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Patagonia Active Trekking Round Trip

Moser Active - 16 days

  • Patagonia Active Trekking Round Trip
  • 16 days / 15 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
Included
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing List
The National Parks
Safety
Moser Active
How to Book

Overview

> Trek the Torres del Paine Full "O" Circuit - One of the world's Top 10 Trekking Circuits
> Patagonian Icefield
> Famous Monte Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre Trek
> Argentinian steak & Malbec red wine
> Visit the huge Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park
> Discover the local wildlife like guanacos, condors and Ñandus & the Patagonian pampa and gauchos


This impressively wide and wind burnt region with its fantastic pastel-colored pasture land, its mountains of steeply rugged rock and icy glaciers is definitely the „El Dorado“ for every adventurer, hiker and nature lover. Who hasn’t heard of the world-renowned Torres del Paine, Monte Fitz Roy or the Perito Moreno Glacier?

On this unforgettable trekking trip you will hike in 7 days the “Full Circuit” or "O Trek" of the amazing Torres del Paine National Park. Admire robust chiseled mountains that are formed by the movement of Glacier tongues. Discover the emerald green-colored lakes, Magellan forests of beech trees and the perpetual ice of this inspiring UNESCO World Heritage site. Meet hardworking gauchos who call the wind branded steppe their home. Watch vigorous Guanacos fighting for their territories while condors majestically hover above you. After having faced the mystic Torres del Paine – granite towers the trek leads you to the gigantic Perito Moreno Glacier. What’s more, you will be rewarded with picturesque views of Patagonia, Monte Fitz Roy, and the legendary Cerro Torre during the trip.

Important: Trek available from November to March.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1

Upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas / Chile (alternative in El Calafate / Argentina) a private transfer will take you to the hotel (without a tour guide).

Overnight: Hotel in Punta Arenas (alternative in El Calafate) in a double room with private bathroom. (-/-/-)

Day 2
Today you take a regular bus from Punta Arenas (or from El Calafate) to Puerto Natales (without a tour guide). Driving time to Puerto Natales from Punta Arenas about 3 hours, from El Calafate about 5-6 hours. Upon arrival in Puerto Natales, you will have time to explore this little town on your one. In good weather, the first impressive panorama of the Paine Massif and Monte Balmaceda can be seen from here. In the evening you meet your trekking-guide for a short briefing about the next days.

Overnight: Guesthouse in Puerto Natales in a double room with private bathroom. (B/-/-)

Day 3
In the morning you take a private transfer to the Torres del Paine National Park and enjoy spotting the local wildlife of this fantastic region, like Guanacos and Ñandus. In the afternoon your first hike leads you to Campamento Seron. Depending on the weather and season you will spot various birds and plants like the Palomita (a white orchid). You spend the night in our tents with unobstructed views of the starry sky on campsite Seron. (B/-/D) 

Appr. walking time: 4-5 hours
Walking distance: 12 km (7,5 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 350 m (1,150 ft) ascent and descent 

Day 4
Today you hike along Lago Paine and Rio Paine to the wonderful Refugio and Campamento Dickson. Near the camp you will get a picturesque view on the enclosing Dickson Glacier. There will be enough time to enjoy this inviting campsite while sitting together and sharing your overwhelming impressions.

Appr. walking time: 6-7 hours
Walking distance: 18,5 km (11,5 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 350 m (1,150 ft) ascent and descent
Overnight: in tents on campsite Dickson. (B/BL/D)

Day 5
You leave the camp on Lago Dickson and walk through a mystic Magellan forest of Southern beech trees to reach your next camp. Campamento Los Perros is fabulously situated at the edge of a forest and glacier of the same name.

Appr. walking time: 4-5 hours
Walking distance: 9,5 km (5,9 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 400 m (1,300 ft) ascent
Overnight: in tents on campsite Los Perros. (B/BL/D)

Day 6
Today you probably face the most exhausting but most impressive part of the tour. You leave the camp Los Perros and hike uphill to the Paso John Gardner where you can admire a striking view over the Southern Patagonian Ice field. Afterward, you scale down along the impressive Grey Glacier to your next camp, Campamento Grey. 

Appr. walking time: 9-10 hours
Walking distance: 22 km (13,7 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 800 m (2,600 ft) ascent and 1,300 m (4,300 ft) descent Overnight: in tents on campsite Grey. (B/BL/D)

Day 7
In the morning you can choose an optional half-day-kayak-excursion on the Lago Grey along the icebergs of the Grey Glacier or enjoy some free time to relax. In the afternoon you hike along Lago Grey to the black lagoon (Laguna Negra) while exploring and learning about the surrounding nature. From there, you walk down to the camp Paine Grande that is beautifully located at the turquoise-colored Lago Pehoe.

Appr. walking time: 4-5 hours
Walking distance: 12 km (7,5 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 350 m (1,150 ft) ascent and descent
Overnight: in tents on campsite Paine Grande. (B/BL/D)

Day 8
Today’s hike takes you along the splendorous Lago Skottsberg to campamento Italiano. With a bit of luck, you may witness ice cracking off the Paine Grande (3,050 m / 10,000 ft) sounding like a rumble of roaring thunder. Afterward, you walk next to Lago Nordenskjöld to the Refugio Cuernos where you take a break. In the afternoon you leave this fantastic place to reach camp Central, where you spend the night. Passing Monte Almirante Nieto (2,640 m / 8,660 ft), you can probably watch condors circling in the sky.

Appr. walking time: 8 hours
Walking distance: 24 km (14,9 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 600 m (1,950 ft) ascent and descent 
Alternative option: Boat ride and shuttle from camp Paine Grande to camp Central (additional costs p.p. $40 USD).
Overnight: in tents on camping Central. (B/BL/D)

Day 9
Today, you will hike to get an excellent view on the no. 1 highlight: The famous Torres Towers. At first it leads you up to the Ascencio-valley where you take a break at the Refugio Chileno next to the lovely Ascencio River. After 2+ hours and a tough ascent you are rewarded for your efforts: You will stand in front of the impressive needles with a green lagoon lying at your feet. After this challenging hike you take our private bus back to Puerto Natales and say goodbye to our local trekking-guide. 

Appr. walking time: 8 hours
Walking distance: 19 km (11,8 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 950 m (3,100 ft) ascent and descent 
Overnight: Guesthouse in Puerto Natales in a double room with private bathroom. (B/BL/-)

Day 10
Transfer in a regular bus through the wind-shaped Pampa to El Calafate in Argentina (without a guide; appr. 5-6 hours). In the afternoon you will have some time to go shopping or to try the famous Argentine steaks.

Overnight: Hotel in El Calafate in double room with private bathroom. (B/-/-)

Day 11
Today you are heading to El Chaltén with a regular bus (without a guide, appr. 3 hours), taking a break at the Estancia La Leona. El Chaltén is a lovely village in the mountains, where you will meet your trekking-guide for the next hikes. A guided walk of 6 hours leads you in the afternoon to Laguna Torre where you have a grand view to the Cerro Torre (3,102 m / 10,177 ft) with its glaciers. Moreover, you take a break at the Agostini Camp that is the base camp for all Cerro Torre mountaineers.

Appr. walking time: 6 hours
Walking distance: 18 km (11 miles) 
Elevation gain of approx. 250 m (820 ft) ascent and descent
Overnight: Hotel in El Chaltén in a double room with private bathroom. (B/BL/-)

Day 12
Today you can choose a half-day or full-day-excursion to Lago del Desierto Lake or you have some time to discover this idyllic place on our own, go on a short hike to the viewpoints “Condores & Aguilas” or on a long hike to the viewpoint “Loma del plique tumbado”.

Overnight: Hotel in El Chaltén in a double room with private bathroom. (B/-/-)

Day 13
You hike to Laguna de Los Tres and the viewpoint to Laguna Sucia. You also pass the Base Camp Rio Blanco that serves all Fitz Roy Mountaineers. Your efforts will be rewarded with an unforgettable view on the Monte Fitz Roy (3,406 m / 11,174 ft) and the surrounding mountains.

Overnight: Hotel in El Chaltén in a double room with private bathroom. (B/BL/-)

Day 14
Today, you take a regular bus back to El Calafate (without a guide, appr. 3 hours). In the afternoon you participate in a guided visit of the incomparable Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciers National Park that is part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. If you are lucky you will witness the glacier calving. Furthermore, you take a boat ride over the Argentino Lake along the imposing ice walls of the glacier (appr. 1 hour).

Overnight: Hotel in El Calafate in a double room with private bathroom. (B/-/-)

Day 15
You travel from Argentina back to Puerto Natales / Chile on a regular bus (without a guide; appr. 5-6 hours). You can use the afternoon to explore the small town at the Ultima Esperanza Fjord.

Overnight in Puerto Natales: Guesthouse in a double room with private bathroom. Alternative you can stay another day on your own in El Calafate, overnight: Hotel in El Calafate. (B/-/-)

Day 16
Transfer from Puerto Natales to the Punta Arenas airport on a regular bus (without a guide, appr. 3 hours) - alternatively you will have a private transfer to the El Calafate airport. (B/-/-)

Included

Included

 Airport Pick Up and Drop off
Upon arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas, Chile (alternative in El Calafate, Argentina) a private transfer will take you to the hotel, without a tour guide. On the last day of the tour, you will be taken to the Punta Arenas airport on a regular bus  - alternatively, you will have a private transfer to El Calafate airport.

 Transport
All public and private transfers as per the detailed itinerary are included in the price of the trek. The trekking company will take care of all the arrangements.

√ English and Spanish speaking trekking guide
A local English/Spanish speaking certified trekking guide will be with you at all times during the trekking expeditions in Torres del Paine and to Cerro Torre & Fitz Roy Treks (WFR) and during the excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier. 

√ Porters
Also, local porters will carry personal belongings (5 kg per person) and expedition tents throughout the Torres del Paine "O" Circuit. Porter service includes carrying the expedition-tents and setting up camp. 

During the trekking days, you need to carry just your own day-backpack (approx. 8-10 kg / 17-22 lbs). We would recommend at least a 35/40 liter daypack, better 45/50 liter.

√ Accommodation
You will spend 9 nights in hotels in double rooms with private bathroom and 6 nights in roomy, high-quality 3-person-expedition-tents (to be used by 2 people).

√ Meals
All meals described in the itinerary are included in the price of the trek. These include: 15x breakfast, 8x box lunch, 6x dinner. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining rooms of the Refugios/mountain huts which are always close to the campsites in the O-circuit. Cooking and eating utensils will be provided while camping.

 Permits and Entrance Fees
The entry fees to both National Parks, Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine, are included in the price of the trek.

Boat ride
On day 14, you will enjoy a boat ride over the Argentino Lake along the imposing ice walls of the glacier Perito Moreno.

√ Emergency equipment
Emergency equipment including a first-aid kit and satellite phone / VHF-equipment will be available during the whole trek.

√ Luggage keeping
The rest of your luggage, which you do not need on the 7 days trekking tour, stays locked at your hotel in Puerto Natales.


Excluded

× Airfare
You have to make your way to Puerto Natales. The total amount is exclusive of flights to and from Chile. 

× 
Single supplement
The single supplement for single accommodation has an extra charge of  $350 USD / 300 EUR p.p.

× Tour guide on the days of transfer
During the days of transfers, no guide will join you on the buses.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal Expenses
Personal expenses during the trek, as well as meals and beverages not indicated in the itinerary,  are not included in the price of the trek.

× Sleeping Bags
Sleeping bag and camping mat are not included in the price of the trek, you must bring your own.

× Optional trips
Otional excursions such as the half-day kayak-tour on the Grey lake on Day 6 ($100 USD p.p.) or on day 12 are not included in the price of the trek.

× Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is mandatory and must be purchased prior to the start of the trip. Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek. 

× Tipping
Tipps for the guide and porter are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.

Note: We will match solo travelers with another traveler of the same gender to avoid extra charge for single supplement, except the client wants a guaranteed single occupancy. IF WE ARE NOT ABLE TO FIND SOMEBODY TO SHARE, SO WE WILL CHARGE ONLY 50% OF THE SINGLE OCCUPANCY.

Accommodation

Accommodation

You will spend 9 nights in hotels in double rooms with private bathroom in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, El Calafate, and El Chaltén. You will also spend 6 nights in roomy, high-quality 3-person-expedition-tents (to be used by 2 people) during the O-Circuit in Torres del Paine. The trekking company will provide the tents. However, you must bring your own sleeping bag and camping mat. All campsites are equipped with toilets, showers, and Refugios (Mountain huts/Lodges).

Note: We will match solo travelers with another traveler of the same gender to avoid extra charge for single supplement, except the client wants a guaranteed single occupancy. IF WE ARE NOT ABLE TO FIND SOMEBODY TO SHARE, SO WE WILL CHARGE ONLY 50% OF THE SINGLE OCCUPANCY.

FAQ

FAQ

What’s the best season for trekking in Torres del Paine?
You want nice weather when trekking in Torres del Paine National Park. At the park is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, one has to be mindful of the seasons there. When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is actually summer in the deep South. Hence, the best trekking season for Torres del Paine National Park is during the summer months: From November to early March. However, Spring (September-November) are and Autumn (March-May) are also favorable trekking and hiking seasons, as the crowds are fewer and the natural scenery is colorful. Think fresh colors in Spring and stunning brown colors in the Fall months. Winter lasts from June to August and it is then that Torres del Paine National Park and the rest of Patagonia is quiet. At this time of the year, most attractions are closed for maintenance. Regardless of your choice in trekking season, make sure you bring enough layers for during your hike. The same months, November to early March, apply for the Argentinean side of Patagonia.

Training
Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Excellent physical fitness and team spirit are necessary requirements for this tour. You should be able to walk with your day pack (8 to 10 kg / 17–22 lbs) long distances (once to 10 hours a day) with some strenuous ascents and descents. Differences in elevation from 250 m to 1,300 m per day (from 820 ft to 4,300 ft). 

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in Patagonia.

Is this the first time that you are trekking in the mountains? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Patagonia

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Patagonia requires decent gear. Especially the basics like a 40-50l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you. Here is a recommended packing list from Moser Active for your Patagonia trek:

Luggage 
• Duffel bag for all the rest of your luggage, which you do not need during the trek (to leave locked at your guesthouse) 
• Backpack of 40-50 liter (8-10 kg / 17-22 lbs) for the trek 
• Rain cover for your backpack 
• Passport pouch or money belt 

Personal Camping Gear 
• Sleeping bag with compression stuff sack minus 5 Grad/C comfort (minus 15 Grad/C extreme) (rated to approx. 20º Fahrenheit comfort) 
• Inflatable camping mat (e.g. Therm-A-Rest NeoAir) 

Clothing 
• Windstopper fleece jacket 
• Hiking pants, lightweight, synthetic and loose-fitting – quick dry 
• Long sleeve shirts, synthetic or merino 
• T-Shirts, synthetic or merino 
• Breathable underwear, polypropylene or merino or similar 
• Hiking socks, blister-free

Outerwear 
• Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable (Goretex, Sympatex etc.) 
• Rain pants, waterproof and breathable, side-zip pants are highly recommended 
• Light Down or synthetic Jacket 

Clothing Accessories 
• Sun hat – Bandana – Scarf 
• Hat (warm) - Beanie
• Gloves – Fleece 
• Gaiters, knee-high (optional, recommendable for tours in November) 

Footwear 
• Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken in, aggressive tread - over the ankle 
•Sandals or flip-flop or Crocs Important
• Trekking poles – highly recommended 

Travel Accessories 
• Water bottle – 500ml 
• Headlamp and batteries 
• Sunglasses and retainer strap 
• Sun blocker + 20 and lip balm 
• Toiletry kit 
• Trekking towel 
• Hand sanitizer gel 
• Personal prescription medication 
• Insect repellent / Mosquito repellent 
• Watch with alarm or travel clock 
• Ziploc with toilet paper 

Optional equipment 
• Camera, memory cards and batteries 
• Small binoculars for bird watching 
• Thermos 
• Spare contact lenses or glasses 
• Earplugs 
• Several Ziploc plastic bags

The National Parks

Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park is the biggest National Park in Argentina and was created in 1937 in order to preserve an extensive area of continental ice and glaciers, the southern Andean-Patagonian forest, and samples of the Patagonian steppe. It was also declared a World Heritage Site by the UNSECO in 1981.

Within this park, visitors can get to know the local flora and fauna, part of which are endangered species. Moreover, visitors can get to see glaciers such as the Perito Moreno or climb Mount Fitz Roy.

This National Park covers an area of 726,927 ha and is situated in Santa Cruz province. The park is located in the Argentinean border with Chile and borders the Torres del Paine National Park to the south, in Chilean territory.

If you like trekking, this park is ideal for you. The park has plenty of trekking trails that will guide you to breathtaking glacial lakes and will walk you through majestic forests. At Los Glaciares National Park you will get to see Patagonia in its purest form.

Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine is one of Chile's most important natural reserves and it is situated just below Los Glaciares National Park, on the Chilean side of the Andes. Fun fact about this park:
 Paine means "blue" in the native Tehuelche language and is pronounced PIE-nay.

This park is famous for its nature and the breathtaking rock formations that gave the park its name: the Towers. The Torres del Paine are the distinctive three granite peaks of the Paine mountain range. Moreover, in the park, you can find plenty of rivers, lakes, valleys, and glaciers that are part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

Safety

 Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgement, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. All our guides are enthusiastic trekkers, nature lovers and experts in their country and its people. They have a profound knowledge of the local life and traditions, speak at least two foreign languages and love to share their passion for the destintion with other trekkers. It goes without saying, that they are all well trained in wilderness first aid (WFR).

Moreover, we provide all trekkers who visit the mountains of Chile are provided with excellent equipment. We buy equipment from well-known manufacturers that certify best test results even under extreme weather conditions.

Moser Active

Moser Active

Moser Active is one of the leading adventure tour operator specialized in guided outdoor active journeys across Chile’s most iconic regions: the Atacama Desert and Altiplano, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Activities range from hiking, trekking, mountaineering, kayaking, and multisport excursions; featuring a combination of physical activities, interaction with nature, cultural exchange and local gastronomy.

Moser Active was established by Christian Moser in 2004, after falling in love with Chile during a 6-month hiking and backpacking trip and immigrating to the country in 2000. The company began operating group trips to Chile’s Patagonia region in early 2005 and was the first tour operator to develop the trekking trail around Isla Navarino and offering wilderness trips in the area. In 2009, MOSER Active expanded its operation to the northern part of the country to offer trekking tours and mountain expeditions in the Atacama and Altiplano regions. The company, which is based in Puerto Natales in the southern half of Patagonia, offers outdoor active trips across northern and southern Chile, as well as Argentina’s Patagonia area. Trips vary in activity, length of time and physical level.   

When traveling with us, we guarantee that you will experience the most unique and authentic places, taste Chile’s best culinary highlights, interact with local cultures and marvel at the natural beauty of each region. Meeting local residents often leaves the deepest impressions as you get to know the customs and traditions of the indigenous people and learn about their way of living. Follow us away from the beaten paths and the highly frequented towns to discover the unexpected!

How to Book

How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. For the Patagonia products, you can book your trek by paying 15% of the total amount. However, 45 days before your trek, you must pay the remaining 85%. If you book within 45 days of your trip, then you must pay the full amount. 

This is so because the trekking companies must pay for the accommodation in refugios beforehand in order to secure your spots. Once the accommodation has been booked, it cannot be refunded.

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all the necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. If you cancel your trip within 45 days before the trek, then the amount is non-refundable. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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