Join the ranks of those who have marveled at some of Patagonia’s most astounding treasures on this trip, bringing you face to face with the epic Perito Moreno Glacier, and the towering heights of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
Inside Los Glaciares National Park, at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy, this 3* classic Patagonian inn in El Chaltén offers warm, professional service.
Integrated into the beautiful scenery of Los Glaciers National Park, a fifteen-minute walk from the city centre of El Calafate, this 3* hotel has wonderful gardens and views.
Regular departures every Thursday and Sunday*
*In case you need to start your trip any other day, be aware that an extra charge applies for regular departures***
Optional Supplement for ice trek "Big Ice".
Optional extension to finish in Punta Arenas 3* hotel.
Ask for solo traveler departures and prices.
The trip starts every day either in Ecocamp Patagonia, Torres del Paines at 9:30 am or at Calafate City at 1:30 pm. The trip finishes at Calafate Airport at 10 am. For those taking the extension to finish in Punta Arenas, the trip finishes at Punta Arenas Airport on day 7. For domestic flights, you have to be at the airport 1 hour before the flight leaves.
This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active, have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. To enjoy this trek it’s essential to be in shape before you arrive. It’s not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a program of conditioning well before departure.
Note: Due to operational insurance issues, the age limit for doing the ice trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier (day 5) is 65 years old. If a passenger exceeds this age then an alternative excursion to the Glacier will be arranged. In case you change ice trek offered on day 5 for "Big Ice" trek, please note that age limit is 18 to 50 years old.
Age: Walk best fits for age between 18 and 50 years.
Restrictions: Due to the degree of effort and difficulty that this excursion presents, it is NOT allowed for: pregnant women, people with overweight, disabilities, or health problems.
8-12 travelers is the most typical group size plus guiding staff. The maximum is 14 clients. Guide to passenger ratio: 1:6
In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people. When we have only 2 to 4 people we use smaller vehicles, usually 4x4, driven by the tour guide. On the regular departure trips, you‘ll share the vehicle with other EcoCamp guests joining other tours. On the private departure, the vehicle will be for your use exclusively, although transfers for private groups may be combined owing to our environmental policy compelling our operators to keep to the lowest possible environmental impact and thus avoid driving the same way at the same time with two half-empty vehicles.
The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, both the strong marine and the South Patagonic Ice field influence make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer, fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find cold- strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min).
Youngsters who are 13 years of age or older are welcome and are considered adults.
Children between 10 and 12 may be accepted in this program if the child’s legal guardian sends a formal letter stating that the child is prepared for such an intense trekking trip and authorizes us to hire a private guide in the case that the child cannot perform well during the trek.
Children under 10 years of age cannot participate in this trip.
This trip doesn’t offer a special discount for children.
We’ll send you a complete pre-trip info brochure once you book, including things you need to bring in detail. Meanwhile take a look at some general items to have in mind: day backpack (20-30lt), duffel bag (70 liters), waterproof trekking boots, waterproof parka pants, inner isolating layer (fleece or wool), three changes of clothes, sun hat, sunscreen, hiking socks, sandals (for after hikes), bathing suit, sunglasses, towel (optional), ski poles (optional), long underwear, extra change of socks, flashlight/headlamp, extra insulating layer (fleece, wool, or expedition weight long underwear.
We reserve the right to change the itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide, based on safety and/or operational considerations.