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Thrilling Mount Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine Hiking Tour in Patagonia

12 Day Mount Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine Tour, Argentina and Chile

Ever dreamed of hiking through Patagonia's majestic landscapes? Picture yourself surrounded by the towering peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine. This isn't your typical stroll in the park.

Think exhilarating trails, stunning mountain views, icy glaciers - it’s all part of our 12-day adventure with Voyagers Travel in Patagonia. We've got you covered every step of the way with expert guides to help navigate challenging terrains.

We'll sleep under a canopy of stars at cozy campsites or rest our weary legs in comfortable lodges after each day's hike. And remember, we're not just walking here; we're battling ever-changing weather conditions – strong winds one moment, potential rain showers next.

Sounds thrilling? That's because it is! But let me tell you this: only experienced hikers should consider embarking on this epic journey. Are you up to the task?

Trip Overview

Start: El Calafate
End: Puerto Natales
Destinations: Argentina, Chile, Patagonia
Physical rating: ***** Very Demanding
Age: 12+
Theme: Trekking
Style: Adventure
Group size: 1-12 guests

Embracing the Challenge: The Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour

Get ready for a thrilling adventure with Voyagers Travel Patagonia's Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour. Designed to quench your thirst for thrill, this tour spans 12 days of pure adrenaline rush. This is no stroll in the park - it's made for hikers who are fit, experienced, and craving an epic challenge.

Day by day

Day 1: Arrival in El Calafate, Transfer to El Chaltén

Upon arrival in El Calafate, you’ll be transferred to El Chaltén, Argentina’s trekking capital. You will spend your next few days hiking in El Chalten, a young village surrounded by rocky mountains. Enjoy incredible views of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre as you walk along trails and visit Laguna Los Tres.

Here, you’ll meet your Tour Leader and enjoy the stunning Patagonian scenery during the 3-hour journey. You will stay at a property from our hotel collection in El Chaltén.

Day 2: Group Trek to Laguna Torre; Mt Cerro Torre

Embark on a spectacular trek to Laguna Torre. A scenic hike to a unique glacial lake that tends to gather floating icebergs on its shore. This trail passes natural viewpoints with stunning panoramic views of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at Madsen House Museum, the first house built in El Chaltén in 1905.

Today’s hike spans 18 kilometers (11.2 miles) and takes approximately 7 to 8 hours to complete.

Meals provided include breakfast, a box lunch, and dinner.

Choose from our hotel collection in El Chaltén

Day 3: Group Trek to Laguna de Los Tres; Mt Fitz Roy

Trek to the iconic Mount Fitz Roy, experiencing steep trails and breathtaking views. Hike through different landscapes of forests, crystal clear streams and lagoons. You'll reach the Mirador Del Fitz Roy viewpoint for front row views of the towering Mount Fitz Roy.

Return to El Chaltén in the evening.

The hike spans 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) and takes approximately 8 to 9 hours to complete.

Meals provided include breakfast and box lunch.

Choose from our hotel collection in El Chaltén

Day 4: Trek to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado; Transfer to El Calafate

Embark on a moderately challenging hike to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado for panoramic views. The trail to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado winds through lenga forests, rocky terrain, and offers views of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

Later, transfer to El Calafate and enjoy a home-cooked meal at the hotel.

Hike: 8-9 hours, 20km (12.4 miles) through scenic Patagonia.
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, and dinner included.
Accommodation: Choose from our hotel collection in El Calafate.

Day 5: Mayo Spirit Boat & Hike to Perito Moreno Glacier

Experience the captivating Perito Moreno Glacier on a unique day trip, including a boat ride and a walk on the glacier’s walkways and viewpoints. On this cruise, sail close to the ice wall of Perito Moreno Glacier and listen for dramatic crashes as building-sized chunks of ice fall off its sides. Once back on land, walk along boardwalks that give new angles of the mighty glacier.

Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring El Calafate.

Activity: 9 hours
Meals: Breakfast and box lunch
Accommodation: Choose from our hotel collection in El Calafate.

Day 6: Bus Transfer to Puerto Natales, Chile; Afternoon at Leisure

Travel to Puerto Natales, Chile, and enjoy free time to explore the picturesque town. More than just a gateway to Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales is worth visiting for its own sake. Learn about the region’s past at the Municipal Historical Museum and explore a cave that once housed prehistoric slothlike mylodons. Stroll the waterfront and take a seat at Baguales or Basecamp, two favourite pubs that are ideal places to strike up conversations with fellow travellers. Also check out the Braun Blanchard pier and the Arturo Prat main square.

Meet your Torres del Paine Mountain guide for a trek briefing and dinner at a local restaurant.

Transfer: 5-7hrs (depending on border procedures)
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Choose from our hotel collection in Puerto Natales

Day 7: Half-day Lazo-Weber hike; Glamping at Serrano Camp

Embark on a trek through Estancia Lazo, witnessing wildlife and panoramic views. Explore the lesser-known Lazo-Weber hike for stunning views of the full Paine Massif. After a brief stop at Refugio Paine Grande, your group will begin the trek through a zone of strong winds.Continuing through the forest, you will reach one of Torres del Paine's most remarkable viewpoints. This is an incredible opportunity to see the Toro lake, the Serrano Valley and the southern Patagonian Ice field.

Enjoy a deluxe camping experience at Serrano Camp.

Hike: 5hrs, 13.5km (8.4 miles)
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Bell-tent glamping at Serrano Camp

Day 8: Begin W Trek with boat and trek to Glacier Grey; Refugio Paine Grande

Transfer into Torres del Paine National Park and hike to Glacier Grey, experiencing the famous W Trek. Glacier Grey is one of the Torres del Paine park's most iconic sights. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see rivers, lagoons and tunnels of blue-grey glacial ice. The trail starts from the brow of a hill overlooking Lago Grey and continues along the shore of the lake. The path leads to the Grey Lookout viewpoint offering stunning views over the glacier.

Hike: 8hrs, 16-22km (10-13.7 miles)
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Refugio (or camp) Paine Grande

Day 9: Trek the French Valley; Refugio Los Cuernos

Explore the French Valley and continue the W Trek, reaching Refugio Los Cuernos. Trek the middle arm of the W circuit - hiking amidst the French Valley and up the lookout Britanico. The scenery is utterly stunning with skeletal forests in a dried lake bed and boulders looming over you. You will grasp why Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most coveted trekking destinations in the world - and for good reason.

Hike: 8hrs, 23km (14.3 miles)
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Refugio (or camp) Los Cuernos

Day 10: Trek along Lake Nordenskjöld; Camping Chileno

Hike along Lake Nordenskjöld, enjoying panoramic views and spotting wildlife. Experience a trek along Lake Nordenskjold, which boasts a vibrant turquoise color. This hike offers incredible views of the peaks of Almirante Nieto and the Horns of Paine.

Length of hike: 5hrs, 13km (8 miles)
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Camping Chileno or Refugio Torre Central

Day 11: Finalise W Trek to the base of the Towers; Transfer to Puerto Natales

Complete the iconic W Trek with a challenging hike to the base of the towers. The highlight of the W Trek is hiking to the base of the Towers, a stunning lookout point that features three sheer granite spires before a teal-coloured lake.

Transfer to Puerto Natales and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Hike: 7hrs, 14km (8.7 miles)
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Choose from our hotel collection in Puerto Natales

Day 12: End of tour with a transfer to Puerto Natales Airport

Say goodbye to your guide and group members as you’re transferred to Puerto Natales Airport (Aerodromo Teniente Julio Gallardo) for your homebound flight.

Meals: Breakfast

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Highlights

Journey to Iconic Hiking Destinations

We know why you're here - You crave adventure. And nothing screams "adventure" louder than two of South America's most iconic hikes: Mount Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine National Park.

The Allure of Fitz Roy

Fitz Roy stands tall as one of nature’s finest masterpieces; its craggy peaks pierce deep into azure skies while waterfalls plunge down into crystal clear lakes. And let's not forget the panoramic views that'll leave you gasping for breath (not just from the hike). Be warned, though: Fitz Roy doesn’t mess around when it comes to challenging terrain.

Wonders of Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine is a hiker’s paradise. It features jaw-dropping landscapes with glaciers and lakes sitting snugly against granite peaks. Imagine hiking through these scenes on the famous W Trek, a trail so spectacular, your Instagram feed won't know what hit it. Your pulse races as glaciers groan in distant valleys; rivers cascade down mountainsides forming emerald lakes ringed by ancient forests where pumas silently prowl... It’s exhilarating.

Icing on the Cake, Perito Moreno Glacier Visit

You have come this far. We will not let you leave without visiting one of the most iconic sites in all of Patagonia, the majestic Perito Moreno. Millenary ice that is stacked and from time to time decided to crumble. Care for a glass of scotch with glacier ice? When nature calls, you know you are in Patagonia.

1 Trip, 2 Iconic Hikes:

When it comes to Patagonian hiking, these two destinations - Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine - aren't just any places; they’re chapters from an epic tale of adventure that has been unfolding for millennia. And guess what? You're about to write your own thrilling chapter in this grand narrative.

What is included in this trekking tour

  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 boxed lunches, 8 dinners
  • Accommodation: Seven nights in hotels; two nights in refugios or shared (double) tents; one night camping in shared double tents; one night camping in shared (double) bell tents
  • Three hikes in the Los Glaciares National Park with a local mountaineering guide (English-speaking)
  • 4-day W Trek with local mountaineering guide (English speaking)
  • Perito Moreno Glacier excursion including boat trip to face of glacier
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All ground transportation in either private transfer, public bus or by boat
  • Airport transfers (El Calafate/Puerto Natales)
  • English speaking tour leader in Los Glaciares National Park , days 1-6
  • Sleeping bags, mats and tents for your nights when camping and glamping

What is not included in this trekking tour

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal porters
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

Travel tips for visiting Argentina and Chile

For a smooth experience, we suggest spending a night in Buenos Aires or El Calafate before the tour, and a night in Santiago after the tour. If you need assistance with booking your pre or post-tour arrangements, feel free to reach out to us.

The Tour Operator: Voyagers Travel Company Patagonia

Voyagers Travel Patagonia isn't just another travel company. They're like your best hiking buddy who knows exactly where to find those breathtaking views you've always dreamed about. Their expert guides have seen it all, trekked every trail imaginable (and some unimaginable ones), helping them navigate through tricky terrains as if they were their own backyard.

With Voyagers Travel Patagonia leading the way on this expedition, there’s more than just experience on offer; we’re talking support throughout the entire journey. So yes, they’ll be by your side even when that mountain seems too steep or when that hike gets a bit rougher than expected.

At our company, the highest priority is placed on safety. We ensure that all our guided hikes to the base of Fitz Roy and the famous W Trek in Torres del Paine are conducted with the utmost care and precaution.

Our experienced guides are familiar with the area's terrain and weather, guiding you safely through your trek.

In addition, we provide support throughout the journey. Our guides are equipped with first aid kits and communication devices to handle any emergencies that may arise. We also provide detailed briefings before each hike, ensuring that you are well-prepared and informed.

With our safety measures and support, you can focus on enjoying the immersive hiking experiences and creating unforgettable memories in Patagonia.

Accommodation Along the Route

The Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour isn't just about epic trails. It's also about the the amazing locations we will be spending our nights too.

Lodges, refuges and campsites along our route are designed to blend seamlessly into their surroundings, allowing nature to take center stage while still providing essential amenities like warm beds, hot showers and hearty meals – things that make sure you're rested and ready for another day on Patagonian trails.

Camping and Refugio Paine Grande
Camping and Refugio Paine Grande
Patagonia Trekking Camping
Patagonia Trekking Camping
Patagonia Eco Camp – Luxury Domes
Patagonia Eco Camp – Luxury Domes

You have a premium collection to choose from when staying in El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales. There several luxury boutique hotels and other premium options that offer great value.

Sleeping Under The Stars: Campsites

If getting closer to Mother Nature is more up your alley, we've got that covered too. Some nights will be spent under clear southern skies in well-maintained campsites. But don’t let 'campsite' scare you off.

These aren't just any random spots where we throw down sleeping bags - these sites have been chosen because they offer something extra special - whether it's an amazing view or proximity to local wildlife (don’t worry – nothing too wild.).

You might find yourself falling asleep beneath towering peaks or waking up next to turquoise glacial lakes – experiences which amplify not only connection with environment but also instill sense of awe at sheer beauty around us.

Authentique amenities

In both lodges and campsites, care has been taken to provide amenities that make hiking days easier on body and mind. At every stopover point along tour route, travelers can look forward to clean facilities, hot water for showers and even laundry services at some lodges or campsites. And let’s not forget the food – delicious meals prepared with fresh local ingredients will replenish your energy after a day on the trails.

There's also ample space in common areas where you can relax, read or chat with fellow hikers about experiences of day gone by.

Places to stay with a view:

Imagine ending your hiking day in Patagonia by stepping onto the porch of a lodge nestled amidst nature, or sleeping under clear southern skies at our carefully selected campsites. Each stopover along the Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour route offers comfort and amenities like hot showers, hearty meals made from fresh local ingredients, even laundry services. So whether you're unwinding after an exhilarating trek or prepping for tomorrow's adventure, rest assured knowing we've got all your needs covered.

Preparing for Variable Weather Conditions

If you're planning to embark on the Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour, one thing is certain: expect uncertainty in weather conditions. That's right. The region can serve up a cocktail of climates – sunshine, rain, strong winds - sometimes all within an hour.

Remember when we said Patagonia was like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates? You never know what you’re gonna get. So it pays to be prepared for every scenario Mother Nature might throw at us.

Packing with Precision

To stay ahead of the game, smart packing is key.

We're talking about hiking essentials that keep changing weather conditions in mind. We recommend layers - they are a hiker's best friend here.

  • A base layer that wicks sweat away from your skin (think synthetic or merino wool).
  • An insulating middle layer such as fleece jackets which retain heat even when wet.
  • A waterproof outer shell to shield against wind and rain storms.

Fighting Off Windy Woes

The terrain around Fitz Roy can whip up some pretty serious gusts so let's give wind its due respect here too. A sturdy pair of gaiters will protect lower legs while sunglasses help guard eyes against dust particles carried by winds.

Not just any old sunglasses though; polarized ones would do wonders as they reduce glare off water bodies during those sunny intermissions between clouds.

Rain Ready Gear

With sudden showers being common place across Patagonian landscapes, don't forget to pack a reliable rain jacket and waterproof pants. And when we say reliable, we mean the kind that doesn’t just surrender at the first sign of heavy downpour.

Waterproof boots are also crucial – no one likes squelchy socks in the middle of an exhilarating hike. Make sure they're broken-in well before your trip though. Nothing spoils a good trek like blistered feet.

Pack for Adventure: 

Brace yourself for unpredictable weather on the Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour. Pack smartly, remembering layers are key. Include sweat-wicking base layers, insulating middle ones like fleece jackets, and waterproof outer shells. Gaiters protect against gusty winds while polarized sunglasses fend off dust particles. Don't forget to bring reliable rain gear; it's an absolute necessity when dealing with these changeable conditions.

Ensuring Fitness for the Hike

Any seasoned hiker knows that physical preparation is key to conquering challenging terrains. When it comes to the Fitz Roy and a Torres del Paine hiking tour, fitness isn't just a recommendation; it's an essential part of your packing list.

The journey through Patagonia will test both your mental resilience and physical strength. You'll encounter steep inclines, rocky paths, strong winds, unpredictable weather conditions – all while being rewarded with some of nature’s most spectacular sights.

Fitness Requirements: Not For The Faint-hearted

This 12-day adventure demands a good level of fitness from its participants. Designed specifically for experienced hikers who relish pushing their boundaries in pursuit of unique experiences and breathtaking views - this is not a walk in the park.

You don’t need to be an Olympian athlete or mountaineer extraordinaire but do prepare yourself for long daily hikes carrying weighty backpacks over varied terrain. As we say at Voyagers Travel Company, “This trek puts as much emphasis on heartiness as it does on athleticism.”

Hiking Prep: Strengthening Your Stamina And Endurance

To get ready for this expedition you should consider starting endurance training months ahead if possible. Focus especially on cardiovascular exercises like running or cycling that build stamina.

  • Cross-training workouts can help improve muscle balance and prevent injuries.
  • Incorporate hill climbing into your routine since there will be plenty along our route.
  • If you're able to train wearing a loaded backpack then even better. This will let you simulate the actual trek conditions.

And remember, consistency is key. Even small improvements each day will accumulate and pay off when you're tackling those challenging ascents with a spring in your step.

Fueling Your Adventure: Nutrition And Hydration

Eating right, both before and during your hike, can significantly influence how well you perform. It's an essential element to consider.

Preparation is Power:

Fitness and endurance training are vital for the Fitz Roy and Paine hiking tour. You don't need to be an Olympian, but regular cardiovascular exercises, cross-training workouts, hill climbing, and backpack training can make your journey smoother. Don't forget - good nutrition boosts performance.

Tour Reviews

FAQs in Relation to Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine Hiking Tour

How hard is it to climb Fitz Roy?

Climbing Fitz Roy is quite challenging. It demands high endurance, technical climbing skills, and proper acclimatization due to its steep slopes and unpredictable weather.

​​​​​​​Is Torres del Paine hike hard?

 

Torres del Paine offers hikes with varying difficulty levels from easy trails around beautiful lakes to challenging multi-day treks like the famous W Trek or O Circuit that demand good fitness levels.

Is Mt Fitz Roy in Torres del Paine?

No, Mount Fitz Roy isn't located in Torres del Paine National Park. It's situated near El Chalten village in Argentina while Torres del Paine lies across the border in Chile.

How long is the Fitz Roy hike?

The typical round-trip hike to the base of Mt. Fitz Roy takes about 8-10 hours. The distance covered depends on your starting point but usually falls between 20-22 kilometers.

Ready to book ?

What a journey, right? From embracing the challenge of the Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour to savoring iconic landscapes at Torres del Paine. We've tackled challenging terrains under variable weather conditions with Voyagers Patagonia guiding us every step of the way. Restful nights in cozy lodges or campsites replenished our energy for each day's adventure. And let’s not forget about preparing ourselves physically because this isn't your ordinary hike!

The beauty, thrill, and challenges we’ve discussed aren’t just mere words - they're experiences waiting to be lived out there! Are you ready?

Terms and Booking Conditions

To Book this trip you need to give a 30% deposit. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

We accept several payment forms, you can mail a check, pay via wire transfer or through credit card.

 

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