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Curved asphalt road in the mountains. Adventure road Carretera Austral lies in the valley near the town of Cerro Castillo, Patagonia, Chile

Trek Patagonia 2023

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

14 September - 24 September 2023 On Sale
Duration 11 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $748
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Trek Patagonia 2023

Trek through Argentina and Chile’s magical Patagonia for the charity of your choice on a special trek set apart from others. This once-in-a-lifetime challenge gives you the chance to trek in an extraordinary mix of must-see landscapes, mountains and massifs in Patagonia.

Tick off the Fitz Roy Massif, Rio Blanco Climber’s Basecamp, Laguna de Los Tres, Cerro Torre, and one of the World’s Natural Wonders: the Moreno Glacier at 22,000 square kilometres!

We’ll finish our challenge by crossing the border and visiting the Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto and the Towers in the Paine National Park.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
UK – El Calafate

We begin our adventure at the airport in London, where we catch our flight to El Calafate. Touching down in Patagonia on Day 2, we'll transfer to our hotel for a relaxing evening.

Day 3
El Chalten – Laguna de los Tres – Camp Poincenot

Today, we trek from El Chalten to Laguna de Los Tres and on to Camp Poincenot.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Day 4
Lagunas Madre and Hija Valley – Cerro Torre – El Chalten

Get ready to trek from Lagunas Madre and Hija Valley to Cerro Torre, finishing the day back in El Chalten.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Day 5
El chalten – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado – El Calafate

Our trek continues from El Chalten to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado and on to El Calafate.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Day 6
El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier

Today, we trek from El Calafate to Perito Moreno Glacier.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Day 7
El Calafate – Torres del Paine National Park

Today, we trek from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Day 8
Paine Towers – Ascensio River Valley

Day 8 sees us trekking from Paine Towers to Ascenio River Valley.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Day 9
Lake Pehoe crossing – French Valley

Today, we cross Lake Pehoe to French Valley.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Day 10
Grey Valley – Puerto Natales

We've made it to our last day of trekking in Patagonia! We'll take in more incredible scenery trekking from Grey Valley to our finish point in Puerto Natales.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Days 11–12
Puerto Natales – El Calafate – UK

It's time to make our journey home. We spend Day 11 transferring from Peuerto Natales to the airport in El Calafate for our overnight flight back to the UK. Touching down in London on Day 12, you make your own way home.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay the registration fee (£499) and challenge costs (£2,750) + airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475).

$4,125

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £499, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £2,750 yourself 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, capped at £475), food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation, entry fees, guides, and medical support, including a UK-registered doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (capped at £475).
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice or make a personal donation.
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee (£499) and airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475), and fundraise £5,500 or more for your chosen charity.

$8,250

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £499, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £5,500 for a charity or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £2,750 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs (£2,750) cover flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, capped at £475), food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation, entry fees, guides, and medical support, including a UK-registered doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (capped at £475).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Trek Patagonia 2023

Our charity trek in Patagonia is not about living in the gym. Loads of people who sign up for our non-competitive charity challenges have low levels of fitness when they register. The point is to train, do your best, and reach your fitness goal while making a big difference for the charity that means the most to you.

That said, we strongly recommend you train for the trekking challenge. We'll face long days on our feet, encounter steep climbs in the mountains and tackle a lot of uneven terrains. Please invest in a pair of quality hiking boots with ankle support to wear during your training and on your trek in Patagonia, as these are essential for walking on uneven terrain. We also recommend incorporating hills in your training treks.

Our supportive challenge guides and community spirit will help you conquer the trek of a lifetime. You're also likely to improve your mental health and well-being.

Once you register for Trek Patagonia, we'll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for Patagonia. You can also check out our top trekking tips here and our indoor training ideas for the days you don't feel like facing the weather!

Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the departure date is more than welcome to join our trekking challenge in Patagonia. We'll have adults of all ages taking part to achieve something awesome for charity — one of the many things that make our challenges so special!

If you would like someone under the age of 18 to join you on our trek, please contact us to discuss (01590 646410 or bookings@dream-challenges.com, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Our challenges around the world are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and lifelong friendships made, as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Trek Patagonia 2023. Please use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising.

You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your trekking challenge for charity and we will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Once you have registered, we will send you a Welcome Pack with everything you need to know about your challenge, including the itinerary, an example insurance policy, details about our challenge destination in Patagonia and the weather we can expect on our trek, the structure of an average trekking day, a full kit list, and a realistic training plan to help you get fit for the challenge. The training programme builds up gradually as the trek gets closer.

We'll also send you regular updates in the lead-up to the adventure, with more important details and seasonal fundraising ideas. During the trek, we'll have a UK doctor with expedition medicine training accompanying the group at all times, along with a team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides.

Your non-refundable registration fee of £499 per person is used to administer the challenge.

Your challenge costs of £2,750 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the Sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350).
  • Meals throughout the challenge in Patagonia.
  • Accommodation.
  • All transfers and luggage transportation in Patagonia.
  • A team of awesome, outdoor remote first aid trained guides and Dream Challenges staff.
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead-up to and during your challenge.
  • Medical and mechanical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training, who will accompany us throughout the challenge.
  • Your Trek Patagonia medal.

You will need a pair of quality walking boots with ankle support — these are essential for trekking on uneven terrain. Please also bring a 2-litre water bottle.

We'll supply you with a full kit list for your overseas trekking challenge well before we leave for Patagonia.

In addition to paying your registration fee (£499)and either self-funding your challenge costs (£2,750) or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target (£5,500), you'll need to budget for your:

  • Tourist visa for Patagonia (approx. 20USD) .
  • Travel to and from the airport in the UK.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.

Yes of course! If you would like to extend your stay in Patagonia, please let us know at least 17 weeks before our departure date and we can arrange this for you.

The easiest way to get in touch is by emailing us at bookings@dream-challenges.com or calling us on 01590 646410 (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

Our Dream Challenges are renowned for their camaraderie, but we find that the strongest bonds are formed in smaller groups. We'll travel in a group of around 20-30 people and you're likely to make friends for life! 

Travel Insurance
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Please arrange your insurance as soon as you can after you sign up to ensure you have coverage for your booking as well as the challenge.

In your Welcome Pack, you will receive information about an insurance provider that specialises in our type of overseas challenges and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19.

You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Patagonia. Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your challenge.

Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your charity trek.

Visa
You will need to arrange your tourist visa for Patagonia (approx. 20USD). We will send you details on how to apply as our overseas challenge gets closer.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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