Chulengo Expeditions offer...
WILD EXPERIENCE: Expeditions center on traverses of spectacular and newly protected landscapes in Chile's Aysen Region, dubbed "Unknown Patagonia" for its remote and wild character. We're backcountry-based: think full immersion in rugged nature.
COMMUNITY AND REFLECTION: As wilderness travelers, we believe in giving more than we take from wild places. Our expeditions invite each participant to explore and deeper their relationship to the natural world, healthy human communities, and conservation.
LIGHTWEIGHT GUIDING: we bring local knowledge, logistical support, and wilderness experience. You bring your perspective, enthusiasm, and outdoor skills. Together, we'll take on the work (and satisfaction) of life well-lived outside: navigating terrain, making camp, cooking, and 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.
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.
2018 - 2019 Expedition Dates and Details
We'll add more dates as plans progress! Below are the first expeditions we've planned.
Early Season Exploratory Expedition
Saturday, November 17 - Saturday, November 24, 2018
Springtime in Patagonia brings lengthening days, snow-capped peaks, delightful wildflowers -- in short, an invitation to explore. As part of Chulengo's first-ever Exploratory expeditions, you'll join the scouting team adventuring in a remote area and checking out a new route. This expedition is ideal for those looking to hone off-trail and backcountry skills, with an appetite for the wild and unknown.
Monday, December 24 - Monday, December 31, 2018
As Patagonian summer arrives, we'll celebrate together with a traverse of Patagonia National Park, one of Chile's newest national parks. Side hikes will allow us to explore farther afield into some of the park's more remote corners.
Mid-Summer Exploratory Expedition
Thursday, February 14 - Friday, February 22, 2019
Patagonia's Aysen Region is vast, offering endless possibilities for new routes and adventure. If Yvon Chouinard's phrase "it isn't an adventure until something goes wrong" gets you excited, this expedition will be a good fit for you. You'll join the scouting team checking out a new potential route for future Chulengo expeditions.
Saturday, February 23 - Saturday, March 2, 2019
Join our first all-women's expedition, as we test our mettle, laugh, develop new skills and share new ideas in the backcountry of Patagonia's newest national parks. We're excited to build an intentional space for women to gather and explore.
Friday, March 22 - Friday, March 29
Late March brings spectacular colors to Aysen, as the southern beeches turn red and the first snows dust the mountain peaks. This expedition catches one of the most magical moments of the Patagonian season for quiet reflection and inspired adventuring.