Dientes de Navarino Trek

A wild and challenging camping trek on Isla Navarino at the southernmost tip of Chilean Patagonia. Hike through lonely beech forests, over a series of snow-covered mountain passes and to the summit of Mt Bettinelli for superb views of the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn archipelago. This is Patagonia's most remote hike. A wild and challenging camping trek on Isla Navarino at the southernmost tip of Chilean Patagonia. Hike through lonely beech forests, over a series of snow-covered mountain passes and to the summit of Mt Bettinelli for superb views of the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn archipelago. This is Patagonia's most remote hike.
6 Days
$2,295

Dientes de Navarino Trek - 6 - $2,295

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Fly to Isla Navarino; Trek to Cerro Bandera; Laguna Salto wild camp 

Day 2: Trek across three passes; Mt Bettinelli wild camp 

Day 3: Trek across the Guerrico Pass; Laguna Martillo wild camp 

Day 4: Trek across the Virginia Pass; Laguna Los Guanacos wild camp

Day 5: Trek to Puerto Williams; Lakutaia Lodge or Errante EcoLodge

Day 6: Fly to Punta Arenas


Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Dientes de Navarino Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Isla Navarino; Trek to Cerro Bandera; Laguna Salto wild camp

From Punta Arenas you will take a light aircraft to Puerto Williams on Isla Navarino. The flight provides all the drama of Patagonia: the glaciers and rock faces of the Darwin Range, the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego’s snaking canals and the imposing Beagle Channel.

You won’t have to wait long to get started in Tierra del Fuego; your first trek will begin just a few hours after orientation in Puerto Williams. Today, you’ll cross sloping beech forests to the summit of Cerro Bandera (912m), rewarding yourself with views of the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams, Valle Ukika, and Cerro Robalo. From there we will continue to our campsite at Laguna Salto, with the peaks of Los Dientes (meaning teeth in Spanish) in sight as we trek.

On reaching our first wilderness camp we will share a warm meal and great company before turning in for the night.

Flight duration: 1hr

Length of hike: 4-5hrs, 12km

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Laguna Salto wild camp  


Day 2: Trek across three passes; Mt Bettinelli wild camp

Today’s route takes us over several mountain passes on the Dientes de Navarino Circuit, starting with the small rocky pass the Primero Pass (705m), where snow welcomes visitors at the entrance to the high valley. The path then follows streams, loose rock, and lagoons with plenty of time to stop and take in all of the wonderful scenery.

The next pass we come to is the Australia Pass, which marks today’s high point at 776m/805m. There are some truly stunning views from the top. As we continue on to the Los Dientes Pass, we'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the highest peak on Navarino Island, Picacho Diente (1,118m) before descending to our campsite at the base of Mt Bettinelli.

After setting up camp, we'll trek up to Bettinelli’s summit for more excellent views of the Cape Horn archipelago – somewhere spectacular to which few other operators will take you.

Length of hike: 4-5hrs, 9km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Mt Bettinelli wild camp


Day 3: Trek across the Guerrico Pass; Laguna Martillo wild camp

Shrub and native ñirre (Antarctic beech) forests line our route to the Ventarrón Pass (696m), a blustery crossing allowing trekkers to see Isla Navarino’s untouched side: the unexplored wild mountains behind the Dientes de Navarino.

From there it's on to the Guerrico Pass before circling Laguna Hermosa and enoying the fantastic views of Cerro Clem. This evening we'll stop to camp at Laguna Martillo.

Length of hike: 3-4hrs, 8km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Laguna Martillo wild camp


Day 4: Trek across the Virginia Pass; Laguna Los Guanacos wild camp

Today begins with a walk around Laguna Martillo and some rock-hopping on the shores of Laguna Rocallosa. Following a descent to numerous smaller lagoons, we'll enter a section of steep woods followed by a rocky climb.

This is the route to the Virginia Pass and at 859m it's the highest point in your trek and offers expansive views of the Beagle Channel, Darwin Range, and Laguna Los Guanacos. After crossing the pass, we'll start a steep descent towards Laguna Los Guanacos camp where we spend the night. Today's hiking will be tough, but immensely rewarding.

Length of hike: 3-5hrs, 10.5km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Laguna Los Guanacos wild camp


Day 5: Trek to Puerto Williams; Lakutaia Lodge or Errante EcoLodge

Starting from Laguna Los Guancos we'll descend to its sister lagoon, Laguna Las Guanacas. A river crossing leads us to the entrance to woods at the foot of rocky cliffs and later the trail crosses slopes covered in native Calafate berries (Berberis) where we get more excellent views of the Beagle Channel.

The final section of today's trek takes us through the Omora Ethnobotanical Park, a research and conservation centre dedicated to the region’s native flora. Here, we can take part in a 'miniature forest experience', using magnifying glasses to peer into the tiny world of lichen, liverworts, and moss – a truly enlightening experience.

After arriving in Puerto Williams, you can relax and look around the town. In the evening we'll gather for a farewell dinner and you can enjoy a night of peaceful sleep at Lakutaia Lodge or Errante EcoLodge.

Length of hike: 2-3hrs, 4km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lakutaia Lodge or Errante EcoLodge


Day 6: Return to Punta Arenas

While you tuck in to a well-deserved breakfast you can congratulate yourself on completing the challenging Dientes de Navarino circuit! After check-out from your lodge, your return flight will take you back to Punta Arenas.

Flight duration: 1hr

Meals: Breakfast

Dientes de Navarino

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The base price of USD $2,295 per person is based on 4-8 people sharing double tents


The trip price varies depending on group size as shown below:

4-8 people: USD $2,295 per person

3 people: USD $2,695 per person

2 people: USD $3,095 per person

Please get in touch for more information.

Additional Notes

Group size – 8 maximum, 2 minimum

Departure instructions – Please be in Punta Arenas on the evening prior to the start of your trek to enjoy a delicious dinner (included in trip price) with your guide and the other members of your group. Your guide will brief you on your trip and share the itinerary for each day; they are also there to answer any questions you might have. After dinner and the briefing, you can head back to your hotel or accommodation for a good rest before your exciting adventures begin tomorrow.

Includes

  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 dinners (includes welcome dinner in Punta Arenas)
  • Accommodation: 4 nights camping, 1 night in lodge in Puerto Williams
  • Return flights from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • All private transportation indicated in the itinerary
  • Four-season tent (double occupancy)
  • Cooking equipment
  • 1 porter (for the group equipment)
  • English and Spanish speaking guide (the guide ratio is 1:4 guests and a second guide will be a local guide from the island)
  • Satellite phone (Inreach by Garmin)

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks at lunch and dinner (except for those included on the menus)
  • Accommodation in Punta Arenas or any additional nights
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Backpack (day-pack/65ltr minimum size)
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag and/or mat or liner
  • Porters to carry personal belongings (including sleeping bag and mat)
  • Gratuities/tips for guide(s) and porters
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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