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Adventure in Torres del Paine & Ushuaia

9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS

This program visits the best of the southernmost part of the continent. We first visit Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, taking advantage of our Full Camps in the heart of the National Park. We hike and visit here the 3 most important valleys of the area. We then drive south across the Magellan Strait into Tierra del Fuego. We visit a typical Patagonian ranch and eventually discover the secrets of the “city of the end of the world”. We take a boat trip in the Beagle Channel and hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park.

– Are you travelling alone? Our group tour in Patagonia will allow you to visit the most beautiful places in Patagonia in company of great people with your same interests.  

– Trekking lover? This is definitely your tour, prepare your eyes to see the most amazing landscape while trekking in El Chalten and Torres del Paine National Park 

– Camp in the national capital of trekking: El Chalten, Argentina and in Torres del Paine in Chile surrounded by nature to live a unique experience 

– Admire the views of two amazing national parks of South Patagonia 

– Visit one of the natural wonders of Patagonia Argentina: the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier and its rupture process.

 

Day 1 – Arrival El Calafate 

We welcome you at Calafate airport and transfer to your accommodation. You get the rest of the day to enjoy the town. At night we get together with the tour leader and fellow travelers to enjoy dinner (not included).

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 

Included Meals: None 

Day 2 – El Calafate – El Chaltén

After breakfast we take our bus for the 220 km long drive to El Chaltén, a small and picturesque village at the foot of Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre massif. El Chaltén is the town to stay and visit the northern area of ​​Los Glaciares National Park and the provincial reserve Lago Del Desierto. This day is free to explore the town and rest before 3 days in which we will walk in the park admiring the best natural sceneries.

Accommodation in El Chalten – Double or Single Base 

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – El Chaltén – Laguna de los Tres – Fitz Roy Mount

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we take the bus upon Hostería El Pilar where we start hiking to see one of the most spectaculars viewpoints of the National Park: Laguna de los Tres, with its zephyr blue color, lies at the foot of the massif, offering full close up views of Fitz Roy massif spires and glaciers. Each wall raises something from 600 to 1500 mts above the surrounding glaciers. Fitz Roy, with its 3405 mts above sea level, is considered the “King of Patagonia” and also considered one of the three most beautiful mountains on Earth. In the late afternoon, we hike back to our hotel.

Accommodation in El Chalten – Double or Single Base 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 

Day 4 – El Chaltén – Cerro Torre Trail

Today, we visit the Torre valley. This valley starts as a glacier valley in the Laguna Torre reaching town as a fluvial valley. Is shorter and with less gain of altitude than Fitz Roy trail. We get to a first viewpoint of the glacier part of the valley after a first hour of walking. Depending on conditions, we will go on to reach the lagoon, natural viewpoint for the group of ice-mushroom-covered spires of Cerro Torre massif. Its blue colour and dimensions are breathtaking. We hike back to El Chaltén in the late afternoon.

Accommodation in El Chalten – Double or Single Base 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 

Day 5 – El Chaltén – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

This mountain, 1500 mts tall, is located immediately south of Cerro Torre valley and offers some of the best views over the different group of mountains, glaciers and lakes that features the area. From the lower terraces to the summit, you can get spectacular views of Fitz Roy, Torre and the spectacular glacier valley in between both. From the summit the bonus is the sight of Paso del Viento and some of the mountains that stick out from the Patagonian Ice field. According to the group capacity, we choose the lower terraces or try the summit, a long but gentle climb in scree. The lower part of the mountain is covered by shrubland and forest. We are back in Chaltén by late afternoon.

Accommodation in El Chalten – Double or Single Base 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 

Day 6 – El Chaltén – El Calafate

After breakfast we take our bus to El Calafate. Upon arrival we have the entire day to explore the city or to do an optional excursion.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 

Included Meals: Breakfast 

Day 7 – Perito Moreno Glacier with Safari Náutico Boat Trip 

We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Icefield, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favorable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience.

Then we wil go up to “Bajo de las Sombras” from where, you will board the catamaran boat to navigate the Lago Rico where your will be able to appreciate the amazing ice wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier and its icebergs. Then we go back to our accommodation in El Calafate.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 

Optional Excursion Recommended: Minitrekking – Ice Trek on Perito Moreno Glacier

(This optional excursion muust be booked in advance. Please check availability with us).

Day 8 – El Calafate – Puerto Natales

Early in the morning we transfer to the bus station where we take a regular bus Puerto Natales, crossing the border into Chile. This is a picturesque fishermen town located in the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fiord. The afternoon is free to explore the town. In the late afternoon join the tour leader to meet new travelers joining the tour for the W trek in Torres del Paine.

Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or Single Base 

Included Meals: breakfast

Day 9 – Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine National Park

Early in the morning we transfer to the bus station in Puerto Natales to take a regular bus to Torres del Paine National Park, World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). Approaching the Park, we start to see the different mountains that feature the area: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto and the Towers. The bus stops at Laguna Amarga where we get off and start walking to out camp in Las Torres area. It is a two hours walk, very enjoyable. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation in Torres del Paine Full Camp Las Torre – Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent. 

Day 10 – Torres del Paine – Ascencio River Valley – Paine Towers viewpoint

Early in the morning we start walking towards the bridge over the Ascensio river, headtrail for the world famous Paine towers. We “warm up” hiking a steep one hour slope, to get inside the valley itself, a narrow “V” shape alpine valley coming from inside the Paine massif. A gentle downhill leads us to Refugio Chileno, a cozy and comfortable mountain lodge, which can be a good turnaround point for those not willing to make a full day hike. We then walk in a gentle slope along the river side and inside beech forest. A final climb on moraine take us to the Towers viewpoint: a glacier origin lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 mts from the glacier. The lack of breath will be either because the climb and the sight!!!! We go back to our camp on the same way we came. Walking time: 7 to 8 hs.

Accommodation in Torres del Paine Full Camp Las Torre – Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent. 

Day 11 – Camp Las Torres – Camp Paine Grande 

Today we start a 2 days traverse from Las Torres to Lake Pehoe, with one night at Refugio Los Cuernos, The so called “Nordenskjöld lake traverse” or “Traverse of the Horns”. The walk goes along lake Nordenskjöld and at the foot of Admiral Nieto and the Horns.

Accommodation in Torres del Paine Full Camp Paine Grande – Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent. 

Day 12 – French Valley

After an early start, we continue our traverse up to the Italian Camp, gate to the French valley, with splendid views of the south east Himalayan style face of Paine Grande and the Horns. We hike up valley to the upper viewpoints (British camp), at the entrance of a unique cirque surrounded by granite spires that feature the high valley: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (The Fortress). Back to Italian camp, we head to lake Skkotberg and finally to lake Pehoe, where our camp is located.

Accommodation in Torres del Paine Full Camp Paine Grande – Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent.

Day 13 – Torres del Paine – Grey Glacier viewpoints – Puerto Natales 

Lake Grey trail leads from Pehoe valley across ridges to reach Grey valley. This magnificent valley flows down 60 km from the Patagonian Ice field, featuring the huge glacier calving down in the grey color lake. Our trail skirts the lake, going up and down the westerns slopes of Paine Grande, offering some of the most impressive sights of the Park. From the high sections of the trail, many different viewpoints allow us to see the south end of the lake where the blue icebergs gather, the mountains rising far in the distance above glaciers Grey and Tyndall, and of course lake and glacier Grey. We reach the main viewpoint, a rocky point somewhat 2 hs away from Pehoe, with views over the Lake and Glacier Grey and the surrounding glaciers and mountains. We come back along the same trail, crossing bogs, shrublands and forest. By noon we take the boat to cross Lake Pehoe to Puerto Pudeto where we take a bus to go back to our accommodation in Puerto Natales.

Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or SIngle Base

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Day 14 – Punta Arenas

At the indicated time, transfer to Punta Arenas airport or Punta Arenas bus station.  End of services.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Combine this trip with an extension to Ushuaia in Argentina (bus) or other regions in Chile.

INCLUDED SERVICES

• Incoming Services
• Bilingual Tour Leader (Spanish – English) for a group of 6 passengers or more 
• 3 Nights Accommodation in El Calafate, Double or Single Base  
• 4 Nights Accommodation in El Chalten, Double or Single Base 
• 2 Nights Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or Single Base 
• 4 Nights Accommodation in Torres del Paine – Double or Single Tent 
• Mountain Trekking Guide during days 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 y 13.
• Full Day Tour Perito Moreno Glacier with Safari Náutico Boat Trip
• Boat Trip Pehoe Lake
• All transfers mentioned in the itinerary  
• Durant the trip we combine regular and private transfers 
• 13 Breakfast, 9 Box Lunch, 4 Dinner 

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

• Entrances to National Parks
• Medical or Life Insurance 
• Tips
• Drinks and Bevegrages 
• International or Domestic Flights
• Optional Tours 
• Services non show in the itinerary

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