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Program: Patagonia Combo, Hike in Torres del Paine, Chile and Los Glaciares, Argentina

  • Length: 13 days / 12 nights
  • Activity Level: Active

Highlights:The Torres Lookout, The French Valley, The Cuernos, Glacier Grey, Perito Moreno Glacier, Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy, Viedma Ice Hike

The first six days of this program will be enjoyed throughout Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. This area has become known for Fitz Roy Mountain and Perito Moreno Glacier. The two destinations are spectacular and are located just 220 km (136.7 miles) apart in this enormous park. In order to arrive at Fitz Roy you will need to travel through pampas and cross rivers in order to arrive in El Chalten, from here you can find trailheads that take you to amazing sights..

The last seven days of the program are in Chilean Patagonia. The W in Torres del Paine National Park has become a "must do" for outdoor enthusiast around the world. Along the trail you will pass by the most eye catching icons in Torres del Paine National Park.  You will have the opportunity to see granite formations imposing on sedimentary rocks, ancient glaciers, diverse flora and fauna, and feel the peacefulness of untouched nature.

Overview

  • Day 1: El Calafate Airport - El Calafate
  • Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate
  • Day 3: El Calafate - El Chalten
  • Day 4: El Chalten - Cerro Torre Lookout
  • Day 5: El Chalten - Fitz Roy Lookout
  • Day 6: Viedma Ice Hike - El Calafate
  • Day 7: El Calafate - Puerto Natales
  • Day 8: Puerto Natales – Camp Chileno
  • Day 9: Camp Chileno - Camp Cuernos
  • Day 10: French Valley - Camp Paine Grande
  • Day 11:Camp Paine Grande - Camp Grey
  • Day 12: Navigation for Lake – Puerto Natales
  • Day 13: Puerto Natales – El Calafate / Punta Arenas

Patagonia Combo, Hike in Torres del Paine, Chile and Los Glaciares, Argentina

  • Length: 13 days / 12 nights
  • Activity Level: Active
  • Activity: Hiking

Day 1: El Calafate Airport - El Calafate
You will be greeted in the El Calafate airport (FTE) and taken directly to the city. The drive is approximately 30 minutes through the Patagonian Pampas. You will be taken to your accomodation and have some time to freshen up. After a bit of a rest or some time exploring the town, you will meet again with your guide for dinner.

Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate
After a nice breakfast you will board a van heading towards Perito Moreno Lookout. As you arrrive at the lookout you will be able to orient yourself in front of the enormous ice wall. During the summer the glacier often calves and if you are lucky you will be able to observe this while at the glacier. You will also take a short cruise in front of the glacier in order to get a closer look.  In the evening you will return to the city, have dinner, and spend the night.

Day 3: El Calafate - El Chalten
Today you will wake early and prepare for the first bus to El Chalten. The trip is approximately three hours by bus and you will arrive before lunch. After arriving in the small town you will get aquainted with your new accomodation and then you and your guide will leave for lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be for exploration of the city. However, you should take some time to visit the park ranger station in the afternoon and also take a short 45 minute hike to the Condor´s Lookout. You will meet with your guide for dinner and recieve instructions for your hike the next day.

Day 4: El Chalten - Cerro Torre Lookout
You will begin walking from your hostel until you reach a path that borders Fitz Roy River.  The path leads you along plains, valleys and slightly uneven walkways. You will reach a lookout after approximately three hours and be able to see a spectacular valley and the looming Cerro Torre. As you continue you will hike through a Lenga forest, until you finally reach a moraine and the Torre Lagoon. From here on a clear day you can see the Torre, Grande, and Adela Glaciers at the foot of Cerro Torre. You will spend time here enjoying the view.  Later we will return to El Chalten on the same path, have dinner and get some rest in order to be prepared for the next day.

Day 5: El Chalten - Fitz Roy Lookout
Today you will have breakfast again in your hostel. Soon after, a van will take you to El Pilar Hotel, where the trailhead begins. The ride is approximately 30 minutes with the view of Rio de Las Vueltas along the way. You will reach the trail head and begin your hike along Rio Blanco. You will pass through an amazing forest where you might see the Carpintero Woodpecker. After about an hour you will reach a spectacular lookout; you can see Piedras Blancas Lake and Glacier. The view is absolutely breath-taking and you will need to stop for a few pictures before continuing on your way. After another hour you will finally reach camp Poicenot, here the views will begin to change and you will start your climb up the side of a hill and along the moraine that will finally take you to Los Tres Lake. The hike is steep and will take approximately one more hour. You will have lots of time to admire the various peaks and later return to El Chalten walking down another trail that leads directly into the city. It will take approximately four hours to return to the small town for a shower, dinner and a good night´s rest.

Day 6: Viedma Ice Hike - El Calafate
In the morning a van will pick you up and take you towards Viedma Lake, you will enjoy a cruise across the lake until you arrive at the foot of the glacier. You will be given instruction on how to hike on the glacier, and also be given the necessary gear. Your guides will help you to get prepared and you will spend a few hours hiking ontop of Glacier Viedma. After the hike, you will return back to the boat, and cross the lake to return to your van and be taken back to El Chalten in time to gather your things and get a quick bite to eat. You will board the 6pm bus and head back to El Calafate to spend the night. You will arrive in El Calafate in time for a late dinner and a good night´s rest.

Day 7: El Calafate - Puerto Natales
Early in the morning you will take another bus to Puerto Natales. The trip is approximately 5 hours and you will arrive in the town for a late lunch. You will have the afternoon to explore the town and finish up any last minute preparations before leaving the next morning for a five-day hike.

Day 8: Puerto Natales – Camp Chileno
After an early breakfast, you and your guide will leave Puerto Natales heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving in the park you will begin to casually walk up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. You and your guide will arrive at Camp Chileno a few hours after lunch. This is where you will be spending the night, so your guide will set up your tents and put your backpacks inside, before continuing on the hike. After a short rest in Chileno you will hike one hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After a bit of time admiring the view you will return back to Chileno to sleep and have dinner.

Day 9: Camp Chileno - Camp Cuernos
In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You will leave Camp Chileno and walk for four hours towards Camp Cuernos, which is located on the coast of Lake Nordenskjold and the foot of the impressive Cuernos of Paine. Along the way you will border Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold. You will have a few rivers to cross by hopping across rocks and also catch views of glaciers upon the mountain tops that are hovering over you. Finally you see the Cuernos! They are monsterous peaks, you will spend the night at the foot of them after a breath-taking journey.

Day 10: French Valley - Camp Paine Grande
Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Camp Italiano. This camp is just two easy hours away. You will trek accross a windy beach and finally escape into the valley and find that the wind is a little calmer. After two hours of hiking you and your guide will leave your backpack at Camp Italiano and continue into the French Valley with just a small day-pack. You will hike across a moraine and through a forest until you come finally come to a clearing. Here you will be blown away both by the wind and by the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you, the shocking hanging glacier called the French Glacier just ahead of you and by many of the peaks that are the reason why this park has become famous. After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your backpacks and continue to Camp Paine Grande where you will spend the night.

Day 11:Camp Paine Grande - Camp Grey
After a restful nights sleep and an energizing breakfast you will be ready to hike again. Today you will have a short four hours through a small forest and then along Lake Grey. Most days this section of the park is also windy, because of the openess provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field. After about two hours of hiking you will get your first peaks of Glacier Grey and be stunned. You will continue on two more hours until arriving at Camp Grey, leave your things and then continue ten more minutes until you arrive at the beach where you will have a gorgeous view of the glacier. You will arrive here just after lunch, leaving you plenty of time to admire the scenery.

Day 12: Navigation for Lake – Puerto Natales
After four days hiking on the infamous "W" in Torres del Paine you will have just a morning left to relax, take more pictures or go for another short hike. You will board the Grey II boat in the afternoon. You will enjoy your afternoon by admiring the glacier from upclose and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. Just after 18:00 hrs you will begin your journey towards Puerto Natales and arrive in time for a late dinner and a good nights rest.

Day 13: Puerto Natales – El Calafate / Punta Arenas
Today you will take a transfer back to El Calafate or onwards to Punta Arenas. You will arrive in El Calafate at approximately 14.00 hrs, or in Punta Arenas at 11:00 hrs. You will say goodbye to our staff and continue your journey home or to your next destination!

Below is a suggested packing list:

  • Upper body:
  • Shirts/Jacket
  • Wind proof and water proof jacket, such as Gore Tex or similar
  • Fleece or pile coat
  • Quick dry long sleeve t-shirt
  • Quick dry or cotton short sleeve t-shirt
  • Winter hat
  • Light gloves
  • Lower body:
  • Quick dry hiking socks
  • Quick dry, light weight long underwear bottoms
  • Quick dry and breathable windproof pants
  • Shorts
  • Light trekking boots and/or gym shoes
  • Other necessary items:
  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping bag (-5°C for Nov. – Mar. trips, -15°C for April – Oct. trips)
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle (1.000cc)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chap Stick with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack (big enough for all your personal things)
  • Shower Shoes
  • Earplugs
  • Head lamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera

Dittmar Adventures gear:

  • Four Season Tents
  • MSR Asgard, 3-man tent
  • MSR Fury, 2-man tent
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Thermarest Prolite 4
  • Thermarest Prolite plus
  • Base Camp Tents
  • Mountain Hardwear Space Station
  • MSR Board Room
  • Cooking gear
  • MSR Whisperlite international
  • MSR Base pot set
  • GSI Tableware

How far ahead should I book my trip?
Due to the popularity of Patagonia, we recommend booking your trip 4 months in advance during the peak travel months (Dec-Feb). If you want to travel in November or March we recommend booking travel 2 months in advance.

Upon arrival to Patagonia
Your guide will meet you at the airport upon arrival. Typically he/she will take you to Puerto Natales, which is about a 3-hour drive from Punta Arenas. Depending on what time your plane arrives, you will have the entire day or just a few hours to explore or rest-up in the small town of Puerto Natales. Your guide will leave you at your hotel and meet you shortly after dinner to discuss trip details, answer questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days (the hotel will allow you to leave any unnecessary luggage with them).

Patagonian weather
Most of the time, there is no way to know what to expect. What you need to know is that it is fast changing and one can witness the wind, sun, rain and snow all in a matter of hours while in Patagonian wilderness. However, in the cities it is slightly more predictable, normally www.accuweather.com and www.undergroundweather.com are correct.

What to pack
During the trek you need to have a backpack (renting a backpack is possible) with just enough room to carry your clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bag (during W trips, renting a sleeping bag is also possible). Shared equipment like tents, stoves, pots, and food will be brought and transferred by our staff.

Personal equipment and clothing should be chosen to allow comfort while hiking. Select clothes to keep you dry in the rain, protected from the wind, and cool enough for warmer moments. It is essential that you are prepared to experience all four seasons in one day.

Tour insurance
It is very important that every visitor has international insurance against accidents. Make sure you have arranged for this insurance before paying for the trip. It is worth considering that some aspects of nature are unpredictable and that we must be prepared for any inconvenient circumstances.

Tour meals
Three meals a day during your program are included. We do not include drinks while in cities or snacks during the day. When staying in cities we will eat in restaurants, however during the days we are in the wilderness your guide will prepare your food. Food is purchased at local stores and we choose your meals according to the preference sheet you fill out. Food can include, but is not limited to, assorted vegetables, beef, chicken and fish. We will also provide energy rich carbohydrates like pasta, rice, or potatoes. To top things off and excite your taste buds we also bring some of the following: wine, beer, cookies, cheese, crackers, and fruits.  Your meals are carried and, most of the time, prepared by your guide.

Changes in itinerary
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule agreed upon, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.

Canceling your adventure
At the time we receive written notice that you must cancel your trip, the following fees will apply to your deposit (all dates are from departure date):

Regular Departures
From time of reservation until 90 days prior to departure -$100 USD
89 to 60 days prior to departure - $200 USD
59 to 30 days prior to departure - 50% of deposit USD
29 days or less prior to departure - 100% of deposit USD
Private Adventures, Custom Adventures & Special Departures
From time of reservation until 90 days prior to departure -15% of deposit
89 to 60 days prior to departure -50% of deposit USD
59 days or less prior to departure -100% of deposit USD

Please Note: No partial refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Program Costs are quoted as a package and refunds are not given for services not used. (Note—Extra hotel nights cancelled within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% of the hotel cost or $35, whichever is greater.)


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  • 2nd - Make the deposit payment (40% of total trip cost)
  • 3rd - Upon arrival pay the balance (60%)

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