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Group Size: Max 16.

Trip code: SAPE

Duration: 14 days

Hike the Torres del Paine National Park
Guided group tour
Breath-taking scenery

Journey into the unknown on this epic 2-week hiking adventure. This fantastic trip takes you deep into the wilderness, showing you things that most travellers never see. Discover the soaring granite peaks of Glacier National Park and spend 3 days hiking in Torres del Paine, home to pristine glaciers and perfect lakes. You’ll follow expert mountain guides and camp overlooking the wonders of Patagonia. You’ll also hit the southernmost city in the world – a bucket-list must.

Please note: You should have a good level of fitness to take part in this trip, as you will spend long days hiking in occasionally challenging terrain.

Trip highlights

  • Head off the beaten tourist track on this epic hiking adventure
  • Explore the vibrant city of Buenos Aires
  • Venture into the stunning surroundings of Glacier National Park
  • Enjoy a 3-day hike in Torres del Paine National Park, seeing mountains, glaciers and vast valleys
  • Hit the southernmost city in the world: Ushuaia
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What's included
  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Full day hike in Glacier National Park
  • Guided tour of Perito Moreno Glacier
  • 3-day hiking excursion in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Expert mountain guides
  • All transport between destinations
  • Two internal flights
  • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: Buenos Aires. Fly into Buenos Aires today and make your way to your hotel in the city. Depending on what time you arrive, you can spend the day exploring Buenos Aires for yourself. Tonight, you’ll meet the rest of your group and your guide at a welcome meeting.

Day 2: Buenos Aires/ El Chaltén. Hop on an included flight south from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, and then take a bus into Glacier National Park. Watch the incredible Andean Mountains sweep by as you journey to El Chaltén, your stop for the evening.

Day 3: El Chaltén. Strap your hiking boots on today as you venture into the heart of Glacier National Park on foot. This full day hike will take you past soaring granite pinnacles and vast lakes, weaving through forest trails and snow-covered slopes. Breakfast included.

Day 4: El Chaltén/El Calafate. Enjoy a free morning to relax after your epic hike yesterday, or if you’re feeling energetic, take an optional boat trip on Viedma Lake to see the gorgeous blue-white Viedma Glacier up close (extra cost). This afternoon, journey south to El Calafate. Breakfast included.

Day 5: El Calafate. More breath-taking scenery today! Enjoy a guided tour of the epic Perito Moreno Glacier, a 197ft wall of ice that forms a natural dam in the Canal de los Tempanos (Iceberg Channel). While here, you can take an optional boat tour along the wall of the glacier itself (extra cost). Breakfast included.

Day 6: El Calafate/Puerto Natales. Journey towards the border of Chile along an unpaved southern road. Spend the evening in the beautiful town of Puerto Natales and get some rest before tomorrow’s hike. Breakfast included.

Day 7-9: Torres del Paine. Enjoy an unforgettable 3-day hike through Torres del Paine National Park. Over 3 days, you’ll follow expert mountain guides and hike to the base of Las Torres, discover the vast French Valley and see the gorgeous Grey Glacier. A truly incredible hiking experience. 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included.

Day 10: Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas. Hop on a bus today and journey south towards Punta Arenas, a colourful city of red-roofed buildings. Relax here and sample the local nightlife with your group. Breakfast included.

Day 11: Punta Arenas/Ushuaia. Cross back into Argentina and continue south towards Ushuaia by a combination of local bus and ferry. Ushuaia is known as ‘the end of the earth’, as it is the southernmost city in the world. Relax after your journey with a few drinks with your group. Breakfast included.

Day 12: Ushuaia. Enjoy a free day to explore this unique southern city. Optional activities in the area include a channel cruise to Island Martillo, hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park, and more. Breakfast included.

Day 13: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires. Head to the airport and fly back north to Buenos Aires. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore this vibrant city. Breakfast included.

Day 14: Buenos Aires. Your tour ends this morning. Time to say goodbye to your group and head to the airport to fly home or on to your next travelling adventure. Alternatively, you could stick around and enjoy some solo travel time around Argentina. Breakfast included.

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Arrival information

Your tour begins in Buenos Aires on day 1. You can arrive at any time but we recommend arriving beforre 5pm so that you can attend the welcome meeting that evening.. An arrival transfer from the airport is not included. A taxi into the city takes about 45 mins and costs approximately USD45.

Please note, we can also arrange a private transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.

The tour ends in Buenos Aires on day 14. You can depart at any time. A return airport transfer is not included, but is easy to arrange.

Accommodation & meals

13 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. 11 nights will be spent in hotels and 2 nights will be spent camping in shared tents in Torres del Paine National Park.

13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included on this trip. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to experience South American culture by sampling local cuisine. We recommend budgeting around £300-400 for food and drinks not included.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this group trip is 18. This is an open-aged trip.

All countries require a valid passport with a minimum of 6-months validity. You should contact your local embassy for current visa requirements for the countries visited during this trip.

You should have a good level of fitness to take part in this trip, as you will spend long days hiking in occasionally challenging terrain.

Physical Rating: Demanding. Some activities on this trip will require a good level of fitness.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.