Moderate to strenuous trekking based on camping
In the Southern extreme of Chilean Patagonia, just north of the Magellan Straits, lies a large granite pluton crowned with rugged spires of black turbidities and gleaming white glaciers. To the east stretch the endless pampa of Argentina, to the west looms the Patagonian Ice Cap. The native Tehuelche Indian inhabitants called this area "Paine," their name for the turquoise blue lakes of the area.
The towers are surrounded by a network of rivers and lakes, Southern Beech (Nothofagus) rain forests, and scrub steppe. Here resides the guanaco (native camalid), puma, and fox. Tremendous varieties of exotic birds, from the rhea (native ostrich), condors, and Black-necked Swans to parakeets, flamingos, and Flightless Steamer Ducks, thrive here. Unique displays of flora fascinate the botanist while stupefying scenery awaits the photographer.
Our trekking passes around the feet of the massive granite towers that soar almost 10,000' above us. We utilize various base camps, so despite the sometimes tempestuous climate we always have a comfortable camp set up including showers and delicious meals.
For the most part the trails are not rugged or difficult; although optional 8 hours trail days are not uncommon. We will be trekking through some of the most spectacular terrain anywhere in the world. Weather is always unpredictable and adds to our adventure.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 1 PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO NATALES
Reception at the airport and drive towards Seno Otway to visit a rookery of over 3 thousand Magallenic Penguins. Later continue to Puerto Natales (3 hours driving). Accommodation at our hotel. Evening orientation. Welcome dinner and overnight in cozy hotel. (D)
Day 2 PUERTO NATALES - TORRES DEL PAINE - PEHOE CAMP OR SHELTER
Breakfast. Morning pick-up at your hotel. Drive to Torres del Paine National Park. After two hours drives we enter into Park, we have a great viewing of guanaco and rhea. We start our trekking adventure. Hiking to the electric falls of Salto Grande, we make a short crossing of Lago Pehoe on a stable catamaran to our campsite. All meals included through day 6. (B,L,D)
Day 3 GREY LAKE & GLACIER - PEHOE CAMP OR SHELTER (8 hours)
Today we hike to the edge of the Grey Glacier through a temperate rainforest that clings to the mountain's steep sides. Such lush vegetation next to the ice and below the steep summit of Paine Grande is a unique environment. Often we are treated to the sight of the magnificent Magalenic Woodpecker or the incredible explosions of calving ice! Return to Pehoe camp. (B,L,D)
Day 4 VALLE FRANCES - PEHOE CAMP
In the morning we will trek along Lago Skottsberg. Here we have terrific views of Paine Grande and the famous turbidity tipped towers of the Cuernos. We continue to the mouth of Rio Frances and hike up Valle Frances, directly below the Frances Glacier to the British camp between the granite walls of Fortaleza, the Cuernos, and Paine Grande. Avalanches from the Frances Glacier keep us mesmorized while views of the Southern Patagonia Icecap are amazing. Return to Pehoe camp. (B,L,D)
Day 5 PEHOE - NORDENSKJOLD LAKE - LAS TORRES CAMP OR SHELTER
Returning by boat across Lago Pehoe, we traverse along the south shore of Lago Nordenskjold with fantastic views of the whole Paine pluton right in front of the famous "Horns" of Paine (The Cuernos). Windswept water on the exposed lake sometimes creates 500 foot waterspouts. Our vehicle meets us and carries us on through guanaco breeding grounds then east to camping Las Torres. (B,L,D)
Day 6 VALLE ASCENCIO - PUERTO NATALES
Today we ascend Valle Ascensio to the very base of the granite Towers of Paine. It is a beautiful hike through the steppe and Southern Beech forests to the alpine glacier and its tarn beneath an incredible vertical world of ice and granite. The views are spectacular. Return to camp in the evening and continue driving to the picturesque town of Puerto Natales, on the shores of the famous Last Hope Sound. Here a cozy hotel and farewell dinner await us. (B,L,D)
Day 7 PUERTO NATALES - PUNTA ARENAS
Morning transfer back to Punta Arenas and to afternoon connections at the airport. Or you may wish to connect the Trip Extension Last Sound Cruise (see below), Los Glaciares Adventure in Argentina (7 days) or sea kayaking expedition in the Andean Fjords of Pumalin Park from Puerto Montt. (B)
TRIP EXTENSION "LAST HOPE SOUND CRUISE"
Day 7 PUERTO NATALES - SERRANO & BALMACEDA GLACIERS (9 hours)
Full day boat excursion up Last Hope Sound to the Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers. On the way we pass spectacular scenery, cormorant and sea lion rookeries, and isolated estancias nestled in the steep sided fjord. Arriving at Serrano Glacier we take a hike right to the very toe of the glacier. Afternoon return to Puerto Natales and transfer to a modern public bus for the return trip to Punta Arenas. Transfer from bus station to your hotel. Overnight. (B, L)
Day 8 PUERTO NATALES - PUNTA ARENAS
Breakfast. Morning at leisure o explore this city and transfer by regular bus to the airport of Punta Arenas (3 hours). (B)
 
B = breakfast
L = box lunch or launches
D = dinner
Daily departures min. 2 people from September to April.
 
Optional combination trips:
1) You may also continue with another amazing trekking "Los Glaciares Argentina Adventure" on day 7, or
2) you may continue with our sea kayaking trip into the Andean Fjords of Pumalin Park, 6 days.
 
 
TENTS CAMPSITES
SHELTER
2-3 persons
US$ 1.472
US$ 1.647
4-6 persons
US$ 1.329
US$ 1.440
7 up
US$ 1.110
US$ 1.236
Single supplement
US$ 126*
*Available only at the hotels in cities .
TRIP EXTENSION COST US$ 194 per person
 
Note: If our regular departures are not coincident with your travel plans, we may confirm any other date with minimum 2 people at request.
 

INCLUDED :

  • All accommodations (quoted per person, based on sharing a double room or tent)
  • All camp meals, bilingual guide & camp staff
  • All community camp gear (two man tents)
  • All transfers and ground transportation during trekking, entrance fees, and sightseeing where noted.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Any type of insurance
  • Tips and other items of a personal nature (laundry, drinks out of program and other items not mentioned)
  • Internal Airfares and taxes
  • Meals and drinks noted as on your own
  • Personal gear (sleeping bag and pad, etc)
  • Medical expenses.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONING:
This trip is moderate to strenuous. Trekking is generally easy but we do cover some rugged trails. Members are expected to be in good physical condition. No special abilities are needed although group members should realize that tempestuous weather is normal for this region.
 
TRIP SUPPLEMENTS:
On receipt of your deposit, we will send you our General Information for this trip including equipment list.
 
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