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Experience some of the most iconic natural beauty in the world on this incredible 15-day Patagonian adventure.
Explore all that Patagonia has to offer on this all-inclusive expedition, powered by our partners at OneSeed Expeditions. See stunning views of the rock cliffs, glaciers, and lakes of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and Argentina’s Mt. Fitz Roy in Glaciares National Park. 
 
Spend a week trekking in Patagonia's famous Torres del Paine National Park. Climb through a beautiful lenga forest to the base of the Las Torres Towers. Explore the massive and beautiful Grey Glacier and Perito Moreno Glacier. Trek to the stunning blue waters of Argentina's Laguna de Los Tres. Marvel at the Mt. Fitz Roy skyline at sunrise. These are just a handful of the experiences on deck during this truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure (and we don’t use that phrase lightly). 
 
All pre and post trek B&B accommodations, as well as camping & refugio stays during the trek, meals, guiding services, domestic flight from Santiago to Puntarenas, ground transportation, trekking permits, and entrance fees are included.
 
All of this plus, 10% of your trip cost is invested in supporting local communities.
 
More dates are available, and private trips are an option too! Please check with evo if you don't see dates that work for you, or are interested in a private trip.
 

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Itinerary
Itinerary
All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide.
  • 1
    Day number 1
    Santiago

    A OneSeed staff member will pick you up at Santiago’s international airport and take you to our partner bed and breakfast, located in the Providencia district just south of Santiago Metropolitan Park, which has several trails, a Japanese garden and the National Zoo.

    Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m)

    Inclusions: private airport shuttle; hotel accommodations
  • 2
    Day number 2
    Santiago to Punta Arenas to Laguna Azul Camp

    Wake up early for a flight to Chilean Patagonia. After a 3.5 hour flight, meet your local trekking guide in Punta Arenas who who will then accompany you to Torres del Paine National Park (4.5 hours private transport). On the way, soak up the beautiful views of the ocean surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

    Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m)

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; domestic flight; private transportation; park entrance fee; accommodations
  • 3
    Day number 3
    Laguna Azul Camp to The Towers

    After breakfast, ride approximately 50 minutes into the park where you will begin the hike to the base of The Towers. Start the trek with daypacks, and ascend through a rocky terrain cut by pristine glacial rivers. Gain two thousand feet in elevation as you climb through a beautiful lenga forest until reaching the base of the towers. Another shorter climb will put you meters from the towers and the emerald lake that sits at their base. Return to the camp at Laguna Azul for the evening.

    Peak Altitude: 2,870 ft (875m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 12.5 miles (20 km) / 8 hours of trekking (*day pack only today)

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; private transportation; accommodations
  • 4
    Day number 4
    Laguna Azul Camp to Los Cuernos Camp

    Travel approximately 30 mins by private transport to Las Torres where you will begin your trek to Los Cuernos. Spend a majority of this part of the trek nestled on a trail between Lake Nordenskjold and Mount Almirante Nieto of the Paine Massif. Arrive at Los Cuernos camp, “The Horns”, nestled between the two famous horned peaks, Cerro Hoja and Cerro Máscara.

    Peak Altitude: 797 ft (243m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 7-8 hours of trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; private transportation; accommodations
  • 5
    Day number 5
    Los Cuernos Camp to Paine Grande Camp

    Head out from Los Cuernos and hike through Torres’ old-growth forest. Pass by the French Camp and arrive to the Italian Camp, which is the start to the French Valley. At the Italian Camp, drop your full backpacks and repack your food, water and windbreaker into your daypack for the hike into the French Valley. If you’re feeling up to it, hike an additional 8 miles round-trip into the French Valley for stunning 360 views of the park.

    Peak Altitude: 2,495 ft (760m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 7-8 hours OR 17 miles (27km) / 12 hours of trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations
  • 6
    Day number 6
    Paine Grande Camp to Grey Camp

    Hike to Grey Glacier, an impressive ice field that covers the west end of the park. Enjoy the beauty of Pehoé Lake and Grey Lake as you approach the glacier. In the afternoon, spend time at camp or relax on the porch of Refugio Grey.

    Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 4-5 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations
  • 7
    Day number 7
    Grey Camp

    On the final day of trekking, make your way along Grey Glacier toward Campamento Paso. Join an optional ice hike or kayak through third party outfitter Bigfoot Patagonia. (We suggest making reservations in advance of your trip. OneSeed can not book spots on your behalf). Scale ladders and enjoy views of the glacier before returning to camp for dinner.

    Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 6-7 miles (9-11 km) / 6-8 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations
  • 8
    Day number 8
    Grey Camp to Puerto Natales

    Spend one final half day in the park. A 3-4 hour walk toward the lake will take you to the catamaran back to Pehoé and out of the park. Private transportation will be awaiting your arrival to take the scenic ride back to Puerto Natales. Share a farewell to Chile dinner with your guide before a restful night in our partner lodge.

    Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11 km) / 3-4 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; hotel accommodations; private transportation; public catamaran ride
  • 9
    Day number 9
    Puerto Natales to Calafate to El Chaltén

    Take a public bus from Puerto Natales to Calafate (unaccompanied, about 5 hours) where you will be driven to our offices in Calafate. Continue on from Calafate by van about another three hours to the lodge in El Chaltén. Spend the evening exploring the quaint town of El Chaltén.

    Peak Altitude: 1,312 ft (400m)

    Inclusions: breakfast; public bus transportation; hotel accommodations
  • 10
    Day number 10
    El Chaltén to Laguna Torre / Thorwood Camp

    Depart from the hotel and head West, hiking along the Fitz Roy river en route to Laguna Torre and Grand Glacier. At the end of the valley, see Laguna Torre, its glacier, and the famous Mt. Cerro Torre, which is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. Sleep at Thorwood Camp that evening.

    Peak Altitude: 2,080 ft (634m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 6 miles (9.6 km) / 4 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; camping accommodations
  • 11
    Day number 11
    Hike to Mt. Fitz Roy / Camp Poincenot

    After breakfast, head North for another day of magnificent views. Pass by three more lakes today; Madre, Hija, and Nieta. Hike another mile to Camp Poincenot where you will stay the night. Drop your bags and take a steep path toward Laguna de Los Tres, the closest you can get to Mt Fitz Roy before needing technical skills. At the top, enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains, and the valley through which you have come.

    Peak Altitude: 2,460 ft (750m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.2 km) / 4.5 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; camping accommodations
  • 12
    Day number 12
    Poincenot to El Pilar to Laguna Condor

    After breakfast, hike towards El Pilar where a van will be waiting to take you to Laguna Condor Mountain Hut. Relax in the hot tub or take a bike for a ride around the area.

    Peak Altitude: 2,595 ft (791m)

    Total Hiking: approximately 5 miles (8 km) / 3 hours trekking

    Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; mountain lodge accommodations
  • 13
    Day number 13
    Laguna Condor to El Chaltén to Calafate

    After breakfast at your mountain lodge, head back to El Chaltén followed by the bus ride back to El Calafate.

    Peak Altitude: 1,476 ft (450m)

    Inclusions: breakfast / boxed lunch; bus ticket to El Calafate; accommodations at B&B
  • 14
    Day number 14
    Calafate to Perito Moreno to Calafate

    Take a 2-hour bus ride to Perito Moreno where you'll have the day to explore the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. The 97 square mile glacier stretches for as far as the eye can see and you will be awe-inspired by the expansiveness of the blue ice.

    Peak Altitude: 856 ft (261m)

    Inclusions: breakfast / boxed lunch; bus transportation; accommodations at B&B
  • 15
    Day number 15
    Departures from Calafate

    International flights depart.

    Peak Altitude: 653 ft (200m)

    Inclusions: breakfast; airport shuttle
Trip Package Includes
 
  • 1 night accommodation at B&B in Santiago
  • 1 nights accommodation at B&B in Puerto Natales
  • 6 nights tent or refugio accommodations (see FAQ) on trek in Chile (tent and sleeping pad included)
  • 1 nights accommodation at B&B in El Chaltén
  • 2 nights accommodation at B&B in Calafate
  • 1-way domestic flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas  (1 checked bag up to 50 lbs/23kg and 1 carry on up to 17.5 lbs/8 kg with size restrictions)
  • All camping accommodations on trek (shared bathroom and either shared room or single/double occupancy tent camping with sleeping pads included)
  • All camping accommodations on trek in Argentina (tents and sleeping pads included)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
  • Trekking permits and entry fees
  • Perito Moreno Glacier entrance fee
  • Farewell dinner
  • Guide services
  • All ground transportation in Chile and Argentina
  • Private airport transfers on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 15
  • 20% discount code at evo.com (exclusions apply)
Not Included
 
  • International airfare
  • Emergency medical & evacuation insurance (required)
  • Beverages outside of designated meals
  • Extra snacks during trek 
  • Personal items
  • Guide gratuity
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)

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Area Information
Patagonia

Occupying the southern end of South America, Patagonia comprises a massive, rugged, and largely pristine zone of over 400,000 square miles across Chile and Argentina. This region entails the southern section of the Andes Mountains, including lakes, fjords, glaciers, and icefields (including the southern hemisphere’s largest icefield outside of Antarctica) in the west. To the east, the land shifts to deserts, tablelands and steppes, while to the south one approaches the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego which, depending on who you’re talking to, is or is not part of Patagonia..

Trip Planning

Trip Planning

The best time to travel to Torres del Paine National Park during the spring and summer months is between October and March. During this season the highs fluctuate around 70ºF and the lows can drop down below 40ºF. The park is infamous for its strong winds that can blow up to 80 mph! Typically, your trek will include some sun, rain, and wind all mixed into one trip.
 
On the Argentina side, while the weather in El Chaltén can be unpredictable, it is a semi-arid environment where light precipitation is common. The warmer temperatures are from November to March with highs in the 60s and 40s at night. It is not uncommon to experience frost in the summer so always bring warm layers! In the winter, temperatures stay in the 40s during the day and drop to below freezing at night.

Packing System

This expedition does not include porters. You are responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack.
Trekking Gear
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FAQ
FAQ
  • Is my departure guaranteed to run?
    OneSeed Expeditions guarantees all trip departures. Please make sure you are registered with OneSeed before you book airfare.
  • Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?
    If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer (alternatively, trip extensions are available directly through OneSeed)
  • Do I need a visa? What about passport requirements?
    Visas are not required for US citizens for tourist visits less than 90 days, but you will need a Tourist Card (free upon arrival). Please keep your passport and tourist card with you at all times during your expedition. Check the latest Chile entrance requirements on the US Embassy website: https://cl.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/entry-exit-requirements/ Visit the State Department website for Argentina entry/exit requirements: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Argentina.html Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    While you can expect to camp most nights during the Chile portion of your expedition, some evenings may be spent at refugios (lodges) along the trail. We can’t guarantee a specific option as accommodation capacity is restricted by the national park for the 2021/2022 season. In Chile, you may be sleeping in single or double occupancy tents along the trail with shared bathroom facilities nearby. You are only responsible for bringing your own sleeping bag as we provide tents and sleeping pads. We recommend at least a 15° bag. You may access the refugio (mountain lodge) facilities near camp as needed for meals, drinks, or relaxing on the outdoor decks with amazing views of the park. On the trail in Argentina, you will be sleeping in tents and a basic mountain lodge for the last night with shared dorm-style bunk beds and shared bathroom facilities.
  • What skill/experience level is required for this trip?
    Level 4 out of 5: These expeditions require above average physical fitness. Treks may reach high altitudes and require high levels of physical exertion. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers are welcome. Typical days require 5-10 hours of trekking, and some expeditions include significant elevation changes.
  • How should I prepare for the trip?
    While the elevation is not much of a factor on this trip (the highest elevation you will reach is 3,608 feet), daily mileage can range from 6-13 miles and 5-10 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires above average physical fitness. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Patagonia is recommended.
  • What will the food be like? Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
    Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast at the refugios may include eggs, fruit, cereal, lunch meat, cheese, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. Lunch is usually a sandwich made by your guide, fruit, snack bars, and some chocolate. Dinner may include meals like chicken with mashed potatoes, pasta, beef and rice, salad, soup, etc. While extra snacks are not included, you will have plenty of food during the trek. Travelers also have the option of purchasing snacks at the refugios, so having extra cash on hand is helpful. We do recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars. OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences.
  • Will we need to filter water?
    The water along the trail is safe to drink, whether that's straight from the tap or off a glacier.
  • What skill/experience level is required for this trip?
    Level 4 out of 5: These expeditions require above average physical fitness. Treks may reach high altitudes and require high levels of physical exertion. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers are welcome. Typical days require 5-10 hours of trekking, and some expeditions include significant elevation changes.
  • What will the weather be like?
    Weather in Patagonia is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a slightly more comprehensive packing list (see above). A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain or snow. It never hurts to prep for both!
  • Do you offer gear rentals?
    No, there is no gear rental available on this trip.
  • When and how do I meet up with the group?
    Day 1 of the itinerary is the arrival day. You can plan your arrival at any time on Day 1. You will be picked up and taken to the hotel in Santiago to meet up with the rest of your group.
  • How should I train for my trek?
    While the elevation is not much of a factor on this trip, daily mileage can range from 6-13 miles and 5-10 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires above average physical fitness. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Patagonia is recommended.
  • What is the maximum number of guests per trip?
    We operate trips from 1 person to a max of around 10 people, though some may be larger depending on the expedition.
  • Is there a minimum age required for this trip?
    Yes, the minimum age is 16 years old with a parent or guardian, to travel alone you must be 18 years or older.
  • How are we getting from Chile to Argentina?
    Your Chile guide will drop you off at the Puerto Natales bus station where they will see you off on your coach bus to Argentina. Continue by bus about an hour to the Argentinian border where you will go through customs. There is a rest stop at the border crossing with restrooms, refreshments for purchase, and a money exchange. Once you have cleared customs, continue on the same bus to El Calafate, about another two hours of drive time. The total trip to El Calafate takes about five hours depending on customs. Disembark the bus in El Calafate where you will be greeted by a driver holding a OneSeed sign. If you do not see your driver after 15 minutes, please contact Sergio via WhatsApp or email, and he will help you to coordinate with your driver (contact information is in your welcome packet). Make a pit stop by our offices in Calafate before continuing by van to the lodge in El Chaltén, about three more hours.
  • Does someone carry my pack?
    You are responsible for carrying your backpack during the entirety of your trip. Some days you will be able to leave your large pack at the refugio and only carry a daypack if you are returning to that refugio.
  • Can I leave some of my luggage in the hotel during the trek?
    You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Puerto Natales. Leaving an extra bag at the hotel during your trek is free of charge. Please keep in mind you are only allowed one carry-on (17.5 lb limit) and one checked back (50 lb limit) for your domestic flight from Santiago to Patagonia. Carry on must be within 21.5 x 13.5 x 10 inches.
  • How much extra money should I plan on bringing?
    You should budget for around $30 USD a day for drinks and any extra snacks. Optional expeditions like kayaking or a glacier walk range from around $90-$160 USD. If you wish to participate in these activities please budget accordingly.
  • Do I need any immunizations or medicine?
    Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/chile
  • Do I need to tip my guide?
    Tips are always appreciated. We have developed the chart in the blogpost below to act as a guide. Averages below are based on per person recommendations. Head Guide: $6-8/day. Assistant Guide: $2-5/day www.oneseedexpeditions.com/blog/tipping/
  • Do I need to purchase emergency medical insurance as well as travel insurance?
    Yes, medical & evacuation insurance is required and we highly recommend purchasing additional trip cancellation insurance after booking your flights (we recommend World Nomads). Trip insurance may cover the following: trip cancellation due to an injury before your expedition, trip cancellation due to illness, reimbursement if your flight is canceled or delayed due to weather, lost baggage or theft, 24-hour customer support.
  • I see that 10% of my trip cost is invested locally, what does that mean?
    At OneSeed they believe that adventure and entrepreneurial hustle go hand in hand. Whether you’re trekking through Patagonia or taking the next step towards financial independence, it’s an endeavor that takes dedication and risk. That’s why when you travel with OneSeed, 10% of your trip cost is invested in local entrepreneurs - empowering our fellow risk-takers to launch or expand their business. OneSeed partners with local microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the countries where they operate. They invest 10 percent of our total revenue in these partners, who in turn lend this seed capital to small-scale entrepreneurs as collateral-free, shared liability microcredit. Entrepreneurs repay the loan over the course of the loan term as they launch or expand their business.
  • How is OneSeed responding to Covid-19?
    You can find several helpful FAQs related to Covid-19 here: https://www.oneseedexpeditions.com/covid19
  • What if I need to cancel?
    evo will refer to OneSeed Expeditions’ cancellation policy, which can be found here: https://www.oneseedexpeditions.com/terms-of-service
Testimonials
I traveled to Patagonia, Chile this past November and the accommodations, food, guides, and trek truly exceeded my expectations. The company took care of all the planning for transportation and stays so it was great to not have to worry over all the details.
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Our guide and assistant guide were the absolute best - they were extremely knowledgeable about the park, were fun companions during the hike, very helpful with everything we needed, and made sure we had an amazing experience.
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Very organized tour! Our guides, Jorge & Mauricio, were excellent. They were experts not just on trekking, but on the whole area of Patagonia and Puerto Natales since they live and work there. They went out of their way to make each of us feel comfortable and were so helpful in every aspect.
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