Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Pick-up from Puerto Natales; gentle hike along Park border
- Trek along the Asencio River Valley
- Hike along Nordenskjold Lake
- Hike along the French Valley and through native forests to the hanging glacier
- Hike to Grey Glacier
- Transfer back to Puerto Natales
Starting from Puerto Natales at 12 PM or from Cerro Castillo at 1PM, we drive all the way to Torres del Paine National Park. We will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the nandu, (rare South American ostrich). We will follow an unpaved road heading to Refugio Las Torres to spend our first night. Upon entering the park we will have excellent photographic and bird-watching opportunities as we drive alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. Today's hike is on a gentle trail following the border of the park and offers opportunities to see guanacos (Llama family) and the Andean Condor.
2 hours private transfer to Torres del Paine
Hike duration: 3 hours
Accommodation: Refugio Las Torres
We will start our first day trekking to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests (Nothofagus family), glaciers and waterfalls. We'll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900m), excellent for picture taking. At this point, we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850m) and a lagoon with slurry waters due to erosion produced by glaciers. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we'll start our descent, following the same path back to the hut.
Hike duration: 7-8 hours 18 km
Accommodation: Refugio las Torres
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner
We will start early morning to enjoy, weather permitting, a magnificent dawn filled with orange-pink colors. As we leave the campground we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. We follow a well-marked trail ascending (around 200m) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750m), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where we will stay overnight.
Hike duration: 5 hours 11km (500m difference of level)
Accommodation: Refugio los Cuernos
Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner
(You can upgrade to private cabins with two beds and sharing bathrooms in between the cabins only and a free Hot tub access for USD $80 per single occupancy or USD $40 per double occupancy)
We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300m,) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French Valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600m), Espada (2400m) and Fortaleza (2800m). Our way back will be the same until we reach the entrance of the valley where we will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoe Lake.
Hike duration: 7 hours 18 km
Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande
Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner
We will begin early in the morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200mts up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will have lunch at this place to and hopefully catch sight of ice calving from the huge glacier wall. Right after lunch we start an exciting adventure by boat. We will navigate for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. Then we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales.
Hike duration: 4 hours 12 km
Boat trip duration: 2 hours
Transfer duration: 2 hours
Meals: Breakfast, boxed lunch
Please note: Trip can start/end in El Calafate, Argentina. Arrival El Calafate around 2pm on Day 6. Please enquire for further details.
What our customers think
Many thanks for supervising a terrific and memorable trek. The highlight to me was the hike to the Towers and view there, though the entire 5 day trek was awesome.
Ted November 2015
I had for many decades dreamt of travelling to Patagonia. Our five days hiking in Torres del Paine with Mauricio are five days that I will never forget.
Eric October 2015
Swoop did a good job of staying in contact with me and quickly responding to my questions. I honestly can’t think of anything you should have done differently, you were great!
Leslie December 2015
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices depend on the number of people in the group, starting from $1,595 USD pp for a group of 4-8, up to $1,795 pp for a group of 2.
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* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,695
- All private transport included in the itinerary
- Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
- 4 nights accommodation in mountain lodges/ refugios (comfortable rooms with 6 beds and shared bathrooms)
- Sleeping bags and liners (when possible with sheets, blanket and pillow)
- Boat trip on Lago Grey
- All meals included in the itinerary (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
- English & Spanish speaking guide
- Any additional nights accommodation
- Medical / personal expenses
- Lunch on day 1; Dinner on day 5
- Any drinks at refugios other than those on the menu
- Gratuities for the guide
- An accommodation upgrade is available on day 3 to a private cabin at Los Cuernos ($80 USD for a single, $40 USD for a double).