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Trekking Chile: Patagonia Trekking Experiences

Patagonia Trekking Vacations:

The three areas that we trek in Patagonia offer vastly different experiences and are all in remote areas. In Northern Patagonia the pristine Futaleufu Headwaters offer lush fauna, rivers, lakes and mountain environment immersed in the local Pioneer Culture. In Southern Patagonia on the Chilean side is the more heavily traveled but spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. On the Argentine side is the internationally visited Los Glaciares National Park with Fitzroy Massif, Perito Moreno and Viedma Glaciers. These treks can be added on to our rafting trips or combined to make the best of Patagonia Trekking. We are experts and figuring out the best way to travel between these remote Patagonia trekking spots. When you combine all three, Futaleufu Trail of the Lakes, Torres, and Fitzroy, we call it the triple crown. Map of all the areas with gateways. Punta Arenas, Calafate, Esquel Bariloche Towns, Puerto Natales El Chalten, Futaleufu.

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Northern Patagonia
Futaleufu Valley and Headwaters

Trekking in Chile's Futaleufu River valley allows you to immerse yourself in the spectacular physical beauty of the best kept secret of Patagonia, whose climate is often sunnier and kinder than Torres del Paine National Park. This is more than just a wilderness experience. The trails are still the routes used by the locals to travel to their isolated ranches or settlements. It can be a wonderful pioneer cultural experience of traveling "back in time". Trekking in Patagonia at its best! The Futaleufu drainage starts at the southern tip of Argentina's Parque Nacional Los Alerces, where the headwaters of the Futaleufu river are located in Lago Amutui Quimei. The environs of the Futaleufu region are regulated by a "rain-shadow" microclimate enjoyed by Los Alerces and often provide better weather for trekking in Chile than points farther south.

Pioneer Culture - Trail of the Lakes:
Patagonia Pioneer Culture is met on the “Trail of the Lakes, a 2 to 4 day trek back in time, that few people will ever have a chance to experience. The trail wanders around lakes, rivers and over a pass with an overlook of the snow capped mountains and glaciers. We will visit small remote working ranches, outposts, and settlements without roads and off the grid in Patagonia, Chile. Each night we stay at a different ranch, with bed and linens and prepared meals.

6 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 5 overnights / 4 Active Days)

Day Trekking Futaleufu Valley from Campo Tres Monjas:
Experience day trekking in Patagonia's Futaleufu River Valley as a multi-sport activity from the comforts of our riverside Campo Tres Monjas. Day treks start across the on trailheads fanning out in different directions. Further trails can be accessed by an fifty minute drive up valley giving you an opportunity see diverse scenery of this unique river Valley.


Southern Patagonia
Patagonia Trekking: Torres del Paine

In southernmost portion of Chilean Patagonia, approximately 2500 kms from Santiago, lies the internationally renowned Patagonia trekking destination and park of Torres del Paine. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978, and on the list to be declared a World Heritage site, Torres del Paine is recognized as one of the most breathtaking, unspoiled places on earth. It is believed that the name "Paine" originates from a Tehuelche Indian word meaning "blue". Thus, Torres del Paine means the "Blue Towers". The spectacular Paine Massif, with peaks Cuernos (Paine Horns) and Grande, dominates the panoramic landscape of the park. For Chile Trekking this is the place!!!

The park itself is host to numerous ecosystems including, calving glaciers, snow-capped mountains, cascading rivers and waterfalls, lush meadows, mirror-like turquoise alpine lakes, Magellanic forests, arid Pampas. You will find from windy grasslands to coihue and lenga tree forests that grow smaller as you gain altitude, resembling a natural Bonsai gardens. The wide variety of ecosystems provide abundant habitat for exotic and endangered wildlife. People Trekking in Chile's Torres del Paine Park can expect to see birds like the Andean Condor, Rhea's, Nandu's (American ostrich), Cara Cara's, and Pink Flamingos and mammals like the Guanaco (relative of the domesticated llama), Gray and Culpeo Foxes and possibly Pumas.

Because the park is located at such an extreme southern latitude there is plenty of daylight (up to 18 hours during the high season of January and February) leaving copious amounts of time for Patagonia trekking and exploration. Trekking in Chile at its best!

Torres del Paine Trekking
"The W"

Come trekking in Chile's famous Torres del Paine National Park, and experience one of the most spectacular trekking destinations in the world. The granite Massif of Torres del Paine will leave you breathless as you witness the spellbinding beauty of these peaks from the numerous trails and vantage points. The famous "W" circuit lets you experience the best of Torres del Paine trekking, all from the comforts our our Patagonia Eco Camp and mountain refugios.


Patagonia Day Treks of Torres
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FitzRoy and Glaciares
Patagonia Trekking: Cerro FitzRoy

Any Patagonia trekking trip isn't complete without a visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares located in Argentina. It is bordered to the west by the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park in Chile and to the east by the Southern Atlantic Ocean. Los Glaciares is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its spectacular location and environmental uniqueness. Glaciers cover about forty percent of the of the park's surface. There are two large lakes (the second and third largest in South America: Lago Argentino and Lago Viedma) and almost fifty major glaciers. The park is home to famous Moreno Glacier, one of the few remaining glaciers in the world that is not shrinking, but growing! The central attraction in the park is the FitzRoy Massif a world famous climbing destination named after the captain of the HMS Beagle, the ship of Charles Darwin. Mount FitzRoy also goes by the name Chalten; it stands at 11,000 ft (3400 m). The other major peak in the park is Cerro Torre about 1000 feet lower than FitzRoy.

Trekkers will encounter many ecosystems in Los Glaciares and a wide variety of flora and fauna. The landscape will go from Glaciers to wind swept tundra and pampas (Argentine steppe) to temperate rainforest. It is not uncommon to see condors, guanacos (relative of the domesticated llama), Patagonian hares, Cara Caras, Gray and Culpeo Foxes, Magellanic geese, pink flamingos, and possibly the rare endangered huemul deer.

Trekking FitzRoy & Los Glaciares National Park
Come trekking in Patagonia's FitzRoy region and visit the famous Los Glaciares National Park deep within Patagonia, Argentina. Independent Trekking from El Chalten the gateway of trekking at Fitzroy. Two days of Trekking split with a day of ice trekking on Glacier Viedma. The trails are well marked. After a little research this is a park you can explore on your own. Guided excursions are also available in town.


High & Low Trekking Seasons in Patagonia
Because of the international reputation of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares, as classic trekking areas, the parks have become world renowned tourist and trekking destinations similar to the National Parks in the United States. During the high season Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares can be quite crowded. Los Glaciares being somewhat less crowded than Torres del Paine. Trekkers who prefer solitude and the silence of nature (or a genuine Patagonia cultural experience) should consider a Futaleufu Valley trek or consider trekking in Patagonia's Fitz Roy or Torres in the shoulder seasons. There is less wind during the shoulder seasons and though cooler the weather is more stable.

Weather & Climate in Patagonia
In Los Glaciares trekkers should be prepared for windiness and inclement weather. It is not uncommon to see climbers waiting weeks for a break in the weather to climb the FitzRoy Massif. Because Torres del Paine lies west of the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap it also receives a major amount of inclement and unpredictable weather. Trekkers going to either destination must come prepared with the appropriate gear and attitude should the weather turn against them. The Futaleufu Valley has somewhat better weather but storms do blow in from the Southern Pacific. Quite often changes must be made to our Patagonia and Chile trekking itineraries in response to the weather in the region of these parks. For more information visit our Patagonia weather page.

Intensity of the Trekking in Chile

The trails of Torres del Paine and the Trail of the Lakes in the Futaleufu headwaters treks are rated demanding. Patagonia trekking in the FitzRoy is rated moderate.

Patagonia Cultural Experience

For a Cultural Experience the Trail of the Lakes trekking trip rates the highest. On that trekking Chile vacation we will visit remote Andean ranches that rarely host outside visitors.Trekking in Torres del Paine and FitzRoy have less cultural interaction.

Multisport Opportunities in the Futaleufu Valley

In addition to classic Patagonia trekking, the Futaleufu valley offers a wide of array of multisport activities for the active adventurer. On our Chile trekking vacations you will have the opportunity to raft Chile's most famous river, the world renowned Rio Futaleufu. In addition trekkers might want to incorporate any of the following activities in their Chile trekking vacation: sea kayaking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, canyoning, sit-on-top kayaking, mountain biking and fly fishing. Explore our website to review the possibilities.

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