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W Trek Torres del Paine National Park: 5 Days

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 2,055

Venture through a landscape of looming mountains, deep-blue glaciers, and stunning forests on this hike through Torres del Paine National Park. This shortened version of the W Trek takes you across Lake Grey to see the calving ice of Grey Glacier before hiking up to the famous Towers that define the Patagonian landscape.


This 5-day Chilean vacation takes you along the famous W Trek of Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. It features shared accommodations, active excursions, and is perfect for 18 to 30-Somethings and all manner of travellers who love the outdoors.

Your trip to Patagonia begins with a transfer from Punta Arenas to EcoCamp Patagonia, which will serve as your base camp as you journey through the massive expanse of barren plains stretching out between mountains and glaciers. Embark on a journey along one of the best hiking trails in the world, culminating in a visit to the Towers, massive rock monoliths rising above an alpine lake. Start with a hike through the French Valley to Paine Massif, where you’ll enjoy first-hand views of the park’s stunning rock formations. Continue to Paine Grande and the shores of Lake Pehoe. Journey along the shores of the lake and cross to Lake Grey, where you’ll cruise up to the face of Glacier Grey to watch ice calve from its massive walls.

On the penultimate day of your trek, head along the most famous trail in the park, hiking into the Ascencio Valley and ascending towards the eastern face of the famous Towers. Pass through a landscape of beech forests and small rivers before summiting the rock wall and drinking in the stunning views of the Towers. On your final day, you’ll connect back to Punta Arenas and continue to your next destination.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,055

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Day 1

Torres Del Paine NP, Chile

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, you can start your trip in Calafate (see our weekly transfer board for EcoCamp's pick up & drop off schedule). En route we make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where we enjoy a hearty local lunch.

The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11 pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon once you arrive.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia

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    EcoCamp Patagonia



    In this world of vanishing wilderness, we invite you to explore our remote Patagonia with the least ecological impact possible; to trek in virgin beech forests; to admire colossal calving glaciers; to think and wonder about humankind while standing at the foot of the towering ...

    In this world of vanishing wilderness, we invite you to explore our remote Patagonia with the least ecological impact possible; to trek in virgin beech forests; to admire colossal calving glaciers; to think and wonder about humankind while standing at the foot of the towering granite peaks of the Torres del Paine; to sit in total silence under the Southern Cross; and to share a glass of wine with new friends.

    Facilities

    • Horseback Riding
    • Horseback Riding

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Day 2

The Paine Massif's Heart French Valley

After breakfast we drive toward Pudeto dock where we board the catamaran to Pehoe, from here we will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in we go depends on our group's trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south eastface of the Massif, where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley.

We continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations. After our upward trek, we will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day's trek will end as we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take us to Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Refugio Los Cuernos

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    Located at 4,5 hours trek from Las Torres sector, it is in the real heart of the "W" Circuit and generally is the second or third night during the itinerary. It is located between Las Torres Sector and the French Valley. From this sector you ...

    Located at 4,5 hours trek from Las Torres sector, it is in the real heart of the "W" Circuit and generally is the second or third night during the itinerary. It is located between Las Torres Sector and the French Valley. From this sector you can visit the French Valley that has one of the best views in the park, the amphitheater formed by several granitic mountains and then continue to Pehoé Lake and Grey Glacier.

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    • Restaurant
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

Grey Glacier Trek & Boat Ride

This day will see us hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey. We will feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails right to the huge, crystalline facade of Glacier Grey, where we will have plenty of time to marvel at the calving glacier. From the southern end of Glacier Grey, we will transfer to EcoCamp.

Be aware that boat trips can be canceled if the required minimum of 10 passengers is not reached. If either is the case, we will trek up to the sightseeing point and profit from wonderful, panoramic views of the Glacier instead. Then we will return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to Pudeto's dock, where we will be picked up and driven to EcoCamp.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia

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    EcoCamp Patagonia



    In this world of vanishing wilderness, we invite you to explore our remote Patagonia with the least ecological impact possible; to trek in virgin beech forests; to admire colossal calving glaciers; to think and wonder about humankind while standing at the foot of the towering ...

    In this world of vanishing wilderness, we invite you to explore our remote Patagonia with the least ecological impact possible; to trek in virgin beech forests; to admire colossal calving glaciers; to think and wonder about humankind while standing at the foot of the towering granite peaks of the Torres del Paine; to sit in total silence under the Southern Cross; and to share a glass of wine with new friends.

    Facilities

    • Horseback Riding
    • Horseback Riding

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    Preferred Hotel
Day 4

The Big Challenge: Torres Del Paine

The goal of the penultimate day of our 5-day trek will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! We will walk from EcoCamp towards Hostería Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley.

Our big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead us to that iconic base-view of the Towers - Three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice.

After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

We will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DEPARTURES:

Sundays 1 October 2018 - 30 April 2019

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
  • Regular bus tickets Calafate to Natales and vice versa if starting/finishing in Calafate 
  • Boat crossing on Grey Lake
  • 3 nights accommodation in EcoCamp standard domes (shared basis)
  • 1 night accommodation at Refugio Paine Grande**
  • Park fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park
  • One expert English speaking trekking guide
  • Sleeping bag for refugios if needed
  • Transportation for luggage within the Park: while trekking you will carry just your daypack
  • Meals as indicated on the Itinerary

**If refugios are unavailable, alternative accommodation will be provided in tents or domes with prior notice

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Shoulder Season:
1 Apr to 14 Apr (Patagonian Autumn)
High Season:
21 Jan to 31 Mar (Patagonian Summer) 
Peak Season:
14 Dec to 20 Jan, (Patagonian Summer)

Accommodation at the refugio will be provided either in dormitories or in comfortable tents or domes, including mat, sleeping bag and a polar fleece liner; our team will set up and dismantle all this. The campsite provides satisfactory bathroom facilities. Meals will be served inside the refugio.

Transfers to Start / Finish in El Calafate, Argentina

Inter-provincial Public Bus (tickets included in program price)*:

Calafate to Torres del Paine: Pick up at 7am at downtown hotel in El Calafate. Transfer to bus terminal to board public bus to Puerto Natales (5 hrs). Arrive 2pm in Puerto Natales in time for lunch. Transfer to EcoCamp arriving 7pm approximately.

Torres del Paine to Calafate: Leave EcoCamp at 7am, transfer to Cerro Castillo border crossing to catch public bus to Calafate. Transfer from Calafate terminal to downtown hotel. Transfers to Calafate Airport have an additional cost.

*On Dec, 25th and Jan, 1st. only semi-private transfers from/to Argentina are available and additional costs apply.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply

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