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Patagonia Adventure Guide Program

The Alpinist's Dream
Program Price: USD $11,500
Duration: 12 Weeks
Max Group Size: 12

Based in El Chaltén for 12-weeks, participants will have the opportunity to embrace the endless glaciers within Los Glaciares National Park and the towering peaks including Fitz Roy while advancing their hiking and rock climbing skills. With a unique structure of alternating weeks between rock climbing and hiking, along with a comprehensive outdoor first aid course, this program offers a well-rounded adventure travel and outdoor education experience.

You'll be guided by expert in-country IFMGA program instructors as you travel through remote landscapes in Patagonia and navigate new challenges. Experience amazing rock climbing routes and world-famous hiking trails, while participating in cultural activities like horse riding and traditional Argentine BBQs.

The last week of the program will see you putting your new skills to the test as you navigate Marconi Glacier and practice basic mountaineering techniques. The goal of the program is to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to work as outdoor guides, emphasising hiking, rock climbing and mountaineering. Through a focus on outdoor education and adventure travel, participants will not only gain practical skills but also develop a deep appreciation for the natural world and the thrill of exploration.

Locations you may visit: El Chaltén, Fitz Roy, Los Glaciares National Park, Marconi Glacier, Del Desierto Lake and more!

Program Dates

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Limited Spaces

Oct 2024

23 Oct 2024 - 15 Jan 2025
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Jan 2025

15 Jan 2025 - 7 Apr 2025
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Oct 2025

22 Oct 2025 - 13 Jan 2026
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What's Included

  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Guiding
  • 12-weeks of accommodation in El Chaltén
  • Technical equipment for rock climbing, hiking and camping
  • Highly skilled IFMGA local program guides
  • Outdoor First Aid Training
  • Cultural experiences
  • Transport during program days


  • Guidance from expert IFMGA instructors
  • Complete a week long introduction to mountaineering and glacier trekking on the Marconi glacier
  • Hike world famous trails in Los Glaciares National Park
  • All hiking trails and crags are located within a 15 minute walk from the accommodation
  • Taste the local cuisine


  • At least 18 years old
  • Fluent in English
  • Moderate fitness: comfortable hiking with a 15kg/30lb backpack over multiple days
  • Happy to be outdoors five days a week
  • Comfortable with being in an isolated location for 12-weeks
  • Comfortable in variable weather conditions

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Our Alumni

Program Testimonial

"Week after week I was faced with challenges I had never dreamed of taking on prior. With some help from my supportive peers I realised I achieved a lot of personal growth by the final week. Too much to begin to narrow down. And the things I got to experience, WOW! Thank you."

Luke Georgiou

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The best part about the Patagonia Adventure Guide Program for me was the community building of our group. Working to our individual and collective goals, and helping push each other in the direction people wanted to go.

Nicholas Salzano

The people, instructors, guides and practical skills taught made me feel empowered throughout the program. The instructors were invested and passionate and wanted to teach us new skills.

Hayley Hornitzky

The local instructors were amazing and had so much knowledge. They were happy to teach us and had great vibes too.

Jessica Jozefczak

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