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PATAGONIA TREK

ABOUT THE PATAGONIA TREK

If you're traveler with a craving for adventure and a keen eye for majestic landscapes then the fabled lands of Patagonia will more than satisfy you.  As one of the last true wilderness areas located on a tip of the earth, Patagonia is unlike any other region in the world. It is home to unimaginable beauty, with dramatic towering peaks, icy glaciers, picturesque fjords and incredible forests that encircle emerald lakes that mirror the beauty around you. 

Look east for the Andes mountain range with the Pacific Ocean to the west. Throw in some wildlife, the Valdivian temperate rain forest, the Atacama desert, dramatic mountains and glaciers in the south, and you have one of the most mind-blowing places on earth. You'll walk through lands with incredible wildlife, golden grasslands and gorgeous waterfalls.  With so many wonders to experience during one trek our travelers call it the perfect adventure.

CHILE IS ADVENTURE

Patagonia encompasses both Argentina and Chile and while Argentina is dominated with coast line dotted with craggy beaches and remote inlets, Chile has a far more unique appeal.  The Chilean Andes mountains drop into the Pacific creating a multitude of topographies that contain picturesque channels, fjords and an unexpected array of archipelagos.

The wildlife and history of the country gives you the impression of an isolated world of untouched beauty, during your trek you may encounter occasional reminders of it's past when you glimpse 18th century Jesuit churches and weathered timber houses.

Bernardo O'Higgins

The largest national park in Chile, it contains 49 glaciers which make up the southern ice fields. The diverse flora and fauna, like Andean deer, Fur Seals and Sea Lions also make this park one of the most attractive and beauitful places in Patagonia.

Torres del Paine

The picture perfect scenery will leave you awestruck. Home to amazing forests and eye popping view-points, you'll be dazzled by snow capped towering ranges, cascading rivers, waterfalls, mirror lakes that defines Torres del Paine's reputation.

The Grey Glacier

At 28 Kilimeters in length, the Grey glacier is over 30 meters high and 6 kilimeters across. It's dramatic deep blue tones contrast sharply with the Grey Lake at it's base. The scale and unstoppable might of this massive glacier makes for an unforgettable adventure.

THE PATAGONIA TREK

            • Travel through the land nomadic gouchos
            • Zodiac upriver where there are no paths.
            • Meander along the Lake Nordenskjold
  • Hike to the foot of the Serrano glacier.
  • Encounter the second largest polar ice field on the planet.
  • Scenic cruise to the Grey glacier on the Grey Lake catamaran.
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“Our trek through the spectacular landscapes of Greenland was absolutely out of this world.  My daughter was ecstatic as it was her first hike and she says that ‘I would not be able to do it without the help of your guides, Rich and Mel.’  The hike was challenging but a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you for making this happen.”  -- VIJAY A.

THE CHALLENGE

The true challenge of Tusker's Patagonia trek is each day you are presented with a new and unique experience. You start in vibrant cosmopolitan cities that serve as an entry point to the most diverse adventure of your life.  Without the demands of high altitude, you'll hike along the "Towers of Paine" Torres del Paine, ride a catamaran up close to one of the worlds largest glaciers, travel upriver on a Zodiac to explore trails only accessible by boat, along more of your trek you stay in warm and secure Refugio cabins while you enjoy some of the finest cuisine unique to South America.  

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THE NATURAL BEAUTY

Patagonia is one of those places where a photographer could spend their whole life capturing it's unique and awe inspiring beauty and still only scratch the surface. Of the many treks that exist all over the globe, none of them have this unique variety and diversity of landscapes, animal life, plant life and historical significance that defines Patagonia.

A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

Many trekkers love Patagonia as an ideal introduction trek into the world of adventure trekking because of it's diverse nature that encompasses so many different elements. The hikes are long, but without the physical demands of high altitude. The terrain is tough enough to challenge you without being overwhelming. You end your journey enlightened and empowered, with an amazing story to tell.

YOUR BUCKET LIST

Having a bucket list helps you develop that creative dreamer that is your inner child who yearns to explore the world and seek adventure. On Tusker Trail's Patagonia trek you'll travel through the land where in 1520, Ferdinand Magellen once stopped during his bucket list adventure to circumnavigate the world. Now over 500 years since Magellen's life changing adventure, here you are following in his footsteps.

LODGING ON THE TREK

The Lodging on the trek is as diverse as the land you'll explore. You adventure begins on the shores of the Ültima Experanza Sound in Chile where you will avail yourself with metropolitan hotel accomodations. As you start your journey on foot you will spend your nights in Patagonia's iconic lodges along the trails known as Refugios. Each one varies from location to location where you can enjoy the ability to freshen up after the days trek with toasty sleeping accomodations, hot showers, flush toilets and a common area where you can warm up, enjoy delicious local cuisine and share stories. At the end of your trek in Argentina's stunning De las Vuellas river valley you'll feel right at home in the more contemporary accomodations nestled in the thick forest area of El Calafate.

Tusker Patagonia Trek
Torres del Paine patagonia

HOW THE PATAGONIA TREK WAS BORN

REWRITE THIS ENTIRE SECTION: Eddie and Amy had been discussing a trek through Greenland for many years. In 2018, Tusker ran a private trek in Greenland for a group that travelled regularly with us. This was the trek of a lifetime in one of the world’s most spectacular wild areas. Now it’s one of our newest and most exciting treks.

The foundation of Tusker’s Greenland trek dates back many decades. In the 1970s, Eddie Frank went on his first mission to find adventure, and he found it on the first expedition he led across Africa. Since that first adventure, he’s crossed the Sahara 33 times and climbed Kilimanjaro on 54 occasions. It was on Kilimanjaro that he met guide extraordinaire Amy Frank. Together they forged an impeccable guiding team and have since then led countless travelers on wild expeditions around the planet.

EDDIE TALKS... 
Kilimanjaro Climb Company Founding Guide Eddie Frank

"When you first land in Kulusuk, you wonder how people got to such a remote place so long ago. And as you take your first step into Greenland’s entrancing wilderness, you understand why they stayed – it’s captivating, it’s totally wild and untouched.  Like nothing you have ever experienced before.”

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PATAGONIA'S HISTORICAL COAST

Over 500 years ago in 1520, Patagonia played a huge role in Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan's bid to sail around the globe, when he took a five-month long sojourn in a natural harbor that is now called Puerto San Juliän. Then in 1557, following in his footsteps sailor Juan Ladrilleros discovered the sound that is no called “Última Esperanza,” or “Last Hope,” on his way to find the Straits of Magellan.  In that sound the main port has long served as a transportation hub of Patagonia's well known wool trade. 

FLORA and FAUNA

The most common land animals you might see on your hike are the Patagonia Hare or "Mara", Armadillos, Foxes, Huemuls (deer), Pudu "Dwarf" deer. Red deer and Pumas are native, but tend to do a great job at staying out of sight. The sky is owned by the famous Andean Condor, Hawks, Eagles, the Caraca (raptor) and possibly a Nandu or Lesser Rhea, it's similar to an ostrich common throughout Patagonia. If you hear knocking it's likely the Magellanic Woodpecker. In the lakes and streams you'll surprisingly find introduced salmon and trout.

Patagonia is absolutely a hidden gem when it comes to the unique and surprising plant and animal life that reside in it's many regions. The stunted trees and shrubs have adapted to the Andean Desert's harsh conditions. As you hike near the glaciers you'll encounter the Megellanic Deciduius Forests that thrive in the 600mm of rainfall they receive. On the eastern side of the Torres del Paine park is the Patagonian Steppe made up of desert shrubs and tuft grasses. The Pre-Andean Shrub Land is found near river banks and the edges of lakes where you may find the Calafate berry, which made it's way into local cuisine. Legend has it if you eat the berry you'll return to Patagonia again in your lifetime.

THE ORIGINAL PATAGONIANS

The first people identified as native to the Patagonia region are the nomadic Tehuelche tribes, or "Fierce People", who can be traced back as far as 4,500 years ago. They were mythically known as giants to due their encounter with Ferdinand Megellan first encountered them during is 5 month sojourn in what is now knows as Puerto San Juliän. He claimed he found a land of mythical giants due to their tall stature and large foot prints and coined the term Patagoina. This myth continued for centuries and was finally laid to rest by author George Charword Musters in 1870 when he traveled over 2,000 miles with the Tehuelches chronicling his book, "Vida entre los patagones". Decendants of the Tehuelche still exist present-day in various provinces around Patagonia.

GETTING AROUND

ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET

One of the friendly features that makes Patagonia a hikers paradise is that there are no altitude challenges. There are a multitude of wonderous features to view and explore which are all accessible by using your own two feet.

BY BOAT

Patagonia's many hiking routes are located around glaciers and lakes and are only accesible via boat access. To reach these access points and to gain a better view of the glaciers Tusker employs the use of cutter boats and zodiacs at various points along your trek. 

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

SEASONS

When is the best time to trek Patagonia?  This can vary based on what feature or area of Patagonia you're most interested in as each season has it's own advantages and drawbacks. If you'd like to know more give us a call, we'd be happy to answer any of your questions.

SUMMER

December, January, February temperatures range from (41-65F • 5-18C). Expect warm days and cool nights. Wildlife and Flora are in full swing. Much lower chance of rain you'll typically have clear skies with great visibility.

AUTUMN / FALL

March, April, May temperatures range from 32-62F/0-16C. The changing colors of Patagonia's landscape make this time of year very popular with photographers from around the globe. It's also cooler, which means fewer people.

WINTER

From June, July, August temperatures range from (28-43F/-2-6C). This is a favorite time of year for those who want to see the many natural wonders in their snow covered state. Travel can be challenging and many lodgings are closed during the winter.

SPRING

September, October, November temperatures range from (33-61F • 1-16C). Expect warm days and chilly nights with some possibility of occasional rain. Spring typically has fewer crowds and a great time to view budding plants and wildlife.

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THE PATAGONIAN SUNSET

One of the most beautiful features of Patagonia is their iconic purple and pink hued sunsets that will become familiar to you throughout your trek. Augmented by the picturesque Andes Mountain ranges, the Torres del Paine National Park and many beautiful lakes, they are often framed by clouds reflecting the sun reminiscient of flames in the sky. There's not many things more satisfying at the end of a long hike, they to relax and watch mother nature paint a living masterpiece right before your eyes.

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