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.
Patagonia is vast region with over 402,000 square miles in Chile and Argentia that is home to the Northern and Southern icefields, which is the largest expanse of ice in the Southern Hemisphere. During the trek you will find the stunning Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks. Home to 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, with occasional reminders of it's past when you glimpse 18th century Jesuit churches and weathered timber houses.
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.
“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 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. 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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A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE
Trekking along the fjords and shoreline of southeast Greenland is the ultimate bucket list adventure. Our Greenland Fjords trek is a highly challenging adventure that truly encapsulates life near the Arctic Circle. A bucket list experience builds self-awareness and understanding of the planet on which we live. Your passion for life and discovery will grow with each step in this magical land.
YOUR BUCKET LIST
Trekking along the Fjords and shoreline of Southeast Greenland is the ultimate bucket list adventure. Of all the treks that Tusker runs, our Greenland Fjords trek is a highly challenging adventure that truly encapsulates life near the arctic circle. A bucket list experience builds self-awareness and understanding of the planet on which we live. Your passion for life and discovery of yourself and the world around you will grow with each step in this magical land.
LODGING ON THE TREK
On the first and last day you’ll stay in a cozy lodge in Kulusuk with an awe-inspiring view of the bay. Then each day on the trek we all help build camp in the most amazing places you can ever imagine. There's nothing quite like sleeping and crawling out of your tent in full view of the pristine Fjords, packed with gigantic with glaciers. You sleep warm and cozy in all-weather 4-season tents.
HOW THE GREENLAND TREK WAS BORN
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.
"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.”
GREENLAND'S MAGICAL COAST
Life in Southeast Greenland is unique. The coastline consists of dramatic mountains, along with countless fjords and glaciers. It is called “the world’s ice machine” because of the numerous glaciers calving into the water. In 2010, a 100-square mile mass of ice broke off Greenland’s Petermann Glacier. This gives you a rough idea of what you’ll encounter on this amazing adventure.
FLORA and FAUNA
With 70% of the landscape covered in ice, crops are not an option for the residents of Greenland. So, they exist on food from the ocean. Coastal food typically comes from seal, whale, fish, and other seafood, while on land, reindeer and musk ox is typical fare. On your trek, you will mostly encounter bird life and on vert rare occasioos you might spot a polar bear.
You would think that with all the ice in Greenland, the flora of would be limited. Nothing could be further from the truth. Greenland is surprisingly fertile with many native plants. The beautiful purple Niviarsiaq is its national flower, and you often find wild blueberries as you trek, which make for a great snack. There are almost 600 species of plants in Greenland.
THE ORIGINAL GREENLANDERS
The first people to set foot in Greenland were the Inuit, who arrived there 4,000-5,000 years ago from the North American continent. They migrated at a time when the sea was frozen in the narrow strait at Thule (Qaanaq) in north-western Greenland. Over time, six different Inuit cultures migrated in several waves. Today, Greenland’s population is descended from the last migration, the Thule culture, which arrived around the 9th century AD. This last Inuit migration occurred about the same time as the arrival in Greenland of the Norse settlers and Erik the Red, in 982 AD. The Norse population disappeared mysteriously from Greenland in the 15th century.
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
SUMMER • Tusker's Trekking Season
June, July and August are typically the most active part of the year, with warm days and the most sunshine. You’ll find many people enjoying the outdoors and out on the water, sailing and fishing. This is when we run our Greenland treks.
AUTUMN / FALL
In September, October, and November you see the big transition from Summer to Winter. In Greenland’s spring, the days quickly shorten as Autumn colors are on display. As the nights lengthen, the Northern Lights begin their sky dance.
From December through April, you find the shortest days of the year with the least amount of sunlight. Winter activities are in full swing; sled dogs earn their keep and the Northern Lights might be putting on a display.
May is a very energetic month where transition from winter to summer is accelerated and intensified. The winter snow begins to melt, filling the streams and rivers, and you sometimes find happy dogs sledding in the warmth of the longer days.
THE MIDNIGHT SUN
In the summer months, the earth’s tilted axis keeps the sun visible on the horizon during most of the day. This is what we call the Midnight Sun. This is a summer phenomenon where the sun is visible at midnight local time. You will have 22 hours of daylight and your sunrises and sunsets will be awash in dazzling colors unique to the Arctic Circle.
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