Join Patagonia Unbound on one of Patagonia's most epic treks. Experience Patagonia's true wilderness as you hike through the Dientes de Navarino massif, pass through lush forests, sprawling valleys, peat bogs, lagoons and lakes. After conquering the Dientes Cordillera, view the panoramic views of Nassau Bay, Wollaston archipelago, the Beagle Channel, and the legendary Cape Horn archipelago. With most of the trek above the treeline, there's nothing to obscure your views and everything to wonder at. The Dientes circuit--the world's most southerly significant hike-- is sure to leave you exhilarated, invigorated and utterly inspired.
Arrival, Puerto Williams
Nestled against the coast of Navarino Island in Tierra del Fuego, Puerto Williams is a stalwart little town, home to hardy people, a fascinating melting pot of immigrant and indigenous cultures, and bountiful ecological diversity. It’s also the gateway to the craggy peaks of the Dientes Massif, which loom upwards from further inland. After arriving and getting to know the town, you’ll have your first encounter with how the perfect mix of climate and environment at the end of the world has created a wonderland of varied plant species at the OMORA Ethno-Botanical Park through the park’s signature “turismo con lupa” or “magnifying glass tourism” program. What is there to examine so closely? The miniature forests of Cape Horn, another world made up of some of the world’s highest density and diversity of mosses, lichens, and liverworts. After feeling like a giant exploring these tiny worlds, you return to Puerto Williams for dinner and the overnight at the Lakutaia Lodge.
Start of Trek
It’s time to start the southernmost trek in the world, as you strike out towards the first overnight stop at Salto Lagoon, with a hiking time of about 4-5 hours. After starting out, you’ll be able to see the Beagle Channel and distant Puerto Williams. There are two possible ways to take this first part of the trek: the first, the high-end slope of the Robalo Valley, or from the back of valley. Weather conditions will determine which route to take. But no matter the route, as you slowly leave civilization behind heading into the mountains, the surroundings will be awe-inspiring.
Crossing the Dientes de Navarino Cordillera
The jagged peaks, valleys, forests, and lakes of the heart of the Dientes Massif are no match for your determination to conquer and explore them all! On the 5 1/2 hour trek today, you’ll cross the most iconic part of the mountains, the Dientes Cordillera, from which you can see Cape Horn, Nassau Bay, and Wollaston Island. But the magnum opus of the day comes when you reach the summit the Ventarron path to see the Dientes and Mount Codrington in their entirety - a truly glorious sight. The overnight will be at Laguna Martillo.
The trail today leads explorers through the virgin forests of the Guerrico Valley and by the Montes Lindemayer before ascending through the Virginia Pass, where you enjoy the fruits of your labor: panoramic views of the dynamic, enchanting landscapes and waterways that make up Tierra del Fuego. The 6 hour trek ends at the last campsite for the circuit. Tomorrow, it’s time to return to civilization, so enjoy your last night in pure nature.
Final Day of Circuit and Free Afternoon
It’s the final leg of the circuit, which your legs will appreciate you for as you follow the path downwards toward the sea and arriving back at the Lakutaia Lodge for lunch and relaxation. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you please, and can be a great opportunity to further explore Puerto Williams and learn more about its history and culture. After a delicious dinner that night back at the lodge, rest well with dreams of the awesome adventure you’ve just undertaken.
After a hearty and filling breakfast, it’s time to fly back to Punta Arenas or cruise back to Ushuaia, Argentina after your epic trip
*Have you been to Torres del Paine National Park yet? If not, let's add it to this tour (before or after). Ask us how!
Dates & Rates
|Dates||Adult (USD)||Child (USD)|
|Dec 15, 2018 to Mar 15, 2019 |
Departures: Daily departures, contact us for availability.
Rates: from $2,880
• All activities as indicated on your itinerary
• All meals as indicated on your itinerary
• Domestic flight - Punta Arenas/Puerto Williams/ Punta Arenas
• All accommodations as indicated on your itinerary
• Services of professional guides
• All necessary kayaking and camping equipment
• Porters for personal equipment. One porter every 2 passengers
• Gratuities for guides
• Items of a personal nature
• Drinks and souvenirs
• Tour Extensions
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FAQ & More
The first and last nights of this trip will be at the Lakutaia Lodge
Nights 2, 3 and 4 will be camping. All camping equipment will be provided.
This trip can either begin and end in Punta Arenas or Ushuaia.
This trip has a maximum group size of 8.
You will need to carry your own gear, your sleeping bag and sleeping mat every day on the hike. Porters will carry the camping equipment and food.
The climate of Puerto Williams is a temperate, subpolar oceanic climate. The summers are short and cool while the winters are long and wet, but moderate. Rainfall is around 512.3 mm (20 inches) a year and temperatures are steady throughout the year. Snowfall can occur in summer. Regions in the world with similar climates to southern Tierra del Fuego include the Alexander Archipelago around Sitka in Alaska, Scotland, and the coast of Norway.
This trip is suitable for skilled trekkers with excellent physical condition - The trek is through uneven paths, passing through high water marks: 100 – 800 – 515 – 700 – 510 – 575 – 420 – 830 – 0. Due to bad weather conditions, the level of difficulty could increase as there is no forest protection.
We are happy to accommodate vegetarians, gluten free and other special diets. Advance notice is most helpful and important due to the remote nature of this trip.
Unfortunately, we are not authorized to book air travel for our guests. We would be happy to recommend you to a trusted flight broker that we work with on many of our international tours.
Your guides will be Patagonian locals with an intimate knowledge of and experience in this pristine region. Many of our guides are recent graduates of Ecotourism programs and have extensive experience hiking and wildlife watching throughout Chile. They love to share their local culture and landscape with our guests.
Absolutely! We would be happy to help you organize a private departure for groups of 2 or more people. Please contact us for additional details and rates.