The trails through the famous craggy mountains of Torres del Paine National Park are among the world's classic trekking destinations. Breathtaking views of glaciers, rivers, lakes, forests and abundant wildlife offers constantly changing scenery and experiences en route. During summer (Nov-Mar) there are 18 hours of daylight providing plenty of day time for the hiking journey. With Andean condors circling overhead and guanacos grazing in the valleys, this amazing trek offers a genuine wilderness experience.
Departure: Every Monday from Oct to April
Boarding the earliest morning flight from Santiago, you will arrive in Punta Arenas around noon, where you will be picked up and transferred to our Ecocamp inside the famous Torres del Paine National Park (345 km/ 216miles /5hrs). During the summer months (Dec-Mar), the sun sets around 11PM giving us plenty of light to admire the landscape en route and the craggy mountains as we enter the park. We will make short stops in the township of Puerto Natales, to take a look at the town (you may leave any luggage that you will not need during the trek in our office in Puerto Natales). We will also take a peek at the enormous Cueva del Milodon, a cave that not only sheltered prehistoric man, but perhaps also a prehistoric sloth, a representation of which is displayed in this cave. Overnight at our Ecocamp in Las Torres (BL ,D);
The 5-6 hours hike starts at the Ecocamp and ends at refugio Los Cuernos. The name of the trail derives from the fact that it passes beneath the horn-like Cuernos del Paine -peaks with beautiful black "horns" of slate atop gray granite. (Duffel bags clothes and personal belongings you may need for this night will be provided. This luggage is transported separately - you don't have to carry it yourself). Overnight at Refugio Los Cuernos. (B,BL,D).
Today we will trek about 8 kms/5 mi (2,5-3,5 hrs) up to Campamento Italiano and from there continue with a round trip to Mirador del Frances (3 km/2 mi, 1,5-2,5 hrs), one of the most spectacular cirques in the Paine Range. We start walking (1hr) from the shore of lake Nordenskjold to Campamento Italiano. Here we follow the river Frances upstream until we reach El Mirador (lookout point) facing Glacier Frances, which descends from Paine Grande, the highest summit in the Paine range. From here we have a magnificent view of the lakes below. Optional trek (2 hrs) to Mirador Britanico available.After returning to Camp Italiano, the path to Camp Pehoe makes its way through undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest. Overnight at Refugio Pehoe. Duffel bags are carried by porters from Refuge Los Cuernos to Refugio Pehoe (B,BL,D);
We'll hike about four hours from Refugio Pehoe at the shores of Lago Pehoe to the northern end of Lago Grey. Enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding the boat which sails alongside the face of Glacier Grey. You will have ample time to marvel at this calving glacier before the boat crosses Lago Grey (40 min.). Your clothes and personal belongings are transported separately from the Refuge in duffel bags. Transfer (1,5 hrs) from Lake Grey's southern end to the Ecocamp. If weather conditions do not allow us to navigate the Grey Lake, we'll instead hike to the Grey Glacier (6-8 hrs, roundtrip) and then board the catamaran at Pudeto to cross Lake Pehoe. From there, drive 45 minutes to the Ecocamp in Las Torres for overnight. (B,BL,D);
Our hiking itinerary for the day is weather dependent:
On a clear day, we will do an all day hike (10 km/6 mi, 8 hrs round-trip) to the foot of the impressive granite massif of El Paine where the towers rise majestically before us, and the glacial lake is visible below: one of the most incredibly scenic sights in the world! The famous Torres del Paine (2.900m/9.400ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, remains of a great cirque that has been sheared away by the forces of glacial ice.
On a cloudy day where there is no chance to view the Torres del Paine, we hike instead to the lookout point of Laguna Azul (40 min.) from where we have a beautiful view of Laguna Azul and the Torres. We continue along the eastern side of Lago Sarmiento to the calcium formations at the shores of Lake Sarmiento where we have a good chance to see guanacos. Later we trek the Paso Las Cornizas (3 hours) with views of Rio Paine, Lake Pehoe and the massif of Paine. Depending on the group, we could also hike (1-1,5 hrs) to lookout point 'Toro' which offers views of Lago Toro and the characteristic pampa (steppe). Once back at the Ecocamp, a farewell dinner is served with a traditional Patagonian lamb barbecue; overnight at Ecocamp (B,BL,D)
Early in the morning we return to Punta Arenas by vehicle, in time to catch the evening flight back to Santiago. (B, BL).
Rates may vary due to currency exchange rate fluctuations.
Private depatures (min 2 participants) can be arranged at any time. Please inquire