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Patagonia Glacier & Ice Cap Trek

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Highlights

  • Discover one of the world’s greatest and purist wildernesses, the wild south of Argentina
  • Witness chunks of ice shearing off the impressive natural wonder of the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Explore the rugged glacial landscape, snow-capped peaks and windswept grassy plains on foot
  • Witness the colour changes on the granite peaks of Mount Fitzroy at sunrise 
  • Be in awe of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world’s third-largest continental ice sheet outside of Antarctica and Greenland
  • Cap-off your adventure with world-class food and wine in the colourful Buenos Aires
  • Join us for this thoughtfully crafted, unique and off the beaten track itinerary by Chief Ewe, Jim, following years of working in South America
  • Private bubble trips available for groups over 8 people
  • Free Water-to-Go bottle with every departure to eliminate our plastic footprint in such a pristine environment.

Overview

Patagonia, the ultimate destination in the pursuit of pure wilderness and awe-inspiring landscapes! On South America’s southern frontier, nature grows wild and the scenes are raw and dramatic. Spaces are vast, as are the silences that fill them. This backdrop sets the greatest stage for one heck of an adventure. Following years of guiding in South America, our carefully crafted itinerary ensures you will experience the pure ruggedness of Patagonia and more.

This is an essential trip for trekking enthusiasts to experience snow-capped sheer granite towers, sweeping glaciers, cascading waterfallsstunning turquoise lakes and sprawling steppe-like plains stretching to the horizon.

This diverse itinerary will have you amidst some of the most jaw-dropping glaciers in the world. From the immense blue-hued natural wonder of Glaciar Perito Moreno to trekking the Tunel Glacier up to Paso Del Viento to witness one of THE most incredible wonders to behold in a lifetime – the colossal Patagonia Ice Field (the third biggest mass of ice in the world after Antarctica and Greenland).

Experience pristine wilderness camping in the shadows of sheer granite towers of the Mt Fitzroy Range. Take advantage of the perfect opportunity to marvel at the colour changes of this massif during sunrise and sunset. See guanacos roam and a few hardy gauchos tend their sheep, catch a glimpse of condors soaring in the sky and trek the Los Humules private reserve to catch a glimpse of the critically endangered Patagonian Huemul deer.

Throw in rich cultural traditions, world-class food and wine, the wild-west style town of El Chaltén and the colourful Buenos Aires. You’re in for an adventure of a lifetime.

The memories created with trekking Patagonia are endless. You’ll be sure to develop a deep love of the natural world and an appreciation of the rugged wildness.

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Day 1
Flight from UK to Buenos Aires and on to El Calafate, Argentina

Overnight flight from London UK to Buenos Aires (approx 13 – 14 hours) and regional flight to El Calafate (approx. 3 hours).

On signing up for the trip, we will provide you with the recommended flights to book or alternately, we can book the flights for you through our ATOL protected Flight Agent at an additional cost. Flights are not included in your to give you the flexibility to travel from your nearest airport, use your frequent flyer points or extend your stay in Argentina if you wish. The recommended flights for this will include airport transfers in Patagonia. There are direct flights from London and non-direct flights for all major airports across the UK. Return flights from the UK to Buenos Aires and on to El Calafate are operated by British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Swiss, Aerolineas, Argentinas and Iberia and cost between £590 – £850pp economy return, depending on your flights and when you book.

Day 2
Flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate

On arrival into El Calafate you will be transferred to your hostel. El Calafate, Named for the berry that once eaten, guarantees your return to Patagonia, flanks the southern shore of Lago Argentino. Its main strip is dotted with souvenir shops, chocolate houses and restaurants. Beyond here, pretensions quickly melt away with muddy roads leading to ad hoc developments and open pastures. You’ll have time to explore before a team dinner at a local restaurant giving you the chance to sample your choice of traditional Argentinian food. A trek briefing will be given and you’ll have time to get to know your fellow team-mates.

Included
Accommodation: Hostel (private dorm rooms)
Meals: Not included

Day 3
Perito Moreno Glacier & El Chaltén

Morning:
Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier. The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most famous geological sights in the world, and the stunning centre piece of the southern sector of the Southern Ice Cap measuring a whopping 30km in length, 5km in width and an impressive 60 metres in height.

Afternoon:
215km transfer to the town of El Chaltén with free time to explore this quaint wild-west town.

Included
Transfers: Perito Moreno Glacier & to El Chaltén
Perito Moreno Glacier: Entry into National Park & Local Guide
Accommodation: Traditional hosteria (twin share basis)
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 4
Trek Los Huemules Nature Reserve

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Los Humules private reserve. This reserve has been designed and managed by a team of naturalists and conservationists specialised in the protection of the critically endangered Patagonian Huemul deer which can only be found in this area.

Today’s trek will be in a Nothofagus forest and the start of your glacial wilderness experience where you’ll have the trail pretty much to yourselves. Very few people experience this enchanting forest, especially during the tail end of the busy tourist season so it will feel like you have the magic of the forest trees to yourself. You will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Fitz Roy Massif and follow Rio Diablo until reaching Luguna Diablo for more breath-taking views toward Glacier Caglirro. On your decent you will see Laguna Azul, the stunning blue glacial lake. Staying overnight in cabins at Ricanor campsite, you’ll be surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains.

Distance covered: approx. 15kms
Trekking time: approx. 8 hours

Included
Accommodation: Traditional hosteria (twin share basis)
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5
Trek Laguna de Los Tres

Today’s trail will wind you through beech forests towards the Poincenot Base Camp with incredible views of the Piedras Blancas Glacier and the Rio Blanco Valley. This valley bestows colourful scrublands and grey coloured trees which artistically display their roots on sheer sandbanks that are intercepted by rocky glacial flowing streams.

Leaving the depths of the forest from Poincenot Camp, a steep trail will guide you to Laguna de los Tres, the most awe-inspiring lookout to Mount Fitz Roy. The skyline’s ensnared by the granite spires of the Fitz Roy range, these fearsome jagged pinnacles rise up dramatically from the steppe on the Chile-Argentina border. Focusing on the highest of the high, Mount Fitz Roy at 3405m, the indigenous Tehuelche people believed it to be a volcano because of the wispy clouds that curl around its summit. Indeed, the Tehuelche name for the peak means ‘smoking mountain’ or ‘peak of fire’. This iconic peak pushes even the most hardcore climbers to their limits. Here you will have lunch to maximise your time at one of the most striking mountain sceneries in the world. You may even be lucky to catch sight of condors soaring around the summits or hear the whoosh of the mighty three-meter wingspan of one of the largest birds on earth. Returning to Poincenot Camp to overnight below the jagged backdrop of the Fitz Roy Massif.

Distance covered: approx. 12kms
Trekking time: approx. 8 hours

Included
Accommodation: Tents at Poincenot Camp (twin share basis)
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6
Trek Laguna Torre – Madre Hija Trail

Set your alarm early to ensure you capture one of the most majestic natural displays as the sun rises against the sheer granite towers of the Fitz Roy Massif imparting a warm orange glow from their soaring peaks.

After breakfast you will start trekking in the shadows of Mount Fitz Roy as the trail takes you along the shores of three picturesque lakes, Laguna Madre, the largest lake and its name means ‘mother’, the next is Hija, meaning ‘daughter’, and the smallest is Nieta, meaning ‘granddaughter’. There will be plenty of picture postcard photo opportunities of these crystal lakes with the mountains providing the perfect framework. The trail then descends steeply down a number of switchbacks until you reach the Torre Lake Trail which follows the fast-flowing Glacial Fitz Roy River. On further to reach Laguna Torre the trail leads to a lookout with immeasurable views across the glacial moraine towards Cerro Solo, the Adela’s Range, Glacier Torre and the legendary savagely steep needle of granite – Cerro Torre, known as the ‘impossible mountain’. Following the captivation of these awe-inspiring views, you will then retrace your steps to join the trail along the Rio Fitz Roy to reach your cabins in El Chaltén. Before dinner you will have time to relax, pick up some extra snacks or enjoy the cafés or microbrewery of this frontier town.

Distance covered: approx. 19kms
Trekking time: approx. 8 hours

Included
Accommodation: Traditional hosteria (twin share basis)
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Please note, dinner is not included on this day as you will dine in a local restaurant in El Chaltén to sample more local cuisine (and wine) of your choice.

Day 7
Trek Laguna Toro

The next two days of the trek are spent expedition style as you venture deep into the Patagonian wilderness. This is an incredible experience as you journey off the beaten track with special permits organised to allow you to trek is such an astounding area. You will be provided with two packed lunches, food bowl, coffee cup and spoon to carry along with your kit. Local porters will take your tent and other food supplies.

Starting from El Chaltén at 450 metres above sea level, you will follow the trail to Laguna Toro (Lake Toro) and Pliegue Tumbado. The route climbs through beautiful beech trees to the timberline (1000 metres) at the base of the Pliegue Tumbado Ridge; before heading down to the vast grassy plains. It has been known for the elusive and solitary Patagonian Puma (the “ghost of the Andes”) to be seen in this area. From here you will descend through the Tunel River Valley and to Toro Lake campsite at 650 metres, your amazing home for two nights. You will have the chance to savour another epic outlook of Fitz Roy and Cerro Solo though this time from the south.

Distance covered: approx. 19kms
Trekking time: approx. 7 hours

Included
Accommodation: Camping tents (twin share basis)
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8
Trek Laguna Toro – Paso del Viento

It is almost impossible to describe your trekking experience for today as it’s an extraordinary journey jam-packed with adventure! With a glacial river crossing, being enveloped with striking snow-capped mountains, trekking the Tunel Glacier, witnessing the expansive view of the third largest icefield in the world and finally a river crossing via a Tyrolean rope. It will be a day you’ll remember for many years to come.

To start today’s great adventure you will set off from camp and cross the flowing Tunel River in order to approach the Tunel Glacier which originates from the South Patagonian Ice Cap. Depending on the flow of the river, you will either wade across the glacial waters or take the Tyrolean rope(zip-line cable and harness) further upstream. Your route will winds its way through loose rocks, moraines and beautifully exposed bedrock before reaching the Tunel Glacier. With conditions permitting, you will have the rare opportunity to trek across the Glacier and be graced with amazing vast views of the Tunel and Quervain Glaciers and Mount Fitz Roy. Followed by a steep ascent of Paso Del Viento or Windy Pass taking you to a height of 1,500 metres where the Continental Ice Field will unveil itself. The sheer scale of the world’s third largest icefield is simply jaw-dropping and a sight that not many people have been fortunate to try and absorb. The route then descends to Lake Toro and re-cross the Tunel River via a Tyrolean rope and return to camp.

Distance covered: approx. 15kms
Trekking time: approx. 10 – 12 hours

Included
Accommodation: Camping tents (twin share basis)
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9
Trek Laguna Toro – El Chalten

From the campsite at Lake Toro you will head back downstream and retrace your steps from day 7 via “Pliegue Tumbado”. The undulating terrain leads you back through burnt forests, marsh areas and lush beech forests to arrive at the park ranger station where the expedition comes to its end and you’ll return to the comforts of El Chaltén.

Distance covered: approx. 19kms
Trekking time: approx. 7 hours

Included
Accommodation: Traditional hosteria (twin share basis)
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Please note, dinner is not included as your celebration meal will be hosted in a local restaurant in El Chaltén where you can enjoy more local cuisine (and wine) of your choice.

Day 10
El Chaltén to El Calafate to Buenos Aires

Following breakfast you will be transferred from El Chaltén back to El Calafate for your return flight to Buenos Aires. Here you can either extend your stay in Argentina or return home.

Included
Transfer: From El Chaltén to El Calafate
Accommodation: Not included however it can be arranged for you at an additional cost if you wish to extend your trip                
Meals included: Breakfast

Why go

Exclusively curated itinerary by Adventurous Ewe

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on local communities and livelihoods across the planet, we’re keen to promote adventures in countries that are actively working towards sustainable tourism and conservation projects. Argentina has built a fine network of national parks and reserves that provide a magnificent resource for responsible tourism in Argentina. A 2011 law now restricts foreign investors buying other rural land, keeping it in local hands rather than enriching global speculators. 

We’re particularly keen and passionate to help support the local tourism industry here whilst also giving you the chance to get out and explore the diverse landscapes of this country in a safe and fun manner.

This exclusive adventure has been designed to deliver an amazing experience and showcase the some of the most stunning landscapes across Patagonia whilst also giving you the chance to step out of your comfort zone and gain a greater understanding of the mountains, glacier, ice-fields, environment, wildlife, culture and local communities. 

Book with confidence
Flexible date changes

If you need to change your booking 60 days or more before the start date you can make flexible date change to another trip, subject to availability, without incurring any admin costs. If you need to cancel your booking, you will be issued with a credit note to the value of your payment that you can use for another event of your choice, subject to availability.

Financial protection

If your adventure needs to be cancelled for any reason, like say a global pandemic, you won’t be left stuck and you’ll be offered plenty of alternative options thanks to our financial protection through insurance company. What’s more, in the very unlikely event of Adventurous Ewe going under, you’ll get your money back and be repatriated if you were on a trip at the time.

Secure online payments

All bookings can be made online with Mastercard, Visa and debit card or via BACS. You can also opt to pay via monthly direct debit instalments. We use WorldPay to handle all our online payments as it is a payment platform which is a global leader in payment processing offering superior security for both you and us as a company. For any further information or to organise monthly instalment payments, please get in touch with us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk.

Pay in instalments, interest free

We’re well aware that adventures can be a significant investment so we’ve set out to make it easy to afford. Once you’ve put down your deposit, you can pay the remaining balance off in monthly instalments with no extra charges so you can get out there and live your dream.

Adventure info available through our mobile app 24/7

On booking your adventure, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our mobile travel app. You’ll have access to your itinerary, flights, training guide, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24/7 via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead. A’ppy days.

Future of Travel

We’ve joined the movement to reshape the Future of Tourism!

We are excited to announce that Adventurous Ewe has signed the new set of Guiding Principles launched by the Future of Tourism Coalition. As a signatory, we commit to place destination needs at the centre of our recovery strategies and do our part to build a better tomorrow for travel and tourism.

These transformative principles outline a bold vision for the future of tourism – one that retains the integrity of destinations, promotes inclusivity and equality, maximizes positive impacts for communities and environments, and fosters collaborative change.

As a collective, we can build a better future for all and we’re super excited to do our part.

Learn more at www.futureoftourism.org
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Pre-trip info

On joining us for the Patagonia Trek, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our mobile travel app. You’ll have access to your itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead. A’ppy days.

Pre-trip support

With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on this trek of Patagonia and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the destinations that we visit in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure.

Both Jim and Sue are very fortunate to have completed this trek numerous times, so they are best placed to answer all your questions or queries no matter how big or small.

Flights

On signing up for the trip, we will provide you with the recommended flights to book or alternately, we can book the flights for you through our ATOL & ABTA protected Flight Agent at an additional cost. 

Flights are not included in your to give you the flexibility to travel from your nearest airport, use your frequent flyer points or extend your stay in Argentina if you wish. The recommended flights for this will include airport transfers in Patagonia.

There are direct flights from London and non-direct flights for all major airports across the UK. Return flights from the UK to Buenos Aires and on to El Calafate are operated by British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Swiss, Aerolineas, Argentinas and Iberia and cost between £590 – £850pp economy return, depending on your flights and when you book.

Passport

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay in Argentina. Airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than 6 months validity.

Visa

British nationals do not require a visa to enter Argentina for the purpose of tourism. On presentation of a valid British passport you will normally be given an entry stamp permitting you to stay in the country for a period of up to 90 days. For the latest entry requirements, click here.

Travel Insurance & Global Rescue Membership
Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is an important part of any booking. It is compulsory that everyone who travels with us has taken out adequate travel insurance which includes, among other things, cover for the full value of your trip, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, activities undertaken, personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects and COVID-19 travel cover.

For UK residents we have partnered with Campbell & Irvine Direct to provide you with a travel insurance. If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Direct for a quote.

You must send your Travel Insurance Policy to Adventurous Ewe no less than one month prior to departure.

Global Rescue Membership

For peace of mind whilst trekking in the mountains, Global Rescue provides short term membership giving access to travel, security, medical advisory and evacuation services up to $US500,000.  They’re a specialised field rescue company, and assist from the point of illness or injury by getting you to the closest and most appropriate medical facilities to get stabilised. Once fit to fly if you require additional inpatient treatment Global Rescue will further evacuate and repatriate to your home hospital on record. These services are all covered through their upfront membership fee with no claims process.  For more info, please click here

Vaccinations & allergies
Vaccinations

There are currently no mandatory vaccination requirements for Argentina.

For the most up to date details on vaccinations, please consult with your GP or travel healthcare practitioner 8 weeks in advance of travel. For up to date vaccination info please check the latest health advice for Argentina from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website.

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 such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn. If you have a fever or feel unwell, please let your Leader know right away.

Apart from the recent COVID-19 pandemic there are no other health risks in Argentina. We are monitoring and activating the guidelines and recommendations put in place by the respective governments and World Health Organisation as a result of COVID-19. You will receive our operational guidelines for this expedition when you join the trip and hand sanitiser and face masks will be provided for travel. Rest assured your safety and wellbeing is our top priority at all times.

Severe allergies

If you have a severe allergy please inform us at the time of booking. We will do all we can to help, but unfortunately we are unable to guarantee an allergy free environment on this trip. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not carried as standard by AE leaders and crew. Whilst your leader is aware of our trekkers medical history, please also inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Safety and Well-being

Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority. The Patagonia Trek is intentionally challenging and requires individual preparation as the trip is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something incredible. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place.

You will be accompanied by local qualified Mountain Guide/s and a UK Mountain Leader for groups over 10 people. All our Guides are Remote First Aid trained and have extensive experience in leading teams in this region. They will be ultimately responsible for your safety on this trip.

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel advice website for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

We also ask that you please ensure you use your alcohol-based hand sanitiser at all times to minimise the spread of any germs throughout your fellow flock of trekkers!

Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew

You will be accompanied by certified Mountain Leader/s throughout this trek. Leaders have been carefully selected to ensure you have the best experience with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. Your Leader will be Wilderness First Aid trained too.

Your Local Leader is a key part to this trip. They are all expertly trained and experienced, bilingual (English and Spanish) and have a huge passion for what they do and have plenty of knowledge ready to share with you. They are responsible for ensuring the complete safety, wellbeing and enjoyment of the team whilst also retaining a flexible and fun attitude. The Leaders/s have radio and mobile phone contact with base, the local office and Adventurous Ewe’s HQ.

Group size

We pride ourselves in small group travel to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety and wellbeing and to make your experience more authentic.

The minimum group size for the Patagonia Trek to run is 8 people and the maximum group size is 16 people.

You are most welcome to join this adventure as a group of friends, family, colleagues, a private bubble or as a solo traveller. You are also welcome to use this trip as a fundraiser for the charity of your choice.

If you have a group of over 8 people, we would be more than happy to run a private trip for your team, your charity or your company.

For any further info or to chat about running a bespoke trip, we’d love to hear from you at info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

Level of difficulty
Trekking experience and level of difficulty – ‘High/Tough’

This is a challenging multi-day trek amongst the mountains and glaciers in Patagonia. It is graded ‘High’ due to the consecutive days of trekking and the inclusive 3-day expedition style trek, however there is no high altitude or technical sections involved. The trip is designed for confident trekkers who are looking for a rewarding adventure together with undertaking a 3-day expedition style journey. During this expedition you will be required to carry additional items due to the remoteness of the trek. This will include items for two nights of remote camping and trekking on days 7 to 9 including your sleeping bag, sleeping matt, packed lunches & snacks, drinking water, wet weather gear, additional warm layers, river crossing footwear and personal items. Overall, your route follows established trails though there are some sections of walking on scree. For the river crossing and use of the zip-line and safety harness, no previous experience is required as full instruction and support will be provided by your Leaders.

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.

As with any trek in mountainous areas, safety is paramount and your Leader will always make decisions to amend the itineraries to ensure the safety of the whole group. 

Training

A bespoke training programme will be provided when join the team for the Patagonia Trek to help you with your preparations. This includes info, videos and an exclusive discount code for a 28 day kettlebell training programme which is ideal for strength and endurance training. This programme is also perfect for people who are tight on time. The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.
Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!

Training weekends

We have a variety of tailored training weekends available to ensure you’re fully prepared for your trekking adventure. These training weekends are the perfect way to help you gauge your fitness and training progress under the careful guidance of our experienced leaders. Plus the leaders will chat through your specific trip and also provide guidance and tips relating to clothing and equipment, health and wellbeing, packing, camping, trekking skills (walking on different terrain/at altitude/at night/using trekking poles), teamwork and much more to ensure you are fully prepared and ready for your adventure ahead.

We predominantly host our training weekends in Snowdonia given the wide variety of terrain available to practice and where Chief Ewe’s, Jim or Sue, can meet you too. It’s a great way for you to meet fellow members of the flock and ask any questions, no matter how big or small. We’re here to make sure you’re ready. For further info, please email info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

Kit

A full kit list will be provided when you join us for this trek. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic adventure and an uncomfortable one. Well worn in waterproof hiking boots are essential together with a good quality waterproof jacket AND trousers. An exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code will be provided for the independent outdoor retailers Joe Brown, The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel on registering for this Patagonian adventure.

Exclusive kit discount codes

To help you get the very best from your Patagonian adventure we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in Joe Brown / The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and this trek.

Weather

Since Argentina is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of those which we experience in Europe. The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes exposed to a variety of weather. As you’d expect when travelling to any mountain region you need to be prepared for all conditions. 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.

We recommend that you check the mountain weather forecast in the days leading up to your trek by clicking here.

Accommodation
8 nights: Hostel (1 night), traditional hosteria (4 nights), camping (3 nights)

We’ve sourced our accommodation very carefully to support locally owned places in line with the Adventurous Ewe style of travel. Your first night you in Calafate you will be staying in a hostel in private dormitory style rooms with a shared bathroom. Whilst in El Chaltén you will be staying in traditional hosterias or similar on a twin share basis with ensuites and whilst camping you will be in two person tents.

Single travellers

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation in order to keep the cost at a minimum for you. Single rooms and tents may be organised for an additional cost however this is dependent on availability. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multi-share. For more info or to request a single room or to extend your stay in Buenos Aires, please get in touch with us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk.

Food & drinks

This itinerary has been designed to allow you can experience vast array of wonderful food available in Patagonia. From the meals included to the three dinners not included which will be enjoyed in local restaurants to give you the flexibility to sample some of the fresh and delicious specialitites served in both Calafate and El Chalten. The glacial waters of the national parks mean an abundance of fresh trout and salmon. For those seeking a seafood hit, king crab chowder would be hard to beat! An incredibly indulgent dish of crab, cheese and cream, topped with breadcrumbs. Patagonia is also rightly famed for its lamb, often spit-roasted over a wood fire, served with a sauce made from the local calafate berry. Wild deer and boar can often be found on the menu too. Empanadas are very similar to Cornish pasties and are stuffed with lamb, vegetables or cheese. The chocolate is of the highest quality too and many chocolate shops can be found in Calafate and El Chalten.

Please note, the meals served whilst on your 3-day expedition style journey are more basic given that you and the team are carrying food supplies for this period.

For those seeking refreshment, Patagonia (like much of Latin America) there are micro-breweries well worth seeking out. The calafate berry also makes it into the local version of the Pisco Sour, which locals will tell you is far superior to any other! Finally, wine lovers will be utterly spoiled with the very best Malbec, Pinot noir and Torrentes wines.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps or streams enroute. You should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles. Bottled water and drinks can be purchased throughout the trek from El Chalten, but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste. For further info on purchasing an Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go bottle please click here and help reduce the volume of single use plastic in this pristine environment.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, unfortunately we are really restricted with what can be provided for special diets.  Due to the nature of this trip, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  Please let us know when booking if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies and we can advise accordingly.

Water-to-Go bottle

The impact of single use plastic is having on our landscape, wildlife and oceans, it is now more important than ever that we all make changes in order to help our planet. We may not be a huge global company but we’re passionate about playing our part and trying to make a huge difference collectively. Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’

You can make a difference too with taking part in one of our big adventures. As part of our commitment to helping the planet, members of the flock who join us for the Patagonia Trek will receive a free Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go bottle. This is our way of saying thank-ewe and also making a difference to the consumption of single use plastics in developing countries. For more info please click here or email us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk to find out more.

Payment info

Deposit of £295 per person is required on booking.
Remaining balance of £2055 per person is due for payment no later than 6 weeks prior to the trip start date.

Pay in instalments, interest free
We’re well aware that adventures can be a significant investment so we’ve set out to make it easy to afford. Once you’ve put down your deposit, you can pay the remaining balance off in monthly instalments with no extra charges so you can get out there and live your dream. Simply contact us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk to set up your payment plan.

Please note, if you need to change your booking 60 days or more before the start date you can make flexible date change, subject to availability, without incurring any admin costs. If you need to cancel your booking 60 days or more before the event start date, you will be issued with a credit note to the value of your payment that you can use for another event of your choice, subject to availability.

You are welcome to fundraise for a charity of your choice if you wish to do so. All sponsorship monies are to be sent directly to your chosen charity.

Stay connected

All your trip info will be sent to you through a travel mobile app via Vamoos which is free to download. You will receive an email from Adventurous Ewe with your personalised log in code for this app. For the latest and greatest from the land of adventures, simply follow us on:

Facebook: @adventurousewe
Instagram: adventurousewe
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Twitter: @adventurousewe
LinkedIn: Adventurous-Ewe-Ltd

You’re most welcome to use the hashtags
#ewecandoit #thisflockrock

Emergencies

Your Adventurous Ewe Leader/s and Crew will have a mobile phones, radio and satellite phone communications in case of emergencies. The team are trained to deal with these situations. Please ensure you listen to your Leader during these times and refrain from putting any posts on social media. Should you find yourself unable to continue with the trek, your Leader and crew will make the necessary arrangements. Depending on the situation, you will be met by the support vehicle (depending on access) and you will be transferred back to your accommodation or nearby medical facility as required. Your Emergency Contact at Adventurous Ewe HQ is Jim Young on +44(0)7747 346 588.

Our environmental charity partner, Cool Earth

We are very excited to have teamed up with leading climate change charity Cool Earth, who share our mission to protect the planet’s precious environment in a sustainable manner. The future of rainforest protection is where everyone makes a difference to climate change! We invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth. You are most welcome to help make a difference too by sparing a few pennies. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by clicking here. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet. Thank-ewe

Departure & Return Duration Availability Deposit Total Cost* (*Total cost includes the deposit)
Mar 12, 2022
Mar 22, 2022
11 Days Available £250.00 £2350.00 Book Now
Nov 12, 2022
Nov 22, 2022
11 Days Available £250.00 £2350.00 Book Now
Mar 11, 2023
Mar 20, 2023
10 Days Available £250.00 £2350.00 Book Now
Nov 18, 2023
Nov 27, 2023
10 Days Available £250.00 £2350.00 Book Now

What's Included?

Pre-trip:

  • Personalised trip support from your Adventurous Ewe team
  • All trip info supplied via our free mobile travel app, Vamoos, so you have access to live updates 24/7
  • Discount on personal kit from Joe Brown, The Climber’s Shop and ashmei athletic apparel both in shop and online
  • Trek training guide
  • Digital trip briefing sent before your arrival in Patagonia
  • Public liability insurance
  • Financial Protection for your booking
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning
  • Monthly payment plan available.

On your trip:

  • Adventurous Ewe Leader for groups over 10 people
  • Qualified Argentinian Trekking Guide/s with first aid training
  • All crew per your itinerary
  • 1 night’s hostel accommodation in El Calafate
  • 3 night’s camping during expedition
  • 4 night’s traditional hosteria accommodation in El Chaltén
  • National Park Fees
  • All transfers as outlined in your itinerary
  • Satellite telephone and VHF radio
  • Meals as outlined in your itinerary
  • All logistical and safety management whilst in Argentina
  • Safety equipment and first aid provisions
  • All challenge management and hygienic cleaning procedures of equipment before, during and post trek.

What's Not Included?

Currently not included but can be organised at an additional cost

  • Return flights from the UK to Buenos Aires and El Calafate. We will provide you with the recommended flights for this trip in order for you to take up the airport transfers included in Patagonia. Alternately, you can book your flights through our flight agent if you wish. Return flights from the UK to Buenos Aires and on to El Calafate are operated by British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Swiss, Aerolineas, Argentinas and Iberia and cost approximately between £590 – £850pp economy return.
  • Any trip extensions or additional night’s accommodation

Items not included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Visas and vaccinations if required
  • 2 evening meals
  • 2 lunches
  • Perito Moreno Glacier boat cruise
  • Additional excursions outside the itinerary
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips and gratuities for your local crew and restaurants
  • Single room supplement (where available)
  • Any personal snacks, electrolytes, water purification tablets and medication
  • Any expenses incurred with leaving the trip early ie. hotel accommodation or change of flight costs.

Thoughtful and Responsible Travel

Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering our trips in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at its core. We respect and aim to operate our adventures to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!

Some of the ethical features embedded in our Patagonia Trek are:

  • Issue all our trekkers with a free Water-to-Go bottle to eliminate our plastic footprint in such a pristine wilderness environment
  • Using local crew who are qualified Leaders, support crew and drivers who are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced
  • Staying in smaller-scale locally owned accommodation
  • Buying locally produced food and drink, and dining in locally owned restaurants
  • Minimising plastic waste wherever possible
  • Careful management of limited energy and water resources
  • Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding
  • Operating with a ‘leave no trace’ ethos – take only memories, leave only footprints
  • Adventurous Ewe will make a financial contribution to the environmental charity, Cool Earth, as part of our business partnership.

As Sir David Attenborough said:

“Helping Cool Earth to halt tropical deforestation makes a real difference. Perhaps the biggest difference we will make in our whole lives.”

We will continue to invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth and we invite you, our valuable flock, to do the same. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by simply clicking here. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. 

Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet.

Location
Americas
Duration
10 days & 9 nights
Difficulty
Cost From
£2350.00