Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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  • Hike the famed W circuit in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, trekking amid twisting peaks to the base of Las Torres’ sheer granite walls.
  • Trek through Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, following trails to serene lakes at the foot of spectacular Cerro Torre and the Fitz Roy massif.
  • Experience the power and magnificence of the Perito Moreno Glacier on a cruise to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
  • Unwind in hotels and lodges tucked amid some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Patagonia’s pristine beauty is preserved in two exceptionally scenic national parks: the Torres del Paine in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. Set out to explore both on foot—from the black-tipped “horns” of Cuernos del Paine to the ice-clad pinnacles of Monte Fitz Roy. Hike along sapphire-colored lakes strewn with incandescent icebergs in Torres del Paine. In Los Glaciares, part of the third-largest ice cap in the world, walk among active glaciers and watch as they calve ice into alpine lakes. Spot wildlife from Andean condors to guanacos and eagles, and travel across the sweeping Patagonian steppe.

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas and meet your trip leader for the transfer to our hotel. Gather for a welcome dinner tonight.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Cabo de Hornos
Day 2: Torres del Paine National Park

Cross the Patagonian plains to the quiet fishing town of Puerto Natales at the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. Set out on a short walk, across the valley from Cueva del Mylodon and Cueva del Medio, caves that have yielded important prehistoric finds. Tonight, travel to Lago de Grey and settle in to our quaint hotel, ideally situated within Torres del Paine National Park. (1-2 miles hiking, 1–2 hours; 6–7 hours driving)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Lago Grey
Day 3: Grey Glacier

Cross Lago de Grey by boat to the foot of the glacier. Our trail traces the lakeshore, offering spectacular views of the glacier and the dramatic Paine massif. Settle into our lodge, overlooking Lago Pehoé. (7–8 miles hiking, 4 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Refugio Paine Grande
Day 4: French Valley

Today we’ll hike in the magnificent French Valley, a natural basin ringed by the black slate “horns” of the Cuernos del Paine. Walk beneath the glacier-covered slopes of Cerro Paine, the highest summit in the range, and take in panoramic vistas of this extraordinary sweep of mountains. Stay in cabins tucked in beside a waterfall this evening. (14 miles hiking, 10 hours, or 7 miles hiking, 6 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Cabañas en los Cuernos
Day 5: Paso Los Cuernos

Follow the Paso Los Cuernos trail along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjöld, hiking at a relaxed pace between the soaring Cuernos del Paine massif and the sapphire lake. Continue to the base of the Torres mountains and check in to our hotel. (7 miles hiking, 4–5 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Las Torres or Estancia Cerro Guido
Day 6: Torres del Paine

Rise early for our all-day hike to the Torres del Paine, sheer walls of granite that thrust vertically into the sky. Our path cuts through beech forests and up the barren slopes below the towers to one of the most magnificent viewpoints in the world. Before us, the towers rise majestically, and far below, the glacial lake shines a brilliant shade of blue. (11 miles hiking, 8–10 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Las Torres or Estancia Cerro Guido
Days 7-10: El Chaltén/Los Glaciares National Park

Cross the Argentine border en route to El Chaltén, where we'll spend the next three days exploring the iconic spots of Los Glaciares National Park. Climb to pristine glacial lakes at the base of the park’s most famous sites, Monte Fitz Roy (11,073') and Cerro Torre (10,278'). Discover the Piedras Blancas glacier, or head to Piedra del Fraile, which looks out on the dramatic north face of Fitz Roy. (Day 7: 6-7 hours driving; Day 8: 11 miles hiking, 6-7 hours; Day 9: 14 miles hiking, 8-9 hours; Day 10: 11 miles hiking, 6-7 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Hotel Destino Sur
Day 11: La Leona Petrified Forest/El Calafate

Today we’ll travel south across the steppe on our way to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is part of the third largest ice cap in the world after Antarctica and Greenland. Stop along the way for a hike and a picnic lunch in La Leona Petrified Forest, a surreal maze of ancient trunks and fossils. (3 miles hiking, 2 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Mirador del Lago
Days 12-13: Perito Moreno Glacier/El Calafate

After breakfast, head to Perito Moreno, an active glacier on the southern arm of Lake Argentino. Watch the glacier calve great chunks of ice into the lake, then explore the area’s picturesque trails on a short hike. The next morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Day 12: 2-3 miles hiking, 1 hour)

Meals Included:Day 12 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) / Day 13 (Breakfast)
Accommodations:Hotel Mirador del Lago (Day 12)