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Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia

Moser Active - 16 days

  • Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia
  • 16 days / 15 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Overview


> Enjoy a 5 day "W-Hike"-Trek in Torres del Paine National Park
> Take a boat ride along the Grey Glacier
> Discover the Patagonian Pampa and Gauchos
> Visit the legendary Strait of Magellan & Beagle Channel
> Fly on a twin-engined Twin-Otter over the Darwin Mountain Range
> Enjoy a 4-day wilderness trek on Dientes de Navarino Circuit - on Isla Navarino
> Discover the local Guanacos, Condores, Ñandus and Beavers


Terra Australis Incognito
 - or “unknown land of the South” is how the very first sailors and discoverers called this mystic landscape on the edge of the world. Today it still exudes the same fabulous and mysterious atmosphere of these times – just one reason why this secluded area is so incredibly attractive to the real adventurers.

Our fantastic adventure tour takes you to two of the most unique places on this planet that amaze even experienced trekkers. First, you are heading for the famous "W"-Hike in the Torres del Paine National Park to reach the vast Southern Patagonian Ice field. After this awesome experience, you will spend unforgettable days on the “Dientes de Navarino Circuit” in the wild interior of Isla Navarino on the mythic Tierra del Fuego. During your various trekking tours, you will camp next to sub-Antarctic rainforests, snow-capped mountains, and turquoise green lagoons.

This is definitely an outstanding adventure for all trekkers who are looking for a unique trekking experience!

Important: Trek available from November to March.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1
Upon your arrival at the airport of Punta Arenas (alternative in El Calafate), a private transfer will take you to the hotel in Punta Arenas (without a guide). 

Overnight: Hotel in Punta Arenas (alternative in El Calafate) in 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 guide, appr. 3 hours from Punta Arenas or 5-6 hours from El Calafate). Upon arrival in Puerto Natales you meet our trekking-guide for a short briefing about the next days.

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

Day 3
In the morning you take a private bus to the Torres del Paine National Park and will see some of the native wildlife of this fantastic region like Guanacos and Ñandus. In the afternoon your first hike leads you to the famous 'Torres' granite needles. At first you hike up to the Ascencio-valley where you take a break at the Refugio Chileno next to the 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.

Appr. walking time: 8 hours
Walking distance: 19 km (11,8 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 950 m (3,100 ft) ascent and descent.
You spend the night at camp Central in our tents with unobstructed views of the starry sky. (B/-/D)

Day 4
Today, you hike along Lago Nordenskjöld and the gigantic Monte Almirante Nieto to the wonderful Campamento Cuernos. Near the camp you will have a picturesque view on the Paine Grande massif. There will be enough time to enjoy this inviting campsite while sitting together and sharing your one-time impressions.

Appr. walking time: 4-5 hours
Walking distance: 11,5 km (7 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 250 m (820 ft) ascent and descent. 
Overnight: in tents on campsite Cuernos. (B/BL/D)

Day 5
Today you will hike up to the Camp Italiano. From there you walk further up until you reach a superb viewpoint of the Valley Frances. You will see the impressive “Circuito de granito” which looks like a colosseum. Afterwards you descent to the next campsite near the emerald green Lago Pehoe.

Appr. walking time: 6-7 hours
Walking distance: 17 km (10,5 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 600 m (1,970 ft) ascent and descent.
Overnight: in tents on campsite Paine Grande. (B/BL/D)

Day 6
Today you continue to the “Camino de los vientos” until you reach a nice viewpoint from where you can admire a striking view over the Glacier Grey. Afterwards, you scale down along the impressive Grey Lake to your next camp.

In the afternoon you can opt for an optional half-day-kayak-excursion on the Lago Grey along the icebergs of the Grey Glacier.

Appr. walking time: 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 Grey. (B/BL/D)

Day 7
In the morning you take a boat ride on the splendid Lago Grey passing along the icy glacier and crossing the beautiful lake. Subsequently you take a private transfer back to Puerto Natales.

Appr. walking time: 0,5 hours.
Overnight: Guesthouse in Puerto Natales in double room with private bathroom. (B/BL/-)

Day 8
Today you will have time to explore the tiny fishing village of Puerto Natales on your own. Also you can choose an optional excursion. A boat trip over the Ultima Esperanza Fjord to the gorgeous hanging Glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano or a horseback riding excursion through the vast patagonian pampa.

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

Day 9
After a bus ride on a regular bus to Punta Arenas, you have time to explore the city on your own. In the evening you have a short briefing for your tour to Tierra del Fuego.

Overnight: Hotel in Punta Arenas in double room with private bathroom. (B/-/-)

Day 10
In the morning you fly to Puerto Williams where you start your exciting adventure tour. Puerto Williams (2,300 inhabitants) is the southernmost settlement north of the Antarctic. In the afternoon you have time to explore the tiny fishing village of Puerto Williams on your own and to visit the interesting Martin Gusinde museum, where you can learn about the culture of the Yamana Indians.

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

Day 11
Today you hike through a deep forest of beech trees and swampland uphill to Laguna Salto (480m). You set up camp close to the gorgeous Laguna where you spend the night in tents.

Appr. walking time: 5 hours
Walking distance: 6,5 km (4 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 600 m (1,970 ft) ascent and 200 m (660 ft) descent. Overnight: in tents on campsite Laguna Salto. (B/LB/D) 

Day 12
Today you hike over the Paso Primero to the Mirador de Los Dientes and enjoy a picturesque view over the Dientes Mountain range with its blue lagoons. Afterward, you hike further over terrain that might be partly snow-covered to reach the Paso Australia (805 m / 2,640 ft). Along the way, you discover small lagoons and the sharp rising Dientes mountains until you arrive at your next campsite.

Appr. walking time: 5 hours
Walking distance: 6,5 km (4 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 400 m (1,310 ft) ascent and descent.
Overnight: in tents on campsite Laguna Escondida. (B/LB/D)

Day 13
Today you walk through the hidden and untouched valleys of Isla Navarino and cross the Paso Ventarron (696 m / 2,280 ft). You move towards the valley where you can observe forests and dams built by beavers. If you are lucky, you may have the chance to watch one of these animals busy at work.

Appr. walking time: 4-5 hours
Walking distance: 7,5 km (4,7 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 300 m (980 ft) ascent and descent.
Overnight: in tents on campsite Laguna Martillo. (B/LB/D) 

Day 14
You hike uphill on a sometimes muddy trail to Paso Virginia (829 m / 2,720 ft), the highest point of the Dientes de Navarino-Circuit. From up there you have views back to the rock spires of Monte Lindenmayer and also to Hoste Island and Ushuaia. Afterward, you descent to Laguna Guanacas and hike back to Puerto Williams, passing dense Coigue forest and fire-cleared slopes until you reach Los Bronces. From there you have a private transfer back to your guesthouse in Puerto Williams, followed by a farewell dinner.

Appr. walking time: 7-8 hours
Walking distance: 12 km (7,5 miles)
Elevation gain of approx. 420 m (1,380 ft) ascent and 830 m (2,720 ft) descent. Overnight: Guesthouse in Puerto Williams in a cozy familiar atmosphere in a double room with private bathroom. (B/LB/D) 

Day 15
You fly back over the Darwin Mountain range to Punta Arenas and say goodbye to our local trekking-guide (alternative: boat ride to Ushuaia).  You will spend the last night in a hotel in a double room with private bathroom. (B/-/-)

Day 16
Private transfer from the hotel to the airport of Punta Arenas (alternative: to the Ushuaia airport) (without a guide). (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 Ushuaia 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.

Flights
The domestic flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams and back to Punta Arenas is included in the price of the trek (alternative: boat ride to Ushuaia).

√ 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. 

√ Porters
Also, local porters will carry the expedition tents and cooking equipment on all trekking days. They will take care of setting up the camps every night.

√ Accommodation
You will spend 8 nights in a hotel or guesthouse in double room with private bathroom and 7 nights in roomy, high-quality 3-person expedition tents (to be used for 2 people).

√ Meals
All meals described in the itinerary are included in the price of the trek. These include: 15 x breakfast, 8 x box lunch, 9 x dinner. Cooking and eating utensils will be provided while camping.

 Permits and Entrance Fees
The entry fees to Torres del Paine National Park are included in the price of the trek.

 Boat ride
On day 7, you will enjoy a boat ride along the Grey Glacier. This ride is included in the price of the trek.

√ 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 trekking tours, stays locked at your hotel in Puerto Natales or in the guesthouse in Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams.


Excluded

× Airfare
You have to make your way to Punta Arenas. 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.

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

× Excess Luggage
If you have excess luggage during the flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams and back, this must be paid by you.

× 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 8 nights in a hotel or guesthouse in a double room with private bathroom and 7 nights in roomy, high-quality 3-person expedition tents (to be used for 2 people). The trekking company will provide the tents. However, you must bring your own sleeping bag and camping mat.

Torres del Paine NP: In every campsite, you will find toilets, showers, and a Refugio. The luggage that is not required during the trekking tour can be stored locked in the guesthouse in Puerto Natales. 

Isla Navarino: Special comfort like dinning-/cooking-tent, showers and toilets should not be expected on Isla Navarino Trek. The luggage that is not required during the trekking tour can be stored locked in the guesthouse in Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams.



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 Dientes de Navarino Circuit.

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.

Very good physical fitness and team spirit are necessary requirements for this tour. Moreover, you should be able to walk long distances (4 to 9 hours a day) on muddy, rocky and sometimes snowy trails carrying your own backpack of 50-60l (10-12kg). Your personal items, camping mat, and sleeping bag, as well as some meals for the trek, have to be carried by you.

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, we use and recommend crocodile gaiters or similar!! They are mandatory !!

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

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 Parks

Torres del Paine and Navarino Island

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.

Dientes de Navarino 
Dientes de Navarino is the southernmost trekking route in the world, and is located in Navarino Island, in the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. Navarino island is part of the commune of Cabo de Hornos, in the Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica. 

The amazing Dientes de Navarino (Navarino Teeth) is a mountain range covered by Magellanic forests and extensive peat mudflats with lakes and lagoons rich in fauna. The famous hiking circuit goes around the jagged pinnacles known as the Dientes de Navarino and passes peaks such as Cerro Clem and Montes Lindenmayer. 

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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