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3-4 week Patagonia trip

Montreal, Canada
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3-4 week Patagonia trip

Hi,

I need help sorting out this last minute 3-4 week patagonia trip. Jan 14th feb 10th

Basically so far this is sort of the plan. We are backpacking and want do to at least the W trek and maybe even the full circuit if it worth it. We will be camping. I am reallllly confused on whether or not it is necessay to book campsites? I read a lot of contradictory info on this! The buses....will it be difficult in these dates to find spots on buses for this type of itinerary?

I have this so far:

Jan 14 arrive BA

Jan 15 fly to el calafate

Jan 16 El calafate and surroundings

Jan 17 El calafate and surroundings

Jan 18 bus to puerto natales

jan 19 puerto natales getting ready for trek buying supplies etc..

jan 20 bus to TDP

jan 21 TDP

jan 22 TDP

jan 23 TDP

jan 24 TDP

jan 25 TDP (W trek ends here)

jan 26 TDP (full circuit)

jan 27 TDP (full circuit)

jan 28 TDP (full circuit)

jan 29 TDP (full circuit) last day leave for puerto natales

jan 30 ?

jan 31?

feb 1 ?

feb 2 ?

feb 3 ?

feb 4?

feb 5 leave el calafate for BA

feb 6 BA

feb 7 BA

feb 8 BA

feb 9 BA

feb 10 flight back home from BA

Any suggestions/comments welcome this is very last minute I am aware but our trip to africa fell through so now we need to find an alternative! I am not too sure what we could do from after the TDP trek until we depart el calafate for BA.

THANKS A LOT!!!

Mendoza, Argentina
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1. Re: 3-4 week Patagonia trip

My advice is to stay more days in El Chalten for day hikes, and less in El Calafate. Unless you want to pay for a specialist tour in the area (ie: Upsala Glacier), one full day in Calafate to do whatever you want to do at the PG Glacier is enough (and you can see and enjoy it evening bad weather). You also want more time for flexibility as if the weather turns bad in Chalten you can't see anything, as there is zilch to do in Chalten in miserable weather (bring a book for your extra days in the hostel).Then if you get your dayhiking out of the way early, you could relax as well.

Yes, the buses to Chalten can get booked out in January and February, so I suggest trying to book either through email or phone, or by internet: plataforma10.com/Servicios#buscar/…0 Remember that there is a good chance of your flight to Calafate being several hours late.

As for hiking in Chalten, if you want to do 4-6 hours, Lago de las Tres (9 hours return, and the last tricky part you only want to do in dry weather) is out, though the mirador of Mt Fitzroy halfway on that trail is easily doable in that time. Going to Lago Torre is about 6 hours and easy, and there are good views of Fitzroy (if little clouds) and Torre (if no clouds) halfway.

Apart from cold, the most important thing about hiking in Patagonia is good rain gear. if possible, buy a toque and waterproof gloves, or be ready to turn back at any moment early.

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2. Re: 3-4 week Patagonia trip

Sorry, my first reply was to another post, but some advice applies to you as well.

Camping at refugios costs and can be booked out, camping at non-refugio sites (ie:Italiano) is free and you usually can squeeze in somewhere.

In terms of extra time, i would suggest either going to Punta Arenas to quickly visit a Penguin colony (take the Isla Magdalena boat trip if it is on a day you can go, or take the bus trip to the other one if not) or to El Chalten for some great day hiking if the weather is good. Free camping in the Park on the trails from Chalten.

Not much to do in Puerto Natales except go to TdP or wait out bad weather to go to TdP.

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