Paine and Fitz Roy trek, trekking holiday
Description of Paine and Fitz Roy trek, trekking holiday
This Paine and Fitz Roy trek takes you to the sweeping grasslands, stark mountains, towering glaciers and secluded lakes of the Patagonian Andes. It’s an ideal trip for those who want to enjoy trekking through beautiful scenery, without wearing themselves out completely in the process.
Your first destination is Los Glaciares National Park, where you’ll stay in comfortable accommodation and take a series of day treks around the park, including to the base of both Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre – jagged granite peaks that have inspired mountaineers the world over. You’ll also visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier, where there’s an opportunity to don crampons and go ice trekking.
Next, you’ll head over the border into Chilean Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park, which many travellers rate as the highlight of their trip. You’ll enter the park from Puerto Natales, cruising up stunning fjords past the imposing Balmaceda Glacier before continuing by zodiac and catamaran past herds of guanaco and rhea.
The classic 'W' trek then takes you into the leads heart of the National Park. Staying in comfortable mountain refuges, you’ll spend five days on an exhilarating journey past granite peaks, looming glaciers and bright blue lakes.
PlanetThe natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.
This trek follows our sustainable trekking guidelines of taking all waste out that we take in when camping. The trip cost includes national park fees which is utilised by local authorities for the protection of the national parks visited.
Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term. Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.
Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.
Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!
PeopleThis trek follows our sustainable trekking guidelines of employing local services. We employ local guides and support crew. Guides are trained in, and committed to, our responsible travel policies and help guide clients on where to make purchases that directly benefit the local community and on how to reduce their impact while they travel through the Patagonian wilderness. When not camping we utilise locally owned and operated refugios which source produce for the meals they serve from local providers.
Our responsible travel principles:
Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses. We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.
We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect. We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travelers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access. We strive to educate our travelers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.
No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.