Best Patagonia Hiking Experiences
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Patagonia Hiking Experiences in Chile and Argentina
Discover Patagonia and hike upon some of the world’s most legendary trails. From single day hikes to expeditions across a mountain range, these travel experiences reveal one of the world’s final remaining wildernesses. Add your favourites to your bucketlist by using the heart.
El Chalten Wilderness Day Hike
Sharp peaks stand like sentinels above lakes and glaciers. They rise vertically, shards of the earth’s crust naked against the blue sky. Los Glaciares National Park is home to many of these fabled icons, mountains that define the very image of wilderness.El Chalten is the best place in Argentina for short Patagonia hikes. Here you can explore the wild and then return to a comfortable lodge and warm up by the fire. You can escape to the edge of the world and still spend the evening dining in luxury. With a mountaineering guide you will spend today discovering this remarkable landscape, on a day hike that can take you in a variety of directions.
Hike and Kayak in Tierra del Fuego National Park
Serene and sublime, Tierra del Fuego is a deserted landscape of lakes, lagoons, mountains and forests. Few other places are as silent and you won’t upset the tranquility on this two-part tour. Set off in a kayak, paddling along a river and into a lake, between snowy mountains and ice-blue glaciers. Then hike, along trails that are completely different to the park’s famous boardwalks. Many people come here on a day tour to crowd around the boardwalks near the Visitor’s Centre. But the national park is massive!This hike and kayak tour will show you what’s really possible in Tierra del Fuego.
Hike in Cerro Castillo
Cerro Castillo is a paradise of uncrowded hiking trails snaking through an unforgettable landscape. Get off the beaten track and explore this relatively unknown oasis with a private guide.Hear the thunder of seracs tumbling from hanging glaciers. See the thin lines of waterfalls pouring down steep rock faces. Cool off in turquoise lagoons before bagging more kilometers.Explore by day hikes or plunge into this largely untouched reserve on the Cerro Castillo Trail, a 45-kilometer trek that will keep you occupied for days.
Hiking Piedras Blancas Glacier and Mount Fitz Roy
Argentina’s most iconic day hike, a Patagonian trail connecting fables on the end of the world. First a lake, its glassy surface reflecting the peaks above, strange shapes of snow and ice mirrored across the blue. Now a glacier, creaking audibly as it extends unbroken towards the horizon. Finally the mountain, shards of ochre rising high above the wilderness. This is Mount Fitz Roy, an icon of South America, a marvellous ode to the whims of Mother Nature. Breathe it in. Embrace the wilderness. For few other guided hikes offer such immense vistas.
Ice Hiking on Perito Moreno Glacier
A deafening crack, a resounding crash. A great slab of ice breaks free from the glacier and the sounds echo for many seconds afterwards. You’re not watching the glacier break up - you are standing on top of it. Perito Moreno is Patagonia’s most famous attraction. Visit on a private tour and you’ll have time to explore the boardwalks, to watch the ice crumble and crack. Then strap on crampons and step onto the glacier, meandering around its crevices and exploring a white-blue wonderland. Ice forms artistic tunnels and sculptures and it doesn’t seem real, even if the ice stays firm beneath your feet.
Icefield Hiking in San Rafael Lagoon National Park
Hike on ancient ice that’s hundreds of meters thick!The Northern Patagonian Icefield is one of the largest bodies of ice remaining outside of the polar regions. The last vestige of an ice sheet that covered most of Chile 18,000 years ago, the icefield is a fearsome place even as it retreats.Follow your guide across a boundless expanse of rolling white. Hear splendid silence punctuated only by the crunch of your crampons in the ice and the tinkling of carabiners on your safety harness. Gaze at incandescent peaks rising in the distance like blades. And if you’re feeling adventurous, climb one!
Torres del Paine O Trek
Torres del Paine’s O Trek is your way to see Chile’s most popular attraction without the crowds. Take your time and connect more deeply with the park, by hiking this eight-day circuit that’s only open to 80 hikers a day. Hear the crash of glacier ice cascading down granite walls. Feel the earth below your feet as you traverse a trail high above a valley. See a dazzling quantity of stars from your camp at night.The O Trek includes the park’s popular highlights, but also ventures to its lesser-known northern section. Your private guide will keep track of the logistics, leaving you free to marvel at the landscape’s scale and unparalleled beauty.
Trekking in Torres del Paine
Turquoise lakes, tumbling glaciers, and sheer granite mountains—Torres del Paine is a wonderland of rugged scenery.Move through this incredible landscape on foot, taking the time to appreciate the mountains from all aspects, to stop and investigate fascinating fossils, and to connect with the region’s unique wildlife. Take advantage of luxurious accommodations and venture around the national park on day hikes. Or stay in huts along the storied W Trek, a four-day adventure that brings you through three of the park’s valleys, bordered by rock and ice.