Hiking around the island of Navarino is to reconnect with the origins of the world. The wild landscapes and unpredictable weather contribute to the sensation of accomplishment at the end of the day. During the hike, we will enter mystical southern beech forests, traverse across vast snowfields and encounter breathtaking views of the Beagle Channel, little known mountain ranges and beaver ravaged landscapes.
Extreme changes in temperatures and weather conditions demand endurance. Keep in mind that the trail provides no shelters or infrastructure whatsoever. Therefore, be prepared for any and everything, especially to connect with nature in ways you haven’t ever experienced.
As a member of the group, you will carry your own equipment and a share of the food. With advance notice, it is possible to arrange a porter.More...
1) Punta Arenas – Puerto Williams - El salto
4:30 to 5:30 Hours hike, 7.4 miles, 2.329 ft Ascent, Accommodation in tent.(BL-D).
Day one we head to the airport of Punta Arenas and take our flight to Puerto Williams. We fly over the Strait of Magellan and the Darwin range. After making our last minute preparations, we begin our hike through a combination of dense, old growth forest and wetlands. Our first nights’ camp will be on the shore of Laguna Salto.
2) El salto - Laguna Escondida
3:30 to 4:30 Hours hike, 5.5 miles, 1.837 ft Ascent, Accommodation in tent.(B-BL-D).
Classic Patagonian style, we start the day with a steep uphill climb, leaving behind Laguna Salto to tackle both the Australis pass and Dientes pass. What goes up must come down, so we head down to the impressive and ever beautiful Laguna Escondida.
3) Laguna Escondida - Ventarrón - Laguna Martillo
3:30 to 4:30 Hours hike, 4.9 miles, 787 ft ascent, Accommodation in tent.(B-BL-D).
This is the most wild and untouched part of the circuit. Crossing through alpine landscapes, we head up Ventarrón pass. If the weather permits, we see the Lindenmayer range with a scattering of lagunas down in the valley. It is the perfect day to enjoy the loneliness and isolation of this place. Again, we head downwards to arrive at Martillo lake and set up camp for the night.
4) Laguna Martillo - Virginia - Laguna Guanaca
3 to 5 Hours hike, 6.5 miles, 1.377 ft ascent, Accommodation in tent.(B-BL-D).
We weave alongside rivers and wetlands, leading to our climb up Virginia Pass. Be prepared for uphill and more uphill on the rocky terrain that we've gotten to know so well over the first few days of the trek. After crossing the pass, the highest point of the trek, our descent will bring us through a fun scree field and to our camp alongside Los Guanacos lagoon.
5) Laguna Guanaca - Puerto Williams
2 to 3 Hours hike, 2.5 miles + 6.2 miles road, 1.295 ft desent, Accommodation at a guesthouse.(B-BL-D).
Our last day on the trail brings us through another resplendent lenga forest and into meadows and pasturelands to Virginia Bay and Puerto Williams. The afternoon is yours to discover Puerto Williams, including the local museum to learn more about the indigenous tribes of Tierra del Fuego.
6) Puerto Williams - Fly to Punta Arenas
End of the Adventure!
Collecting our gear, we take our freshly showered bodies to the airport for the journey back to Punta Arenas. Leaving behind Isla Navarino and the trek, we reconnect with the bustling city, remembering the gentle caresses of the wind and rain and snow from the previous 5 days out in the wilderness of Navarino island.More...
- Elevation gain : 6.332 ft
- Extension : 33 miles
- Duration : 6 days
- Rent equipment : On demand
- Porter : On demand
- Important : Recommended travel insurance
- Difficulty : Demanding
- 4 Night in a tent (doublé occupancy in 3-person tent)
- 1 Night in doublé room with private bathroom
- All ground transport as mentioned in the program
- English speaking guide during the whole trip
- Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
- Flight Punta Arenas – Puerto Williams round trip
The meeting point for the start of this adventure is at the Punta Arenas airport two hours in advance. From there we start the flight to Puerto Williams (1.15 Hours).
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