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Expeditions in and for wild places

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Expeditions in and for wild places

 

In a world crowded with connectivity and consumption, we cherish the simple, physical joy of backcountry travel, which connects us with the earth and our best selves.  Chulengo Expeditions brings friends, friends-of-friends, and soon-to-be-friends to landscapes that deeply enchant and challenge us while offering space to think hard about how we inhabit our world.

Chulengo is a new project to co-create backcountry expeditions that embolden us to build deeper relationships with the natural world, ourselves, and our communities.  Our expeditions center on immersive wilderness travel in one of the world's most remote and spectacular places: Aysen, Chilean Patagonia. This vision grows out of years as members of the Tompkins Conservation team, focusing on the creation of the 700,000-acre Patagonia National Park. We're committed to sharing this place's beauty and power as we dive into human/nature futures in this region and beyond. Please join us in this exploration!

 

Why walk with Chulengo?

Commitment to wildness

In the words of Aldo Leopold, “we can only be ethical in relation to something we can see, understand, feel, love, or otherwise have faith in." We believe connection with the natural world can ground a respectful relationship between us and the rest of Earth. Our project is to educate, challenge and inspire, leaning away from mass tourism in favor of a thoughtful, wild experience.  

Lightweight guiding

We teach outdoor skills, find remote routes and create community to give you space to challenge yourself.  Think of it as an invitation to co-create adventure.  We handle all the logistics and bring years of local knowledge. But we'll ask you to carry your own weight, literally and figuratively. 

Less traveled landscapes

All expeditions travel through off-the-beaten-path wilderness areas. Spectacular but difficult to access, these places require careful planning to reach. Backpacking lets us to reach these rarely-visited corners with minimal impact. As we disconnect from devices and to-do lists, we reconnect with the rhythms of sunrises and moonrises and afternoon swims.

 

 

Need more convincing? Here's what participants from our pilot trips had to say about their journeys in Patagonia. 

Ready to go?

For our upcoming Patagonia season (November 2017 - April 2018), we're looking for curious minds and willing legs to join the next series of adventures.  Learn more about our expeditions, and apply to join one

 
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What's in a name?


"Chulengo," explained

What's in a name?


"Chulengo," explained

 

What's in a name? A century ago, millions of guanacos and their young, chulengos, roamed the Southern Cone.  Expanding sheep ranching pushed these native camelids out of prime grasslands, and their population shrank. In Patagonia National Park, the spiritual launching point for our project, the baby chulengos that arrive each spring are symbols of restoration, as grasslands rebound in the transition from ranch to park.

At Chulengo Expeditions, we trace our root system back to the philosophy and work of Tompkins Conservation, the team behind the restoration and protection of millions of acres across the Southern Cone. Curious and energetic, every chulengo reminds us of the power each of us holds to work toward a wilder, and rewilding, world.

 
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Aysen, Patagonia


AYSEN, PATAGONIA

 

this REGION of chile spans ice fields and forests, peaks and grasslanDS. While its landscapes offer adventure, its culture and history offer complex INSIGHTS in land use. 

Aysen, Patagonia


AYSEN, PATAGONIA

 

this REGION of chile spans ice fields and forests, peaks and grasslanDS. While its landscapes offer adventure, its culture and history offer complex INSIGHTS in land use. 

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Conservation


ENCOMPASSING 700,000 acres, the future Patagonia National Park offers a living classroom in conservation, possibilities FOR EXPLORATION,and a SANCTUARY FOR reflection 

Conservation


ENCOMPASSING 700,000 acres, the future Patagonia National Park offers a living classroom in conservation, possibilities FOR EXPLORATION,and a SANCTUARY FOR reflection 

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Philosophy


We believe in the power of wild places.

We mourn the collapse of ecological systems.

 

Our project is to connect these dots.

 

Philosophy


We believe in the power of wild places.

We mourn the collapse of ecological systems.

 

Our project is to connect these dots.