Great Patagonian Traverse

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5 Based on 1 Review
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-16396
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Balmaceda, Chile
  • Ends Punta Arenas, Chile
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Traverse Patagonia from the remote northern part to the south
  • Trek the spectacular ‘W’ Trek in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Ascend to the base of Torres del Paine for one of the most unforgettable mountain views in the world
  • Undertake day walks in impressive Los Glaciares National Park
  • Travel from Argentina to Chile via a little known route, crossing lakes and rivers by boat
  • Marvel at the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Search for Patagonian wildlife
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The "Great Patagonian Traverse" tour starts from Balmaceda and ends in Punta Arenas. The "Great Patagonian Traverse" tour is a trekking and hiking tour that takes 15 days taking you through Balmaceda, Camp Los Cuernos, El Calafate, Punta Arenas and 6 other destinations in Argentina and Chile. This is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Seasoned trekkers now have a new playground in Patagonia. The opening of a new route linking Chile and Argentina offers a traverse of untouched national parks, from the Southern Ice cap to the towers of Paine. This trek is sure to captivate the most seasoned trekker and offers the opportunity to traverse Patagonia, travelling its length from Coyhaique in the north to Puerto Natales in the South, mostly on foot and by boat via some of the most captivating and untouched national parks in the region. We begin in Balmaceda with a long drive down the Austral road to our lodge at Puerto Guadal, where the lake gives way to a breathtaking mountain vista beyond compare. Our forays into the mountains surrounding the lake set the scene for the rest of the trip. Our journey takes us via Villa O'Higgins, so named for the hero of Chilean independence, Bernardo O'Higgins, before joining our boat to cross Lago O'Higgins, with the Southern Patagonian Icefield in our midst. A recently opened pass between the shores of Lago O'Higgins in Chile and Laguna del Desierto in Argentina offers a unique way to continue our traverse and offers a side to Patagonia rarely seen by other trekkers. Of course our trip does not end there and continues to Los Glaciares National Park, home to a stunning array of granite spires including Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy and onwards to El Calafate where another perspective of the Southern Patagonian Icecap at the Perito Moreno Glacier is on offer. Of course no trip to Patagonia is complete without trekking in the Paine National Park. Here complete the 'W' trek and enjoy forays to the Grey Glacier, up the French Valley and the Ascensio Valley before we finally ascend to the base of Torres del Paine for one of the most unforgettable mountain views in the world, before driving across the pampas to Punta Arenas where our traverse concludes.
  • Day 1 : Join Balmaceda (before 12:00), drive to Puerto Guadal via Coyhaique
  • Day 2 : Full day trekking in the Veranada area
  • Day 3 : Trek to Lake Leones to view the Leones Glacier
  • Day 4 : Transfer to Villa O'Higgins
  • Day 5 : Embark at Bahamondez port, cross Lago O'Higgins by boat
  • Day 6 : Cross into Argentina via Laguna Redonda and Laguna del Desierto
  • Day 7-8 : In El Chalten, Los Glaciares National Park
  • Day 9 : Drive to El Calafate and visit Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Day 10 : Drive to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Day 11 : Trek to the Grey Glacier mirador
  • Day 12 : Hike to Refugio Los Cuernos & The French Valley
  • Day 13 : Trek to Las Torres
  • Day 14 : Trek up the Ascensio Valley to the base of Torres del Paine and return to Las Torres
  • Day 15 : Drive to Punta Arenas airport where trip concludes
  • Comfortable lodges and hotels
  • 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 10 dinners
  • One group transfer included in Balmaceda on day 1 and from Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas on day 15
  • All internal ground transport by private bus for groups of 7 or more people, and public bus for groups of up to 6 travellers in Argentina. In Chile private transportation for all group sizes.
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Refugios or camping (incl all equipment required) in Torres Del Paine and basic homestay/estancia in Candelario Mancilla
  • All national park and site entry fees
  • Horses to carry equipment on day 6
  • Boat trips on Lago O'Higgins and Laguna Desierto
  • Group medical kit
  • Internal flights
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottle water, aerated and alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Travel Insurance
5 - Excellent
Based on 1 review
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  • On Feb 27 2024
5 - Excellent
Epic adventure. This trip was recommended by a friend who did it a few years ago. It certainly met expectations. Fantastic scenery in one of the most remote areas in the world. Our guide went above and beyond to keep things... Read more
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Great Patagonian Traverse tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 09 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 09 August 2024, a deposit of 317 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Great Patagonian Traverse tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Great Patagonian Traverse tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Guides are trained in our COVID-19 response plan that has been developed in line with state government medical provisions.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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