Ace and Patricia hiked the most southerly established major trail in South America, part of the Circuito Dientes de Navarino.
I read their trip report with interest. I’d once traveled to Punta Arenas intending to do Dientes, but ran out of time to arrange the tricky transportation to the Puerto William, Chile, on Isla Navarino. That’s the jumping off point for Dientes.
Ace and Patricia ended up taking the Zenit’s 15 passenger boat from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Puerto Williams. And later found a flight back on a 3-seater plane.
Extreme weather in this most extreme part of the world makes all manner of transportation a gamble.
Was it worth it for Patricia?
… We reached the dip between the peaks and were rewarded with breathtaking views of the spiky Dientes and across Isla Navarino to sets of islands beyond. It was a clear day and we saw the islands of Cape Horn. It was definitely the highlight of the trip. …
Painted stones & cairns mark the trail. Unfortunately many of those were covered by snow.
Everyone has navigation challenges on Dientes, this adventure more than most. Their goal on day 2 was to cross Paso de los Dientes. The guidebook said to “stay high”. … They stayed too high, eventually having to backtrack when the risk of a mini-avalanche got too great.
If you’ve ever dreamed of hiking the teeth of south South America, download Patricia’s Trip Journal. (PDF)
Check our Dientes information page.