A spectacular trek across the Patagonian Andes in Argentina; one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Encounter snow capped peaks, majestic volcanoes, vast glacial lakes, clear gurgling streams, lush rainforests and dramatic glaciers. Afterwards there is time to relax in Bariloche, before flying home. Join this unforgettable adventure whilst raising vital funds for Jersey Cheshire Home!
Flights, accommodation, transfers, full medical support, experienced guides, support staff, water & all meals except lunch on days 8 & 9.
What’s Not Included
Airport tax (£389 approx), travel insurance, lunch on days 8 & 9, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.
All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change
Day 1, 25th Nov – London – Buenos Aires
Midday flight to Madrid, here we change planes and take an overnight to Buenos Aires.
Day 2, 26th Nov – Buenos Aires
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 have the afternoon free to explore and in the evening after dinner we hear more about the challenge ahead!
Day 3, 27th Nov – Bariloche – Tramo El Tambo – Lake Jacob – Refugio San Martin – approx. 14 km (8-9 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, 28th Nov – Lake Jacob – Refugio San Martin – Los Cesares – Pampa Linda – approx. 20 km (12-13 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, 29th Nov – Pampa Linda – Refugio Mening – approx. 15 km (8-9 hours)
An exciting day as we climb to the base of 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.
Overnight at Refugio Meiling, at the foot of the glacier
Day 6, 30th Nov – Refugio Mening – Refugio Agostino Roca – approx. 7km (7-8 hours)
A truly memorable day of trekking in Argentina!! Today we trek across a glacier for 800m and see spectacular views all around. Once we have crossed over the glacier we then re-join our original trail and continue along the Paso de la Nubes (Pass of the Clouds). Overnight Refugio Agostino Roca.
Day 7, 1st Dec – Refugio Agostino Rocca – Frias lake – Puerto Blast – Bariloche – approx. 14 km (10 – 11 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 11km. 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, 2nd Dec – 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, 3rd Dec – Bariloche – London
Free morning followed by an afternoon transfer (approx. 20 minutes) to the airport for our flight home.
Day 10, 4th Dec – London
Evening arrival back into the UK with lifelong memories of a fantastic challenge in aid of Jersey Cheshire Home.
- Rooming is usually twin, triple or quad share although occasionally we use dormitories. Accommodation is single sex, sometimes we can make provision for couples but this isn’t always possible.
- Group Support
- There will be full medical back up and English speaking guides. There will also be support vehicles available (on most challenges) in case for any reason you are unable to continue. A Classic Tours Tour Manager accompanies every challenge.
- Will I have to carry my luggage?
- No, luggage will be transported in support vehicles unless otherwise stated, although day packs will need to be carried.
- What’s the food like?
- The food will be wholesome, tasty and plentiful. It is usually prepared by the local team so we are able to enjoy a variety of local dishes. There will be snacks and water available on challenge days. If you have a special dietary request please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate it.
- Spending Money
- How much spending money you take is entirely up to you and depends on how many souvenirs you want to take home. We suggest around £100 spending money for short haul events and £200 for long haul challenges to cover sightseeing, drinks, gifts, optional tours etc.
- Extending my trip
- It is usually possible to stay on after the challenge. Any flight extensions will depend on airline rules and availability. A fee of £40 per person is usually payable to Classic Tours, subject to additional charges levied by the airline.
- What is the average age?
- Our charity challenges appeal to people from all age groups. Those aged 16 and 17 are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian, although a minimum age of 18 may apply to the more challenging destinations. If you are over 65 you must obtain a signed medical form from your doctor.
- What type of person takes part?
- Everyone who signs up for a charity challenge has two things in common – a sense of adventure and the desire to help support the residents of Jersey Cheshire Home. There are people from all walks of life which makes for an interesting and diverse group of fellow participants. Most people who sign up don’t know anyone else beforehand but we do also get friends, couples and groups taking part.
- How many people take part?
- This varies a great deal from year to year, as some destinations have a limit but on average each challenge is made up of 20 – 30 participants plus staff.
Due to the popularity of this destination and with the first trip now fully subscribed we have decided to run a 2nd trip to Patagonia (25th Nov – 4th Dec)
To confirm your place on this trek we advise you to register at your earliest convenience using the online form accessed via this link trek-patagonia-2017-registration-form
Alternatively to further discuss any of the details please contact us on 285858
How to prepare
- Training Regime
- You don’t have to be super fit to take part and it’s not a race. However, our challenges are fairly strenuous therefore you should be of average fitness and enjoy reasonable health. We strongly recommend that you do regular training in the months leading up to the event. If you are over 65 you must obtain a signed medical form from your doctor. It is essential that we are made aware of any medical conditions that may be affected by participating in the event.
- once you have signed up to the challenge A specific training regime will be advised and group training sessions set
- We meet regularly as a group to discuss kit requirements, training and fundraising plans. Offering everyone as much advice and support as we can to ensure they feel confident about the challenge and about achieving their target.
- There is also regular email communication the group and you can share tips on kit, training and fundraising via our Facebook Community group, which is also a great forum for photo sharing after the challenge.
- Packing List
- You will receive a packing list when you sign up which recommends the type of clothing and equipment you will need. But be aware a comfortable pair of worn in boots is a must!
- WHAT THE CHALLENGE INCLUDES: This varies by challenge but in general the following is included: all transportation (flights, ferry, train, coach etc depending on the event), shared accommodation, full board (on challenge days), water and snacks whilst undertaking the activity, luggage transfer, all necessary back-up including support vehicles, Tour Manager, mechanics, doctor or medic and guides.
- NOT INCLUDED IN THE CHALLENGE: This varies by challenge but in general the following is not included: flight connections to and from Jersey and any related overnight stay, registration fee, travel insurance, vaccinations, spending money, visa, airport taxes, some meals on non-challenge days (varies by event) and optional tours.
- AIRPORT TAXES: Airport taxes are not included in any of our charity challenges and are payable by each participant 8-10 weeks prior to departure (depending on the airline).
- WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T RAISE THE SPONSORSHIP MONEY? All money raised is a charitable donation until you have paid the minimum sponsorship money to the charity – usually 10 weeks before departure. At this point your place on the charity challenge will be confirmed. If you do not raise the required amount you are liable to forfeit your place on the challenge. All sponsorship forms and sponsorship money should then be forwarded to the charity who will return it to your sponsors where requested. You can however make up the shortfall yourself in order to still take part. If you are having problems raising money do let the charity know well before the sponsorship deadline so that they can offer help and advice.
- HOW MUCH OF THE MONEY I RAISE WILL DIRECTLY HELP THE CHARITY? Charity challenges do incur costs for travel, accommodation, food, staff etc. Classic Tours gives the charity a package price per person and the sponsorship level is set accordingly. The charity is obliged to tell you what percentage of your sponsorship money will be used to cover the tour cost – it is usually no more than 50% and often less.
- ARE PAYMENTS FOR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS PROTECTED? Jersey Cheshire Home use ‘Classic Tours’ to operate our charity challenges. Challenges which include a flight are ATOL protected as Classic Tours hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Their ATOL number is 3379. Please see Booking Conditions for more information. ATOL protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom. Travel arrangements made by Classic Tours which include accommodation are fully protected by their bond with ABTOT. As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), they have provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding prearranged travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Classic Tours. In the above circumstances, if you have not yet travelled you may claim a refund, or if you have already travelled, you may claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package.
- DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE? You must be insured to take part – either through a company of your choice or the Classic Tours recommended policy. If you are organising your own policy please make sure your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event. You will need to provide proof of your insurance 8 weeks before the challenge.
- The thought of fundraising can be a daunting one – do not panic! Fundraising can be as challenging as the trek itself, but it can also be as much fun and as rewarding. Here are some ideas and information to help you generate sponsorship support and set you on your way to fundraising success! (link to fundraising advice & ideas pdf doc)
- We meet regularly with the participants to discuss fundraising plans, offering everyone as much advice and support as we can to ensure they feel confident about achieving their target.