Day-1: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
Upon arrival at the airport of Punta Arenas, a transfer will await you to take you to Puerto Natales leading you through the typical Pampa Steppes of the Magellan Region. You will encounter various animals like sheep, ñandus and a variety of birds. Shortly after leaving the airport you will continue to the charming town of Puerto Natales, situated on the banks of the UIltima Esperanza Bay. Overnight at a hotel in Puerto Natales.
Day-2: Puerto Natales -Hiking Base La Torres
After breakfast you will leave Puerto Natales for a two hour drive to Torres del Paine National Park, the starting point of your trek.
Starting at Refugio Torre or Paine Grande, you'll hike the full trek anticlockwise, visiting the three valleys of the W Trek as well as the quieter trails across the north. We will trek to the base of The Towers (7 hours roundtrip), a spectacular hike to view the three pink granite towers that make the park famous. Overnight at Refugio Nash (B/L/D)
Today we start our trek around the Paine Massif. In the morning we will meet our porters, load up our gear and head out across ancient glacial moraines on the way to Camp Seron. The trail goes through Lenga forests where we often see Austral parakeets, several species of geese and the occasional guanaco and fox (trekking time 4 hrs). Overnight at Camp Seron. (Breakfast/Lunchbox/Dinner)
Early breakfast for the hike to Lago Dickson , a glacial lake on the edge of the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap. We hike past bright blooming Notro bushes and make a stream crossing along the lake. A beautiful, leisurely hike (trekking time 6 hrs). Here we can take hot showers at the refugio. Overnight at Refugio Dickson. (Breakfast/Lunchbox/Dinner)
Today is our biggest day of hiking as we climb over Paso John Garner and down through thick forest directly above the massive Glaciar Grey. Once on the pass we look out over rugged, glaciated peaks and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap – a view not to be missed! The Grey Glacier stretches out below us like a huge white highway 5 hours.
After breakfast we start the 5 hours hike which continues descending towards Lake Grey through lenga forest where every so often appears a terrace looking out over Glacier Grey and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap. Overnight at Refugio Grey. (Breakfast/Lunchbox/Dinner)
This morning we will cross a high plateau overlooking Lago Grey with its icebergs and the Grey Glacier on our way to Lago Pehoe, “hidden lake” in the Tehuelche language. 3-4 hours. The afternoon will be free to relax at Lodge Paine Grande and enjoy the area. Lodging and dinner is at Lodge Paine Grande where you can enjoy a pisco sour in the bar that overlooks Paine Grande & Los Cuernos mountains in the beautiful evening light.
Trek to the French Valley. This valley is the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world, its surrounded by hanging glaciers and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires. After we trek out of the valley, we will continue to the extraordinary turquoise Lake Nordenskjold, where Refugio Cuernos is located (trekking time 8 hrs). Overnight at at Refugio Cuernos.
After an early breakfast you will leave Torres del Paine and start your navigation down the Serrano River to Mount Balmaceda. On the way you will have great views of the Southern Ice Field. Go for a short hike below the towering Mount Balmaceda and have lunch before embarking the boat back to Puerto Natales in the early afternoon. Overnight at a hotel in Puerto Natales. (Breakfast/Lunch)
Day-8: Los Cuernos
Trek along Lake Nordenskjold and below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, to the reach Hosteria Las Torres (5-6 hours) ,our van is waiting at the parking lot. Transfer to Puerto Natales. Farewell dinner and lodging at Natalino hotel or similar.
Day-9 Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
A transfer will take you to the airport of Punta Arenas or a downtown hotel in due course. (Breakfast)
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