Welcome to MedTreks Patagonia

The Best of Chile & Argentina Patagonia

Step off the beaten path and into the majesty of Patagonia with MedTreks’ Wilderness Medicine CME adventure. Combine world-class day hikes with upscale lodges, gourmet food and exciting hands-on wilderness medicine CME, all set against a backdrop of one of the Earth’s most stunning natural landscapes. This hand-crafted itinerary combines a unique opportunity to witness the best of both Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia in just 8 days. We take care of all the planning logistics to travel between both countries to offer you an unparalleled experience. 

Highlights: 

  • Dual-Country Experience: Explore the best of both worlds by traversing the landscapes of both Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia.
  • Torres del Paine National Park: Hike through this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, known for its towering granite pillars and vibrant turquoise lakes.
  • Perito Moreno Glacier: Witness the grandeur of one of the world’s most accessible ice fields. Listen to the thunderous sound of ice calving into the lake below.
  • Boutique Lodging: Recharge each night in hand-selected boutique hotels or eco-lodges that offer both comfort and local charm. Stay in your own luxury suite, in the world’s first geodesic dome hotel EcoCamp Patagonia
  • Gourmet Dining: Savor authentic Patagonian cuisine, expertly prepared to showcase local flavors, paired with renowned Argentinean and Chilean wines.
  • Wilderness Medicine Workshops: Participate in exciting, hands-on wilderness medicine workshops taught by Dr. Dean, who spent the last season as a doc on Everest. 
  • Connect with like-minded medical professionals from different parts of the world who have a common purpose to take a mental health break, learn, adventure and connect with peers in the industry. 
  • Earn Up to 24.5 hrs of Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME)! Our programs are accredited for physicians, PAs, NPs and nurses, allowing you to fulfill your educational requirements in a memorable way.

Get Certified:

Earn Your Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification

By blending unforgettable natural wonders with enriching educational experiences, this tour offers a multifaceted approach to professional and personal enrichment.

Dates: February 4th-11th, 2024

Cost: $6,495

Patagonia CME Hiking Tour
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Patagonia AWLS Itinerary

Why We Love This Trip

The Best of Patagonia

Join us for an unforgettable hiking trip through the stunning mountains and glaciers of Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia…

Why Patagonia with MedTreks??

Hand-Crafted Patagonian Experience 

Patagonia is truly the Yosemite of South America. Our itinerary offers a unique tour through the best of both Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia. Many tours just travel to one of the two countries in Patagonia, but we have designed a special 9 day trip that combines the best of both Argentina and Chile. Our private transportation allows you to discover the best of these regions seamlessly and in comfort. 

Iconic Trails, Off-the-Beaten Path Treasures & Friendly Guides 

Discover the best of Fitz Roy and Torres Del Paine in the company of our friendly, local guides who aren’t just experts in navigating the rugged mountain trails; they’re your go-to resource for a more intimate Patagonian experience. Approachable, knowledgeable, and inherently friendly, they’ll make sure you are equipped with tips for best restaurants, photo spots, and everything in between.  

Expert Wilderness Medicine Faculty

Your education doesn’t stop at the natural wonders surrounding you; it’s integrated into every facet of your experience. Our expert wilderness medicine faculty will lead hands-on workshops and discussions, imparting knowledge that’s as practical as it is fascinating. While there is dedicated workshops and lectures interspersed throughout the itinerary, you will have the opportunity to connect with our faculty and other like-minded medical professionals every day while on the trail or over a tasty meal. 

Flexible, Fun…this is YOUR CME vacation

Our Patagonia trip has been designed around an active itinerary with a capacity to do easier and harder hikes each day. This adventure suites all hiking enthusiasts! Forge lasting bonds with like-minded medical professionals who share your passion for both medicine and adventure. The camaraderie formed during these trips can be a source of inspiration and support throughout your career.

Come join us in Patagonia for scenic trails, spectacular peaks, alpine lakes, gourmet food, charming mountain towns – combined with wilderness medicine education by expert faculty. We look forward to sharing this adventure with you. 

The Eco Camp in Torres Del Paine

Welcome to Patagonia’s EcoCamp! The World’s 1st Geodesic Dome Hotel.

This is our home for 3 nights. Many tours in Patagonia don’t get the unique opportunity to stay right in the center of Torres Del Paine National Park. We get to wake up to morning yoga with a view of sunrise over the snow covered peaks, spend the day exploring the spectacular Torres park with several different adventure opportunities and end the evening with a glass of wine and delicious food, in the company of new friends. We look forward to sharing this incredible place with you! 

Patagonia Hiking Tour

Course Information

Wilderness Life Support: Medical Professionals

This 8 day hiking journey combines Wilderness Medicine lectures and skills with an option of certifying in Advanced Wilderness Life Support (WLS:MP)

What is the Wilderness Advanced Life Support Certification (now called WLS:MP)? 

This bucket-list adventure provides physicians, nurses, PAs/NPs with an opportunity to obtain up to 24 units of Category 1 CME for Wilderness Medicine. Medical professionals will earn a certification in Advanced Wilderness Life Support. 

Lectures will be in a hybrid format with some online ahead of time and then some lectures in the early mornings with hands-on practice skills and scenarios throughout some of the adventures. It is an incredible way to combine outdoor recreation in a stunningly beautiful location with hands-on skills that you can take anywhere in the world.

A certification course designed for medical professionals who love adventuring in the outdoors, traveling and/or medical volunteering in remote settings. Learn hands-on medical skills that you can take anywhere in the world. Learn more HERE

Who is this Course For? 

Physicians, Physician Assistances, Nurse Practitioners, RNs, Paramedics/EMTs

Can loved ones and non-medical guests attend? 

Yes! We welcome friends, family and loved ones to attend.

Meet Your Faculty!

Dr. Christian Dean is a family medicine trained hospitalist based in Missoula who is passionate about wilderness, travel, and sports medicine. After completing residency, he returned to the mountains, moving to Jackson Hole where he practiced inpatient and outpatient medicine, in addition to being the team physician for the Moose Hockey team and doing ski patrol at Snow King. He now calls the mountains surrounding Missoula home and works as an adult hospitalist when not being a physician on the sideline, ski hill, or remote expedition. Dr. Dean has earned his Diploma in Mountain Medicine through the medical commissions of UIAA and ICAR, and he is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine earned through the international Wilderness Medical Society. He also runs a business, MyDocInTow, LLC where he offers compassionate and comprehensive on-site or on-call medical direction and advisory on expeditions and at-sea.

Dr. Christiand Dean MedTreks Faculty

Price & Dates

Trip Cost

February: 4th-11th, 2024 

Cost: $6,495

CME/AWLS Fee: $695

Includes:

  • 3 nights in EcoCamp’s Standard Domes, Torres del Paine National Park
  • 2 nights at Hotel Los Senderos (or similar), El Chaltén
  • 2 night at Hostería Los Hielos (or similar), El Calafate
  • All EcoCamp Patagonia excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • From EcoCamp: all private transport included in excursions 
  • Transfer from Chile to Argentina
  • Shared transfers and excursions in Argentina
  • English speaking guide for all excursions
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Boat crossing ticket over Grey Lake and/or Pehoe Lake
  • Nautical Safari to Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Meals:
    • Chile: Full board, including breakfast, box lunch on excursions and dinner (water or wine included at dinner)
    • Argentina: Breakfast and Lunch/Box Lunch

What is excluded in the cost:

  • International Airfare
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with meals at EcoCamp
  • Dinners in Argentina
  • Personal items
  • Travel Insurance
  • Guide gratuities

Liability Waiver
Participants will be required to sign a standard liability release before the trip, acknowledging that there are risks associated with all types of travel and whitewater adventures.

Payment and Deposit:
A $1000 non-refundable deposit is due at this time and will secure your place on the trip. The balance is due 90 days before departure. Once you register, we will send you a Patagonia Welcome Package and packing list to help you prepare for this adventure! For those taking the AWLS certification, we will be sending you all course material and online modules with digital course textbook upon registration.

Why MedTreks

Our boutique travel and medical education company has a unique history of running trips for medical professionals since the 1980s. Regularly working in the Emergency Department and for a global health program in Kenya, the owner of MedTreks continues to stay involved in the details and execution of every trip. Our extensive experience not only in the travel industry but also in the medical profession, allows us to design trips specifically catered to the needs of medical professionals. Our goal at MedTreks is to provide the healthcare community with an opportunity to enjoy medical education while on vacation – to have fun, learn, connect and recharge, while exploring incredible corners of world. To learn more about why our trips are different, please click the Why MedTreks below! 

Why MedTreks
Patagonia CME HIking Tour
FAQ

Yes! As long as the trip is booked before the final payment is due (90 days before trip start). A non-refundable deposit secures your spot on the trip.

Our CME trips are all accredited for physicians, NPs, PAs and also provide CEUs for Nurses. We provide course information for all the courses that you can submit to your employer. After the trip/course is complete, we provide you with a CME certificate within 2-4 weeks

We provide you with a comprehensive Welcome Package that includes a packing list, resources, course materials, and helpful travel tips for your upcoming adventure.

Yes! We welcome loved ones and non-medical guests. They are welcome to attend all of our workshops and lectures while on the trip at no further cost. Some of our trips are even kid-friendly, depending on the trip and age of your children. Please send us an email to inquire about this possibility.

Our trips provide comfortable and boutique lodging experiences, with mostly 4-star hotels that provide good food and quality service. Over the years, we have hand-crafted our itineraries to include some of the most charming accommodations.

Send us an email! We are happy to set up a call and answer any questions that you might have!

Testimonials

I had a really great time. It was well organized, well structured and a well gestion of unforseens. The food was great, the guide were well trained and the group was sooooo cool. I recommend that trip to anyone who like adventure, good friend, good time and wish to learn new things ~ M.P,  Physician, Canada 

An adventure of a lifetime! Great hikes, food, and accommodations! Every day was jam packed with learning and adventure ~ M.W, PA