Patagonia hiking vacation

“Our only nine day, tailor made hiking itinerary in Patagonia, staying in locally owned hotels or lodges rather than camping throughout. With expert hiking guide.”


Four full days of hiking in Patagonia | El Calafate | Lake Patagonia | Los Glaciares National Park | Perito Moreno Glacier | Lago Argentino | El Chalten | Fitz Roy Massif | Laguna Torre | View of Mount Torre | Torres del Paine National Park

Description of Patagonia hiking vacation

This is a proposed nine day itinerary for a tailor made Patagonia hiking holiday, being guided by a local expert and staying in hotels and lodges all the way. And ones that are also wholly committed to conservation efforts in Patagonia. It does include quite a bit of road travel, but you will have four full days of long hikes in some of Patagonia’s most spectacular landscapes, and be transferred from one to the next. We also endeavour to use accommodation that provides excellent local, traditional and, when possible, organic food along the way.

This trip starts in El Calafate in Argentinian Patagonia, and after a day of settling in into your first hotel, which is a restored traditional Patagonian homestead and farm, on the shores of Lake Patagonia, you head off on a day of hiking in Los Glaciares National Park, including some time on Perito Moreno Glacier.

Your next base is El Chalten, a land of more extraordinary hiking in the famous Fitz Roy Massif where a 12k trek will give you views of the rugged, towering shards of Cerro Fitz Roy, Laguna Sucia, and Viedma Glacier. From El Chalten you will also spend a day hiking to Laguna Torre, a stunning glacial lake which is also in Los Glaciares National Park and just 10k west of the village. From here you will be able to see the east face of Mount Torre as well as many other high peaks and glaciers.

Transferring back to your first base in El Calafate, where you will have a free day to explore at leisure, you will then spend a day travelling over the border into Chilean Patagonia, taking some short hikes along the way, and then another full day exploring the iconic Torres del Paine National Park. Hiking here is the highlight for many of our guests, with its backdrop of glaciers, snow-capped mountains and lakes, including the mammoth granite towers that give the national park its name.

You will also have a free day in Torres del Paine National Park to explore at leisure with many of our guests taking a boat trip out onto the lake to see the great Grey Glacier. Or you may just want to sit back and enjoy the stunning location of Hotel des Torres on a beautifully restored traditional ranch at the foot of the eponymous mountain range.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

On this particular tour, travelers will enjoy the variety of highlights that Patagonia has to offer; Fitz Roy, Perito Moreno Glacier, Grey Glacier and Torres del Paine. We make every effort to maintain sustainable travel practices no matter which attraction is being visited. We operate under Leave no Trace principles, which includes minimizing environmental impact in all places visited. We travel a significant amount on foot when exploring natural areas which helps to protect fragile landscapes - all travellers are instructed to stick to paths and avoid disturbing any wildlife they encounter on the way.

The lodging chosen for this holiday is selected based on particular establishments’ commitment to environmental conservation. The El Galpon Glacier in El Calafate is on an old and traditional Patagonia homestead. The farm owns 3.5 Kms of Lake Argentina and part of the shore near the Centinela River and works to protect both areas. The lodging chosen in Torres del Paine National Parks works to minimize its footprint with footpaths and domes built on stilts. They also use solar energy for electricity. One of the properties specifically specializes in Patagonian fare as well as international dishes, and serves all organic foods. In fact, most of the food served at the Hotel Las Torres is produced here. Greenhouses, an organic garden, and nearby farmland provide fresh and healthy ingredients for each meal.

The Impacts of this Trip

We have designed our holidays to utilize existing infrastructure whenever possible in order to support the people of the regions in which we operate. Locally owned transportation companies typically provide all the transfers provided in our itineraries. However, we do occasionally use public transport when it is logistically sound or adds to the sense of adventure! Employing these local services generates funds that are poured directly into local communities.

We give you the chance to support local businesses and organisations along the way - for example at the shops and local museum in El Calafate, through the activities in Torres del Paine such as sailing or horse back riding

To continually support the communities and sustain the environments in our trip destinations, we initiated a grant program. Through our financial assistance, several different initiatives have been made possible. A few of these projects include reforestation and home restoration in the Andes, sponsoring a Christmas fiesta at an orphanage in Costa Rica, giving a Guatemalan school needed building materials, supplying plumbing and irrigation at a historic hacienda in Bolivia with a proper well system, and providing first-aid and hospitality training for one of our Amazon lodges in Ecuador. By traveling as with us, you help support these initiatives directly!


3 Reviews of Patagonia hiking vacation

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Patagonia was unlike anywhere I've been. The diversity and the relatively low human impact were unexpected extras.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Avoid the Los Cuernos refugio on the W Trek unless you are fond of cold showers, overcrowding and very ordinary food.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, however I was very disappointed to be directed to a North American intermediary to make bookings and arrangements rather than directly to the operator. Another layer of expense that should have been avoidable and contradictory to my expectations.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Please avoid Patagonia - I don't want you spoiling it for my next visit.

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

So many moments but walking on the Perito Moreno Glacier was amazing!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you exchange money/get cash when in the larger cities such as Buenos Aires. Alot of places such as restaurants did not accept credit cards and
using ATM/CC with chips in the ATM machine was not always possible.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we supported the local economy and provided funds that support conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Outstanding! One of my best/favorite adventure vacations!

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The trek to Fitzroy and Torres Del Paine.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't expect to be in a group. Restaurants are expensive although there is an ATM now in El Chalten it can run out if money, so take cash. More and more of the restaurants are taking credit cards, big sure about the Chilean side in Torres Del Paine.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Helped local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We expected a group holiday however it was great to have our own guides. Some of the transfers were a bit chaotic ( El Chalten back to Calafare, and to
and from Torres de Paine where we had to link up with a pick up - but they seemed to work. The hotel in T Del P had a wonderful view but was full of
very large tour groups which were like locusts with the dinner buffet which was far too expensive for mediocre food.

We also had an issue with an iPad that we left at El Chalten and had arranged for it to be delivered back to Calafate the next day, but we were surprised to be contacted by Jose from Kallpa tours to say he had arranged the delivery for 2 days later and we were to be charged. We would have much rather given the money to the helpful receptionist at Cafalete as a tip.

Read the operator's response here:

I want to let you know that we are so grateful for your feedback. I'm glad to hear that you had an enjoyable trip.

I was sorry to hear about the surprise delivery fee for your forgotten iPad. I've addressed this with our local office.

We are grateful you used us for this trip and we hope you think of us for your future travels. Thanks again!

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