Patagonia Spires and Ice

Terrific trekking at the ends of the earth in Chile and Argentina



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Holiday Overview


  • Excellent food and views from the world`s first EcoDome hotel
  • Hike the world famous `W` trek in UNESCO Torres del Paine N.P
  • Walk in the spectacular Monte Fitz Roy area of mighty Patagonia
  • The breath-taking Cerro Torre and remarkable Perito Moreno Glacier

On this superb trekking holiday in Patagonia we explore the very best of the region's vast wilderness and include memorable overnights in the award winning EcoCamp Patagonia, which offers amazing panoramas of the spectacular Paine Towers from each dome!   A land of huge glaciers, cascading waterfalls, awe-inspiring granite peaks, breath taking lakes and exciting wildlife, nothing can prepare you for the beauty of Patagonia, especially the most famous peaks of Torres del Paine and Cerro Fitz Roy.  This superb walking holiday covers all the regions highlights, including the famed 'W' trek, and as KE includes luggage porterage, there is no need for sustained multi-day trekking or backpacking.  Throughout the trip, we make use of comfortable fixed camps with excellent facilities, including hot showers.  We include the sustainable EcoCamp Patagonia to ensure we only leave our footprints on this amazing landscape!  The adventure begins with a 6-day exploration of the Paine region in South America's most breath-taking national park, UNESCO Torres del Paine.  After walking the world famous and spectacular 'W' trek we explore Lago Grey and Lago Pehoe before day-walks take us up to the base of the majestic El Paine rock towers.  Next we transfer to Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park and stop-off at the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier.  The mountain village of El Chalten is our base for 3 days of awe-inspiring walking which enables us to seek out the best views of dramatic Cerro Fitz Roy and stunning Cerro Torre.  If you are looking to walk through some of the world's most beautiful scenery, in one of the wildest and most spectacular corners of the earth, with the added luxury of an EcoCamp and luggage transfers whilst on trek, then this is the ultimate way to experience Patagonia!


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?

Making use of fixed camps and refuges, as well as hotel and lodge accommodation whilst at Fitz Roy, this holiday in Patagonia uses a day walking format to allow us to see the very best of the Patagonian landscape without the need for backpacking. Ranging in duration from 3 to 8 hours, group members will be only be required to carry a small day-pack during these day walks. All of the walking is on well-defined paths. Altitude is not a factor on this holiday.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in El Calafate. A single timed transfer from El Calafate is provided.
  • Spectacular transfer from Argentina to Chile and into Torres del Paine.
  • Explore Lago Grey and Grey Peninsula. Afternoon walk to Mirador Pehoe and evening catmaran ride.
  • Day of breath-taking walking to the Grey Glacier viewpoint to view the giant floating icebergs.
  • Walk to the Italian Camp and the heart of the Paine Massif before walking beside Lake Nordenskjold.
  • Walk along the Paso Los Cuernos passing under the Cuernos (horns) of the Paine Massif.
  • Ascend to the foot and classic viewpoint of the impressive massif of El Paine.
  • Morning transfer to El Calafate. Afternoon excursion to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • Morning transfer to Chalten. Afternoon walk along Rio Electrico, home to woodpeckers and parakeets.
  • Day walk to the beautiful Cerro Fitz Roy lookout point at Laguna de Los Tres.
  • Walk to the southern edge of the Los Glaciares National Park and through the Valley of Rio Fitz Roy.
  • Morning at leisure in El Chalten. Afternoon transfer to El Calafate.
  • Departure Day. A single timed transfer to El Calafate is provided.
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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'.

Eco Camp Dome Reservations: A non-refundable deposit is payable against our dome bookings for this trip. On account of this, a higher than usual deposit is required.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • trip direction
  • airport
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in El Calafate. A single timed transfer from El Calafate is provided.

    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 and tastes, therefore not including dinner on the first night allows the group to decide on a local restaurant together with the leader. Over dinner we’ll meet the rest of the group and our guide.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Spectacular transfer from Argentina to Chile and into Torres del Paine.

    Today, we leave for the Torres del Paine region and cross into Argentina by the Cerro Castillo border, where we board the vehicle to take us to Torres del Paine. The drive through some of the most beautiful scenery on earth, usually takes about 4 to 5 hours and is absolutely spectacular (road conditions and weather can vary so timings are approximate). We are surrounded by breath- taking scenery along the way which we can enjoy during the drive. After checking-in at the EcoCamp we can enjoy a drink in the bar or a local aperitif before sitting down to dinner. The communal areas are great for relaxing in after dinner and the relaxed atmosphere of the camp plus comfy beds ensures an excellent night’s sleep for everyone!

    • Accommodation Ecocamp

    • Meals bld

  • Explore Lago Grey and Grey Peninsula. Afternoon walk to Mirador Pehoe and evening catmaran ride.

    Today we transfer (2hr) to the southern end of Lago Grey and cross a suspension bridge to reach a beach overlooking this breath-taking lake and its beautiful floating icebergs. More than 500m deep and with a stunning mountain backdrop, Lago Grey was born from the Southern Patagonia Icefield. As we walk out onto the Grey Peninsula, we have splendid views over the distant slate Grey Glacier. Our first views of a Patagonian lake, glacier and its icebergs are spell-bounding. After lunch we drive back to the National Park Office and set off on a short walk (3 hours round trip) to Mirador Pehoe, from where we have our first impressive views of the remarkable Paine Massif. An easy walk along the shores of Lake Pehoe takes us to the awesome Salto Grande, a giant cascading waterfall, over which the waters of Lake Nordenskjold tumble into Lake Pehoe. From here, looking across the lake, there are more excellent views of the rugged peaks of Paine Grande and Los Cuernos. In the evening, we take a catamaran ride on the turquoise hued Lake Pehoe to Pehoe Camp where we overnight.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs walking

  • Day of breath-taking walking to the Grey Glacier viewpoint to view the giant floating icebergs.

    Today we have an easier walking day, with the option of a more challenging walk which the leader and group will decide on later in the day. A 4-hour round trip takes us to the Grey Glacier viewpoint (Mirador) where the glacial outflow of the South Patagonia Ice-sheet calves in great pieces into the lake. This amazing location presents a dramatic and somewhat surreal sight, with numerous giant icebergs drifting forlornly across the waters. Beyond this point, there is the option of a further 4-hour walk to the foot of the glacier for the most outstanding views of all. We return to Pehoe Camp for a second night.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs (8 hrs) walking

  • Walk to the Italian Camp and the heart of the Paine Massif before walking beside Lake Nordenskjold.

    Over the next 3 days we will make several exciting approaches to the heart of the Paine Massif. On the first day, we trek up to the Italian Camp (Campamento Italiano), heading northwards and crossing undulating terrain, mixed grassland and sparse woodland. Beyond the River Frances, we reach the Italian Camp after about 3 hours walking. To reach the best viewpoint is a further 2 hour round trip above the camp, following the upper, torrential section of the River Frances. From our highpoint, there are good views of the icefalls on the Glacier Frances and of the lakes far below. Returning to the Italian Camp, we have a further hour’s walk beside Lake Nordenskjold. Named after the Swede Otto Nordenskjold who discovered the lake in the beginning of the 20th century, its colourful waters and rich flora and fauna is a major attraction of the lake. Tonight we overnight at the Refugio Los Cuernos.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Walk along the Paso Los Cuernos passing under the Cuernos (horns) of the Paine Massif.

    Today we enjoy a spectacular day of walking and trekking highlight as we walk for 5 hours on the Paso Los Cuernos. This superb trail takes its name from the fact that it passes under the Cuernos of the Paine Massif. These incredible horns of slate grey reach heights of over 1900m and are the symbol of the park. According to local legend an evil serpent called Cai Cai caused a huge flood to kill a warrior tribe that lived in Torres del Paine. Apparently when the waters receded, the serpent took the bodies of two of the warriors and turned them to stone, creating the twin horns that stand today! Along the trail today we are rewarded with great views of the peaks and Lake Nordenskjold. This afternoon we return to the comfort of our domes in the EcoCamp.

    • Accommodation Ecocamp

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Ascend to the foot and classic viewpoint of the impressive massif of El Paine.

    A superb circular round day as we climb up to the foot of the impressive granite massif of El Paine. Our objective is the classic viewpoint for the several granite spires that comprise the Paine Towers. The summits of these spectacular peaks soar above 2000m and dominate the surrounding landscape of this amazing national park. Granted UNESCO status in 1978, the highlight of the national park is the beautiful range of El Paine. The towers are all that is left of a rocky cirque that has been gradually eroded by glacial action. Given good weather, the sight of these rock towers, reflected in the lake below, is quite breath-taking. We return in the afternoon to the EcoCamp for our final night in Torres Del Paine National Park.

    • Accommodation Ecocamp

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 hrs walking

  • Morning transfer to El Calafate. Afternoon excursion to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier.

    Today, we leave Torres del Paine and cross back over the border back to El Calafate. In the afternoon after checking into our hotel, we make an excursion to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier. The glacier is located in the Los Glaciares National Park, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage in 1981 and is the best place in South America to see glaciers in action. An area of exceptional natural beauty, glaciers cover more than half of the national park including the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. The glacier is named after the explorer Francisco Morano who studied the region in the 19th century and is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia that is constantly growing. After enjoying the spectacle of icebergs breaking away and floating down river, we return back to El Calafate.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Morning transfer to Chalten. Afternoon walk along Rio Electrico, home to woodpeckers and parakeets.

    Today we leave El Calafate and continue our journey passing Viedma Lake, known locally as Lago Viedma. The lake is named after the Spanish explorer Antonio de Viedma, the first European to reach its shores in 1783. With a surface area of 270,000 acres, Lago Viedma is one of the largest glacier formed lakes in the region. The lake has no towns along its shore and very little vegetation grows on the surrounding steep dry hills, however it is home to flamingos, eagles, foxes, deer, river otter and guanacos. Late morning we arrive in the village of El Chalten which is the local Indian name for Fitz Roy. In the afternoon we have the opportunity of a relaxing 4-hour stroll alongside the Rio Electrico, through a forest of lenga (beech) trees. This is a wild and beautiful valley, with parakeets, magellanic woodpeckers, and Chilean flickers in the woods. We return to our hosteria accommodation where we spend the next three nights.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

  • Day walk to the beautiful Cerro Fitz Roy lookout point at Laguna de Los Tres.

    This morning a short transfer (40 mins) takes us to the start of our 3-hour trek to the Cerro Fitz Roy look out point at Laguna de Los Tres. Monte Fitz Roy (3405m) or Cerro Fitz Roy is a stunningly beautiful mountain located on the Chile and Argentina border. Even up to today it remains one of the most technically challenging mountains in the world of mountaineering. The peak was given its name by Francisco Morano who first saw the mountain in 1877 and named it Fitz Roy in honour of Robert Fitz Roy, the captain of HMS Beagle. From Laguna de Los Tres we are treated to stunning views of the east face of Fitz Roy. After enjoying the view, a beautifully forested trail leads us from Camp Poincenot back to El Chalten.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Walk to the southern edge of the Los Glaciares National Park and through the Valley of Rio Fitz Roy.

    To finish off our exploration of the Fitz Roy area, we make a long walk of around 7 or 8 hours, starting out at the southern edge of the Los Glaciares National Park. We make an early start and drive (30 mins) to the south gate, where we begin trekking in the valley of the Rio Fitz Roy. At Laguna Torre, we are rewarded with beautiful views of the rock pinnacle of Cerro Torre (3127m). As part of a four mountain chain Cerro Torre is the tallest of the peaks and stands alongside Torre Egger, Punta Herron, and Cerro Standhart. Often described as “unclimbable,” the mountain has a mushroom rim of ice around the summit and looks almost elegant with its long finger shape. The appearance of this stunning group of peaks changes as we descend gradually via the lakes of Madre and Hija. We return to our accommodation for our final night in El Chalten.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Morning at leisure in El Chalten. Afternoon transfer to El Calafate.

    Today we have a leisurely morning and time to explore El Chalten. The village has a small number of shops and restaurants to wander through before our afternoon transfer to El Calafate. After checking into the hotel we will regroup before our final dinner. The town has an excellent choice of restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes therefore we don’t include the final dinner. We feel part of the overall holiday experience is choosing as a group on the best restaurant for the final evening’s meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

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

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. A single timed group airport transfer is provided.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional English speaking local leader
  • Single timed airport transfers (for designated group flights)
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Once on trek a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the dossier

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Airport transfers (other than for designated group flights)
  • Departure tax on leaving Chile
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

During this holiday the group will spend 3 nights in a hotel/hosteria in El Calafate. Whilst in the Torres del Paine area there will be 3 nights at our Chilean agent's luxurious Ecocamp (with real beds, hot showers and washrooms), 2 nights at a regular campsites and 1 night at a mountain refuge. Whilst in the Fitz Roy region the group will stay at basic, but comfortable and traditional lodge accommodation in El Chalten. Accommodation is based on twin sharing except at the Refugio Los Cuernos and at the lodge in El Chalten which have dormitory style rooms (6 bed). If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent (for 2 nights) for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 3 nights in El Calafate single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. 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

All meals except 3 dinners are included in the holiday price. You will need to pay for your dinners whilst in El Calafate. We recommend you allow approximately $15-20 per meal.

In El Calafate there is an excellent range of restaurants, bars and fast food outlets to suit all budgets, 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 and cafes to suit all travellers and budgets.

The group will rendezvous in El Calafate on day 1. A single group airport transfer is provided timed to coincide with the arrival of the Aerolineas Argentinas flight from Buenos Aires at approximately 1820. At the end of the trip a single group transfer is provided on day 13 timed to the departure of the LAN Chile flight to Buenos Aires. This transfer will arrive at the airport in El Calafate at approximately 1400. 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. Clients booking a Land Only Package MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. 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.

A typical day starts with an early breakfast as 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. Our evening meal, preceded by Pisco Sours (a tasty Chilean aperitif), 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 p.m., which gives us plenty of time to re-charge our batteries before the next day's walk.

The group will be accompanied throughout the trekking by a professional English-speaking local guide. You will also have a driver and a porter on certain sections of the holiday.

We estimate that US$300 should cover all of your expenditures whilst in Chile/Argentina, including the above meals, soft drinks, staff tips and airport taxes. If you intend to purchase expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. Credit cards can be useful here. It is not necessary to purchase currency outside the country as ATM’s are available. You may wish to consider taking your money in cash US dollars including some small denomination notes. You can withdraw cash using most credit and debit cards from ATM’s in El Calafate, but this cannot be relied upon in smaller towns.

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. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of $100 for tipping for your crews.

The packed weight of your trek bag should be no more than 15 kgs (33 lbs). During the nights spent in Pehoe (2 nights) and Los Cuernos (1 night) your trek bag will stay in the Ecocamp. You will be provided with a dry-bag to pack essential items for these nights. This bag will be transported by boat to Pehoe and by porter to Los Cuernos.

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. The maximum weight of your trek-bag should be 15kg. (33 pounds).

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Trainers / sneakers or similar for traveling and camp use
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / trekking pants
  • Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal baselayer shirts
  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Daypack 30 litres / 1800 cu in.
  • Sleeping bag liner or sheet sleeping bag
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Headtorch / headlamp and spare batteries
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Small towel
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Warm and waterproof outer gloves or mittens
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Basic First Aid Kit including the following: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces
  • Travel clothes
  • Trekking poles
  • Pocket-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, media, batteries


  • Sleeping bags or suitable bedding, together with mattresses are provided at each of the camps that we use, and at the Cuernos and Chalten refuges. You should bring a sheet sleeping bag or liner.

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.

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

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.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time getting some additional exercise before coming on a walking/trekking and adventure holiday. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our walks 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. Running, cycling and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and 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: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: 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. 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.

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Torres del Paine Trekking Map. Zagier y Urruty. 1:80,000

Torres del Paine at 1:80,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant map from Zagier & Urruty covering the main part of the park and showing trekking trails, routes recommended only with a guide, campsites and refuges, etc. The map covers the main, most visited part of the national park, extending from Lago Dickson and Lago Paine in the north - across the peaks of the Cordillera Paine and the lakes south of it – to Puerto Toro on the northern tip of the Seno Ultima Esperanza, the arrival point by boat from Puerto Natales.

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