patagonia running Retreat

Bespoke-created running experience 

Beyond the Meadow retreats where born out of the need to push personal boundaries, step outside your comfort zone, bring you back to your authentic self, alongside exploring cool places and gathering with even cooler people. 

On this unique experience we will introduce you to the Andes Mountains where you will venture off the beat and track and witness how captivating this landscape is. 

Location: Andes Mountains, Patagonia

Accommodation: Horse & Huskies Guest cabins

Dates: 24th November -1st December 2024

Distances: Ranging from 5k-21k

Level: Adventure (Don’t need to be an expert trail runner but able to complete the full distance each day)

Temperature: Usually mild, but changeable, an average daily high temperature below 75°F / 24°C and the lowest temperature 32°F / 0°C.  *Patagonia is renown for its wind & changing weather!

Gathers: This adventure is for solo travellers, couples, best buds, room mates, honeymooners, running tribes and anyone else who loves running! 

Group: 6-12 runners

lets get into the details

Accomodation

Accommodation is made up of cabins and a recently built shepherd’s hut which have all been hand built by Hernan & Tilly . The ranch is completely off-grid and relies on solar energy and wood burning stoves for cooking and heating. 

Sleeps 3-4 guests 

Small bathroom with a shower. (with hot water)

  • Double Bed
  • Bunkbed

There is cozy little kitchen with a wood-burning stove, a beautiful decking area giving you a viewing platform of  your epic surroundings.

Sleeps 3/4 guests

Downstairs there is a bathroom with a shower (with hot water)

  • Upstairs: Double bed
  • Downstairs: Bunk beds 

There is a small kitchen and living area with a wood burning stove and of course epic view of the surrounding mountains.

Sleeps 6-7 guests 

Downstairs there is a bathroom with a shower (with hot water) 

  • Downstairs: 2 sets of bunk beds in one room
  • Upstairs: Double bed

Kitchen with a large dinning table and living area with a wood burning stove and stunning view out of the bow-window towards the surrounding mountains.

Top Line Schedule

Please note exact mileage and ascent/descent info each day is subject to change but this gives you a good guideline of what to expect.

Day 1- SUnday

Arrival day

Meet the dogs & horses

Short Hike

Welcome dinner

 

day 2- Monday

Breakfast

Run-Distance 10km

Lunch

Own time

Yoga- 60 Mins

Dinner

day 3- Tuesday

Coffee & Morning Yoga- 30min

Breakfast

Run- Distance 5k

Own time

Vinyasa Yoga-

Dinner

Day 4- Wednesday

Coffee & Morning yoga- 45mins

Breakfast

Run (run to camping spot)- Over night stay. Distance 15k- 21k 

Campfire dinner

 

day 5- Thursday

Breakfast Run back to main camp- Distance 15k-21k

(option for 42k)

Beers & stretch

Dinner

day 6- Friday

Breakfast

Yoga- 45 minutes

Lunch

Introduction to CaniCross

 

Dinner

Day 7- Saturday

Coffee & Yoga- 60 Minutes

Breakfast

Run 8k 

Farewell dinner- Openfire

Day 8- Sunday

Departure Day

Breakfast

Departure 

juicy Schedule

Day 1- SUnday

Your journey will take you from the semi-arid plains, through the foothills and up into the Andes mountains, where the Horses & Huskies ranch is located amongst the native monkey puzzle trees.  On arrival, you’ll meet the team plus the various four legged friends and then can enjoy a short hike in the immediate surroundings

 

day 2- Monday

As part of our running journey this week, we’ll aim to explore different areas. Today we’ll run up the “Trés Hermanas” mountains and enjoy the volcanic views from the top both into Chile and back down into Argentina. After lunch back at the ranch, you’ll have some time to yourselves before a afternoon yoga session. Followed by dinner

day 3- Tuesday

After breakfast and a gentle yoga session, we’ll go in search of the Laguna Verde; a beautiful lake hidden up above the treeline (around 2000m above sea level), around 5km run/hike up from the cabins. The water is cold, dips are encouraged! 

The afternoon will be spent on the ranch with optional yoga sessions and free time.

Day 4- Wednesday

This morning will consist of an earlier breakfast as we prepare our kit for a night out camping. Whilst the runners take a high pass through the hills, the car will go via the valley with our equipment and meet us at the camp spot. The run will take us past the Trés Hermanas mountains and drop us down into the rich, green valley called Mallín Chileno. After crossing the valley and enjoying some fresh water to drink from the springs, we’ll climb up the Mallín del Sol and over a pass into the next valley: Litran. 

After traversing a sandy section above the valley, passing the Laguna de los Patos (The Duck Lake), we’ll drop down into a beautiful forest mixed with both the Lenga Tree and monkey puzzles. Here you’ll see the trees draped in Old Man’s Beard – a moss which only grows in areas where the air is clean and pure. 

We’ll camp at the edge of the forest and enjoy a view over a vast valley where animals graze.

We’ll eat around the camp fire and listen out for the owls as the night draws in

 

day 5- Thursday

We’ll start the day with a hearty breakfast over the camp fire before making our way back to Horses and Huskies on foot. We’ll hike out of camp and up into the plateau “La Meseta del Arco”. We’ll follow the borderline between Argentina and Chile along a ridge line, and up to the peak of Cerro Negro (Black Mountain), where we’ll appreciate the most spectacular views of various Chilean volcanoes ane glaciers.  We’ll find an Hito (a marker post between the two countries) then follow some animal-made trails back towards the ranch, passing the impressive Chucan Waterfall.

day 6- FRIDAY

This morning will be a more relaxed affair to recover from our night camping and two longer days out. 

After lunch Hernán and Tilly will go into more depth about the huskies, their lifestyle, the history of sledding alongside human existence. We’ll run some “Canicross” in the trails around home, you’ll be able to feel the strength of the huskies whilst they pull and see how much faster you are able to run with their assistance!

Day 7- SATURDAY

After breakfast and a morning yoga session, we can enjoy an easy 8km run through the monkey puzzle forests along sandy tracks, jumping over some fallen trees along the way.

After lunch you’ll have the afternoon to yourselves before a final dinner, a typical Argentine ‘Asado’ cooked out over an open fire

 

day 8- SUNDAY

Departure day , so before breakfast you will pack up before enjoying one lat breakfast in the Mountains.

Meet the team

Jules

Founder of Beyond the Meadow retreats, Jules has been in the business of creating memorable gatherings for over ten years.  In on the Summer, you will find her paddleboarding with her dog Willow on the North Norfolk Coast, chasing the Snow in Winter and dancing in her kitchen.

Along with hosting the retreat, Jules will be leading the yoga sessions throughout your trip as she is also a fully-trained yoga teacher giving those running muscles some much-needed loving over the 7 days.

Hernan

The Life behind Horses & Huskies when in 2001 he moved from Buenos Aires to start building his dream in the mountains. Everything you see there has been built by him, with an eye for detail and a passion to show people the beauty of the Andes Mountains.

When not out with the horses & Dogs Hernan is creating delicious meals to keep you nourished.

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Tilly

When travelling back in 2016 Tilly went to stay at Horse and Huskies and has never left. Tilly will be leading the runs each day being an ultra runner and canicross competitor (cross-country running with dogs) She knows the best trails and never stops smiling!

You will find Tilly in the winter months finding new ski or husky trails and in the summer out riding with her  Jack Russell Terrier Raspberry and her Belgian Maligns, Juana

Tom

Tom is a British elite trail runner, who trains full time in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain. He was top Brit at the Trail Running World Champs, and 16th at UTMB in 2023. Tom will be your go to person for those technical questions and helping you become a stronger runner. When he is not running he is sleeping (eat, sleep, run, REPEAT!) or out on his bike and on down days attempting to play chess !

Nuts & Bolts

Travel

Horses and Huskies is a small ranch in the middle of the Andes Mountains at 1500m above sea level.

By Air:

  • Our closest airport in Argentina is in Neuquén City, 300km from Horses and Huskies. Another airport is Chapelco in St Martin de los Andes, around 300km away (estimated 3 hours 30 minutes). Also, on the Chilean-side is Temuco Airport 210km away. estimated 3 hours 30 minutes) Transfers can be arranged, it is also possible to hire cars at the airports or take a bus.    * There are no direct flights to these airports so you will be looking to transfer at Buenos Aires. Please look at the costs of flights before booking your spot!

By Road:

  • Horses and Huskies is situated 49km from the closest town of Las Lajas on the National 242 road, and 3km from the international border crossing with Chile ‘Pino Hachado Pass’.

By Bus:

  • Argentina has an extensive bus network, with buses from all over the country stopping at Neuquén Capital. 
  • From Neuquén buses go to the local town of Las Lajas. There is also an international bus service which goes to and from Temuco, Chile but guests can get off at the border crossing on it’s way through. From St Martin de los Andes, buses go to Zapala (100km from Horses and Huskies).
*We can help organise a transfer from the airport if needed nearer the time, and where possible try to liaise with other guests’ arrivals to make it the most cost efficient.
Travel hints & tips
  • Please check the travel advice before booking your flights and before departure to make sure you have up-to-date travel advice for Argentina.
  • Purchase Travel insurance
  • Must have a valid passport valid through 6 months upon date of travel.
  • No visa is required for Chile & Argentina for stays of 90 days or less. (double check before leaving)
  • We recommend all participants to acquire travel insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses.
  • Check the current CDC Recommendations

Key details

On these trips we take photo stops, we hike the steep and long uphill climbs, drink from fresh springs, and regularly break for snacks.  You will have a much better experience if you put in adequate preparation and expectations. We recommend taking a detailed look at the trip itinerary you’re interested in and reaching out to hello@beyondthemeadow.co.uk with any questions.

 

You do not need to be an expert trail runner! However, runners must be able to complete the full distance each day on the trip itinerary with significant amounts of elevation gain and loss in mountainous environments, on technical trails, and at times in unfavorable weather conditions. 

 

*We cannot accommodate walkers or hikers on these running trips.

On some days you can expect to be out on the trail (including breaks and stops) for 5-7 hours a day.

Whats Included:

  • Specially designed trails along the magical landscapes
  • Carefully curated culinary experiences. (vegan and Vegetarian options) 3 meals a day.
  • Exclusively designed yoga sessions (yoga mats supplied)
  • 7 nights of accommodation ( 1 night wild camping in a tent, need to bring your own sleeping bag )
  • Knowledgeable and professional local guides.
  • Snacks
  • Great company & Conversations

Not Included:

  •  Inbound and outbound flights to Argentina
  • We encourage you to book a personal travel insurance.
  • Transfers to and from the airport 

 

*Please do not book flights until you receive the go-ahead from us; group communication generally starts about 4 months out.

*Our itineraries are designed to be flexible and subject to change according to weather, participant interest or other conditions. With the retreat being based on he Chilian/ Argentina boarder it is volatile to weather change

Packing list

Weather in the mountains, in Patagonia in particular, is variable and trail conditions are subject to change on an hourly basis! Patagonia is renown for its wind and changing weather in particular. Please pack layers and options for multiple climates accordingly
  • Consider layers of breathable clothing for sun, cold and wind.
  • Running tights and shorts.
  • Long sleeve and short sleeve shirts.
  • Warm jacket or polar fleece.
  • Waterproof windbreaker jacket (compact).
  • Sandals, bathing suit and quick-drying towel.
  • Beanie and running gloves.
  • Trail running shoes.
  • Running socks.
  • Night Lamp or headlamp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sun cream, Hat & Sun glasses- The sun is particularly strong due to the lack of ozone!
  • Biodegradable sunblock, hat or cap and sunglasses.
  • Personal medical kit (recommendation with basic medicines for any ailment and Emergency blanket).
  • Hydration vest or refillable bottles 2.5 lts.
  • Power plug adapter or voltage converter.
  • Energy snacks (bars, nuts).
  • Small water bag (cameras, phones, etc) in case it rains during our runs (optional).
  • Hiking poles (optional).

Investment

Money cant buy happeniess but it can fly you out to Argentia to join us on this epic running adventure

Prices vary slighting depending on room type, but are inclusive of 7 nights of accomidation, all meals and actitivies laid out in the itenery. 

This trip requires a minimum of 6 to run. Please do not purchase flights until confirming with retreat organizer. 

 

Please note that a non-refundable deposit of 35% will be payable upon booking with a further 35% due by 24th June 2024 with the balance to be paid 8 weeks before the retreat starts. If cancellations are made within eight weeks of the retreat starting, no refund is possible on the balance either.

 

 

Costs bellow are based on per-person, if you are a couple wanting to share a Double please get in touch for this price.

  • Double: £2660
  • Bunk bed: £2450
  • Dorm room: £2100

Please email Hello@beyondthemeadow.co.uk to book your spot.

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”
― Rachel Wolchin

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