We are excited to announce our Pannier x Patagonia bikepacking expedition – exploring the bucket-list adventure cycling region at the southernmost tip of Argentina and Chile in South America…
27 December 2021 – 10 January 2022
…for our Pannier Expeditions to run, we do need to reach the minimum group size, at least ninety days before the start date. Post booking, we’ll keep you informed as to numbers and progress until we can 100% confirm the trip can go ahead. We’d rather be transparent about this, especially for our longer-haul Expeditions…
Pannier Expeditions will always mean riding with the best guides a destination can offer, so for our Patagonia Expedition we have teamed up with Willy Mulonia – Founder and President of Projecting Adventure Cycling. With over 30 years of solo bike expeditions under his belt, including a 28,640km tour from Ushuaia (Patagonia) – Prudhoe Bay (Alaska) and successful completion the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98, the famous IditaBike (Alaska) in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019 & 2020 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world, there is no doubt we are in good hands for this one…
In the late afternoon we will have a briefing to introduce the staff and all the participants.
Guided tour at the Perito Moreno Glacier. The afternoon is free to stock up on supplies before departure.
127km // +1000m
We begin our adventure, leaving behind El Calafate and pedaling on the legendary Ruta 40. A long and steady climb will take us up to the Cuesta de Miguez, a beautiful balcony where you can admire the valley of the Lago Argentino and with some luck, the massive of Fitz Roy. The second part of the stage will be fast, to the junction with a dirt track, where we enter the Patagonian pampas to reach our camp.
86km // +500m
We start the day on a dirt track with views over the pampas. We soon join an asphalt path and ride on it for about ten kilometers where we begin to glimpse the first strongholds of the Torres del Paine. After crossing the border with Chile we will finish our day in the small town of Cerro Castillo.
83km // +950m
We leave Cerro Castillo to enter the Torres del Paine National Park. It’s a spectacular day with continuous views of the Paine Mountains. After entering the park we face the hardest climb of the whole trip, made up for by reaching one of our favorite camp spots on the shores of Pehoe Lake.
51km // +500m
A relatively short stage today, but one that could have a strong headwind as we pedal to Grey Lake. Here we can take a short trek on the shore of the lake, to admire the blue iceberg, before continuing to our camp.
86km // +1100m
We leave the Torres del Paine behind and continue south towards Puerto Natales. Today is filled with ups and downs and a stunning view of Lake Toro. Near Puerto Natales we overlook the Pacific Ocean. Once in the city, transfer to Punta Arenas, where we spend the night.
70km // +1000m
We cross by ferry the Strait of Magellan to reach Porvenir. From here begins a beautiful unpaved road along the ocean that we will follow throughout the day until we reach our camp.
86km // +600m
We continue on our path to bypass the last part of Bahia Inútil. The change of direction will almost certainly have us pedal against the strong Patagonian wind, a right duty to be paid by anyone wishing to visit this area. We end our day in the idyllic Cameron, a small town of fishermen and shepherds tucked away in a wind-protected bay.
100km // +900m
We will ride all day to the east, on remote dirt tracks where we are unlikely to see another person. Towards the end of the stage we get closer to Bellavista Pass, not before going through some beautiful forests.
88km // +750m
We leave our camp and we continue on our dirt road to the east with ups and downs before rejoining the asphalt and the town of Rio Grande.
108km // +1000m
Another beautiful stage in the Isla Grande of Tierra del Fuego. After covering a small section of National Route 3, we join a track that leads us up to the vicinity of Lake Chepelmut, where we will camp for the night.
94km // +850m
In the morning we will ride the final few kilometers of dirt road before joining Route 3 that will lead us directly to Ushuaia. Obligatory stop at the legendary Panaderia (Bakery) in Tolhuin and then camp on Lake Escondido.
57km // +750m
For our last day on the bike we will face the legendary Garibaldi Pass, the door to Ushua. In the afternoon we will have time to prepare the bikes and do some final shopping.
The tour ends today. We can arrange airport transfers if requested in advance.
LEAVE 8am <
>> Adventure Bike & Accessories (UK/EU tourers only)
>> Bikepacking Bags
>> Camp Kit (sleeping bag, sleeping mat, liner)
>>Two PA-Cycling guides & one Pannier guide riding with the group
>> 2 Overnight in Hostel in El Calafate (Breakfast included)
>> Entrance and guided visit to Perito Moreno Glacier
>> Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
>> Bus transfer from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas
>> Ferry crossing Punta Arenas – Porvenir
>>1 overnight in Hostel in Punta Arenas, Rio Grande and Ushuaia
>> Arrival airport transfer in El Calafate
>> Departure airport transfer in Ushuaia
>> Travel to El Calafate / from Ushuaia
>> Lunch and dinner in El Calafate and Ushuaia
>> Food during the bike tour
>> Extra services and activities
>> Extra cost in case of logistic changes (bus transfer, extra hotel nights)