Immerse yourself in spectacular landscapes, rich natural and human history, the complexity of land conservation, and the enduring value of living simply. This trekking expedition moves through the farms and mountains in the northern borderlands of Patagonia National Park, using horses to lighten our loads and deepen our cultural connection to this place, and then progresses to the heart of Patagonia National Park for day hikes and explorations of conservation achievements and trends in the Aysen Region.
Meet your guide and the women who will be joining you for this unforgettable adventure, get to know one another and discuss the exciting days ahead. You’ll meet other incredible individuals on your journey. They will help make your experience a fun and personally fulfilling adventure and will cheer you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone and embrace new challenges!
Hike the Valleys and Plateaus of Patagonia
We start our trek today winding through a traditional Patagonian campo before heading higher into the mountains. The uphill makes us grateful to the horses carrying our gear! Arrive at our campsite — a spectacular perch overlooking the Jeinimeni mountains, where we’ll have the opportunity to spend time with an experienced gaucho tending sheep. In the evening, gather around a fire for a delicious camp dinner and conversation about Patagonian history and culture.
Climb higher on a dramatic plateau, which, on a clear day, affords sweeping views down to Lago General Carrera, across to the Northern Patagonian Ice Field. Hike above treeline, through strange colored rock formations. In the meadows and forests of Pampa Zorro, we’ll hike first through meadows and then wind uphill through the forest to a dramatic pass above treeline looking into Valle Chacabuco, the heart of Patagonia National Park.
Our final day of the horse-supported loop takes us through beautiful southern beech forest and glacial valleys as we make our way back toward Lago General Carrera. As we near our pick-up point, we return to the land of Patagonian campos. With our longest day of hiking complete, we return to La Naviera, for a traditional asado and celebratory feast.
Patagonia National Park
After a night of refreshing and recharging at a luxurious lodge, we transition to the center of Patagonia National Park, a newly created park some have called the “Yellowstone of South America.” We’ll drive to the Aviles Valley Trailhead, where we set off for a dramatic 9-mile loop hike through the colorful red mountains and glacially formed plateaus that make this side valley unique.
On our final day in Patagonia National Park, you’ll have two hiking options. Those looking for a challenging, stunning finale can tackle the 12-mile Lagunas Altas loop, named one of Patagonia’s five best trails, with panoramic views and varied terrain. Those looking for a slightly shorter option can hike through the expansive grasslands of the Chacabuco Valley to a new suspension bridge high over a river canyon, approximately 7 miles.
We’ll wake up early to head north up the Carretera Austral, or “Southern Highway,” often called one of the world’s great road trips. We’ll drive along the turquoise Baker River, and then near the eastern border of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field. We’ll arrive at the Balmaceda airport in time for afternoon flights and to wish a fond farewell to this beautiful adventure!
- Trek through some of the most unspoiled terrain in South America on this ten-day horse-supported hike in Patagonia.
- Traverse plateaus, beech forests, grasslands, glacial valleys, and red mountains while taking in breathtaking panoramic views in and around Patagonia National Park.
- Get involved in camp life at idyllic and scenic sites before recharging and refreshing at a mix of well-appointed family lodges.
What You'll See and Do
- National Parks