Trekking for all Patagonia and for backpackers
Just enjoy nature and sport! For all those who love trekking, Patagonia hides two beautiful national parks: Torres del Paine National Park (Chile) and Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina). Throughout this roundtrip we invite you to unveil all the wonders of this natural reserve on foot. Paine Towers, Mount Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Perito Moreno Glacier, etc... All these famous places welcome you. This is a unique opportunity for you to enjoy Patagonia's most beautiful places and observe its abundant fauna: guanacos, ñandues, foxes, condors, etc. We circle the solid walls of granite with their covered peaks, a challenge to a dozens of daring climbers every year. A journey for sportiest who enjoys trekking, camping and photo hunting lovers.
 
 
 
 
Itinerary is subject to changes depending on weather conditions which are highly variable in Patagonia
DAY 1 PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO NATALES
Reception at Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales visiting the Otway Sound Penguin colonies. Arrival to Puerto Natales, transfer to the hotel. (L)
DAY 2 PUERTO NATALES - LAGUNA AZUL CAMP
Transfer to Torres del Paine National park. The park, created in 1959 and declared by UNESCO Humanities Patrimony, is a paradise for nature lovers, the fauna, flora and landscapes are just fabulous! We can watch one of the largest gatherings of Condors of all South America, beautiful lakes and impressive rocky peaks. We visit the headquarters of the Park (CONAF) and set our camp in Laguna Azul. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 LAGUNA AZUL - DICKSON LAKE & REFUGE

First long trekking day. We head north up the Paine river. Great landscapes where we will take time to watch and learn about the fauna and flora. We circle the cordillera north wise and we reach the great lake Dickson where we overnight in the Dickson Refuge. (B,L,D)

Note: From day 3 to day 7 we don't have any support during trekking, people have to carry the own backpacker with personal gear: clothes, sleeping bag and pad, day lunches from camp/refuge to camp/refuge. The guide distributes the community food with clients. We use camp or refuge, either depending on size of group. Tents are provided from camp to camp. Please select your personal gear before to leave Puerto Natales for trekking, in order to carry no more than 15 kg. on your backpacker.

DAY 4 DICKSON LAKE - LOS PERROS CAMP (4h)
Long walk up, along the Perros river. We camp near the river. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 LOS PERROS - PASO GADNER (1241m) - GREY GLACIER & REFUGE (8 to 10h)
We keep going on the most impressive part of our trek. Walk down the moraines at the foot of the Grey glacier, and the fascinating granite peaks. We cross the John Gadner pass and get a spectacular view on the tremendous ice mass of the Continental Ice Fields (Hielos Continentales). Descent on a trail that borders the Grey glacier. Grey Refuge or camp close to the eternal ice. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 GREY GLACIER-PEHOE LAKE (5h)
We border the Grey lake take the leisure to fill our minds with the landscape and atmosphere with a superb view on the Paine Grande peak and the lake Grey. We set our next camp on the shores of the beautiful lake Pehoe. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 PEHOE LAKE - FRENCH VALLEY - CUERNOS REFUGE (8h)
Long walk to the French Valley and to the foot of Mount Fortaleza with its incredible granite towers, amongst the greatest on earth. The Paine Grande reaches 3.248m, and still fascinates whole generations of climbers. We trek to Cuernos Refuge where we spend the night. (B,L,D)
DAY 8 CUERNOS REFUGE - LAS TORRES CAMP (4h)
Trekking along Lake Nordenskjoeld to reach camping Torres, where we spend the night. (B,L,D)
DAY 9 LAS TORRES CAMP - BASE LAS TORRES (8h) - PUERTO NATALES
Full day hike ascending to the foot of the Torres del Paine, granite pinnacles of more than 1000m high. There is a beautiful lake on the tower's feet. Back to camping Torres and transfer to Puerto Natales. Overnight in the Hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 10 PUERTO NATALES - CALAFATE (ARGENTINA)*
Long drive to Calafate (Argentina). We leave Chile and cross the Argentinean pampa to Calafate.
Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier. Walk to the view point of the great Perito Moreno glacier. Huge blocks of ice fall down into the icy waters of the lake. Return to Calafate. Overnight in the Hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 11 CALAFATE - EL CHALTEN
Transfer to El Chalten. We reach the park and relax. Overnight in the Hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 12 EL CHALTEN - FITZ ROY - LAKE CAPRI (6h)
Transportation of the common equipment to Lake Capri where we stay for 2 nights. Trek to the Torre Lagoon. We walk in a virgin forest. In front of us rises the impressive Cerro Torre with its clear water lake. Trek back to Capri where we set our camp. From our camp we have a complete view of the Fitz Roy. (B,L,D)
DAY 13 LAKE CAPRI - LAKE TORRE - LAKE CAPRI (4-6h)
Trek to the base of the Fitz Roy (3 hours) and climb to the Laguna Los Tres at the feet of the emerging glaciers. Above rise the granit towers. Trek back to Capri. Camp. (B,L,D)
DAY 14 LAKE CAPRI - PIEDRA DEL FRAILE - EL CHALTEN (8h)
Easy downhill and flat trek to Piedra del Fraile. On the way we pass by Piedras Blancas glacier. Our vehicle picks us up at the crossroad of Rio Electrico and the road. Transfer to El Chalten (30-45 min). Overnight in the Hotel. (B,L)
DAY 15EL CHALTEN - PUERTO NATALES*
Long transfer to Puerto Natales. Hotel (B,L)
DAY 16 PUERTO NATALES - PUNTA ARENAS
Transfer to Punta Arena's airport. (B)
 
* Notes 1:
It is possible to adapt the program the following way:
1- To end the program, on day 15 in Pto Natales* (hotel included). Discount is US$ 30 per person.
2- To end the program, on day 15 in Rio Gallegos* (hotel NO included). Discount is US$ 50 per person.
3- If option 2, do an extension from Rio Gallegos to Ushuaia (by plane). Please ask for prices.
4- To end the trip on day 10 before to cross the border towards Argentina, cost as per our Patagonia Circuit Trek (TRK003).
 
Notes 2:
Depending on passenger's nationality, a multiple visa might be needed to enter and leave Chile and Argentina.
 
2006-2007 DEPARTURES
September 3
October 1 & 22
November 12
December 3 & 31
January 21
February 11
March 11
April 1
 

2006-2007 COST PER PERSON
Based on double occupancy (regular departures)

Min. 2 people
US$ 4.160
Single supplement
US$ 180
 
Note: This program is also available as private trip from min. 2 people for unscheduled departures at request.
 

INCLUDED :

  • All accommodations based on sharing room or tent
  • All meals in camp
  • Support land transportation for all trip except from day 3 to 7
  • Park and camping entrance fees
  • Bilingual guides and camp staff (up to 6 people)
  • Full camping gear for campsites, except for personal sleeping bag and pad
  • Personal gear and food is carry by each participant, there is not support transportation from day 3 to 7. Optional porters are available for an extra cost, please check with us.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Any kind of insurance
  • Tips and extra expenses out of program
  • Internal airfares (can be requested to book and quote)
  • Porters, also available for an extra cost.
QUALIFICATIONS:
The circuit trekking is generally easy but we do cover more than 150 km. and some rugged trails with our guide and return to base camps or refuges for meals and the night. 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.
 
Note: porters can be provided upon request. Daily extra cost US$ 60 per each 20 kg. approximately.

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