Day 1: Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine. Upon arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred by private vehicle approximately 5 hours to Camp Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. Stop in the town of Puerto Natales for lunch and a short visit. Another stop at the Milodon Cave, a giant geological wonder that once sheltered a prehistoric sloth. You'll also pass by Figueroa Lagoon and several beautiful lakes, keeping your eyes peeled for guanacos, ostriches, black-necked swans, flamingos and condors along the way. Dinner and overnight at the comfortable EcoCamp. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Lago Dickson. The day will start at EcoCamp with a long trekking heading to Dickson Lake. Once arriving to Dickson we enjoy a spectacular view on Dickson Glacier and part of the Hielo Patagonico Sur (South Patagonia Ice Field). The trek continues along the eastern bank of the Rio Paine. We will stop at a lookout point with a wonderful panoramic view of Lago Paine below and then we descend to the lake level and continue across open grasslands along the Rio Paine to Refugio Dickson. Overnight camping at Dickson. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Lago Dickson - Los Perros. The trail follows Los Perros river and encounters the wildest and least accessible section of the trek. A virgin beech forest crossed by many water courses leads the way towards the lovely Laguna Los Perros where we set up camp. Enjoy the night camping at Los Perros. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Los Perros - Camp Grey. In this section we reach the highest point of the circuit at 1300 m (4000 ft) with an awe-inspiring view of the Grey glacier, an enormous fractured mass of ice choking the valley. The John Gardner pass is one of the most famous points of Torres del Paine and a must-do for any trekker longing to do the circuit. If the weather conditions have been tough the trail in this part could be broken so the guide might propose a short and non-technical rappel to continue advancing. Once leaving the highest point the route continues roughly south along forested slopes with occasional landslides and a beautiful view of the enormous Grey Glacier. Overnight camping at Grey. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Camp Grey - Lago Pehoe. After the big effort done yesterday, today the group will have the morning to rest and enjoy Grey Glacier surroundings. During the morning those who wake up with energy could do an optional ice trekking on Grey Glacier until midday. After having lunch is time to continue trekking. The trek continues going by the eastern side of Grey Lake through clearings of Calafate bushes. Finally, the track climbs onto flat ridges and passes a small lake one hour before descending through a shallow dry valley to arrive at Lago Pehoe. We spend the night at our camp by the turquoise Lake Pehoe. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Valle Frances. After breakfast, we begin a challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How deep we go depends on our groups’ rhythm. An active walk leads us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif. From this point, we can enjoy our first truly wonderful view and then continue up the trail until reaching the upper prospects of the valley.
The entire group of geological formations of the high valley can be admired here: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza! (Fortress). It is time to have a picnic and recover from the walk. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well. Next, we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and continue walking until we reach Camp Cuernos. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Camp Cuernos - EcoCamp. Once we are done with breakfast we start our trekking day heading to the EcoCamp through the curly Cuernos trail located beside beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During the day we take in the park’s charming flora and fauna, its strong wind and the curious 4-seasons weather that has accompanied us all these days. As we advance through the trail we enjoy magnificent views of the park’s central lakes and enjoy other perspective of the Paine’s Horns. We will of course stop to enjoy a delicious box lunch to energize us for the rest of the walk. The trek ends at the EcoCamp. The evening is left free to enjoy dinner and share experiences. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Torres del Paine. Our goal is to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine NP. We walk from the camp site towards Hostería Las Torres and connect with the winding uphill path to Ascencio Valley – the valley which supports the eastern face of the Towers’ base. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers are passed along the scenic walk into the valley. It’s not a difficult walk, but energy should nevertheless be saved for the final challenge: the moraine. This mass of boulders is the last guardian before our face to face meeting with the uplifting Torres del Paine. The moraine is sufficiently steep to consider doing it slowly and with an adequate amount of precaution.
After a considerable effort, the Towers come into full view, rising majestically before us with the glacial lake visible below. This is one of the most breathtaking sights of the world! The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m / 9,400 ft) consists of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. Once everyone is ready, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley, and return to camping Las Torres. This is sadly our last night in Torres del Paine, we take notes and talk with our friends, relax, feel the strong Patagonic wind while watching the heavens above, all these days in the Park will be profound memories when we return home. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Las Torres – Punta Arenas. Depart by private vehicle to Punta Arenas with box lunch provided en route. You will be transferred to the airport in Punta Arenas in time for your departing flight. Includes: (B), (L).
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