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Mountains & Glaciers:  W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier
A group tour through the incredible landscapes of Patagonia
9 DAYS - 8 NIGHTS

Patagonia is located in the southern tip of South America and is shared by Chile and Argentina. This land of stunning beauty and natural wonder is home to massive glaciers and majestic mountains. We invite you to this trip visiting Torres del Paine National Park and hiking the famous “W trek”. End the trip at El Calafate admiring the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. We suggest to add as an extra, a visit to El Chaltén. Group tour Patagonia

Day 1 Puerto Natales

We welcome you at Puerto Natales bus station and transfer to your hotel. In the late afternoon you will meet the tour leader and your fellow travelers for the following days doing the classic W Trek in Torres del Paine.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Francis Drake hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: none

Day 2 Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park

Early in the morning we transfer to the bus station in Puerto Natales to take a regular bus to Torres del Paine National Park, World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). Approaching the Park, we start to see the different mountains that feature the area: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto and the Towers. The bus stops at Laguna Amarga where we get off and start walking to out camp in Las Torres area. It is a two hours walk, very enjoyable. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Full Camp Las Torre, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent 

 

 

Day 3 Torres del Paine - Ascencio River Valley - Paine Towers viewpoint

Early in the morning we start walking towards the bridge over the Ascensio river, headtrail for the world famous Paine towers. We "warm up" hiking a steep one hour slope, to get inside the valley itself, a narrow "V" shape alpine valley coming from inside the Paine massif. A gentle downhill leads us to Refugio Chileno, a cozy and comfortable mountain lodge, which can be a good turnaround point for those not willing to make a full day hike. We then walk in a gentle slope along the river side and inside beech forest. A final climb on moraine take us to the Towers viewpoint: a glacier origin lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 mts from the glacier. The lack of breath will be either because the climb and the sight!!!! We go back to our camp on the same way we came. Walking time: 7 to 8 hs.

Accommodation: Full Camp Las Torre, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent

 

Day 4 Las Torres - Los Cuernos

Today we start a 2 days traverse from Las Torres to Lake Pehoe, with one night at Refugio Los Cuernos, The so called “Nordenskjöld lake traverse” or “Traverse of the Horns”. The walk goes along lake Nordenskjöld and at the foot of Admiral Nieto and the Horns.

Accommodation: Full Camp Los Cuernos, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in Los Cuernos Refuge.

 

Day 5 Torres del Paine - French Valley

After an early start, we continue our traverse up to the Italian Camp, gate to the French valley, with splendid views of the south east Himalayan style face of Paine Grande and the Horns. We hike up valley to the upper viewpoints (British camp), at the entrance of a unique cirque surrounded by granite spires that feature the high valley: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (The Fortress). Back to Italian camp, we head to lake Skkotberg and finally to lake Pehoe, where our camp is located.

Accommodation: Full Camp Paine Grande, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner

 

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in Paine Grande Refuge.

 

Day 6 Viewpoint Grey Glacier - Crossing Pehoe Lake - Puerto Natales

Lake Grey trail leads from Pehoe valley across ridges to reach Grey valley. This magnificent valley flows down 60 km from the Patagonian Ice field, featuring the huge glacier calving down in the grey color lake. Our trail skirts the lake, going up and down the westerns slopes of Paine Grande, offering some of the most impressive sights of the Park. From the high sections of the trail, many different viewpoints allow us to see the south end of the lake where the blue icebergs gather, the mountains rising far in the distance above glaciers Grey and Tyndall, and of course lake and glacier Grey. We reach the main viewpoint, a rocky point somewhat 2 hs away from Pehoe, with views over the Lake and Glacier Grey and the surrounding glaciers and mountains. We come back along the same trail, crossing bogs, shrublands and forest. By noon we take the boat to cross Lake Pehoe to Puerto Pudeto where we take a bus to go back to Puerto Natales to spend the night.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Hotel Francis Drake (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Day 7 Puerto Natales – El Calafate

We leave early in the morning Puerto Natales getting back to the border to reenter Argentina and drive to El Calafate. Upon arrival to El Calafate you will be met by our staff and transferred to you accommodation. The rest of the day is on your own to visit town.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Tierra Tehuelche Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: breakfast

 

 

Day 8 Perito Moreno Glacier

We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Ice field, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favorable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Tierra Tehuelche Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: breakfast

 

 

Day 9 El Calafate –El Calafate Airport

After breakfast we transfer to El Calafate airport where our services end.

Included Meals: Breakfast

  

INCLUDED SERVICES

• Incoming services.

• Bilingual tour leader (English - Spanish) wwhen the group has 4 or more passengers*

• Trekking guide

• Lake Pehoe boat trip

• Excursion Perito Moreno Glacier

• All transfers: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine (Laguna Amarga) - Puerto Pudeto - Puerto Natales - El Calafate - El Calafate airport

• 8 Breakfast, 4 Box Lunch, 4 Dinners

 

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

• Entrance fees to National Parks
• Medical and life insurance
• Tips
• Drinks and beverages (all foods are without alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks)
• Flights or airport taxes
• Optional excursions
• Services not shown or detailed in the program

PRICES FOR THIS TRIP
 
There is a minimum of 4 passengers to confirm this trip.  So, if you are a solo traveler, please contact us to find out the dates with passengers already signed up. 

The maximum number of passengers in the group is 14.

Standard category
Double base: USD 3307 (Private room for two passengers traveling together).
Single base: USD 3634 (Private room for one person)
Hostel base: USD 3040 (Shared room and shared bathroom with other passengers).
 
GROUP DEPARTURE DATES FOR THIS TRIP

Trip 1 
START January 22nd, 2023 Sunday
END January 30th, 2023 Monday

Trip 2
START March 19th, 2023 Sunday
END March 27th, 2023 Monday