Another way to experience the W Paine hikes.
This another way to experience the now famous "W" hikes. Days will be spent exploring this untouched, remote and pristine wilderness. Entering the park via Last Hope Sound and then the Serrano River our introduction to Patagonia will be nothing short of spectacular. Working our way up two waterways through the immense Bernardo O'Higgins National Park en route to our hiking adventure we will get a chance to see the Balmaceda, Serrano and Tyndall glaciers, Lago Toro and an endless chain of mountains and snowcapped peaks. Final boat rides up to the face of Grey Glacier we will get dropped off just in front of this immense chunk of ice and begin our walk through Torres del Paine National park. Our days ahead include stops at Lake Pehoe, the beautiful French Valley and the three soaring granite towers that give the park its name as well as a chance to see some of the numerous wildlife that abound in the park.
Trip Highlights:

  • Navigate the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park on zodiacs
  • Visit the Balmaceda, Serrano and Tyndall glaciers
  • Cruise up the fjord of Last Hope Sound past the Balmaceda hanging glacier
  • Sail to the face of Grey Glacier
  • Hike to the French Valley, a spectacular granite amphitheater and the Towers, massive granite monoliths
  • Visit the fascinating burrowing Magellanic Penguins
  • See guanacos, rheas, condors, and other wildlife
  • Follow the gorgeous trail to the base of the Towers and see emerald pools filled by hanging glaciers
Day 1 PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO NATALES
Late morning collection from Punta Arenas airport. Drive to see the cute burrowing Magellanic Penguins at their colony in Ottway Sound. There will be plenty of time to observe and photograph these fascinating creatures before continuing on across the Patagonian Steppe where you will have your first opportunity to see some of the unusual plant and animal life that exists in this area. After our visit here we will continue on to our destination for the night at Puerto Natales. Located beside the picturesque Last Hope sound we will get a chance to walk around the waterfront and enjoy dinner in one of the fine restaurants in town. Night at the newly built Hotel Weskar. Situated a short walk from Puerto Natales, this wooden built hotel has lovely views of Last Hope Sound and the Serrano Glacier in the distance. Rooms are light, airy and comfortable and there is laundry and internet available. Dinner included, excluding wine/drinks. (D)
Day 2 NATALES - BALMACEDA GLACIER - BERNARDO O'HIGGINS N. PARK
After breakfast we will walk to the pier and board a cutter for a fantastic cruise up the fjord to the beautiful Mount Balmaceda. We will get a chance to see the Balmaceda hanging glacier which spills down into the fjord and then after a short hike get up close to the Serrano Glacier which tumbles down into an iceberg filled lake. After lunch we will board zodiacs and cruise up the Serrano River entering Bernardo O'Higgins National Park passing the massive Tyndall glacier en route and finally ending up at Torres del Paine National Park. Our first night camping is on the bank of the peaceful Serrano River with spectacular views across the pampas towards the Paine massif. Chance to enjoy a stroll or a glass of wine while dinner is prepared. (B, L, D)
Day 3 SERRANO RIVER - LAGO GREY & GLACIER - PEHOE LAKE
Today we will pack our lunches and transfer to Lago Grey where we will walk along the shores of these grey waters and admire the miracles of nature as seemingly turquoise icebergs are seen floating in the lake. The huge mass of white behind the icebergs is Grey Glacier, the largest in the park. After our walk we will board the new Grey 2 launch and set off into the iceberg choked lake towards the walls of this spectacular Glacier. The short boat trip will give us up close and personal views of this spectacle as well as stunning views of Paine Grande and surrounding mountains. The boat will get us fairly close to the glacier where we will disembark and continue up along the shores of Grey Lake to the Mirador on foot. One of the classic hikes in the park we climb up and out of the valley enjoying views of Grey glacier, the Patagonian icecap and innumerable mountains. Our destination and camp for the night is the shores of beautiful Lake Pehoe. Organized camp with full facilities. (B, L, D)
*Meals taken in Refugio.
Day 4 FRENCH VALLEY - LOS CUERNOS REFUGE
Today we will head out towards the French Valley and along the edges of Lake Nordjenskold. A full day's hike we will enjoy fantastic views of the amphitheatre of granite peaks that make up this enclosed valley as well as the waterscapes below including lakes Pehoe, Scottsburg, Toro, and Nordenskjold. Our destination is the lively refuge Cuernos set below the imposing Horns of Paine. Night camping in this organized camp with full facilities. (B, L, D)
* Meals taken in Refugio.
Day 5 HORNS OF PAINE
Today's hike takes us along the foothills of the Horns of Paine with the tranquil shores of Lake Nordjenskold on our right. For the brave a chance to swim in the frigid waters of this spectacular lake as we hike towards the three granite spires that give the park its name, the Towers of Paine. We will camp in the shadow of these monoliths in an organized camp with full facilities.
(B, L ,D)
Day 6 BASE LAS TORRES
Today's hike is our most arduous but worthwhile as we climb to the Towers themselves. A roundtrip hike we will climb up into the Ascending Valley and through beautiful old growth beech forests to a rock moraine just under the towers. A steep climb over the moraine will reward us with one of the most spectacular views in the park and weather permitting we will enjoy our last trail lunch at this amazing vantage point. Return to camp for our last night under canvas enjoying a fireside dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 7 PAINE - PUNTA ARENAS
Pack up camp for our transfer back to Punta Arenas airport to arrive early afternoon. Time permitting we will make a short stop in Puerto Natales giving us an opportunity to purchase any souvenirs/books/postcards etc. Clients will be dropped off at the airport for onward flights. (B)
 
Group Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 12
Season: November to March
 
 
2006-2007-2008 SEASONS RATES, PER PERSON
SEASON
From October 2006 to April 2008
Min. 2 clients
2.075
3 clients
1.835
4-6 clients
1.710
7-12 clients
1.545
Single supplement
270
* All rates expressed in US dollars.
 
2006-2007-2008 DEPARTURES DATES:
2006 SEASON
2007 SEASON
2008 SEASON
November, 8
January, 4
January, 4
December, 14
February, 8
February, 8
March, 6
March, 6
November, 8
December, 14
 

INCLUDED :
All accommodation as stated on itinerary - Transfers to and from airport or hotel in Punta Arenas and whilst in Park, boat trips and excursions stated on itinerary - Bilingual guide throughout, pack horses or vehicle support for luggage - All meals with wine whilst camping - Camping equipment (except sleeping bags/mats) - Park and Penguin entrance fees.

NOT INCLUDED :
Domestic flights or airport taxes - Airport transfers and accommodation/meals in Punta Arenas - Meals: Lunch on Day 1 and Day 7 in Natales - Local gratuities - Any kinf of insurance or Medical expenses - Personal equipment (sleeping bags/mats).

 

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