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Depart London Heathrow for the overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
Morning arrival in Buenos Aires. Transfer to our hotel in the city where we spend two nights. Afternoon sightseeing in Buenos Aires.
We spend the day looking around this most Latin of cities and hopefully travel out to see some of the country outside the city. We will enjoy a tango evening, a classic Buenos Aires tradition over our dinner this evening.
We fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, and then travel by road (c. 3hrs) to El Chalten for four nights.
Mount Fitzroy Base Camp. A linear walk rising through woodland onto open moorland with great views of Fitzroy and the surrounding peaks.
Ascent/descent 300m; 15km (9 miles), 5½ hrs
Cerro Torre. The walk follows the Fitz Roy valley as far as Lago Torre, crossing 4 moraines. After an initial ascent to a viewpoint and a short descent the path is relatively flat. The walk ends on the shores of Lago Torre, where there are great views of Cerro Torre and of the Grande Glacier. There may be icebergs in the lake. Ascent/descent 600m; 18km (11 miles), 5½ hrs.
Pliegue Tumbado. This is an out and back walk. To reach the peak itself is at the very top of the grade involving an ascent over scree but weather permitting everybody can enjoy stunning views of the Fitzroy range and Lake Viedma. As we have a local guide and group leader
some flexibility can be offered. Ascent/descent 500m -1100m; 20km (12.5 miles), 6 -6½ hrs.
Returning south we drive back to El Calafate town where we stay two nights.
We have a day trip by boat out to see the Perito Moreno Glacier and will hopefully see it calving into the lake. This would justify the holiday on its own.
The drive from Calafate to Paine takes about 5 hrs. It is 2 hrs to Cancha Carrera, the Argentine border, across Patagonian steppe then another 15min to Cerro Castillo, the Chilean border. Border crossing shouldn’t be too time consuming but be prepared for a wait if there is a queue. From the border it is another 2½ hrs to Paine National Park with the alpine views improving all the way.
Sendero Al Pingo, the Peninsula and Icebergs at Lago Grey, Torres del Paine.
These are two walks that combine to offer great views, abundant birdlife, beautiful spring flowers and a close up experience with glaciers.
Ascent/descent minimal; 15km (9 miles), 4 hrs
Trekking to the Towers. This is the main highlight walk of the trip strenuous but well worth the effort. This is the only opportunity to see the three towers of the Torres del Paine and the Glacial Lake at close quarters. As we have a local guide and group leader some flexibility can be offered Ascent/descent 500m - 1100m; 20 km (12.5 miles) 6-8 hrs.
French Valley. This provides a superb walk right in the heart of the mountains. It is a long day involving a return trip on a catamaran. Great views of the Cuernos del Paine, the Frances glacier and over the lakes to the south of the massif. Ascent/descent 360m; 18km (11 miles), 6 hrs
We travel south to Punta Arenas on the shores of the Magellan Straits. Here we have lunch included and (depending on flight times) a chance to look around this distinctive town. We are out of the mountains here, the town is surrounded by flat barren plains and open water. Later we fly 3000km north to Santiago, as we arrive late dinner is not included in Santiago so you might like to purchase supplies to tide you over.
We have a guided tour of Chile's capital city with our local guide before we return to the airport for our overnight flight back to London.
Arrive back in the UK.