2007: Trekking Patagonia: Argentina and Chile

Date and Time

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020


Chile and Argentina


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


Join us on a spectacular 15-day adventure to remote southern Patagonia, land of superlatives-majestic pinnacle peaks, immense glaciers, fierce winds and exotic animals. Explore some of South America's finest national parks including the Los Glaciares National Park, home to some of the world's most stunning ice formations, and Torres del Paine National Park famous for granite pillars, lakes and mountains. Patagonia is the geographical region that lies at the southernmost tip of South America, in both Chile and Argentina. Patagonia has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding natural and scenic beauty. Spectacular treks will lead us to iconic massifs: Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Cuernos and Torres del Paine, and other dramatic sights. Join us on this exciting adventure to see jagged peaks, massive glaciers, icebergs, blue-green lakes and much more. A combination of day hikes, backpack with full-service backcountry refugios, and guided tours will provide us a unique opportunity to experience this rugged and beautiful area. Our adventure will begin in El Calafate, Argentina where we will visit the Laguna Nimez Bird Sanctuary and tour the Perito Moreno Glacier. There will be day hikes around the Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre areas, and a guided ice trek adventure on Cagliero Glacier. We will be doing a hut to hut backpack of the famous "W" trek in Torres del Paine National Park, where we will take a scenic catamaran, hike along tranquil lakes, see views of Grey Glacier and jagged granite peaks. This trip is designed for experienced hikers and several of the days are long (up to 15 miles) and strenuous. You must be able to hike for up to 8 hours a day, not counting breaks, at a moderate pace, with moderate elevation gains (up to 3,000 feet), while carrying enough equipment to keep you safe in the event of bad weather or injury. The accommodations provided on this trip are a mix of small hotels, hostels, & backcountry full-service huts called refugios.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $4,225 member / $4,225 non-member
*Includes accommodations, local ground transportation, guides in some of the parks, some meals, and two guided glacier ice treks. Does not include airfare.

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2007 Prospectus

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Wait Listed


Backpacking 4-5 Vigorous to Strenuous


Adults (18+)


Robin Melavalin has been involved with educational travel for over 25 years working with college students and faculty. She has led AMC Adventure Travel trips hiking in Morocco, the Bavarian Alps, Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, and more.


Leslie Carson joined the AMC in 2004, but didn't start hiking with the club until 2005. Once she started, she never stopped. She became a hike leader for the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter in 2007 (and is now hiking vice-chair) and for August Camp. She has led four-season day and multi-day trips in New England for the past seven years.