Day 1: Transfer Punta Arenas to Laguna Azul. Arrive at the airport in Punta Arenas and meet your guide and transfer vehicle. Drive out across the Patagonian steppe for a chance to see some of Patagonia's unusual plant and animal life. After a short stop in Puerto Natales, the capital of the Ultimo Esperanza (Last Hope) region of southern Chile, we transfer to Torres del Paine National Park and the beautiful campsite at Laguna Azul.
This campsite is located in one of the sunnier parts of the Park and offers soft, grassy pitches either under the trees or closer to the sandy lakeside beach. There are dramatic views across the azure waters of the lake to the Towers in the distance. Facilities include fire pits, bathrooms, hot showers and a small shop. Enjoy some lake-chilled wine and snacks while dinner is prepared. Dinner included (with wine at dinner).
Day 2: Trek to Dickson Valley. After breakfast, we start the famous Torres del Paine Circuit, trekking along the shores of Laguna Azul through southern beech forests towards the mighty Towers that give Torres del Paine its name. Lots of beautiful flower-filled meadows and great mountain scenery. Arrive at Lago Paine where we will stop for lunch before continuing across this wide open valley crossing its dry river beds and streams - our views constantly dominated by the Paine massif to our left.
After a few hours we will pass through a thick beech forest before arriving at the Rio de los Perros where we will call the local boatman and board the small boat to take us across this fast flowing glacial river. Our base for the night is the pretty Dickson campsite located in its own remote valley with no vehicle access and incredible views in every direction. We will be setting up camp here before enjoying some wine and snacks while dinner is prepared.
Facilities include bathrooms, showers and a nearby refugio where hikers meet and swap tails of their adventures. Beers normally available to purchase in the refugio. Includes: (B), (L), (D) (with wine at dinner).
Day 3: Trek to Dickson Lake and Glacier. Today's hike takes us out to the fantastic lookout with views of Dickson Lake and Glacier, one of the prettiest in the park. We will enjoy some time here taking photos and relaxing in the pretty forest before walking back to our campsite in the Dickson Valley. Facilities as above. Night camping with all meals included (with wine at dinner).
Day 4: Hike to Los Perros. After breakfast, we will set out on our shorter but steeper walk that takes us alongside the vast Los Perros River and through an ancient forest, all under the shadow of the Indian Head mountain. A spectacular viewpoint will give us views of the immense Dickson Glacier and lake. At day's end we will set up camp just below the glacier. This is an organized camp with some facilities. Includes: (B), (L), (D) (with wine at dinner).
Day 5: Hike to refugio Grey by Grey Glacier. Next is the Torres del Paine Circuit's most challenging trek. We will climb up and over the John Gardner pass and hopefully see the southern Patagonian Ice Field laid out before us, with its endless glaciers and mountains. This is a special place, which sees few visitors.
In the afternoon we will head down to the camp near the face of Grey Glacier. Our base for the night is the refugio situated in the forest close to the glacier. Bunk bed accommodation in dorm-style rooms with showers, restaurant and bathrooms. Includes: (B), (L), (D) (drinks available at extra cost).
Day 6: Trek to Pehoe for boat. Transfer to Puerto Natales. Continuing along the lake fed by Grey Glacier meltwater, we enjoy an easier day today as we trek out of this beautiful valley along the ridge top. The spectacular Glacier will be visible to our right during most of today's trek. This is one of Torres del Paine's great treks and our destination is the crystal clear, turquoise waters of Lago Pehoé.
Chance to rest a little while we wait for the catamaran that will take us across the lake to meet our transfer vehicle for the drive back to Puerto Natales. Trip ends in Puerto Natales. Includes: (B), (L).
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