Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén March 2023

El Chaltén, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

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Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14
Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén March 2023
El Chaltén, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

Runcation Travel
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12 reviews

Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14

About this trip

If you've dreamt of exploring Patagonia by trail running while staying at a combination of comfortable and scenic hotels and unique Argentinian refugios, or mountain lodges, this is the trip for you. Throughout the trip, we'll leave tour buses and crowds behind in order to facilitate pristine Patagonian trail running adventures on this running retreat. 

Our guided trail running trip will start in El Calafate, where we will begin our adventure with a visit Patagonia’s most famous glacier and one of the world's only advancing glaciers. We’ll get up close and personal to El Perito Moreño with some ice trekking on the glacier! We'll then explore further south to the Refugio Circuit outside of the legendary town of El Chaltén, home to Monte Fitzroy, Cerro Torre, craft breweries, pristine lakes, glaciers, rivers, grasslands, and some of the world's most spectacular mountain vistas. Our curated hotels offer the comforts of spa services, organic farm-to-table dinners, and breathtaking lake and mountain views. In between we'll trail run through Los Glaciares National Park and visit unique Argentinian mountain lodges and private nature reserves. We'll trail run from these base camps, where where vistas of mountain spires, glaciers, and remote lakes are enjoyed with mate, homemade pizza, typical Argentinian parrillas of roasted meat, ample Malbec, and artisanal beer brewed with special character and history unique to each location. Possible wildlife sightings range from Huemul (patagonian deer) to Condors and Pumas. 

This running retreat is the perfect mixture of comfort and exploring the uncrowded, off-the-beaten path trails of some of Patagonia's most spectacular sites. On this guided trail running tour with all logistics, lodging, and transport taken care of, enjoy a break from winter and enjoy a Patagonian summer on our running retreat.

This running retreat adventure is open to ages 15 and up of any pace or level of runner. Must be able to complete 7-15 miles/day of hiking/running, including 1,000-3,500 feet of elevation gain per day. Optional 12-week training package available from an experienced running coach to ensure you're trained and ready to go for this adventure of a lifetime! 

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This trip requires a minimum of 6 to run. Please do not purchase flights until confirming with retreat organizer. 

What’s included

Roundtrip transportation from the airport in El Calafate, Argentina (at specific transfer time)

Entrance Fees to National Parks

Perito Moreño Glacier Tour, including gear, guide, entrance fee, and transport costs 

Transport between the different runs and lodging throughout the trip

Baggage Transport during our runs to mountain lodges

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations
Breakfasts included 

Dinners included during two nights in mountain lodge

Knowledgable guide and running coach along the entire route

A 8:1 ratio of guide to participants

Special bonus adventures optional including an estancia tour, wine tasting, and traditional tango shows given by local artists.

Not included

International airfare

Alcoholic beverages and lunch/snacks during the day

Travel Insurance

Dinners (other than evenings spent in mountain lodge)

Before You Go

Before You Book:

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants to run. In case of trip cancellation, a full refund is issued to all participants. After booking, please contact the trip organizer before booking your flights and other travel plans. 


Must have a valid passport valid through 6 months upon date of travel.

Travel Insurance:

Must have travel insurance prior to start of trip. 

Room info at the Refugios/Eco Lodge:

This is high season in Patagonia. Rooms are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. If you are inclined to participate, book or contact the organizer ASAP as rooms will book up in advance by other vacationers.


While there are guides to accommodate every pace of attending runner, this trip requires participants to be able to run/hike for 7-15 miles on trails at a time in mountainous climates with an elevation gain of 1,000-3,500 feet per day. Training for this trip is essential in order to be able to complete and enjoy the trip. It is highly recommended that you participate in the 12-week group training program designed specifically for this trip as a package add-on to ensure you're able to tackle the trails and get maximum enjoyment of this running retreat!


Although this time of year is summer/fall in Patagonia, weather in the mountains, in Patagonia in particular, is variable and trail conditions are subject to change on an hourly basis! Patagonia is renown for its wind and changing weather in particular. Routes and itinerary subjective to change based on the safety of conditions and climate of the trail at the time of the trip. Please pack layers and options for multiple climates accordingly (a detailed packing list will be sent upon registration).

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Welcome to Patagonia!
Day 1

Day 1: Our trip will start midday with a meet-and-greet and orientation meeting to meet the guides and go over the logistics and itinerary of the upcoming week! After meeting at the airport at the scheduled departure time, we'll catch transport to our comfortable hotel in a lakeside town with a view of Argentina's largest freshwater lake, Lago Argentina. That afternoon, we’ll enjoy dinner and refreshments to go over the week ahead. 

Who’s Going

Your Organizer

Runcation Travel
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Runcation Travel creates international running adventures for runners. Instead of having to squeeze in a run on vacation, your run becomes the vehicle to explore and learn different cultures, countries, and landscapes. Our current runcations and trail running trips include hut-to-hut running adventures, retreats, training camps, and guided trail tours of the best trail running in the Italian Dolomites, Chamonix Mont Blanc, and Argentinian Patagonia, and more in group and custom itineraries. Our Runcations are for every level of runner.


My Runcation experience exceeded every expectation I had! The accommodations, the food, the trails, and the people were all absolutely amazing!! We started as strangers and we left as life long friends! The route was challenging, remote, and beautiful! I wouldn't change one thing about my adventure and I can't wait to go on another!!!
By Barbalee A for Run to Machu Picchu Peru Runcation Spring 2022 on 11 May, 2022
What an absolutely fantastic runcation! I've always wanted to run the trails of Patagonia and be dazzled by the scenery and this trip didn't disappoint. We stayed in great hotels every night, including a mountain refugio right next to a glacier (ridiculous!). It was a great combination of "getting after it" on the trails, and then enjoying tasty food and awesome Malbec at night. Liz, the trip organizer, had everything so dialed in that it all went off without a hitch. As a Type-A planner, it was liberating to turn off my brain, not worry about details, and just have a good time. Our local guide, Matias, was also top-notch. He was not only a total mountain badass (just climbed Mount Fitz Roy the week before), but was endlessly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna as well. When he saw me staring at this huge red-headed woodpecker he regaled me with so many wonderful facts about the Magellanic Woodpecker, third largest in the world. He also said this guy would not be alone, that his lady friend was sure to be around. Matias scanned the trees and sure enough, there she was! Google them, they're incredible!! Besides running through the crazy Lenga forests and seeing so many cool animals, I really loved the camaraderie of all the runners in the group. Whether running on the trails or guzzling coffee at breakfast, the group dynamic was super fun and really made the trip into something special. Thanks Liz, you really nailed it!
By Stuart B for Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén March 2022 on 17 Mar, 2022
Incredible experience! The perfect amount of work and play. Spent all day on the trails running and hiking with knowledgeable run guides, and then got to enjoy the evenings wining and dining. Very well organized with out having every second mapped out. I will definitely be back for more!!
By Brittany B for Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén on 11 Mar, 2020
The New Year's Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chalten was an incredible trip. Liz, the guide, was conscientious, organized, and knew exactly what we were doing and where we were going at all times. I had an amazing trip, got to get some incredible runs and views, and met some fantastic people in the process. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who is looking to run off the beaten path, meet new people, and experience Patagonia like no one else typically does. Liz, thank you for your ongoing excellence, and I look forward to another trip in the future!
By Kay N for New Year's Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén on 13 Jan, 2020
An absolutely great experience with similar-minded people! Truly exceeded my expectations! Amazing scenery, great balance between running and other activities, and great food! Highly recommended!!
By Blakis Adventures for New Year's Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén on 11 Jan, 2020
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The tldr: Do it! This was an amazingly well planned trip (thoughtful planning, clearly),, the runs and views were unforgettable, and I'm already looking at the next one I can go on. The longer version: Runcation in Patagonia was amazing. Every thing was well-planned, the views were unforgettable, the crew was the best you could ask for, we stayed at nice spots with great staff...I could go on and on. Also, as someone who is super type-A, I really appreciate all of the early communication of expectations, what to pack, itineraries, and super quick responses from Liz.
By Marne P on 05 Jan, 2020