Please Join Crew Treks on this trip in famous Torres del Paine National Park, and experience one of the most spectacular trekking destinations in the world. The granite massifs of Torres del Paine will leave you breathless as you witness the spellbinding beauty of these peaks from the numerous trails and vantage points. The famous W circuit lets you experience the best of Torres del Paine trekking.
Leader: Nicolas Secul-Native Patagan from Punta Arenas. Nicolas has been a guide in Torres del Paine park for number of years, he also is an accomplished climber and skier. He has summited all three Torres Towers and skied around the entire Torres Massif.
Please note, for anyone booking less than 90 days before trip starts, there might be surcharges for SCL-PUQ flight booking.
Day 1 (Nov 01 2018) Depart for Patagonia
Day 2 (Nov 02 2018) Arrive in Santiago, Chile/Overnight/little sightseeing and dinner.
Day 3 (Nov 03 2018) Bike city tour! We will visit several markets and funky and artsy areas of the city. In the evening, we will enjoy Santiago's Best Wine Experience
Day 4 (Nov 04 2018) Fly to Punta Arenas City tour and visit historical sites and enjoy the town.
Day 5 (Nov 05 2018) Early in the morning, we will visit Penguin Colony on Isla Magdalena, this exciting trip is by boat and due to its remoteness it will take us half a day. (please understand, the trip to Penguin Colony is weather dependend and Crew Treks does not have control over the weather and boat operation due to the weather) After lunch in Punta Arenas, we will travel to Puerto Natales (3hrs 30min) and then transfer to hotel. We should have ample time to discover evening life of Puerto Natales.
Day 6 (Nov 06 2018)
Leisurely start of the day with 1pm pick up (please coordinate with Nico)
We will drive to Torres del Paine National Park and board 4pm Grey III boat to Refugio Grey. Along the way, the boat will sail close to Grey Glacier flowing into the lake; spectacular place-get your cameras ready!
Once checked in at the refugio and if the weather cooperates, we’ll do a short hike.
Overnight at Refugio Grey
Day 7 (Nov 7 2018)
After breakfast, we’ll hike down to the lake and do a 2hrs 30min paddle on the lake enjoying incredible views of the mountains, glaciers and icebergs.
Thereafter, we’ll hike along the lake to Refugio Paine Grande and well-deserved rest. On most of our trips, trekkers end up in the upstairs bar enjoying wine and beautiful scenery of Cuernos and the entrance to French Valley.
Overnight at Refugio Paine Grande
Difficulty Level-Easy (4hrs 6miles)
Day 8 (Nov 08 2018)
After early breakfast the group will catch morning catamaran on Lake Phoe and transfer by bus to Torres Entrance of the park where we’ll start our hike to the base of Torres Towers.
After 3hrs of hiking, we will leave our heavy belongings at Refugio Chileno and check in into our room, we then continue with light packs to Torres Mirador
Trekking to “BASE TORRES”
The first hour and a half of walking is steep but pleasant with fantastic views of Lake Nordenskjöld and Almirante Nieto Mtn with it’s hanging glaciers until we reach Refugio El Chileno. After off loading our heavy stuff, will continue on rolling trail through a Millenary Lenga forest (1 hour) until the base of “the moraine” at which point a challenging ascent of about 30 min will take us to one of the most impressive lookouts in the park: “Base of Torres del Paine” where we will have the view of Torre Sur (9,350ft), Torre Central (9,186ft), Torre Norte (8,530ft) and Cerro Nido de Cóndor.
Accommodations: Refugio Chileno,
Difficulty Level: Strenuous (7 – 8 hours; 7miles)
Day 9 (Nov 09 2018)
Trekking from Refugio Chileno to Refugio Cuernos
Today, we will reverse our course. The trail goes through the Base of Almirante Nieto Mtn. with great views to Nordenskjöld Lake; from November the flora presents different colors specially the “Ciruelillo or Fire Bush” which take its name from the red color of its flowers. After about 3–4 hours we will get to the Base of Los Cuernos and spectacular site of Refugio Cuernos.
Accommodation: Domo Frances
Difficulty Level: Medium/Easy (4 – 5 hours, 7miles)
Day 10 (Nov 10 2018)
Trekking to French Valley
The first 2 hours are up and down along Nordenskjöld Lake. The area is just magnificent with winding trail along the lake and picturesque vistas.; there is a particular place where trail goes on picturesque pebble beach.
Once we reach Italian Camp, we will again leave our heavy packs and continue with light daypacks. The ascent goes for about 1 hour and a half until French Glacier lookout, where you’ll be able to observe its hanging glaciers and opportunities to observe avalanches. After that the trail continues until “Campamento Británico” and after about 20 minutes we will reach the lookout point considered by many as one of the most overwhelming spots in the Circuit: “Mirador Británico”, where we will admire: “Paine Grande”, “Cerro Hoja”, “Cerro Máscara”, “Cerro Catedral”, “Cerro Aleta de Tiburón”, “Cuerno Norte”, etc. On the way down, and once we retrieve our packs, we will hike trough magnificent forest reminiscent of Narnia or Lord of the Rings settings.
Thereafter, we will retrace our steps and continue between lakes to Refugio Paine Grande. After some tea and celebrations of accomplished trek, we’ll once again board catamaran and transfer to bus bound for Puerto Narales.
Celebrate at Buguales Brewery in city center!
Accommodation: Hotel in Puerto Natales.
Difficulty Level: Strenuous (10 – 12 hours, 25.3 Km-this is our longest day)
Day 11 (Nov 11 2018)
After breakfast we will transfer to Punta Arenas and retrace our steps to hotel.
Day 12 (Nov 12 2018)
Early transfer to airport and Fly back to Santiago and end of the trip.
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There is no visa requirement Best airport to fly into is Santiago (SCL)