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W Trek in Torres del Paine

7 Days 6 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 one of 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 Torres del Paine National Park 

– Visit the charming and fisherman city of Puerto Natales, the main entrance to the Southern Chilean Patagonia 

 – Explore one of the most beautiful national parks in south patagonia: Torres del Paine with its impressive geography made up of massifs, lakes, icebergs, glaciers and rivers. 

– Taste the delicious chilean food full of fish and seafood. 

Day 1 – Arrival El Calafate

We welcome you at El Calafate Airport and transfer to your hotel. In the late afternoon you will meet the tour leader and your fellow travelers for the following days doing the classic W Trek in Torres del Paine.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: None

Day 2 – El Calafate – Torres del Paine National Park

Early start for a 6 hs drive to our camp in Paine. We drive across the patagonic steppe, still following by parts the legendary route 40, to get around Sierra de los Baguales, an impressive range in between Calafate and Paine. We cross the Argentinean Chilean border at Cancha Carrera/ Cerro Castillo. After the border crossing, we start our final sprint to 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. Once we entered the Park, we go for a short 1 to 2 hs walk to get familiar with the landscape, the wind and the rich wildlife: guanacos, lesser rheas, condors and all types of wetland and buzzard birds will be available for our eyes and cameras. Also lots of flowers. Back in the bus, we reach our camp at the foot of Paine massif.

Accommodation in Torres del Paine, Full Camp Las Torre – Double or Single tent
Included Meals: Breakfast, Boxlunch, Dinner
Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent.

Day 3 – Paine Towers – Ascencio River Valley 

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

Day 4 – Lake Pehoe Crossing – French Valley 

Early in the morning a 1 h drive takes us to Port Pudeto to board the catamarán that crosses lake Pehoe twice a day. Once at the far side of the lake, we leave unnecessary items in our tents and we set out to the French Valley trail. The trail skirts Paine Grande south slopes and lake Skottberg, to take us after 2 hs and a half of continuous ups and downs, to the hanging bridge upon the French River. This breathtaking location is at the foot of both the 2700 mts south east face of Paine Grande (to the west) and the Horns, with its characteristic black sedimentary topping, to the east. We continue walking 1 h further by Italian camp to reach breathtaking viewpoints over the area. After lunch and photos we retrace our steps back to Paine Grande Full Camp. Walking time: 5 to 6 hs.

Accommodation in Torres del Paine, Full Camp Las Torre – Double or Single tent
Included Meals: Breakfast, Boxlunch, Dinner
Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent.

Day 5 – Grey Valley – 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 Icefield, featuring the huge glacier calving down in the grey colour 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 trail we can see the south end of the lake where the blue icebergs gather, the mountains rising far in the distance above glaciers Grey and Tyndall. We come back along the same trail, crossing bogs, shrublands and forest. Once again at Paine Grande Refuge we take the boat to cross lake Pehoe back and then we go to our accommodation in Puerto Natales, a picturesque fishermen town located in the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fiord.

Accommodation in Torres del Paine, Full Camp Paine Grande – Double or Single tent
Included Meals: Breakfast, Boxlunch
Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent.

Day 6 – Puerto Natales – El Calafate

Today we leave Puerto Natales, as our fellow travelers are going south to Ushuaia and we are getting back to the border to reenter Argentina and drive back to El Calafate. Upon arrival to El Calafate we have the rest of the day at your own to visit town.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – Departure El Calafate

At the indicated time, transfer to El Calafate airport or  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 service.
• Bilingual tour leader for groups of 6 passengers or more  (English – Spanish)
• All Nights Accommodation mentioned in the itinerary  
• Mountain guides while on trek days 2, 3, 4 and 5 y 6.
• Lake Pehoe boat trip
• All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.         

• All the camping equipment (camp, sleeping bags, mattress)  
• During the trip we combine private and regular buses.
• 6 breakfasts, 4 box lunch and 4 dinners

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

• Entrance fees to National Parks
• Medical and life insurance
• Tips
• Drinks and beverages (all meals are without alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks)
• Flights or airport taxes
• Optional excursions.
• Services not shown or detailed in the program.

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