Chile & Argentina

Torres del Paine NP – W Trek + Los Glaciares NP + Fitz Roy - 12 days (Group Trip)

Torres del Paine NP – W Trek + Los Glaciares NP + Fitz Roy - 12 days (Group Trip)

Dates: 10 Spots on each departure

January 19, 2020

March 8, 2020

Experience the wild landscapes of the Chilean & Argentina regions of Patagonia on this amazing 12 day adventure to the most sought after locations. Trek through two of the most iconic National Parks - Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine.

Brief Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrive to Puerto Natales- Welcome

DAY 2: Start 5 Day W trek - Torres del Paine

DAY 3: HIKE TO LAS TORRES BASE LOOKOUT POINT

DAY 4: HIKE FRANCÉS SECTOR

DAY 5: HIKE FRANCÉS VALLEY

DAY 6: HIKE GREY GLACIER SECTOR - PEHOÉ LAKE NAVIGATION - RETURN TO PUERTO NATALES

Day 7: Arrive in Calafate, transfer to Chalten

Day 8: Full day Trek to Lago Torre

Day 9: Full day Trek to Laguna los Tres

Day 10: Full day trek to Pliegue Tumbado

Day 11: Ice trek on Perito Moreno Glacier

Day 12: Depart from Calafate

*Daily departures available on request, please inquire

Trip ITINERARY

Day 1-2: Arrive to Puerto Natales- Welcome - Torres del Paine NP

Day 1: Arrive to Puerto Natales (any time) Welcome at the bus station or airport and transfer to your hotel. Free time to relax that afternoon until a welcome dinner with the group!

  • Overnight in Puerto Natales

Day 2: PATAGONIA ADVENTURE BEGINS!

Public transportation from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park (Laguna Amarga Main Entrance), the trip is about two and a half hours (112 Km), with a short stop at Cerro Castillo Village.

At the moment you arrive to Laguna Amarga entrance you will have to acquire your entrance ticket, and take the shuttles that will be waiting for you to take you to Las Torres sector (Estancia sector) where our Refugio is located.

  • Presentation time at the Bus Station: 2:15 PM
  • Departure: 2:30 PM / Arrival to Laguna Amarga: 4:30 PM
  • Accommodation: Refugio Torre Central

Day 3: Trekking to “BASE TORRES”

Distance: 13 km (8 mi)
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Difficulty level: Difficult

The first hour and a half walking is steep with fantastic views of lake Nordenskjöld and Almirante Nieto Mtn, with its hanging glaciers until you reach Refugio El Chileno to rest and leave your luggage. Then, carrying just a small back pack, you will continue the trail through a millenary Lenga forest (1 hour) until the base of “the moraine.” This challenging ascent of about 45 min, will take you to one of the most impressive lookouts in the park; “Base of Torres del Paine” where you will have the view of Torre Sur, Torre Central, Torre Norte and Cerro Nido de Cóndor.

  • Accommodation: Refugio Torre Central or Refugio El Chileno

Day 4: El Chileno to Los Cuernos Refugio

Distance: 11 km (6.8 mi)
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Difficulty: Low

About 30 minutes after leaving Refugio El Chileno you will notice the sign to take the “shortcut” that leads to Refugio Los Cuernos. The trail goes through the Base of Almirante Nieto Mn. – part of the Paine Massif-, with great views to Nordenskjöld lake; from December the flora presents different colours specially the “Ciruelillo or Fire Bush” which take its name from the red colour of its flowers. After about 4 – 5 hours you will get to the Base of Los Cuernos where our Refugio is located, considered by many, one of the most charming sites in the whole park, a perfect spot to rest and recover energies for the next day challenging trek: “The French Valley”.

  • Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos (ask about the private cabana upgrade option!)

Day 5: French Valley

Distance: 25 km (15.5 mi)
Hiking Time: 10-12 hours
Difficulty: Difficult

The first 2 hours are with some ascents, descents and views to Nordenskjöld Lake until “Campamento Italiano”, at this point we recommend you to contact CONAF staff so you can leave your Big Backpack with them and start the next part of the trek with a small day backpack. The ascent goes for about 1 hour and a half until French Glacier lookout, where you’ll be able to observe its hanging glacier and opportunities to observe small avalanches. After that the trail continues until “Británico area” and after about 20 minutes you will reach the lookout point considered by many as one of the most overwhelming spots in the Circuit: “Mirador Británico”, where you will admire: “Paine Grande”, “Cerro Hoja”, “Cerro Máscara”, “Cerro Catedral”, “Cerro Aleta de Tiburón”, “Cuerno Norte”, etc. The return is the same way back to “Campamento Italiano”, and then to Pehoé sector.

  • Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande

Day 6: Grey Glacier

Distance: 22 km (13.7 mi)
Hiking Time: 8 - 9 hours
Difficulty level: Moderate

Trek to Grey Glacier lookout (round-trip). The trail goes through the western side of the Paine Massif with views to Grey Lake and Mountains. After 1 hour and a half you will reach the first lookout point, where you may observe Grey Glacier in the distance, then and after 1 and a half / two hours you will get to the Main lookout, in front of the glacier. The return is the same way back until Pehoé Lake to take the Catamaran that crosses Pehoe Lake to Pudeto sector, where your bus will be waiting for you to take you back to Puerto Natales. Arriving around 10:00 or 11:00pm.

  • Accommodation in Puerto Natales  

Day 7: The Argentina Adventure Starts

Today we embark to El Calafate. Once we arrive we will continue on to El Chalten where you will be able to enjoy the desert of Southern Patagonia on the famous Route 40. You will pass through the beautiful Leona River, that connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma.

El Chalten is a top rated trekking destination, and the Argentinean capital of trekking. Located at the foot of the Fitz Roy Mountain, surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forest, it is still a hidden gem. The charming little village, that is also the start point for most paths, is a paradise for walkers and trekkers alike.

Arrival in El Chalten in the afternoon, you will the rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore the areas around the town. You can explore the surroundings, have a stroll around a little waterfall, or just relax in the local brewery.


Duration: 5 hours (Puerto Natales - El Calafate) + 3 hours (El Calafate - El Chalten)

Day 8: Laguna de los Tres Hike

Distance: 23 km (14.3 mi)
Hiking Time: 10 hours
Difficulty level: Moderate

Today we trek to Laguna Los Tres, with a great view of Mount Fitz Roy - the landmark of Los Glaciares National Park! We begin our hike by heading towards Laguna Capri, passing its northern corner. Then we follow the Fitz Roy Trail up to Blanco river, passing the mountaineering camp Poicenot. Finally, a short steep trail takes us to Laguna de Los Tres where we witness one of the park’s most marvelous natural scenes - the turquoise-blue of the lagoon framed by Fitz Roy’s spires and glaciers. Here is the perfect time to enjoy our picnic and soak up the scenery while relaxing in such a memorable place. When everyone’s ready we hike back to Laguna Capri and continue along the trail back to tiny Chalten to spend the night in our hotel here.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Box


Day 9: Loma del Pliegue Tumbado Hike

Distance: 17.7 km (11 miles)
Hiking Time: 7 - 8 hours
Difficulty Level: Moderate

After an hour or so of walking a slight incline and forging our path through some enchanting woods of lenga beeches and ñire trees, we will stumble upon an open space called the Pampa de las Carretas, providing us with panoramic, stunning views of Mount Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, and the Huemul glacier. The path will then curve back into the leafy forest, where we will no doubt be lucky enough to spot many native bird species. As the forest thins, we will find ourselves in a bleaker, more mountainous landscape, with the path leading us to the Pliegue Tumbado viewpoint. During this stretch, we’ll have no trouble finding marine fossils, such as ammonites and belemnites, which are over 100 million years old. This viewpoint will give us a spectacular view of almost the entire area: the Fitz Roy River Canyon, Cerro Torre and the glacier, the Madre and Hija Lagoons, Mount Fitz Roy and even the Cóndor Lagoon. Casting your eyes out from a different angle, you’ll glimpse Lake Viedma and the Túnel River Valley,  as well as the Paso del Viento, the entrance point to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Upon our return, we are free to enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Chalten’s cozy restaurants before heading back to our hotel from the previous night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Box


Day 10: Laguna Torre Hike

Distance: 18 km (11.2 mi)
Hiking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Today we do a full day hike along the Cerro Torre trail to Laguna Torre, a stunning mountain lake with the majestic Mount Torre in the background. We set off after breakfast walking eastwards following the trail through beech forests towards Fitz Roy river. We continue towards Base Camp de Agostini and then do a short hike to Laguna Torre, admiring the western view of Cerro Torre and the Adela range. Icebergs can be seen peacefully floating on Laguna Torre as the wind pushes them towards the coast. We stop at various points to appreciate the magnificent view and enjoy a picnic. We will then return to Chalten to gather our luggage and begin our journey back to El Calafate, following the same pampas-lined roads which welcomed us upon our arrival. Once we get back to El Calafate, you can check out a nice place for dinner before heading back to the hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Box

Day 11: Full Day Minitrekking: Hiking on the Perito Moreno Glacier

Difficulty level: Low

We enjoy an early breakfast and board the minibus heading to Perito Moreno glacier. After a couple of hours, we reach Los Glaciares National Park and continue driving to Bajo de las Sombras bay sector where we board the boat that sails approximately twenty minutes on Lago Rico to reach the southern wall of the glacier. On the other side, the guide gives us a short talk about the formation of glaciers with other interesting details about local geology. From this point, we do a short walk to the edge of the glacier where we’re given the crampons to be fitted to our shoes. Now we start the ice trekking adventure! As we walk ahead we have spectacular views of the glacier and its surroundings. We continue to the footbridges with multiple viewpoints of the glacier’s incredible north side with its mighty cracking walls. Here we’re free to enjoy the surroundings at our leisure. After the thrilling encounter with the glacier, we drive back to Calafate for the final night in our hotel here.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Box

Day 12: El Calafate

Today, our tour comes to and end as we say our goodbyes and head to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Accomodation

Our Selected Hotel Accommodation (6D Los Glaciers portion):
El Chalten: Posada El Barranco, El Paraiso, Vertical Lodge (or similar)
El Calafate: Cauquenes De Nimez Hotel, Tierra Tehuelche, Cyan Cacique Calafate Hotel (or similar)

Additional Trip Info

  • Professional English Speaking Guide
  • Accommodation as listed
5D W trek (Guided)
  • Transportation on a regular bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park and back.
  • 2 nights of lodging at Torre Central Sector, 1 night at the Francés Sector, and 1 night at the Paine Grande Sector. Mountain refuges include fully-made beds, except at the Francés Mountain Refuge (sleeping bag). Campsite includes tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and liner.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch (box lunch), and dinner. Box lunch on return day to Puerto Natales.
  • Pehoé Lake Catamaran.
  • Torres del Paine National Park entrance fees
  • 2 Night accommodation in Puerto Natales
6D Los Glaciares (Guided)
  • 2 nights in El Calafate
  • 3 nights in El Chalten
  • Transfers & Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours described in the itinerary

Note:

* Subject to change based on available itinerary.

*Please be aware you will have to carry your own backpack, daily snack, mat & sleeping bag


  • International or Domestic Flights
  • Travel Insurance - We recommend  World Nomads, or Global Rescue - (it’s mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional Finish in Punta Arenas
  • Park Fees (El Chalten)
  • Optional "Big Ice" glacier hike on Glacier Perito Moreno
  • Gratuity


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