Fitz Roy volviendo a chalten.jpg
Patagonia - Hiking Fitz Roy and
W Torres del Paine National Park

A group tour through the incredible landscapes of Patagonia
14 DAYS - 13 NIGHTS

If you are looking to explore this corner of the world, with fellow travelers with the same interest for the destination, these two weeks of hiking through some very remote areas of Patagonia are for you. Get ready for the walk of your life. Travel to El Chaltén in the north area of Los Glaciares National Park and walk to see the incredible Fitz Roy Mount, considered one of the most beautiful mountains on earth. Marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier and hike through otherworldly Torres del Paine National Park.

Day 1 El Calafate Airport - El Calafate

We welcome you at Calafate airport and transfer to your accommodation. You get the rest of the day to enjoy the town. At night we get together with the tour leader and fellow travelers to enjoy dinner (not included).

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Hotel Tierra Tehuelche (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: none

 

Day 2 El Calafate – El Chaltén

After breakfast we take our bus for the 220 km long drive to El Chaltén, a small and picturesque village at the foot of Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre massif. El Chaltén is the town to stay and visit the northern area of ​​Los Glaciares National Park and the provincial reserve Lago Del Desierto. This day is free to explore the town and rest before 3 days in which we will walk in the park admiring the best natural sceneries.

Accommodation options: 

Double or single base: Hotel Vertical Lodge (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3 El Chaltén – Laguna de los Tres – Fitz Roy Mount

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we take the bus upon Hostería El Pilar where we start hiking to see one of the most spectaculars viewpoints of the National Park: Laguna de los Tres, with its zephyr blue color, lies at the foot of the massif, offering full close up views of Fitz Roy massif spires and glaciers. Each wall raises something from 600 to 1500 mts above the surrounding glaciers. Fitz Roy, with its 3405 mts above sea level, is considered the “King of Patagonia” and also considered one of the three most beautiful mountains on Earth. In the late afternoon, we hike back to our hotel.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Hotel Vertical Lodge (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch box

 

 

Day 4 El Chaltén – Cerro Torre Trail

Today, we visit the Torre valley. This valley starts as a glacier valley in the Laguna Torre reaching town as a fluvial valley. Is shorter and with less gain of altitude than Fitz Roy trail. We get to a first viewpoint of the glacier part of the valley after a first hour of walking. Depending on conditions, we will go on to reach the lagoon, natural viewpoint for the group of ice-mushroom-covered spires of Cerro Torre massif. Its blue colour and dimensions are breathtaking. We hike back to El Chaltén in the late afternoon.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Hotel Vertical Lodge (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch box

Day 5 El Chaltén – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

This mountain, 1500 mts tall, is located immediately south of Cerro Torre valley and offers some of the best views over the different group of mountains, glaciers and lakes that features the area. From the lower terraces to the summit, you can get spectacular views of Fitz Roy, Torre and the spectacular glacier valley in between both. From the summit the bonus is the sight of Paso del Viento and some of the mountains that stick out from the Patagonian Ice field. According to the group capacity, we choose the lower terraces or try the summit, a long but gentle climb in scree. The lower part of the mountain is covered by shrubland and forest. We are back in Chaltén by late afternoon.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Hotel Vertical Lodge (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch box

 

Day 6 El Chaltén – El Calafate

After breakfast we take our bus to El Calafate. Upon arrival we have the entire day to explore the city or to do an optional excursion.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Hotel Tierra Tehuelche (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: breakfast

 

Day 7 El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier

We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Ice field, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq. km) and Greenland (1 M sq. km). Because unusual favorable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Hotel Tierra Tehuelche (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: breakfast

Optional Excursion Recommended: Safari Náutico or Minitrekking (Minitrekking must be booked in advance. Please check availability with us).

Day 8 El Calafate – Puerto Natales

Early in the morning we transfer to the bus station where we take a regular bus Puerto Natales, crossing the border into Chile. This is a picturesque fishermen town located in the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fiord. The afternoon is free to explore the town.

In the late afternoon join the tour leader to meet new travelers joining the tour for the W trek in Torres del Paine.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Francis Drake hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: breakfast

 

Day 9 Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine National Park

Early in the morning we transfer to the bus station in Puerto Natales to take a regular bus to Torres del Paine National Park, World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). Approaching the Park, we start to see the different mountains that feature the area: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto and the Towers. The bus stops at Laguna Amarga where we get off and start walking to out camp in Las Torres area. It is a two hours walk, very enjoyable. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Full Camp Las Torre, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch box and dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent. 

 

Day 10 Torres del Paine – Ascencio River Valley – Paine Towers viewpoint

Early in the morning we start walking towards the bridge over the Ascensio river, headtrail for the world famous Paine towers. We "warm up" hiking a steep one hour slope, to get inside the valley itself, a narrow "V" shape alpine valley coming from inside the Paine massif. A gentle downhill leads us to Refugio Chileno, a cozy and comfortable mountain lodge, which can be a good turnaround point for those not willing to make a full day hike. We then walk in a gentle slope along the river side and inside beech forest. A final climb on moraine take us to the Towers viewpoint: a glacier origin lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 mts from the glacier. The lack of breath will be either because the climb and the sight!!!! We go back to our camp on the same way we came. Walking time: 7 to 8 hs.

Accommodation: Full Camp Las Torre, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch box and dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent.

 

 

Day 11 Las Torres – Los Cuernos

Today we start a 2 days traverse from Las Torres to Lake Pehoe, with one night at Refugio Los Cuernos, The so called “Nordenskjöld lake traverse” or “Traverse of the Horns”. The walk goes along lake Nordenskjöld and at the foot of Admiral Nieto and the Horns.

Accommodation: Full Camp Los Cuernos, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch box and dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in Los Cuernos Refuge.

 

Day 12 Torres del Paine – French Valley

After an early start, we continue our traverse up to the Italian Camp, gate to the French valley, with splendid views of the south east Himalayan style face of Paine Grande and the Horns. We hike up valley to the upper viewpoints (British camp), at the entrance of a unique cirque surrounded by granite spires that feature the high valley: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (The Fortress). Back to Italian camp, we head to lake Skkotberg and finally to lake Pehoe, where our camp is located.

Accommodation: Full Camp Paine Grande, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch box and dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in Paine Grande Refuge.

 

 

Day 13 Torres del Paine – Grey Glacier viewpoints – Punta Arenas

Lake Grey trail leads from Pehoe valley across ridges to reach Grey valley. This magnificent valley flows down 60 km from the Patagonian Ice field, featuring the huge glacier calving down in the grey color lake. Our trail skirts the lake, going up and down the westerns slopes of Paine Grande, offering some of the most impressive sights of the Park. From the high sections of the trail, many different viewpoints allow us to see the south end of the lake where the blue icebergs gather, the mountains rising far in the distance above glaciers Grey and Tyndall, and of course lake and glacier Grey. We reach the main viewpoint, a rocky point somewhat 2 hs away from Pehoe, with views over the Lake and Glacier Grey and the surrounding glaciers and mountains. We come back along the same trail, crossing bogs, shrublands and forest. By noon we take the boat to cross Lake Pehoe to Puerto Pudeto where we take a bus to go back to Puerto Natales.

Once at the bus station we take another bus to Punta Arenas city where we spend the last night of the trip. Enjoy the last dinner with your new friends and the tour leader.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Hotel Patagonia B&B (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: breakfast and lunch box

 

 

Day 14 Punta Arenas

At the indicated time, transfer to Punta Arenas airport or Punta Arenas bus station.  End of services.

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Combine this trip with an extension to Ushuaia in Argentina (bus) or other regions in Chile.

  

INCLUDED SERVICES 

 

• Incoming service.
• Bilingual tour leader (English – Spanish).
• Mountain guides while on trek days 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 y 13.
• Perito Moreno Glacier excursion (regular)

• Lake Pehoe boat trip
• All transfers El Calafate airport - El Calafate - El Chaltén - El Calafate - Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine (Laguna Amarga) - Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas airport/bus station.
• During the trip we combine private and regular buses.

• 13 breakfasts, 8 lunch box and 4 dinners

 

NON INCLUDED SERVICES 

 

• Entrance fees to National Parks
• Medical and life insurance
• Tips
• Drinks and beverages (all meals are without alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks)
• Flights or airport taxes
• Optional excursions.
• Services not shown or detailed in the program.

PRICES FOR THIS TRIP
 
There is no minimum of passengers to confirm this trip.
The maximum number of passengers in the group is 14.
Hostel base: USD 3748 (Shared room and shared bathroom with other passengers)
Double base: USD 4099 (Private room for two passengers traveling together)
Single base: USD 4762 (Private room for one person)
GROUP DEPARTURE DATES FOR THIS TRIP

There is no minimum of passenger to confirm this trip. But, since it is a group tour, if you are a solo traveler, pease contact us to know the dates with passengers already signed up. 
 
Trip 1 
START November 28th, 2022 Monday
END December 11th 2022 Sunday

Trip 2 
START December 27th, 2022 Tuesday
END January 9th, 2023 Monday

Trip 3 
START January 15th, 2023 Sunday
END January 28th, 2023 Saturday

Trip 4
START February 6th, 2023 Monday
END February 19th, 2023 Sunday

Trip 5
START March 12th 2023 Sunday
END March 25th, 2023 Saturday
Send us your question
arrow&v