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Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour

This action-packed small group trekking tour combines the best hikes in Patagonia: Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. Discover Perito Moreno Glacier on a boat expedition, enter Paine on a unique hike and celebrate your final night at an estancia with a BBQ! Our tour leader and expert guides will ensure the seamless running of your trip from start to finish.

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Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour - 12 - $3,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

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Day 1: Arrive in El Chaltén; Cumbres Nevadas

Day 2: Trek to Laguna Torre; Cumbres Nevadas

Day 3: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres – Mt Fitz Roy; Cumbres Nevadas

Day 4: Trek to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado; Kapenke Hotel

Day 5: Boat trip to Perito Moreno Glacier; Kapenke Hotel

Day 6: Transfer to Puerto Natales; Hotel Francis Drake

Day 7: Trek from Estancia Lazo to Weber Bridge; Deluxe camp

Day 8: Boat to Paine Grande; Trek to Glacier Grey; Refugio Paine Grande

Day 9: Trek the French Valley; Refugio Los Cuernos

Day 10: Trek along Lake Nordenskjöld; Refugio Chileno

Day 11: Trek to the base of the Towers; Estancia Tres Pasos

Day 12: Transfer to Puerto Natales

Start from El Calafate and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in El Chaltén; Cumbres Nevadas

Arrive in El Chaltén and meet your Tour Leader who will give you an introductory briefing to the fantastic trip that lies ahead. If arriving in El Calafate, we include the transport to El Chaltén, during which you’ll enjoy some of the amazing Patagonian scenery. Let the excitement build as your fellow travelling companions arrive from all corners of the globe.  

Argentina’s trekking capital, El Chaltén, sits at the base of Mount Fitz Roy and attracts hikers and climbers from all over the world to explore the adjacent wilderness of forests, glaciers, and of course, its world-famous mountains! 

Transfer duration: 3hrs

Accommodation: Cumbres Nevadas or similar, El Chaltén


Day 2: Trek to Laguna Torre; Cumbres Nevadas

The trek to Laguna Torre is one of the most spectacular walks of El Chaltén, with impressive views of the Torre massif and other peaks in the region. It is a relatively gentle trail, so it's a great hike to ease you in on your first day which leads you to one of El Chalten’s iconic photographic viewpoints: Laguna Torre and Cerro Torre! After a rest and lunch, you will return along the same trail.

This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with your tour leader and fellow travelling companions at Madsen House Museum, the first house built in El Chaltén in 1905 by the Danish pioneer, Andreas Madsen. Take a journey through time during this unique dining experience.

Length of hike: 7-8hrs, 18km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Cumbres Nevadas or similar, El Chaltén


Day 3: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres – Mt Fitz Roy; Cumbres Nevadas

This is your chance to get up close to the iconic and imposing Mount Fitz Roy and trek one of the most iconic day-hikes in the world. While this trek is steep in places, the spectacular views once you reach the top make it totally worth it. Unlike other outfitters, we transfer you to the trailhead, around half an hour's drive from El Chaltén, meaning you do not back-track on the same trail.

You will probably take lunch at Laguna de Los Tres, whilst witnessing one of the most impactful sights in Patagonia: Mount Fitz Roy. The trek continues through a variety of different landscapes of forests, crystal clear streams and lagoons, ending up once more in El Chaltén in the early evening.

Transfer duration: 30mins

Length of hike: 8-9hrs, 20km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Accommodation: Cumbres Nevadas or similar, El Chaltén


Day 4: Trek to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado; Kapenke Hotel

This lesser-visited trail provides fantastic, elevated vistas overlooking the National Park with a panorama of peaks, and is the best place to see both Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. This full-day hike is moderately testing, as it constantly gains in height to reach the view-point on Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. The goal of today will be to gain a wonderful perspective of where you have hiked over the last few days. After lunch, you return back along the same path to El Chaltén.

A private transfer will take you to El Calafate later in the afternoon. Prepare yourself for tomorrow's exciting experience!

Transfer duration: 3hrs

Length of hike: 8-9hrs, 18km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Accommodation: Kapenke Hotel or similar, El Calafate


Day 5: Boat trip to Perito Moreno Glacier; Kapenke Hotel

You can't visit this part of the world without visiting the captivating Perito Moreno Glacier, and we will take you there on an unforgettable, unique day-trip. Driving west out of town, you will then board a comfortable expedition boat which will take you into the different branches of the immense Argentino Lake, arriving in the afternoon at the north face of the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier.

You will spend some time watching its spectacular display of calving ice and the formation of deep blue icebergs from the water and afterwards explore the walkways and viewpoints from land, right in front of both faces of the glacier.

Alternatively, you may wish to take the full-day ice hike on the glacier, at an extra cost. Please enquire with Swoop's Customer Experience team at the time of reserving your trip. 

Returning afterwards by road to the hotel, your evening is free, but we’d certainly recommend enjoying one of El Calafate’s great restaurants with your fellow travellers to celebrate a great few days in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park.

Transfer duration: 1hr to the pier plus 1.5hrs back to El Calafate

Length of excursion: 9hrs

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Accommodation: Kapenke Hotel or similar, El Calafate


Day 6: Transfer to Puerto Natales; Hotel Francis Drake

Your tour leader will accompany you on the morning bus crossing the border from El Calafate to Puerto Natales, in Chile. The landscapes witnessed are the same as those which inspired Charles Darwin on his voyage to Patagonia almost 200 years ago. Arriving in the early afternoon, you will enjoy some free time to stretch your legs and explore this picturesque little town.

In the evening, you will meet your trekking guide for Torres del Paine and enjoy some typical Chilean cuisine at a local restaurant, to start the second leg of this great adventure. Your guide will brief you on the following week that lies ahead including the fabulous off-the-beaten-path hike into Torres del Paine National Park and four days of trekking.

Transfer duration: 5-7hrs (depending on border crossing)

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Francis Drake or similar, Puerto Natales


Day 7: Trek from Estancia Lazo to Weber Bridge; Deluxe camp

The day begins in Puerto Natales from where we transfer 2hrs to Estancia Lazo. This working 13,000-hectare cattle ranch on the shore of Laguna Verde is over one hundred years old. We'll start the trek here and enter Torres del Paine National Park along a fairly flat trail through beech and coihue forests.

There will be plenty of wildlife to watch out for – condors and caranchos in the sky, guanacos on the hillsides and woodpeckers and owls in the trees. We'll reach Honda Lagoon before continuing to Lake Toro lookout where we'll have fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, river, lakes and glaciers. From here we'll be able to spot the Grey, Paine and Serrano rivers, Mount Balmaceda, plus the Geike and Tyndall glaciers.

It's a short descent from here to Weber Bridge where our  private transfer will take us to our deluxe camp on the bank of the Serrano River. Here we'll enjoy a welcome dinner with views of the Paine Massif and spend the night in deluxe tents.

Transfer duration: 2hrs

Length of hike: 5hrs, 13km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Deluxe camp


Day 8: Boat to Paine Grande; Trek to Glacier Grey; Refugio Paine Grande

Today you will be transferred into the national park and enjoy a short boat ride across the beautiful Lago Pehoé to reach our first Refugio, Paine Grande. Leaving your heavier items here, you will spend the rest of the day hiking with just your day-pack, as you begin the famous W Trek of Torres del Paine.

The trail will take you closer and closer to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and the vast Glacier Grey. You’ll stop at viewpoints, taking lunch along the way, as your guide explains the magnificent landscapes that you are hiking through. This afternoon, when your guide determines (depending on the speed of the group and the weather conditions), you’ll return to the Refugio along the same trail, where you can rest up before dinner. Therefore the distance of today's hike is variable.

Refugio meals are usually lively events where all nationalities of hikers gather, exchange travel experiences, and reflect on trekking in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Transfer duration: 30mins

Length of hike: 8hrs, 15-24km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande


Day 9: Trek the French Valley; Refugio Los Cuernos

Today you’ll follow the edge of Cerro Paine Grande through the middle section of the W Trek. Along this trail, the Cuernos or 'horns' will be your guide as you edge closer and closer to them - a truly stunning sight!

You will explore the French Valley, considered by many to be the most spectacular region of the whole park, as you leave your heavier packs at the start of the valley. After reaching the French valley viewpoint you will be surrounded by the wildly beautiful, rugged mountains!

Follow the same path back down, pick up your backpack and continue to Refugio Los Cuernos.

Length of hike: 8hrs, 18km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos


Day 10: Trek along Lake Nordenskjöld; Refugio Chileno

Today's hiking is a little gentler than yesterday’s as you follow the base of the Almirante Nieto Mountain, with the imposing Cuernos (the horns) of Paine to one side, and the beautiful Lake Nordenskjöld to the other. This section of the ‘W Trek’ has great panoramic views and is an exciting place to try to spot the elusive Andean condor!

This afternoon you’ll arrive at Refugio Chileno to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s final trek to the base of the towers.

Length of hike: 4-5hrs, 13km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Chileno


Day 11: Trek to the base of the Towers; Estancia Tres Pasos

This truly iconic day-hike is a wonderful way to end our experience hiking the ‘W Trek’ in Torres del Paine. This testing, yet fascinating trek follows the Ascencio River, undulating through forests and rising high into the valley to the base of the colossal towers.

You will have lunch at this incredible spot, admiring the view of the towers, before returning down the same trail.

This afternoon you will be transferred to a ranch, or estancia, on the outskirts of the national park to celebrate your last night together. Dinner will be a traditional lamb asado BBQ, and should prove a fitting end to a wonderful group adventure!

Transfer duration: 1hr

Length of hike: 8hrs, 18km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, BBQ dinner

Accommodation: Estancia Tres Pasos


Day 12: Transfer to Puerto Natales

Say goodbye to your guide and fellow group members.

Transport will be provided this morning from Torres del Paine National Park to Puerto Natales town and airport. We can help you with your onward travel plans to Punta Arenas of El Calafate if you wish.

Take away memories of an unforgettable trip!

Transfer duration: 35mins

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think of Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour

Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour trips scored 4.7/5 from 3 reviews

We thought the itinerary you arranged was very good. Staying in Buenos Aires which was necessary for the logistics of the trip was a pleasure - honestly a very nice place to stay. Given the flight problems we had we might try and arrange a bit more buffer time - say an extra night - in BA before flying down.

Travelled: December 2016

Peter McColm - United Kingdom

The group, for the most part, was phenomenal. Everyone was excited and enthusiastic and for the most part very supportive of each other, emotionally and physically. I've made some good friends for life!

Travelled: November 2017

Christine Huang - United States Of America

Some of the biggest highlights were the Towers, Mirador Britannico in the French Valley, Perito Moreno glacier, and the hike to Laguno de los Tres in Los Glaciares. Oh, and how could I forget the Zodiac boat ride and "glamping" at the Serrano campsite. We had some fantastic guides, and the landscapes were grander than I thought. More glaciers than I could have imagined!

Travelled: November 2018

CJ Newendorp - United States Of America

Our 'tour guide' Juliana Eguia was fantastic, a lively, bubbly, enthusiastic young woman who very quickly got to know which aspects of the trip were important for each individual. She was a mine of information about the area, the history and the wildlife. A really really lovely person and great at her job.

Travelled: November 2017

Sue Clark - United Kingdom

I loved the choice of the different accommodations, from the dome-shaped tents to the estancia.

Travelled: February 2018

Davide Pezzia - Italy

Amazing experience. Accommodation excellent, the 2 best guides we've ever had and the area breathtakingly beautiful. Juli and Pablo our guides looked after everything. Their explanations of what we were doing, their timings, making sure we had everything, their walking pace for our group and Juli organising some delicious snacks for our border crossing, every detail was covered. Not only that, they were extremely knowledgeable and fun!

Travelled: December 2018

Lena Altinger - Australia

After having such amazing guides in Los Glaciares we didn't think we would get another 2 that were so good. We were wrong! Pablo and Katty were fantastic. Again very knowledgeable and lots of fun. The hiking was incredible and stunning. Christmas Day perfect. 4 hours hiking and then 4 hours sitting next to the Lake with our group drinking red wine with breathtaking scenery all around us. We'll never forget such a special Christmas.

Travelled: December 2018

Lena Altinger - Australia

Overall, not only I could see a lot of great landscapes but also, I enjoyed sharing time with other members of group tour coming from variety of countries and having nice local foods like ram and nice local wines. Staying in Refugios was the most impressive things for me. There I could totally keep myself out of my work, e-mail and smart phone etc.

Travelled: February 2018

Toshio Saegusa - United States Of America

Swoop is an AMAZING company and I would go anywhere with you. You are worth every penny. Thank you for making my trip of a lifetime flawlessly amazing. It began with the wonderfully encouraging, responsive Natascha, then rockingly efficient Ange, then kind, patient and confidence-inspiring Fitzroy guides and amazing W guide.

Travelled: November 2018

Hoang Phan - United States Of America

The guides in both areas were outstanding. Very friendly, efficient and spoke excellent English. The information about the treks was very accurate.

Travelled: November 2019

Dorothy Greig - United Kingdom

What left me most in awe the most was the stunning, sheer beauty of the mountains, besides the wonderful landscapes and the infinite open range horizons. The wildlife is also amazing.

Travelled: February 2018

Davide Pezzia - Italy

Reaching Torres del Paine in the zodiac was an amazing way to start, the dome camp the first night was incredible and the Estancia the last night was perfect way to finish. Lots of red wine, beautifully cooked lamb and a very generous family

Travelled: December 2018

Lena Altinger - Australia

I very much so appreciated the progression of hikes and thought the order in which we encountered them was perfect. I think if things had gone in any different order, it would not have been nearly as good.

Travelled: November 2016

Jim Nagy - United States Of America

My magic moment? Las Torres....the gleaming granite towers of Paine sheathing straight to the Patagonian skies. The scenery took my breath away and stilled my heart. I can now understand why Las Torres have been a lifetime dream of hikers and mountain climbers the world over. It is here that heavens and earth syphonically merged to create a beauty that will forever endure.

Travelled: November 2018

Hoang Phan - United States Of America

Great group of kindred spirits, lots of laughs after amazing hikes. Wonderful to have had all logistics taken care of so effectively. Landscape exceeded our expectations in its size and grandeur. We were supremely lucky with the weather.

Travelled: December 2018

Kate Yonge - United Kingdom

Torres del Paine is the most beautiful, unspoiled place that we have ever been to, and we have traveled to every continent on the globe except Antarctica. This park is unlike any found in the States. Except on the French Valley trek, we encountered few other hikers or visitors. It's pristine, and the Chilean people have really preserved this wonderful resource.

Travelled: December 2019

John Jenkins - United States Of America

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

If your desired date isn't listed, please get in touch and we'll quote a private departure for you.

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Start date Price (pp)
November 2022
6-Nov-2022 $3,995* Fully Booked Enquire
20-Nov-2022 $4,445 Limited Availability Enquire
December 2022
4-Dec-2022 $4,445 Fully Booked Enquire
18-Dec-2022 $4,445 Limited Availability Enquire
25-Dec-2022 $4,445 Limited Availability Enquire
January 2023
1-Jan-2023 $4,445 Guaranteed Date Enquire
15-Jan-2023 $4,445 Provisional Date Enquire
29-Jan-2023 $4,445 Guaranteed Date Enquire
February 2023
19-Feb-2023 $4,445 Limited Availability Enquire
March 2023
5-Mar-2023 $4,445 Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $3,995

Additional Notes

Group size – 14 maximum, 4 minimum. We will guarantee your departure with 4 travellers signed up. If travelling solo, please ask us about our provisional dates. We may have other solo travellers who can join the tour.

Optional excursions  Estimated prices per person (USD) for optional excursion on Day 5 at Perito Moreno Glacier:

Big Ice Hike: $550 (Full day, 3.5hrs hiking on the glacier; also includes walkways and boat trip to face of glacier; group size 20; age limit under 50 years).

Mini Ice Hike: $220 (Full day, 1.5hrs hiking on the glacier; also includes walkways and boat trip to face of glacier; group size 20; age limit under 65 years).

Accommodation – Whilst we have requested refugio shared-dormitory rooms for days 8, 9 and 10, the local operators of each refugio reserve the right to offer supported camping in place of this. If this is the case, we will inform you ahead of your trip. You will be provided with a pre-pitched tent, roll mat and sleeping bag at each night stop in this instance.

Single supplement – USD $750 per person for a single room in El Chaltén, El Calafate, Puerto Natales and Estancia Tres Pasos (7 nights in total).

Solo travellers  If you are willing to share with another solo traveller then you will not be charged the single supplement and we will match you with someone of the same gender. If there is no other same-gender solo traveller in the group, you will be granted the single room for the hotel nights, at no extra cost.

Joining & departure instructions – It is recommended to spend a night in Buenos Aires, or El Calafate, before the tour and a night in Santiago after the tour; if you would like help booking your pre/post tour arrangements, please just let us know.

Includes

  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 box lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in hotels, 3 nights in refugios or shared (double) tents, 1 night glamping in shared (double) deluxe bell-tents
  • 3 hikes in the Los Glaciares national park with a local mountaineering guide (English speaking)
  • 4-day W Trek with local mountaineering guide/group leader (English speaking)
  • Perito Moreno Glacier excursion including boat trip to face of glacier
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All ground transportation in either private transfer, public bus or by boat
  • Airport pick up and drop off (El Calafate/Puerto Natales)
  • Tour leader in Los Glaciares National Park (English speaking)
  • All bedding for your nights in the shared tents and glamping

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Ice hiking at Perito Moreno Glacier (can be added optionally)
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal porters
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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