Fri 16 Nov - Tue 27 Nov 2018

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Day 1, Fri 16 Nov 2018

International departure from London

The day has finally arrived for our adventure to start.  As we take off for our long haul flight you may feel a bout of nerves but hopefully mostly excitement; all the hard work put into training will finally be put to the test.

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Day 2, Sat 17 Nov 2018

Arrive to Buenos Aires

We will arrive in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina and we’’ have some free time to explore and perhaps warm up limbs with the famed dance the Tango. This evening we’ll being staying in a local hotel.

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Day 3, Sun 18 Nov 2018

Arrive to Calafate

We’ll be getting another flight to El Calafate, the true start point of our adventure.  Our leader will brief us for the days ahead. Overnight in Calafate

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Day 4, Mon 19 Nov 2018

Viedma Ice Trek

This morning will be an early transfer towards El Chalten where we will start our first challenge, to conquer the formidable Viedma Glaciar.  Access to the glacier is up a naturally rocky slope and requires the use of ropes and crampons for both the ascent and descent; we’ll need to concentrate hard on this day and hope that all our training has been enough for the challenge. Overnight in Chalten.

 

Trekking on this day will require a strong level of fitness and confident trekking abilities*

 

(* Our trek guide will assess our fitness levels and determine whether we will do this trek or not)

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Day 5, Tue 20 Nov 2018

Trek Estancia los Huemules (15 Kms)

After a transfer from Chaltén to Estancia Los Huemules we will start a trek up Loma del Diablo. This is a long steady climb with great views of the estancia and Mount Fitz Roy. The trek is varied between forest and open areas; ending with a panoramic view of the mountains, the Laguna Verde and Azul. Overnight in a lodge or Campsite.

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Day 6, Wed 21 Nov 2018

Trek Estancia los Huemules (15 Kms)

After breakfast we’ll head back to the Estancia and enter a different valley to enjoy another spectacular day of trekking.   We’ll trek through the relatively flat valley floor and through the beautiful and protected lenga forests whilst admiring the stunning views of glaciers and their lakes.  In the evening we’ll return to overnight in a lodge or Campsite.

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Day 7, Thu 22 Nov 2018

Trek Pollone Glacier (740m) (16 Kms)

The start of our trek today will be at the Electrico Bridge and hike through some more forests along the valley and towards the Pollone Glacier.

The trek will be challenging as we will be walking into the strong winds coming off the Continental Ice Field towards the hidden lagoon at the base of the mountains.   After this we’ll return back to our refuge at la Piedra del Fraile.

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Day 8, Fri 23 Nov 2018

Trek Laguna de los Tres (1,200m) (15 Kms)

After breakfast we will head off towards the Piedras Blancas Glacier and river, arriving at the Rio Blanco campsite.  We’ll set off from the campsite up a steep ascent to Laguna de los Tres which is the closest we are able to get to Fitz Roy without doing the technical climb.   All the hard work of today’s trek will be rewarded by the incredible views of Mount Fitz Roy’s Summit and the view of the valley that we’ve walked through.  Weather permitting we may have our lunch at the lagoon before starting our descent towards Poincenot, our campsite for tonight with views of Fitz Roy.

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Day 9, Sat 24 Nov 2018

Laguna Torres (20 Kms)

Today we will have another early morning; after breakfast we will continue through the beautiful lenga forests past the lagoons of Madre, Hija and Nieta. The path is quite flat, so will offer a well earned rest for our legs after all the climbing the day before!

After a couple of hours we will drop in to the glacial valley that takes us towards Laguna Torre.   This valley is both loved by geologists and photographers a like because of its perfect U shape.  At the end of the valley is the Laguna Torre, the glacier and the famous Mount Torre. After lunch at the lagoon we’ll head back to El Chalten along the Fitz Roy river valley.

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Day 10, Sun 25 Nov 2018

Pliegue Tumbado- Transfer to Calafate (1500 mts) (16 Kms)

After breakfast, we’ll head up towards Laguna Toro. After a steep ascent we’ll again be met by the outstanding sight of Mount Fitz Roy, Torre and Huemul.  We’ll then continue our hike across the Pampas, locally known as “Pampa de las Carretas”. Once we leave the forest, we’ll start to walk across an alpine terrain, where even in summer it can snow.  We’ll reach a beautiful spot from which we will see an unconventional and unique views of Torre and Fitz Roy.

After saying goodbye to the glaciers and mountain area, it’s time to head back to El Chalten and then transfer to El Calafate for a well deserved hot shower and our celebratory meal

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Day 11, Mon 26 Nov 2018

Calafate to London

Today is time to say Adios Argentina! The flight home is the perfect opportunity to reflect on all we’ve achieved, before sharing your fantastic journey with friends and family

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Day 12, Tue 27 Nov 2018

Arrive to London

We arrive back as victors on home soil. From here it’s a heartfelt goodbye to your new friends and trekking partners.

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