Andes Adventure

I had an amazing trip! A once in a lifetime experience, and memories I will cherish forever ... the entire experience from booking to trekking was exceptional, I couldn't expect higher standards.

Gabrielle Johnston | North Ryde, Australia
 
 

Great Patagonian Traverse

This trek is sure to captivate the most seasoned trekker and offers the opportunity to traverse Patagonia, travelling it's length from Coyhaique in the north to Puerto Natales in the South, mostly on foot and by boat via some of the most captivating and untouched national parks in the region. Our journey takes us via Villa O'Higgins, before joining our boat to cross Lago O'Higgins, with the Southern Patagonian Icefield in our midst. A recently opened pass between the shores of Lago O'Higgins in Chile and Laguna del Desierto in Argentina offers a unique way to continue our traverse and offers a side to Patagonia rarely seen by other trekkers. Of course no trip to Patagonia is complete without trekking in the Paine National Park. Here complete the 'W' trek and enjoy forays to the Grey Glacier, up the French Valley and the Ascensio Valley before we finally ascend to the base of Torres del Paine for one of the most unforgettable mountain views in the world.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Balmaceda, drive to Puerto Guadal
DAY 2 Full day trekking in the Veranada area
DAY 3 Trek to Lake Leones
DAY 4 Transfer to Villa O'Higgins
DAY 5 Cross Lago O'Higgins by boat
DAY 6 Cross into Argentina via Laguna Redonda, trek to Laguna del Desierto, drive to El Chalten
DAY 7 Day walk to Laguna Torres
DAY 8 Day walk to the base of Fitz Roy
DAY 9 Drive to El Calafate and visit Perito Moreno Glacier
DAY 10 Drive to Torres del Paine National Park
DAY 11 Trek to the Grey Glacier mirador
DAY 12 Day walk to French Valley
DAY 13 Trek to Las Torres
DAY 14 Trek to the base of Torres del Paine
DAY 15 Drive to Punta Arenas airport where trip concludes

traveller reviews

This wonderful trip combines excellent hiking with opportunities to view some of Patagonia's best and most beautiful natural features up close. This is much more than a walking trip though. The walks up to Mt Fitzroy base camp and the Cerros del Paine are outstanding. So too, are the glaciers, steppes, forests and lakes. Boat trips on the lakes and bus journeys through the ever-changing landscape give you a wide-angle view of Patagonia. On the initial section in wild Chilean Patagonia you gain a deep appreciation of the ruggedness and isolation of the country and by the time you reach Punta Arenas via Argentinian Patagonia and the Torres del Paine W-hike, you can feel sure that you've really experienced the richness and diversity of Patagonia.

Tony W., UK

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Trip Code: PTG
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  15 days
Activities:  Trekking
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Next Trip:  31 January 2017
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price: $4,999.00 USD

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