Discovering Torres del Paine in 7 days

Ideal for couples: trek the ‘W’ Circuit by day and enjoy the comfort of private rooms in hotels and an authentic ‘estancia’ by night. This is the only trip offering you private rooms every night of your adventure. (This trip can also be shortened to 5 days if necessary.)

7 Days

$3,495

Discovering Torres del Paine in 7 days - 7 - $3,495

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit Punta Arenas, the most southern city on the continent 
  • Trek along Ascencio Valley to the Towers
  • Trek the French Valley and along the French River
  • Hike to Cascada los Salmones (waterfall in the Pingo Valley);  boat to Grey Glacier
  • Cross-Park hike to Estancia

Landmarks visited on Discovering Torres del Paine in 7 days

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Natales

We recommend you take the early flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas (4 hours), flying over the Andes and observing incredible views of the Patagonian Ice Fields. Upon your arrival in Punta Arenas, the most southern city on the continent, a private transfer will be waiting to take you to Puerto Natales town. (Chile Nativo will offer a pick-up from the airport at 3:20 PM, or at 3 PM from your hotel in town). (Flight numbers and times subject to change) As you leave Punta Arenas you will be able to see the Strait of Magellan and the island Tierra del Fuego. Your 3-hour drive will take you 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, (similar to ostrich). You arrive to Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope, a typical fishing town surrounded by mountains and your lodging for the first night in a cozy lodge, with an amazing view of the mountains and located in front of the ocean. Upon arrival, you'll have our briefing meeting in our offices in Puerto Natales.

Length of excursion: 4 hours by private transfer, 45 minute walk

Accommodation: Weskar Lodge


Day 2: Torres Del Paine

After a good breakfast you'll head out driving along an unpaved road to the Torres Del Paine National Park. Upon entering the park you will have excellent photographic and birding opportunities as you 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. During the next two nights, you can take advantage of the services in the Spa Las Torres (the only full service spa in the park).

Length of excursion: 2 hours by private transfer, 3 hour hike

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres


Day 3: Ascencio Valley

You begin your first full day trek, heading to the base of the Towers lookout point following the Ascencio River before entering the Ascencio Valley. Your walk will be uphill for one hour, stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley and panoramic views of the Lake Nordenskjold. During the following 2 hours, you'll walk through unbelievable forests of tall deciduous beech (Nothofagus Pumilio) and waterfalls, and then continue ascending through a huge terminal moraine up to a photographic view point (900m). From here you will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850m) and a lagoon with slurry waters resulting from glacial erosion. You will stop here for lunch, taking your time to enjoy this astonishing scenery, before your descent returning along the same path back to your hotel.

Length of hike: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres


Day 4: French Valley

You'll drive to the west side of the Park going around Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 M) with Nordenskjold Lake at its base. You will take a catamaran across Lake Pehoe to commence our out and back trek to the French valley. We will start going around the southwest side of Paine Grande, the highest summit in the Park, through native forests of fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the hanging bridge over the French River to observe the first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then you will ascend (300m) for one hour amidst a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a viewpoint, gifting you with magnificent panoramic views, where we will enjoy a good lunch. You way back will be the same, taking the catamaran and then the private transfer to your next lodge at the shore of the lake grey with amazing views of the Paine Massif.

Length of excursion: 1.5 hours by private transfer, 6 hours walk, 35 minutes by catamaran

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Rio Serrano


Day 5: Grey Glacier

Early in the morning you start your day by going to the Pingo Valley for a walk to the "Cascada los Salmones" where you'll stop to take in the view before returning back along the same trail, with a chance to find the elusive Huemul (Andean Deer). You enjoy a picnic lunch at Hotel Grey and in the afternoon you start your adventure to the Glacier Grey by boat. In order to get to the boat you will walk through a mature beech forest where you might observe woodpeckers. You will navigate about one hour through icebergs of different tones of blue up to the Grey glacier, where you will stay for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Your return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms.

Length of excursion: 3.5 hours hike, 3 hours by ship

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Rio Serrano


Day 6: Estancia Lazo

You will start a hike on a one-way path with panoramic glimpses of the park. According to the season you should be able to see specific flowers such as orchids, calceolarias, and neneos or maybe even experience the flight of the condor. Once you are at the highest point of the trail you connect to the rarely visited trail heading to Estancia Lazo and its Hosteria Mirador del Payne which are located outside the park. The Estancia Lazo, is a huge cattle center dating from the last century, with magnificent views of the Paine Massive and Laguna Verde. The rooms are very comfortable; the main Estancia's house has been remodeled as a dining room-bar, keeping it cozy and country style. A typical Patagonian style lamb barbecue will be waiting for you at the Estancia-Hosteria where you will spend the night.

Length of excursion: 20 minutes by private transfer, 5 hour hike

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, BBQ

Accommodation: Estancia-Hosteria Mirador Del Payne 


Day 7: Depart

You will take a private transfer to Punta Arenas. (Clients should take the flight at 05:00PM, from LAN airline, flight #LA996, arriving to Santiago at 8:20 PM) , if you decide to stay the night in Punta Arenas; we will drop you at your hotel.(Flight numbers and times subject to change)

Length of excursion: 5 hours by private transfer

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for more details.

Additional Notes

The price for 2 riders is USD $4,195
The price for 3 riders is USD $3,895
The price for 4-8 riders is USD $3,495
Single supplement USD $700

Includes

  • All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
  • Entrance fee to Seno Otway Penguin colony
  • One night at Weskar Lodge (Twin/double superior room with view)
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Two nights at Hotel Las Torres (Superior Cypress room)
  • Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake -Two nights at Hotel Lago Grey (Twin/double Superior room)
  • Boat to Grey Glacier
  • One night at Estancia Mirador del Payne (Twin standard room)
  • All meals indicated in the schedule  
  • Professional Guide (English-Spanish languages)

Excludes

  • Flight to Santiago, Chile -Internal Flight Santiago
  •  Punta Arenas
  • Any additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Insurance of any kind  
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch on Day 1 & 7
  • Dinner on Day 1
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities for Guide & Driver

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