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Trek Patagonia

Chile Trek TOUGH
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About the Challenge

Patagonia, Chile’s final frontier, provides some of the most diverse and inspiring scenery on the planet! We trek via glaciers and turquoise-blue lakes to the renowned granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park, the jewel of Patagonia. The countryside is wild and rugged, and our route takes us past wind-carved cliffs and mountains, moorland, forests and rich grasslands, home to wildlife including wild alpacas and the rare puma.

We cross pure, ice-cold mountain streams and camp in beautiful locations, watching or the graceful condors that wheel in the skies far above us. This is a superb, rewarding challenge for anyone with a sense of adventure and a love for the great outdoors.


Trek Patagonia

11 DAYS
  • Fly to Santiago.
  • We arrive in Santiago and take an internal flight south to Punta Arenas (approx 4 hours). We transfer to our hotel and relax. Night hotel.

  • We drive north across the pampa to transfer by bus to Torres del Paine National Park – a journey that introduces you to the huge remote landscapes of Patagonia. We pass large estancias and see many sheep grazing in what otherwise looks wild, untamed country. Keep an eye out for guanacos, rheas and even condors as we near the National Park. Our trek starts with a relatively gentle afternoon walk across the pampa to our lakeside campsite at Pehoe. Night camp.

     

    Drive approx. 4-5 hours; trek approx. 13km / 4-5 hrs

  • A hearty breakfast sets us up for the day as our first big hike takes us up towards Glaciar Gray, a 3-4 hour walk. Our route takes us from open moorland through forested hills and the way becomes steadily rockier and steeper as we progress. As we get closer to the glacier, we enjoy fabulous views of Lago Gray as our path undulates along the cliffs and hills bordering the lake. Look out for small ice-floes on the lake before the glacier comes into view. We visit the mirador (lookout point), where we can watch as chunks of the icecap tumble into the water. After soaking up the amazing scenery we retrace our steps to Camp Pehoe. Night camp.

     

    Trek approx. 14km / 7-8hrs

  • We leave the beautiful Lago Pehoe and follow largely flat or undulating narrow paths as they meander through scrubland and open heath towards the opening of Valle del Frances. We cross a suspension bridge over a thundering river, and start our walk up the rocky Valle Frances. Our views are dominated by the spectacular hanging glacier which shares the valley’s name. We can usually hear the cracks and rumbles of the glacier from some distance. After spending some time admiring the permanent ice and the views of the surrounding mountain peaks, we return back down the valley and trek east on steeply undulating paths above the stunning vividly-coloured Lago Nordenskjold. This is a spectacular section of our trek, and motivates us to keep going. Our camp lies below the strangely weathered and extremely photogenic Cuernos del Paine – look out for condors circling high up around these ‘horns’ of rock. Night camp.

     

    Trek approx. 12km / 8 hours

  • An early start as we set off up the Torres Valley towards the famous huge granite towers that the park is named for. The track climbs upwards for some time along the lake, presenting magnificent views of Paine Chico, the Torres del Paine ahead of us and the Cuernos, now behind. The paths climb and descend fairly gently over rolling forested terrain, as we cross several rushing streams and climb up away from the lake over a pass, descending to our campsite. Night camp.

     

    Trek approx. 12km / 8 hours

  • An early start today as we set off up the Torres valley to Las Torres del Paine. The huge granite towers are a truly magnificent sight, and will make up for all the challenges you’ve faced to get here. Our trek begins with a long, steep climb with Paine Chico (2668m) on our left, continuing relentlessly up the huge glaciated valley to the towers themselves, the last stretch over rocks and boulders. After spending some time at the towers absorbing the views – if we’re lucky we’ll see the granite transformed into shades of red and pink by the sun – we return to our campsite for a final evening, where we have a traditional asado (Chilean BBQ) to celebrate our huge achievements of the past week.

    Trek approx. 18km / 11 hours

  • We break camp for the last time and head out of the park, en-route to Puerto Natales, located on the scenic Seno Ultima Esperanza (‘Last Hope Sound’). After lunch and time to look around this characterful port town, we drive on to Punta Arenas. After a well-earned hot shower we head out into the town for a slap-up celebratory meal. Night hotel.

    (Dinner not included)

    Trek approx. 3 hrs; 4-5 hrs drive total

  • Morning flight to Santiago. Weather permitting, the flight provides great views of the Campo de Hielo Sur, the Southern Patagonian Icecap. We arrive in Santiago de Chile, capital of one of the most diverse countries in the world, and have time to explore the sights. Night hotel.

     (Dinner not included)

  • A chance for a touch of shopping and exploring, or just lapping up the atmosphere in the numerous cafés in this cosmopolitan city, before heading to the airport in time for our flight back to the UK.

     

    (Lunch not included)

  • Arrive back in the UK.


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,900 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,900 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £2,200 Airline Taxes £250.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • All transport from London to Punta Arenas return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation & camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 15 or more participants; local guides, porters and cooks & drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to National Park and any other sites included in the itinerary
    • Transfers and city tour in Santiago (flight schedules permitting)

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Three meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for local guides and support crew
    • Sleeping bag & sleeping mat
    • Inbound airport departure tax
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Airline taxes; we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,900 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,900 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £2,200 Airline Taxes £250.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • All transport from London to Punta Arenas return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation & camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 15 or more participants; local guides, porters and cooks & drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to National Park and any other sites included in the itinerary
    • Transfers and city tour in Santiago (flight schedules permitting)

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Three meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for local guides and support crew
    • Sleeping bag & sleeping mat
    • Inbound airport departure tax
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Airline taxes; we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,900 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,900 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £2,200 Airline Taxes £250.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • All transport from London to Punta Arenas return
    • All meals except where specified, accommodation & camping equipment
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 15 or more participants; local guides, porters and cooks & drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to National Park and any other sites included in the itinerary
    • Transfers and city tour in Santiago (flight schedules permitting)

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Three meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for local guides and support crew
    • Sleeping bag & sleeping mat
    • Inbound airport departure tax
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Airline taxes; we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • All food is included except for a few meals as specified in the itinerary. The food is plentiful, generally local in style, freshly-cooked and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we have packed lunches, sometimes meals are buffet-style, other times we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on accommodation.

  • Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we are often in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides who have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip; they also have a wealth of knowledge about the region.

    Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly and encourage you when things get tough. The number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but an average-sized overseas group would be led by two leaders and a doctor. At Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local customs and lifestyles. Not all support crew will speak English well, but are very friendly and approachable. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. 

    Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! All our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average wage in most countries we travel to is far below what you would spend on a normal night out.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next (where applicable). If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • Clothing

    We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

  • For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow participants and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you!

  • Can I book my own flight?

    If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements for meeting the rest of the group, though we can advise you. We need to know if you do not require our group flight as early as possible; please complete the form in the information pack you’ll be sent with your booking confirmation.

    Do I need travel insurance?

    Yes, you must have adequate travel insurance cover in order to participate in any overseas challenge. Most charities allow you to organise this independently as long as your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event. Some charities have their own specific policy. Alternatively it can be arranged through us, via Insure2Travel.

Trek Training Weekend

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£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Trek Training Weekends take place in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. This training weekend is designed to put you through your paces to enable you to gauge fitness levels and gain advice from our experienced leaders.

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GRADE | tough (3)

This trip involves more rigorous days; weather, altitude or basic living conditions will add to the challenge. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!
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