Custom Patagonia Trips

We have years of experience leading treks and adventures in Patagonia, and we would love to design the exact trip you want to take there. With its vast glaciers and lakes, towering peaks, grand trekking routes and relative traveling comfort, Patagonia is the perfect cross between the wild and the accessible. Where can we help you go there?

A sea-green lake in patagonia
Bridge of ice in Perito Moreno glacier.
Refugio Torres in Torres del Paine National Park.
A hiker admires some mountain spires in Patagonia
A foot bridge leading to one of Patagonia's many glaciers.

Highlights

  • Trek past some of the world's most dramatic peaks
  • Gaze out over enormous, winding glaciers
  • Visit vast mountain lakes

Description

Patagonia is well known as a trekking paradise — and with good reason. Best known among the destinations is Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with classic trekking routes that wind among amazing mountains with lodges along the way. The peaks, nearly 10,000 feet high, offer wilderness and adventure, the trails order, the lodges comfort. It’s pretty much perfect.

But it’s not just about trekking; there is also ice. Massive glaciers wind through another national Park, Los Glacieres in Argentina. This park of nearly 3 million square miles encompasses 47 glaciers flowing from the largest ice cap outside Greenland and Antarctica. We can visit, and walk on, one of these in particular, the Perito Moreno, in yet another national park all its own.

And finally, there is water — Patagonia sits between two oceans and at the end of a continent, with terrain from mountain lakes to penguin-filled coast. Fancy a boat ride to look for condors, penguins or whales?

Itinerary Summary

Contact us today to design your own Patagonian trekking and travel adventure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I travel with Embark?

We are a team that lives and breathes travel; we know what our clients want, and as such we see them as travelers, not tourists. We have organized hundreds of adventures around the world, focusing on destinations we know and understand. Ask us for some of our references.

Many companies provide region-standard trips; Embark goes above and beyond. We organize unique itineraries along the roads less traveled, designing adventures that allow our travelers to be pioneers and explore the depth of any given destination.

We focus on finding and training the best guides in the industry, with specialists who are prominent in several fields – mountain guides, historians, archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, and much more.

What is being in Patagonia like?

Upon arrival in country, you will be met by an Embark representative at the airport exit and driven by private vehicle to your Buenos Aires hotel.

Travel in Patagonia involves everything from being a major city to trekking lodge-to-lodge in the mountains. While hiking, breakfast is typically around 7 a.m., and you will hit the trail by 8 a.m. You will be given a pack lunch for the trail, and during the day you will stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoons there should be time for some relaxation before dinner.

These are mountain trails, but very well-worn ones. The tread is well maintained and, while sections are steep and challenging, footing won’t be a problem.

How hard is it?

While we believe that anyone in good physical condition can complete our hiking trips, this trip is strenuous. While travel always entails some level of adventure and challenge, when we say “strenuous” we mean there will be long, sometimes difficult hikes; occasional significant physical barriers such as climbing; and the chance of falling or some other injury. To complete this trip, especially with any enjoyment, one must be in good physical shape – in particular, able to handle strenuous hikes on several consecutive days.


What do we eat?

You’ll be served three meals per day, with plentiful portions. Specialty diets such as vegetarian or gluten-free are available on request. Breakfast will include things like eggs, meat, toast, oatmeal, dry cereal, juice, milk, and coffee or tea. Lunch, often boxed, will typically include a sandwich, chicken, fruit, a chocolate bar and juice. Dinner might be soup; potatoes, rice, or pasta; chicken or beef; vegetables; and milk, and coffee or tea.

Not included are snacks for the trail, such as bars, trail mix, and electrolyte drink mixes. If you like to hike with these, bring them!

Do I need a visa?

US citizens only need a visa to enter Chile and Argentina if they plan to stay for more than 90 days.

What is the sleeping arrangement?

While in town, we stay at bed-and-breakfast lodgings. While hiking, we stay in more rustic Rifugios, typically sleeping in bunk beds with bathrooms down the hall.

What is included in the trip cost?

Your cost includes transportation, lodging, guide fees, and most meals. While on the climb, all your meals are included, although you might want to bring some snacks that you like to have during the day. Before and after the hikes you will have some time (and meals) on your own in town. Also not included in the cost is your airfare, souvenirs, and tips for guides and drivers.

How far ahead should I book this trip?

You want to commit to this trip at least six months ahead of time. It takes a lot of preparation, both logistical and physical. Beginning at this point, you should be booking your airplane tickets and planning your training regimen.

What is the best time of year for weather?

For hikers, the only time to visit Patagonia is from October through March. At other times of year the trails are covered in snow and mountain hiking is impossible. During these times, the average high temperature will be in the 60s to 70s, and the average low in the 40s. Average rainfall in these months is around one inch per month, or less.

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