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What’s included

  • Local leaders
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Best available hotels in outlying towns
  • Four nights at the award-winning EcoCamp
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4/5 star) in Buenos Aires on twin share, bed & breakfast basis
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 6 dinners are included
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kitbag

Complete Patagonia - Paine & Fitz Roy

Walking & Trekking

Argentina, Argentine Patagonia, Chile, Chilean Patagonia | Walking & Trekking

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Complete Patagonia - Paine & Fitz Roy
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Walks on: 8 days

Flight inclusive from £5,240,
Land only from £4,200

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The best day walks in the Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks.

Highlights

  • Enjoy eight days of excellent walking, taking in all the highlights of the spectacular Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks
  • Visit the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Stay in high quality accommodation throughout including the award winning Ecocamp in the Torres del Paine
  • Discover Santiago with a city tour and a full day walk in the Andes to El Morado glacier

Reviews          

The trip was fantastic. Patagonia itself is so stunning…the mountain scenery pristine.
Mr & Mrs W, Cheshire

Very well researched itineraries. Excellent trek leaders with good local knowledge. Reliable support infrastructure. Amazing choice of walks, hotels etc. A good balance between caring for the clients' needs, but also allowing them to enjoy the freedom of trekking.
Ms H & Mr W, Midlothian

Always excellent accommodation, particularly the Eco Domes. The main guide was magnificent and knowledgeable, with a wonderful smile. . It was a superb holiday during which we had the chance to see some spectacular scenery in a lovely part of the world, in the company of a really wonderful guide, thank you.
Mr & Mrs P, Dorset

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Our journey begins in Chile’s vibrant capital of Santiago, with time to explore and take a walk in the hills above the Maipo Valley. Flying south, we take an awe-inspiring boat trip from Puerto Natales right into the Torres del Paine National Park. Our base here is the stunningly located Ecocamp, with accommodation provided in comfortable, geodesic domes. Highlights of our walking here include the Las Torres trail to view the Paine Towers and a walk beside the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe.

Crossing into Argentina, we’ll visit the Perito Moreno glacier and trek to Laguna Los Tres to see the Fitz Roy massif, and to Laguna Torre to watch icebergs glide across the dramatic backdrop of Cerro Torre. Finally, we reach Buenos Aires, with time for a tango, before we fly home.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Walks on: 8 days

Max. Altitude: 2,551m/8,370ft, El Morado Glacier, Day 3

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Santiago

Accommodation types: Hotels, Ecocamp

Meal arrangements: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Arrive Santiago. Afternoon city tour.
3
Drive to Maipo Valley, walk To El Morado Glacier and lagoon.
4-5
Fly to Punta Arenas. Drive to Puerto Natales. Catamaran to Puerto Torres. Visit Serrano Glacier.
6-7
Trek to Las Torres lookout and walk the Lazo Weber Trail.
8-9
Catamaran across Lake Pehoe to roadhead. Trek along French Valley. Transfer to Cerro Castillo. Cross the border, drive to El Calafate.
10
Visit Perito Moreno Glacier. Transfer to El Chalten.
11
Trek to Loma Del Pliegue Tumbad
12-13
Fitzroy Base Camp walk. Day walk to Laguna Torre.
14
Transfer to El Calafate. Fly to Buenos Aires.
15-16
Morning in Buenos Aires. Transfer to airport and fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Patagonia
Local leader, Patagonia

We use expert, English-speaking local guides who have an intimate knowledge of the area and an infectious passion for nature. They are very hard-working, attentive and helpful.


Complete Patagonia - Paine & Fitz Roy Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Santiago

    Fly overnight from London to Santiago.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight Meals To Santiago
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Santiago. Afternoon city tour.

    Flights from the UK usually land in Santiago in the morning. Upon arrival at Santiago Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    This afternoon you will enjoy an escorted tour of the city. From your hotel you head 'downtown' to the Mercado Central, the bustling colourful market that supplies many Santiago homes and businesses with fresh fish and sea food all year round. You will then walk to the Plaza de Armas, Santiago's main square surrounded by some of Chile's finest architecture. In the square you often find street photographers with old fashioned cameras, pavement artists, shoe polishers and a large number of "British" doves, reputed to have been imported by a homesick Englishman. You should also see equestrian statues of Pedro de Valdivia, founder of Santiago and Simón Bolívar, the South American liberator. On the western side of the square stands the cathedral, whilst on the northern side is the Correo Central - the present post office building. A short walk leads you to the impressive Tribunales de Justicia, which houses the Supreme Court which was once the Congreso Nacional (House of Parliament).

    Following the pedestrianised Paseo Ahumada, you will reach Palacio La Moneda, one of Santiago's most famous landmarks and considered by Chileanos to symbolise not only their democracy, but their independence too. Before finishing your tour in the cosmopolitan Lastarria district, there will be time to take in the views from the hilltop Cerro Santa Lucía - where Pedro Valdivia first founded Santiago in 1541. You will enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers before retiring for the night.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Plaza Torremayor, Santiago
  3. Day 3 - Drive to Maipo Valley, walk To El Morado Glacier and lagoon, 700m/2,296ft of ascent/descent - 5-6 hours.
    complete patagonia paine and fitz roy el morado walk maipo valley sh.

    After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel and driven across the Maipo Valley and towards the Andes. The grand metropolis of Santiago quickly fades behind you once you reach the countryside. Along the way, local country families come out to the street to sell “Empanadas” and “Pan Amasado”, the most typical country meal together with honey, homemade marmalade and wooden handicrafts. After a while, the road turns into a thin dirt road and you arrive at the spectacular El Morado Reserve nestled at the foot of a towering mountain cirque, with some of the most dramatic rock formations in South America. Picking your way through rocky slopes dotted with wildflowers and yellow cometocinos you follow the course of an icy stream and gradually climb up into the mountains, reaching a good spot for your packed lunch beside a hidden glacier and lake after about 3 hours. Your highest point on this trek is 2,551m/8,370ft. Returning the same way, you meet up with your vehicle once again and make the short drive (60km/37 miles) to the village of San Alfonso Village where you will arrive around 4-5pm for an early barbeque dinner. You return to Santiago by around 9-10pm.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Plaza Torremayor, Santiago
  4. Day 4 - Fly to Punta Arenas. Drive to Puerto Natales.

    You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for the 4 hour flight to Punta Arenas, via Puerto Montt (where the aircraft will stop for 20 minutes or so while you remain on the plane). Try to request a seat on the left hand side of the plane because, good weather permitting, you will have awesome views of the Patagonian Andes and see the Torres del Paine which you will be trekking so close to in a few days' time. You will also have a bird's eye view of many stunning lakes and glaciers. It is interesting to contrast the lush scenery around Puerto Montt with the parched landscape close to Santiago.

    You will be met at Punta Arenas airport, and driven northwards to Puerto Natales. Here you will probably notice the change in temperature. After approximately 3 hours driving, you arrive at the quaint town of Puerto Natales on the edge of Last Hope Sound. You meet your guide at the hotel, and the rest of the day is free to explore this picturesque town.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel I F Patagonia
  5. Day 5 - Catamaran to Puerto Torres. Visit Serrano Glacier.

    Today you will rise early for your transfer to Natales dock in time to board the catamaran. You will be treated to a visual feast of mountains, fjords, ice caps, and glaciers, soaring condors, guanacos grazing on the hillside and the stunning Torres del Paine. Make sure you wear warm clothes as you will undoubtedly wish to spend most of your time on deck. You progress up the Canal Señoret and reach the mouth of the Fiordo Eberhard after about one hour. This is where cattle ranching started in the Ultima Esperanza area in 1887 by the German Captain Eberhard. You then begin sailing along the Fiordo Ultima Esperanza. You have excellent views of the mountain Balmaceda, 2,035m/6,676ft, which becomes more spectacular as you progress.

    After about two hours of sailing, the boat will slow as you approach the cormorant colony and you will undoubtedly get some good photographs of these birds. You may well see sea-lions and the cisne de cuello negro (Black-necked swans) as well as condors nesting in the dramatic cliff face.

    After about four hours of sailing, the boat docks at Puerto Toro, where a 15 minute or so walk brings you to the base of the Serrano Glacier. Here you swap to your Zodiac inflatable motor boat for the 35km journey to the Torres del Paine National Park. This brings you increasingly dramatic and impressive views of the Towers of Paine (Torres del Paine). You reach the Serrano waterfalls, disembark and have a short walk around the falls. You then board boats upstream of the falls and head for the park offices, from where you are then transferred to the EcoCamp.

    Please note that the catamaran sailing is dependant on weather conditions. If it is unable to sail you will be transferred by bus instead and you will be refunded for the boat trip when you return to the UK.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Eco Camp - Standard Domes, Las Torres
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Las Torres lookout, 720m/2,362ft of ascent/descent - 8 hours.
    complete patagonia paine and fitz roy las torres lookout j mccorkall.

    Please note: the walks over the next three days may be switched around depending on weather conditions.

    Today is a fairly long, but very rewarding day and, if the weather is clear, you will have awesome views of the 3 impressive granite towers of Paine. The trail is on a good path for the first 2-3 hours, and your last lookout point is on rocky, boulder-strewn terrain. However, navigation is made easy by the red blobs of paint strategically placed on the boulders. If the sun is out and there is not too much wind, it can be very hot so ensure you drink lots of water (there are many opportunities to fill up your bottle from streams).

    You cross the Rio Ascencio on a suspension footbridge and head rightwards on a good, dusty track and continue uphill, levelling out as you traverse high above the rushing Rio Ascencio. You have fine views of Lago Nordenskjold as you glance backwards. After about 1½-2 hours walking (depending on your rest stops) you reach the Refugio Chileno - a very pleasant and well-kept refugio which sells drinks and snacks. It is also a good place for a water refill although you will have several opportunities to fill your water as you continue upwards along the stream.

    Having left the refugio, you walk through the lenga forest for an hour or so until you reach a signpost for the Torres campsite. After following a stream for a while, the rocky moraine begins and you will be trekking uphill for roughly an hour before you reach the high point and fantastic mirador (lookout point) for the Towers of Paine at 900m/2,952ft. You can perch on the large boulders here and enjoy your lunch whilst taking many shots of the dramatic 3 towers giving you time to contemplate the awesome feats of the climbers who have ascended these inspiring giants. It can be a very windy spot here so ensure you have your windproof clothing to hand. Descend the same way back to Las Torres.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Eco Camp - Standard Domes, Las Torres
  7. Day 7 - Hike the Lazo Weber Trail - 5 hours.

    You will start your day at 8:30am with breakfast at EcoCamp and a moment to prepare your boxed lunch before boarding the bus at 10am. Your ride takes you past the Lazo Weber Estancia where you’ll enter the National Park via Laguna Verde and begin your 12km hike. The Lazo Weber Trail is packed with native flora and wildlife so have your cameras ready to snap photos of the guanacos, owls, eagles, condors and caranchos (another bird of prey), all with the mountainous Paine range on our right. The hike is relatively easy and apart from a few hills, the trail remains rather flat. You’ll stop a moment to refuel by the magical Laguna Honda, and enjoy the sights and sensations of the gorgeous landscape and fresh breeze. On your way, you will hike through one of the quietest forests in the national park, a fantastic opportunity to observe native trees such as the Lenga and the Coihue.

    The rest of your hike takes you to the El Toro lookout point where you’ll be wowed with a 360 degree view of the Paine mountain range, the Patagonian Andes, and a suite of rivers and lakes including the Paine, Grey, and Serrano Rivers and Lake Toro - the largest in the region. An hour’s descent towards Paine River will see you reunited with your van. But before you go back to EcoCamp, you’ll search for more animals to photograph and take a final moment to enjoy the scenery. At about 7pm, you’ll arrive back at your 'dome sweet dome', ready to share in a tasty dinner and talk about your day hiking the Lazo Weber Trail.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Eco Camp - Standard Domes, Las Torres
  8. Day 8 - Catamaran across Lake Pehoe to roadhead. Trek along French Valley, 575m/1,886ft of ascent/descent - 7-8 hours.

    After breakfast you begin the day by driving towards Pudeto dock on the shores of Pehoe Lake. There you board the catamaran that will take you to the northwest area of the lake from where you will begin your trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) - a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far you go up the valley will depend on the inclination of the group.

    First you reach the hanging bridge over the French River, at the foot of the southeast face of the massif from where you will enjoy your first wonderful view. You then continue up the trail until you reach the upper reaches of the valley at around 695m/2,280ft (an additional hour and a half return trip). From here you will have views of the whole group of geological formations of the high valley - Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). You will have time here to sit and admire the view, eat your picnic and take a well-earned rest. For those with enough energy, there is also the option to trek to Mirador Britanico.

    You return to the Paine Grande dock, descending through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest. You board the catamaran once again for your trip back to Pudeto. Return to EcoCamp.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Eco Camp - Standard Domes, Las Torres
  9. Day 9 - Transfer to Cerro Castillo. Cross the border, drive to El Calafate.

    You cross the border into Argentina today at the town of Cerro Castillo, from where you will be transferred to El Calafate. Calafate is the main town of Argentine Patagonia and home to the only airport in this vast region. The town is located on the edge of Lake Argentino and is the doorway to the outstanding natural wonders of the Los Glaciares National Park. The main street of Calafate has many cafes, bars, shops and restaurants and is a very enjoyable place to spend an evening or two. In Calafate you will meet your Argentine guide.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Lar Aike
  10. Day 10 - Visit Perito Moreno Glacier. Transfer to El Chalten.
    complete patagonia paine and fitz roy perito moreno k parsons.

    After breakfast, a one hour's bus drive will take you to one of the world's most spectacular glaciers - the Perito Moreno. Upon arriving at the site, you will not go straight to the viewing platforms opposite the main face of the glacier, but instead, walk round to view the majestic splendour of the less frequented north face. The snout of the glacier always has huge chunks of ice calving into the lake and if you are lucky you will witness the sight and sound of this amazing natural phenomenon. You will continue your walk along the shores of the lake and your guide will be able to tell you all about the formation of the glacier and explain the many features you will see. Arriving at the network of walkways and viewing platforms you will have time at leisure to enjoy the stunning views of the 60 foot high face of the glacier and undoubtedly, take numerous photographs.

    If you would prefer you can take a short ice trek on the top of the glacier, this must be booked with us and paid for before you travel. Technical experience is not required for this and you will be supplied with crampons that will fit over any walking boot. The trek will include a short boat trip across the face of the glacier to reach the edge and you will be given full instruction before setting foot on the top of the Perito Moreno. Unfortunately, this is only for people aged under 65.

    For those not taking the optional ice trek you will still get to experience this amazing sight but from a different angle, by taking to the water. This navigation by the ' Brazo Rico' of the Argentine Lake allows you to appreciate the ice floes of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Arriving at the southern end of the channel of the ice floes, the boat travels along the wall of the glacier and across the lake for great views of the calvings that take place.

    After admiring this wonder of the natural world you will transfer by comfortable mini bus to the trekking town of El Chalten. The drive will take around three hours and, if the weather is clear, will provide your first views of the Fitz Roy massif as well as the turquoise waters of Lakes Viedma and Argentino.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Lunajuim or Similar
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Loma Del Pliegue Tumbad,1,100m/3,608ft of ascent/descent - 8 hours.

    Today you will trek to the lookout point - Mirador Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. This is a hard walk, on little visited trails, that leads to the western end of the Massif. Here you will have truly superb panoramic views of Cerro Tore and the peaks around Mount Fitz Roy. The maximum altitude reached is 1,490m/4,888ft at the mirador. However, as this is an out and back walk, you are free to walk up as high or as far as you wish.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Lunajuim or Similar
  12. Day 12 - Fitzroy Base Camp walk, 350m/1,148ft of ascent/descent – 6-7 hours.
    complete patagonia paine and fitz roy mount fitz roy.

    A short drive north will take you to Hosteria el Pilar, your starting point for this beautiful and classic walk in the Los Glaciares National Park. You will begin by meandering through beech woods and before long you will get your first views of the imperious Mount Fitz Roy and the glaciers and rivers that flow from it. As the landscape opens up before you, this view will become more expansive and dramatic. Eventually, you will reach Campamento Poincenot (680m/2,230ft), one of the base camps where climbers wait out the weather before attempting to climb Fitz Roy or the other peaks in the massif. Your path now continues southwards before a short detour takes you to beautiful Lake Capri where you can enjoy even more panoramic views of the mountains. Returning to the path you walk across open ground, beside high cliffs, before descending into the Vueltas River Valley and back to El Chalten.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Lunajuim or Similar
  13. Day 13 - Day walk to Laguna Torre, 230m/755ft of ascent/descent - 7 hours.

    There will be another classic walk today. This time you will hike along the Cerro Torre Trail to Laguna Torre, a beautiful lagoon with the majestic backdrop of Cerro Torre. After breakfast you start the trek heading eastwards from El Chalten and follow the Fitz Roy River Valley along a good path until reaching the first lookout point (Mirador Laguna Torre) where you find great views of the Mount Torre-Adelas mountain range and the magical spire of Cerro Torre - if the weather is kind. Your walk continues to de Agostini Base Camp (635m/2,083ft), temporary home to climbers of Cerro Torre and other peaks, and then on to Laguna Torre itself. This small lake is surrounded by rock moraine from Cerro Torre and you will see small icebergs floating across the surface. You will walk round the lake to enjoy the magnificent views and enjoy a picnic on the shores of the lake. Later you return to El Chalten by the same path and, upon reaching El Chalten, the evening is free to enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the town's many cosy restaurants.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Lunajuim or Similar
  14. Day 14 - Transfer to El Calafate. Fly to Buenos Aires.

    Today, you will bid farewell to Patagonia and transfer to the airport at Calafate for your afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. You will be met at Buenos Aires Airport by a local representative and transferred to your hotel - approximately a 50 minute drive from the domestic airport.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Design Suites Hotel or Similar
  15. Day 15 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast, your morning will be at leisure before being transferred to the international airport in the afternoon for your flight back to London.

    If you would like to spend more time in Buenos Aires to fully explore this fascinating and cosmopolitan city, we can arrange additional hotel nights.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  16. Day 16 - Arrive London.

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What’s included

  • Local leaders
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Best available hotels in outlying towns
  • Four nights at the award-winning EcoCamp
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4/5 star) in Buenos Aires on twin share, bed & breakfast basis
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 6 dinners are included
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kitbag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Some meals (as specified in the detailed itinerary)
  • Optional trips
  • Tips
  • Optional glacier trek - Perito Moreno.


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 5 reviews)

Fabulous holiday to Patagonia          

Thoughtfully put together with smooth organisation and delicious food. The guides are a great way of engaging with the locals, they were absolutely great. EcoCamp a special experience (the beds are a dream!!). Airport transfer worked very well. Altogether a fabulous holiday.

Complete Patagonia          

What we enjoyed about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was the fact that all the organisation was taken care of.

Stunning          

The trip was fantastic. Patagonia itself is so stunning... the mountain scenery pristine.

Amazing choice of walks          

Very well researched itineraries. Excellent trek leaders with good local knowledge. Reliable support infrastructure. Amazing choice of walks, hotels etc. A good balance between caring for the clients' needs, but also allowing them to enjoy the freedom of trekking.

Spectacular          

Always excellent accommodation, particularly the Eco Domes. The main guide was magnificent and knowledgeable, with a wonderful smile. It was a superb holiday during which we had the chance to see some spectacular scenery in a lovely part of the world, in the company of a really wonderful guide, thank you.


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We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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