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Torres del Río Chico Basecamp Trek

A challenging 3-day basecamp trek from sea-level near Ushuaia up to a high Andean plateau that takes us through the spectacular Valley of the Lagoons and to the stunning mountain viewpoints of the Carbajal Valley and Punta Chloe. Accompanied throughout by an expert mountain guide, this expedition provides a perfect taste of Tierra del Fuego's wilderness.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

3 Days




Tierra del Fuego

Torres del Río Chico Basecamp Trek - 3 Days - $656

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Trek into the River Chico Valley; River Chico Camp 

Day 2: Trek to the Valley of the Lagoons; River Chico Camp 

Day 3: Trek to the Carbajal Valley or Punta Chloe viewpoints

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Torres del Río Chico Basecamp Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Trek into the River Chico Valley; River Chico Camp

The first day begins near the city of Ushuaia. From here we'll trek into the River Chico Valley and gradually ascend, crossing mountain streams, Los Amigos waterfall, peat bogs and beaver dams until reaching the River Chico Camp.

We'll leave our main luggage at this camp, then choose to either trek to the Carbajal Valley or Punta Chloe viewpoints. The choice might be made for you as a result of weather and ground conditions.

Once back at the camp we'll have a snack and relax until dinner time – a delicious meal, surrounded by the mountains.

Length of hike: 6hrs, 8-9km

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: River Chico Camp

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Trek into the Valley of the Lagoons; River Chico Camp

After breakfast, we'll begin the second day with a 2hr trek to the base of the Torres del Río Chico. Then, we'll ascend to the north edge to to reach the Valley of the Lagoons. The first will be Matamico Lagoon with its stunning turquoise shades – if the weather allows you can enjoy the views while having lunch here. Continuing on, you'll reach Chiming Lagoon, before finishing at the spectacular Halcón Lagoon.

We'll then head back to River Chico Camp for a restful evening and dinner.

Length of hike: 6hrs, 6.6km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Chico River Camp

Day 3: Trek to the Carbajal Valley or Punta Chloe viewpoints

On the third day, we'll get to do the trek that we didn't do on the first day; to either the viewpoint of the Carbajal Valley or Punta Chloe. We'll have lunch at the viewpoint before returning to the camp to pack up and return to Ushuaia in the afternoon, where you will be picked up for your transfer at around 4pm.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2023/24 season are:

3-4 people: USD $656 per person

2 people: USD $900 per person


Book now to guarantee the same price for the 2024-25 season. We expect the operator's final price to increase during 2024 when new rates are released; book before then and we will honour the 2023/24 price.


Departures can be set up for a date of your choice between November and March.


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Additional Notes

Fitness – This trip is suited to people with or without trekking experience, but a general level of fitness is required to manage more than 5hrs per day of walking, over unstable terrain, for a maximum of three days. If desired, the itinerary can be modified with shorter routes in some places. You must feel comfortable being in the wilderness with no cellphone coverage.

Baggage – All participants will be expected to carry some of the group's camping/cooking equipment.

Accommodation – Accommodation in Ushuaia before and after your trek is not included in this itinerary. Please see our Ushuaia hotels guide for more information. We are happy to book any of these hotels for your convenience.


  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 2 dinners and hot drinks
  • Accommodation: 2 nights camping (expedition 2-person tents)
  • Synthetic sleeping bag, liner and mat
  • All cooking equipment
  • English and Spanish-speaking mountain guide
  • Transfers to/from trailhead


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch/dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Backpack (day-pack/65ltr minimum size)
  • Other personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Porters
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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