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What’s included

  • English-speaking local leader in Patagonia
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK
  • A single, timed group airport transfer (to coincide with the arrival/departure times of the group flights)
  • UK Departure Tax
  • All internal flights and domestic airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Buenos Aires on a twin share basis
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Superior accommodation in Patagonia on a full board basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Costs of all porterage
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Opportunity to join one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

Gentle Walking Patagonia in Style

Walking & Trekking

Argentina, Argentine Patagonia | Walking & Trekking

New for 2019
Gentle Walking Patagonia in Style
Gentle

Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  14 days from the UK  
Walks on: 8 days

Flight inclusive from £4,390,
Land only from £3,695

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Premium accommodation and the finest day walks in the pristine landscape of Los Glaciares National Park

Highlights

  • Enjoy full day walks to the base camps of both Mount Fitzroy and Cerro Torre – the two iconic peaks of the Los Glaciares National Park
  • Take an easy ice walk on the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Discover the real Patagonian wilderness at magical Estancia Cristina, a truly remote and historic landmark
  • Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Los Glaciares at the Patagonia Eco Domes

Reviews          

Argentine Patagonia was a sublime combination of breathtaking landscapes, varied walking, exceptional accommodation and the most delicious food and wine. The best of all was estancia Cristina; indulgent accommodation in a truly wild and unspoilt landscape.
Kirsty Parsons, Mountain Kingdoms

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This captivating holiday combines superb accommodation with an active and varied programme of day walks to the most interesting places in the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia. During your time in Patagonia you will stay in a hotel, Eco-domes and an estancia surrounded by turquoise lakes, mountain peaks and icy glaciers. This varied and stylish accommodation offers the highest standard of comfort and cuisine, with bags of character and atmosphere, reflecting the culture and history of the region.

After a night in Buenos Aires, your Patagonian adventure begins in the ‘trekking town’ of El Chalten, located close to the iconic peaks of Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy in the Los Glaciares Park – a World Heritage Site.  Over consecutive days you will enjoy beautiful hikes to the base camps of both these mountains as well as taking a walk around scenic Lago del Desierto, close to the Chilean border. Next, a thrilling boat ride takes you past giant icebergs calved from the face of the Upsala Glacier to reach Estancia Cristina; a place so remote you can only get there by boat or a four-day horse ride! The Estancia offers numerous walking options amidst breathtaking scenery; and you will have all to yourself. Known to some of the earliest explorers of the region, Cristina has a fascinating history captured in the numerous artefacts that are housed in its small museum. Estancia Cristina is a unique and enchanting place, and you will be amazed by the levels of service, comfort and cuisine that you will experience there.

Finally, you head back across the blue waters of Lago Argentino to spend a day at the Perito Moreno Glacier; one of the wonders of the natural world. Not only will you have ample time to take in the remarkable sight of huge chunks of ice falling from the towering face of the Glacier, but you will also take an ice-walk amidst the frosted peaks and dazzling colours on top of the glacier. This is a truly memorable way to end your visit to Patagonia, and it will undoubtedly leave you longing to return. 


At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  14 days from the UK  
Walks on: 8 days

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Buenos Aires

Accommodation types: Hotels, Eco-domes

Meal arrangements: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-3
Fly to Buenos Aires. Fly to Calafate. Drive to El Chalten.
4-5
Walks to Fitz Roy Base Camp and Cerro Torre Base Camp.
6
Day walk to Lago Del Desierto. Transfer back to Calafate.
7-9
Boat ride to Estancia Cristina. Walks and visit to the Estancia’s museum.
10
Cruise back to Calafate.
11
Walk around Perito Moreno Glacier and mini ice-trek on the glacier.
12-14
Transfer to Calafate. Fly to Buenos Aires. Guided sightseeing tour. 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.


Gentle Walking Patagonia in Style Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Buenos Aires

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight from London to Buenos Aires.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Buenos Aires. Group transfer to hotel. Time at leisure.

    You will be met at Buenos Aires airport and driven to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax after your long flight and maybe head out to explore some of the local area.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Sur Art Hotel Or Similar, Buenos Aires
  3. Day 3 - Transfer to domestic airport. Fly to El Calafate. Drive to El Chalten - 4 hours.

    From the domestic airport in Buenos Aires you will fly today to El Calafate, and then transfer north to the small trekking town of El Chalten.

    The drive from Calafate to Chalten is a good introduction to Patagonia as it takes you across vast barren steppes, where you may see guanacos and rheas. Gradually, and assuming clear weather, the striking peaks of the Fitz Roy massif, the blue waters of Lake Viedma and the mountains beyond will appear. The peaks make an incredible backdrop for the small trekking town of El Chalten which you will reach after approximately three hours.

    Your unique accommodation is situated around 15km outside of the town, in splendid isolation with only the stunning views of Mount Fitz Roy to distract you. The accommodation consists of several spacious sleeping domes with private bathrooms, a restaurant dome serving gourmet cuisine, a chill out dome and also a wellness dome where optional massages and treatments are available for the ultimate in relaxation.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Patagonia Eco Domes
  4. Day 4 - Fitz Roy Base Camp and Laguna de los Tres walk - 7-8 hours.
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    A short drive will take you to the starting point for this beautiful and classic walk in Los Glaciares National Park. You will begin by meandering through beech and lenga woods that border the Rio Blanco. Before too long you will reach the first main viewing point (or mirador) where you will enjoy fine views of the Piedras Blancas Glacier. As the landscape opens up before you, your views will become more expansive and dramatic and will include the towering peak of Mount Fitz Roy.

    Soon you will reach Poincennot Camp, one of the two campsites where climbers wait out the weather before attempting to climb Fitz Roy or the other peaks in the massif. Close by you can cross the river by a suspension bridge to arrive at the 'Whiter River' Base Camp itself which is only used by climbers. From this point, and if the weather is clear, there is the option to hike to the Mirador de Laguna de los Tres for the most fantastic, close-up views of Fitz Roy, the lagoon at its base and its many glaciers. It makes a wonderful lunch spot. The climb involves around 500m of ascent and takes about an hour.

    Returning to the path you walk back across open ground beside high cliffs before descending into the Vueltas River Valley to El Chalten.

    Although this walk is fairly long in distance at around 20km, the path is very good and there is little ascent aside from the walk up to Laguna de Los Tres. If you would prefer not to make this additional walk, you have the option to wait at the campsite and enjoy your packed lunch.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Patagonia Eco Domes
  5. Day 5 - Cerro Torre Base Camp and Lago Torre walk - 6-7 hours.

    Another classic day hike to Lake Torre and Cerro Torre Base camp, where climbers wait for good weather to attempt their difficult ascent of the mountain. The trail starts from El Chalten and follows the Fitz Roy River valley along a good path until reaching the first lookout point where you'll enjoy great views of the Torre-Adelas mountain range and the unmistakable spire of Cerro Torre. You continue along the well-maintained trail, over flat terrain until you reach the de Agostini Base Camp - the temporary home of climbers attempting the daring ascent of Cerro Torre.

    A little further along the path takes you to the moraine around Lake Torre which you climb up and over to view the lake itself and the Torre glacier tumbling into it. And, if clouds allow, you will see the thrusting silhouette of Cerro Torre rising directly in front of you flanked by the needle points of Mounts Egger, Standhardt, Bifida and the Cord of Adelas. This is another fantastic place to sit, rest and eat your packed lunch whilst enjoying the stunning views.

    Your route back follows the same trail to El Chalten where your vehicle will be waiting to take you back to the Eco Domes.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Patagonia Eco Domes
  6. Day 6 - Lago del Desierto walk - 2-3 hours. Transfer to El Calafate - 4 hours.

    A relaxing day today with an excursion to the north of El Chalten to the area around Lago del Desierto. The lakes lies approximately 40km, 1½ hour's drive, north of El Chalten at the northern end of the Vueltas River Valley. Del Desierto Lake sits outside of the Los Glaciares National Park and offers scenic trails through Andean-Patagonian forests. The climate is more humid here than around El Chalten and the views of the lush green woods offers a great contrast to the barren and dry plateaux of eastern Patagonia. Once at the lake there is a relatively short walk through lenga forest to a moraine ridge from where you will have delightful views of the del Huemul lagoon and glacier. Here you can enjoy your lunch before returning to the start of the walk. You will then transfer to El Calafate, a drive of around 4 hours.

    On arrival at your hotel in the late afternoon, you will have time to settle in before heading out to dinner in nearby El Calafate, the primary town of the region, and where there are many shops, cafes and bars to enjoy.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hosteria La Estepa Or Similar, El Calafate
  7. Day 7 - Boat to Estancia Cristina via the Upsala Glacier - 3 hours. Afternoon walk.
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    After a short early morning drive to Puerto Banderas harbour, you board the boat that will take you to Estancia Cristina. The 3 hour cruise takes you past the snout of the Upsala Glacier from which huge chunks of ice calve forming giant icebergs.

    Estancia Cristina is located on the most remote arm of Lago Argentino and is only accessible by boat or horse - a ride of around four days from the nearest civilisation. For many years English settlers lived here and it became well-known amongst explorers, climbers and adventurers who used the estancia as a starting or finishing point to venture into the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the unexplored peaks of the area. Padre Agostini and Eric Shipton are just two of the famous explorers/mountaineers who spent time here. A fascinating small museum contains many artefacts from Cristina's past. Nowadays boats bring tourists for a day visit to the estancia and Upsala Glacier. Some may choose to stay in the well-appointed lodge, but very few have the chance to walk the valleys and trails and explore the pristine natural surroundings that make it such a very special place.

    After lunch you will have the option to take a short walk to explore your beautiful surroundings. The walk begins at Cristina's central 'Octagon' and ascends through woods of nires and lenga trees to reach a first viewpoint looking out across the valley floor from Lago Argentino to Lago Pearson. Continuing up, your walk ends at the picturesque los Perros Waterfall before returning to the estancia for afternoon tea.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Estancia Cristina
  8. Day 8 - Canadon de los Fosiles walk - 6-7 hours.

    A superb day walk that begins with a 10km drive from the Estancia, in a 4WD vehicle, to near the Feruglio ridge. During the ride you will pass several landmarks including the base of the Continental Ice Institute, the 'lengas cemetary' and the Bosque de Loros (Parrot's Forest). En route you will stop at a mirador to take in the magnificent vistas to Laguna Anita, Mount Norte and the valley surrounding the estancia.

    Leaving the vehicles behind, you start your walk in an area that once was covered by the Upsala Glacier and the effects of glacial erosion are evident in the polished black and red coloured rock beneath your feet. Walking on for just a short distance you will stop at the Upsala Refuge, the base camp for expeditions venturing onto the ice zone. Continuing, you ascend up and onto the ridge from where you will get the most fantastic panoramic view of the Upsala glacier flowing from the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap into Lake Argentino. The ice cap is the third largest amount of ice in the world and the biggest outside polar latitudes. Reluctantly leaving behind this awe inspiring view you begin your descent into fossil canyon. Many of the rocks in the area show numerous embedded fossils from the past marine ingressions when the Pacific Ocean covered most of Patagonia and some of these sedimentary rocks were formed. All this happened long before the Andes Range existed. Much later the landscape was sculpted by the incredible force of huge ice caps, and what we see today is a tiny memory of the last glaciation.

    The colourful rock, deep water pools and scattered fossils make for a fascinating and absorbing walk and before you know it you will have reached the valley floor and the end of your hike. You then return to the Estancia for afternoon tea.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Estancia Cristina
  9. Day 9 - Walk to Mount Carnero, 650m/2,133ft - 4-5 hours.

    Today's walk starts from Estancia Cristina and follows a trail heading southeast that was used in days gone by as a cattle trail. The trail is rocky underfoot but has good views of Lago Argentino throughout. As you ascend, the Cristina Channel, Estancia Cristina and the entire valley below, comes gradually into view. Your path takes you through a forest of lenga trees and past waterfalls formed from the ice melt off the mountain, until, eventually, you reach your final destination - Mount Carnero. From here you will enjoy magnificent, panoramic vistas of the Southern Andean mountain range, the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the Mariano Moreno mountains.

    Your trail back to the estancia follows a different route which goes around the Cristina Channel.

    Back at Cristina, you will have time to relax after your walk and perhaps visit the museum to browse through the many fascinating artefacts it holds.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Estancia Cristina
  10. Day 10 - Morning walk. Transfer by boat back to El Calafate.

    You will have time this morning for a further walk and exploration at Cristina if you like. Or you can simply relax and and enjoy your wonderful surroundings before boarding the boat back to Puerto Banderas Harbour,

    Returning to Puerto Banderas you will then transfer back to your hotel. Later, you will travel in to Calafate for your evening meal.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hosteria La Estepa Or Similar, El Calafate
  11. Day 11 - Visit Perito Moreno Glacier. Ice walk on the glacier. Lunch followed by free time to walk the surrounding paths.
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    An early start and short drive from your hotel sees you arrive at the Bajo Las Sombras pier. From here you take short boat ride across the face of the glacier to the far side where you will disembark and join with a larger group for an exciting ice-trek. You will be given a short briefing on the geology of the glacier then fitted with crampons (no special footwear required) and given instructions on their safe use. With the support of expert guides you will spend 1½ hours walking on the glacier and getting a close-up look at the fascinating features of the icy landscape. At the end of the trek you will be served a whisky on (glacier) ice before returning to the boat.

    After lunch you will take a short walk around the edge of the lake along the Pasco de le Costa trail that also gives great views of the glacier. It is particularly interesting to see the place where the Perito Moreno Glacier touches the land and sometimes creates a natural dam, blocking the drainage of a part of Lake Argentino. Before the crowds arrive you will make the short drive to the viewing galleries and balconies facing the snout of the Perito Mareno Glacier. This network of catwalks allows visitors to enjoy the full grandeur of this stunning Glacier. The snout always has huge chunks of ice calving into the lake and if you're lucky you will witness the sight and sound of this incredible natural phenomenon.

    After lunch you will have time to stroll around the surrounding paths, no doubt taking many photos of the glacier and waiting to see if you can capture the ice calving. This really is a truly memorable day at one of Patagonia's greatest natural wonders.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hosteria La Estepa Or Similar, El Calafate
  12. Day 12 - Fly to Buenos Aires. Afternoon sightseeing tour.

    Depending on the time of your flight, you may have time in El Calafate for some last minute souvenir shopping before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.

    On arrival in Buenos Aires you will have a guided sightseeing tour of some of the key sights of the city such as the Colon Theatre, the San Telmo 'tango' district and the Plaza de Mayo where you will see many historic builidings including the Casa Rosada and Metropolitan Cathedral. The tour will also visit the La Boca neighbourhood, famed for its brightly coloured houses and entertaining street artists.

    After the tour you can continue exploring on your own or return to your hotel. In the evening there will be a final, farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

    If you wish to extend your time in Buenos Aires to further explore this cosmopolitan and lively Latin capital, we are happy to arrange additional nights.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Sur Art Hotel Or Similar, Buenos Aires
  13. Day 13 - Fly to London.

    Today you will be transferred to the international airport for your overnight flight to London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  14. Day 14 - Fly Buenos Aires to London.


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What’s included

  • English-speaking local leader in Patagonia
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK
  • A single, timed group airport transfer (to coincide with the arrival/departure times of the group flights)
  • UK Departure Tax
  • All internal flights and domestic airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Buenos Aires on a twin share basis
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Superior accommodation in Patagonia on a full board basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Costs of all porterage
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Opportunity to join one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Buenos Aires
  • Airport departure taxes, excepting UK Departure Tax
  • Any optional activities
  • Tips


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Breathtaking Argentine Patagonia          

Argentine Patagonia was a sublime combination of breathtaking landscapes, varied walking, exceptional accommodation and the most delicious food and wine. The best of all was estancia Cristina indulgent accommodation in a truly wild and unspoilt landscape.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

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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