Cross one of the world’s most legendary mountain ranges on an expedition in the depths of Patagonia
Join Intrepid on a new off-the-beaten-track expedition the through the great landscapes of Patagonia. This challenging but rewarding journey explores the real Patagonian wilderness, revealing the beauty behind its well-earned reputation as a premier trekking destination. Kick things off on the shores of stunning Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche, Argentina, and head across the Andes and into Chile. This Patagonia expedition offers some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent, with lush valleys and rainforest, pristine rivers and lakes, and awe-inspiring mountains such as the majestic Tronador volcano.
Trek through a variety of unspoiled Patagonian landscapes, in both Argentina and Chile
Camp out beneath the stars in the shadow of Andean peaks, on the homestead of a 200-year-old house of a longtime local, and riverside in the Rio Blanco Valley
Bathe in natural thermal pools in the middle of the forest and take a refreshing dip in Esperanza River
Take in unforgettable views of the Tronador volcano and the beautiful Todos los Santos Lake
Previous hiking experience is essential for this expedition, along with an adventurous spirit and a love of straying from the beaten path.
A good level of physical fitness is required. You’ll need to be able to carry your own 45–60 litre backpack with 10–12 kg. (Horses are provided for porterage on the first trek day, and human porters can be hired at an extra cost after that.)
Remember that this is a trekking and camping trip in a very remote area. There are no toilet or shower facilities during the trek. The reward for all of this is the chance to behold the great landscapes of Patagonia, one of the most incredible wildernesses on the planet.
We’ve put a lot of research into putting this new trip together, however that doesn’t mean it will run perfectly. In fact, because it’s brand new we expect a few bumps along the way. But in our experience, we find that if you keep an open mind and flexible attitude you’ll discover that a little detour here and there can make things more interesting. However, if this is something that concerns you then we recommend holding off and booking this trip in another year or so when the kinks are ironed out.
On occasion due to weather conditions the itinerary may not be possible. In this instance we will operate an alternative itinerary that’s outlined in the itinerary disclaimer section of the ‘essential trip information’
2020 CHANGES: In 2020 this trip will be called "Patagonia: Trekking in the Andes"
The minimum age for this trip is 16 years old. Unfortunately there are no exceptions to this rule.
A normal backpack for someone doing the Andean Crossing Expedition ranges from 12 to 14 kg max. (1.5 kg tent, 1.5 kg sleeping bag, 0.5 kg sleeping mat, 3 kg of food, 2.5 kg are clothes and personal gear, 2 kg the backpack, and 1-3 kg extra for small things and variation of weight between gear). A porter can carry up to 12 kg in total so if you are thinking of hiring a porter we recommend hiring one for every two travelers, therefore the sleeping bag, tent and the food can be carried by the porter. If your gear is light we may be able to slip in a few extra layers of clothes into the porters bag but not a lot. Remember that only necessary gear is allowed to be carried on the trip and this will be checked and decided by the guides at the welcome meeting. If you hire a porter make sure you still bring a 45 litre comfortable hiking backpack to carry your daily things and warm layers with you. Travelers do not need to bring a duffle bag for the porters since we will provide this.
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