Lake District and Torres del Paine

Hike the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine, with a preparatory week in the Chilean Lake District, climbing not one but two volcanoes; all with an expert Chilean mountaineering guide.

20 Days

Lake District and Torres del Paine - 20

Itinerary Map

Start from Santiago and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Lake District and Torres del Paine

Operator's Itinerary

Trip Summary

- Sollipulli Volcano

- Trekking Huerquehue National Park

- Climb Villarrica Volcano (2,840m.)

- Petrohue Falls and Todos Los Santos Lake

- Visit Alerce Andino National Park

- Torres del Paine 

- French Valley 

- El Calafate

- Visit Perito Moreno Glacier

Trip Details

Day 1: Pick up the Group at the Santiago airport. Private transfer to our Hotel in Santiago. Dinner not included.

Day 2: Breakfast. Drive in a private vehicle to airport. Flight to Temuco. Here our guide will wait for us and transfer to Sollipulli camp. (D)

Day 3: Breakfast in the morning. Start our hike to Sollipulli summit (2,282m.). From our camp there is about 3 hours to the summit. Great view of wide glacier into Sollipulli crater. Back to our eco camp. Hot tubs. (B, L, D)

Day 4: After breakfast, we will initiate our ground transfer to Pucon village. Visit the village. Optional activities: mountain bike, rafting, hot springs and more. (B, L)

Day 5: Transfer to Huerquehue National Park. Spectacular green forest and Multi Lake trek where we can observe native trees like Lenga, Araucaria, Laurel, Tepa and Coigue, and birds like the red woodpecker. After this trek we will visit the natural and pleasant hot spring of Los Pozones waters of 35/40 Celsius degrees Back to Pucon. (B, BL, D)

Day 6: Climbing the active Villarrica volcano of 2.840m. Our hike start on lava fields and then on snow until the top of volcano. Here we can feel the power of nature that comes from into the crater. Back to Pucon. (B, BL, D)

Day 7: Drive to Puerto Varas.

Breakfast. Drive to Puerto Varas, located besides Llanquihue Lake and great view of Osorno Volcano. Hotel (B)

Day 8: Early morning we start tour visiting Petrohue falls and Todos Los Santos lake, located besides Osorno volcano. Drive to Ensenada and Trek at base of Osorno Volcano between forest and lava field. Arrival at Petrohue falls.
Back to Puerto Varas. (B, L)

Day 9: Breakfast. Drive to Alerce National Park (1 hour).
Trekking to visit the oldest trees in Chile. The centrepiece of this lush and mountainous protected area are the Fitzroy cupressoides (locally known as Alerce) forests, which consist of pure and mixed stands comprising a total surface of about 200 km2.
Back to our Hotel (B, BL)

Day 10: Drive to Tepual airport. Flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. Our guide will await you at Punta Arenas airport or pick you up in Punta Arenas city. Terrestrial transfer to Torres del Paine. (B, D)

Day 11: Breakfast in the morning. Start our hike with a day pack through Ascencio valley by the footpath into Lenga trees towards Torres del Paine lookout, one of the most spectacular views of the Park (4 hours). From here we can view the three granite pinnacles towering above a green, cirque-bound lake in a deep, narrow valley. The scene is one of the intense past glaciations. Return to Torres camp (Tent). Hot shower available. (B, BL, D)

Note: During all our expedition it is including the breakfast, one trail food during the long walks and dinner.

Day 12:Breakfast. 9:30am begin our Paine Circuit. We shoulder our back packs with all of our personal things. Porters are in charge of carrying all tents, common gear and food. There are approximately 4 hours until Serón camp at the borders of Paine river, walking by past beautiful beech forests. Set up our camp. (B, BL, D)

Day 13: Breakfast. Our porters will pack our tents. We leave our camp at 9:30am in the morning towards camp Dickson. This trek goes along Paine river, with also views of Escudo and Cabeza de Indio mountain (profile rock looks like a Indian face). Length of the trekking approximately 4-5 hours. When arriving at our camp near Dickson Lake, we will be able to descry the south continental ice cap for first time (Dickson Glacier). Hot shower. (B, BL, D)

Day 14:Breakfast into the refuge. 9:30am begin of the trek through one of the most beautiful places of this excursion. Impressive forest of Lengas and Coigues (Nothofagus trees) we will be able to contemplate along of this 4 hours of length, to finally conclude with a spectacular view of the Perros Glacier calving directly into the small lake. Perros Camp. (B, BL, D)

Day 15:Breakfast very early morning. Today we need to leave camp early due this is the longest walking days of Paine Circuit (9-10 hours), and also has one of the best views of the Park. From the beginning of our trek, we gradually climb to tree line, and then continue on to John Garner pass at 1.150m. This mountain pass can be done in a difficult condition due strong winds and some snow accumulation. Our guides has years of experience crossing this area under a very safe conditions.
Once arrive at the highest point, from here there are awe-inspiring views of enormous Grey Glacier coming down of the southern ice sheet. From here we descend to tree line and continue traversing near this massive Grey Glacier, which fills the valley with heavily creased ice. We continue on to camp next to Lake Grey, where the Grey Glacier calves into the lake. Camp. Hot shower available. (B, BL, D)

Day 16: Breakfast. After restful morning and contemplate lake and icebergs, we leave the camp in the afternoon toward Lake Pehoe. This trekking takes about 4-5 hours. Along our walk, we enjoy several spots with spectaculars views of Grey Lake, icebergs and big mountains at both sides of the lake. Camp Pehoe. Hot shower available. (B, BL, D)

Day 17: Breakfast early in the morning. Trek to French Valley, a great Mountain circus. After three hours we arrive at Campamento Italiano, entrance of French Valley. From here, we take a side trip path, hiking to lookout (2 hours) and contemplate one of the most dramatic peaks in Patagonia like Cuernos, Espada, Hoja, Mascara, Paine Grande, Aleta de Tiburón, Catedral and more. Back to Campo Italiano and continue our trek to Cuernos refuge (3,5 hours). Hot shower available. (B, BL, D)

Day 18: 7:00am Breakfast. Last day trek to complete our goal, circumnavigation of Paine Mountain Range, arriving at starting point camp Las Torres (5-6 hours). This trek goes through Nordeskjokd Lake, crossing several creeks. Arrival at Las Torres and terrestrial transfer to El Calafate. Estimate arrival at 19:00. Hotel. (B, BL)

Day 19: 8:00am breakfast. 80km drive from Calafate to Perito Moreno Glacier. Several stops on the route before arrival at Glacier. Imposing view of the ice wall. Back to El Calafate and continue to Puerto Natales. Estimate arrival, 21:00hrs (B)

Day 20: Breakfast in our hotel. We will coordinate a ground transfer to Punta Arenas Airport according your flight departure time. We recommend to book any flight starting from 12:00pm. If your flight is very early morning, we can schedule last hotel night in Punta Arenas, instead Puerto Natales. (B)

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price from USD $4,950 per person, including internal airfares.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 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.

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

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