Patagonia: Epic hiking adventure

Buenos Aires, Argentina

KS
Karina Safari
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Feb 27 - Mar 9, 2020
Group size: 12 - 14
Patagonia: Epic hiking adventure
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
29 reviews

Feb 27 - Mar 9, 2020
Group size: 12 - 14

About this trip

Join Ultimate Patagonia Adventure  in Argentina and Chile!  If you love hikes and outdoors this trip is just for you!  Enjoy most incredible views on Earth as you hike in the Fitz Roy  area of Argentina,  hike the epic "W trek" in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, ice-climb the giant Perito Moreno glacier, marvel the icebergs of Lago Grey, take a cruise across the Magellan Strait , a home to the largest penguin colony in Southern Chile!  

Highlights

  • Argentinian Patagonia: Hike Los Glaciares National Park: base of Monte Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and Laguna de los Tres
  • Perito Moreno Glacier. Experience the walk on the surface of iceberg in crampons. Taste a shot of whiskey with a glacier ice as a reward! :-)
  • Chilean Patagonia: see fantastic landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park 
  • "W TREK express" .  4D/3N Multi-day hike, considered as one of the world epic trails
  • Penguins colony at the Isla Magdalena, cruise on the legendary Strait of Magellan

Things you need to know:

Hiking season:  February  & March is the end of Summer - beginning of Fall in Patagonia, a time of the year when the landscape becomes golden-reddish and vegetation takes unique and beautiful yellow hues.  A time when rest is delightful…. Ideal for hiking and photography lovers. 


Weather: It is characterized by an unstable trans-Andean climate, with very strong winds.  March being the end of the summer season, is still the warm time of the year, with average day  temperatures of 12-15°C (54-60°F), with a low of 1°C (33°F) and a high of 23.5°C (75°F).  Rain and strong wind is very possible any time all year round. Always come prepared for the 4 seasons. As Patagonia climate is very unstable, rain and shine can happen in the same day.


Level of difficulty:  Moderate to High.  Be prepared to 8-9 hours hiking daily on a steep uphill/downhill rocky and sometimes muddy terrain, but well marked trails. Daily distance 10-14 mi with altitude gain approx. 2000 feet (pls see more detailed info in the itinerary below).

Good physical fitness is required for this trip. 


Altitudes:  The good thing that both Argentinian and Chilean treks are at the LOW ELEVATION, NO RISK OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS.  Altitudes range between 600 to 4000 feet. Altitude gain on the day treks hikes is 2000 feet average, which is doable for the healthy and relatively fit person.


Accommodation/ Meals on the treks:  

- Argentinian Patagonia (El Chalten aka Fitz Roy region): Alpine style chalet (hosteria) , stay in dbl sharing rooms with private facilities. Meals: breakfast, packed lunch.

- Chilean Patagonia (W trek, Torres del Paine NP): Basic shelters (refugios). Stay 3 nights in mixed dorms 4-6 ppl sharing. Made up bunk beds, shared facilities, hot showers.  Meals provided: full board 

What’s included

  • Guided services
    Experienced team leader on the entire trip, and local guides in select locations
  • All transportation
    Airport transfers and private transport btw destinations. Regular transport to/from W trek
  • All lodging
    Hotel in Buenos Aires. Charming alpine-style chalets in El Chalten, El Calafate, Puerto Natales. Nice and clean mountain shelters on W trek.
  • Admissions
    Torres del Paine NP, Los Glaciares NP
  • Activities and day-hikes
    3 full day guided hikes in Argentina, Perito Moreno walk on the ice, Penguin colony day-cruise
  • Meals
    Breakfasts in hotels, full board on W trek, packed lunches on the trail
  • W trek
    3 nights full board accommodation in refuges: mixed dorms 4-6 people sharing, made up/bunk beds, shared facilities, hot shower. Regular transport to/from Natales, regular catamaran
  • Flights
    International (~$1000 round trip) and 2 domestic flights (~$250 total)
  • Meals
    Dinners in towns
  • Travel insurance
    ~$90 per person for the whole trip
  • Tips

Available Packages

Early bird
Available until September 1, 2019Sold Out
$3795
Deposit: $1000
Count me in!
Available until November 19, 2019only 2 left
$3895
Deposit: $1000

Available options

Tango show & dinner in Buenos Aires13 left
$180

Itinerary

Day 1 (Feb 27/28th)
Arrival : Argentina, Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina, the home of Tango, Evita Peron and Diego Maradona! 

Evening arrival in Buenos Aires. Meet at the airport on arrival and transfer to hotel,

Stay at hotel Cyan 3* in Recoletta historic neighborhood

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
29 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

GL
It was my second hiking adventure organized by Karina (the first one was to Patagonia). Everything was awesome: hikes, guides, lodging, transportation, schedule. I'm sure I would not be able to pack as many activities in 1 week if I planned the trip myself. Above all, Karina assembled an amazing group of people who made the time extremely enjoyable. I'm sure I'll be back for another trip.
By Grigory L for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 19 Jul, 2021
AK
I've heard of Karina's adventure traveling company from many of my friends who had a fantastic experience! I wanted to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. The trip was planned and organized very well, and as one of my friends said after reading Karina's bio " you will be fine, your guide looks legit " . ;) We have seen great nature, challenged ourselves daily, and at the end of the day ate great local food in a company of new friends. This trip combined it all for me! It's very important to have a professional leading the pack and Karina is indeed that. She is also very much of a peoples' person and makes you feel at home. I valued her input and enjoyed our many talks on this trip. We also had a second leader on the tour with whom she cooperated, Alex Mironyuk , who is an experienced adventurer, fantastic photographer and last but not least, a very fun guy. Kudos to Karina's leadership for putting together a great group and making all of us feel safe and welcome. I look forward to going on more trips with her!
By Alona K for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 17 Jul, 2021
We had a great time. Wonderful people. Thank you for a fantastic experience!
By Yulia V for Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging) on 22 Jun, 2021
It was a great trip -again!!! Wonderful trails, people, accommodations and everything was will organized and thoughtful. Highly recommend! Thank you Katya and Karina!
By Natasha K for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip on 09 Jun, 2021
This was truly amazing experience! I was a part of a small group of 8 experienced hikers, and Katya have taken us to the beautiful trails that were not crowded but with fantastic views and terrains. The sleeping accommodations were comfortable and we had the most delicious food and wine experiences! I highly recommend this company to anyone who loves hiking in nature! Thank you!
By Natasha K for Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP on 04 May, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
GL
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019