The Dientes Circuit
The Southernmost trek in the world - Isla Navarino, Chile
5 nights, 6 days - $2800 USD
Level of difficuly: Demanding
Pack weight: 15 kg
The southernmost trekking opportunity in the world - the rugged Dientes Circuit on Isla Navarino is miles beyond any ordinary trekking experience.
For 53 kilometers, the route winds through an otherworldly landscape. Mountains broken out from the floor of the ocean. Where the Andes crumble into the Antarctic Plate. Where tenuous passes defy the staggering winds. Where spartan vegetation clings precariously bracing itself against the punishing climate and the manipulations of the introduced beaver. Just getting to Isla Navarino is part of the adventure itself. The flight over Tierra del Fuego and the Strait of Magellan is incredibly scenic.
For the serious trekker, the five-day Dientes Circuit is a chance to experience unique terrain at what is literally the last scrap of land before the legendary Cape Horn and Antarctic Sea. And while the route offers many worthy experiences, like awesome views that stretch as far as the Cape Horn straits, it is also impressive for what it lacks, like crowded trails, clearly defined paths, and crowded refugios. In fact, there are no refugios on the route.
Because of the difficulty of the route and the distance of Isla Navarino from the beaten path, the Dientes Circuit receives a fraction of Chile’s annual trekking visitors. The 38 trail points are spread over a 53 km route, with four significant passes to cross and a myriad maze of beaver ponds and dams to negotiate in the valleys between. Weather is a strong factor, particularly the strength of the winds that sweep up from the white continent and make the passes, especially the final pass, Paso Virginia, very dangerous. Blasts of wind strong enough to knock a heavily loaded trekker from their feet are not uncommon and come without warning.
• group Gear (tents, stove & cooking equipment, sleeping pad)
• entrance, camping & park fees
• all transportation on Isla Navarino
• all meal in the field
• safety equipment
• alcoholic beverages
• travel insurance
• lodging in town
• personal camping and trekking gear
(clothing, trekking poles, sleeping bag)