Day 1 Arrive in El Calafate
Arrive to El Calafate on the flight of your choice today where a transfer takes you to your centrally-located hotel. Meet a guide for an orientation and get ready for a great adventure!
Day 2 Transfer to Torres del Paine
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Load up in your vehicle for the 6-hour scenic drive towards the Chilean border and into Torres del Paine National Park. Cross over the border in 4 x4 vehicle and drive the rest of the way on the bumpy road into the park, exploring its stunning scenery. En route stop for short hikes to get the best views of park highlights. Arrive to the Laguna Amarga where you switch vehicles and shuttle to your hotel. Settle in to your comfortable lodge, Hotel del Paine.
Day 3 Torres del Paine Hike
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Tackle the famous Torres del Paine today if the weather is favorable. These three granite towers are the most famous attraction of the park, reaching 9,400 ft high and carved out by glacial forces years ago. The moderate to challenging hike takes about 7-9 hours round-trip, depending on the group pace, and offers a good challenge for well-trodden hikers.
Day 4 Free day Torres del Paine
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning is free for you to take in an optional excursion. You can sail the lake to get a view of Grey Glacier, arrange to go horseback riding, or go hiking to another nearby location. Check with hotel staff about pricing and booking tours locally.
Day 5 Return to El Calafate
Today transfer to Laguna Amarga, cross the border back into Argentina, and then take the bus back to El Calafate where you overnight.
Day 6 Perito Moreno Glacier | Drive to El Chalten
Today you drive into Parque Nacional Los Glaciares for views of the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier
. This huge advancing glacier is more than 3 miles wide at its front and over 20 stories high - a highlight of your Patagonia travels! Take a boat across Lago Argentino and pass the massive front wall of blue ice, all the while watching for icebergs. After landing on a small beach start hiking through the beech forest to the icepack of the glacier and have the opportunity to walk on the glacier with crampons. (This Glacier trek has a minimum age of 10 and a maximum age of 65. Alternate excursions are available for those under 10 or over 65 years of age.) Eat your lunch sitting on the lateral moraine of the glacier, where you can absorb the magnificence of the glacier's anatomy and listen to its thunderous concerto of groaning and cracking ice dropping into the lake below.
Contact us if you are interested in the Big Ice Adventure, a more active excursion that spends more time on the ice. Click here
for more details.
From here transfer back to El Calafate for your four hour transfer to El Chalten this evening.
Day 7 El Chalten and Fitz Roy Massif
Get ready for a full day hike in the Fitz Roy Range with your second guide, someone locally licensed for hikes in this region. Hike to the viewpoint for one of the most impressive views of the Fitz Roy Massif. Options are the Piedras Blancas Viewpoint, which is 7-10 km each way for an easier hike. Most groups opt for the more challenging hike to Laguna de los Tres, 12km each way. Climb for about 1 hour to your first lookout of Cerro Fitz Roy. Next hike an additional 2 hours to the Rio Blanco campsite. From here continue for another hour up to Laguna de los Tres, where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Cerro Fitz Roy, Laguna Sucia, and Viedma Glacier. Enjoy lunch before heading back to El Chalten.
Distance: 9 miles (14 km)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult
Highest point: 3871ft (1180m)
Approximate Elevation gain: 2395ft (730m)
Day 8 Laguna Torre Hike
Enjoy another full day of hiking up to Laguna Torre today. Ascend from the De las Vueltas River Valley through dense southern beech forests, and enjoy views of the jagged Mount Torre-Adela range in the distance. Continue climbing gradually until you reach Laguna Torre, where you are rewarded by a stunning vista: majestic Mount Torre, flanked by the Adela mountains, high peaks, and glaciers spilling blue-white towards the lagoon. Eat lunch by the shores of the lagoon before hiking back to El Chalten for the evening.
Distance: 11 miles (17 km)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Highest point: 1968ft (600m)
Approximate Elevation gain: -656ft (-200m)
Day 9 Day to Explore | Return to El Calafate
Today transfer back to your hotel in El Calafate. This can be an early transfer, arriving back in El Calafate with time to connect to Buenos Aires, or time to explore El Calafate further. (A local museum, El Glaciarium, offers great exhibits and insight into the environmental impacts involved with the formation and depletion of glaciers.) Or this can be a late transfer, allowing for more time to hike again in El Chalten. (There are various options, including waterfalls, smaller viewpoints or the grand views from Pliegue Tumbado.)
Your tour concludes with your return to El Calafate, though an additional night here, or further services in Buenos Aires can certainly be provided.