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Highlights

  • Trek the remote John Garner Pass and hike along Lake Nordenskojd
  • 3 spectacular nights in award winning EcoCamp dome accommodation
  • Granite monoliths, ice blue lakes, rivers and tumbling glaciers
  • Fully supported trekking at the `end of the earth` in Chile

Located at the southern tip of mainland South America and shared by Chile and Argentina, the breath-taking territory of Patagonia is not only renowned for its jaw dropping scenery, but is home to one of the World’s Top Ten 10 treks – the incredible Paine Circuit!  Patagonia's UNESCO Torres del Paine National Park includes some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, pink granite towers, iridescent blue lakes, cascading waterfalls, sculpted glaciers and exciting wildlife including guanaco, Andean grey fox, condor, deer and the elusive puma.  It also offers one of the world's great trekking challenges and iconic journeys, the 130 kilometre circuit of the Torres del Paine Massif.  Involving 6 days of awesome hiking, by way of several lakeside camps and the remote John Garner Pass, this is a memorable journey through an unforgettable landscape.  At KE we are proud to include the award winning EcoCamp Patagonia on this ultimate Patagonian holiday, ensuring the occasional spot of trekking luxury!  Due to its award winning sustainability each KE group leaves only their footprints on this amazing landscape!  Furthermore, we include a day's hike along the northern edge of Lake Nordenskjold, guaranteeing we complete the whole Torres del Paine Circuit.  Enhanced by excursions on foot to the most spectacular viewpoints in the Ascencio and Frances valleys, and with a trekking support team complete with porters for luggage transfers, you are free to devote your energy to walking whilst photographing the most dramatic mountain region on the planet.  If you're looking for a real adventure that includes one of the World's Top 10 treks and a fantastic stay in the very first EcoCamp hotel, then this is the only Paine Circuit adventure to join!

The EcoCamp Patagonia Experience

Part of the overall Patagonia and Torres Del Paine experience is staying at the EcoCamp.  An award winning dome hotel, this fantastic 'camping site' has been built in a way that each dome has its own spectacular view of the Paine Towers.  With welcoming communal areas for reading and relaxing, a laid-back bar area, plus a wood burning stove for warming up the occasional chilly evening, having the opportunity to stay here as a group is a very special experience.  Standard domes have either a double or two single beds and skylight windows to encourage star gazing direct from the bed!  Communal bathrooms and washrooms have hot showers and luxury composting toilets.  Each evening before dinner the traditional Chilean aperitif 'picos sours' are served, whilst each morning before breakfast the group have the opportunity to attend complimentary yoga or stretching classes, ensuring everyone feels refreshed and ready for the walking day ahead.  Built in a sustainable way and blending in perfectly with the landscape, each dome is constructed on raised decking to protect the fragile environment of the national park and can be taken down without a trace!  At KE we are proud to have this spot of sustainable "trekking luxury" on our Patagonian adventures.

Is this holiday for you?

During this adventure holiday in Patagonia, we cover a total distance of just over 130kms (including the 2 trekking days we make into the Frances and Ascencio valleys). This means an average daily distance of 19kms.  There are a couple of long walking days, however group members will not need to carry more than a normal day-pack at any stage.  Although the trek around the Torres del Paine Massif has good trails for most of the route, on the north side of the range and especially whilst crossing the John Garner Pass, there are some sections of rugged pathway, forested terrain and marshland.  (Due to a maximum group size of 12 and the popularity of the EcoCamp, early booking of this holiday is highly recommended).

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in El Calafate. A single group transfer from El Calafate Airport is included.
  • Spectacular transfer from Argentina to Chile before entering the Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Trek on breath-taking trails to Refugio Dickson via Lago Paine and Lago Dickson.
  • Trek to camp Los Perros through beech forests home to woodpeckers and parakeets.
  • Superb day heading over the John Garner Pass, a trekking highlight.
  • Trek alongside Grey Glacier to the stunning turquoise blue Lago Pehoe.
  • Spectacular trekking into the Frances Valley before reaching Camp Italiano and Lake Nordenskjold.
  • Trek along the shores of Lake Nordenskjold and onto the EcoCamp to complete a memorable circuit.
  • Walk to Torres Base, one of the most stunning viewpoints in the park.
  • Transfer from Chile into Argentina and onto El Calafate.
  • Departure Day. A single timed transfer to El Calafate Airport is provided.
2016
Sun 30 Oct - Wed 09 Nov Code PPC /2A/16/ Adult$3,855 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Patagonia Paine Circuit
  • The departure reference for this tour is PPC /2A/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 30 Oct and departs on Wed 09 Nov
  • This departure has limited availability. Don't delay - secure your place today with a deposit of $700
  • Single Supplement $205 - Includes both group hotel nights (does not include Eco Camp or single tent)
  • Single Tent $230
Sun 20 Nov - Wed 30 Nov Code PPC /02/16/ Adult$3,855 Status Sold Out Call Us
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  • Patagonia Paine Circuit
  • The departure reference for this tour is PPC /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 20 Nov and departs on Wed 30 Nov
  • Single Supplement $205 - Includes both group hotel nights (does not include Eco Camp or single tent)
  • Single Tent $230
2017
Sun 22 Jan - Wed 01 Feb Code PPC /01/17/ Adult$3,855 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Patagonia Paine Circuit
  • The departure reference for this tour is PPC /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 22 Jan and departs on Wed 01 Feb
  • This departure has limited availability. Don't delay - secure your place today with a deposit of $700
  • Single Supplement $205 - Includes both group hotel nights (does not include Eco Camp or single tent)
  • Single Tent $230
Sun 19 Mar - Wed 29 Mar Code PPC /02/17/ Adult$3,855 Status Available Book now
More information
  • Patagonia Paine Circuit
  • The departure reference for this tour is PPC /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 19 Mar and departs on Wed 29 Mar
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $700
  • Single Supplement $205 - Includes both group hotel nights (does not include Eco Camp or single tent)
  • Single Tent $230
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in El Calafate. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Calafate airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

Extra non-refundable deposit

For this holiday to Patagonia which includes the EcoCamp, we take a higher than usual deposit.   Please be aware that £200 is taken, on top of the standard KE deposit of £200 to secure your place in a dome at the EcoCamp and is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation or transfer.


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We have undertaken to guarantee that all of our Land Only prices will not change once you have booked your holiday. Unlike some of our competitors we have decided never to surcharge, whether you are booking for this year or the next.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in El Calafate. A single group transfer from El Calafate Airport is included.

    Meet at the group hotel in El Calafate. KE Land Only services begin with a single timed group transfer to the group hotel. El Calafate is a picturesque town which has often been compared to villages in Switzerland. A good place to explore is the main street of Av del Libertador General San Martin, simply known as Libertador. The town has a wide range of restaurants to suit all budgets, therefore we don't include dinner on the first night, which allows the group to decide on a local restaurant together with the leader. Over dinner we’ll properly meet the rest of the group and our guide.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Spectacular transfer from Argentina to Chile before entering the Torres del Paine National Park.

    After an early breakfast, we take the local bus to the Argentinian border with Chile before continuing onto Cerro Castillo or Puerto Natales. Depending on the journey there will be time for lunch in either Puerto Natales or on arrival at the Eco Camp. En-route to the national park the scenery is absolutely superb and we will visit several accessible viewpoints including Lago Azul. We’ll also have the chance to take our first photographs of the Paine Massif, including the Cuernos del Paine and Paine Grande. Tonight we stay as the spectacular EcoCamp located at the eastern end of Lago Nordenskjold. During the evening we’ll enjoy a local aperitif and excellent dinner before making final preparations for the circuit trek, which includes dividing our personal clothing and overnight gear into different bags for the various porters and stages of our trek. (Please see the section ‘Baggage Allowance’ for further information.) Anything not required on the trek (including your KE trek bag) can be left in the care of our Chilean agent at the EcoCamp.

    • Accommodation Ecocamp

    • Meals bld

  • Trek on breath-taking trails to Refugio Dickson via Lago Paine and Lago Dickson.

    The first day of trekking is a long day lasting around 10 hours and covering close to 30 kilometres, but is an excellent way to prepare for the Paine Circuit and especially the day of trekking over the John Garner Pass. We start directly from the EcoCamp and hike on the east side of the Paine River before trekking via Lago Paine to Lago Dickson. The surrounding terrain is mostly easy going, giving us plenty of time to admire the central tower in the background and a spectacular view of the Paine mountain range. As we get closer to our camp, we can see the glacier in the distance flowing into Lake Dickson. At the southern end of the lake we set up camp close to the Refugio Dickson which is equipped with a small store, café and hot showers. There are great views here of part of the "Hielo Patagonico Sur," the South Patagonia Icefield.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 10 - 11 hrs trekking

  • Trek to camp Los Perros through beech forests home to woodpeckers and parakeets.

    An easier trekking day today as we hike towards the Los Perros “the dogs” Camp. Following the Los Perros River, our route takes us through some big stands of southern beech forest, where we should see Magellanic woodpeckers and parakeets. A resident of Chile and Argentina, these large birds are the largest woodpeckers in South American and one of the largest species in the world. Mainly black in colour with ivory coloured bills, the males have a beautiful crimson head. Before arriving at our camp, we pass close to Laguna Los Perros, where the Los Perros Glacier calves its icebergs directly into the lake. Tonight we make camp at the Los Perros Camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Superb day heading over the John Garner Pass, a trekking highlight.

    An early start is required for the long climb to reach the John Garner Pass, the highest point of the circuit at 1200m. As we crest the pass we are treated to an awe-inspiring view of the Grey Glacier, an enormous fractured mass of ice choking the valley. The route continues roughly south beside the glacier which is over 10 miles long and 5 miles across. The path travels along forested slopes with occasional landslides. This is a long, but very rewarding day. Overnight at Camp Grey.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 9 - 10 hrs trekking

  • Trek alongside Grey Glacier to the stunning turquoise blue Lago Pehoe.

    Today, we will trek alongside the Grey Glacier until it carves into Lake Grey. The view over the lake, with numerous giant icebergs drifting across the waters is very impressive at this point. Finally, the track climbs onto flat ridges and passes a small lake one hour before descending through a shallow dry valley to arrive at Lago Pehoe. We spend the night in our camp by the turquoise lake Pehoe. Today’s walk is mostly downhill. Facilities at the nearby refuge (bar and showers) are available for use. On arrival at tonight's camp we will have access to baggage that we split at the beginning of the trek (see ‘Baggage Allowance’ for further details).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Spectacular trekking into the Frances Valley before reaching Camp Italiano and Lake Nordenskjold.

    This is a long day but well worth the effort. From camp, the track makes its way north through undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest, passing two small lakes and continues by the south-east slopes of Cerro Paine to meet the River Frances. From here, we follow the river upstream passing Camp Italiano, below Glaciar Frances and, weather permitting, continue to a hut built for a British climbing expedition. This magnificent setting is surrounded by high peaks on all sides, the Cuernos del Paine (the horns) being especially spectacular. Descending the valley back to Camp Italiano, we turn to the east and follow a trail for 2 hours to Camp Cuernos, beside Lake Nordenskjold.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek along the shores of Lake Nordenskjold and onto the EcoCamp to complete a memorable circuit.

    After breakfast at camp, we continue our eastward hike along the northern margin of Lake Nordenskjold. There are great views across the lake and also interesting perspectives of the rocky Cuernos del Paine to the north. This final day of trekking effectively completes our circuit, as we end up at the Las Torres Ecocamp after around 5 hours of trekking. Overnight at the splendid Ecocamp.

    • Accommodation Ecocamp

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Walk to Torres Base, one of the most stunning viewpoints in the park.

    In addition to making a circuit around the Paine Massif, we also include the opportunity to reach the best viewpoints in the range. The last of these is the Torres Base viewpoint at the head of the Ascencio Valley. Today we make our approach to the centre of the range and the several granite spires which comprise the Paine Towers. The summits of these spectacular peaks are close to 3000m and are the remains of a rocky cirque that has been gradually eroded by glacial action. It is a 3-hour trek up to the Torres Basecamp and then a further 1 hour, crossing quite rough terrain, to reach the viewpoint for the towers. Given good weather, the sight of these rock towers, reflected in the lake below, is quite breathtaking. After an hour, taking photos and admiring the view, we trek back out to the Las Torres Ecocamp.

    • Accommodation Ecocamp

    • Meals bld

    • Time 10 hrs trekking

  • Transfer from Chile into Argentina and onto El Calafate.

    Departing the Torres del Paine region, we recross into Argentina at Cerro Castillo. Here we catch a bus for the journey back to El Calafate (around 6 hours). On arrival we transfer to our hotel and after checking-in and freshening up will head out for the final group dinner. We don't include dinner on the final night as El Calafate has a wide range of restaurants to suit all budgets. This allows the group and leader to decide on the best option for the final night.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

  • Departure Day. A single timed transfer to El Calafate Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. The morning is free to enjoy the many charms, coffee shops and chocolate stores of El Calafate. In the afternoon we have a single timed group transfer to the airport.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English speaking local leader
  • Timed group El Calafate airport transfers (PPC.1A.16 Punta Arenas airport transfers)
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the trip as per the meal plan
  • On trek a full service including food and all equipment (except personal equipment)
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for trek staff and drivers
  • Airport transfers (except group transfers)
  • Airport departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

El Calafate has an excellent range of restaurants, bars and fast food outlets offering both local and international cuisine ranging from the famous local steaks and grills to pastas and pizzas.  On trek, the food is a mixture of local and international style dishes, all prepared from locally sourced ingredients and cooked for us by professional cooks.  Food whilst at the EcoCamp is a major part of the overall experience as the chefs conjour up some fantastic dishes.   The local wines in Argentina and Chile are amongst the finest in the world and reasonably priced for the high quality.  The EcoCamp has an excellent bar to relax in with a drink before and after dinner, whilst El Calafate has a wide range of bars to suit all travellers and budgets.

All meals except 2 dinners in El Calafate are included in the holiday cost.
The group will rendezvous at El Calafate Airport on day 1. A single timed group transfer will depart El Calafate Airport after the arrival of the LAN flight. At the end of the trip a single group transfer is provided to coincide with the departure of the LAN flight. Please note there are a number of airlines arriving and departing from El Calafate and we suggest you contact the KE office to discuss flights and transfer times. If you are arriving or departing on flights whose schedule is inconvenient for these transfers, we will be happy to arrange a private transfer for you. Please advise the KE office if you would like us to book transfers and/or any additional hotel nights as early as possible. El Calafate is approximately 10 miles from the airport and a taxi will cost around US $10 to $15 including tips. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this holiday the group will spend 2 nights at a simple hotel in Punta Arenas, 3 nights at our Chilean agent's EcoCamp (with real beds, hot showers and washrooms) and 5 nights in standard camping accommodation. All accommodation is based on twin sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Please be aware that single rooms are not available in the Eco Domes and during your time there, if you are a solo traveller, you may be paired up with another EcoCamp guest of the same sex. During camping it is possible to hire a single tent (for 5 nights) for an additional cost, however please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 2 hotel nights in El Calafate single rooms are available for a supplementary cost and additional hotel nights in El Calafate are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

A typical day starts with an early breakfast, served in the mess tent. After this cooked meal, we try to make a reasonably early start. During the day-walks, you are free to walk at your own pace (within reason), enjoying the scenery and stopping to take as many pictures as you wish. We will usually take packed lunches during the day walks. Dinner is served in the mess tent at around in the evening, preceded by Pisco Sours (a tasty Chilean aperitif) and this is a delicious 3-course meal, with wine available every night. The cooks never fail to impress! During dinner is a good time to socialise and to talk over the events of the day. We are usually in bed by 10 pm which gives us plenty of time to re-charge our batteries before the next day's walk.

On this trip we the group will be accompanied throughout by a first-rate, English-speaking local guide In addition while trekking the group will be supported by a full crew of camp staff, as well as pack-animals or porters.

We estimate that $300 will cover all of your expenditures whilst in Argentina and Chile, including the aforementioned meals, soft drinks, staff tips (allow $100). If you intend to purchase expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. You can withdraw local currency (Chilean and Argentina pesos) using most credit and debit cards from ATM’s in El Calafate. Credit cards are also accepted in most restaurants and shops. If you are taking your money in cash we recommend you do this in US dollars including some small denomination notes as this will make changing money easy, and in an emergency, dollars can be used to purchase goods. We do not recommend taking travellers cheques as these can be time consuming to exchange and often attract a poorer rate.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crews we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that you give any tips from the group as a whole rather than from individuals and that the whole group agree on a level of tipping that everyone is happy with. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of $80 - $100 to put into a tipping pool.

During the trek, your baggage will split into 4 parts:

1) day rucksack/backpack - carried by yourself throughout the trek and will include your waterproof clothing, extra layers, lunch, water, camera, sun cream etc.

2) sleeping bag and sleeping mat - carried for you by porters throughout the trek.  This is packed into a waterproof bag supplied on arrival at the Eco Camp.

3) Duffel bag "A" - provided on arrival at the Eco Camp.  This is a 15 litre waterproof bag, max weight allowance 5kg and carried by porters.  Bag "A" contains your clothes and items needed for the overnights on day 3 (Camp Dickson), day 4 (Los Perros) and day 5 (Camp Grey).

4) Duffel bag "B" - provided on arrival at the Eco Camp.  This is a 15 litre waterproof bag, max weight allowance 5kg and carried by porters.  Bag "B" contains your clothes and items needed for overnights on day 6 (Lago Pehoe) and day 7 (Camp Cuernos).

On arrival at Lago Pehoe (day 6) duffel bag "A" will return with porters to the Eco Camp with your dirty clothes that you have used over the last couple of days.  At the same time in Lago Pehoe you will receive duffel bag "B" which has your clean items in it for the rest of the trek.  Any items that are not required during your trek can be left in your KE kitbag at the Eco Camp.  (N.B - these arrangements can be subject to change).

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Please refer to the trip notes ‘Baggage Allowance’ section for details of the strict and important baggage limits.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Gaiters

  • Sandals / Trainers or similar for camp use

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof over-trousers

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Thermal baselayer shirts

  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Lightweight thermal gloves

  • Warm and waterproof outer gloves or mittens

  • Daypack 30 - 40 litres

  • Foldaway bag (to leave travel clothes etc at the fixed camp)

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag & rucksack contents dry)

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC)

  • Thermarest or foam camping mattress

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Spare laces

  • Travel clothes

  • Trekking poles (recommended)

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Camera

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Chile

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. USA passport holders will be issued with a tourist card on arrival.

Visa Argentina

UK passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

For USA passport holders there is a $160 fee to enter the country from any entry point – land, sea or plane and is valid for 10 years. It is required that fees are paid online PRIOR to arrival. For further details please visit http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesibleingles

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than distances walked. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, the strong marine influence makes the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find cold, strong winds (up to 80 mph / 50 mph) and rainfall. Daytime temperatures can vary between 24°C and 2°C degrees centigrade, averaging out at around 11°C. Night-time temperatures may fall a few degrees below freezing. Above all, remember that Patagonian weather can be very unpredictable. Sun, rain, high winds and even snow are to be expected.

  • Chile & Easter Island - Lonely Planet. 

  • The Rough Guide to Chile. 

  • Chile & Easter Island - DK Eyewitness Travel Guide.

  • Trekking and Climbing in the Andes (Globetrotter Adventure) - Val Pitkethly and Kate Harper.

  • The Andes A Trekking Guide - John & Cathy Biggar. 

  • The Old Patagonian Express.  Land of Tempest - Paul Theroux. 

  • Mischief in Patagonia - Eric Shipton. 

  • Travels in a Thin Country - Sarah Wheeler.

  • The Motorcycle Diaries - Ernesto "Che" Guevara. 

  • The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende. 

  • In Patagonia - Bruce Chatwin.

 

 

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

"Land of Fire" - Tierra Del Fuego

Known as the "Land of Fire," Tierra del Fuego is a wonderful archipelago off the southernmost tip of Argentina.  Divided between Argentina and Chile, this amazing landscape contains one of the most famous stretches of water in the world - The Beagle Channel!  Our spectacular extension explores this amazing area on foot, with inflatable canoes and with motorboats.  Over four days we'll motor and paddle down wonderful waterways, hike forest trails, visit the famed Gable Island with its beaver dams and meet the cheeky penguins on Martillo Island!  Based in the world's most southern town Ushuaia, where the Andes meet the ocean, this is the perfect extension to enjoy pre or post trekking holiday in Chile and Argentina.  (This extension isn't run as a KE group trip but is put together as a relaxing pre/post group holiday add on,  which we feel adds to the overall experience and offers good value for money.  It will be led by a local leader and may include international travellers.  The canoeing sections are in large inflatable canoes with 6 to 8 people and all equipment is provided, you don't need to have any previous paddling experience.)

"Land of Fire" - Tierra Del Fuego

From $1145 per person

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Fitz Roy and Cerro Torro

Described as one of the most spectacular regions in the world, the UNESCO Los Glaciares National Park is home to a landscape that could be straight out of an explorers novel - beautiful peaks, crystal clear lakes and tumbling glaciers!  Centre-based in the small town of El Chalten we'll walk to the viewpoint of the magnificent Cerro Torro, visit the enormous Perito Moreno Glacier and walk to Camp Poincenot for breathtaking views of the famed Cerro Fitz Roy.  The perfect extension to the Patagonia Paine Circuit! (This extension isn't run as a KE group trip but is put together as a relaxing pre/post group holiday add on,  which we feel adds to the overall experience and offers good value for money.  It will be led by a local leader and may include international travellers and a mixed ability of walkers).

Fitz Roy and Cerro Torro

From $2470 per person

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