Day 1: Puerto Natales - French Valley, Torres del Paine
Our day begins at 7 am in Puerto Natales where your guide and private transport picks you up from your hotel or accommodation. As we travel to Torres del Paine along unpaved roads and past lagoons and pampas we are accompanied at times by the guanacos (relatives of llamas), grey foxes, Chilean flamingos and black-necked swans that call this region home.
Entering the National Park, we’ll cross Pehoe Lake by catamaran and arrive at the starting point of today’s return trek. Our destination, the French Valley, is a spectacular natural basin surrounded by peaks and hanging glaciers. At the entrance to the French Valley - a huge glacial moraine - you’ll scramble over boulders and catch the first sight of the hanging glacier atop the valley.
From this point, you’ll ascend for an hour through a dreamlike Japanese garden landscape before arriving at the French Valley viewpoint (the "Plateau"). Your reward is a heart-stirring bird’s eye view of granite peaks and hanging glaciers. To one side, the French Glacier and Paine Grande (3050 m); while to the other, La Espada, La Hoja, La Máscara and the main and north "horns" of Los Cuernos arch upwards. In the upper section of the Valley, Cerro Catedral and Cerro Fortaleza loom like turrets above the landscape. Take your time to have lunch at the viewpoint, surrounded by these imposing peaks and open skies.
Our return hike is along the same track. We’ll take the short catamaran ride back across Pehoe Lake, and a private transfer will drive us to our comfortable riverside camp. A freshly prepared welcome dinner welcomes us as we share unforgettable views of the Paine Massif from the spacious dining lodge. Turn in for the evening to your private deluxe dome on the shores of the Serrano River.
Transfer duration: 2 hours to the national park + 35 minutes to the camp
Catamaran duration: 35 mins
Length of hike: 7-8 hours, 17 km
Meals: Box lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Deluxe riverside camp
Day 2: Glacier Grey
Following a plentiful and fresh breakfast, our private transfer takes us to the trailhead of our morning trek into the Pingo Valley. This 3-hour hike in the valley takes us to a breathtaking viewpoint at "Cascada los Salmones", a waterfall where salmon are sometimes seen. Keep your eyes peeled on the return - you may spot the elusive huemul (Andean deer)!
After a picnic lunch on the shores of the Pingo River we’ll make our way through a woodpecker-inhabited beech forest to our boat’s departure point. The 3 hour-long boat trip takes us around blue-hued icebergs to the immense face of the Grey Glacier, where we’ll stay for a while to admire its textures, lines and colours. If we’re lucky, we’ll witness a glacial calving, where chunks of ice break off and plummet spectacularly into the freezing waters.
On your return journey you’ll see the wind-sculpted "ice mushrooms" atop the massive peaks of Paine Grande. Later, we’ll drive to the Serrano River area where a gourmet meal and good night’s rest await us at our riverside camp.
Transfer duration: 30 mins each way
Boat ride duration: 3 hours
Length of hike: 3 hours, 10 km
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Deluxe riverside camp
Day 3: Base of the Towers - Puerto Natales
Our final day begins with a sight filled transfer across the National Park to the starting point for our trek to the famous three Towers lookout.
Your hike begins with an hour’s ascent following the Ascencio River into the Ascencio Valley. Here we’ll stop to observe how the valley’s beauty unfolds with rich beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. Past this lookout point, we continue uphill, this time ascending along a gigantic terminal moraine (a ridge formed at a glacier’s endpoint) where we’ll be rewarded by the arresting sight of the Towers themselves. At this lookout point 900 metres above sea level, we’ll rest, take photos and have lunch.
Our descent follows the same path and our private transfer awaits to take us back to Puerto Natales where our journey ends.
Transfer duration: 1.5 hours to the trailhead, 2 hours back to Puerto Natales
Length of hike: 8-10 hours round-trip, 22 km
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch
What our customers think
What an amazing week. Words and pictures cannot express the joy felt in this beautiful wilderness. Thank you to our wonderful guides and gaucho.
Neil January 2016
We loved our wonderful guide. The Serrano camp was also a lovely place to stay – puma sighting included!
Michael Grunebaum United States Of America November 2019
The long hikes were challenging, but well worth it, and it was delightful to have the glamping at the end. The tents were lovely. More hot water would have been even better in the showers, but it was otherwise terrific.
Jen Keister United States Of America November 2018
The 3 day Torres Del Paine is great for those on a budget or lacking time - you do and see everything you would want and it's all made so easy.
Jonathan Gallacher United Kingdom November 2017
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
The trip price varies depending on group size as shown below (valid until April 2021):
4-8 people - USD $1,395 per person
3 people - USD $1,495 per person
2 people - USD $1,595 per person
Departure dates available on request - please contact us to dicsuss your preferred date.
Riverside Camp Facilities
The camp is located on the shores of the Serrano River, away from the crowded refugios and campsites. Equipped with separate men's and women's bathrooms, hot showers, and electrical outlets for charging and operating electronic devices. Delicious meals are shared in a dedicated dining lodge with views of the Paine Massif. A spacious lounge offers the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying with great company!
- Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
- Accommodation: 2 nights camping (comfortable deluxe tents with 2 premium inflatable mattresses with fresh linens & bedding)
- All private transport included in the itinerary
- Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
- Round Trip Catamaran to Cross Pehoe Lake
- Round Trip Boat Navigation at Grey Lake
- English & Spanish speaking Guide/Driver
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Any extra/optional excursions
- Travel insurance
- Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details - trekking poles can be rented for $6 USD per day)
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- International and domestic/in country flights