Argentina’s Realm of peaks and Glaciers


Some of the most spectacular peaks on the planet are in Argentina’s Glacier National Park, and our hiker’s journey reveals the very best of this grand-scale paradise, where rivers of ice pour down from the Patagonian Icecap and granite towers soar above the pampas. Our hikes—with two options each day—lead across wild steppes and along azure lakes for extraordinary vistas of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre as well as the park’s exalted glaciers, some of the world’s biggest, and they are a treat for the eyes (and the ears, with their creaks and pops). At our welcoming estancias, including Cristina and Helsingfors, both in superb and incredibly remote locations, you’ll feast on Patagonian fare and enjoy hearty red wine at the end of each fine day of hiking.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Buenos Aires / Los Glaciares National Park

From Buenos Aires, we head to Los Glacieres National Park, where our hiking options bring us to Laguna de los Tres, with views of the jagged pinnacles of Fitzroy (11,703'), and to Laguna Torre, a glacial lake offering jaw-dropping vistas of the slender spire of Cerro Torre (10,280').

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Days 5-7
Estancia Helsingfors / Perito Moreno

Lago Viedma is the setting for exhilarating hikes, including one that brings us to remote Lago Azul, a sublime glacial lake that truly earns its name. We stay at Estancia Helsingfors, a delightful retreat exclusive to our group, where we enjoy great food (delicious roast lamb and fresh-caught trout) and a warm family atmosphere. From Calafate, you’ll get great up-close views of the Perito Moreno Glacier, walk along a boardwalk with phenomenal views of the towering wall of ice and the immense ice field stretching into the distance, and watch huge ice blocks plunge into Lago Argentino.

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Days 8-12
Estancia Cristina / Calafate

From remote Estancia Cristina, surrounded by glaciers and snowy Andean peaks, our hikes bring us up Cerro Carnero for glorious views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and through a fascinating canyon where marine fossils are embedded in the walls. At night we enjoy fine meals and warm hospitality in this estancia at the end of the world. Return to Calafate on Day 11 and depart on Day 12 via Buenos Aires, or join our extensions to Candelaria del Monte Estancia or Iguazú Falls.

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Exhilarating day hikes—with two options a day—to Patagonia’s most celebrated peaks, including Fitzroy and Cerro Torre
Incredible mountain scenery, and an exciting hike with crampons on the Viedma Glacier
Historic estancias and fine lodges—some of them exclusive to our group, and welcoming Patagonian hospitality


Length: 12 days
Cost From: $6295  
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lodging: 6 nights hotels and lodges, 5 nights estancias
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

9 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 2-6 hours a day, altitudes below 5,000 feet

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