Wild Patagonia Explorer
Balmaceda, Chile (Coyhaique)
- New Trip Offering!
- Explore Patagonia National Park
- Stunning Mountain Scenery
- Wildlife, Glaciers, Waterfalls & Wildflowers
- Deep Wilderness Experience
- Glacial-fed Alpine Lakes
- Broad, Wild River Valleys
- Unique Lodging & Camping Locations
- Horse-Supported Trekking
Our Wild Patagonia Explorer Trek is a dream expedition for any adventurous world traveler. We have combined unique lodging, remote horse-supported trekking and fantastic basecamps in Chile’s newly created Patagonia National Park to create the trip of a lifetime. From dazzling glacially fed lakes to high mountain plateaus to expansive grasslands, this expedition will immerse participants in the beauty and solitude of the remote Aysén region of Patagonia. The wild landscapes, adventurous trails, scenic transportation routes and unique local history are what makes this region so fascinating to explore.
Our guests will learn about the rich and complex backstory of Patagonia National Park’s conservation, as well as the amazing history of the Aysén Region. We will delve into Patagonia’s natural and human history and gain a richer understanding of the uniqueness and importance of this landscape. This is a great opportunity to explore the true wilderness of Patagonia without any crowds – join us!
$300 Single Supplement
This trip has a hotel/lodge stay for 3 nights during the trip, the single supplement applies to all 3 of those nights. It also includes a private tent in each of the camping accommodations for the remaining 5 nights of the trip. Otherwise tents will be dbl. occupancy with same gender. Different sexes will never be asked to share a tent unless they are traveling together. This trip has a limit of 6 single supplement occupants per trip date.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 10-15 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 3-13 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 3200 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 3200 feet
- Quality of Trails:
- This trip follows established, well-maintained wilderness trails and also has a few days of off-trail cross country hiking.
- This trip earns its Level 4 Difficulty rating due to multiple 10+ mile hiking days and the potential for harsh Patagonian weather. Elevations on this trip are low (below 5000 feet) which makes for moderate hiking, and elevation gains/losses are moderate.
- be active and healthy
- exercise vigorously 3-5 times per week
- be comfortable hiking 5-13 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 15 pound backpack
SOLITUDE LEVEL 4
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Patagonia hike a solitude 4. You can expect to see a couple other groups of hikers per day.
For this trek you will fly into Balmaceda, Chile on the day the trip begins. Flights should arrive before 5 PM. All flights into Balmaceda connect through Santiago, Chile. Most major airlines fly into Santiago from major connecting cities in the United States, primarily Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and Miami, Florida. It is important to leave enough time to pass through customs in Santiago. We recommend scheduling flights with a layover of 4 hours in Santiago between flights before continuing on to Balmaceda.
Your flight on the final day should depart no earlier than 4 PM. Our earliest arrival at the airport will be 2:30 PM on the final day of trip.
Please Note: When you enter Chile, you will be issued a document called a PDI (tourism card). Please do NOT throw this away. You will need it to exit the country and nearly every lodge we stay in also asks for a copy.
We require a minimum of 4 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.
In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, or be refunded your payments in full. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.
Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.
Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 4-5 People: Rate x 1.3
- 6-7 People: Rate x 1.2
- 8-10 People: Rate x 1.1
- 11-12 People: Rate x 1
*all rates are per person and single supplements apply