PATAGONIA & TORRES DEL PAINE MULTI-SPORT ADVENTURE

On this multi-sport adventure, guests will have the opportunity to trek the famed ‘W Circuit’ in the Torres del Paine National Park. Beginning with kayaking amongst icebergs, followed by a guided tour of Torres del Paine, guests will be educated and immersed in their environment from the first day to the last. Each night guests will stay in luxurious hotels and extraordinary lodges in Torres del Paine. Spend several days hiking through glaciated areas, viewing numerous mountain ranges and peaks each day. Enjoy trekking, natural geological wonders, navigation on Grey Lake, and a panoramic view of the famed Paine Towers. The trip culminates in an opportunity to hike on the Grey Glacier via ice hiking, using crampons, harnesses, ice axes and ropes. Guests will enjoy taking part in the multiple types of activities available in Patagonia.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 9 days/8 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 14

TRIP COST: Contact us for pricing

DATES

March 10 – 18, 2018

Nov. 9 – 17, 2018

Custom Dates Available

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Magdalena Island Penguin Colony 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

MEDIA

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Punta Arenas, Chile

  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Welcome dinner
  • Overnight: Cabo de Hornos
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Magdalena Island Penguin Colony | Puerto Natales

  • Visit Magdalena Island, where we interact with one of the major colonies of Magellan Penguins with over 150,000 birds
  • Return to Punta Arenas for transfer to Puerto Natales
  • Orientation and gear check
  • Overnight: Costa Australis Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 2 (Weather Alternate): Horseback Riding | Puerto Natales

  • Awake in Punta Arenas for transfer to Puerto Natales
  • Orientation and gear check
  • Ride horses on Eberhard Fjord or Sofia Lake
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch out on the excursion
  • Enjoy viewing birds, wildlife, and mountains
  • Overnight: Costa Australis Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Sea Kayaking amongst Icebergs | 17 miles | 5 hours

  • Awaken in Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Enjoy a day sea kayaking amongst icebergs (we may split group in half | 12 pax hike, 12 pax kayak, then switch)
  • Paddle across Grey Lake for approximately an hour and a half
  • Paddle down River Grey for approximately 3-4 hours ending at Serrano Village
  • Scenic drive to hotel.
  • Overnight: Hotel Las Torres
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Lookout of Torres del Paine | 12 hours | 7 hours

  • Trek to the spectacular lookout of the Torres Del Paine National Park (about 2,300′ elevation gain)
  • Overnight: Hotel Las Torres
  • Meals included: B/L/D

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

  • Enjoy a hike on Cuernos Pass
  • Pass the slopes of Cerro Almirante Nieto with beautiful views of the Paine Horns and Nordenskjold Lake
  • Overnight: Domos Frances
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: French Valley | 12 miles | 6-7 hours

  • Trek through French Valley
  • Explore views of North Peak of Paine Grande, Castillo, Cota 2000, Catedral, and Aleta de Tiburon
  • Trek to Paine Grande Lodge
  • Overnight: Paine Grande Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: 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
  • Overnight: Lago Grey Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Ice Hiking | Navigation on Grey Lake | Puerto Natales

  • Briefing on ice hiking, crampons, harnesses, ice axes, and ropes
  • Explore the Southern Patagonia Ice Fields in Torres Del Paine on the Grey Glacier | 4 hours
  • Grey Glacier boat ride navigation on Grey Lake
  • Scenic drive to Puerto Natales
  • Overnight: Costa Australis Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: International Departure

DATES

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

Argentina Add-On

Day 1: Arrival Day - Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Guided Tour of Buenos Aires
  • Welcome dinner
  • Overnight: Hotel Principado
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: El Calafate | El Chalten

  • Flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate
  • Transfer to El Chalten
  • Overnight: Hotel el Puma or LunaJuim or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Cerro Fitz Roy | Laguna de Los Tres

  • After breakfast, hike the Fitz Roy trail
  • Trek up to Rio Blanco and then continue to Laguna de los Tres
  • Hike back to El Chalten
  • Overnight: Hotel el Puma or LunaJuim or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Cerro Fitz Roy | Laguna de Los Tres

  • After breakfast, hike to Laguna Capri and to Cerro Torre Base Camp
  • Hike to Cerro Torre Base Camp
  • Hike back to El Chalten
  • Overnight: Hotel el Puma or LunaJuim or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Perito Moreno Glacier

  • Transfer back to El Calafete
  • Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Overnight: Hosteria la Estepa
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: El Calafate | Transfer to Chile

  • Transfer from El Calafate to Chile
  • Afternoon/evening at leisure
  • Optional tour of Punta Arenas
  • Overnight: TBD
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Penguin Colony Tour | Puerto Natales

  • Magdalena and Marta Island Penguin Expedition
  • Transfer to Puerto Natales
  • Prepare for departure to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Overnight: Hotel If Patagonia
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Departure Day or Meet with Group in Chile

  • International departure if Argentina Add-On was booked as second-half of trip
  • If booked as first-half and continuing on in Chile, then:
    • Enjoy a day sea kayaking amongst icebergs
    • Paddle across Grey Lake for approximately an hour and a half
    • Paddle down River Grey for approximately 3-4 hours ending at Serrano Village
    • Scenic drive to hotel
    • Overnight: Refugío Torre Central
    • Meals included: B/L/D

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, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

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

EARLY ARRIVALS/LATE DEPARTURES:

Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

ADD-ON ADVENTURES:

  • Argentina Add-On (See below)

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