Prefer to get right to running? This itinerary bypasses the boat trip (and a lot of driving!) and heads straight for the trails. Spend the week running and hiking through some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth: golden meadows, lush forest, brilliant glacial lakes, dramatic mountains and rushing rivers. Finish each day with a big feast, plenty of Chilean wine and a warm bed, preparing you for the next incredible day.
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL
Arrive in Puerto Natales, a beautiful seafront town that serves as the gateway to the surrounding wilderness, and transfer to our hotel in the center of town. Use the afternoon to relax and recover from the long flight or to stretch your legs with a walk around town. That evening we’ll take care of introductions, enjoy a welcome dinner and then turn in for a full night’s sleep.
Meals: D (dinner)
DAY 2 | LAGUNA SOFIA
Wake up feeling refreshed and head out for a trail run with a view around stunning Laguna Sofia, finishing with a late picnic lunch. After some recovery time we'll wrap up the day at a local estancia with a behind-the-scenes look at ranch operations and a traditional asado dinner.
Running: up to 12mi / 20km. Trail & dirt road.
DAY 3 | RIO SERRANO
After breakfast we’ll pack up and head towards the legendary Torres Del Paine National Park for a mid-morning run with absolutely spectacular views of the mountains and, off in the distance, Grey Glacier. The run finishes in the pristine Rio Serrano valley, our home for the night. Ice your legs in a glacial river then spend the evening relaxing with a cold beer and big views!
Running: up to 9 mi / 15km, trail & 4x4 track
Shorter options available if needed, but everyone is encouraged to prepare for the full distance. No time limits!
DAY 4 | GLACIER GREY
Wake up for an optional sunrise shakeout (it's worth it!) followed by breakfast. Then, we'll pack the essentials, leave our other stuff behind and take a short catamaran ride across the brilliantly blue Lago Pehoe before beginning a stunning hike towards Grey Glacier. After reaching the refugio that we’ll call home for the night, you can choose to continue hiking up to a couple of vertigo-inducing suspension bridges over the glacier, get up close with an afternoon sea kayaking trip or simply kick back and soak it all in.
Running: up to 6mi / 10km sunrise run (optional), single track trail
Hiking: 12km (mandatory), technical trail
DAY 5 | MORE GLACIER GREY!
Today begins with an optional guided trek on Glacier Grey, which involves a pre-dawn alarm, a short boat shuttle, about 4 hours of hiking on rock and ice and some of the most spectacular views of your life! Those who do not wish to do the trek have a free morning to go for a trail run, hike or relax. Around lunchtime we’ll all depart on a comfortable tour boat, which will sail the length of Lago Grey and meet our bus and luggage at the dock. We’ll transfer back to the Serrano Valley for the night.
Running: no organized run, but morning and evening trail options available.
Hiking: Ice trekking (optional and weather-dependent) takes 4-5 hours.
DAY 6 | WATERFALLS, GUANACO, VIEWS!
After breakfast we'll take an awe-inspiring drive through the national park before reaching a beautiful waterfall that serves as the start line for our run. Enjoy stunning, off-the-beaten track views before finishing with a picnic lunch at a pristine lake. Once everyone is finished we will head to a beautiful estancia with sweeping views for the night.
Running: Up to 10 mi/ 17km, dirt road and single track
DAY 7 | THE TOWERS
Our final run/hike takes place on one of the most popular trails in the region; although we prefer the lesser known spots, this is one that no one should miss. After breakfast we will head to the base of the park’s namesake, the iconic Torres del Paine. This is a tough trail that is often better suited for hiking than for running, but the view at the top is worth every step! We’ll return to Puerto Natales afterward to recover and enjoy trading stories over our final dinner.
Running: 12mi / 20km round trip required to get to the Towers – may cut it short if needed. Steep single track trail with lots of technicality towards the top. Expect to hike!
This is it! We will rise to an early breakfast and begin the journey back to Puerto Natales, where we will catch flights back home or connect to any additional travel. A morning run is optional for those that want to soak up one last view of the area!
Running: No organized run
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions. The weather in Patagonia is notoriously unpredictable, and adjustments may be necessary if we deem a scheduled run or activity unsafe (we always have a plan B, C and usually a D too). High winds occasionally prevent boats from sailing, in which case we will either wait it out or hike out from that location. If you show up with everything on the packing list and an adaptable attitude then you’re going to be fine!
PRICING & DETAILS
Saturday, February 9 through Saturday, February 16, 2019
A $600 deposit secures your spot, and the total cost depends upon signup date:
Standard Pricing (through October 9): $3950
Late Pricing (after October 9): $4100
Balance due by October 9, 2018. Please refer to the FAQs on our website for our cancellation & refund policy.
Pre-trip communication + guidance
Transfers to/from Puerto Natales airport on Day 1 (arrival) and Day 8 (departure)
Transportation, fuel and drivers
Four nights in unique 3 and 4-star hotel/lodges (double occupancy)
Three nights in nice refugios (clean, modern bunk rooms with 2-6 people per room and shared bathrooms)
National Park entrance fees and permits
All boat transport fees in the national park
Organized, guided runs & hikes
Experienced team of Rogue Expeditions trip leaders and local Chilean logistical experts
All meals from dinner on the Day 1 until breakfast on Day 8
Rogue Expeditions shirt
An experience you'll never forget!
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Transport to/from unscheduled destinations
Extra activities / personal purchases
There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 runners. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early deposits are recommended!
Participants will need a valid passport. No visas or vaccinations are required, though you may want to consider some standard vaccinations if you are a first-time traveler. Please keep in mind that we will be traveling and running in remote, wild country – though we will be comfortable and well taken care of, an adventurous and flexible attitude is a must!
There is one flight to/from Puerto Natales on Saturdays via LATAM airlines (it will come from/go to Santiago, the main international hub in Chile). We recommend booking as soon as possible! If you are unable to find a seat on that flight then you can fly to Punta Arenas instead and take a bus to Puerto Natales (about 3 hours).
Please note that travel insurance is strongly recommended. Although we hope you never need it, we've seen enough to know that it can be a lifesaver in the event of a medical emergency, flight delays that cause you to miss the start of the trip, lost baggage or cancellation on your part (broke your leg two weeks before departure? Insurance could cover the entire cost of your trip!).
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Gabe Steger at email@example.com