Spectacular Hikes in Parque Patagonia and Chile’s Undiscovered Aysén

Special Event!

A special variation of this itinerary is part of our Patagonia! Epic Climbers and Conservationists Symposium and Tour Program in Nov-Dec 2018, featuring renowned Guest Speakers Kris Tompkins, Alex Honnold, Conrad Anker, and Rick Ridgeway.


Be among the first to hike the pristine trails of Parque Patagonia, the gem of northern Patagonia’s wild Aysen region. With Trip Leader extraordinaire Rob Noonan, we’ll explore this wilderness of stunning mountains, tumbling glaciers, golden pampas, and powder-blue lakes, all shaped by the forces of the Patagonian Ice Field. Chile’s Parque Patagonia was created through the vision of Conservación Patagónica, led by the late American philanthropist Doug Tompkins (founder of The North Face) and his wife Kristine Tompkins (former CEO of the Patagonia clothing company). Since its creation, the park has been hailed as “South America’s Yellowstone” for its epic landscapes and resurgent numbers of native wildlife, from massive herds of guanacos to pumas, flamingos, and soaring condors. This staggeringly beautiful part of Patagonia is still undiscovered, and your visit will help support one of the world’s pioneering conservation efforts. Our second base for adventure will be a lodge on the shores of mountain-ringed Lago General Carrera, Chile’s largest lake, where we’ll kayak in the surreal “Marble Caverns” and travel by jet boat to remote trailheads for hikes to the magnificent ice walls of Patagonian glaciers. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime journey that will engage you in the sheer beauty of wild nature!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Balmaceda / Parque Patagonia

Meeting in the outpost of Balmaceda, we head into the wild Aysén region, named one of 2017’s “Top 10 Must Visit” regions by Lonely Planet. Exhilarating day hikes bring us deep into Parque Patagonia on the Aviles, Lagunas Altas, and Furioso trails, and we look for native wildlife, including guanacos and condors. The challenging Lagunas Altas trail was named one of “Patagonia’s Best Five Treks.”

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Days 5-7
Lago General Carrera / Calving Glaciers

From our lakeside lodge on glacier-fed Lago General Carerra, a 700-square-mile body of intensely blue waters shared by Chile and Argentina, thrilling rides by jet boat whisk us across this spectacular lake to our trailheads, avoiding long drives. Our hikes to massive calving glaciers bring incredible views, including the icefall of the Northern Patagonia Ice Field.

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Days 8-9
Coyhaique / Balmaceda

By kayak, we explore the Marble Caverns, a natural wonder of fantastic caves, pillars, and tunnels accessible only by boat on Lago General Carrera. We paddle right into these marvelous geological formations, the result of 6,000 years of artful carving by the lake’s waters. Overnight in Coyhaique and depart via Balmaceda on Day 9.

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Hike the wild, untraveled mountains of Parque Patagonia, South America’s newest national park
Learn about the conservation practices that helped create this unique park
See Patagonia’s wildlife, from herds of guanacos to flamingos and soaring condors
Cross cobalt-blue Lago General Carrera by jet boat to hike on the ice fields of the Patagonian Ice Cap
Enjoy cozy mountain lodges that keep you close to the hiking trails


Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5495  
Arrive: Balmaceda, Chile
Depart: Balmaceda, Chile
Lodging: 8 nights lodges
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

7 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 2-6 hours a day, altitudes below 5,000 feet, extreme winds and sudden changes in weather may affect the final itinerary