HIKE IN THE SOUTHERN FRONTIER: THE DIENTES DE NAVARINO TREK (6D – 5N)

Navarino Island in Tierra del Fuego, Chilean Patagonia
6 days and 5 nights

Known as “the southernmost trek in the world”, the Dientes de Navarino has become the favourite for many because of its medium-high intensity and privileged setting in the unique and untouched Tierra del Fuego.

Day 1 – Punta Arenas Airport – Puerto Williams in Navarino Island

Arrival to Punta Arenas – Welcome Dinner & Briefing with Guide in Punta Arenas.

The day before the start of your trek, enjoy an exquisite dinner in Punta Arenas, along with your guide and other group members. After sharing a splendid meal and fantastic company, your guide will brief you on your journey and each day’s itinerary.

For questions you might have, our experienced professional guide will be there to assist! After dinner and the briefing, head back to your hotel or accommodation to rest before starting this once-in-a-lifetime trek the following day.

*Prior to your trip, our operations department will confirm your meeting time and location in Punta Arenas!

Fly to Isla Navarino – Summit Hike of Cerro Bandera to Laguna Salto

1 hour flight. 4-5 hours hiking, 12km. Night at Laguna Salto Campsite.

From Punta Arenas fly via light aircraft to Puerto Williams. During your flight, take in the drama of the Darwin Range’s glaciers and rock faces, the Strait of MagellanTierra del Fuego’s snaking canals and the imposing Beagle Channel.

You won’t have to wait long to immerse yourself in Tierra del Fuego’s natural drama – your first day of trekking begins a few short hours after orientation in Puerto Williams.

Today, you’ll cross sloping beech forests to the summit of Cerro Bandera to reward yourself with views of the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams, Valle Ukika, and Cerro Robalo (912m).

Continue on to today’s campsite at Laguna Salto, accompanied by the serrated Los Dientes as you trek.

We will share a warm meal and splendid company on our first night’s wilderness camp before turning in for the night.

Day 2 – Navarino Island – Mountain Pass Crossings

Paso Primero, Paso Australia, Paso Los Dientes – Descent Hike of Mount Bettinelli.

4-5 hours hiking, 9km. Night at the campsite at the base of Mount Bettinelli.

Today’s route takes you through several mountain passes in the Circuit, starting with the small rocky pass at Paso Primero (705m), where year-round snow greets visitors at the entrance to the high valley.

The trail follows creeks, loose rock, and lagoons, and provides no end of pause-worthy moments to take in the interplay of blue-green-hued lagoons and imposing peaks.

The next pass is Paso Australia, today’s highest point at 776m/805m, though the breath-catching tableaus from the top are not the day’s last.

We’ll continue on to Paso Los Dientes, with dramatic views of the highest peak on Isla Navarino, Picacho Diente (1118m), and descend to our next camp at the base of Mount Bettinelli.

After setting up camp, we hike to Bettinelli’s summit for more fantastic views of the Cape Horn archipelago.

Day 3 – Navarino Island – Paso Guerrico to Laguna Martillo

Trek Towards the Untouched Side of the Isla Navarino – Paso Guerrico to Laguna Martillo.

3-4 hour hiking, 8 km. Night at Camping Laguna Martillo.

Shrub and native ñirre forests accompany you to Paso Ventarrón (696m), a blustery pass letting trekkers peer through the window to see Isla Navarino’s untouched side: the unexplored wild mountains behind the Dientes de Navarino.

Continue on to Paso Guerrico before circling Laguna Hermosa and taking in the arresting views of Cerro Clem. Tonight, we will camp at Laguna Martillo.

 

Day 4 – Navarino Island – Paso Virginia

Paso Virginia, the Circuit’s Highest Point – Laguna Los Guanacos

3-5 hours hiking, 10.5 km. Night at Camping Laguna Los Guanacos.

Begin today by circling Laguna Martillo and rock hopping on the shores of Laguna Rocallosa.

After descending towards some smaller lagoons, you’ll enter a section of sharply inclined woods followed by a rocky ascent.

This is the route to Paso Virginia, the highest point in your trek at 859m and keeper of arresting views of the Beagle Channel, Darwin Range, and Laguna Los Guanacos.

After crossing the pass, you’ll begin a steep descent towards Laguna Los Guanacos. Relax, steady your feet, and descend slowly.

Day 5 – Navarino Island – Los Guanacos and Puerto Williams

Laguna Los Guanacos to Puerto Williams

2-3 hours hiking, 4 km. Night at Lakutaia Lodge or Errante EcoLodge.

From Laguna Los Guanacos, descend towards its sister-lagoon, Laguna Las Guanacas.

A river crossing will take you to the entrance to some woods huddled at the base of rocky cliffs.

Later, the route will cross Calafate berry-covered slopes and lead you once again to views of the Beagle Channel.

Our last stretch today takes us through the Omora Ethnobotanical Park, an investigation and conservation centre dedicated to research into the region’s native flora.

Here, we’ll take part in a “miniature forest” experience, using magnifying glasses to peer into the teeny tiny world of lichen, liverworts, and moss.

After arriving in Puerto Williams, stretch your legs as you stroll the town. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner and a night of restoring slumber at a guesthouse.

Day 6 – Puerto Williams – Puerto Williams Airport

Flight to Punta Arenas

1-hour flight.

Tuck into a well-deserved breakfast and congratulate yourself – you’ve completed the challenging Dientes de Navarino circuit! After check out, your return flight is waiting for you to take you back to Punta Arenas.

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