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Trekking Deep into Tierra del Fuego

This epic multi-day trek takes you through the most unspoilt, spectacular and pristine settings of Argentine Tierra del Fuego. The route crosses lush valleys, windy mountain passes, azure glacial lagoons, and makes you feel like a true explorer. Sleeping under canvas and in remote refuges, this fully-guided off-the-beaten-track circuit will get you to places very few people ever get to.

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Trip type

Private

Trip length

5 Days

From

$2,250

Location

Tierra del Fuego

Trekking Deep into Tierra del Fuego - 5 Days - $2,250

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Esmeralda Lagoon - Ojo del Albino Glacier - Beban Dome

Day 2: Beban Dome - Beban Pass - Los Renos cabins/dome

Day 3: Bahía Grande - Los Renos cabins/dome

Day 4: Bahía de los Renos - Seven Lagoons - Carbajal Valley

Day 5: Carbajal Valley - National Route 3

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Trekking Deep into Tierra del Fuego

Operator's Itinerary

This trek covers 70km and involves 2,500m of elevation gain.


Day 1: Esmeralda Lagoon - Ojo del Albino Glacier - Beban Dome

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Ushuaia at 8.30am and driven about 20 minutes to the trailhead.

From here you walk on an easy trail to the stunning Esmeralda Lagoon. You'll then follow a path that weaves in and out of trees to arrive at a rocky moraine from where you ascend through steep boulder fields for about an hour to the base of the Ojo del Albino Glacier.

After lunch here you’ll don crampons and a helmet to ascend onto the glacier. Crossing the ice will take about an hour, after which you’ll head for the mountain pass before descending the moraine onto a steep section of granite slabs.

Once at the tree-line you’ll walk for another hour to Beban Dome, the campsite for your first night.

Trek: 15km/9.3 miles, 8hrs
Elevation gain: 800m
Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Beban Dome


Day 2: Beban Dome - Beban Pass - Los Renos cabins/dome

After breakfast the trek starts with a section across the turba (peat bog), criss-crossing a small creek in the valley before ascending a steep path up to the Beban Pass.

From the top you’ll have outstanding views and will be able to see the route you took the day before. On the other side of the pass you’ll enter a boulder field before a short ascent to a second pass.

Again, you’ll be treated to spectacular views, with a multitude of red, greys and golds in the landscape.

An unmarked, rocky trail descends over rough ground and dense forest into the valley where Lake Fagnano comes into view. After traversing a section of burnt ground, you pick up a trail and head towards the a sandy beach on the shore of Lake Fagnano where a small motorboat will be waiting to ferry you 20 minutes across the water to the secluded Los Renos cabins/dome where you’ll spend the night.

Trek: 18km/11.2 miles, 10hrs
Elevation gain: 350m
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Los Renos cabins/dome


Day 3: Bahía Grande - Los Renos cabins/dome

Today is a relaxing exploratory day, which will allow you to really connect with the pristine environment in which you're trekking. After a good breakfast you’ll take a boat ride with your guide and hosts on the immense Lake Fagnano to Bahía Grande - a large bird reserve.

Along the way you’ll see beaver dams, snow-capped mountains and virgin valleys. Perhaps you'll be able to spot some of the Patagonian endemic species of bird that call Tierra del Fuego home, such as magellanic woodpecker and austral parakeets.

You’ll have lunch on the lake shore, and take short exploratory walks where you and your guide decide. It will just be you and your group in the boat so there is no fixed itinerary, allowing you to take today at your own pace. In the afternoon you'll return to you remote accommodation, and enjoy some warm Patagonian company with your host family and simply enjoy the pristine end-of-the-world setting. This evening your hosts will prepare delicious home-cooked pizzas for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Los Renos cabins/dome


Day 4: Los Renos cabins/dome - Seven Lagoons - Carbajal Valley

In the mid-morning you’ll take the motorboat back from Los Renos cabins/dome to the sandy beach from where you were picked up on day two.

From here it’s a short but intense ascent up to the first of seven incredible lagoons that you’ll pass today.

The trail between the lagoons isn’t marked and involves trekking through thick forests. You'll ascend to each of the large lagoons which sit on natural plateaus, sometimes connected by waterfalls.

After passing the seventh lagoon, you’ll descend to the Carbajal Valley to find a suitable place to wild camp in the forest.

Trek: 13.5km/8.4 miles, 8hrs
Elevation gain: 600m
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Wild camp


Day 5: Carbajal Valley - National Route 3

The final day of the trek starts early. You’ll follow a long, marked trail across the turba - the classic terrain of Tierra del Fuego - through the Carbajal Valley. The route is mostly flat, though there will be plenty of fallen trees to negotiate.

You’ll see the National Route 3 from a few kilometres away and should finally reach it in the mid-afternoon - it’s from here that you’ll be transferred back to Ushuaia.

Once at your accommodation in Ushuaia, you'll say goodbye to your guide and enjoy the evening on your own to reflect on a truly wild and epic trekking adventure at the End of the World.

Trek: 15.5km/9.6 miles, 8hrs
Elevation gain: 200m
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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What our customers think of Trekking Deep into Tierra del Fuego

Trekking Deep into Tierra del Fuego trips scored 4.8/5 from 4 reviews

The hike in TdF was an amazing experience. The guides, organisation and scenery were fantastic. The tour exceeded our expectations.

Travelled: December 2023

Marc Jansen - UK

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

  1. Prices for the 2024/2025 season are from:

  2. 4-7 person group:

    USD $2,000 per person

  3. 2-3 people:

    USD $2,250 per person

  4. 1 person:

    USD $3,500

  5. Please contact us to discuss your preferred departure date. We'll always do whatever we can to promote your departure and find some fellow trekkers for you (that can result in a lower price).

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2024

2025

Start date Price (pp)
November 2024
1-Nov-2024 $2,250* Provisional Date Enquire
13-Nov-2024 $2,250 Provisional Date Enquire
December 2024
3-Dec-2024 $2,250* Guaranteed Date Enquire
18-Dec-2024 $2,250 Provisional Date Enquire
January 2025
8-Jan-2025 $2,250* Provisional Date Enquire
15-Jan-2025 $2,250 Guaranteed Date Enquire
February 2025
12-Feb-2025 $2,250* Provisional Date Enquire
March 2025
12-Mar-2025 $2,250 Provisional Date Enquire
April 2025
9-Apr-2025 $2,250* Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,250

Additional Notes

Group size – Minimum two, maximum eight.

Four-day option – It's possible to spend only one night instead of two at Los Renos, making this a four-day trip. Please contact us for details.

What you'll carry – You are expected to carry a share of the camping gear and meals, and be prepared to carry around 15kgs/33lbs in your backpack.

Recommended equipment to bring – 60-70 litre backpack, gaiters, walking poles and mid/high-ankle boots.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: Two nights camping, two nights in cabin/dome
  • Tents - North Face or MSR, two- or three-person
  • Cooking equipment
  • Crampons and helmets
  • Transfers from Ushuaia to the trailhead and back
  • Boat journeys on days two, three and four
  • English- and Spanish-speaking guide

Excludes

  • Accommodation before or atfer the trek
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat (though this can be rented)
  • Personal equipment (our recommended kit list)
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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