Mt. Fitzroy, Argentina.

Classic Patagonia Treks

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Trip code: 
TAF
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
18
Group size:
4–16

Patagonia's best trekking in Torres del Paine and the Fitzroy Massif

Experience breathtaking landscapes within two classic Patagonian trekking regions on both sides of the Chile/Argentina border. Challenging walks are rewarded with majestic views of lagoons, mountains and glaciers. See guanacos grazing and Andean condors circling overhead, visit the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, and find sheer tranquillity in the beautiful wilderness surrounding Lago San Martin. An essential trip for trekking enthusiasts that reveals the stunning glory of nature’s southern American wonderland.

A number of changes are being made to this product for travel after the 1st January 2018. The trip in 2018 will no longer include 2 nights at Estancia El Condor. Instead it will include an extra night in El Calafate and the other inside Torres del Paine National Park. Please click here to view the 2018 trip.

Highlights

  • Stunning treks amongst the granite peaks of Torres del Paine National Park and the Fitzroy Massif
  • Visit Perito Moreno Glacier and watch huge icebergs calving from the glacier into Lake Argentino
  • Remote farmhouse stay at Lago San Martin
  • Chance to get up close to the ice on an optional Viedma Glacier excursion

Key information

  • 8 days walking
  • Light backpacking necessary
  • Good fitness required
  • Altitude maximum 900m, average 200m
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 18yrs
  • 7 nights hotels (5 for land only bookings), 3 nights refugios (dormitories), 2 nights estancia (shared rooms)

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Internal flights for Land Only bookings
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths

Day by day breakdown
Day 46.0km/3.0miles
Day 519.0km/11.0miles
Day 624.0km/14.0miles
Day 711.0km/6.0miles
Day 918.0km/11.0miles
Day 1015.0km/9.0miles
Day 118.0km/4.0miles
Day 1216.0km/9.0miles

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1

  • Day 2

    Arrive Buenos Aires; walking city tour.

    Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Buenos Aires. Our local leader will meet us today for a briefing and take us on a short walking tour of the city, discovering its wealth of history and culture. The evening is free for you to choose one of the many excellent restaurants, most serving the legendary Argentine steaks!

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 3

    Fly to El Calafate; visit Perito Moreno Glacier.

    Flight inclusive bookings will have arrived into Buenos Aires on the previous day and taken to the centrally located hotel by the tour leader before having a short city tour and opportunity for an evening out exploring the city. Flight inclusive bookings include internal flights from Buenos Aires down to El Calafate today.

    Today we'll drive the short distance out of El Calafate to visit the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier. One of the most famous geological sights in the world, the Perito Moreno glacier is one of only a few glaciers that grows and shrinks with seasonal fluctuations. It calves into Lake Argentino and sometimes part of the lake becomes land-locked depending upon the position of the ice. Every so often it is possible to see (and hear) huge lumps of ice break off and fall into the lake and then float away as icebergs.

    As there is an early morning start tomorrow we suggest sorting your luggage tonight and preparing a smaller bag that you will carry throughout the next 4 days of trekking in Chile. We have an agreement with the hotel in El Calafate that means excess luggage can be left securely until your return - the tour leader will give further details and assistance. Everything that you bring with you to Chile you will need to carry yourself on the treks.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Torres del Paine in Chile; trek to first refugio.

    This morning we start early with a 6:30am bus to Chile. This is a long but scenic journey crossing the Andean border that starts out on the Argentine plateau and emerges in the stunning Chilean landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park. At the Lago Amarga entrance to the park we will meet our local guide who will join us for the next 4 days to provide expert guidance and insight. After a short transfer to the Las Torres area, our walking starts straight away as we trek for approx. 2 hours up towards our destination refugio.

    The walk is fairly steep with fantastic views looking back on to lake Nordenskjöld, and the enchanting trail continues through Lenga forest and offers views on a clear day of the surrounding granite peaks. Weather and underfoot conditions will of course determine the timings of our progression throughout today's trek and the same applies to all other days as the conditions are variable and unpredictable in this part of the world.

    Trekking time: Approximately 2 hours. Distance: 5.5km

    Note: Depending upon timings today and conditions it may be possible to continue onwards up to the Base of the Towers viewpoint. The tour leader will decide whether or not this should be done today instead of tomorrow morning.
    Refugio

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Trek to base of Las Torres viewpoint and then to Los Cuernos.

    Onwards and upwards we trek to one of the most impressive highlights of the park - the 'base of the towers'. A lakeside viewpoint from where you will look upon Torre Sur (2,850m), Torre Central (2,800m), Torre Norte (2,600m) and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. We descend back down the valley towards the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and then follow the edge of the lake on flatter and easier terrain to reach 'Los Cuernos' (the horns), considered by many to be one of the most charming sites in the whole park, a perfect spot to rest in our refuge enjoying a hot meal and a well earned drink.

    Trekking time: Approximately 9 hours. Distance: 19km.

    Note: To and from the refugio to the base of the towers is an 8 km round-trip (4 hours) whereby you can leave your bag at the refugio. From here to Los Cuernos is a long flat 11 km stretch (4/5 hours) and you'll be carrying your rucksack.
    Refugio

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Trek to Valle Frances and on to Paine Grande.

    Another long day of trekking lies ahead as we venture into the French Valley. The first 2 hours involve some ascents and descents with views of Nordenskjöld Lake accompanying us until reaching 'Campamento Italiano'. Here you can leave your backpack (unattended) at the campsite if you wish, enabling you to walk the next part of the trek empty handed (keep valuables with you). The slight ascent lasts for about 1 and a half hours until French Glacier lookout, where we’ll be able to observe an impressive hanging glacier and listen out for the rumbling noises of small avalanches as great chunks of ice and snow fall off. The trail does continue until 'Campamento Británico' and on to another lookout point 'Mirador Britanico', but note that how far the group will walk up into the valley is dependant upon weather conditions, timings, and the condition of the group - the decision will be taken by the local guide who will walk with us whilst in the National Park. Occasionally some groups may have full-service camping tonight instead of staying in the refugio dormitories - see accommodation section.

    We return back down along the valley to Campamento Italiano and continue our walk onwards past the shore of the smaller Lake Skottsberg and into the Pehoé sector of the park. We arrive in the late afternoon to the inviting and idylic site of 'Paine Grande' refugio and can spend the evening gazing upon the clear night skies or relaxing in the on-site bar.

    Trekking time: Approximately 10 hours. Distance: 24km

    Note: This is the trek distance if reaching the very end of Valle Frances, often we only go as far as one particular viewpoint due to the weather and/or group condition. The total walking distance for today thefore becomes 17 km.
    Refugio/Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Trek to Glacier Grey viewpoint; catamaran and bus transfer to El Calafate.

    Today we will start early in order to see the third and final of the 'W-Trek' highlights - the Grey Glacier.This is a round trip to a lookout over Lake Grey that will end back at Refugio Paine Grande, so we can leave our bags and just carry any essentials with us. The trail goes along the western side of the Paine Massif with views to Lake Grey and various mountains. After about one and a half hours we will reach the lookout point and enjoy views of the Grey Glacier in the distance. We return by the same route back to Pehoé Lake from where we will take the Catamaran across the Lake to Pudeto sector. A bus will take us from here on the short drive to the park entry point at Laguna Amarga, and here we will board our transfer vehicle to Calafate (approx. 5/6 hours). After driving through beautiful scenery on our way out of the park (keep an eye out of the window for pumas!) we cross the border once more into Argentina and arrive late evening into the town of Calafate.

    Trekking time: Approximately 4 hours. Distance: 11km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Transfer to El Chalten; optional Viedma Glacier excursion or free afternoon.

    In the morning we will transfer approx 3 hours to the small mountain town of El Chalten that will be our base for walking in the Fitzroy region. After arriving, the rest of the day is free to relax. Alternatively, for those who wish, there is the chance to get up close to the ice on an optional excursion to the Viedma Glacier; your tour leader will help you to arrange it (the cost is approximately USD 160). We spend the night in El Chalten at a simple and friendly hosteria.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    To Los Glaciares National Park; trek in Fitzroy Massif up to Laguna de Los Tres.

    This morning we start with a short 30 minute bus journey on the edge of Los Glaciares National Park to our start point at El Pilar from where we will commence our trekking in the stunning Fitz Roy region. We follow the trail leading to Poincenot Camp, along the way enjoying views of Piedras Blancas Glacier and Fitz Roy if the weather conditions are clear. From Poincenot we then continue onwards to reach 'Laguna de los Tres', involving a steep ascent to reach a wonderfully scenic spot from which to relax and take photos of the Fitzroy Massif. We descend back down from the viewpoint and walk back down from the mountains to eventually reach the town of El Chalten on foot.

    Trekking Time: Approximately 8/9 hours. Distance 18km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    Trek to Torres Glacier and Cerro Torre viewpoint; return on foot to El Chalten.

    Today we will trek into a beautiful valley and make our way toward the stunning Torre glacier viewpoint. If time permits, we might be able to continue on to the Maestri Lookout at Laguna Torre (this 4km section of the walk can get very windy) before walking back to El Chalten.

    Trekking time: Approximately 7/8 hours. Distance: 15km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Transfer to estancia at Lago San Martin; afternoon walk.

    This morning we take a bus to a remotely located estancia (approx. 5 hour drive), stopping en route to take photos of the stunning scenery. Upon arrival in this very special place we'll have some lunch and spend the afternoon walking in the area, including a visit to Lago San Martin. Overnight at Estancia.

    Trekking time: Approximately 3 hours. Distance: 8km.

    Note: The walk taken this afternoon in the wilderness that surrounds the estancia depends upon what our local guide and expert at the estancia decides upon.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Full day trekking to Laguna Corazon in Lago San Martin area.

    Today we’ll follow the Condor River for around 3 hours, exploring deeper into secluded and sublime Patagonian landscapes full of colourful forests and rocky mountainsides. At the foot of Cerro Astillado, at a height of 759 metres above sea level, we’ll reach the turquoise waters of Laguna Corazon. After a packed lunch on the shores of the lake we’ll make our way back towards the estancia, enjoying spectacular panoramic views of Lago San Martin along the way.

    Trekking time: Approximately 8 hours. Distance: 16km.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Transfer to El Calafate; fly to Buenos Aires.

    After breakfast we will transfer by road down to El Calafate airport. This is quite a long journey and we allow approx. 5/6 hours in order to arrive on time for the afternoon flight to Buenos Aires.

    For Land Only bookings – the trip ends at El Calafate airport and the internal flights are not included in the price of the trip.

    For Flight Inclusive bookings – we fly up to Buenos Aires and transfer to the same hotel in the centre of the city. The evening is free to reflect upon a wonderful trip and enjoy one more night in Argentina. Tomorrow after breakfast there is a group transfer to the international airport.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Depart Buenos Aires.

    Transfer to the airport for your international flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Extend Your Trip

Iguazu Falls Extension

Code: XAF

To the far North East of Argentina, boarding Brazil lies the magnificent falls of Iguazu (or Iguassu).  Add four additional days to your trip to experience this awe-inspiring sight. Staying on the Argentinian side you will have the opportunity to wander around this UNESCO World Heritage National Park packed full of flora and fauna. In the heart of the park you will find the cascading waters. This spectacular waterfall is not to be missed. You can also get up close to the falls by taking a boat trip as an optional extra.

The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

It is possible to upgrade to premium accommodation- please call for details. 

Essential Info

Visas

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

No visa required for holders of British passport.

If you are crossing the border into Argentina from Chile on your trip, we will need to know your profession in order to provide when entering Argentina.

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows: Australians - US$100 (multiple entry) Canadians - US$75 (single entry) This fee must be paid before you enter Argentina. For full details, and to make the payment, please visit: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes

Chile

British, most European and most other nationalities, including Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders, do not require visas. All other nationalities should contact the nearest Chilean Embassy if in doubt. Citizens of Australia pay a fee on first entry into Chile by air (cash US Dollars only, no credit cards or cheques) $95 - valid for only 90 days). There is no fee for other nationalities at the time of writing. The one-time charge is valid for the life of your passport so keep the stub stapled in.

Vaccinations

Argentina

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers in Argentina, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever is also a known risk in Argentina. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Due to a recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Misiones province of Argentina, vaccinations are strongly recommended if you intend to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit www.exodus.co.uk/zika‐virus‐q‐a .

Chile

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style and are included. The accommodation in Torres del Paine will arrange packed lunches for days when we are trekking. There is a variety of good quality food on offer in local restaurants and cafes usually for relatively low prices (although the refuge that we stay in for the standard itinerary in Torres del Paine is the exception as facilities here are limited).  Please advise us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements. Vegetarians are catered for throughout the trip, but gluten free diets can be hard to cater for in this part of the world - you may wish to bring supplementary food items. 

Weather

Since Argentina is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of those which we experience in Europe. Trips to Patagonia are organised between October and April to take advantage of the longer, warmer days. During these months the summer temperatures in Buenos Aires reach a maximum of 35ºC, in Calafate around 22ºC and in the extreme south around 19ºC. These are maximum figures, and the average can be taken as being somewhat lower; night time temperatures in Patagonia and the south will certainly be very much colder than this, and in some cases freezing. It can be extremely windy and it can rain at any time of year. The chart below for Punta Arenas is fairly representative of standard conditions for the areas visited on the trip. There are two distinct seasons at the Iguazu Falls - the summer is hot and humid with average temperatures in the mid-20s, but in winter it can be surprisingly cool, with an average daily temperature of 15ºC. It is mostly sunny, but rains are quite common in spring and summer.

Buenos Aires

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 5 (Challenging) This is a trek where it is preferable to have experience of long walks in varied and irregular terrain. The walking is not dangerous or technically difficult, but you must be a confident walker with a good level of fitness in order to manage the sections of ascent and long duration of the treks, combined with carrying your backpack on most days. Due to the unpredictability of the climate in southern Patagonia, you will need to be prepared for walking in all conditions, as the weather can change extremely rapidly, making clothing and footwear choices important. There is a rest day scheduled in the itinerary for the day in El Chalten, and the last few days will involve less intense walking in the Lago San Martin area, but otherwise it is quite a trekking-heavy itinerary. The regions we visit on the trip are very remote and you should be prepared to spend time in areas where facilities and services are limited. Roads are mostly unpaved and although well-maintained they can be bumpy and dusty. Walking hours stated are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. There are several days where you have to carry all of your belongings with you on the trek (see 'What to Take' section, and daily itinerary text for details) so it is recommended that you pack lightly and are happy walking with a bag. Please see the introductory pages of the trekking holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading. You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & Refugios

7 nights hotels (5 for land only bookings), 3 nights refugios (dormitories), 2 nights estancia (shared rooms depending upon number of people in group).

We use comfortable and welcoming small hotels when staying in towns in the south of Argentina. Within Torres del Paine in Chile we will stay in ‘Refugios’ located within the national park along the trails. They are sociable places, and have all the amenities we will need; including hot showers, food, drink, and comfortable bunk beds with bedding provided in dormitory style rooms.

For the 3 nights staying in refugios within Torres del Paine National Park, it has become increasingly common for these properties overbook themselves and inform us at late notice that our groups will be camping as opposed to staying in the dormitories. In these instances they each have adjoining campsites and tents are pre-erected for us, with all equipment (including sleeping bags) included. Anyone who has paid a single supplement is able to have a single tent, and others will be on a twin share basis as per the hotel rooming on the rest of the trip. Meals are all still included in the refugios, and sleeping under the stars certainly has its perks in this part of the world. We may not necessarily be able to tell you in advance of travel whether or not your group will be camping. If you have any concerns about this then do get in touch with us.

The accommodation at Estancia El Condor is in a remote farmhouse located in an idyllic setting next to Lago San Martin. We will have the whole house for the group, some rooms with 3 or 4 beds and other rooms with 2 beds. All rooms have a private bathroom.

For those booking Flight Inclusive, this includes 2 nights in Buenos Aires (at the start and end of the trip) where we use an international style hotel in a central and safe area of Buenos Aires.

Single accommodation can be booked for the hotel nights but doesn't apply to the 3 nights in refugios, and cannot be guaranteed at the estancia.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed January 2017
    Paul Shah

    Patagonia is a unique place

    The Patagonian landscape is unique - varying from arid semi-desert, turquoise blue glacier lakes and white granite mountains. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone with an interest in trekking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The ice trek on the Viedma Glacier was a particular highlight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Exodus excel in finding good local partners, and in particular Pepe was a standout leader for the group - excellent communication skills, cheerful and affable, and really looked after us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is no portering in Torres Del Paine, so think carefully about packing (it is easy to overpack) - base layers, socks, fleece, waterproofs (I used the waterproof as a windbreak over the fleece and didn't take a down jacket) and water bottle are essentials and a travel towel is very useful too. Leave space at the top of your rucksack to delayer when it gets sunny. Personally, I found a 25 litres pack enough but some trip members took 35 litre packs. You can leave the rest of your luggage for the other treks in the hotel in El Calafate.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Please be aware the glacier trek runs depending on weather conditions (no rain, not too much wind).
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Emma Thomson

    Classic Patagonia

    This trip was fantastic! Even though we didn't see many of the most famous views due to the cloud (there's always an element of luck where mountain weather is involved) it was still an awe inspiring place. The mountain scenery was dramatic and atmospheric in the mist and the lakes in Torres del Paine were the most beautiful shades of blue and turquoise that changed in the light. No two days of walking were the same, the landscape was varied and we never tired of seeing another glacier or the condors soaring above us again.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It would be impossible to pick just one! The mountains appearing and disappearing through the mist in the French Valley was eerie and beautiful. Seeing the lenticular clouds forming above Los Cuernos also sticks in the mind. But I think my favourite moment was at the estancia when we hiked up to a ridge where the condors nested and saw them soar beneath where we were standing. I could've watched them all day! And the even without the condors the view of Lago San Martin from the ridge was stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pepe was fantastic... His knowledge about the region was impressive and his enthusiasm and passion for trekking were inspiring. He obviously spent a lot of time making sure everything was organised for us and the trip ran smoothly, though he did this so discretely it would've been easy not to notice. Pepe made sure that everyone got what they wanted out of their trip, whether that was to take it slow, soak in the scenery and take lots of pictures, or to set a more challenging pace. And because we were always with local guides no one was unaccompanied. But most importantly Pepe was brilliant fun, we had a great laugh!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The packing instructions seemed a bit complex but you should take a holdall or pack with all your gear, then when you go to Torres del Paine to do the point to point trek you can leave this behind securely and only bring what you need for the W-trek in a smaller back pack (~30L-40L capacity). Prepare for all weathers and heed the advice to wear layers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was initially worried about joining the group on my own but after the first evening any worry I had was forgotten. We all got on well and everyone was really inclusive. Finally, although all the local guides who joined us for certain parts of the trip were fantastic, Sarah and Camilla who were our guides in Torres Del Paine were particularly fantastic! Much like Pepe they were enthusiastic both about the place they worked and about Treking. And they were brilliant fun.
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Ashita Patel

    Classic Patagonia Treks

    The breath taking landscapes/views, whether you were sitting in the bus or hiking. Don’t forget to look up!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Las Torres from a distance as we were driving into Chile and then actually getting to the base . It was same feeling when I saw and climbed to the base of Mount Fitzroy.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Xavier was everything that you want in a guide and more. He was knowledgeable, organised, very friendly, accommodating, possibility the most patient and considerate guide I have met! Our other guides, Paula and Sebastian, were equally excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes are confusing, as my fellow hikers have suggested, - Activity Level of 5 is very valid and nothing to do the accommodation nor the fact that you need to carry you stuff for a few days as suggested by the guy I spoke to in Sales. - you definitely need a bigger pack, max 40L, rather than a day pack - you will have to carry kit in your pack for all weathers so layer up. We had good weather but it did include sunshine, rain, snow and lots of wind - Essentials to pack, definitely bring a pair of flipflops/jandles/tongs/crocks, pain killers, dry bags - ATMs are rare so load-up with dollars

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't be put of my the long hikes, the views are so worth the effort. At the end of the hike there is usually a cold beer or nice glass of wine to look forward.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Jayne Potter

    Fitzroy and Paine

    A stunning trek in the Torres del Paine of Chile and the Fitzroy region of Argentina. As the trip notes suggest you will not be disappointed with the landscape and views within the two regions visited. We were really lucky with the weather and managed to see all the breath taking aspects possible.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the various viewpoints and standing in front of the most awe inspiring backdrops one could never really imagine you could be so lucky to see.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Xavier was outstanding in all areas. He was constantly helping us to understand the history and geology aspects of Argentina. Xavier was supported by local guides like Paula in Chile who was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Torres del Paine National Park. Her passion for Chile and the environment was infectious and helped you to enjoy the trek even more.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be careful with the itinerary. You definitely need a winter back pack, not a day sack. I suggest 30-35L You will have to carry full waterproofs, an extra layer, a large pack lunch, 1 litre of water and a change of clothes with the tiniest amount of extras you can get away with: e.g. travel towel for a shower. The first day is at least 12 hours long unless the itinerary is changed. The distance is 30 km, not 24 km as given in the trip notes. The second day is more like 8 hours, not 7 hours and we were not a slow group. The refuges are basic and you will need something on your feet to walk around in on arrival. Some dormitories were mixed. Take a large holdall as luggage that you find easy to carry and you can get into for finding gear. You will do a lot of packing and unpacking at each section of the trip. Make sure you have a waterproof stuff sack for the porters. The porters will only carry 3 kg of gear, which is not much. They also only porter for one day unless you pay them extra. You have one easier day and an optional day. You will probably want fresh shirts and a pair of casual trousers for this section.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't be put off by the length of distance being covered. The overall experience outweighs the demanding itinerary. The trip is fantastic but be prepared.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Helen Gentles

    Classic Patagonia Treks

    A fantastic trip which I would have given 5 stars until we had major delays with our return flight. The scenery is stunning and the walking excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Numerous moments but seeing Mount Fitz Roy for the first time was very special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Xavier was a first class leader who looked after us all very well. He was very knowledgeable and had developed good relations with people wherever we stayed so the trip ran very smoothly. The local guides were also excellent. Paula in Chile deserves a special mention as she was outstanding.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You never need to carry all your luggage on a hike. I had a 36L day pack which was just ok, perhaps 40L would have been ideal. Take a travel towel for a couple of the refugios.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The first day's hike took us 12 hours so was a tough start. As Andrea has said, we felt that an extra day in Torres del Paine would have been beneficial. I won't be flying with Air Europa again. Our return flight was cancelled, we were taken to a hotel but then pretty much left in the dark - finally flew out 60 hours later.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Andrea Kolatchew

    Classic Patagonian Treks

    This is a physically demanding but very rewarding holiday which takes you to a beautiful part of the world.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The remote Estancia El Condor, located on Lago San Martin, was a sensational final location.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Xavier Espil was excellent, very committed to his country and patient in trying to provide for all the needs of the group. As well as completing the physically arduous treks with us, he had to organize a series of guides in specific places and he seemed to have good relationships with many people (drivers,guides, hoteliers,etc.) who contributed to the success of the trip. He went out of his way to make all the details work. I really liked the way he took care of individual tips from a kitty - this is often not handled well, in my experience, but he worked it out in a fair manner on our behalf.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is a lot of packing and repacking to do, a sensible day pack is necessary (30 litres seemed to be about right). Keep your head torch with you, as it is necessary in the refugios and on the camping night. Bring enough US Dollars to be generous with tips and to be able to have coffee and extra meals. The ATM's are often not working. Tourism (money) is essential to enable these remote areas to sustain viable programs.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The group I was in thought that an extra day doing the Torres Del Paine (W Trek) section would have been desirable, as we were all a bit stunned after the first 13 hour, 30Km day. Most of the inconvenient injuries , (knees and feet) started from that day. An extra day would still make the trek within the 2 week holiday window.
  • Reviewed January 2016
    Nicola Baillie

    Fabulous trip to Fizroy and Paine

    This was my third Exodus trip and definitely the best yet. Beautiful scenery - really stunning, excellent group leader (Pepe) and brilliant group - we had lots of laughs together. The weather was perfect, allowing for lots of WOW moments as the views unfolded. This trip was a really nice mix of what felt like 'proper walking', according to my own personal definition (!) and more relaxed days and roughing it a bit in Refugios/ camping and staying in hotels. The steak and red wine is also a highlight!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views in the French Valley, Torres del Paine.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pepe was an excellent group leader - really part of the group and we had lots of laughs with him. He was kind and patient, looked after us really well, made sure everything ran smoothly. Even carried people's bags for them if they were struggling!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I think the trip notes for this trip are a bit misleading/ confusing - they were a standing joke on our trip! They have been revised but I think are still a bit confusing. Luggage At no point to you have to carry everything. The 2 main walks are 3 days in Torres del Paine in Chile (staying over night in refugios) and 2 days in Fitzroy, Argentina (1 night camping). The trip leaves straight from Calafate airport to Torres Del Paine - pack your bags so that you can leave most stuff in Calafate and just bring enough for the 3 days walk/ overnights in Refugios. On day one in Torres del Paine the majority of your kit is tranferred to the next Refugio by porters, so you only have to carry what you need for the day. There were only 2 porters for the whole group - each group member fills a dry bag with the kit they don't need for the day and the porters put all the dry bags in their rucksack - so bring a large drybag for this. On the second day, some of our group hired the porters again between us (there were only 2 available) and used the same system - this was cheaper than hiring a whole porter yourself in advance as described in the trip notes. When sharing porters, they carried about 5kg per person. I guess this option is dependent on availability of the porters. It was nice to just walk with day sacks and I would recommend hiring porters on the second day too if you can - although the trip notes say you can leave kit unattended at a campsite there is still a significant proportion of the walk that you need to carry everything. You are then re-united with your full bags in Calafate - stay overnight in a nice hotel and then have a relaxing day visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier and driving on to El Chalten. The next day you depart on the camping trip and so need an overnight bag, again leaving most of your luggage in El Chalten. I managed to squeeze what I needed into my 20 litre rucksack for this. Other than these 2 walks - the rest is day sacks only. I brought a large 65 litre rucksack and 20 litre day sack as I had anticipated carrying everything for sustained periods. I reality you never need to carry everything and if I was doing this trip again, I'd bring a holdall, my 30 litre rucksack and a dry bag (for the porters in Torres del Paine). The holdall could store most of your luggage in the hotels while you are walking in Torres del Paine and Fitzroy and you just bring the 30 litre rucksack with what you need for the 2-3days you are away. I packed very light for this trip and actually could comfortably have brought e.g. a little makeup and other luxuries which you can leave behind when away on walks. Money Regarding money - bring US dollars - you can change them in BA and the guide will advice on where and how much to change into Argentinian pesos at a time. You can get by without Chilean pesos - the only places to spend money in Chile are at the coffee shop at the border - which takes US dollars and Argentine pesos and in the Refugios if you want to buy drink - but again they accepted dollars and cards.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our whole group met in Buenos Aires as that is where the trip began. I see the trip notes now say meet in Calafate, unless you arrive on the group flights. I thought it was nice to meet in BA and see a bit of the city with the group and would recommend trying to join the people from group flights there as possible. We also went for delicious steak and wine that night and it would be a shame to miss that. This is a really fabulous trip - I would strongly recommend it!
  • Reviewed December 2015
    Peter Grenyer

    Fitzroy & Paine

    A great but demanding trip with spectacular scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It has to be El Condor. Its remoteness, peace and beauty are breath taking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Group Leader, Jose (Pepe) Valdivia, was excellent with a great sense of humor and patience. He contributed greatly to the success of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a demanding trek and should not be undertaken unless you are confident in walking 20 miles with long, steep and rough climbs. We were lucky in having dry weather but you must be prepared to do this in the rain and with high winds. Travel as light as you can. I was once told that the pleasure in trekking is inversely proportional to the weight you are carrying. Don’t bother with taking/obtaining Chilean Pesos. The only chance you have to use them is in a café and the refugios and they take US$ and tips can be paid in US$ so ensure you have plenty of low vale notes. Only take/buy at the airport as many Argentinean Pesos as you may need before the Group guided tour of BA. The Group Leader will be able to point you in the direction of the best exchange rates. Take the bulk of your money in US$, its easy to exchange and use. Budget for more expensive meals than the Trip Notes suggests (March 2015). The optional Glacier Trek can only be paid for in cash using US$. There are also quite a few drivers, porters, guides, staff etc. that require tips and are not specified in the March 2015 Trip Notes, So you will need more Argentinean Pesos than you may have at first thought. Clarify this with the Group Leader as early as possible. The porters cannot take rucksacks, so take a suitable bag to put your extra items in for the first trekking day and anything you may wish to leave in Calafate.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Pick pocketing is rife in BA, as I found out to my cost. They are very skilful so don’t keep anything of value in your pockets and make sure any rucksack or bag you are carrying is locked and you have a firm grip on it.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Timothy Schofield

    Patagonia Trekking 7/11/15 - 21/11/15

    It was an excellent holiday A good group, excellent leaders & we were fortunate with the weather The weather is very variable & is part of the Patagonian experience - high winds are the norm

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The lenticular clouds forming in the high winds The final 2 nights at the Estancia Condor, away from the crowds was great

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Xavier was excellent, as were the local guides

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check out direct BA flights Heathrow to Buenos Aires, as better than the Group flight with Air Europa which stops in Madrid

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Packing was very complicated. Almost every day you had to consider how to minimise the weight. We went to an excellent steak restaurant in Buenos Aires on the day of arrival, but I felt it would have been better if we had caught the earlier flight back from Calafete & eaten at this restaurant on the LAST night As it was, we arrived late & most people did not go out, so the tour rather petered out
  • Reviewed December 2014
    Nadine Ebner

    Unforgettable Journey

    Just when you think you have seen it all, you will be proven otherwise. Once you are standing at the base of impressive Torres and milky blue lakes you will feel the energy of this special place. I have never seen a sky as light blue as in Patagonia. Trekking through Torres Del Paine & Fitz Roy is an amazing experience. If you have more time to spend in Argentina, use it as the country and people will show you it's beauty.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved Fitz Roy with it's rugged mountains and one morning the sunrise illuminated the range so the torres looked like on fire. You cannot describe it, you have to be there and live the moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader brought a lot of fun to the group, always cheerful, and it might not have been such a great trip without him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you have specific dietary requirements, they might not be met 100%. So be prepared and take a few extra snacks with you to eat.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip is the most expensive trip I have ever taken but I have been able to see all the places I wanted in a super short time and enjoyed every day to the max. All I can say is money worth spent.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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