BEST OF PATAGONIA TORRES DEL PAINE

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Region CHILE, SOUTH AMERICA
Category ADVENTURE / TREK & HIKE
Activities HIKING, CLIMBING
Comfort MODERATE / COMFORTABLE
Activity Level 3/5
Best Time NOV-APR
Duration 8 NIGHTS
Type GROUP
Visa REQUIRED
Travel Insurance REQUIRED
Health Certificate N.A
Cost ON REQUEST

HIGHLIGHTS

SUPERB TREKKING EXPERIENCE

JOHN GARDNER PASS

GREY AND DICKSON GLACIERS

KAYAKING AROUND THE GREY GLACIER (OPTIONAL AT EXTRA COST)

COMPLETE PAINE MASSIF ROUND

TORRES DEL PAINE TOWERS

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to Torre Central Camp, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. En route we make a couple of stops - First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where we enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes.

The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at Torre Central Camp, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11 pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon once you arrive.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Camping in Las Torres area

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

The day will start at Camp Torre Central as you prepare for your hike to Dickson Lake. The trail will leads you northwards along the eastern bank of the Rio Paine. We will stop at a natural lookout point which will afford us a stunning panoramic view of the Lago Paine before we descend and continue west across open grasslands towards Refugio Dickson. Our campsite will be situated in the Dickson Valley, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and the crystalline waters of Lake Dickson. The stunning Dickson Glacier and parts of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field can be spotted in the distance from the campsite, where we will spend the night complete with a nutritious dinner and soothing hot shower.

Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner

Accommodation: camping in Dickson area

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

We will continue our trail along the Los Perrosriver in what will be the wildest and most remote grounds that we will cover on the trek. We will pass under the Los Perros Glacier, which merges into a small lake and cross a virgin beech forest before reaching the beautiful Laguna Los Perros. Here, we will set up camp at Camping Los Perros and enjoy the tranquil evening.

Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner

Accommodation: camping in Los Perros area

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

This day marks our ascent to the highest point of the circuit as we reach altitudes of around 1300 ms (4000 ft) from which we will be able to feast our eyes on an awe-inspiring view of Grey Glacier, an enormous fractured mass of ice with towers in the valley. The John Gardner pass is one of the most famous sectors of Torres del Paine and a must-do for any serious trekker. We will then continue south along forested slopes with beautiful views of the enormous Grey Glacier (more than 28 km in length) before spending the night camping at Grey Campground on the shores of Lake Grey.

Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner

Accommodation: camping in Grey area

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

During the morning, we will take some time to rest, replenish and revel in Lake Grey's surroundings before making our way along the eastern side of Lake Grey through clearings of gorgeous Calafate bushes. The view over the lake, with numerous giant icebergs drifting across the waters, is a true wonder to behold. The trail after this point becomes flatter as we descend through a shallow dry valley headed towards the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe, where we will set-up camp and rest for the night.

*Optional Kayaking around Glacier Grey: This excursion starts at 9:00 and lasts 2,5 hours where you will discover the amazing glacier and kayak around huge floating icebergs, towards the east side of the glacier to get closer to the giant ice wall. Min. age is 15 years old / Max. age is 65 years old. (Note: Kayaking option is only available until March 19th)

Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner

Accommodation: camping in Pehoe area

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

After breakfast at Lake Pehoe, we will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in we go depends on our group's trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-east face of the Massif, where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. We will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After our upward trek, we will pause for a picnic and relax for a while. This day's trek will end as we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take us to camp Frances.

N.B. An optional trek to MiradorBritanico is also available

Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner

Accommodation: camping in Francés area (Camping in Cuernos area for departures during April)

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

Once we have finished breakfast, we will begin our day's trek to Camp Torre Central through the Cuernos trail, which will take us along the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. Today's walk is less strenuous yet richer in the diversity of terrain that we will cover. It will, therefore, be the perfect opportunity to take in the park’s charming flora and fauna and learn more about the vast variety of species along the way. We will pause throughout the walk in order to have a box-lunch, rest our legs and admire the stunning surroundings. The trek ends as we arrive at Camp Torre Central where we will enjoy a hearty meal and prepare for tomorrow's big challenge.

Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner

Accommodation: camping in Las Torres area

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

The goal of our penultimate day of the Paine Circuit will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! We will walk from the campsite towards Hostería Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead us to that iconic base-view of the Towers - Three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to Camp Torre Central for a well-deserved dinner

Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner

Accommodation: camping in Las Torres area

Punta Arenas, Chile

We will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight to Santiago.

Meals: breakfast, box lunch