FitzRoy and Paine Hiking Tour

This action-packed small group trekking tour combines the best hikes in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. Enjoy the best treks in Southern Patagonia, discover Perito Moreno Glacier via small boat expedition, enter Torres del Paine by zodiac boat ride, and celebrate your final night in an estancia with a Patagonia BBQ! Our tour leader and expert local guides will ensure the seamless running of your trip from start to finish. This action-packed small group trekking tour combines the best hikes in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. Enjoy the best treks in Southern Patagonia, discover Perito Moreno Glacier via small boat expedition, enter Torres del Paine by zodiac boat ride, and celebrate your final night in an estancia with a Patagonia BBQ! Read more...

12 Days

$3,995

FitzRoy and Paine Hiking Tour - 12 - $3,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Explore the Fitzroy massif with all three of the most exhilarating day hikes that give you a close up view of Cerro Torre, mesmerising lagoons and glaciers and Mount Fitzroy itself
  • Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier and surrounding fjords by boat, or why not try some ice hiking?
  • Zoom into Torres del Paine by Zodiac - the most exciting way to enter the park
  • Hike the famous 'W' and witness the mile-high granite towers, the French Valley and the Grey Glacier
  • Celebrate your adventure with your final night at a traditional estancia and a lamb asado

Start from El Calafate and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on FitzRoy and Paine Hiking Tour

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Let the adventure begin!

Meet your Tour Leader and fellow travellers in El Chalten today and enjoy an introductory briefing to the exciting trip that lies ahead. If arriving in El Calafate, we include the transport to El Chalten, during which you’ll enjoy some of the amazing Patagonian scenery. 

Argentina’s trekking capital, El Chalten, sits at the base of Mount FitzRoy 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! This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with your tour leader and fellow travelling companions who you’ll share the rest of the trip with.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Cumbres Nevadas or similar, El Chaltén

Day 2: Hike to Laguna Torre

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.

Length of excursion: 7 - 8 hours, 18km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Cumbres Nevadas
or similar, El Chaltén

Day 3: Hike to Laguna de Los Tres - Mt Fitz Roy

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 Chalten in the early evening.

Length of excursion: 8 - 9 hours, 22km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Cumbres Nevadas
or similar, El Chaltén

Day 4: Hike to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
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. 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, where you will drive to El Calafate in the afternoon, and prepare for tomorrow's exciting experience!

Length of excursion 8 - 9 hours, 18km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Kapenke Hotel or similar, El Calafate

Day 5: Boat trip to Perito Moreno Glacier

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 bookings 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.

Length of excursion: 9 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Kapenke Hotel or similar, El Calafate

Day 6: Next stop... Puerto Natales

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 journey by Zodiac into Torres del Paine National Park and four days of trekking.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Francis Drake or similar, Puerto Natales

Day 7: Zodiac up the Serrano River into Torres del Paine National Park

You'll really be making an entrance into Patagonia's most popular destination with this Zodiac ride up rivers and past stunning glaciers for the entire day! Thanks to the unique opportunity of travelling by Zodiac, you will get some fabulous views of the Torres del Paine national park that few people get the chance to witness.

By the time you reach your final stop at Serrano Village, you will have observed some astonishing scenes of the South Patagonian Ice Field. This evening's deluxe camp is a great ‘glamping’ experience, perfect before beginning the famous ‘W’ circuit.

Length of excursion: 8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Deluxe Camp


Day 8: Boat ride to Paine Grande and hike to Glacier Grey viewpoint

Today you will be transferred into the national park and enjoy a short boat ride across the beautiful Lago Pehoe 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 trail’ of Torres del Paine.

The hike taken today will take you closer and closer to the Southern Patagonian ice field, and the vast Grey Glacier. 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, you’ll return to the Refugio along the same trail, where you can rest up before dinner. 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.

Length of excursion: 8 hours, 24 km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande or supported camping (tent set up with a sleeping bag and mat provided)

Day 9: Hike into the French Valley and Refugio Los Cuernos

Today you’ll follow the edge of Cerro Paine Grande through the middle section of the ‘W' route. 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 excursion: 8 hours hiking, 18 km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos or supported camping (tent set up with a sleeping bag and mat provided)

Day 10: Hike around Nordenskjold lake to Las Torres

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 Nordenskjold lake to the other. This section of the ‘W’ has great panoramic views and is an exciting place to try to spot the elusive Andean Condor!

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

Length of excursion: 6 hours hiking, 12 km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Refugio Las Torres
or supported camping (tent set up with a sleeping bag and mat provided)

Day 11: Hike to the Base of the Towers

This truly iconic day-hike is a wonderful way to end our experience hiking the ‘W circuit’ 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 our ranch, or Estancia, on the outskirts of the national park to celebrate your last night together! Dinner will be a traditional Asado BBQ, and should prove a fitting end to a wonderful group adventure together!

Length of excursion: 8 hours walking, 18 km, 1 hour by transfer
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, BBQ dinner
Accommodation: Estancia Tres Pasos

Day 12: All good things must come to an end...

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!

Meals: Breakfast

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
November 2020
2-Nov-2020 $3,995* Guaranteed Date
16-Nov-2020 $3,995 Provisional Date
December 2020
7-Dec-2020 $3,995* Provisional Date
21-Dec-2020 $3,995 Guaranteed Date
28-Dec-2020 $3,995* Provisional Date
January 2021
4-Jan-2021 $3,995 Provisional Date
18-Jan-2021 $3,995* Provisional Date
February 2021
1-Feb-2021 $3,995 Provisional Date
15-Feb-2021 $3,995* Guaranteed Date
March 2021
1-Mar-2021 $3,995 Provisional Date

* 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, 2 minimum. We will guarantee your departure with 2 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: $260 (Full day, 3.5hrs hiking; also includes walkways and boat trip to face of glacier; group size 20; age limit under 50 years)

Mini Ice Hike: $130 (Full day, 1.5hrs hiking; also includes walkways and boat trip to face of glacier; group size 20; age limit under 65 years).

Accommodation upgrade: upgrade your shared dormitory on Day 9 for a private cabin at Refugio Los Cuernos (availability dependent, USD $230 single / $140 per person double). Please note, this is not included as part of the single supplement.

Single supplement: USD $720 per person for a single room in El Chalten, 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 before the tour and a night in Santiago after the tour; if you would like help booking your pre/post tour arrangements and domestic/in country flight, please just let us know.

Your dates don't quite match? Please get in touch and we'll quote a private departure for you.

Includes

  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights), Shared dormitories (3 nights), Glamping (1 night)
  • 3 hikes in the Los Glaciares national park with a local mountaineering guide (English speaking)
  • Perito Moreno Glacier excursion including boat trip to face of glacier
  • Zodiac boat excursion to Bernardo O’Higgins National Park (Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier)
  • 4 day W trek with local mountaineering guide (English speaking)
  • Glacier Grey boat navigation to face of glacier
  • Torres del Paine national park entrance fee
  • All ground transportation in either private transfer, public bus or by boat
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Tour leader in Los Glaciares National Park (English speaking)
  • All bedding for your nights in the shared dormitories and glamping

Excludes

  • Ice hiking at Perito Moreno Glacier (can be added optionally)
  • Los Glaciares National Park fees (equivalent to approx. USD $32 for El Chalten and USD $32 for Perito Moreno)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (trekking poles, sleeping bag liner, back pack etc)
  • Gratuities/Tips

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