Itinerary 2017

Day 1 Friday 17 Feburary 2017 - Arrive Santiago, via Auckland or Sydney

Depending on international flight arrival times today clients may not be able to connect with domestic flights into Punta Arenas. If this is the case PNG Trekking Adventures can book accommodation for clients in Santiago.

Day 2 Saturday 18 February 2017 - Arrive Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine Camp  

Today the group fly's into Punta Arenas. from their various overseas destinations. It's time to relax and unwind from the journey, visit the local markets across the road from the hotel, Pam can also take you for a stroll down the esplanade or walk up to the lookout. Punta Arenas is a very interessting little city. An early evening briefing will be held by Pam to discuss gear checks and the following day's itinerary. Accommodation Hotel Meals:B

Day 3 Sunday 19 February 2017 - Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine Camp  

The trip starts during the morning in the city of Punta Arenas. Pick up from the hotel at 9:30am to drive to Eco Camp, located in world famous Torres del Paine National Park. En route we will visit Puerto Natales,a small but lively town on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza - "Last Hope Sound" whre we will enjoy lunch of delicious local food. From there we will visit Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discoveredin the 1890's. The surrounding area is very scenic with plenty of wild birds to be seen. The day ends at the luxurious Eco Camp. Accommodation Eco Camp Meals B,L,D

                     

Day 4 Monday 20 February 2017 - Eco Camp, Camp Dickson                  

The day will start at the Eco Camp Patagonia with a long trek heading to Dickson Lake. When we get there, we enjoy a spectacular view of the Dickson Glacier and part of the Hielo Patagonico Sur (South Patagonia Ice Field). We continue our trek along the eastern bank of the Rio Paine. We’ll stop at a lookout point with a wonderful panoramic view of Lago Paine below and then we descend to the lake level and continue across open grasslands along the Rio Paine to Refugio Dickson. Our stunning campsite will be in the Dickson Valley surrounded by towering snow capped peaks and the clear waters of Dickson Lake with Mt. Cubo in the distance. Hot showers are available. We spend the night camping at Dickson. Trekking distance today is 32kms, taking us approximately 11 hours. Elevation 300 meters. Accommodation Tent Meals: B,BL,D

Day 5 Tuesday 21 February 2017 – Camp Dickson, Laguna Los Perros Camp

The trail follows Los Perros River and encounters the wildest and least accessible section of the trek. A virgin beech forest crossed by many water courses lead the way towards the lovely Laguna Los Perros where we set up camp and enjoy the night spent here. Trekking distance today is 9kms, taking us approximately 5 hours. Elevations 500 meters. Accommodation Tent Meals: B,BL,D

Day 6 Wednesday 22 February 2017 – Laguna Los Perros Camp, Camp Grey (climbing John Gardner Pass)                                         

At this location we reach the highest point of the circuit at 1300 mts (4000 ft) with an awe-inspiring view of the Grey Glacier, an enormous fractured mass of ice choking the valley. The John Gardner pass is one of the most famous points of Torres del Paine and a must-do for any trekker longing to do the circuit. If the weather conditions have been tough, the trail in this part could be closed, so we may propose a short and non-technical rappel to continue advancing. Once leaving the highest point, the route continues roughly south along forested slopes with occasional landslides and a beautiful view of the enormous Grey Glacier (more than five miles across and ten miles in length) Trekking distance today is 22kms, taking us approximately 12 hours. Elevations 1200 meters. Accommodation Tent Meals B,BL,D (Grey Refugio)

Day 7 Thursday 23 February – Camp Grey, Lake Pehoe                            

After our big effort yesterday, today the group will have the morning to rest and enjoy Grey Glacier surroundings. After lunch we continue our trek. The trek continues going by the eastern side of Grey Lake through clearings of Calafate bushes. The view over the lake, with numerous giant icebergs drifting across the waters is very impressive at this point. Finally, the track climbs onto flat ridges and passes a small lake one hour before descending through a shallow dry valley to arrive at Lago Pehoe. We spend the night in our camp by the turquoise lake Pehoe.  Trekking distance today is 11kms, taking us approximately 5 hours. Elevation 400 meters. Accommodation Tent Meals B,BL,D (Lake Pehoe Refugio)

Day 8 Friday 24 February – Lake Pehoe, Camp Cuernos

After breakfast, we begin a challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How deep we go depends on our groups’ walking pace. An active walk leads us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif. From this point, we can enjoy our first truly wonderful view and then continue up the trail until reaching the upper prospects of the valley. The entire group of geological formations of the high valley can be admired here: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza! (Fortress). It’s time to have a picnic and recover from the walk. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well. Next, we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and continue walking until we reach Camp Cuernos. After breakfast, we begin a challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How deep we go depends on our groups’ walking pace. An active walk leads us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif. From this point, we can enjoy our first truly wonderful view and then continue up the trail until reaching the upper prospects of the valley. The entire group of geological formations of the high valley can be admired here: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza! (Fortress). It’s time to have a picnic and recover from the walk. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well. Next, we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and continue walking until we reach Camp Cuernos. Trekking distance today is 25kms, taking us approximately 8 hours. Elevation 686 meters. Accommodation Tent Meals B, BL,D (Cuernos Refugio)

Day 9 Saturday 25 February – Camp Cuernos, Eco Camp (Bordering the Nordenskjold Lake)

After breakfast we start our trekking day heading back to the Eco Camp Patagonia through the curly Cuernos trail located beside beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During the day we take in the park’s charming flora and fauna, strong winds and the curious 4-season weather that has accompanied us these past few days. As we advance through the trail we enjoy magnificent views of the park’s central lakes and admire other perspective of the Paine’s Horns. We’ll of course stop to enjoy a delicious box lunch to energize us for the rest of the walk. The trek ends at the Eco Camp. The evening is left free to enjoy dinner and share experiences. Trekking distance today is 16kms, taking us approximately 7 hours. Elevation 244 meters. Accommodation Eco Camp. Meals B,BL,D

Day 10 Sunday 26 February – The Mighty Torres del Paine (the final challenge)                                                         

Time for a great breakfast and lots of enthusiasm! Our goal for today is to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine NP. We walk from the camp site towards Hostería Las Torres and connect with the winding uphill path to Ascencio Valley – the valley which supports the eastern face of the Towers’ base. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers are passed along the scenic walk into the valley. It’s not a difficult walk, but you might want to save some for the final challenge: the moraine. This mass of boulders is the last guardian before our face to face with the uplifting Torres del Paine. The moraine is sufficiently steep to consider doing it slowly and with a fair amount of precaution. After a considerable effort, the Towers come into full view, rising majestically before us with the glacial lake visible below. This is one of the most breathtaking sights of the world! The famous Torres del Paine. (2, 900 m/ 9, 400 ft) consists of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. Is there any better place on this planet to have lunch? At the foot of the mighty Torres del Paine we’ll enjoy life, the view, and a bite to eat! Once everyone’s ready, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley, and return to the camping area of the EcoCamp. This is sadly our last night in Torres del Paine, we take notes and talk with our friends, relax, feel the strong Patagonic wind while watching the heavens above. All these days spent in the Park will be profound memories to take back home with you. Trekking distance today is 21kms, taking us approximately 10 hours. Elevation 914 meters. Accommodation Eco Camp Meals: B,BL,D

Day 11 Monday 27 February – Depart Torres del Paine, Punta Arenas                                                    

We board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas. Accommodation Hotel Meals: B,BL

Day 12 Tuesday 28 February 2017 – Depart  Punta Arenas       

Depart hotel after breakfast or early afternoon depending on flight schedules. Transfer to airport for homeward journey or continue on our Galapagos Island and Amazon excursions.

 

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