Fitz Roy & Torres del Paine Hiking
- Explore the magnificent peaks of southern Patagonia’s national parks
- Hike in the shadow of shark-finned Mt. Fitz Roy, one of the world's most iconic mountains
- Trek Torres del Paines' "W" route to the Paine Towers, French Valley, and Grey Glacier
- Stay in small hotels, hosterias, and an estancia—a working ranch
Southern Argentina & Chile share an immense, sparsely populated expanse divided by the Andes Mountains, commonly known as Patagonia. Here, granite peaks, spires, and horns tower over the surrounding plains creating some of the most impressive mountain vistas in South America.
Our adventure is designed for hikers wanting to experience the full range of the Patagonian Andes. Starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina's vibrant capital, travel to the small village of Chalten. We hike to the base of the spectacular Fitz Roy massif before making our way over the Argentine steppe to the magnificent wilderness of Chile's Torres del Paine. In Paine, we'll hike through the French River valley and ascend to the park's namesake towers for close-up views of these massive vertical walls.
Evenings are spent in a combination of small hotels, hosterias, and a working ranch. Prefer an opportunity to get out under the stars? Our Fitz Roy & Torres del Paine Hiking with Camping trip features the same itinerary with a few nights of camping below the Paine Towers and at Pehoé Lake.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Fitz Roy & Torres del Paine Hiking Itinerary:
Day 1 Enjoy a city tour of Buenos Aires followed by dinner and a tango show.
Day 2 Fly to Calafate and drive to El Chalten, at the base of Mt. Fitz Roy.
Day 3 Hike to Laguna Torre for fantastic views of Cerro Torre (10,265').
Day 4 Hike to Laguna de los Tres, a beautiful lake beneath Mt. Fitz Roy.
Day 5 Take a boat cruise to massive Perito Moreno Glacier. Overnight in a lovely estancia.
Day 6 Morning hike with panoramic views of the Andes. Traditional barbecue tonight!
Day 7 Arrive in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park. Hike past herds of guanacos.
Day 8 Full-day hike to the Paine Towers viewpoint (Mirador de Las Torres).
Day 9 Hike past Cerro Paine Grande into the spectacular French Valley.
Day 10 Hike to Grey Lake for views of Grey Glacier and the Continental Ice Cap.
Day 11 Stop in the Park Vistor Center before a final hike in Torres del Paine.
Day 12 Return to Punta Arenas for a farewell celebration dinner.
Day 13 Our Patagonian adventure ends this morning as we depart Punta Arenas for home.
Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather, trail and road conditions.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate/tentmate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is half of the full single supplement. Single accommodations cannot be guaranteed at the Estancia Nibepo Aike (ranch) or the hosteria in Paine.
Meals as noted in the daily itinerary; all accommodations as noted; guide leadership and support staff; group airport transfers; all noted ground transportation within Argentina and Chile; tango show in Buenos Aires, Perito Moreno boat excursion and Pehoé Lake catamaran ferry; park fees.
International airfare into Buenos Aires and departing from Punta Arenas; internal airfare from Buenos Aires to El Calafate; 1 lunch; cost of medical immunizations; insurance of any kind; excess baggage charges; airport taxes; entry fees for Argentina and Chile (subject to change); alcoholic beverages or soft drinks; gratuities and items of a personal nature.
This trip is rated as Vigorous . Trip members should be strong, experienced hikers in good physical condition. This is a remote trip, with long (but spectacular) days of hiking and no easy access. Hiking trails may be muddy with numerous stream crossings and participants should come equipped with a spirit of adventure. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest beginning a regular exercise regimen at least three months prior to departure. Recommended exercises include hiking, jogging, cycling and/or swimming. Get out on those hills if possible!
The weather in Patagonia is notorious for high winds and extreme variability. Days can range from sunny with temperatures in the 70s to rain, hail, and occasionally even snow. Nighttime temperatures often drop down into the 30s and 40s. Please come prepared for all possibilities and equipped with good quality raingear.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Fitz Roy & Torres del Paine Hiking
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
- Trip leader first aid kit
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Duffel bag - extra-large
- Duffel bag - medium (for the gear you will take with you on the ferry to Lodge Paine Grande for 2 nights)
- Daypack (approx. 2,000 cu. in.) to carry your lunch, camera, water bottles, extra clothing
- Luggage tags
- Passport pouch or money belt
- Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
- Rain pants, waterproof and breathable, side-zip pants are highly recommended
- Insulated parka/ski jacket, down or synthetic, able to accommodate your sweater underneath
- Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and evening wear
- Midweight fleece or wool sweater
- Midweight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool
- Hiking pants, lightweight and synthetic
- Hiking shorts, lightweight and synthetic
- Long-sleeve shirt(s)
- T-shirts, synthetic
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks, synthetic
- Casual socks
- Sun hat
- Wool or fleece hat
- Wool or fleece gloves
- Gaiters, ankle-high
- Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken in, aggressive tread
- Comfortable shoes for travel and evening wear during nights spent in hotels
- Two (2) one-quart water bottles or hydration system
- Water purification tablets or filter
- Flashlight and spare batteries/bulb or headlamp and spare batteries/bulb
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Toiletry kit
- Baby Wipes or hand sanitizer gel
- Personal prescription medication
- Insect repellent
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Plastic garbage bags (2) to line duffel bag if it rains
- Rain cover or large plastic bag for your daypack
- Hiking stick or trekking poles
- Camera, spare media card and batteries
- Small binoculars
- Electrical adapter plug
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Ear plugs
- Reading and writing materials
- Travel pillow
- Several Ziploc plastic bags
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- Wind chill can be a significant feature of this trip. Air temperatures can be relatively warm, but when the wind is constant you can be robbed of body heat quickly. Adequate wind/raingear is very important.
- Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS® and Thermax.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
- Make sure boots are broken in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.