Alex visited Patagonia during May and trekked in both Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, with a local operator. He visited some of the top highlights such as Fitz Roy and Last Torres and camped along the way. Here Alex shares some great photos with us and we find out how his trip went!
What was it like visiting in winter?
The relatively unusual and perhaps relevant aspect of my experience for others looking into this trip is that it was during the winter. My observation is that provided you are OK to spend the night in somewhat crisp temperatures (frankly, it’s actually fine), the winter has a number of advantages:
- much fewer people around you – I understand the areas can be crowded in the summer and I basically had the parks pretty much entirely to myself
- statistically better chance to get clear days
- less wind (again relative to the summer)
- wonderful snow-covered landscapes
- a lot of facilities, refugios, etc are shut – but those that are around or willing to brave the cold in the outdoors appreciate your visit and have more time for you, contributing to an overall more enjoyable experience
What were the top highlights of your trip?
Overall a great mix of outdoors, physical activity and superb views so not sure it is fair to reduce this to highlights – but those might be the sunrise at Mt Fitz Roy and its glacier on skis, playing on the French glacier at TDP, and the light at the end of the day on Lago Grey.
Did the logistics run smoothly?
Yes, very – no problem, also taking into account adjustments for weather/flight delays – basically great planning job by the operators and I didn’t worry about anything.
Would you recommend the operators you hiked with and would you recommend Swoop?
Yes and yes
Would you go back to Patagonia?
Of course (even though you can’t just pick the magic Calafate berry in the winter..)
To find out more about Alex’s trip, or to do the same itinerary, get in touch.