All Chulengo Expeditions offer...
A RUGGED, WILD EXPERIENCE: Our expeditions center on spectacular, newly protected landscapes -- 10.3 million acres of long-sought national parkland and adjacent buffer areas spanning ice fields, alpine forest, and sweeping grasslands. We encounter these places on their own terms, wading through glacial rivers, braving the Patagonian wind, and sleeping under the stars.
COMMUNITY AND REFLECTION: Our trips take time to reflect on our relationship to the non-human world and what a more sustainable, more resilient future might look like. We equip participants with the tools they need to be thoughtful advocates for conservation worldwide. Many tell us this is the most meaningful aspect of their experience.
LIGHTWEIGHT GUIDING: We bring local knowledge, logistical support, and wilderness experience. You bring your energy, enthusiasm, and outdoor skills. Together, we'll take on the work of life well-lived outside: navigating, making camp, cooking—building outdoor skills along the way. 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.
Two routes to join Chulengo
OPEN-ENROLLMENT: comprised of interested individuals or duos who form a new community of adventurers. Participants often reflect that expanding their community in the backcountry is an unexpected joy of our expeditions. Our participants come from around the world, from varying academic and professional backgrounds, but all share a desire to explore wild Patagonia. For the 2019 - 2020 season, we’re taking a deep dive into new expedition types — read on below!
CUSTOM: organized for groups of six or more participants, often for academic institutions, family groups, or like-minded organizations. Do you have a group you'd like to bring to Patagonia? Every year, we work with schools and organizations to organize custom expeditions that meet their curricular needs and interests. You can read more about custom expeditions here. Please don't hesitate to contact us.
Open-Enrollment Expedition Descriptions
Wednesday, December 26 — December 31, 2019
The final days of the year are best spent in the mountains, and best of all, with horses to do the heavy lifting. Join Chulengo’s first-ever horse-supported expedition, moving through the spectacular mountains near to Patagonia National Park. We’ll spend each day traveling by foot, using horses to lighten our loads, and enliven our backcountry camps. We’ll work with local ranching families, spending time at their remote puestos as well as backcountry campsites.
Six days, $2300
Patagonian New Year
Saturday, December 28, 2019—Saturday, January 4, 2020
Pause and reflect as the new year arrives, in the remote splendor of Patagonia’s backcountry. This expedition centers on a 100km traverse of the spectacular Patagonia National Park, winding through glacial valleys, alpine lakes, and expansive grasslands.
Eight days, $1800
Wilderness and Conservation - Chulengo x Sea State
Tuesday, January 7 - Sunday, January 19, 2020
During this for-credit course for college students, students will delve into the natural and human history of Aysén, Patagonia, with a focus on land conservation and sustainable development. Students will gain a rich appreciation for Patagonia’s nature and culture through a backcountry expedition paired with conversations with local stakeholders. Readings and group discussions will work to connect themes in Patagonian land conservation to larger global trends. The course’s assignments work to build deep local understanding paired with a broader awareness around the urgency and complexity of conservation in the 21st century.
Thirteen days, $3200 - opportunity to earn college credit
Saturday, February 15 — Saturday, February 22, 2020
Within the context of a Patagonian wilderness expedition, build Spanish competency and learn Chilean expressions. All instruction on this course, led by Chilean outdoor educators, will be in Spanish; fundamentals of the language are required, but not fluency. This expedition is also appropriate for native speakers who prefer Spanish as the main expedition language.
Eight days, $1800
Friday, February 21 — Saturday, February 29, 2020
Following our successful inaugural women’s expedition of 2019, this course dives deeper into backcountry travel and camping. Exploratory expeditions are some of our favorites: gathering together willing adventurers, we take off to scout new routes in spectacular high-mountain areas. This expedition will likely traverse a remote mountain area in the Aysen region (not Patagonia National Park). Open to all who identify as female.
Nine days, $1900
Art in the Wild
Saturday, February 29 — Saturday, March 6, 2020
Co-led with Chulengo Visiting Artist Hannah Perrine Mode, our pilot Art in the Wild imagines art as a verb: a tool for storytelling and deepening our engagement with place. We’ll spend the first two days of the expedition based at a remote ranch on the shores of the inspiring Lago General Carrera, combining day hikes with workshops in drawing, painting and photography. For the next four days, we’ll head off on a horse-supported backpacking trip, making time to pursue creative projects as we travel. In parallel, we’ll delve into the natural and human history of the Patagonian landscapes we travel through. We’ll conclude with time to wrap up projects and tie together our creative and physical journey.
Eight days, $2400
Autumn in the Mountains
Saturday, March 21 — Saturday, March 28, 2020
Autumn might be Patagonia’s best-kept secret. The mountains come alive in reds and oranges while the region quiets down after the bustle of summer. On our final expedition of the season, we explore the backcountry of Patagonia National Park at this magical moment.
Eight days, $1800
2019 - 2020 Expeditions by Date
Wednesday, December 26 — Monday, December 31, 2019: Horse-Supported Trekking (six days, $2300)
Friday, December 28, 2019—Saturday, January 4, 2020: Patagonian New Year (eight days, $1800)
Tuesday, January 7 — Sunday, January 19, 2020: Wilderness and Conservation College Course (Chulengo x Sea State) (thirteen days, $3200)
Saturday, February 15 — Saturday, February 22, 2020: Spanish Immersion (eight days, $1800)
Friday, February 21 — Saturday, February 29, 2020: Women’s Exploratory Expedition (nine days, $1900)
Saturday, February 29 — Saturday, March 7, 2020: Art in the Wild (eight days, $2400)
Saturday, March 21 — Saturday, March 28, 2020: Autumn in the Mountains (eight days, $1800)