Explore the natural beauty and embrace the thrilling adventures of Chile an unforgettable trek! Embark on a six day long voyage into the stunning landscapes and unique lodges of the Torres del Paine National Park, nestled in the wonders of the Chilean Patagonia. The trails around the jagged mountain peaks in Torres del Paine form one of the world's most classic trekking routes. This active trip will lead you through forest, mountain ridges and Patagonian steppe and allows you to relax with food & wine, good company and unique accommodations in the evenings. So, grab your gear and let the memories begin!
Your journey today begins, as you are picked up from Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. En route, you will make a couple of stops in order to get the most out of the drive. First up, will be Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where you will sit down to enjoy a hearty local lunch. Next, will be 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 will come to an end as you arrive at the majestic EcoCamp Patagonia, for your overnight stay. Nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and featuring a prime view of the majestic Torres, there is no better property you can experience the Chilean Patagonia from. Sunset is usually not until 11:00 PM during the summer months, meaning there should still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon upon arrival.
Today's journey starts off with a pleasant walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail. This scenic route will lead you alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this warm-up walk, you will have the opportunity to admire the park’s exquisite flora and fauna, complimented by the magnificent views of the park’s central lakes. You may even catch a glimpse of the Paine’s Horns, majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite, which crown the center of the Massif.
After breakfast at this morning, 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 into this venture 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 will then 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: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After the upward trek, relish in some time to rest your legs and settle down for a picturesque picnic. Today's trek will finish up, as you descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest.
Please note that an optional trek to Mirador Britanico is also available today, should you be interested.
Today, you will embark on a hike along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey. Here, 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. Due to the temperamental weather of the region, boat trips across the lake may occasionally be restricted during Shoulder Season (October and April) or 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. Afterwards, you will return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to Pudeto’s dock, where you will be picked up and driven to EcoCamp.
An optional kayaking excursion around Glacier Grey is also available today, should you be interested.
You've reached day five of your six day trek, and the exciting goal of today will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in all of Torres del Paine National Park! You will take off from Ecocamp this morning, walking towards Hostería 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 will come 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 your tasty picnic, you will backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner and comfortable night's rest.
Sadly, your journey through Chile must come to an end today. However, you will be leaving with unforgettable memories and the experience of a lifetime! After checking out of EcoCamp, you will be transferred to Punta Arenas in time to catch your departure flight. (This service is on a private basis.)
We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward!
EcoCamp Patagonia is an innovative leader in wilderness adventures, with expert guides to take you through the rugged Patagonian plains, past glacial lakes, snow capped mountains, fierce waterfalls and exquisite wildlife. After an adventure packed day, EcoCamp's iconic lodging awaits. Dine with delectable cuisine, relax in the unique community domes and enjoy the privacy of your very own cozy Suite, Standard or Superior Dome. All domes are immersed in nature, resistant to the Patagonian elements and feature ceiling windows to admire the starry night sky. EcoCamp prioritizes its sustainable design and is internationally recognized for its impressive environmental practices.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.