Trekking in Patagonia

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Trekking in Patagonia

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From Buenos Aires to Patagonia: a voyage where culture and beauty co-exist in perfect harmony

This challenge will offer you an immeasurable wealth of landscapes to behold and experiences to enjoy. Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, the Paris of Latin America, you will immediately surrender to Argentina's charm. This trip will take you to the southern reaches of South America, in a wild region that offers a magical setting with sublime, arid spaces for an unparalleled trekking experience. The beautiful tours of the untamed and gigantic Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre are undeniably unforgettable. The Perito Moreno Glacier, with its 5 km of glacier walls, will be your next jaw-dropping destination.

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Soirée d'information pour le programme Challenge SRC
25 September 2018 - 6:00pm
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Soirée d'information pour le programme Challenge SRC
25 September 2018 - 6:00pm
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Details

Where

Argentina

When

February 7-17, 2019

Duration of the trip

11 days

Level of difficulty

Intermediate

Accomodation

hotel, lodge

Fundraising goal by participant

$12,500
Participants
Melinda-Sue Beltran, Denis Dionne, Sylvie Filteau, Michel Handfield, Sophie-Anne Lamour, Laurence Lapierre, Monique Leblanc, Julie Pion

Your Journey

Appointment of the participants at the Montreal airport. Assistance with check-in and flight to Buenos Aires via Toronto. Night on the plane.

Arrival in Buenos Aires during the day, the Paris of Latin America, an important cultural hub for the continent. Your guide will wait for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in the charming Bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo, the Tango district. Free time to take a shower and a refreshment before a dinner in the neighborhood of San Telmo to get in touch with the local gastronomy.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Lunch on board and dinner included

Breakfast at your hotel. Departure at 9 am with your guide for a private orientation tour by foot to discover the important central districts of Buenos Aires, starting with El centro where government buildings such as the palace of Casa Rosada, Puerto Madero and Its terraces bordering the old port, considered one of the most interesting and original districts of the 48 quarters of the capital. San Telmo, the colonial quarter of artists with narrow streets full of history, and where you will have lunch. Transfer to Aeroparque Airport for an internal flight to El Calafate in the heart of Patagonia. Arrival in El Calafate, small town on the shores of Lake Argentino, and transfer by private vehicle to your hotel.

Installation and dinner.

Overnight in El Calafate.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

With your guide, departure for an excursion to the famous Perrito Moreno glacier, located 80 km from the village. The Perrito Moreno is a huge glacier of 250 km square, with a face, a real wall of ice, 60 meters high, which sinks into Lake Argentino, with continuous collapse of the wall. The show is unique in the world.

Dinner and free time on site. Return to your hotel in El Calafate.

Dinner and overnight stay.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Departure by bus in the morning to the village of El Chalten, the only small village inside the Parque Nacional de Los Glaciares. The road is beautiful, past Lake Argentino before passing to Lake Viedma, the 2 huge glacial lakes of the region. Then the bus turns right onto the famous Route 23, where you will gradually approach the mythical mountains of the Park, such as the Fitz Roy or the Cerro Torre. Installation at your hotel around noon. Dinner on the spot.

In the afternoon, a small excursion will be possible to head to the Cataratas, and explore the surroundings of the lake, about 3 hours of walk in total. Return to El Chalten. In the evening, meet your main mountain guide to prepare for the trek.

Night in lodge in El Chalten.

Walking time: 3 h Height: 20 m

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Departure from the lodge by foot with your guide to take the trail of laguna Del Toro.The trail is a gradually climbing trail on a plateau to an exceptional view of all the glaciers of the Parque De Los Glaciares, south side.

Picnic lunch and photo stop at Tunel River, and then return to El Chalten in the afternoon.

Night in lodge in El Chalten

Walking time: 8-9 h Height: 460 m 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Departure from the lodge by foot to climb the massif to the north of the village. This trail is the most popular and the best known in the Park, and it gradually runs to the heart of the park's glaciers. The first hour is a good steep climb to pass the first rocky massif. Behind this massif, the view is unique in the world; the Fitz Roy stands right in front of you. You will then be in the Salto Valley with several areas of footbridges and small bridges to pass. The trail follows this valley for a 1 h 30 walk to a rocky belvedere, you will be in the heart of the mountain, surrounded by glaciers.You will climb a little further to reach the famous Arista Morenica of the Lake of Los Tres, which makes the park famous, an enormous rocky arch in the hollow of which it is formed the lake of los 3. Welcome to the world of magnificent Mont Fitlz Roy! Picnic lunch on the spot, then back downhill to your lodge in El Chalten.

Walking time: 8-9 h Height: 700 m

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Departure from the lodge by foot to climb directly on the massive rock behind the village, almost in a straight line. This day is devoted to Mount Torre and its immediate surroundings, the second wonder of the Park with the Fitz Roy. The trail is characterized by its many spectacular views all along the way. After 4 hours of walking, you reach the highest point of the day: the majestic Torre glacier lake, where the waters of the glacier melt of the Cerro Torre, possibly the most beautiful lake in the Park, flows. Return to El Chalten at your lodge.

Walking time: 8-9 h Height: 250 m

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Free morning in El Chalten to recover and enjoy the places. Lunch in El Chalten and return by bus to El Calafate. Dinner and night in El Calafate

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Transfer from your hotel to El Calafate Airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. You will arrive at Aeroparque airport, and then transfer to EZE international airport to take your return flight to Montreal.

Breakfast included

Be ready to face your challenge

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Equipment

In order to be comfortable throughout your adventure, it's essential to bring the right equipment. The secret is to protect the most vulnerable parts of your body against heat, cold and moisture. Always pack warm clothing and waterproof hiking shoes. You may want to consider bringing along a toque and even a walking stick. Choose a light backpack and carry nothing but the essentials for your journey. Check out our tool box section for more tips and tricks.

Logistics

Even though the CRS Challenge is a personal experience, it's also a group adventure. Our team of experts will provide you with useful advice and the answers to all of your questions from the moment you register to the moment you return. We have mastered the art of logistics, thanks to our knowledge of the destinations we offer and the fact that we organize several challenges every year, making your overall experience all the more enjoyable.

Patagonia, a land of untamed beauty

Argentina will greet you with open arms in Buenos Aires, its artistic and cultural capital. During your trip, you'll have a first-hand look at its many charms. In the renowned bohemian district of San Telmo, also known as the tango district, you'll experience authentic cuisine and will be enthralled by its rich and fascinating culture. Your adventure will lead you to a gorgeous, unique and spellbinding Patagonian wilderness in no time! Its northern border is the southernmost greenery of Pampas and the fertile valley of the Rio Negro. Nestled between the Andes and a sea of glaciers, the region is home to incredible fauna. You will travel through the legendary territory known to be the last home of the dinosaurs. Every year, Patagonia's landscapes attract thousands of adventurers seeking the beauty and peaceful seductiveness offered by its breathtaking views.

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