W Highlights from Luxury Camp

The highlights of Torres del Paine's most famous trek, from the base of a relaxed, friendly eco camp for 3 of 4 nights. Hike with expert guides and only a day pack, returning to a comfortable bed, wood burning stove and en suite bathroom. Meals and transfers from/to Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or Calafate included.

5 Days

$1,200

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Trek along the French Valley
  • Hike along Lake Pehoe
  • View Glacier Grey by boat
  • Trek along the Asencio Valley

Landmarks visited on W Highlights from Luxury Camp

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: 

The trip starts in Punta Arenas city during the morning either at your hotel or at the airport. From Punta Arenas we drive to the luxury yurt located in world famous Torres del Paine National Park. During summer the sun sets around 11 pm, so as you drive in you'll have plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanaco and snow-peaked mountain horizon.

Before arriving though, there are a couple stops. One is at Puerto Natales, a small but lively town on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza - "Last Hope Sound". You are invited to check out the town, leave any luggage you will not need for the trek in our office, and finally enjoy a hearty lunch with delicious local food. The other stop is at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890's. The surrounding area is very scenic with plenty of wild birds to be seen.

Once we arrive in Torres del Paine, we will help you get settled into your luxury yurt and enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Accommodation: Luxury Yurt

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: 

After breakfast, we start our day driving towards Pudeto dock, located by the shores of Lake Pehoe. Once there we board the catamaran that will take us to the northern west sector of the Lake from where we will start the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), taking a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How deep we go depends on our groups' rhythm. An active walk leads us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif. From this point, we can enjoy our first truly wonderful view and then continue up the trail until reaching the upper prospects of the valley. The entire group of geological formations of the high valley can be admired here: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza! (Fortress).

It is time to have a picnic and recover from the walk. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well. Next, we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest until reaching the Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. Finally, upon reaching the Refugio, the luggage is organised and there is time to talk about the day while enjoying a replenishing dinner.

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3: 

Today we'll hike from Paine Grande Lodge along the shores of mountain-lined Lake Pehoe to the northern end of glacial Lake Grey. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails to the blue face of Glacier Grey. You'll have lots of time to marvel at this calving glacier before the boat ride across Lake Grey with its floating pieces of ice. Your clothes and personal belongings are once again transported separately from the lodge in duffel bags. 

From Lake Grey's southern end we transfer to the luxury yurt. If the weather conditions do not allow us to navigate Lake Grey, we'll instead hike to Glacier Grey. Then at Pudeto we'll board the catamaran to cross Lake Pehoe. From there, we'll take a short drive back to the luxury yurt to have a well-earned sleep.

Accommodation: Luxury Yurt 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: 

Time for a great breakfast to build up out energy. Our goal is to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine NP. We'll walk from the camp site towards Hosteria Las Torres and connect with the winding uphill path to Ascencio Valley - the valley which supports the eastern face of the Towers' base. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers are passed along the scenic walk into the valley. It's not a difficult walk, but energy should nevertheless be saved for the final challenge: the moraine. This mass of boulders is the last guardian before our face to face meeting with the uplifting Torres del Paine. The moraine is sufficiently steep to consider doing it slowly and with an adequate amount of precaution. 

After a considerable effort, the Towers come into full view, rising majestically before us with the glacial lake visible below. This is one of the most breathtaking sights of the world! The famous Torres del Paine (2, 900 m/ 9, 400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. Is there any better place on this planet to have lunch?  But since we are in Patagonia, at the feet of the mighty Torres del Paine, we will enjoy life, the view, and a bite to eat! 

Once everyone is ready, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley, and return to the luxury yurt camp.

Accommodation: Luxury Yurt 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5: 

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

Meals: Breakfast

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip departs every Sunday throughout the season from Oct 8th 2017 to April 22nd 2018.

Prices shown are for 16/17 and are not expected to rise in 17/18, except in High and Peak season - where we anticipate a 5% increase. Prices shown are for accommodation in a Standard Double Dome. Please get in touch for details and availability.

Start date Price (pp)
October 2017
8-Oct-2017 $1,200* Guaranteed Date
15-Oct-2017 $1,200 Guaranteed Date
22-Oct-2017 $1,400 Guaranteed Date
29-Oct-2017 $1,400 Guaranteed Date
November 2017
5-Nov-2017 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
12-Nov-2017 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
19-Nov-2017 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
26-Nov-2017 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
December 2017
3-Dec-2017 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
10-Dec-2017 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
17-Dec-2017 $2,045 Guaranteed Date
24-Dec-2017 $2,045 Guaranteed Date
31-Dec-2017 $2,045 Guaranteed Date
January 2018
7-Jan-2018 $2,045 Guaranteed Date
14-Jan-2018 $2,045 Guaranteed Date
21-Jan-2018 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
28-Jan-2018 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
February 2018
4-Feb-2018 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
11-Feb-2018 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
18-Feb-2018 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
25-Feb-2018 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
March 2018
4-Mar-2018 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
11-Mar-2018 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
18-Mar-2018 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
25-Mar-2018 $1,948 Guaranteed Date
April 2018
1-Apr-2018 $1,400 Guaranteed Date
8-Apr-2018 $1,400 Guaranteed Date
15-Apr-2018 $1,400 Guaranteed Date
22-Apr-2018 $1,200* Guaranteed Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP799,800

Pick ups and drop offs are available at Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales & El Calafate at the start and end of the trip.

Includes

  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
  • Regular bus tickets from Calafate to Natales if starting/ finishing in Calafate
  • One expert English speaking trekking guide
  • Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park fees
  • 3 nights accommodation in standard domes (shared)
  • 1 night accommodation at Refugio Paine grande (shared)
  • Boat crossing over Lago Pehoe and Lago Grey
  • Sleeping bag for the mountain refugios if needed
  • Luggage transport: you will only carry your daypack
  • Meals throughout the trip  (Except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 5)

Excludes

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Voluntary tipping of guides
  • Soft drinks or snack not served with meals
  • Personal items

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