Day 1 - Laguna Azul, Laguna Cebolla, Cañadon Macho:
From a trailhead at Laguna Azul you'll follow a ribbon of single track that borders the lake with great views of the Torres del Paine massif. The first 10km is the most technical section with fallen trees, roots and holes made by horses' hooves. The trails are fluid with constant changes in elevation, some jumps and some sections with steep climbs which intermediate and experienced bikers will love. This first section you'll duck in and out of the forests. Depend on recent weather conditions, this first section can get swampy with the need for some sections of hike'a'bike. You'll leave the singletrack behind and follow a jeep track which undulates across a more open and exposed area with impressive views and passing within 10m of guanacos. The views, the proximity to wildlife and the absence of any people are highlights of this ride.
Distance: 32km (you can add an extra 10km on dirt road if you would like to complete a circuit)
Time: 5/6 hours
Day 2 - Paso La Feria – Administration:
The trailhead is at the Lago Nordenskjold viewpoint, prepping the bikes with the Paine massif dominating behind. The trail follows an ancient horse trail that was used by Baqueanos (cowboys) way before any trails went deep into the park. The first section is fast and flowy with narrow singletrack, short sharp ascents on a hard, rocky surface with views across Lago Sarmiento. It is highly likely to come across small herds of guanacos guarding their territory. Once we have crossed Lago Sarmiento Chico we will find ourselves in a rocky zone with some really steep slopes that it is likely you will need to push up. To reach the next section there is a really fast descent with zigzags and various obstacles across the trail such as rocks and fallen branches.
The middle section has few changes in elevation and can be an incredibly fluid area depending on the time of year. There can be areas where you need to cross boggy peat. The final section passses Laguna “Alonso de Ercilla is by far the most technical of the day with rocks of all sizes embedded into the trail in rockgardens. Little by little we start to descend and opens into a new landscape with views across to Geike and Balmaceda hanging glaciers. The final section down from Paso La Feria in steep and fast, you'll have to walk the first section but then you'll descend quickly in tight turns to the blue Paine river. You'll cycle from here to Serrano camp along the dirt road.
Distance: 28km (17km singletrack + 11km dirtroad)
Time: 4/5 hours
Day 3 - Administration to Paine Grande (round trip):
The final day's trail starts from the park headquarters. with 1km riding along the dirt road. You'll turn off onto a singletrack trekking trail that crosses the last northern portion of the Pampa del Serrano which is a relatively flat area with panoramic views of the Paine Massif. Shortly after the path begins to border the beautiful Rio Grey from where you'll see thawing icebergs from Grey Glacier. From Camp Las Carretas the path runs parallel to the Grey river, the path is quite flowy with few elevation changes but some short, very steep climbs. This is a challenging ride with rocky areas, roots, marshy areas and the trail is deeply eroded in places. Everything will depend on how much rain the park has received in recent days. The final section that takes you to Lake Pehoe never fails to amaze with turquoise colour Lake Pehoe and the Cuernos del Paine in the background. The path gets really narrow on the final section around the lake to Paine Grande Lodge and you will have to walk some sections especially when the wind is strong. Here are some sections of the trail where it is very likely that you have to walk, if there is a wind it will be a little difficult to roll on this narrow path that borders the Lake Pehoe. This last section is really tough: rocky, loose rocks, climbs and steep descents but the view is amazing! You will find yourself joining the crowds on the W trek briefly and you can either retrace your steps or take the catamaran out.
Time: 4/5 hours
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices based on two people. Discounts are available for larger groups. Please enquire for further details.
- 1 night at Hotel Cerro Guido [double-occupancy room]
- 1 night at Refugio Las Torres w/ shared room + bathroom
- Breakfast on days 2, 3
- Lunch on days 2, 3
- Dinner on days 1, 2
- 3 vehicle supported days [including a driver]
- 3 guided cycling days
- Entrance for Torres del Paine
- Accommodation not listed
- Transportation not listed
- Meals not listed
- Personal trekking gear
- Drinks during lunch or dinner