Dates: 11/12/2021 - 11/24/2021
12 spaces available - 12 member maximum
Exploradus is proud to bring this unique, holistic expedition trekking the O Circuit in Torres del Paine with a daily yoga practice.
Imagine traveling to the majestic and unspoiled wilds of Patagonia. This is the real Paine trek, the unspoiled gem! Gazing upon the towering, steeple-like peaks of this spectacular landscape will give you the impression you have journeyed to the ends of the earth. Untouched landscapes of Magallanic forests, a rich array of wildlife and enough glaciers each day to lose count.
The Circuit includes the world famous “W” trek, but it also goes around the Massif exploring some of the wildest areas on the park. This is perfect for physically active trekkers, not hardcore mountaineers. Paine Towers, Paine Horns, French Valley, Grey Glacier, Dickson Lake, Los Perros Glacier, and the Southern Patagonian Ice field are some of the incredible highlights.
Our extraordinary team is further enhanced by the inclusion of a certified Yoga instructor providing all the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga practice in the wilderness.
Our Yoga Offerings (in addition to our trek):
Preview our pre-trek and post-trek yoga sequences in the videos below in which Kristi Paxton demonstrates many of the restorative poses we will offer.
Jim Williams founded Exploradus in 1985. He’s has been touted as the Ernest Shackleton (a renegade Polar explorer of the 1900s) of our time. From successfully guiding the Seven Summits (the highest mountains of each of the seven continents) in under one year, to retracing Shackleton’s epic crossing of South Georgia Islands in the hazardous Antarctic to co-leading the first Ski Expedition to the South Pole, Jim has earned a world-class reputation as an explorer and mountain guide.
Jim has been honored numerous times for his prowess and dedication: recipient of the National Park Service Search and Rescue Award – 2003; Named a member in 2005 of the “Durable Dozen” in Best Life Magazine (along with Ulysses Grant, Ernest Shackleton, Chuck Yeager, and others) for Seven Summits guiding achievement; the prestigious Explorers Club – 2009 Lowell Thomas Award; and the 2009 Exum Award for Excellence in the Art of Guiding Jim is also an AMGA Certified Alpine and Rock Guide.
Jim Sumpter has over 25 years expedition experience across four continents, both leading and guiding in remote and global locales. Following years of training and deploying elite Army recon teams across foreign deployments, Jim embarked on his civilian pursuit of exploration and discovery. He is a Certified Wilderness Instructor for the Professional Association of Wilderness Guides and Instructors (PAWGI) in South and Central America. Jim also offers numerous military qualifications in wilderness leadership and advanced warfare. He is a member of the Explorers Club.
Jim is also a certified leader in the world’s leading Duke of Edinburgh International Youth Award, and was recognized by HRH Prince Edward for his leadership mentoring young adults.
Meet Kristi Paxton, our world-class Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT500) with a truly global background. Her initial yoga instructor training began in 2011 at Balance Health Studio in Seagrove, Florida with a certification in Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Following ownership of a successful yoga studio and teaching nationally with Wanderlust International Yoga Festival, Kristi took her passion for global adventure and a pursuit of advanced, anatomy-based yoga studies internationally with Yoga Medicine 2013 (@yoga_medicine). Yoga Medicine is a global community of instructors who teach a fusion of science and research with traditional practices and experience.
Her additional certifications include: SUP Yoga Instructor, BogaFit Master Trainer and Sound Healer.