Fitz Roy & Paine Adventurer

This trip links two the two iconic parks of Patagonia, Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Park. Taking alternative routes past better known sites and visiting undiscovered gems along the way, trekking this trip is not for the faint hearted but promises breathtaking views and challenging adventure.

14 Days

$3,225

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Transfer from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales
  • Hike the Valle Silencio
  • Cross the Oggioni  and John Gardner passes
  • Visit Glacier Grey
  • Explore the French Valley
  • Transfer to El Chalten
  • Hike to Laguna Toro
  • Hike the Paso del Viento
  • Viedma Glacier and Huemul Pass
  • Combination of hotel and camping accommodation

Landmarks visited on Fitz Roy & Paine Adventurer

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Patagonia and travel to Puerto Natales:

You will take a bus from the Punta Arenas airport (PUQ) directly to Puerto Natales. The drive is approximately 3 hours, along the way you will be able to catch your first glimpses of guanacos and nandus. You will arrive at your B&B and make your way to our office in order to meet with your guide and complete the proper paperwork with the National Park Services. Your guide will also give you a briefing explaining the next few days and helping you with any last minute questions. 

** You must arrive in Punta Arenas by 9am in order to begin this program. **

Accommodation: hotel in Puerto Natales 


Day 2 - Hike to the Valle de Silencio (Silence Valley):

After an early breakfast, you and your guide will leave Puerto Natales heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving in the park you will begin to casually walk up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. After passing Refugio Chileno you will hike one hour through a dense Lenga (beech) forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. You will leave your things at the Campamento Las Torres and continue to hike about 1 hour up a steep moraine to see the icon of Torres del Paine -- the Torres! After returning to your Campamento Las Torres you will hike to a climbers camp called Camp Japones. The Camp Japones is the original camp where the climbing pioneers stopped to get away from the weather and prep

Accommodation: camping at Japones Camp 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 - Cross the remote Oggioni Pass:

You will wake for an early breakfast and a nice cup of hot coffee or tea and then pack up camp and begin hiking today. This pass is a very unique pass and almost no one does it. There is no real trail and the way is marked only by little stone towers that previous hikers have left. You will begin by going along the trail to the back side of the Torres, but then as the trail continues straight, you will detour and hike down towards a waterfall. You will cross over the waterfall on a natural stone bridge and then hike over two glacier moraines. Finally you will start uphill. If you have a good map you will be able to see Oggioni Mountain in the back of Valle de Silencio . You will hike over this mountain and then back down allowing you to cut directly to Dickson. After making it over the pass you will be walking through a thick forest (again with no real trail) and from a distance you will be able to see Refugio Dickson. You will continue on until you finally reach the refugio. Today is a long day and you will be happy to arrive after such an exciting, but exhausting day - tonight is a good night to sleep on a bed inside the refugio!

Accommodation: refugio at Dickson Camp

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 - Enjoy the old forest in Perros Valley:

After a nice breakfast you and your guide will begin hiking! Today the trek is approximately four hours and will take you through one of the oldest forests in the park. The trail will lead you past Lengas and Coigues that grew shortly after the glaciers receded. You will see the medial moraines that mark this valley and finally you will reach the terminal moraine at the foot of Perros Glacier. Here we will set up camp, have dinner and relax.

Accommodation: camping at Perros Camp

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 - Cross the John Gardner Pass:

You will wake and have breakfast in a beautiful forest. In the morning, you will start climbing a slow but steady hill for approximately 200 meters, the trail is very moist, and the beautiful Lenga and Coigue trees cover this portion of the trail also. After an hour and fifteen minutes you will reach the end of the forest and will finally begin trekking up rock slides towards the John Gardner Pass. After forty more minutes of hiking you will reach smaller patches of trees, all the while gaining just a bit of elevation. From this part of the trail you will be able to see Glaciar Amistad, Cerro Blanco Sur, Punta Puma and finally the John Gardner Pass. From here you will begin climbing until you reach 1,200 meters--The John Gardner Pass. You will have an astonishing view of Glacier Grey and the Pingo and Zapata Mountain Range. After admiring the breathtaking view, you will begin hiking downhill for about two hours until you reach Camp Paso for a short rest. You will continue from here four hours along an undulating trail with views of Glacier Grey, Lake Grey, and Ferrier Hill. As you are hiking you, with your guide, will come to two ravines. These ravines can be safely crossed by using the metal ladders that the park rangers have installed. After crossing the ravines you will continue on just a bit more until arriving at Camp Guardas. This camp is just one hour from Camping Grey and here you can take a rest and gaze at the spectacular, up close view of Glacier Grey. You will continue on towards Camping Grey and have a nice night's rest.

Accommodation: camping at Grey Camp

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 - Gaze at Mount Paine Grande & Lake Pehoe:

Today will be a spectacular day. You will wake up with energy and be prepared to hike to Refugio Paine Grande. The hike approximately 4 hours. You will walk along Mount Paine Grande, leaving views of Glacier Grey in exchange for Lake Pehoe. You will arrive at Refugio Paine Grande in the afternoon and have time to rest.

Accommodation: camping at Paine Grande Camp 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7 - Explore the French Valley:

This spectacular day will begin with a leisurely hike in the energizing mountain air to the entrance of the French Valley. As you walk along bordering Lake Scottsberg, admire the tremendous Cuernos peaks towering in front of you. After about two hours, you will arrive at Camp Italiano and rest a bit before continuing your journey. As you ascend into the valley, the views in every direction--of Lake Nordenskjold, the Cuernos, and the French Glacier--become absolutely stunning. In the back of the valley you can see various peaks. After you have soaked up the view, you will hike back down to Camp Italiano and continue along rolling hills as you follow the coastline of Lake Nordenskjold, and then you will continue on another two hours until you reach your lodging, located on the lake. After a filling dinner and relaxing afternoon, listen to the sound of waves on the still mountain as you enjoy the purity of nature's beauty.

Accommodation: camping at Cuernos Camp 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8 - Back to Puerto Natales:

In the morning you will have breakfast and prepare to hike again. You will leave the monstrous Cuernos and begin hiking to the same place where you entered the National Park. The walk is about four hours and you will arrive at Las Torres in time to take a bus to Laguna Amarga and from there all the way back to Puerto Natales. You will arrive back in Puerto Natales in the early evening, in time for dinner and cozy nights sleep in a warm bed.

Accommodation: hotel in Puerto Natales 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 9 - Morning bus to El Calafate (5h) & transfer to El Chalten (3h):

Once the bus turns to the west along the huge Viedma lake you will have your first spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers. At the bus station your driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel. This evening you will have time to meet your guide for a briefing on the itinerary, and to ask any questions you may have.

Accommodation: hotel in El Chalten

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 10 - Hike to Laguna Toro:

An early departure from El Chalten as we have 6 hours trekking through the forest until we reach Laguna Toro campsite. This hike passes through beautiful meadows whilst enjoying amazing views of the impressive Patagonian spires of Fitz-Roy and Cerro Torre. The Toro campsite is located at the edge of the forest, thus providing good protection from the wind. 

Accommodation: wild camping at Laguna Toro 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11 - Hike the Paso del Viento:

Once we are ready in the morning we break camp and begin our trek towards the day's first challenge: the crossing of the river Tunel via a zip line. After this spectacular crossing, we begin the uphill trek towards the Viento Pass - privileged viewing point of the Southern Ice Field. The name of this pass means 'windy' in Spanish, so we expect to feel the full force of these notorious gales. Once over and onto the western slopes of the mountain we begin to descend towards the Paso del Viento refuge, an ideal resting place with water running at the door of our hut. 

Accommodation: wild camping / hut at Paso del Viento refuge 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12 - Hike past Viedma Glacier to the Huemul Pass:

Today we follow the trail which takes us alongside the Viedma glacier. We will always see the glacier from above, thus giving us spectacular views along the way. During the trek we pass by some sparkling mountain lakes and after lunch the hard work awaits us as we trek up to the Huemul Pass. After crossing this high-point, we descend for only 20 minutes until reaching our final sleeping place in the mountains, with incredible views over Viedma Lake. 

Accommodation: wild camping at Viedma lake

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13 - Hike back to Chalten:

After taking-in the Patagonian sunrise from our campsite, we begin a steep descent of almost 600 metres, until reaching the shore of the lake. Hike down the road and drive or hike back into El Chalten. 

Accommodation: hotel in El Chalten 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 14 - Onward Travel:

Your choice of destination; this might be a journey to El Calafate for a visit to the Perito Moreno glacier, or to remain in El Chalten and take some self-guided day hikes.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

1 January departure will require extra day (departure 31 December) to accommodate reduced transport services on New Year's Day. $4015 (2 pax), $2960 (6 pax)

Start date Price (pp)
March 2017
29-Mar-2017 $3,225* Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $3,225

Includes

  • Public transfers 
  • Hiking guide 
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed in itinerary

Excludes

  • Long haul flights
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance 

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