Simply put, Eco-Challenge is the World’s Toughest Race. It’s an expedition against the clock in which international teams of adventure athletes race non-stop, 24 hours a day across hundreds of miles of remote backcountry terrain. Each team is comprised of four competitors and must include at least one member of each gender. All teams are supported by an assistant crew member who is responsible for resupplying the four athletes on their team at key points along the course.

The teams must navigate through the backcountry using only a map and compass. Smart phones and GPS devices are strictly prohibited. If a team loses a member along the way, whether due to injury, exhaustion or disagreement they will be disqualified. Only teams that can work together under extreme stress and fatigue, showing a high level of expedition problem-solving skills will have any chance of success.

Although the first team to cross the finish line will be the winner, any team that completes the entire course will have truly achieved the exceptional … since they will have finished the World’s Toughest Race!

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For millions of years, massive glaciers carved out this landscape leaving jagged peaks, majestic fjords and azure lakes in their path. The most famous features in the region are the Torres del Paine, a series of granite spires that dominate the skyline and attract adventurers from around the world. Although spectacular, the area is notorious for the hostile and unpredictable weather that has left an indelible mark on the history of exploration for the past 500 years.


This expedition will require the teams to traverse some of the most diverse and demanding terrain in the world. Any team considering registering for Eco-Challenge Patagonia 2021 should know that it will be a serious undertaking and must not be underestimated. Patagonia is an environment that can be as harsh as it is beautiful and commands the upmost respect.

The journey will encompass a variety of adventure disciplines including climbing, glacier trekking, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, mountaineering and rappelling. It will require not only the endurance to persevere long days back-to-back, but also the knowledge and experience to be self-reliant in a mountainous environment. The few teams that accept the challenge and are able to embrace the planet in its most wild state will be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime.



What shined brightest for me at Eco-Challenge Fiji was the spirit and resilience of the many athletes who attempted the adventure. To be amongst it firsthand is always inspiring, and all of us, from volunteers to crew to the athletes themselves, had a sense that we were part of something special.

The next mission to Patagonia will bring a whole new set of challenges to the adventure arena, and this remote land will test the drive and character of everyone taking part.

Raw grit is what is needed during tough times but, hold tight, because the reward of completion and pride of taking part will last forever.

See you in Patagonia, Bear Grylls

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Twenty-five years ago, I created Eco-Challenge.

It started my career and taught me that in the remote wilds of nature you will truly learn who you are.

Suffering requires perseverance, which creates character, which gives hope.

See you at the starting line, Mark Burnett


For every team rappelling down a 200-foot cliff there is a cameraman dangling from a rope next to them, tasked with getting the shot. Over thirty camera crews, using state of the art technology, will travel the course 24 hours a day, for the entirety of the race,  just like the competitors they are following. They are there to capture the race so the world can view the human drama that is certain to unfold in Patagonia.

World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge is produced by MGM Television and an episodic documentary will stream globally on Amazon Prime Video.


AUGUST 15 - AUGUST 29, 2020