Patagonia Expeditions 2017 - 2018
After a spectacular pilot season, we're diving into new expeditions for the 2017 - 2018 Patagonia season. Expect a spirit of improvisation and creativity as we work together to create a new form of immersive wilderness travel.
All expeditions will 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 in Balmaceda, Chile, the airport for Aysen's capital city, Coyhaique, and include transportation, food, logistics and guiding.
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.
The lightweight guiding approach
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.
Newer to backpacking? We'll get started with foundations such as gear selection, packing and fitting a pack, outdoor cooking, and Leave No Trace travel. Experienced hiker? We’ll help you hone more advanced skills, offer opportunities for side scrambles and peak ascents, and immerse you in the natural history of the region region. 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.
In keeping with our lightweight guiding approach, our style is simple. 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.
Patagonia Expeditions 2017 - 2018
Saturday, November 4 - Saturday, November 11
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 8 - Saturday, December 16
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. Seven days, $1400.
Saturday, March 24 - Saturday, March 31