- 14 nights accommodation
- 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
- Domestic one-way flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate
- Domestic one-way flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
- Airport transfer to/from EZE airport on arrival and departure days
- Ground transportation for the duration of the journey
- One bilingual local tour coordinator to join us throughout
- Entry fees for Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks
- Bilingual trail guides during our adventures into the National Parks
- Ice mini-trekking adventure or boat tour at Perito Moreno
- Beagle Channel and Isla Martillo boat tour in Ushuaia
- Two professional photography guides
- International flights to and from Buenos Aires
- One lunch and one dinner during the tour
- Beverages with meals
- Trekking pole rentals
- Porter services
- Optional activities in Ushuaia on Day 13
- Optional Buenos Aires Photocultural Exploration
- Overweight or excess luggage fees on domestic flights
Frequently Asked Questions
Patagonia refers to the less-populous southern region of South America, shared by the countries of Chile and Argentina. It’s home to the southern Andes to the east, the pampas grasslands to the west, and the Tierra del Fuego archipelago to the south. During our trip, we’ll be visiting both Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia.
Every day, people of various ages and abilities successfully complete the day treks we’re doing in El Chaltén, Torres del Paine, and on the Perito Moreno glacier. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you do as well. That said, the trekking will be physically challenging in some sections. Proper preparation will ensure that you safely complete and enjoy the treks.
Prepare by walking or hiking near your home. Walks or hikes of moderate to long distances, with elevation changes, are best. If you aren’t used to walking or hiking longer distances, start slow and pace yourself. Try tackling a few miles on flat terrain first, then steadily increase each week to longer distances until you feel comfortable walking several miles. Then try adding some elevation changes to your route, and eventually try carrying weight like water, snacks, and camera gear.
Specific information on each trek is available in the tour itinerary, Days 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8.
Porters to carry your daypack and/or camera gear are available. Because prices are provided in local currencies for these services, we’ll need to provide specific pricing in-country at the start of the trip during our arrival day briefing in Buenos Aires. If these costs are a particular concern, please reach out to us directly ahead of time. This will give us the best opportunity to research options for you and get you the best price possible.
Proper clothing and hiking gear is essential to ensuring your safety and comfort. Well-supported shoes or hiking boots and thick wool socks will keep your feet comfortable and protected. Sock liners, worn underneath the wool socks, can also aid in preventing blisters. If you plan to buy new shoes or hiking boots, make sure you break them in before taking them for a long trek. Wear lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics as underlayers (avoid cotton), and wool, fleece, or down for warm layers. High-quality wind and waterproof outer layers as well as a brimmed hat and sunglasses are necessary for all types of weather you could experience on the trail.
Trekking poles are also very helpful for distributing your weight, minimizing impact on your joints, and providing support and balance as you ascend and descend on uneven surfaces. Finally, a well-supported, quality day pack will ensure that you stay comfortable while carrying water, snacks, and camera gear.
For complete packing recommendations, refer to our tour packing list.
No, your regular trekking gear will suffice for this optional mini-trek. You will be required to use crampons. The rental fee for these is included in your tour and the guides on the glacier will secure them to your hiking boots.
One can experience four seasons of weather in a single day in Patagonia, any time of year. We’ve planned the 2019 trip in November (Patagonian springtime) to optimize our chances for good weather, but in Patagonia nothing is guaranteed. You’ll need to have clothing for all types of weather conditions including sunshine, clouds, high winds, and rain. We’re always hoping for the best, but being prepared for anything is the name of the game!
Clothing and Hiking Gear
- Long underwear or base layer (moisture-wicking fabric, avoid cotton)
- Moisture wicking shirts for hiking (avoid cotton)
- Comfortable, breathable hiking pants (no jeans)
- Jacket or vest—fleece, down, or wool is best
- Scarf or neck gaiter
- Wool hat or beanie
- Brimmed hat for use in the rain or sun
- Waterproof gloves
- Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots (waterproof is best)
- Wool socks
- Sock liners (if desired, to prevent blisters)
- Waterproof outer jacket
- Waterproof outer pants
- Day pack for hiking
- Trekking poles, if desired
- Dry bags for anything you wish to keep dry during the hikes (including photography gear)
- Camera body, and second camera body if desired
- At least one wide-angle lens and one lens with a focal length greater than 50mm (full-frame equivalent).
- Fast wide-angle lens (f/2.8 or better) for night photography if desired
- Zoom lens with focal length greater than 100mm for use with wildlife in Ushuaia, if desired
- Internal camera unit (ICU) which fits the camera gear you plan to trek with, and fits into your day pack.
- Batteries, including spares (remember to bring these in your carry-on luggage)
- Filters that fit your selected lenses:
- Variable neutral density, or neutral density between 2-10 f/stops equivalent
- Circular polarizer
- UV filters if desired (these filters are more for lens and sensor protection, they don’t change the optical qualities of the light as the image is created).
- Power bank
- Battery chargers (including a spare charger if you have one)
- Computer, tablet, or iPad with capability to download and process RAW photos
- Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC installed and up to date, for those who wish to take advantage of our post-processing sessions.
- If you want to practice shooting timelapse:
- LRTimelapse 5 software
- Intervalometer (most Nikon DSLRs include an integrated intervalometer)
- Memory cards with enough space to hold all your photos
- Memory card reader
- External storage drives if you prefer to back up your photos on the road
- External flash (preferably with off-camera remote capabilities)
- Light reflectors/diffusers
- Travel-sized cleaning kit for camera gear including blower, brush, microfiber cloth, lens cleaning solution
- Waterproof covering for your camera (especially if you think you may try to shoot in rainy weather)
- Peak Design Capture Clip (not required but might be useful for keeping your camera accessible yet safe on the treks).