Into the Heart of the Island 3 days

AR$24180*

Summary

Difficulty: High

Places of interest: Beagle Channel, Brown Bay, Gable Island, Garibaldi Pass, Guaraní Pass (Beagle Canal), Harberton Ranch, Heart of the Island, Lake Escondido, Lake Fagnano (lake Khami), Lake Yakush, Lasifashaj River, Martillo Island, Mount Cabras, Penguin rookery, Rio Indio, Tolhuin, Ushuaia Andes,

Tour activities: Bird watching, Camping, Multi Activities, Navigations, Photography, Trekking, Wildlife watching,

Season: October 15th – April 15th

Group Size: up to 7 passengers.

Meals: All meals included. Red Wine, soft-drinks, bottled water. Vegetarians and coeliacs: proper menus available if requested in advance.

Departure place and time: Canal Fun’s office at Roca 136, at 8am

Type of Experience: Intense physical activity, It is NOT necessary to know how to swim, No experience required, With exposure to weather,

Suggested clothing: Waterproof jacket + fleece jacket. Waterproof walking shoes/trainers with good traction. Hat or cap. Thermal interiors. Extra socks to change. Short and long-sleeved T-shirts and other casual warm weather clothes for layering. Lightweight sweaters. Small backpack or similar bag with shoulder straps, for carrying camera and other gear. Sunglasses with UV protection. Sunscreen. Skin care: Personal toiletries, including sun block, moisturizing lotion and lip balm. One pair of waterproof pants (made of waterproof, breathable fabric), that would be loose enough to be worn over a regular pair of trousers. Zip-lock plastic bags as added protection for camera, batteries, etc. Optional: wool ski cap, scarf. Please let us know if you are not bringing your own sleeping bag and pad.

Extras:

  • Harberton Ranch entrance fee ($480)

* This extra will be added to the cart

Description

Day One: USHUAIA- HARBERTON - PENGUIN ROOKERY - GABLE ISLAND



We leave at 8 AM from Canal Fun's office at Roca 136, through glacial valleys, to know a quite different area along the Beagle Channel when compared to the National Park. The first part of the day we share one the most active regular tours available in Tierra del Fuego: the Gable Island tour. We arrive by minibus to Larsiphashaj river, East from Ushuaia, to start canoeing easily down this meandering river into the Beagle Channel. There, we head towards the East to approach Harberton Ranch by sea! Once there, we’ll navigate and run the boat aground at Martillo island to be close to the penguins. After this stop, we’ll resume the navigation to reach Gable Island for a 2 hour hike to make discoveries in one of the roughest and most beautiful places in the Beagle Channel. After the full-day tour passengers leave back to Ushuaia, we have the whole island to explore before dinner and camping in tents away from man made noise.

Day Two: ANDES RANGE - TOLHUIN

We leave Gable and Harberton towards the North, to meet the Southern Andes Range. After just one hour on the road, we leave the vehicle nearby Garibaldi Pass to start a walk to reach the top of this mountain chain. At an altitude of just 600 meters, the forest is left behind and the trail disappears, but we carry along the mountainside enjoying unmatched views of Lake Escondido and Fagnano. The "Twin", "Raquel" and "Los Perros" lagoons, and the high mountain landscapes are the our reward for venturing to walk out of the beaten path in search of places that are both wild and pristine. The trekking ends after descending the Northern slope of the mountain, crossing a dense forest only interrupted by huge beaver dams. If we are lucky enough, we might be able to spot them before hopping on the vehicle to leave towards Tolhuin, a little village at the Eastern end of lake Fagnano.



Day Three: HEART OF THE ISLAND - MOUNT CABRAS

After breakfast, we leave in our 4WD towards the Northern coast of Fagano lake, beyond Tolhuin. During this approach to the Heart of the Island we will witness very noticeable changes both in the vegetation and the geography. At the top of Cerro Cabras we will have lunch while enjoying an unmatched view from this steep mount: lowlands, swampy prairies, beaver dams, lakes and lagoons, horizon and mountains. We will leave you back in Ushuaia around 7 PM.
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Itinerary:

08:00/08:30 Departure from Ushuaia
10:15 Arrival at river Lashifashaj. Preparation for canoeing
12:15 Arrival to Harberton Ranch
12:30 Boarding on a motor boat to visit Martillo island penguin rookery
12:50 Penguin Rookery
13:10 Leaving towards Gable Island
13:45 Lunch
15:00 Hike along the Island
18:00 End of hiking. Optional hikes.
21:00 Dinner. Spend the night at refuge in Gable Island.

Day 2)
08:00 Breakfast
09:30 Crossing to Harberton
11:00 Hiking close Garibaldi Pass
11:45 Lookout lakes Escondido y Fagnano
13:45 Raquel lagoon. Lunch
15:00 Los Perros lagoon
16:30 End of hiking
17:30 Tolhuin. Spend the night in a cabin, in Tolhuin.

Day 3)
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Departure to “Heart of the Island” Provincial Park.
11:00 Arrival to Yehuin lake.
11:30 Start of the hike to Cerro Cabras summit.
14:00 Lunch at the top of Cerro Cabras
15:30 Descent from Cerro Cabras
17:00 Snack.
19:30 Arrival to Ushuaia

Day 1: Hiking level: medium. Altitude gain: less than 300 ft.
Day 2: Hiking level: difficult. Altitude gain: around 1000 ft.
Day 3: Hiking level: difficult. Altitude gain: around 1300 ft.

**All descriptions and itineraries are for illustration purposes: the timing of the activities, and their order may vary, and this appplies also to the attractions, as the actual development of the tour depends on the guide’s decisions based on the group’s specific conformation and the evaluation of the conditions for the tour.

Reviews:

Paddling, hiking across Gable Island, navigation to the penguins and hiking in the heart of fireland and fun with 4x4

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Uli_Sabine
02/04/2018

"Our 3 day additional programm, after 2 hiking weeks in Patagonia, was very intensiv and full of new experiences. We did a nice paddling trip in the silence of Larsiphashaj Rio and Beagle Channel, have boot navigation to the Martillo Island with a stop at the coast to see a lot of Magellan Penguins from a really short distance. In the afternoon we had a hiking tour, nearly 3 hours, on Gable Island with many informations about the bibers. During the navigation to Estancia Haberton the surprise was a big and active group of sea lions. The last part of the day was connected with a thrilling 4x4 tour to the Lago Fagnano an the overnighting in a tent. The hiking tour "Crossing the Andes" at the second day was unfortunately very wet and muddy. But we are happy, that we are able to dry all closes and hiking boots in the good heated cabins near Tolhuin. On a sunny day we were riding by 4x4 into the heart of Fireland. Then we climbed the Cerro Cabras. The highlight was a Condor at the top ans the view to many lakes. We thanks aour guides, Camila and Eduardo which have done there jobs with delight knowledge and competence. Thats why it was a very lovely tour with excellent self made meals all time! Thank you Guides!!!"

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