Dear Runners,

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Patagonian Expedition Race. Here you may find answers to most of your questions. Should you have any other questions, feel free to contact us at

General Information

1. When will the next edition of the Patagonian Expedition Race occur?

The return of the Patagonian Expedition Race will take place between the 13th and 26th of February 2016.

2. Where will the expedition occur?

It will take place in the heart of southern Chilean Patagonia. The region’s capital is the city of Punta Arenas, while the closest city to the 2016 race area will be Puerto Natales.

3. How can I arrive to Punta Arenas?

In order to arrive from any part of the world, the habitual route is to pass through Chile’s capital, Santiago, from where it is then possible to travel by plane, approximately 3-4 hours to complete, to Punta Arenas, in the Patagonia’s extreme south.

4. What is the route for the Patagonian Expedition Race 2016?

The race route is only presented to the teams 24 hours before its start. At this time, teams will receive official race maps and technical route details. Before that, the race director will only provide certain general guidelines and race information in order to better prepare runners for the event.

5. What kind of terrain will the expedition take place on?

The race will primarily take place through virgin territories, passing along vast uninhabited areas of great scenic variety and strong climatic contrasts. It is a long journey across mountains, forests, peats, grasslands, and rivers, where teams will need to encounter bordering lakes, fjords entering the area, large glaciers descending from the Campo de Hielo Sur (Southern Ice Fields), drastic and changing climates, and a variety of geographic environments.

6. What challenges are included in the Patagonian Expedition Race?

The challenges that define the expedition’s race sections include trekking along and through mountains, kayak, and mountain bike, with each being presented in two or three sections throughout the course. It is often in trekking sections where the greatest time differences will occur between teams. Other essential skills will be tested, such as compass and map navigation, planning and developing a strategy, and most importantly, teamwork.

7. What are the event’s race distances?

The race distances are between 600-800km depending on the edition. Generally, each section of the race is independent, meaning trekking, kayak, or mountain bike can have distances of 30-150km, and in some cases, even further.

8. How long is the race?

Depending on the edition and each respective team’s ability, it normally takes between 6-9 days to finish the race.

9. How many teams finish the race?

On average, about half of the teams finish the course, even though in the 2013 edition, only 30% of the teams completed the race.

10. Are there any age limits to participate?

Yes, all team members need to be at least 18 years of age by the event’s start date to compete in the event.

11. Is there a limit to the number of participants for this edition?

For the 2016 edition, we are allowing 20 teams to participate, which will be assigned based on the process of team registration and selection.


1. What is the cost of registration?

Once a team has been accepted, confirmation of the payment process will begin ($4,000 per team). If the payment is made before December 31, 2014, a 15% discount will be applied to the final cost. If the payment is made before March 31, 2015, a 10% discount will be applied.

2. How and where can I register?

Teams must start the registration process through the event’s official website. This process includes providing necessary background information, which primarily considers team members’ experience and nationality. The organization will inform each team if their application has been accepted or rejected 15 days after completing the online registration form. Finally, in order to confirm each team’s participation in the Patagonian Expedition Race, accepted teams must pay their registration fee.

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