Untamed Patagonia


Exploring & conserving a wild frontier

Untamed Patagonia


Group | 11 Days | Moderate to Rigorous Touring and Hiking
  • Hike through remote, gorgeous mountain scenery to the famous Fitz Roy peaks
  • Cross from Chile to Argentina by foot and boat
  • Nights at charming, isolated wilderness lodges
  • Support conservation in the future Patagonia National Park
  • Group is limited to 10 travelers

After decades of traveling to the southern tip of the Americas, we thought it impossible to get any farther off the grid. Until we did. This adventure takes us into the impressively remote Aysén region to explore a national park in the making, where we learn about efforts to protect vulnerable ecosystems, recover endangered species, and support local communities. We hike across the Chile-Argentina border where there are no roads, luxuriate in a wonderfully isolated lodge set on a pristine alpine lake, and spend time in the presence of the Fitz Roy peaks.

Giving Back

A portion of your trip cost contributes directly to Conservación Patagónica, the group responsible for creating the future Patagonia National Park. This is just one of the organizations that GeoEx supports through our Giving Back program.

ITINERARY


Merlin was welcoming, patient, prepared (always prepared!), flexible...the list goes on! He was simply excellent.

– Allison S.
Day
1–2

After a night in Santiago, we fly to the sparsely populated Aysén region and make the scenic drive to Chacabuco Valley and its elegant eco-lodge.

Day
3–4

Hikes in the future Patagonia National Park take us past guanacos to stunning mountain vistas Friends at Conservación Patagónica discuss their efforts to protect ecosystems and support local communities.

Day
5

The lonely Carretera Austral leads us along alpine valleys, rivers, and a few farmsteads to the frontier town of Villa O'Higgins, where the road ends.

Day
6–7

Boat across turquoise Lago O’Higgins and follow wooded trails into Argentina Enchanting Lago del Desierto is our base for accessing little-traveled trails among beautiful peaks and glaciers.

Day
8

We descend into the town of El Chaltén by boat, vehicle, and foot, and if energy permits, hike to Laguna de los Tres for more wonderful summit views.

Day
9–11

Ambling among the spiky Fitz Roy peaks, we ascend through native lenga forest into high alpine terrain Fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires and depart.

Day
11–15

The optional Torres del Paine extension travels via Perito Moreno Glacier to Chile for hiking and wildlife watching among colossal massifs, glaciers, and gnarled Magellanic trees Fly home via Santiago.

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Meet Your trip leader

Merlin Lipshitz

Living most of his life in El Chaltén, Merlin has been a mountaineer since age 15. He has done countless expeditions on the Patagonian Ice Cap and climbed the Bolivian Andes, Yosemite's El Capitan, Mont Blanc, and more.

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Departures Magazine

“Figuring out Patagonia’s complex logistics requires the help of an outfitter...[Geographic Expeditions] is an ideal choice for an out-there destination because of its risk-management program, with security and emergency assistance built into every trip.” –Departures magazine, which explored this region with the assistance of GeoEx

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Dates & Prices


Dates

2/21/18 – 3/3/18   (trip ends 3/7 with optional Torres del Paine extension)

Pricing

From $8975 per person (Group Trip)

Internal airfare (economy class): $600–$700 per person

Optional Torres del Paine extension: $3975 per person

 

Inclusions:

  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of a GeoEx trip leader, local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • Some gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

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