PATAGONIA & TORRES DEL PAINE MULTI-SPORT ADVENTURE

Located in the far south of Chile, Torres Del Paine National Park is the ultimate Patagonian experience. It’s towering peaks, sprawling glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes are a paradise for any adventurer or nature lover. This epic journey combines all of the park’s highlights. You’ll start out with the famous “W” Trek, where you will venture deep into secluded valleys surrounded by Torres Del Paine’s most dramatic scenery. You’ll then take to the water to explore the park’s rivers and glacial lakes with a ferry to the edge of the magnificent Grey Glacier, followed by an epic two day kayaking trip down the  Serrano River. Each night, you’ll relax at luxurious lodging, rustic refugios, and cozy campsites, surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 10 days/9 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 12

TRIP COST: From $5,750 per person/double occupancy

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Torres del Paine and Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks for a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Go sea kayaking amongst icebergs in an unforgettable landscape
  • Explore the beautiful massifs, glaciers, and marvel at the famed Paine Towers

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Punta Arenas, Chile

  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Welcome dinner
  • Orientation and Gear Check
  • Overnight: Weskar Lodge
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Torres del Paine

  • Drive to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Spend the whole day exploring the park on multiple short hikes including the Wildlife trail, Los Cuernos lookout, and iceberg zone
  • Transfer to hotel just outside of the park
  • Overnight: Hotel Mirador del Payne
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 3: Lookout of Torres del Paine | 12 miles | 7 hours

  • Trek the most famous trail on the park to admire the magnificent Paine Towers
  • Torres del Paine outlook (12 miles, ~2,300′ elevation gain)
  • Overnight: Hotel Las Torres
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 4: Nordenskjold Lake | 9 miles | 4 - 5 hours

  • Leave the hotel on foot to hike the Cuernos Pass to Frances Domes
  • Pass the slopes of Cerro Almirante Nieto, with beautiful views of the Paine Horns and Nordenskjold Lake
  • Overnight: Domos Frances
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 5: French Valley | 15.5 miles | 8 hours

  • One-way trek from Frances Domes to the French Valley and then to Paine Grande Refuge
  • Explore views of North Peak of Paine Grande, Castillo, Cota 2000, Catedral and Aleta de Tiburon
  • Overnight: Paine Grande Refuge
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 6: Hike to Grey Glacier | 7 miles | 4 hours

  • Trek to Grey Glacier
  • Enjoy views of the Olguin Range and the mountains Punta Bariloche, Ferrier and Donoso
  • Afternoon hike to Los Guardas Campsite for a higher perspective of the Glacier
  • Overnight: Grey Refuge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Grey Glacier Ferry & Ferrier Lookout Hike

  • Navigation from Grey’s Beach to the fronts (east & west) of the amazing Grey Glacier (2.5 hours)
  • Trek to Ferrier lookout
  • Private transport from Porteria Grey to Rio Serrano Campsite
  • Overnight: Rio Serrano Tented Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Serrano Kayaking | Bernardo O’Higgins National Park | Serrano River | 26 miles | 6 to 7 hours

  • Paddle down Serrano River
  • Enjoy views of Tyndall Glacier and the Geike Range
  • Overnight: Tented Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Serrano Kayaking | Bernardo O’Higgins National Park | Serrano Glacier Lagoon | 2 miles | 1 to 2 hours

  • Paddle down Serrano River
  • Boat trip along Ultima Esperanza Fjord
  • Stop at Perales Ranch for a traditional Lamb BBQ
  • Arrive in Puerto Natales ~ 17:00
  • Overnight: Martin Gusinde Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: International Departure

  • Transfer to the airport for a late afternoon departure from Punta Arenas
  • Meals: B

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities.

Although we don’t have projects in this part of the world, there are always opportunities to get involved and find a meaningful way to engage with the local community. We would love to talk to you about custom voluntourism and humanitarian opportunities that you can incorporate into your WWTrek trip. The find out more, go to HumanOutreachProject.org or contact us.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

The optimal travel season in Chilean Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park is between November and March.  We prefer the month of November as the conditions are the most optimal and least busy.

Arrivals & Departures:

This trip begins and ends in Punta Arenas, Chile. You will fly into and out of  Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ).

Recommended Flights:

There are many flight options from global airports to Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Camp Airport (PUQ). WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached at: danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Chile.

*Please Note: You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at hime and bring the other with you to Chile in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

Accommodations:

We will begin and end our trip staying in sophisticated boutique lodges with some of the best views around. During our trek we will stay at riverside camps as well as Refugio Lodges while we are in the National Park. Refugios, which translates to refuge, are just that, basic and clean dorm-style lodges. Both refugios and our tented riverside camps have toilets and hot showers.

Transportation:

During this trip we will travel in private vans, driven by WWTrek guides. The most popular and unique mode of transportation on this trip will be our ferry boat rides as we travel through fjords.

Gratuities:

Group tip-pool suggestion will be provided.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country:

Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south.

Chile is today one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations. It leads Latin American nations in rankings of human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, state of peace, economic freedom, and low perception of corruption. It also ranks high regionally in sustainability of the state, and democratic development. Chile is a founding member of the United Nations, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Religion:

Currently in 2015, the majority religion in Chile is Christianity (68%), with an estimated 55% of Chileans belonging to the Catholic church, 13% Protestant or Evangelical and just 7% with any other religion. Agnostics and atheists are estimated at 25%.

People:

Mexican professor Francisco Lizcano, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, estimated that 52.7% of Chileans were white, 39.3% were mestizo, and 8% were Amerindian. Due in part to its economic fortunes, Chile has recently become a new magnet for immigrants, mostly from neighboring Argentina, Bolivia and mainly Peru. According to the 2002 national census, Chile’s foreign-born population has increased by 75% since 1992.

Language:

There are several indigenous languages spoken in Chile: Mapudungun, Quechua, Aymara and Rapa Nui. After the Spanish invasion, Spanish took over as the lingua franca and the indigenous languages have become minority languages, with some now extinct or close to extinction.

Capital City:

Santiago, Chile

Time Zone:

Continental Chile uses the time offset UTC−03:00.

Population:

17.62 million