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Classic Patagonia Treks - Exodus Travels
Classic Patagonia Treks - Exodus Travels
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12 reviews
Starts
Buenos Aires
+10 Destinations
Andes Mountains
Ends
Buenos Aires
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Highlights

  • Experience breathtaking landscapes
  • Observe impressive glaciers
  • Trek through the stunning Fitz Roy region
  • Find tranquillity at Lago San Martin
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Start and end in Buenos Aires! With the hiking & trekking tour Classic Patagonia Treks, you have a 11 day tour package taking you through Buenos Aires, Argentina and 6 other destinations in Argentina. Classic Patagonia Treks includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Classic Patagonia Treks reviewer 1
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    excellent, thoroughly recommendedDo you have any advice for potential travellers?far more civilised and less strenuous than other trips of the same grade, although we did have some quite long days on the circuit. the walking often is an out and back trip rather than a point to point, but dont let that put you off as this is dictated by the terrain more than anything. the scenery is spectacular and well worth seeing.eating out is as expensive as europe but the steaks are to die for!!!Is there anything else you would like to add?book this trip - you wont regret it!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?looking across the patagonian ice cap from the passo de vienteWhat did you think of your group leader?tomas was very friendly, knowledgable and proud of his country. I really felt that I was amongst friends when staying at the adventure camp, and we enjoyed a special night of folk dancing and music especially arranged for us, and even learnt to dance in the traditional way!

  • Classic Patagonia Treks reviewer 2
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    excellent, thoroughly recommendedDo you have any advice for potential travellers?far more civilised and less strenuous than other trips of the same grade, although we did have some quite long days on the circuit. the walking often is an out and back trip rather than a point to point, but dont let that put you off as this is dictated by the terrain more than anything. the scenery is spectacular and well worth seeing.eating out is as expensive as europe but the steaks are to die for!!!Is there anything else you would like to add?book this trip - you wont regret it!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?looking across the patagonian ice cap from the passo de vienteWhat did you think of your group leader?tomas was very friendly, knowledgable and proud of his country. I really felt that I was amongst friends when staying at the adventure camp, and we enjoyed a special night of folk dancing and music especially arranged for us, and even learnt to dance in the traditional way!

  • Classic Patagonia Treks reviewer 3
    Written on June 29, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic journey. Excellent active itinerary for hiking junkies. Challenging terrains at times but well worth the effort. Favorite part of the hike was to be able to see Fitzroy in full without cloud on our last hike of the trip. Our group thought our tour leader planned the weather out this way. The entire region is beautiful in rain or sunshine.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the highpoint on our day hike at Paseo del Viento was memorable. The 360 degree view of the Continental Icefield is indescribable beautiful. We were lucky having the opportunity to hike this part of the world with favorable weather. The next morning the pass was closed due to heavy snowfall. The super-cold river crossing was another memorable moment, putting our group's personal characters to test. Some individual members were cursing and/or laughing all the way through the crossing.  What did you think of your group leader?Impressive leadership skills. Our tour leader Laura was attentive and knowledgeable. She took care of everyone needs without fail.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring closed-toe shoes or warm socks. The river crossing could be numbing cold. Quick-dry towels come in handy after crossing.Is there anything else you would like to add?Glacier trek was another fun thing not to be missed. It's easier than expected. Our group wished we could spend more time walking up and down glacier blocks.  Unpredictable weather pattern courtesy of Mother Nature and small pleasant surprises from our hiking leaders were memorable. The nice warm fire and glasses of local wines were welcoming additions at the end of our strenuous hikes. It's worth doing it all over again.

  • Classic Patagonia Treks reviewer 4
    Written on June 29, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic journey. Excellent active itinerary for hiking junkies. Challenging terrains at times but well worth the effort. Favorite part of the hike was to be able to see Fitzroy in full without cloud on our last hike of the trip. Our group thought our tour leader planned the weather out this way. The entire region is beautiful in rain or sunshine.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the highpoint on our day hike at Paseo del Viento was memorable. The 360 degree view of the Continental Icefield is indescribable beautiful. We were lucky having the opportunity to hike this part of the world with favorable weather. The next morning the pass was closed due to heavy snowfall. The super-cold river crossing was another memorable moment, putting our group's personal characters to test. Some individual members were cursing and/or laughing all the way through the crossing.  What did you think of your group leader?Impressive leadership skills. Our tour leader Laura was attentive and knowledgeable. She took care of everyone needs without fail.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring closed-toe shoes or warm socks. The river crossing could be numbing cold. Quick-dry towels come in handy after crossing.Is there anything else you would like to add?Glacier trek was another fun thing not to be missed. It's easier than expected. Our group wished we could spend more time walking up and down glacier blocks.  Unpredictable weather pattern courtesy of Mother Nature and small pleasant surprises from our hiking leaders were memorable. The nice warm fire and glasses of local wines were welcoming additions at the end of our strenuous hikes. It's worth doing it all over again.

  • Classic Patagonia Treks reviewer 5
    Written on December 30, 2009
    5.0 - Excellent

    An exhilarating holiday. The at times hostile environment made a hugely enjoyable challenge. The rewards were of fantastic views and scenes.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Fitzroy at dawn/ viedma glacier/paso viento/ Magellanic woodpeckersWhat did you think of your group leader?Absolutely brilliantDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Take lots of layersIs there anything else you would like to add?what a trip

  • Classic Patagonia Treks reviewer 6
    Written on December 30, 2009
    5.0 - Excellent

    An exhilarating holiday. The at times hostile environment made a hugely enjoyable challenge. The rewards were of fantastic views and scenes.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Fitzroy at dawn/ viedma glacier/paso viento/ Magellanic woodpeckersWhat did you think of your group leader?Absolutely brilliantDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Take lots of layersIs there anything else you would like to add?what a trip

  • Classic Patagonia Treks reviewer 7
    Written on April 1, 2008
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic destination.  Beautiful.  You are in for a treat.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Crossing the Paso del Viento and seeing part of the southern ice sheet for the first time, stretching out into the distance.  We all had open-mouthed smiles as its vastness sank in.  Dawn at Lago Toro, standing alone as the sky assumed a perfect azure and golden clouds were stirred by mountain winds.  You forget just how wonderful the colour of the sky is until you get moments like that.  Mount Fitzroy glowing in the predawn with Venus and Mercury bright above the mountains opposite.  The vast open patagonian steppe with huge horizons and dazzling skies.  Walking on glaciers, ice climbing, canoeing, tyrolean traveres, horseriding.  Good company. What did you think of your group leader?Christian was firstclass.  He was very knowledgeable on just about everything and keen to learn more.  He was highly trained and experienced in mountain leadership as well as making everything run smoothly on a day to day basis.  Christian had a very quiet and gentle sense of humour and made sure we all (6 of us) were well looked after.  Our other guides, assistants and cooks were also very good. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a brilliant expedition.  Expect lots of walking, even our rest day involved a 7 hour walk (at our request and one of the group made an ascent of the challenging Cerro Huemul with Christian) but it's at a steady pace.  The terrain is largely easy, by UK mountain standards, but there were some exposed sections of scree, a few spots of scrambling and some long ups and downs.  Expect all weathers (we were lucky with only one half day of rain and one half day of drizzle that fell as snow once we were on the tops).  Make sure your hat will stay put in a gale.  Bring wrap around sunglasses.  Don't forget extra memory for camera and battery charger.  A polarizing filter for your camera helps bring out the rich colour of the sky (and everything else).  A good travel towel and thick thermarest make you feel pampered.  Be prepared for a few days living out of a smallish drysack - that capacity includes your sleeping bag and your sleeping mat as well as everything else you'll want for a few days.  You'll have your day sack too.  I took a large Camelbac bag to keep me hydrated (plus 0.5l bottle) but everyone else managed with just bottles which are easier to fill from streams but more difficult to access on the hoof.  The water was lovely.  The food is generally fantastic if you are a carnivore and even as a veggie I was very well catered for by the Fitzroy team - the meat eaters often looked with envy at my plate.  Be prepared for basic camp facilities at some sites.  At others, be prepared for a pleasant surprise. 

  • Classic Patagonia Treks reviewer 8
    Written on April 1, 2008
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic destination.  Beautiful.  You are in for a treat.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Crossing the Paso del Viento and seeing part of the southern ice sheet for the first time, stretching out into the distance.  We all had open-mouthed smiles as its vastness sank in.  Dawn at Lago Toro, standing alone as the sky assumed a perfect azure and golden clouds were stirred by mountain winds.  You forget just how wonderful the colour of the sky is until you get moments like that.  Mount Fitzroy glowing in the predawn with Venus and Mercury bright above the mountains opposite.  The vast open patagonian steppe with huge horizons and dazzling skies.  Walking on glaciers, ice climbing, canoeing, tyrolean traveres, horseriding.  Good company. What did you think of your group leader?Christian was firstclass.  He was very knowledgeable on just about everything and keen to learn more.  He was highly trained and experienced in mountain leadership as well as making everything run smoothly on a day to day basis.  Christian had a very quiet and gentle sense of humour and made sure we all (6 of us) were well looked after.  Our other guides, assistants and cooks were also very good. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a brilliant expedition.  Expect lots of walking, even our rest day involved a 7 hour walk (at our request and one of the group made an ascent of the challenging Cerro Huemul with Christian) but it's at a steady pace.  The terrain is largely easy, by UK mountain standards, but there were some exposed sections of scree, a few spots of scrambling and some long ups and downs.  Expect all weathers (we were lucky with only one half day of rain and one half day of drizzle that fell as snow once we were on the tops).  Make sure your hat will stay put in a gale.  Bring wrap around sunglasses.  Don't forget extra memory for camera and battery charger.  A polarizing filter for your camera helps bring out the rich colour of the sky (and everything else).  A good travel towel and thick thermarest make you feel pampered.  Be prepared for a few days living out of a smallish drysack - that capacity includes your sleeping bag and your sleeping mat as well as everything else you'll want for a few days.  You'll have your day sack too.  I took a large Camelbac bag to keep me hydrated (plus 0.5l bottle) but everyone else managed with just bottles which are easier to fill from streams but more difficult to access on the hoof.  The water was lovely.  The food is generally fantastic if you are a carnivore and even as a veggie I was very well catered for by the Fitzroy team - the meat eaters often looked with envy at my plate.  Be prepared for basic camp facilities at some sites.  At others, be prepared for a pleasant surprise. 

  • Classic Patagonia Treks reviewer 9
    Written on January 23, 2008
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Patagonian landscape is breathtaking: the endless steppes, the brutal majesty of the mountains, the latent power of the groaning glaciers and the proximity and variety of the flora and fauna all make this a trip to savour.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Trekking to Paine base camp and the Ferrier lookout in Torres del Paine National Park.Kyaking on the Rio de las Vueltas from the Fitzroy Adventure Centre.Crossing the Rio Fitzroy and the Rio Tunel via Tyrolean traverse.The spectacular ice scenery, particularly: the moans ans groans of Pareto Marino, trekking on the Viedma Glacier and the views of the ice field from Paso del Viento.What did you think of your group leader?The leader was exceptional: not only eminently qualified (being an ex-park ranger), but also clearly passionate about Patagonia and the protection of its wilderness - as well as being a thoughtful and sensitive leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Note that the sign for the Argentinian Peso is the same for that of the US Dollar ($).  As both can be used - especially in Buenos Aires - be careful that you are not duped into paying in dollars for items marked in pesos.

  • Classic Patagonia Treks reviewer 10
    Written on January 23, 2008
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Patagonian landscape is breathtaking: the endless steppes, the brutal majesty of the mountains, the latent power of the groaning glaciers and the proximity and variety of the flora and fauna all make this a trip to savour.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Trekking to Paine base camp and the Ferrier lookout in Torres del Paine National Park.Kyaking on the Rio de las Vueltas from the Fitzroy Adventure Centre.Crossing the Rio Fitzroy and the Rio Tunel via Tyrolean traverse.The spectacular ice scenery, particularly: the moans ans groans of Pareto Marino, trekking on the Viedma Glacier and the views of the ice field from Paso del Viento.What did you think of your group leader?The leader was exceptional: not only eminently qualified (being an ex-park ranger), but also clearly passionate about Patagonia and the protection of its wilderness - as well as being a thoughtful and sensitive leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Note that the sign for the Argentinian Peso is the same for that of the US Dollar ($).  As both can be used - especially in Buenos Aires - be careful that you are not duped into paying in dollars for items marked in pesos. Don't expect too much from the bus tour of Buenos Aires.  You get to see some "street tango", but it's pretty much posing for the tourists.Is there anything else you would like to add?The local expedition team deserve a special mention. Their organisation, facilities and especially their expedition staff were exceptional. Their adventure centre by the Rio de las Vueltas in the Fitzroy National Park is something to behold... you'll just have to see it to believe it. If you've never experienced a Tyrolean traverse before - don't lose any sleep about it: have faith in the team and just enjoy it!

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  1. Day 1: Start El Calafate; visit Perito Moreno Glacier.
  2. Day 2: Travel to Torres del Paine in Chile in a overland 4x4 truck tour; transfer to first refugio.
  3. Day 3: Trek to the base of Las Torres viewpoint.
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  5. Day 5: Trek to Valle Frances and on to Paine Grande.
  6. Day 6: Trek to Glacier Grey viewpoint; catamaran and bus transfer to El Calafate.
  7. Day 7: Free day at leisure to take part in optional excursions in and around El Calafate.
  8. Day 8: Transfer to El Chalten; free afternoon.
  9. Day 9: To Los Glaciares National Park; trek in Fitzroy Massif up to Laguna de Los Tres.
  10. Day 10: Trek to Torres Glacier and Cerro Torre viewpoint; return on foot to El Chalten.
  11. Day 11: Transfer to El Calafate; fly back home.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 7,328 km.
  • Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • 2,081 km
  • El Calafate (Argentina)
  • 92 km
  • Parque Nacional Torres del Paine (Argentina)
  • 92 km
  • El Calafate (Argentina)
  • 58 km
  • Perito Moreno Glacier (Argentina)
  • 129 km
  • El Chalten (Argentina)
  • 1,223 km
  • Viedma (Argentina)
  • 1,223 km
  • El Chalten (Argentina)
  • 114 km
  • Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Argentina)
  • 114 km
  • El Chalten (Argentina)
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