The Forgotten Valleys

An adventurous trek that takes in some of Torres del Paine's most famous sights, with a route that weaves across the W Trek on rarely-travelled paths to which few are ever permitted access and gives you a chance to actually reach out and touch the normally distant Los Cuernos.

9 Days

$3,495

The Forgotten Valleys - 9 - $3,495

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Trek to the Towers of Torres del Paine and then trek through the vast Silencio Valley
  • Hike west along Lago Nordenskjold before arriving at the base of Los Cuernos
  • Follow to trail the Bader Valley and cross the Bader River taking in spectacular views of the tall imposing granite walls of the Cuerno Principal
  • Be surrounded by ice bergs on the magical Grey Lake

Landmarks visited on The Forgotten Valleys

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Natales 

Our guide will meet you at the Punta Arenas Airpot. Transfer to Puerto Natales, a three-hour drive through the Patagonian pampa before a meeting to discuss the trip programme.

Accommodation: Kau Lodge

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Refugio Chileno

In the morning we will take a two-hour transfer through the Patagonian Pampa into Torres del Paine National Park. Once we arrive we will trek to the Ascencio Valley where we will be able to see the Ascensio River running wildly past refugio Chileno. After a stop here we will continue through a forest of the native Lenga (Beech) trees until reaching the glacial moraine. From here it's a 1-hour trek to the top where the three spectacular pink granite towers that made the park famous appear from nowhere, with the glacial lake glistening below. After spending some time to take in the view we will head back to our refugio for dinner.

Length of hike: 6 hours 

Accommodation: Refugio Chileno

Meals: Breakfast , lunch, dinner


Day 3: Silencio Valley

The first of the forgotten valleys we will visit is the vast Silencio Valley, via an almost unknown trail that climbs up to the source of the Ascencio River through dense rainforest. From here we will be able to admire the mythical granite spires of Escudo (the Shield), Fortaleza (the Fortress), and the Towers of Paine. Afterwards, we will return to our lodge for dinner.

Length of hike: 8 hours 

Accommodation: Refugio Chileno 

Meals: Breakfast , lunch, dinner


Day 4: Los Cuernos 

This morning we will commence our hike back towards Hosteria Las Torres, and then West along Lago Nordenskjold, which is named after the Swedish geologist whose studies formed an important contribution to world glacial geology. We will walk below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, finally arriving at the base of Los Cuernos. We will then head to our refugio/ camp for dinner.

Length of hike: 8 hours 

Accommodation: Refugio / Camp Los Cuernos 

Meals: Breakfast , lunch, dinner


Day 5: Bader Valley

The trail towards the Bader Valley begins with a 20-minute trek from Refugio Los Cuernos, followed by a 45-minute uphill hike towards a campsite that is set up for climbers. We'll then enter the Bader Valley, and cross the Bader River, taking in spectacular views of the tall imposing granite walls of the Cuerno Principal, Este & Norte (the principal, East & North Horns), and the Espada, Hoja, Mascara & Almirante Nieto peaks. After trekking 2 more hours we will arrive at the slabs of the East Horn, which, weather permitting, we can actually touch. After taking in the spectacular views of the valley below, we will head to our refugio for dinner.

Length of hike: 7 hours 

Accommodation: Refugio / Camp Los Cuernos 

Meals: Breakfast , lunch, dinner


Day 6: Lake Pehoe

This valley is arguably the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world, surrounded by hanging glaciers (from which you can frequently see & hear ice calving), and an amphitheatre of granite walls and spires. The views just get better and better the further you trek into the valley! On the return journey, you will notice the extraordinary turquoise colour of Lake Pehoe (hidden lake in the Tehuelche Indian language). Once we return to the lodge we can enjoy a Pisco Sour in the bar overlooking Paine Grande & Los Cuernos.

Length of hike: 6 -8 hours 

Accommodation: Paine Grande

Meals: Breakfast , lunch, dinner


Day 7: Grey Glacier

Today we will trek along the enchanting Lake Grey, with magnificent views of Glacier Grey and floating icebergs. We will visit the glacier lookout point and the lakeshore for up-close views of vibrant, blue icebergs (Paine is a Tehuelche Indian word for blue). At lunchtime, we will take a two-hour boat trip, surrounded by ice bergs on the magical Grey Lake, and right up to the front of the Grey Glacier, whilst you stand on deck sipping your Pisco Sour served with glacial ice!

Length of hike: 4 -5 hours 

Accommodation: Hosteria Lago Grey

Meals: Breakfast , lunch, dinner


Day 8: Puerto Natales

This magical valley, rarely visited by tourists, contains some of the oldest rocks in the area, as well as ancient forests. You may even be lucky to spot one of the native Huemul that inhabit the area. On our return, our private van will be waiting to return us to Puerto Natales for a farewell dinner at our lodge.

Accommodation: Kau Lodge

Meals: Breakfast , lunch, dinner


Day 9: Transfer to Punta Arenas

Meals: Breakfast

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $3,495 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

The price of $3,495 per person is indicative based on a group of 2 people

The price of $2,995 per person is indicative based on a group of 3-5 people

The price of $2,495 per person is indicative based on a group of 6-9 people

The price of $2,290 per person is indicative based on a group of 10 + people

Includes

  • Meals mentioned in itinerary 
  • Accommodation specified in itinerary
  • Private guide
  • Private transportation 
  • Excursions 
  • Park entrance fees

Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Beverage during meals
  • Insurance 
  • Gratuities 

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