer, Tomas grew up in Torres del Paine and explored the park on foot, 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 to compliment his infections smile and endearing personality.

Activities

Moderate to strenuous hiking covering up to 15 miles a day in mountainous terrain. Includes visit to the Perito Moreno glacier.

Lodging

A range of lodging, from scenic mountain dormitories 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 sun.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Our local staff will meet you outside of Punta Arenas Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Will I have electricity throughout the trip?

Yes. The electricity supply in Torres del Paine mountain huts is generator-driven and usually very reliable.

How much will I have to carry each day?

Your personal gear for the day (water bottle, jacket, rain gear and other personal items). Please note, porters will not carry glass, books or electronic devices (consider not bringing these).

Are there hot showers in Torres del Paine?

Yes, under normal circumstances you will have hot water 24 hours a day. Please note you will be sharing facilities on days 4 and 5.

What are the accommodations like?

You will be staying in the best available accommodation throughout the trip. Even in remote mountain conditions on days 4 and 5, privacy is guaranteed in a shared environment.

Would you recommend trekking poles?

Yes. Trekking poles will assist with balance over rocky and uneven terrain, as well as alleviate pressure on your joints during ascents and descents.

2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Nov 20 - Dec 03, 2021
    $7,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$2,000 single supplement
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  • Dec 04 - 17, 2021
    $7,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$2,000 single supplement
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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)
  • 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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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jan 15 - 28, 2022
    $8,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$2,000 single supplement
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  • Jan 22 - Feb 04, 2022
    $8,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$2,000 single supplement
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  • Feb 05 - 18, 2022
    $8,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$2,000 single supplement
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  • Feb 19 - Mar 04, 2022
    $8,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$2,000 single supplement
    Available
  • Mar 05 - 18, 2022
    $8,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$2,000 single supplement
    Available
  • Mar 13 - 26, 2022
    $8,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$2,000 single supplement
    Available
  • Apr 02 - 15, 2022
    $8,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$2,000 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)
  • 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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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)
  • 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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