Patagonia is one of the most incredible, rugged, and sparsely populated places on earth. Shared by Argentina and Chile, it is known for its pristine wilderness, magnificent snow-capped peaks, dramatic granite spires, sparkling lakes, and immense glaciers. On this 13 day trip, we have picked out the places that will live in your memory forever: the breathtaking mountain environs of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and the stunning Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Maximum group size: 12. You must have a valid passport at time of registration and Travel Insurance is mandatory for this trip.
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What's not included: International and domestic airfare (Once the group is confirmed, AGC will coordinate the purchase of domestic flights for participants, prices of internal flights will be around $350), Buenos Aires airport to hotel transfer if you arrive early, travel from Punta Arenas after the trip if you extend your stay, alcoholic beverages, certain meals as specified in the itinerary, AGC guide gratuities, W Trek Local Guide gratuities, and mandatory travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation.
This trip is designed for women in excellent physical condition who have hiking experience and want an active exploration of Patagonia. This trip is rated 5. While the level of activity varies each day, you should be able to hike up to 10 hours on trails with elevation gains of up to 4000 feet while carrying a daypack weighing about 15 pounds. We will not be hiking at high elevation but there is significant elevation gain and loss each day. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be engaged in aerobic conditioning for at least 40-50 minutes 4-5 times a week. Adding some specific conditioning such as strength training, endurance training, and longer aerobic workouts will be necessary; hiking 3-6 hours once a week, starting at least 6 weeks before the trip, is also recommended. Rating: 1 2 3 4  .
Hiking is the primary activity on this trip and definitely the best way to see both Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine. We also get to kayak on Lake Grey (no experience necessary). There will be plenty of time for exploring the small mountain towns we stay in, savoring typical Argentine/Chilean cuisine, experiencing varied Patagonian weather, and in general immerse ourselves in the natural history of the area.
We will spend 7 nights in double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms in modern hotels and small inns (four single supplements available for hotel stays for an additional cost). While on the W trek, we will spend 5 nights in Torres del Paine in mountain "refugios" or hostels, which have dormitory-style sleeping with bunk beds. Beds will be assigned randomly so you may be in top bunk one night and a bottom bunk the next. The refugios provide sheets and blankets but it is recommended to bring your own sleeping bag liner for extra warmth and your own pack towel for use on the trek (the refugios do not provide towels).
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
This trip was three years coming with COVID and scheduling issues and it truly was the trip of a lifetime. The beauty and challenges of the hiking with weather and geography made this a unique experience. Our fellow hikers and AGC guide made this an exceptional experience that is forever etched in my memory.
Seeing the glacier calving and kayaking with the icebergs was amazing.
the place we went too made it special: Patagonia is a very beautiful place to hike.
The warm people of the countries,especially Chile. the knowleable local guides were very caring and personable. The separateness and cohesiveness of a group that was challanged beyond their comfort zone. the fact that everyone went with all the mishaps of the trip, and everyone tried to support our trip leader who was facing multiple obstacles. The Difficulty, isolation and the painful condition and beauty of Patagonia made it a life changing trip
The location. The ability to travel again after Covid. The different locations we were able to visit. The length of the trip. The group of women who went.
The small size of the group made it special and the beautiful nature of Argentina was exceptional.
Lodging and transportation logistics went very well. Activities were as expected. Some details that I expected would have been known and shared were not. We did not need a sleeping liner or towel, we did not know about paying for the kayak trip until on the way to Chile, needing to bring extra food and a lock,was last minute.
I saw mountains, granite towers, glaciers, glacier lakes, icebergs, condors, flamingoes, guanaco, birds, and truly jaw dropping scenery! A trip of a lifetime!! Memories were made...
The highlights of the trip were, of course, the hiking and the spectacular views. Both guides, Anne and Maria, were fabulous. They obviously worked well together. They managed various circumstances and problems very professionally and in a way that did not interfere with the experience of the group. They both insured our safety and enjoyment without being overbearing. Maria's knowledge of the trails and the flora and fauna made the hikes even more fulfilling. I also enjoyed the variety of the places at which we stayed. The women in the group were interesting and fun. We functioned well as a group and were supportive of each other.