Fitz Roy & Paine Classic

Complete one of Patagonia's most famous hiking trails in Torres del Paine National Park, staying in cosy refugios en route. A mid-trip boat ride will take you around the impressive Glacier Grey. Then, transfer to Los Glaciares National Park for six more days exploring lesser-known yet stunning highlights, and camping under the stars. Complete one of Patagonia's most famous hiking trails in Torres del Paine National Park, staying in cosy refugios en route. A mid-trip boat ride will take you around the impressive Glacier Grey. Read more...

12 Days


Fitz Roy & Paine Classic - 12 - $3,725

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Journey through open pampas speckled with traditional ranches, and observe the South American birdlife, such as Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans 
  • Arrive at grand performances of nature - flowing waterfalls and huge hanging glaciers, with the possibility of avalanches
  • Trek to Grey Glacier, overlapping the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and eat lunch from the viewpoint, with an optional afternoon ice hike or kayak
  • Get up close to crevasses, glaciers, icebergs and other ice formations, and navigate the fjords and lakes of this Alpine environment
  • All transfers between locations are included - saving you a lot of organisation

Start from Puerto Natales and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Fitz Roy & Paine Classic

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Travel to Puerto Natales:

Travel by bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (3 hrs).

Accommodation: Kau Lodge (or similar)

Day 2: Roundtrip Hike to Las Torres Lookout Point

Starting from Puerto Natales at 0700, we drive all the way to Torres del Paine National Park. We will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the nandu (rare South American ostrich). We will follow an unpaved road heading to Refugio Las Torres to spend our first night.

Upon entering the park we will have excellent photographic and birding opportunities as we drive alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. After leaving your backpack at the Refugio, we start the trek to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. The walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls.

We'll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 metres), excellent for picture taking. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment.

After being awed by the towers we'll start the descent, following the same path back to the hut. Dinner will be served in the Refugio.

Transfer: 2 hour private transfer

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Night at Refugio Torres Central

Day 3: One Way Hike to Los Cuernos Lookout Point

We will start early morning to enjoy, weather permitting, a magnificent dawn filled with orange-pink colors. As we leave the campground we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. We follow a well marked trail ascending around (200 metres) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 metres), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where we will stay overnight.

Length of hike: 6 hours, 17 km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Night at Refugio Los Cuernos

Day 4: One Way Hike to Pehoe Lake, via The French Valley

We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300 metres) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes.

We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600 metres), Espada (2400 metres) and Fortaleza (2800 metres).

Our way back will follow the same course until we reach the entrance of the valley, where we will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoe Lake.

Length of hike: 8-9 hours, 18 km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Night at Refugio Paine Grande

Day 5: One Way Hike to Glacier Grey - Optional Ice Hike or Kayak

We will begin early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200 metres up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains.

We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall.

At this stage optional ice hikes or kayaks can be enjoyed - extraordinary ways to see the glacier. These must be booked in advance, please contact our Travel Specialists.

Length of hike: 4 hours, 11 km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Night at Refugio Grey

Day 6: Navigation in front of Glacier - Transfer back to Natales 

Enjoy a morning of leisure. Hike above the Glacier, down to the lake or simply relax on the refugio terrace. 

Right after lunch we start an exciting adventure by boat. We will navigate for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. Then we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales.

Transfer: 2 hours by boat on Lake Grey

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

Accommodation: Kau Lodge (or similar)

Day 7: Travel to El Chalten

Travel by bus to El Calafate (5 hrs) and on to El Chalten (3 hrs).

Accommodation: Hotel El Paraiso (or similar)

Day 8: Trek to Piedra del Fraile and Pollone Glacier 

The day starts with a 30 minute transfer from El Chalten to Rio Electrico. From here we start walking along the Electrico valley, through an enchanting lenga forest until we arrive at Piedra del Fraile, about 2 hours later. This will be our home for the night.

After a short break and some lunch we continue along the valley towards the Pollone Glacier. The trek here is against the prevailing winds from the Continental Ice field. We are able to appreciate raw nature at its best; pure rock and ice. Along the way we admire a different angle of Mount Fitz Roy; its northern face. After a short break at the hidden lagoon at the base of the mountains we return to our refuge to enjoy a hot meal and rest. 

Length of hike: 6 hours, 15 km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Piedra del Fraile 

Day 9: Trek to Laguna De los Tres and Laguna Capri

After breakfast we will head off towards the Piedras Blancas glacier and river, where we will complete a river crossing over large boulders.

We will then arrive at Rio Blanco campsite. From here, the path ascends steeply up to Laguna de los Tres, the closest we can get to Fitz Roy without doing anything technical. The effort is all made worthwhile by the breathtaking views we get at the top; of Mount Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains and the view of the valley we have been walking along.

Weather permitting; we will have lunch at the lagoon. We will then start the descent towards Laguna Capri, our next camp and another very photogenic spot in the national park.

Hike duration: 7-8 hours, 17 km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Poincenot Camping 

Day 10: Trek to Laguna Torre

If you're an early riser, you will already have captured beautiful sunrise photos of Mount Fitz Roy in a beautiful hue of red, reflected on Laguna Capri before breakfast!

Today, we will continue through the beautiful lenga forests past the lagoons Madre, Hija and Nieta. The path is quite flat, a welcome break after the climbing of the day before. After a couple of hours we will drop in to the glacial valley that takes us towards Laguna Torre. This valley is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect "U" shape.

At the end of the valley we will find Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mount Torre - considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. After lunch at the lagoon we head back towards El Chalten along the Fitz Roy River valley. We will catch the 1800 bus to El Calafate (3 hrs).

Hike duration: 6 hours, 18 km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Kapenke (or similar)

Day 11: Full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier

Option 1: Viewing Balconies + Boat Trip

You'll be met at your hotel, driven out to the glacier aboard a bus and have several hours to enjoy the walkways with their different perspectives on the glacier. Chances are you'll get to see huge chunks of ice calve off the face of this advancing glacier and crash into the water below. You can also add on an hour long boat trip up to the face of the glacier which gives you a different perspective and allows you to get that much closer to both the icebergs and the glacier itself. 

Option 2: Viewing Balconies + Boat Trip + Ice Hike on the Glacier

If you've never donned crampons or used an ice axe then this could be your chance! Witness the glacier from the viewing balconies and then go and climb across it as well. See the crevasses and ice formations up close. No previous experienced required. There are two different options for ice hiking, both of which require a full day and include your transport from/to from El Calafate, the boat trip across to the glacier and time to enjoy the view from the balconies as well. 

With the first ice hike option you'll have around 1h 40mins on the ice itself as part of a two hour guided tour (available August to June). The other ice hike option is suited to more experienced travellers and gives you around 3.5 hours on the ice including your lunch (available September to April). Age restrictions apply: 10-65 years old for the shorter trip, 18-50 years old for the longer.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Kapenke (or similar)

Day 12 - Travel from Calafate

Depart for your return or onward travels.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price is per person, based on a group of 4-8 people. Itinerary is flexible and does not have to involve refugios or camping. 


  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation: 10 nights between hotels and refugios, 1 night camping
  • Excursions as indicated in itinerary
  • Perito Moreno Glacier visit and ice hike
  • All ground transfers between National Parks 


  • Entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park
  • 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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