Wild location: All expeditions center on traverses of future Patagonia National Park, dubbed "the Yellowstone of South America." You'll spend seven to ten days backpacking and exploring an area that still receives only a handful of backcountry visitors. In covering 50 - 90 miles, you'll move through the diverse ecosystems that make this area a conservation priority: from glaciated high alpine to rich southern beech forests, from expansive grasslands to mountaintop lakes. Longer expeditions may travel further afield, journeying to new protected areas within Chile's Aysén Region. All trips start and end at the Balmaceda airport, Chile.
Lightweight guiding: we bring local knowledge, logistical support, and wilderness experience. You bring your perspective, enthusiasm, and outdoor skills. We'll take you to off-the-beaten-path spots, often off-trail, often as an exploratory trip. Together, we'll take on the work (and satisfaction) of life well-lived outside: navigating terrain, making camp, cooking. Our goal is to teach competence, so that you go home more capable of backcountry travel, whether that means lighting a stove or navigating complex off-trail terrain. We'll ask you to bring some personal gear. Groups travel with no porters, carrying everything they need, and camp in simple backcountry spots each night. All trips include transportation, food, logistics and guiding. For more detail on our approach, read our Expedition Packet.
We're committed to exploring what works: not just what's fun (that's important), but also what resonates and sticks with us after we leave the field. Each trip is unique, in route and in thought. In short, an adventure.
Expedition Dates and Details
Saturday, November 18 - Saturday, November 25:
This Thanksgiving expedition celebrates the vibrancy of spring in Patagonia. The energy of long days and new life fills our travels with big energy and many reasons to give thanks as we walk through the vast landscapes of the future Patagonia National Park. Eight days, $1500.
Friday, December 1 - Saturday, December 9
Early December, Patagonia is quiet and green, as summer begins to arrive. During this expedition, we'll visit two wild areas of the region: the future Patagonia National Park, and the San Lorenzo area further south, home of the region's second largest peak. Nine days, $1600.
Saturday, December 23 - Saturday, December 30
For those who want to fit a big vacation into a holiday week, this expedition explores together with a traverse of the future Patagonia National Park. We'll move through a variety of landscapes, from glaciated peaks to open grasslands, and pause for reflection and celebration. Eight days, $1500.
Friday, February 16 - Saturday, February 24
Sunday, March 4 - Saturday, March 10
A compressed expedition designed to fit into a week of vacation, this trip explores the best of the future Patagonia National Park's wide variety of ecosystems. The rhythms of walking and sleeping outside make the days stretch out expansively, giving pause and space as we move through wild landscapes. Six days, $1400.
Friday, March 9 - Saturday, March 17
The first notes of fall arrive to the lakes and forest of the future Patagonia National Park, and we'll walk a 60-mile traverse to celebrate. Starting in dramatic glacial valleys, we'll experience the wild Jeinimeni Mountains before crossing dozens of high lakes on alpine plateaus. Eight days, $1500
Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 24
This trip will center on off-trail travel and peak scrambling in the Jeinimeni Mountins, in the northern stretches of the future Patagonia National Park. As an exploratory expedition, we'll check out new routes, summit unnamed peaks, and travel through glaciated terrain. Nine days, $1500
Saturday, March 24 - Saturday, March 31