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Expeditions in and for wild places

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Expeditions in and for wild places

 

Chulengo Expeditions brings friends, friends-of-friends, and soon-to-be-friends into the backcountry of Patagonia to think hard about our roles as advocates for a wilder, healthier ecological future. In a world crowded with connectivity and consumption, we cherish the simple joys and challenges of backcountry travel, which connects us to each other, the natural world, and our best selves. 

Together, we'll explore one of Earth's most remote and spectacular areas: Aysen, Chilean Patagonia. Our vision draws on years as members of the Tompkins Conservation team, protecting millions of acres of wildlands as new Chilean national parks.  The beauty and power of these places makes them a perfect classroom for exploring the future of humans and nature in this region and beyond. Join us in co-creating a new form of outdoor experience, building deeper relationships with the natural world, ourselves, and our communities. 

 

Why walk with Chulengo?

Frontier of wilderness conservation

In the coming year, Chile will add over 10 million acres of spectacular rugged landscapes to its national park system, making Chilean Patagonia a global epicenter for land conservation. Our expeditions travel through newly protected 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. We'll use these remote and wild parks as classrooms to discuss the future of land conservation in the 21st century.

 

Connection to wild nature

 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.  

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Lightweight guiding

We teach outdoor skills, scout remote routes and build community to give you space to challenge yourself. Think of Chulengo as an invitation to co-create adventure. We handle the logistics and bring years of local knowledge. But we'll ask you to carry your own weight, literally and figuratively, through difficult terrain and unpredictable weather. 

 

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.