Classic Patagonia Treks

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Experience the breath-taking landscapes of two classic Patagonian trekking regions on both sides of the Chile-Argentina border. Challenging walks are rewarded with majestic views of lagoons, mountains and glaciers. See guanacos grazing and Andean condors soaring overhead, visit the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, and find sheer tranquility in the beautiful...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Trek among the stunning granite peaks of Torres del Paine National Park and the Fitzroy Massif
    • Spend four nights inside Torres Del Paine National Park to do the W Trek
    • Visit Perito Moreno Glacier and watch huge icebergs calve from the glacier into Lake Argentino
    • Experience funky El Chalten, the trekking and climbing capital of Argentina

What's this trip about?

    Experience the breath-taking landscapes of two classic Patagonian trekking regions on both sides of the Chile-Argentina border. Challenging walks are rewarded with majestic views of lagoons, mountains and glaciers. See guanacos grazing and Andean condors soaring overhead, visit the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, and find sheer tranquility in the beautiful wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park. This is an essential trip for trekking enthusiasts that reveals the stunning glory of nature’s southern American wonderland. Looking to travel in 2025? Please see our revised 2025 itinerary, which includes two nights in Buenos Aires for ALL guests: Classic Patagonia Treks (2025) Aldo Kane Collection: A hand-selected range of adventures by our Brand Ambassador: “There’s no better way to experience Torres del Paine National Park than trekking through it. It’s not uncommon to spot Andean condors circling overhead and guanacos grazing by your trailside en route. Making your way up to the viewpoint overlooking the Fitzroy Massif in Los Glaciares National Park is epic. And the spectacle of watching the Perito Moreno ice arch crash into the waters is something you’ll never forget.”Enjoy unforgettable treks in Torres del Paine and the Fitzroy Massif

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 16 people
Age range18 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityEl Calafate
End CityEl Calafate

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Hiking & Walking
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • South America
  • Argentina
  • Chile

Attractions

  • Buenos Aires
  • El Calafate
  • Patagonia

Activities

  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • Nature
  • Trekking

Trip includes

    • All breakfasts, six lunches and five dinners
    • All accommodation
    • All transport and listed activities
    • Tour leader throughout

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Day 1 Start El Calafate; visit Perito Moreno Glacier

The adventure begins in El Calafate. Today we drive the short distance to visit Perito Moreno Glacier. One of the most famous geological sights in the world, the Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only a few glaciers that grows and shrinks with seasonal fluctuations. It ...

Day 2 Travel to Torres del Paine National Park; transfer to first refugio

We start early with a long but scenic journey, crossing the Andean border that starts out on the Argentine plateau and emerges in the stunning Chilean landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park.  Once we arrive at the Lago Amarga entrance to the park, we meet our lo...

Day 3 First day of W Trek; hike to the Base of the Towers viewpoint

Today we embark on the iconic trek to the Base of the Towers of Paine, that sit on the far side of our glacial lake viewpoint, where we can look upon Torre Sur (9,350ft/2,850m), Torre Central (9,185ft/2,800m), Torre Norte (8,530ft/2,600m) and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. We ...

Day 4 Second day of W Trek; hike to Los Cuernos

We walk down the valley towards the shore of Nordenskjöld Lake and then follow the edge of the lake on a much flatter and easier terrain to reach Los Cuernos. This is considered by many to be one of the most charming sites in the whole park, a perfect spot to rest in our refuge for the night. Accommodation: Los Cuernos Refuge or Frances Domes Refuge

Day 5 Third day of W Trek; hike to Valle Frances and onto Paine Grande

Another long day of trekking lies ahead as we venture into the Valle Frances. The first two hours involve some ascents and descents with views of Nordenskjöld Lake accompanying us until we reach Campamento Italiano. Leave your backpack (unattended) at the campsite if ...

Day 6 Final day of W Trek; hike to Glacier Grey viewpoint; catamaran and bus transfer to El Calafate

We start early to see the final day of the W Trek highlights: the Grey Glacier. This is a round trip to a lookout over Lake Grey that ends back at Refugio Paine Grande, so we can leave our bags and just carry essentials with us. The trail goes along the western side o...

Day 7 Free day to take part in optional excursions in and around El Calafate

This is a free day to either rest or book optional tours in Calafate. We recommend the Perito Moreno Ice Trek or the half-day tour to Estancia Nibepo Aike, where you can enjoy a typical Patagonian barbecue and see how a typical Patagonian estancia works. Please ask your tour leader and they will help to arrange it. Accommodation: Hosteria Tierra Tehuelche (or similar)

Day 8 Transfer to El Chaltén; free afternoon

In the morning, we transfer approximately three hours to the small mountain town of El Chaltén, our base for walking in the Fitzroy region. After arriving, the rest of the day is free to relax. Alternatively, for those who wish, there are many short treks around town,...

Day 9 To Los Glaciares National Park; trek in Fitzroy Massif up to Laguna de Los Tres

This morning, we start with a 30-minute bus journey on the edge of Los Glaciares National Park to our start point at El Pilar, from where we commence our trekking in the stunning Fitzroy region. We follow the trail leading to Poincenot Camp, along the way enjoying vie...

Day 10 Trek to Torres Glacier and Cerro Torre viewpoint; return on foot to El Chaltén

Today we trek into a beautiful valley and head toward the stunning Torres Glacier viewpoint. If time permits, we might be able to continue to the Maestri Lookout at Laguna Torre (this 2.5mi/4km section can get very windy) before walking back to El Chaltén. Accommodation: Hosteria Don Atilio (or similar)

Day 11 Transfer to El Calafate; fly back home

After breakfast, we transfer by road back to El Calafate airport, where the trip ends. Alternatively, if you’d like the adventure to continue, speak to your sales representative about seeing two natural wonders: the magnificent curtain of cascades that is Iguazu Falls or the otherworldly landscapes in the northwest of Argentina on our Salta extension.

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Mar 2018

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Patagonia Rocks (pun intended)!

Views of Torres Del Paine and Mount Fitroy are breathtaking. We were very lucky with weather throughout and the trekking was very enjoyable with scenic views at ev...

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Anonymous

Mar 2018

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Classic Patagonia Trek

A thoroughly enjoyable trekking holiday. Fantastic scenery, the company of like minded walkers, in a variety of accommodations in both remote and popular locations...

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Jan 2018

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A fantastic trip

We have had an amazing time, our guide Pepe was extremely professional, helpful and made the group feel we were in safe hands. The scenery was beautiful and the tr...

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Anonymous

Jan 2018

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Awesome trek with a great leader

Having seen the Trango Towers on a K2 bae camp trek many years ago I always had an ambition to see the Torres del Paine and the didn't disappoint. Firzroy is also ...

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Jan 2018

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Fascinating trip to South America

Overnight flight to Buenos Aires business class with KLM. All six of us were up for cycle trip around city centre that day - we stayed in Own Recoleta and met the ...

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Accommodation

8 days walking Light backpacking necessary Good fitness required Altitude maximum 900m, average 200m Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 18yrs 7 nights hotels (5 for land only bookings), 3 nights refugios (dormitories), 2 nights estancia (shared rooms),In Patagonia, we spend six nights in welcoming hosterias (small hotels) that are full of local charm. Crossing over to Chile, in Torres del Paine National Park, we spend four nights in park-managed refugios. Additionally, those who bought their flights through us will have two nights at a modern hotel with a rooftop pool in Buenos Aires. Below are some of the hotels we typically use: Buenos Aires: Argenta Tower In the Retiro neighbourhood, Argenta Tower has spacious, comfortable rooms, plus a restaurant and cafe serving an array of international flavours and quick bites. Guests particularly enjoy the rooftop pool area, where they can enjoy city views with a glass of Argentinian red or white wine. El Calafate: Hosteria Tierra Tehuelche Enjoy the rustic charm of Hosteria Tierra Tehuelche, where inviting rooms blend seamlessly with the natural Patagonian surroundings for an authentic experience. It's a short walk from the main street of El Calafate, which is full of shops, restaurants and cafes. Torres del Paine: Refugios Refugios are the gathering place for trekkers on the W Circuit to eat, drink and sleep. They include accommodation in shared, dormitories (6-8 person bunks with bedding), communal dining areas serving local and international standards, hot showers and bathroom facilities. They also have common areas where you can socialize, relax and enjoy views of the stunning Patagonian landscapes.  Note - Dormitories can be single or mixed sexes. Hosteria Don Atilio Locally owned and operated, Hosteria Don Atilio has an inviting ambiance and offers a comfortable, convenient stay while exploring the natural wonders of the region. Ideal for trekkers, the hosteria is within walking distance of the trailheads to the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre mountains. Worth knowing  Torres del Paine: it is not uncommon for refugios to overbook dorm accommodations and inform us at late notice that our groups (or part of our group), will be accommodated in shared tents, as opposed to the shared dormitories, at equal value.  In these instances, refugios each have adjoining campsites and tents are pre-erected for us, with all equipment included (2-person tent plus bedding).  Meals and access to refugios amenities are all still included, and sleeping under the stars certainly has its perks in this part of the world.  We may not necessarily be able to tell you in advance of travel whether or not your group will be camping. If you have any concerns about this then do get in touch with us. Single accommodation can be booked for the hotel nights but do not apply to the four nights in refugios or tents (as all accommodation is shared).
Cancellation policy

The cancellation policies of this trip when booked through Travelstride are determined by the stated policies of the tour operator - Exodus Travels.

If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel a confirmed booking you must notify Travelstride in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only take effect when it is received in writing by Travelstride and will be effective from the date on which we receive it.

If You Cancel Your Holiday
You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the lead name or your travel agent must be received at our offices. 

Since we incur costs in canceling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay cancellation charges as follows (see also the exceptions below): 

  • More than 42 days - No cancellation fee. Deposit can be transferred to a new booking departing within 2 years of date of travel of original booking. Any remaining balance will be refundedThis excludes all non-refundable costs as set out in clause 4 above (for example international and domestic flights and local services).
  • Between 41 and 21 days (inclusive) - No cancellation fee. Balance and deposit can be transferred to a new booking departing within 2 years of date of travel of original bookingThis excludes all non-refundable costs as further explained in clause 4 above (for example international and domestic flights and local services).
  • Between 20 and 15 days (inclusive) - 80% of the holiday cost
  • 14 days or less; or failure to join the holiday (inclusive) - 100% of the holiday cost

Certain trips may involve different cancellation charges; you will be advised if this is applicable to your holiday during the booking process.For Polar holidays, the following cancellation charges will be made for all Polar holidays. Period before departure in which you notify us: 

Cancelation charge

  • More than 133 days - Deposit only
  • 133 days or less (or failure to join the holiday) (inclusive) - 100% of the holiday cost

Notes (i) Your deposit is non-refundable, even if the cancellation charge calculated is lower than the deposit amount paid; (ii) If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges; (iii) certain travel arrangements may be subject to higher cancellation charges and could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements from the moment the booking is confirmed.

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If, after our Booking Confirmation has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the lead name or your travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of $60, and any further cost we incur in making this alteration (including those charged by third party suppliers who provide the component parts of your booking).  You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Note: Certain travel arrangements may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.

You can transfer your booking to another person, who satisfies all the conditions that apply to this booking, by giving us notice in writing at least 7 days before departure provided that the new lead passenger accepts the transfer and these Terms and Conditions. Both you and the new traveler are responsible for paying all costs we incur in making the transfer. Please bear in mind that certain airlines and other transport providers treat changes as a cancellation and charge accordingly, up to 100% of the cost for that part of the arrangement. Where applicable these charges will be passed on to you.

If We Cancel Your Booking

Exodus reserves the right to cancel an itinerary before departure for any reason whatsoever, including too few participants ,logistical problems, a Force Majeure Event (as defined in Section 8), or any other circumstances that may make operation of the trip inadvisable. All trip payments received will be promptly refunded, and this refund will be the limit of Exodus’s liability without any further obligation on Exodus’s part. Exodus is not responsible for any expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip, including non-refundable or penalty-carrying airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other trip-related expenses.

If We Change Your Booking

  1. Changes to the price. We can change your holiday price after you’ve booked, only in certain circumstances. Changes in the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from changes to the cost of fuel or other power sources, the level of taxes or fees imposed by third parties including tourist taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports, or exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked.

  2. Changes other than the price. It is a term of your booking that we are able to make changes to any aspect of your booking. If the change is insignificant, we will ensure that you are notified about it. Examples of insignificant changes include alteration of your accommodation to another of the same or higher standard. If we are forced by circumstances beyond our control to alter significantly any of the main characteristics of the travel services that make up your package you will have the rights set out below.

    2.1 - We will contact you and you will have the choice of accepting the change or having a refund of all monies paid. You can also accept an alternative holiday, where we offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). We will tell you the procedure for making your choice. Please read any notification of changes carefully and respond promptly as if you do not respond to us within the timescale given your booking may be canceled.

    2.2 - If you choose to accept a refund then that is the only liability we have and we will not be liable for any further sums, compensation or otherwise and you are advised to adequately insure yourselves against cancellation for any reason

Please note that insurance premiums and amendments charges are not refundable in any circumstances. 

Once you have put down a deposit for a tour, you are unable to cancel and re-book within a promotional period and we reserve the right to amend the pricing on any new booking you make within that time. If you cancel a tour and book the same tour under a promotional code, we reserve the right to decline the booking.

Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration or cancellation could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements in addition to the charge above.

If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

Where possible, we will deduct the cancellation charge(s) from any monies you have already paid to us.

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Meals Included
Hotel breakfasts are normally buffets and are included. The accommodation in Torres del Paine arranges packed lunches for our trekking days. There is a variety of good quality food in local restaurants and cafes that can cater to a variety of restricted diets (although the refugios we stay in for the standard itinerary in Torres del Paine is the exception, as facilities and food options here are limited due to remote access). Please advise us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements. Vegetarians can be accommodated throughout the trip, but gluten-free diets or other restricted diets can be hard to cater for in this part of the world – you may wish to bring supplementary, pre-packaged food items (energy bars, etc..).
Age Requirements
18 years and up
Additional Information
Six days of walking Light backpacking necessary Good fitness required Altitude maximum: 2,950ft (900m); average: 655ft (200m) Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Minimum age: 18 Part of the Aldo Kane Collection
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