Patagonia Trekking

skyestoury
skyestoury Seattle, WAMember Posts: 24

I am heading to Patagonia this February and already have permits for the O Trek, but planning to stay down in that area for a few weeks. Does anyone have any hike or trekking suggestions in the Chile side of Patagonia?

We will be backpacking so looking for anything from scenic day hikes to multi night trips. We are doing this on a budget and are very experienced, so not planning to do any guided trips.

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  • TenDigitGrid
    TenDigitGrid San DiegoMember, Moderator Posts: 49

    Just came to say super jealous and enjoy your trip! O Trek is on my bucket list, can't wait to see your pictures and hear about your trip when you get back!

  • bugglife
    bugglife Phoenix, AZMember Posts: 42

    @skyestoury

    Is the O-Trek in Torres Del Paine? Do you know where you're flying in and out of? I would be happy to provide some insight from the time I spent down there, but a little more information in terms of geography would be helpful. Patagonia is a big place!

  • skyestoury
    skyestoury Seattle, WAMember Posts: 24

    @bugglife yup, O Trek is Torres del Paine! So anything in that area would be great or within a few hour drive. We will be traveling all over and there for a few months so location doesn’t really matter. Anything in the Chile part of Patagonia is fair game, just not planning to head into Argentina this trip.

  • bugglife
    bugglife Phoenix, AZMember Posts: 42

    @skyestoury

    OK, that's helpful. I did a NOLS trip to Patagonia in 2003, and then stayed afterwards for an additional 3-4 months in 2004, so it's been a while. I spent most of my time in Chile, and I'm pretty sure the trip I did in Torres del Paine was the W trek. Torres del Paine was super beautiful, and Patagonia on the whole was probably the wildest place I've ever visited, but it was also the wettest I've ever been. In the first month (Sept-Oct), we had 4 sunny days. It wasn't raining super hard the entire rest of the time, but we weren't getting any drier.

    If I were going to go back, I'd want to go Tierra del Fuego, which has a lot of good trekking opportunities. If you want to go farther north in Chile, you have a lot of options, but if you are driving, you will almost certainly need to drive through Argentina, so it might be worth looking at some options on the west side of Argentina, on the eastern side of the Andes. Just remember, the roads you'll be on will be rough, and going will be slow, so plan accordingly. If staying in Chile is super important, and you don't want to fly, you could have some fun adventures through the fjords on a boat.

    I know that's not a ton, but I hope it's helpful. Feel free to reach out if you have any additional or specific questions and I'll see what else I can come up with.

  • skyestoury
    skyestoury Seattle, WAMember Posts: 24

    @bugglife thank you! Not opposed to flying at all if it’s worth it. We’re just trying to keep costs down. Will look into Tierra del Fuego though, thanks!

  • TightLoopsFly
    TightLoopsFly Montana sometimes, On the road most of the time.Member Posts: 1

    Hi!

    Super exciting! So jealous you're doing the O trek! Would love to go back down and do one of those longer routes.

    We just got back from Patagonia in early November, and it was our first time visiting - and we didn't have a ton of time in Chile, so I don't have a whole lot to offer other than - Puerto Natales is a fabulous little town about an hour away from Torres del Paine park. Lots of great food and lodging in the area. The Mirador las Torres hike is an easy day hike to see the infamous towers - I think there is option to hit that on the O trek though - and you'd likely be able to get a sunrise viewing if you're camping close by in the Chileno campsite. There's a lot of hiking within the park though! I've heard the views from Mirador Condor are supposed to be spectacular. We didn't get to do much due to our limited time frame, but that area was one of my favorites.

    Sorry this isn't terribly helpful! Happy to chat more if any specific questions come up!

  • skyestoury
    skyestoury Seattle, WAMember Posts: 24

    Thank you @TightLoopsFly! We're flying to Puerto Natales but haven't booked lodging yet. Any recommendations on where to stay in town?