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Patagonia 2019

 
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Dates

Departure March 7, 2019
Return March 19, 2019

Itinerary

El Chalten, Argentina
Let’s all agree… Patagonia is on everyone’s bucket list.

So let’s go do it!

We will hike among glaciers and lakes and dine on delicious local cuisine between their backcountry experiences. The “off the beaten track” hike sees less visitors than the other trails around El Chalten and follows an original access route used by early settlers of the region. It offers incredible views of the Fitz Roy and Torres as well as surrounding glaciers. Autumn will be in full swing and the vibrant colors of the changing foliage will contrast sharply against the blue of the lakes, the white of the snowcap, and the golden brown of the vast grasslands that stretch east to the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Travel & Activities

7 Mar 2019
PM Flight from US (arranged independently)

8 Mar 2019
AM Arrive in Buenos Aires
Transfer from EZE airport to central hotel (private, guided)
Hotel Casa Sur Palermo
(1 night)

9 Mar 2019
Estancia El Condor (2 nights)
Transfer from hotel - airport (private, unguided)
Fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate
Transfer from El Calafate to Estancia el Condor (5 hours)
The adventure begins with a transfer from El Calafate or El Chaltén along the Patagonian steppe grasslands.
It takes around 5 hours to get to this original Estancia in a far and wild corner
of Patagonia. Along the way we could have the chance to see some of the typical fauna like guanacos, choiques, red foxes and condors.

10 Mar 2019
Day to relax, acclimatize, go on short hikes, condor spot and get ready for trek

11 Mar 2019
Nana Refuge (1 night)
After breakfast, we prepare our backpacks and start the trek heading north along the main arm of the San Martin Lake. This huge and deep lake that reminds a fiord has an unreal turquoise color that worth the trip just to see it. Our destination is the area called La Nana where a small and attractive refuge will welcome us. Distance: 17 km
Trekking time: 8/9 hours

12 Mar 2019
Altamirano Refuge (1 night)
From La Nana to Altamirano refuge (in ruins) , the terrain is more rugged, with many short climbs and descents and always overlooking the San Martin lake. You will be walking at a short distance from the border with Chile. There are some good places for lunch. Today we will stay on the left band of the river Martinez de Rosas and will have to wade the river 2-3 times until we get to our camp.
Hikers carry day packs only - Horse pack personal and group gear. Distance: 17km +800 Trekking time: 8/9 hours

13 Mar 2019
Wild camping (1 night)
We continue up the valley through beautiful beech forest, following and crossing the river a few times and then we gain altitude around 300 meters. We maintain the height gained as we move into the valley. We set our camp near by a stream ideal for drinking, cooking and refreshing ourselves. Today is also a long and varied day, but a delicious meal awaits at our wild camp while you enjoy the luxury of silence. Hikers carry day packs only - Horse pack personal and group gear. Distance: 15km +300/-500 Trekking time: 5/6 hours

14 Mar 2019
Eco Lodge (1 night)
We start the day walking through the forest and continuously gaining altitude until crossing the edge of the vegetation. From above at an altitude of around 1350 meters we will enjoy a fantastic wild landscape. Rivers, snowed peaks, a dense forest at the bottom of the valley and a few hanging glaciers on our way. Then we gradually descend into a valley running south. Once we get to the end of this valley and after crossing a wide pass we can see to the other side, to the western valleys and the blue Desierto Lake. Once at the level of the lake we walked for another hour to reach the south end of the Desierto Lake, with great views of the Fitz Roy north face and Vespignani peak. You'll then take private transfer to Eco Lodge.
Hikers carry day packs only - Horse pack personal and group gear
Distance: 18km +350/-750
-Trekking time: 9/11 hours

15-16 Mar 2019
Hosteria Senderos (2 nights)
2 days to relax and explore the town, take independent or guided day hikes into the Fitzroy Range and enjoy the delicious food, beer and ice cream on offer in El Chalten Optional activities available for an extra cost

17 Mar 2019
Mio Hotel (1 night)
Drive El Chalten to El Calafate (3-5 hours depending on accomodation)
Fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires
Transfer from Buenos Aires airport to Hotel in Buenos Aires (private, guided)
Tango Show in the evening

18 Mar 2019
Flight
Transfer to airport (private, unguided)
Fly from Buenos Aires to home in the evening

19 Mar 2019
Arrive Home

Fees:
$5,700