Dientes de Navarino Trek

A wild and challenging 5-day trek, camping on an island at the southernmost tip of Patagonia. Flights to Isla Navarino are included and the aerial approach surveys the mountainous terrain around the moody Beagle Channel, where you'll be hiking through lonely forests and over passes covered in year-round snow.

A wild and challenging 5-day trek, camping on an island at the southernmost tip of Patagonia. Flights to Isla Navarino are included and the aerial approach surveys the mountainous terrain around the moody Beagle Channel, where you'll be hiking through lonely forests and over passes covered in year-round snow.

6 Days
$3,095

Dientes de Navarino Trek - 6 - $3,095

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Flight to Puerto Williams over Magellan Strait
  • Camp on the shore of Laguna Salto, hike the Paso Australis offering views of the Cape Horn
  • Explore the secluded areas of Isla Navarino
  • Climb the Paso Virginia, with excellent views of the Beagle Channel
  • Enjoy some free time discovering Puerto Williams

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Dientes de Navarino Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 0: Welcome dinner & briefing with guide in Punta Arenas

On the evening prior to the start of your trek, enjoy a delicious dinner in Punta Arenas along 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.


Day 1: Fly to Isla Navarino - Summit Hike of Cerro Bandera to Laguna Salto

From Punta Arenas you will take a light aircraft to Puerto Williams. The flight provides all the drama of Patagonia: the glaciers and rock faces of the Darwin Range, the Magallanes Strait, Tierra del Fuego’s snaking canals and the imposing Beagle Canal. You won’t have to wait long to get started in Tierra del Fuego; your first trek will begin just a few short hours after orientation in Puerto Williams. Today, you’ll cross sloping beech forests to the summit of Cerro Bandera, rewarding yourself with views of the Beagle Canal, Puerto Williams, Valle Ukika, and Cerro Robalo (912m). From there we will continue to our campsite at Laguna Salto, with the peaks of Los Dientes 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.

Journey: 1 hour flight

Hike: 4-5 hours / 12km

Meals: Boxed lunch and dinner

Accommodation: camping at Laguna Salto  


Day 2: Crossings Paso Primero, Paso Australia, Paso Los Dientes and descent of Mount Bettinelli

Today’s route takes you through several mountain passes in the Dientes de Navarino Circuit, starting with the small rocky pass at Paso Primero (705m), where year-round snow greets visitors at the entrance to the high valley. The trail follows creeks, loose rock, and lagoons, and provides no end of moments to pause and take in the interplay of blue-green hued lagoons and imposing peaks. The next pass is Paso Australia, today’s highest point at 776m/805m, though the breath-catching tableaus you will enjoy from the top are not the day’s last. We continue on to Paso Los Dientes, giving dramatic views of the highest peak on Isla Navarino, Picacho Diente (1118m), and descend to our campsite at the base of Mount Bettinelli. After setting up camp, we hike to Bettinelli’s summit for more fantastic views of the Cape Horn archipelago.

Hike: 4-5 hours / 9km

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner

Accommodation: campsite at the base of Mount Bettinelli


Day 3: Trek Paso Guerrico to Laguna Martillo

Shrub and native ñirre (Antarctic beech) forests line our route to Paso Ventarrón (696m), a blustery pass allowing trekkers to see Isla Navarino’s untouched side: the unexplored wild mountains behind the Dientes de Navarino. From there it's on to Paso Guerrico before circling Laguna Hermosa and taking in the arresting views of Cerro Clem. Tonight, we will make our camp at Laguna Martillo.

Hike: 3-4 hours / 8km

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner

Accommodation: camping Laguna Martillo


Day 4: Paso Virginia to Laguna Los Guanacos

Today begins by circling Laguna Martillo and rock hopping on the shores of Laguna Rocallosa. After descending towards some smaller lagoons, enter a section of sharply-inclined woods followed by a rocky ascent. This is the route to Paso Virginia; at 859m it is the highest point in your trek and offers arresting views of the Beagle Canal, Darwin Range, and Laguna Los Guanacos. After crossing the pass, begin a steep descent towards Laguna Los Guanacos where we camp for the night. 

Hike: 3-5 hours / 10.5km

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch and dinner

Accommodation: camping Laguna Los Guanacos


Day 5: Laguna Los Guanacos to Puerto Williams

From Laguna Los Guancos you will descend towards its sister lagoon, Laguna Las Guanacas. A river crossing takes you to the entrance of some woods huddled at the base of rocky cliffs and later, the route will cross Calafate berry-covered slopes and lead you once again to views of the Beagle Channel. Our final stretch today 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. After arriving in Puerto Williams, you can stretch your legs as you explore the town. In the evening, we gather for a farewell dinner and you can enjoy a night of peaceful sleep at a guesthouse.

Hike: 2-3 hours / 4km

Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch and 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 accommodation, your return flight will take you back to Punta Arenas.

Journey: 1 hour flight

Meals: Breakfast

Dientes de Navarino

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Departures take place every Thursday. Please get in touch for more information.

Price USD$ 3,095 per person based on two people sharing a double tent.

Pricing for larger groups:

Group of 3: USD$ 2,695 per person

Group of 4-8: USD$ 2,295 per person

Additional Notes

It is also possible to start the trip in El Calafate.

Includes

  • Return flights from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • All private transportation indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • 4 nights wilderness camping
  • 4 season tent (double occupancy)
  • Cooking utensils
  • 1 porter 
  • 1 night in Puerto Williams (Lakutaia Lodge or Errante Ecolodge - based on double occupancy standard rooms)
  • English-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

  • Accommodation in Punta Arenas or any additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Sleeping bag and/or mattress or liner
  • Porters to carry personal belongings (including sleeping bag and mat)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (except for those Included on the menus)
  • Gratuities for guide(s) and porters

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