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Torres del Paine "W"

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Chile  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Camping  
Season: October - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2100 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2860 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

You will be greeted in the Punta Arenas airport (PUQ) and taken directly to Puerto Natales. The drive is approximately 3 hours, along the way you will be able to catch your first glimpses of guanacos and nandus. You will be taken to your accommodation and your guide will meet you for a briefing explaining the next few days and helping you with any last minute questions.

Day 2: Puerto Natales - Camp Torres

After an early breakfast, you and your guide will leave Puerto Natales heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving in the park you will begin to walk up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. You and your guide will arrive at Camp Chileno a few hours after lunch. After a short rest in Chileno you will hike one hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you arrive at your campsite.  Here you will leave your pack and take another quick rest.  After leaving your campsite you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After a bit of time admiring the view you will return back to Camp Torres to sleep and have dinner.

Day 3: Camp Torres - Camp Bader

In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You will leave Camp Torres and walk for five hours towards a hidden climbers camp.  It is hidden behind a hill and into another valley.  The trail is not noticeable to a hiker.  Along the way you will border Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold. You will have a few rivers to cross by hopping across rocks and also catch views of glaciers upon the mountain tops that are hovering over you. Finally you see the Cuernos! They are monstrous peaks, you will spend the night in a valley just behind the Cuernos after a breath-taking journey.

Day 4: Camp Bader - Camp Italiano

Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Camp Italiano. This camp is three hours away.  You have to leave the valley and hike back down to the marked trail.  You will continue along with the Cuernos in your sight until finally you come to a windy beach and finally escape into the valley and find that the wind is a little calmer. After a few hours of hiking you and your guide will put down your backpacks at Camp Italiano and set up camp.

Day 5: Camp Italiano - Refugio Paine Grande

After a delicious camp-side breakfast at Camp Italiano you will leave your gear and begin hiking into the French Valley with just a small day-pack. You will hike across a moraine and through a forest until you finally come to a clearing. Here you will be blown away both by the wind and by the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you, the shocking hanging glacier called the French Glacier just ahead of you and by many of the peaks that are the reason why this park has become famous. After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your backpacks and continue to Refugio Paine Grande where you will spend the night.

Day 6: Refugio Paine Grande - Refugio Grey

After a restful nights sleep and an energizing breakfast you will be ready to hike again. Today you will have a short four hours through a small forest and then along Lake Grey. Most days this section of the park is also windy, because of the openness provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field. After about two hours of hiking you will get your first peaks of Glacier Grey and be stunned. You will continue on two more hours until arriving at Camp Grey, leave your things and then continue ten more minutes until you arrive at the beach where you will have a gorgeous view of the glacier. You will arrive here just after lunch, leaving you plenty of time to admire the scenery.

Day 7: Refugio Grey - Puerto Natales

After four days hiking on the infamous "W" in Torres del Paine you will have just a morning left to relax, take more pictures or go for another short hike. You will board the Grey II boat in the afternoon. You will enjoy your afternoon by admiring the glacier from up-close and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. Just after 17:00 hrs you will begin your journey towards Puerto Natales and arrive in time for a late dinner and a good nights rest.

Day 8: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas. Today you will take a transfer back to Punta Arenas. You will say goodbye to our staff and continue your journey home or to your next destination!

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

-Trekking guide
-Three meals a day while visiting cities and national parks during your trip
-Entrance fees to National Parks
-All of the transportation during the excursions listed in your program (personal transportation during free time are not included)
-All of the navigation during the program is included
-All of lodging in the city and campsites during your trip.