W Highlights from Luxury Camp

The highlights of Torres del Paine's most famous trek, from the base of a relaxed, friendly geodesic dome 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

$1,310

W Highlights from Luxury Camp - 5 - $1,310

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Spend four full days exploring the National Park
  • Transfer from either Punta Arenas or Calafate and get familiar with the local culture en route
  • Hike along Lake Pehoe and through the French Valley, venturing into the heart of the Paine Massif
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch before sailing to the crystalline facade of Glacier Grey
  • Walk through beech forests, over mountains and past rivers, reaching the infamous Ascenio Valley
  • Connect with nature as you spend your nights in geodesic dome tents, with one night visiting a traditional refugio

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on W Highlights from Luxury Camp

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: The Patagonian Adventure starts

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to your accommodation. Alternatively, you can start your trip in Calafate.

En route you make a couple of stops: first in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where you can enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890's. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes.

The day ends with your arrival and overnight stay at your geodesic camp, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon once you arrive.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Comfy dome camp


Day 2: The Paine Massif's Heart: Valle Frances

After breakfast you drive toward Pudeto dock where you board the catamaran to Pehoe, from here you will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in you go depends on your group's trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead you to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-east face of the Massif, where you will be treated to fantastic views of the valley.

You continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where you will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations. After your upward trek, you will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day's trek will end as you descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take you to Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe.

*An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is also available.

N.B.The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe: From October 1st to November 15th and from March 16th through April the navigation operates only once a day, therefore the hike will be limited and only reach Italian campsite. (From November 16th to March 15th the excursion operates on a regular basis)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande


Day 3: Glacier Grey

This day will see you hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey. You will feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails right to the huge, crystalline facade of Glacier Grey, where you will have plenty of time to marvel at the calving glacier.

From the southern end of Glacier Grey, you will transfer to your camp. Be aware that boat trips can be cancelled if the required minimum of 10 passengers is not reached. If either is the case, you will trek up to the sightseeing point and profit from wonderful, panoramic views of the Glacier instead. Then you will return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to Pudeto's dock, where we will be picked up and driven to your camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Comfy dome camp


Day 4: The big challenge: Torres del Paine

The goal of the penultimate day of your 5-day trek will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! You will walk from camp towards Hosteria Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley.

Your big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead you to that iconic base-view of the towers - three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before you, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch?

After feasting on the view and our picnic, you backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to your camp for a well-deserved dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Comfy dome camp


Day 5: Adios Torres del Paine!

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

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
October 2019
6-Oct-2019 $1,310* Guaranteed Date
13-Oct-2019 $1,310 Guaranteed Date
20-Oct-2019 $1,651 Guaranteed Date
27-Oct-2019 $1,651 Guaranteed Date
November 2019
3-Nov-2019 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
10-Nov-2019 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
17-Nov-2019 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
24-Nov-2019 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
December 2019
1-Dec-2019 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
8-Dec-2019 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
15-Dec-2019 $2,285 Guaranteed Date
22-Dec-2019 $2,285 Guaranteed Date
29-Dec-2019 $2,285 Guaranteed Date
January 2020
5-Jan-2020 $2,285 Guaranteed Date
12-Jan-2020 $2,285 Guaranteed Date
19-Jan-2020 $2,285 Guaranteed Date
26-Jan-2020 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
February 2020
2-Feb-2020 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
9-Feb-2020 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
16-Feb-2020 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
23-Feb-2020 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
March 2020
1-Mar-2020 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
8-Mar-2020 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
15-Mar-2020 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
22-Mar-2020 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
29-Mar-2020 $2,068 Guaranteed Date
April 2020
5-Apr-2020 $1,529 Guaranteed Date
12-Apr-2020 $1,529 Guaranteed Date
19-Apr-2020 $1,310* Guaranteed Date
26-Apr-2020 $1,310 Guaranteed Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP861,600

Additional Notes

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a Standard Double Dome in low season. Single Domes are available; a single supplement of CLP 430,800 applies.

This trip departs every Sunday from October 2019 to April 2020 with prices varying depending on the season.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in domes; 1 night at Refugio Paine Grande
  • Tent for double occupancy
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Bus from Calafate-Puerto Natales-Calafate if starting/ finishing in Calafate
  • Entrance fees to Cueva del Milodon & Torres del Paine National Park
  • An expert English/ Spanish speaking guide
  • Sleeping bag for refugios if needed
  • Transportation for your luggage within the park (whilst trekking you will only carry your day pack)

Excludes

  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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