Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Trek the Ascencio Valley to the base of the Torres
- Discover the little visited Silencio Valley
- Trek the French Valley and to Grey Lake & Glacier
- Hike to Laguna de los Tres, Cerro Torre & Torre Glacier
Fly to Punta Arenas via Santiago, Chile. We meet you at the hotel, where we check your gear and have a short briefing. At dinner you will have the chance to taste delicious Patagonian dishes, and the best of Chilean wines.
Drive to Towers of Paine National Park, crossing the Patagonian Pampas. After entering the park, our vehicle drops us at Hosteria Las Torres, where we enjoy a snack and begin our trek into the Paine mountains. We will be carrying light day packs while horses carry our gear up the Ascencio Valley to our Torres Camp.
Hike to Valle del Silencio (Silence Valley), a special treat! We follow an almost unknown trail that climbs to the source of the Ascencio River. Surrounded by dense rain forest, the trail ascends this vast hidden valley. Here we can admire the sight of the mythical granite spires of Escudo (the Shield), Fortaleza (the Fortress), and the Towers of Paine.
Morning hike to Mirador de las Torres (Overlook of the Towers), where we will have an incredible panoramic view of glaciers and the Paine Towers, reflected on the lake below. Hike back to Refugio Las Torres, to spend the night in this cozy Patagonian hut, enjoy showers, rest, and homecooking.
A vehicle drops us at Pudeto, where we take the ferry boat across the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe to our next point, Refugio Pehoe. After a snack we continue our hike through Circuito Chico (little circuit) towards Italian Camp, the entrance to the Valle del Frances (the French Valley).
Day hike to Valle del Frances. As we head deeper into the valley we are welcomed by the breathtaking forms of granite pinnacles such as Los Cuernos (the Horns), La Hoja (the Leaf), La Espada (the Sword), and La Mascara (the Mask).The glaciated beauty of Paine Grande will astound you with thunderous sounds of massive chunks of ice falling from its heights.
Return to Refugio Pehoe. In the afternoon we will follow the trail to Lake Grey, rewarded by the striking views of the Grey Glacier calving into its waters. In the distant background you will see the tremendous Southern Patagonian Icefield. Return to the Refugio Pehoe hut to enjoy a well deserved rest.
From Pehoe, we return to Pudeto on board the ferry, where a vehicle awaits us. We will drive out of the park to Puerto Natales, where we spend the night at a hotel and have a nice dinner before departing for the Fitz Roy massif trip.
Drive to Chalten, Argentina. We will spend the night in Chalten, the gateway to the Fitz Roy massif, another amazing Patagonian paradise.
Hike to Bridwell Camp, spectacular and pleasant hiking leading us to the base of Cerro Torre, one of the most spectacular mountains on the planet. Horses carry our gear, while we hike with day packs.
Hike to and spend the day on the Torre Glacier. We will hike on the glacier, exploring the fascinating world of glaciers.
Move camp to Poincenot Camp, in the Fitzroy area, spectacular hiking with impressive views of Fitzroy. On a sunny day we can swim in one of the lakes we encounter on the hike.
Hike towards Fitzroy and Laguna de los Tres.
Move camp to Los Troncos. We step out of the Park to a less visited area, where we have very unique and impressive views of the back side of the Fitz Roy massif. Los Troncos is like stepping into Snow White and the seven dwarves house in the woods, where little cabins and homemade meals await us.
Our hike out to Chalten. We pack our horses for the last time and hike out to Chalten.
Drive back to Punta Arenas. Celebration Dinner and end of the Expedition. Next Day Fly back to Santiago. Connect with your flight home or continue traveling in South America.
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