Patagonia Trekking Adventure
8-Days Patagonia Trekking Adventure
World famous trekking awaits in Torres del Paine National Park – Chile.
Each valley, peak, and pass hides its own treasures; be it hanging glaciers, vast pampas, twisted metamorphic rock or ice blue streams. No two days will be the same on this spectacular and perhaps most scenic trek on the planet Earth.
must be at least 18 years old+
Comfortable and Casual for Trekking Outdoors
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Day 1: Today we’ll arrive by flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.
Welcome to the “End of the World”!
Today we take ground transportation up to Puerto Natales, the staging town for our Patagonia “W” Trek (3 hours drive time). We’ll get settled in our accommodations and participate in a briefing session to prepare for our trek in Torres del Paine National Park. (D) (Overnight in hotel in Puerto Natales)
Day 2: Transfer to Torres del Paine
Roundtrip hike to Las Torres lookout point.
Starting from Puerto Natales in the early morning, we drive to Torres del Paine National Park (about 2 hours). We will pass through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the ñandu, (rare South American ostrich). We will follow an unpaved road heading to Refugio Las Torres to spend our first night. Upon entering the park we will have excellent photographic and birding opportunities as we drive alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. After leaving our backpacks at the Refugio, we start the trek to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. The walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. We’ll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), excellent for picture taking. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we’ll start the descent, following the same path back to the hut. Dinner will be served in the Refugio. (8-9 hours round-trip hiking, 11 miles, 4,000 ft. elevation gain) (B-BL-D) (Overnight in Refugio or Campsite)
Day 3: One way hike to Los Cuernos lookout point.
We will start early morning to enjoy, weather permitting, a magnificent dawn filled with orange-pink colors. As we leave the campground, we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. We follow a well mark trail ascending around (200 M) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 M), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where we will stay overnight. (6 hours hiking, 10 miles, 2,000 ft. elevation gain) (B-BL-D) (Overnight in Refugio or Campsite)
Day 4: One way hike to Pehoe Lake, via the French Valley.
We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300 M) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600 M), Espada (2400 M) and Fortaleza (2800 M). Our way back will be the same until we reach the entrance of the valley where we will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoe Lake. (8-9 hours hiking, 11 mi., 4,000 ft. elevation gain)(B-BL-D)(Overnight in Refugio or Campsite)
Day 5: One way hike to Glacier Grey with a choice to do an Ice hike or go Kayaking.
We will begin early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200 yards up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall. Ice hike or Kayak. (4hours hiking, 7 mi., 2,000 ft. elevation gain) (B-BL-D) (Overnight in Refugio or Campsite)
Day 6: Navigation in front of Glacier–Transfer back to Natales.
Morning at leisure. Right after lunch we start an exciting adventure by boat after walking back the way we came from Paine Grande. We will navigate for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. Then we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales where we will stay overnight. 3 hours hiking 7 mi., / 1,400 ft. elevation gain (2 hours ride by boat on Grey Lake, 2 hours transfer by private transfer) (B-BL) (Overnight in hotel in Natales)
Day 7: A Quaint, colorful village on the edge of the Señoret Channel.
After breakfast, we are on our own for some much deserved massages (optional) and/or we can chose to climb the Dorotea Hill to look at Puerto Natales from above (optional). If we’re lucky, we’ll be able to see the majestic flight of the condor that nests on the vertical walls of the hill. Discover the Milodon Cave (optional) and get to know the history of this giant sloth that used to live here in this southernmost part of Chile more than 10,000 years ago. After lunch we’ll say goodbye to Puerto Natales and make our way back down to Punta Arenas with ground transportation (3 hours). We’ll have time today to reflect on the epic once in a lifetime trek we just did in beautiful Torres del Paine – Patagonia. (Overnight in hotel in Punta Arenas) (B-D)
After breakfast, we’ll have time on our own and eventually transfer to Punta Arenas International Airport (Presidente Carlos Ibáñez International Airport) for our international flights back home to the USA. (B)