Backpack Across Patagonia's Tierra del Fuego

Explore the seacoast and unique sealife of the Beagle Channel and Tierra del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia, Argentina - the 'City at the End of the World'. Backpack, mostly off-trail, through the remote and seldom-explored peaks, lakes, glaciers and moraines of the Fuegian Andes rising steeply above the sea. Experience a part of the world up-close that few have the opportunity to see!

Far-south Patagonia serves up a trekker’s paradise. Condors soar over vast windswept plains and turquoise lakes, populated with flamingoes, guanacos and Darwin’s Rheas. Towers of sheer granite burst upward from craggy fault-block mountain ranges, drawing the world’s best climbers and trekkers to their well-marked trails and lively camps and refugios. The third–largest ice sheet in the world is very close, driving a volatile local climate and spawning hundreds of dramatic, low-elevation glaciers, lakes, and a moonscape of moraines. Early risers can catch the sunrise alpenglow on the spires reflected in crystal lakes below, and perhaps catch glimpses of Snowy Owls and Magellanic woodpeckers. From the shore of the Beagle Channel, on Tierra del Fuego at the very southern tip of South America, the remote and seldom-explored peaks, lakes, glaciers and moraines of the Fuegian Andes rise steeply above unique silver beech forests and wild seacoast where fur seals, sea lions and penguins play.

Out of the lively town of Ushuaia, Argentina on the Beagle Channel, visit a rookery teeming with Magellanic Penguins; dayhike to nearby glaciers; and explore the unique endemic plants and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego National Park.  Then don a backpack with a guide and trek through remote valleys and over high passes, among many crystal clear high lakes and craggy peaks of the Fuegian Andes  - stark and stunning terrain at the southern tip of the South American continent that is seldom visited but never to be forgotten.

Combine a visit to Tierra del Fuego with a trek to explore Los Glaciares National Park and the Fitz Roy Massif and/or a trek around the fabled Torres del Paine Circuit!   

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Global Adventures
  • Seasons: January, February, March, December
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous, Strenuous/Very Strenuous
  • Length: 65.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 10,000 ft
  • 3,000 ft
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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