EPIC PATAGONIA- ARGENTINA 2017
Dates: October 7-11, 2017
Cost: $3300* per person + Airfare
*$1000 non-refundable, transferable, deposit due at registration. Remaining balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.
The tour and trekking itinerary is below. Additionally, each day is bookended with content and conversation based on our Identity Driven Leadership Course and the Clifton StrengthsFinder. Certificates of Completion are available for continuing education credit as requested.
Day 1: Calafate to El Chaltén (1,316ft/401m)
Receive an airport transfer that will bring you to the bus station in Calafate. Travel overland to to El Chaltén, where you will meet your guide. Settle in and prepare to begin your trek the next morning. Expedition members must arrive to Calafate no later than 12:00pm.
Inclusions: Transportation and accommodations at lodge
Day 2: El Chaltén to Piedra del Fraile (1,759ft/536m)
The day starts with a 30-minute transfer from El Chaltén to Río Electrico. From here, begin walking along the Electrico valley, through an enchanting lenga forest before arriving at Piedra del Fraile, your home for the night. After a short break and some lunch, continue along the valley towards the Pollone Glacier and admire the northern face of Mt Fitz Roy. After a short break at this hidden lagoon, return to the mountain lodge in Piedra del Fraile to enjoy a hot meal and rest.
Total distance: 9 miles. Approximately 6 hours of trekking.
Inclusions: All meals; accommodations at mountain lodge
Day 3: Piedra del Fraile to Poincenot (2,628ft/801m)
After breakfast, head off towards the Piedras Blancas glacier and river. The path ascends steeply up to Laguna de los Tres, the closest you can get to Fitz Roy before needing technical skills. At the top, enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains, and the valley through which you have come. Weather permitting, have lunch at the lagoon before starting the descent towards Poincenot, your next camp. Be prepared to take more pictures of this stunning spot in the park!
Total distance: 11 miles. Approximately 7-8 hours of trekking.
Inclusions: All meals; camping accommodations
Day 4: Laguna Capri to El Chaltén (1,316ft/401m)
Arise early to take sunrise photos of Mt. Fitz Roy in a beautiful hue of red, reflected on Laguna Capri. After breakfast, continue through the beautiful lenga forests past the lagoons – Madre, Hija and Nieta. The path is quite flat, which is a nice break after the climbing of the day before! After a couple of hours, drop in to the glacial valley that takes you towards Laguna Torre (2,136ft/651m). This valley is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect “U” shape. At the end of the valley, see Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mt. Torre, which is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. After lunch at the lagoon, head back towards El Chaltén along the Fitz Roy River valley.
Total distance: 12 miles. Approximately 6 hours of trekking.
Inclusions: Breakfast and lunch; accommodations at lodge
Day 5: El Chaltén to Calafate (673ft/205m)
Wrap up your time with OneSeed and return to Calafate.
Inclusions: Breakfast and transportation
All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide.
● medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
● assistance in Calafate - picked up and transferred to bus to Chaltén
● public bus (Calafate-Chaltén-Calafate)
● transfers to/from El Chaltén
● guide services
● entrance fees to private property
● 2 nights accommodation in lodge in El Chaltén
● 1 nights accommodation in mountain lodge
● 1 night accommodation camping
● group camping and cooking equipment
● meals during the trek
● personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
● trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
● international airfare and meals during travel
● snacks during trek
● beverages outside of designated meals