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Trek Patagonia for Genesis Research Trust 2019

Challenge type: Trek in support of Genesis Research Trust

Destination: Argentina

Runs from : 15th February 2019 to 24th February 2019

How To Take Part 

To sign up for this challenge you will need to pay a registration fee of £325 and agree to raise the £3705 sponorship fee.

All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change

Challenge In Detail

BOOKING CONDITIONS

Highlights

  • Breath-taking scenery of the Patagonian Andes
  • Trek in Argentina's oldest national park
  • Discover one of the world's last wilderness

Take the challenge…

  

REGISTRATION FEE: £325

You raise £3705 approx. minimum sponsorship. 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: 

London – Buenos Aires

Evening flight to Madrid, here we change planes and take an overnight to Buenos Aires.

Day 2: 

Buenos Aires – Bariloche

After landing in Buenos Aires, we take an internal flight to Bariloche in the Patagonian Andes. From there we transfer to a hotel close to Nahuel Huapi Lake within the oldest national park in Argentina.  It’s a spectacular area of lakes and has rivers carved from ancient glaciers dominated by the high mountain chain of the Andes.  We arrive in the evening and have dinner and hear more about the challenge ahead!

Day 3: 

Bariloche – Tramo El Tambo – Lake Jacob - Refugio San Martin -  approx. 14 km (7-8 hours)

A stunning first day of trekking in Nahuel Huapi National Park, known for its raging rivers, snow-clad peaks and extensive forests. We start with a 30 minute transfer to Tramo El Tambo to join the trail.  The morning is spent hiking alongside a crystal-clear river with a spectacular mountain vista backdrop. After a couple of hours we cross a bridge and the trail heads into thicker vegetation away from the river.  In the afternoon the trail ascends towards our overnight accommodation in the heart of this great wilderness, optional waterfall visit, we overnight in Refugio San Martin.

Day 4: 

Lake Jacob - Refugio San Martin – Los Cesares - Pampa Linda - approx 20 km (11 hours)

Today we follow a remote trail and head deeper into Nahuel Huapi National Park.  We trek through a pristine environment of sweeping valleys, soaring mountains and vast lakes.  En-route we encounter several river crossings as well as the spectacular Los Témpanos Lagoon.  Our destination is Lake Mascardi, a large body of emerald green water, caused by glacial sediments from the nearby.  We then transfer for 40 minutes to the Pampa Linda hotel.

Day 5: 

Pampa Linda  - Refugio Agostino Roca - approx. 15 km (7-8 hours)

An exciting day as we climb towards Roca.  In the distance you will see Mount Tronador where we enjoy an amazing view of the summit and its spectacular glaciers. This extinct volcano stands at 3545 metres and is the highest mountain in the Argentinian Lake District.  It is surrounded by approximately 37 square miles of ice, snow and glaciers, an impressive sight! Mount Tronador (Thunderer) was named after the rumbling noise produced by avalanches and ice falling from its mountain peaks. Its summit marks the boundary between Chile and Argentina.

Day 6:

Circular Route from Roca to Glacier - approx. 7km (6-7 hours)

Today we trek a circular route to visit and cross part of a glacier (weather dependant) we trek across a section of  glacier and then re-join our original trail and continue along the Paso de la Nubes (Pass of the Clouds). Overnight Refugio Agostino Roca. 

Day 7: 

Refugio Agostino Rocca – Frias lake – Puerto Blast – Bariloche - approx. 13 km (10 hours)

Today is the last day of this spectacular trek, we have an early start from the refugio and head up to Frias lake which is approximately 14km.  Lake Frias offers a dreamlike landscape of crystal clear and green water surrounded by trees.  From here we take a boat transfer (approx. 30 minutes), on arrival we trek for 1 hour (approx 3km) to Puerto Blast.  From here we take an incredible sailing on lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Pañuelo (approx. 1.5 hours) on arrival we take a short transfer to Bariloche and enjoy this incredible destination.

Day 8:

Bariloche

Free day with optional tours in Bariloche, this evening we come together for a special meal to celebrate our achievement at a traditional ‘quincho’ steak restaurant.

Day 9: 

Bariloche - London

Free morning followed by an afternoon transfer (approx. 20 minutes) to the airport for our flight home.  

Day 10: 

London

Evening arrival back into the UK.

 Please Note: This is a complex itinerary & may be subject to change.

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