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

$4,070

Fitz Roy & Paine Adventurer - 14 - $4,070

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Experience the diverse environments of the region over 14 days of hiking high in the mountains, through verdant meadows, alongside shimmering lakes, and making a zip line crossing
  • Traverse through dense Lenga forest and climb to see the spectacular granite peaks of the Torres
  • Carve your way through the peaceful, secluded surroundings of the Oggioni Pass, rarely visited by explorers
  • Follow the forested path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in Torres del Paine
  • Experience the rhythm of local towns staying in hotels and wake to the sounds of nature camping out 

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.

Arrive at your B&B and meet with your guide to 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 a leisurely walk up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley.

Passing Refugio Chilean, you will hike one hour through a dense Lenga (beech) forest. Then 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 get an even better view of the Torres - the icon of Torres del Paine.

After returning to 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 prepare for the rest of their journey.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Japones Camp 


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 one which very few walk through. 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 to 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 reach the refugio.

This is a long day and you will be happy to arrive after such an exciting, but physically tiring hike - tonight is a good night to sleep on a bed inside the refugio!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio at Dickson Camp


Day 4: Enjoy the old forest in Perros Valley

After a nice breakfast you'll be out on the trails again. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Perros Camp


Day 5: Cross the John Gardner Pass

Enjoy breakfast in the beautiful forest. Set off on a slow but steady uphill climb for approximately 200 meters. This lush trail is covered with Lenga and Coigue trees. 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 then 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.

Spend time admiring the breathtaking view, then begin hiking downhill for about two hours until you reach Camp Paso for a short rest. You will continue on for 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 then walk further to Camping Grey and have a nice night's rest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Grey Camp


Day 6: Gaze at Mount Paine Grande & Lake Pehoe

Today will be a spectacular day. You will wake up with great excitement to hike to Refugio Paine Grande. The hike is 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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Paine Grande Camp 


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 - are absolutely captivating. At 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.

Walk for 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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Cuernos Camp 


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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in El Chalten


Day 10: Hike to Laguna Toro

An early departure from El Chalten as we have 6 hours trekking through the forest until you reach Laguna Toro campsite. This hike passes through beautiful meadows whilst exposing 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. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camping at Laguna Toro 


Day 11: Hike the Paso del Viento

Leave camp and begin the trek towards the day's first challenge: the crossing of the river Tunel via a zip line. After this spectacular crossing, 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 expect to feel the full force of these notorious gales. Once over and onto the western slopes of the mountain, you'll begin to descend towards the Paso del Viento refuge, an ideal resting place.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camping / hut at Paso del Viento refuge 


Day 12: Hike past Viedma Glacier to the Huemul Pass

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

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Wild camping at Viedma lake


Day 13: Hike back to Chalten

After taking-in the Patagonian sunrise from your campsite, 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. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in El Chalten 


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

Price is per person, based on a group of 2 people. Discounts are available for larger groups.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $4,070 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Includes

  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Accommodation: 4 nights hotel, 8 nights camping, 1 night refugio
  • Excursions as indicated in itinerary
  • Hiking guide

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights

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