Some of the most spectacular mountains on our planet are found in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, home to the sky-piercing peaks of the Fitz Roy massif. Our hiking journey reveals the very best of this grand-scale paradise where rivers of ice pour down from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. With two options most days, we'll hike to azure lakes for stunning vistas of glaciers and the famed spires of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, and we'll visit the massive ice wall of Perito Moreno, one of Argentina's natural wonders. At day's end in our estancias, including renowned Helsingfors and Cristina, with their exclusive locations, we'll celebrate with home-cooked Patagonian fare and fine Argentine wines.
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 1 (1 night)
Located in the heart of the Recoleta neighborhood with its indie boutiques, hip enclaves, and architectural charm, the Palladio Hotel features modern guest rooms, an outdoor heated pool, and a spa and fitness center. The restaurant serves continental breakfast along with Mediterranean cuisine,...
El Chaltén, Argentina
Days 2-4 (3 nights)
Lago Viedma, Argentina
Days 5-6 (2 nights)
El Calafate, Argentina
Day 7 (1 night)
Lago Argentino, Argentina
Days 8-9 (2 nights)
Founded in 1914 as a sheep ranch and surrounded by the wild mountain and glacier scenery of Los Glaciares National Park, Estancia Cristina is accessible only by a boat ride across vast Lago Argentino. This charming place is the last estancia before one reaches the great icefields of the hielo...
El Calafate, Argentina
Day 10 (1 night)
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This trip is rated Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. The hiking will be physically demanding at times (but we do offer shorter hiking options on the two longest hiking days). Most of the hiking takes place below altitudes of 5,000 feet. For the most part, the trails are not overly rugged or difficult, but the approaches and descents can be steep, and the trail conditions rocky or muddy.Please note that your leader may make adjustments to the itinerary and hiking routes, depending on local weather and trail conditions.
We recommend you make a special effort to get in good physical condition for this trip. The better condition you are in, the more you will enjoy your experience. We suggest you begin training several months before departure. Start gradually by doing hikes, running, using a Stairmaster, or riding bikes. The object is to improve your overall aerobic capacity and get your hiking muscles limbered up. Even a brisk 30-45 minute walk every other day over moderately steep terrain can do wonders for your conditioning, and it's a great way to break in your hiking boots.
We time our trips for Patagonia's ideal hiking weather, which is from late November through early March, when we can enjoy the mildest temperatures and 16 hours of daylight. November (spring) is blessed with wildflowers and March (fall) offers the start of spectacular fall foliage. With its deep southern latitude, you might expect Patagonia's weather to be more "polar" than it really is. In fact, the austral summer temperatures are relatively moderate. During Patagonia's summer months (November through March in the Southern Hemisphere), the thermometer rarely drops below 40°F and will usually reach into the high 60s and even low 70s during the day. Nevertheless, the weather is radically changeable. Rain, sleet, and snow can occur at any time -- perhaps just a few hours before or after sunny skies and 70° temperatures.
The enormous, unbroken stretches of ocean to the west and south of the tip of South America leave the Patagonian Andes exposed to strong and persistent winds. Winds circling the globe between latitudes of 40°S and 60°S have little obstruction when they reach the tip of South America. Experiencing these winds is almost inevitable on any Patagonian journey. For most part, you can expect winds of 9 to 13 miles per hour, but they can occasionally gust much higher, quickly "cooling down" an otherwise pleasant day.
There's a saying that in Patagonia that you can experience all four seasons in one day, so be prepared for quickly changing weather. The best defense is proper clothing, and our Pre-Departure Booklet has a detailed list of recommendations for layering. An insulating base layer (top and bottom) beneath your hiking clothes will keep you warm and comfortable. Capilene, fleece, and other synthetic fabrics are excellent choices, as are lightweight wool layers by companies like Patagonia, Icebreaker, and SmartWool.
Our spectacularly located estancias and lodges are a highlight of the trip, and we often have these entire lodges to ourselves. Please remember, though, that rooms in these unique places are not always of uniform or international size. Our Trip Leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. In addition, please note that many hotels and lodges in Patagonia have twin-bedded rooms. Very few have "matrimonial" rooms (rooms with a double bed). While we can request a double-bedded room for you if you ask us well in advance, we cannot guarantee it. Single rooms in Patagonian lodges tend to come in small sizes in exchange for the privacy they afford.
There are some long driving days on this trip, and although we have a very comfortable vehicle, everyone should be prepared for stretches of bumpy road conditions.
"Patagonia is clearly the most spectacular hiking experience I have ever had. It goes to the top of the list. To spend time in such a remote and beautiful place with charming helpful guides was simply awesome."
Blue Bell, PA
"The food and wines were fantastic, and our stays at the estancias were outstanding."
"This trip exceeded out expectations with wonderful hikes and comfortable accommodations."
Palo Alto, CA
"Trip exceeded all expectations! Fabulous scenery, great accommodations and food, amazing guide. Perfect!"
"A wonderful experience that exceeded our expectation. Thank you!"
"Great trip, great trip leader, beautiful lodging, helpful staff, and the wine was great!"
"Really great trip! Everything we expected and more. This was our second WT trip and we'll see you again soon. Thank you!"
"This trip kept bringing amazing scenery. It was hard to know what could follow the fantastic views of Fitzroy, but the next days were amazing, finishing with the icebergs on Lago Argentino and the ice field above Estancia Cristina. And wonderful hikes throughout!"
"Wonderful trip—exceeded expectations."
"This was a totally amazing trip! The locations we stayed at, the hikes, accommodations, scenery, food, our leader, Carlos, the whole itinerary...everything was first rate and an unbelievable experience."
"Sunny days, lack of wind and rain, excellent guides and leader, stupendous scenery, magnificent hikes, great food...what more could we ask for?"
"This was an adventure of a lifetime."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.