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Chile & Argentina Ultimate Patagonia Hiking Tour

A Bucket-List Hiking Adventure in Torres del Paine & Los Glaciares


This is our most comprehensive hiking itinerary in Patagonia, combining 40 miles on the W route in Chile's Torres del Paine with the remote reaches of Argentina's Los Glaciares, all in the company of our expert Patagonia team. Get up close to the iconic jagged peaks, majestic glaciers, and pristine lakes of these two breathtakingly scenic national parks. Stay at comfortable centrally located hotels in the towns of Puerto Natales, El Calafate, and El Chalten as well as highly-sought-after small wilderness lodgings that allow spectacular hiking opportunities that others aren't able to reach without the need to camp. This much-loved trip of a lifetime is the ultimate way to explore Patagonia!

13 Days

From: $8,995

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Highlights


  • Trek the iconic "W" route in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park
  • Take in spectacular vistas of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park
  • Be awestruck by sweeping views of the Perito Moreno Glacier with its 2,100-foot high wall of calving ice

Chile & Argentina Ultimate Patagonia Hiking

Start: Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas, Chile   End: El Calafate, Argentina

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas

    Day 1

    Arrive at the airport in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, a quiet fishing town on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound), and transfer to the hotel. In the early evening, gather with the group for a briefing on the adventure ahead, followed by a welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Remota Patagonia Lodge

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer from Punta Arenas or 20-minute private van transfer from Puerto Natales

    Meals: Dinner

  • Scenic Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

    Day 2

    After breakfast, travel across the Patagonian plains to Torres del Paine National Park and take 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. Arrive this afternoon at your hotel near the southern shore of Lago Grey (Grey Lake). Enjoy an easygoing hike just west of the hotel, following a trail that runs parallel to the Pingo River and through the Pingo Valley. Pass impressive waterfalls and landscapes rich in native vegetation such as Ñirres, Calafates, Notros, Lengas, and Coigues. There are also excellent views of the Paine Grande peak.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lago Grey

    Activity: 2.5 hours/5.3 miles hiking with 565' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take a Boat to Grey Glacier & Begin W-Route Trek

    Day 3

    Arise early and board a catamaran that takes you close to the front of the stunning Grey Glacier, at the southern end of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Disembark at the nearby trailhead and begin the classic "W" route trek, heading away from the glacier and along Grey Lake and the Paine Grande Mountain. Overnight at a remote mountain refuge on the shore of Lake Pehoe, with simple dormitory-style rooms and beautiful views - an excellent staging area for tomorrow's hike into the French Valley.

    Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande

    Activity: 4 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 1200' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 45-minute catamaran cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike into the French Valley

    Day 4

    Begin your trek deep into the park, continuing to circle beneath Paine Grande Mountain to the entrance of the French Valley, one of the most spectacular cirques in the Paine Range and the middle leg of the "W" route. You'll gain elevation as you hike into the valley, walking below the glaciers that descend from the massif's highest summit and marveling at the gray granite peaks of the Cuernos del Paine, topped with fantastical black slate "horns." After reaching the French Valley lookout with its awe-inspiring views, head to your cabins beneath the jagged Cuernos ("horns") del Paine. Stay in cozy cabins right next to a waterfall on the most isolated spot of the journey, with a prime position to view sunset hitting the horns, followed by dark night skies filled with stars.

    Accommodation: Cabanas de los Cuernos

    Activity: 8 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,350' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike below Cuernos del Paine

    Day 5

    Hike at a relaxed pace along gently rolling terrain from Los Cuernos, taking the Paso Los Cuernos trail as it follows the north shore of Lago Nordenskjold. The views are magnificent - from forested paths to the gravel lakeshore, and occasional glimpses of the horns and towers of the Paine massif, weather permitting.

    Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National Park

    Activity: 5 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,400' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to the Base of the Majestic Torres del Paine

    Day 6

    Get an early start for an all-day hike to the base of the Torres del Paine. Follow the Asencio River over a low pass into the Asencio Valley, passing through beautiful beech forests and talus-covered slopes. After a final steep climb up a boulder field, 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

    Activity: 9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 3,400' elevation gain & loss

    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 an enormous glacial lake called Lago Argentino, and considered the gateway to Perito Moreno Glacier.

    Accommodation: Xelena Hotel & Suites

    Transportation: 7-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier

    Day 8

    Enjoy a day trip 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. Admire the amazing glacier from different viewpoints on a 2-mile guided footbridge walk. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant overlooking the glacier before returning to El Calafate for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

    Accommodation: Xelena Hotel & Suites

    Activity: 2 hours/2 miles walking with 350' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Drive to Los Glaciares National Park & El Chaltén

    Day 9

    Continue the drive across the steppes and along the northern end of Lago Viedma, with the views getting better and better as you approach the mountains and glaciers of the Fitzroy and Cerro Torre ranges. Arrive at El Chalten for lunch. Weather permitting, take a short hike to a scenic lookout, before continuing another half an hour to Laguna Condor. NOTE: some groups will overnight at Destino Sur for all four nights in El Chalten (instead of two nights at Laguna Condor and two nights at Destino Sur).

    Accommodation: Destino Sur Hotel de Montana & Spa
    Accommodation: Laguna Condor Cabanas

    Activity: 1 hour/2 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike along the Rio Electrico to Piedra del Fraile and Lago Electrico

    Day 10

    From the trailhead at Rio Electrico Bridge, hike along the Rio Electrico Valley, which progresses gently uphill from west to east, and pass through a beautiful lenga forest to reach Piedra del Fraile, one of the first refuges in the area, protected from the winds and offering comfort to the world's most experienced climbers and mountaineers, as well as to trekkers arriving in the area for the first time. This less travelled path boasts impressive views of the north face of Fitz Roy and solitude, and the lenga forest is alive with the sounds of native birds. Wind conditions permitting, emerge back into open terrain and cross the boulder field of a glacial valley to reach the shores of Lago Electrico, fed by the Marconi Glacier.

    Accommodation: Destino Sur Hotel de Montana & Spa
    Accommodation: Laguna Condor Cabanas

    Activity: 6-7 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,150' elevation gain & loss

    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 you back to the trail head at Rio Electrico Bridge, before setting out on an easy walk through a beautiful forest with impressive views of Piedras Blancas Glacier as well as the Fitz Roy, Saint Exupery, and Poincenot Peaks. After passing Poincenot Camp, begin a steep climb up to Laguna de los Tres — a challenging effort, but worthwhile for its superb views of Fitz Roy and its hanging glaciers. At the top take in the beautiful surroundings before hiking back to El Chalten via the secluded and very scenic Laguna Capri.

    Accommodation: Destino Sur Hotel de Montana & Spa

    Activity: 8-9 hours/13.5 miles hiking with 3,150' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow Trails to Laguna Torre

    Day 12

    Embark on a long day hike into the park's interior. Walk through a varied landscape formed by glaciers and stop for commanding views of the south face of Cerro Torre — sought after by photographers and climbers the world over. Reach the pinnacle of your trek at Laguna Torre, a beautiful glacial lake set against the backdrop of Cerro Torre, with its iconic pointy spires and hanging glaciers.

    Accommodation: Destino Sur Hotel de Montana & Spa

    Activity: 7-8 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,800' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transfer to El Calafate and Depart

    Day 13

    Transfer back to El Calafate this morning, arriving in time for early afternoon flight departures to extend your adventure on your own or with one of our extensions in Argentina, or to begin your journey home.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek pioneered commercial trekking in Patagonia in the 1970s, and this 13-day itinerary is perfectly paced and the most comprehensive route available.

  • Stay in comfortable hotels, cozy cabins, and remote mountain lodges - all ideally located to enjoy spectacular hiking opportunities without needing to camp!

  • Our highly experienced MT Sobek leaders know every inch of this region and ensure the logistics of this multi-faceted trip run seamlessly.

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2024

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

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.


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This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 16.

Private Trip Pricing:


2024 Pricing

10 to 16 guests from $8,995 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $9,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $9,695 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

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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When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

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Inclusions

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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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Andre L.

Andre L.

André is an accomplished mountaineer who has dedicated over 25 years to climbing and exploring the Peruvian and Patagonian Andes ranges. He grew up in central Chile and fell in love with Patagonia at first sight and made it his home for 20 years before recently moving to Chile's Araucania region. In over ten mountain expeditions in Patagonia, he accomplished many first ascents, and has climbed the Paine towers in Chile and Alpamayo in Peru. A very enthusiastic guide, André’s love for nature and respect for the mountains is infectious to all who travel with him.

Rodrigo B.

Rodrigo B.

"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.

Sergio F.

Sergio F.

Sergio is a legendary trekking guide with over 40 years of experience and 300 trips to his name! Besides leading our expeditions in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina's Aconcagua, he also loves to lead some of our more challenging treks in Nepal and Peru. His recent expeditions include leading our 50th Anniversary Base Camp Trek, Chile's Dientes de Navarino mountains, and an epic hiking adventure in the Dolomites. Sergio has acquired a loyal following, and is one of our most respected guides.

Luciano C.

Luciano C.

Lucho lives in El Chalten, Argentina, at the base of the Fitz Roy Massif. He is a certified professional AAGM (Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides) mountain and trekking guide and for over 20 years has been involved in many types of outdoor expeditions in Patagonia and beyond. He has been to the summit of Cerro Fitz Roy, traversed the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, climbed in Bolivia's Cordillera Real, climbed in the Swiss Alps and in the Yosemite Valley of California. Lucho is also an avid skier, kayaker, and photographer.

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Transfer back to El Calafate this morning, arriving in time for early afternoon flight departures to extend your adventure on your own or with one of our extensions in Argentina, or to begin your journey home.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated 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 back-to-back days and challenging terrain can be taxing. Strong winds are common and weather can change drastically, causing temperatures to fluctuate rapidly. These conditions can affect both body and morale.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

2.5 hours/5.3 miles hiking with 565' elevation gain & loss

Day 3

4 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 1200' elevation gain & loss

Day 4

8 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,350' elevation gain & loss

Day 5

5 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,400' elevation gain & loss

Day 6

9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 3,400' elevation gain & loss

Day 8

2 hours/2 miles walking with 350' elevation gain & loss

Day 9

1 hour/2 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain & loss

Day 10

6-7 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,150' elevation gain & loss

Day 11

8-9 hours/13.5 miles hiking with 3,150' elevation gain & loss

Day 12

7-8 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,800' elevation gain & loss

Accommodations


A range of lodging, from scenic mountain cabins and one dormitory to comfortable hotels with modern amenities.

Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National Park
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.

Cabanas de los Cuernos
Cabanas de los Cuernos

These eight charming cabins, located at the base of the "horns" (Cuernos del Paine) at the heart of the W Route, offer spectacular views of Los Cuernos - especially at sunset, when the sun hits the horns. 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 a real bed, while all others nearby have to camp to enjoy this privileged location.

Refugio Paine Grande
Refugio Paine Grande

Located on the banks of Pehoe Lake, this remote mountain lodge is an ideal launch point for hiking trails to Torres del Paine's French Valley and Grey Glacier. 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.

Hotel Lago Grey
Hotel Lago Grey

Hotel Lago Grey is the perfect base for discovering the western side of Torres del Paine National Park, and features a privileged view of Grey Lake. 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.

Destino Sur Hotel de Montana & Spa
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.

Remota Patagonia Lodge
Remota Patagonia Lodge

Remota Patagonia Lodge is located on the Last Hope Sound, just a short walk from the charming town of Puerto Natales in southern Chile. Designed by award-winning architect German del Sol, the innovative structure was inspired by the old Patagonian shearing sheds tilted by the wind and prioritizes spectacular views throughout. The comfortable, modern guest rooms all feature views of the mountains, the sound, and the glaciers and are decorated with local wood accents and the finest Peruvian textiles. The hotel also features a heated pool, sauna, souvenir shop, bar, and an onsite restaurant featuring local seafood, exotic meats, local organic vegetables, and Chilean wines.

Xelena Hotel & Suites
Xelena Hotel & Suites
Located on the shores of the Lago Argentino in El Calafate, Xelena Hotel & Suites is immersed in the unique natural environment. The modern guest suites are equipped with Wi-Fi, underfloor heating, exclusive amenities, and fantastic views of the lake. The hotel also features the full service Zen Spa, a heated pool, Jacuzzi, dry sauna, and several on property dining options including the Mora Restaurant, which serves up exquisite cuisine featuring Patagonian flavors and a nice selection of Argentinian wines.
Laguna Condor Cabanas
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.

Weather


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

 
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FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?

Our local staff will meet you outside of Puerto Natales Airport on Day 1 and take you by private vehicle to your hotel.

Alternately, if you prefer to fly into Punta Arenas Airport, there will be one group transfer from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, departing Punta Arenas at 2:00 pm on Day 1 (with drive time ~3 hours to Puerto Natales). Please arrive Punta Arenas by 1:00 pm on Day 1 if you'd like to join this complimentary group transfer to Puerto Natales.

Will I have electricity throughout the trip?

All hotels and lodges have electricity. Note that the electricity supply at Cabanas de los Cuernos and Refugio Paine Grande in Torres del Paine is generator-driven and is shut off from midnight to 6:00 am.

How much will I have to carry each day?

Your personal gear for the day (water bottle, jacket, rain gear and other personal items). For the two nights at the W-Route mountain lodges in Torres del Paine, porters will carry a stuff sack with your additional clothing and toiletries, and your larger suitcases will be kept in secure storage until you arrive at Hotel Las Torres. Please note, porters will not carry glass, books or electronic devices.

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 3 and 4.

What are the accommodations like?

You will be staying in the best available accommodation throughout the trip. Even in remote mountain conditions on days 3 and 4, MT Sobek guests have private sleeping accommodations and share only the bathroom/shower facilities (same-sex shared bathrooms).

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.

What is the minimum age for this trip? FAQ
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.
Is hiking in Patagonia difficult?
The difficulty of hiking in Patagonia depends on the route taken. If you want to get up close to the major draws, including the base of the iconic Towers, the "Horns" (Cuernos), and the French Valley in Torres des Paine, and the high glacial lakes just beneath Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre in Los Glaciares, then you will need to be able to hike for 11-13 miles on consecutive days with elevation gains and losses ranging from 1,000-3,400 feet. Terrain is often rocky and uneven, and there are particularly steep portions on two of the days. Add weather conditions that can be cold, windy, rainy and the difficulty can increase. We rate our Ultimate Patagonia hiking adventure a Level 4 (moderate to challenging) and our groups are led by highly experienced local guides who have been leading MT Sobek trips for more than a decade.
How long does it take to hike in Patagonia?
Our private W route trek in Chile only is 7 days, but if you want to see both Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia we recommend 13 days, which allows for hiking in both Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, the Perito Moreno Glacier, plus rest and travel time. With more than 50 years of experience perfecting this trip, we can honestly say that's the perfect amount of time.
When is the best time to hike in Patagonia?
The best time to hike in Patagonia is when it's winter and spring in the Northern Hemisphere, so summer and fall in the Southern Hemisphere. Our Ultimate Patagonia trip runs from January to April and from November to December.
What is the weather like in Patagonia?
Patagonia's weather is highly unpredictable, characterized by strong winds, rapid changes, and varying temperatures. Summers tend to be relatively mild with longer daylight hours, while winters are harsh, cold, and often accompanied by snow and ice. For hiking in Patagonia, we recommend going between November and April (summer and fall in the Southern Hemisphere).

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