Hosteria Hainen in El Calafate
Stay in a cozy lodge in El Calafate near Argentinean Lake with stunning views of the surrounding Andes Mountains.
Experience the wonders of Patagonia on the Torres del Paine and Ushuaia Trekking tour
This Torres del Paine and Ushuaia Guided Trekking adventure is a mix of hiking treks and driving exploration that takes you on a 9-day quest through some of the most remote and beautiful parts of Torres del Paine National Park, Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park.
You’ll take the road through Patagonian steppes, experience guided hiking adventures through Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks and explore Ushuaia: the southernmost city in the world. Along the way, you’ll witness the majesty of nature and the unique sights of Argentina and Chile. Experience the raw power of glaciers, the towering heights of granite spires, and see where the mountains of the south fall into the sea at the very bottom of the world!
Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego province and the world's southernmost city, which was first settled in 1870. The city's main activities are lumbering, fishing, trapping, sheep raising, and of course, tourism. Ushuaia is a very popular tourist destination as it is settled on the main island of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the southern tip of South America. There's some amazing trekking opportunities around Ushuaia, as it's the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lapataia Bay.
Welcome to South America! You will be met at the El Calafate airport and taken to town for check-in at your accommodation. The rest of the day is at your leisure for exploring the El Calafate.
Embark on a scenic journey across the Patagonian steppes! You’ll see portions of the historic Route 40 (Ruta 40) as you skirt the peaks of Sierra de los Baguales to make your way to Torres del Paine National Park.
You’ll cross the Argentinian/Chilean border near Cancha Carrera and begin the last phase of the trip into the National Park. On the approach to the park, you’ll get a chance to glimpse some famous mountains: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto, and the Towers. Upon entering the park proper you’ll go for a short 1-2 hour jaunt to whet your appetite for the upcoming hiking adventure and to familiarize yourself with the local landscape, flora, and fauna. After you’re finished exploring, hop back in the bus for a quick trip to fully-serviced your campsite.
Today your Torres del Paine and Ushuaia tour will start with an uphill warmup hike to reach the valley carved by the Ascencio River. Once inside the narrow valley, you’ll follow a gentle downhill slope to Refugio Chileno Lodge. Continuing on from there, you’ll trek by the riverside enjoying the sights as it runs through a beech forest. A final push will bring you up the ridge and to the Towers Viewpoint where you’ll have a commanding view of a glacier-formed lagoon pierced by three massive towers rising 1000 meters from the glacier. It’s a sight sure to steal your breath away, if you have any left from the hike!
A brief, hour-long drive will bring you to Port Pudeto where you’ll find a catamarán ready to ferry you across Lake Pehoe and into French Valley. Once you reach the shore, you’ll have a moment to drop any unneeded items at your tent before continuing on your guided hiking adventure beginning on the French Valley trail. As the trail progresses, you’ll follow the edge of the south slopes of the Paine Grand and skirt around Lake Skottsberg. You’ll climb and descend as the trail wends along until you reach the hanging bridge spanning the French River. From there you’ll experience the jaw-dropping view of Paine Grande’s south-east face as the peak rises 2700 meters into the sky. Turning now to the east, take a moment to admire the Horns sending their striped, craggy bulk into the clouds. We’ll continue from there on to Italian Camp and stop for lunch and photos from the several viewpoints before returning to camp for the night.
Grey valley was carved by Grey glacier and sweeps 60 km from the Patagonian ice field ending in Lake Grey where the glacier begins to break apart into icebergs of stunning azure. Today, you’ll be hiking along the edge of the lake following the western slopes of Paine Grande and taking you to some of the most coveted views in the park. Continue your guided trek to the main viewpoint with stunning views of the lake, the blue icebergs clustering at the edge of Grey glacier, and the mountains piercing the clouds in the distance. After your return, you’ll take a boat across Lake Pehoe and then continue on to the fishing village of Puerto Natales.
You will enjoy this entire day by your own, to choose the optional activity that better fit your desires. The is a variety of optional excursions available (please enquire for more information).
After breakfast, you’ll have a chance to explore the estancia (cattle ranch) and then by mid-morning you’ll be off again south through Patagonia to Lake Fagnano. From there you’ll journey to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city! After pausing in the city, you’ll continue on that afternoon to Tierra del Fuego National Park in the afternoon.
After breakfast we walk to the Ushuaia Tourist Pier for a full day of activities: we will navigate the Beagle Channel to the iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, we will see Los Lobos Island and Los Patos Island, we will visit the Acatushun Museum in the pioneering Estancia Harberton and we will have the unforgettable opportunity to walk among penguins on Isla Martillo.
You’ll have the morning to further explore Ushuaia and take in the sights and history of the place. In the afternoon you’ll be taken to the Ushuaia airport for your flight home.
This guided walking tour to Torres del Paine and Ushuaia is run as a fixed-departure tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for those willing to travel with their group only (please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you).
The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room, however, there are some alternative options (please refer to Accommodation for more information).
This tour is based in Lodges, Fully serviced Campsites, and 1 night Bed in Refuge.
The Full Camps are already set up upon arrival each day and will be outfitted with comfortable igloo-style tents that can sleep 1 or 2 travelers. Inside you’ll find an insulation mat and sleeping bags. The camp also features a large tent for dining, a kitchen tent, chairs or benches, tables, and a complete set of table/kitchenware.
Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
If you are a solo traveller willing to join a tour, here are your options:
Please note, that the same pricing applies to people travelling with a group, but willing to stay in different type of accommodation.
Stay in a cozy lodge in El Calafate near Argentinean Lake with stunning views of the surrounding Andes Mountains.
Enjoy sleeping under the stars in Patagonia in these fully-serviced campsites. The camps are setup for you, and include tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag.
Stay in comfortable freshly renovated hotel in Puerto Natales with beautiful views of the lake nearby. The rooms are spacious and clean and the owners are very friendly!
Stay in lodges in Tierra del Fuego.
This beautiful boutique hotel is right on the main street, but just outside all the buzz. The rooms a cozy and full of atmosphere!
8 breakfasts, 4 box lunches, 3 dinners
Accommodations for 1 night Bed in Refuge, 3 nights in Full Camps, and 4 nights in Lodges.
Transportation is included for you and your luggage from El Calafate airport to the El Calafate Lodge. Transportation to each new Lodge or Full Camp is also included, as well as transportation to each listed tour destination. Additionally, there will be 2 Boat trips across Lake Pehoe and 1 across Beagle channel.
How hard is the Torres del Paine and Ushuaia Guided Trekking Adventure tour?
We rate the difficulty for this tour as a 3 / 5. Includes hiking durations up to 8 hours with frequent elevation changes.
What is the best time of year to travel to Argentina or Chile?
Weather conditions should be ideal from October-March. However, given the unpredictable mountain weather, it is recommended that you bring appropriate gear for unseasonable conditions.
What do you recommend I bring with me?
You should bring anything that you like to have during long days of hiking in mountain climates. Some recommended items are:
What other languages are these tours available in?
Some fixed departures are also available in German, contact us if you would like to know which ones. For some of the fixed-departures, tours can also be arranged with French or Italian speaking guides for 6 or more speakers of said language, but the tour price would be 10% higher.
Can I stay in more basic accommodations during the trip to save some of the costs?
Yes, in some cases it’s possible to stay in dormitory type of rooms to reduce the price of your trip slightly. Please inquire and we will let you know more!
Do I need a Visa to travel to Argentina or Chile?
Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.
Are meals included on the Torres del Paine and Ushuaia Guided Trekking Adventure?
8 breakfasts, 6 box lunches, and 4 dinners are included.
Do I need insurance?
Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.
How do I get to El Calafate to start this tour?
You’ll arrive at the El Calafate airport and be met and transported into town for check in at your accommodation.
Is the Torres del Paine and Ushuaia Guided Trekking Adventure tour in English?
Yes, the tour guide is English speaking.
Where does the Torres del Paine and Ushuaia Guided Trekking Adventure tour end?
The tour ends in Ushuaia and includes a transfer to the Ushuaia airport.
Do I need special vaccines to travel to Argentina or Chile?
Check with your family doctor.
Are there any travel restrictions for Argentina or Chile?
Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.
When is the best time to travel to Patagonia for this tour?
The best time to travel to Patagonia for this trek is during October-March.
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We rate the difficulty of the Torres del Paine and Ushuaia Trekking tour as a 3 / 5. Includes hiking durations up to 8 hours with frequent elevation changes.
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