Exploratory Trekking in Aysen Patagonia - 11 days
This unforgettable 11 day adventure takes you on a journey through the pristine region of Aysén. Trek into the true spirit of Aysén accompanied by only its unspoiled & unvisited territory. This adventure offers a unique challenge perfect for those in search of something entirely new. Come along to cross rivers, navigate lakes, view glaciers, and hike through the ancient forests of this incredible region of Patagonia.
• A True Off-the-Beaten Path Journey
• Hike Along Remote & Wild Trails Unvisited by Most
• Navigate Lake General Carrera to the Marble Chapel & Caves
• Hike through Ancient Forests
• Camp in Pristine Mountain Atmospheres with Views of Glaciers
• Cross one of the Wildest & Untouched Territories in this Region
• Enjoy Various Boat Rides & Navigate Up-Close to Glaciers
• Stay Two Nights in the Beautiful Terra Luna Lodge
• An Absolutely Unique & Exclusive Trek Like No Other!
Day 1 - Arrival to Balmaceda – Transfer to Puerto Guadal – Navigate to the Marble Chapel & Caves
Upon arriving to Balmaceda Airport, you will be warmly received by your guide waiting to welcome and brief you about your coming adventure! Today you will be transferred 5 hours to Puerto Guadal – taking in the unique sights and landscapes that you pass, you will certainly feel like you are in the heart of Patagonia in this special region.
Upon arriving to Puerto Guadal, you will embark on a 2 hour navigation on Lake General Carrera getting up-close to the marble chapel & caves. These iconic formations of calcium carbonate, have been eroded by water creating cliffs and tunnels, and a highly unusual and beautiful cave system.
After this unforgettable highlight navigation, head to the lake shore where you will rest in a comfortable lodge – taking in the lakeside views while enjoying a freshly prepared dinner.
Day 2 - Transfer from Terra Luna – Trek Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest)
In the morning we´ll power up with a fresh breakfast before transferring 1 hour to the trailhead where we will begin our unforgettable journey.
With our packs and gear ready, we begin our walk with a climb into an ancient rain forest which follows a nice river with several waterfalls.
Reaching our destination, Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest), we are rewarded with fantastic views of different glaciers.
Here we set up our camp, cook a nice dinner, and enjoy this precious and wild place.
Day 3 - Trek through Bosque Encantado – Lagunas Mellizas
Waking up with one of a kind views, we prepare our breakfast and enjoy a relaxing start to our third day. Our trek today continues upwards to Laguna Mellizas, a perfect site to rest during the afternoon and enjoy the views over the glaciers. We are in a typical mountain atmosphere here and will set up our camp for the evening.
Day 4 - Lagunas Mellizas – La Picada Pass – La Tinita
Today’s trek takes us upwards to reach “la picada” pass, the trek’s highest point, before going back down into the forgotten valley.
Here we trek trough the valley up to La Tinita camp, another perfect spot to enjoy the views on the surrounding mountains and glaciers.
Day 5 - Trek La Tinita – Glacier Viewpoint – La Joyita
Our fifth day takes us amongst mountainous peaks, lakes and glaciers. We will start with a trek down to “el balcon” (the balcony) a perfect place to have lunch with fantastic scenery.
After taking in the views and enjoying a relaxing lunch, we must start a climb to reach the glacier viewpoint where we can get a perfect 360 degree panorama of the glaciers that lie around us.
We finally continue our way down to ‘La Joyita’ crossing one of the wildest part of our trekking. After a full day of demanding adventure we reach our camp where we relax and settle in for the night.
Day 6 - La Joyita – Rest Day or Climb to View Point
This day can be used as an extra day in case of bad weather or if the group needs to rest at camp. If the group is on schedule, a small climb to a very nice view point in the middle of the rocky and Icy walls of the impressive mountain can be enjoyed followed by a second night at the same camp.
Day 7 - Trek from La Joyita – Forgotten Valley
Today we pack up our camp and trek down to Valle Olvidado camp (Forgotten Valley). We follow a river and cross beautiful ancient forests before reaching the bottom of the valley where we set up our camp and rest here for the night.
Day 8 - Trek to Grey Lake – Boat Transfer to Pesebre Camp
Our eighth day begins by trekking through the forgotten valley to Grey Lake where we take a short boat transfer before continuing our trek to Pesebre Camp where we will spend our evening together once again.
Day 9 - Navigation to Glaciers & Optional Ice-Hike – Rest Day at Pesebre Camp
Today is an easy and restful day at camp. We will enjoy a navigation to the glacier front in the afternoon with the option to enjoy an ice-hike if desired. Arriving back to camp, we’ll relax and share hot drinks and a good laugh re-living our experience so far.
Day 10 - Trek to Pesebre Camp Surroundings – Jet Boat to Terra Luna
Today is our last day trekking as we enjoy the day exploring the surroundings of Pesebre Camp.In the afternoon we take a jet boat ride to Terra Luna Lodge where we will check-in and rest in the warmth and comfort of this beautiful lodge on the shores of Lake General Carrera. We’ll enjoy a nice farewell dinner together before settling in for our last night in Aysén.
Day 11 - Transfer to Balmaceda Airport
After breakfast in the lodge, a 5 hour transfer will take you back to the Balmaceda airport for your departing flight.A lunch will also be provided on your last day.
2023 - 2024 PRICE PER PERSON (valid till April 2024):
2 guests: USD$ 4,695 per person
3 guests: USD$ 3,895 per person
4-8 guests: USD$ 3,595 per person
Program prices are determined by the final number of confirmed guests in a group. The per person price lowers as more guests join the group. This operates with a maximum of 8 guests per departure which allows for a high level of unforgettable personalized experience. Departures available on request.
An initial deposit of 25% of the total program cost is required to make a booking effective. Upon receipt of the deposit, a pro-forma invoice (receipt of payment) will be issued, and sent to the client. You will also have to fill out a contact/health form and a liability form. Final payment is due 70 days before the trip starts
When booking a trip with less than 70 days before the trip start, it is considered a last minute booking and 100% of the trip cost must be paid in full within 48 hours to confirm your reservation. Until the payment is received the trip cannot be guaranteed and any changes to the itinerary may occur or be subject to additional fees.
Cancellations Fees & Refunds
All requests for cancellations and applicable refunds must be made in writing. Depending within the cancelling dates, the following are the amounts that will be refunded to you.
Cancellation or compensation payments do not apply due to “Force Majeure,” that is, unusual events and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of the operator or its sub-contractors for events that occur such as war, pandemics, strikes, riots, terrorist activity or threats, natural disasters, climate conditions or fire, environmental emergencies, transport changes in airline companies, boaters and land carriers, changes in providers, etc.
Travel Insurance: this trip take place in remote locations, accidents can and do occur occasionally as well as last minute inconveniences, such as flight delays, loss of luggage, or a simple ankle twist preventing you from arriving on time at the meeting point agreed or unable to finish your vacation. Therefore they require all clients carry their own health, accident and liability insurance. Travel insurance should include protection for the full duration of your vacation including: medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation as well as cancellation and curtailment. It is good to check that there are no exclusions clauses limiting the types of activities included in your trip. Operator will act in full accordance during an emergency situation, but they can assume no responsibility for medical costs or evacuation costs during or after a trip.
Liability - They require all guests to complete and sign a liability waiver that will be sent prior to the trip start. This form should be returned via online completion at the time of the initial trip deposit.
Health Conditions: All guests should be in good general physical health. A general health form will be sent to each guest to be completed and signed; this should be returned via online completion at the time of the initial trip deposit.
Passport/Visas: All clients should hold a valid passport whose expiration date is at least 2 months later than the trip departure date. All fees and costs associated with passports and or visas for entry into any country related to a trip are the sole responsibility of the client.
Personal valuables: The operator does not assume responsibility for any loss or theft of personal belongings of the client, whether purchased on the trip or otherwise.
All the vehicles and guides are equipped with VHF band radio equipment, allowing them to be in permanent contact with the main offices and the relevant authorities. There is currently no cellphone reception near or inside the Torres del Paine National Park boundaries. When visiting remote locations they bring a satellite phone for emergencies.
TERRA LUNA LODGE
Terra Luna Lodge is located on the shores of the beautiful General Carrera Lake. The main lodge offers 4 triplex units, each with 2 double & 1 single rooms, 1 full bathroom, living area and direct access to the terrace. There are no private kitchens in these units as the restaurant is located in the same building. For those looking for ultimate relaxation, guests can upgrade to one of the several private cabins which have hot tubs and a private deck with fantastic views. The perfect base camp to discover the region!
During the trek we will carry all the necessary gear needed for our nights spent backcountry camping. Guests will share the weight of gear and equipment including tents, personal sleeping bags & mats, food, cooking utensils, water, and gear. Evenings will be spent camping in the pristine and rugged wilderness of this remarkable region without modern facilities or resources.