Covid-19 has forced us all to make hard decisions and that means IMG finds it necessary to alter our plans for this winter to insure the safety of our climbers, guides and all the people in the countries where we work. The risk, currently, is simply not worth the reward. With that in mind, IMG will not be conducting expeditions to Patagonia this coming season. Let's continue to train hard and stay focused on the following season. And in the meantime, consider one or more of the numerous domestic programs IMG offers.
Covid vaccine announcements in early November have certainly been encouraging. Let's hope that good news continues. With that hope in mind, it's important to provide our climbers with dates for programs during the 2021/22 winter season so we all can begin to make new plans. Our 2021/22 Patagonia dates are now LIVE.
Trek the Torres del Paine Region of Patagonia with International Mountain Guides
Patagonia is simply a trekkers dream. On this trek we'll enjoy long days on the trail taking in all of the postcard moments of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. A few of highlights include Los Torres (aka The Towers), The Silence Valley, Los Cuernos, The Bader Valley, The French Valley and the spectacular Grey Glacier. And if you stick around for the optional extension, you'll get another stamp in that passport as we cross from Chile over into Argentina en route to El Chalten, home of Fitz Roy. If you're looking for a Patagonia Trek that has it all, you found it.
The trek itself starts out at the main entrance of Torres del Paine National Park. Once in the park we'll get right to it. Day one of the trek takes us up the Ascencio Valley along the Ascencio River, to the base of Las Torres (Spanish for The Towers). The three spectacular granite Towers: Torre D'Agostini (2,850m), Torre Central (2,800m), and Torre Norte (2,600m), are the centerpiece of Torres del Paine National Park. Jaws drop as the towers appear as if from nowhere. We'll spend our first of two nights in this area to maximize opportunities to see these towers.
After enjoying the views of Los Torres, and trekking up into the Silence Valley (special permit required), we'll make our way west towards Los Cuernos. We'll spend a day in the Bader Valley (special permit required) and then it's onto the French Valley, famous for the hanging glaciers and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires at the head of the valley.
After the French Valley it's on to another highlight of the park, Grey Lake and The Grey Glacier. Once we've reached Refugio Grey we'll stay flexible to take what the weather gives us. If the weather cooperates we'll hop in some sea kayaks for an optional ($100) 2-3 hour tour up next to some icebergs and the glacier itself.
Our eight days on the trail culminates with a ride across Lago Grey on the Grey III boat where we'll enjoy a Pisco Sour chilled by fresh glacier ice.
Once back in Puerto Natales it's time to shower up and celebrate! After dinner, we'll say our goodbyes to those who are heading home. Those of us sticking around for the Fitz Roy extension can repack and get ready to cross over into Argentina in the morning!
Fitz Roy Extension
We'll take our private transportation from Puerto Natales, Chile to El Calafate, Argentina where we'll spend two days exploring El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier area. The highlight of El Calafate is the 1-hour boat tour which takes us right up next to the glacier. You'll be close enough to hear the creaks & groans of the glacier as it inches into Lago Argentino... but far enough away should it calve chunks off, as it often does.
After our time in El Calafate we'll move to El Chalten, home of Fitz Roy. The drive from Calafate to Chalten is a pleasant one. We'll enjoy views of Lago Argentino, South America's 3rd largest body of water. Don't fall asleep in the van Fitz Roy is just around the corner!
Once in Chalten we'll hit the trail for an afternoon hike on the Cerro Torre Trail. The first lookout is just 1.5 hours up the trail and features views of Cerro Torre & Fitz Roy. We'll continue on the trail up to Laguna Torre, known for the calving Torre Glacier. We'll return to Chalten for dinner and stay at a local hotel. We'll base out of the hotel for our 3 nights in El Chalten visiting a lot of the hot spots the region as to offer. A few include: Laguna del Los Tres, the climbers Base Camp area of Fitz Roy, the less traveled Loma del Pliegue Tumbado trail.