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Making Tracks in Patagonia

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Date:
November 10-23, 2018

Price:
CMC Members: $4915
Non-Members: $5407

Deposit: $975

 

Trip Overview

Our trip starts in Punta Arenas, the southern-most city on earth. We will have a day in Punta Arenas to recover from our long flight and do a little sightseeing of the town. The next day we take a guided boat excursion to the islands of Magdalena and Marta to view sea lions and one of the major colonies of Magellanic penguins, about 120,000 birds.

From there we make our way to Torres del Paine National Park for a five-day trek on the famous “W” route, named for the shape the route makes. Trekking in Torres del Paine National Park – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1978 – is a hugely rewarding experience. We will hike along sapphire-colored lakes highlighted with gleaming white icebergs, trek to the base of the impressive Torres del Paine, and see wildlife ranging from Andean condors to guanacos.  We will stay in refugios (mountain huts) each night where you can buy drinks, have hot meals and hot showers.

We will also have three days of hiking in Los Glaciares National Park, part of the third-largest ice cap in the world. Here we will take in the majesty of the Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy, while watching glaciers calve into high alpine lakes. For this part of the trip we will stay in a small B&B each night in El Chaltén and take guided day hikes, using local guides that are required by the national park for group sizes greater than 6. 

We will also have the opportunity on this trip to take a guided roped glacier trek, with crampons and ice axes, on the Grey Glacier in Torres del Paine National Park, observing up close and personal crevasses, rivers, lagoons and tunnels in different tones of blue, and view by boat the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s few non-retreating glaciers.

Accommodations

All nights will be spent at refugios (mountain huts), hosterias (hotels), or pensions (B&Bs), and all with hot showers. All accommodations will be a shared double room (in all hotels/B&Bs and otherwise where available) or dormitory.

Activities / Difficulty

Prerequisites for the trip are very good physical conditioning, the ability to hike 84+ miles in 8 days with 17,000+ feet of vertical gain and an ongoing, regular, conditioning program.

 

Trip Leader: Denise Snow

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