Explore valleys, lakes and mountains far from summer’s crowds on this Torres del Paine winter experience. Perfect for hikers, photographers, birdwatchers and outdoorsy folk of all types, this 3-day program takes you to the Towers, Grey Lake, Salto Grande waterfall, Pingo Valley plus prime spots for wildlife watching.
2 hours transfer / 8-10 hours hiking (13 miles) / 1 hour driving at mountain hut or hotel (BL-D).
Your private transfer will pick you up at your Puerto Natales hotel and take you to Torres del Paine National Park. Our destination today is the three Towers lookout point. We’ll set out, following the Ascencio River into the Ascencio Valley. After an hour’s hike uphill, we’ll stop to admire the valley: its contours, textures and panoramic views of Lake Nordensjköld. The next 2 hours take us through tall beech forests, past waterfalls, then up a huge terminal moraine (a ridge formed at a glacier’s end point). After reaching the lookout point 900 meters above sea level, we’ll be rewarded by the arresting sight of the Towers themselves. Here, take your time to take photos, have lunch and enjoy the incredible scenery. Once rested, we’ll descend along the same path and make our way to our lodgings.
30 minutes by transfer each way / 2 hours hike in the morning / 3 hours hike in the afternoon / night at mountain hut or hotel (B-BL-D).
This morning our destination is Grey Lake whose enormous glacier of the same name forms part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a geological phenomenon that still guards many unexplored sections. The trail is short and flat, winding through beech forests where we may see Chilean flickers, torrent ducks and cachañas (Austral parakeets). We’ll cross a pebble beach and reach our viewpoint overlooking the lake and its blue floating icebergs and surrounding forests. Here, we’ll have lunch before setting off on our afternoon hike to Pingo Valley. This trail takes us to “Cascada los Salmones”, a waterfall where salmon are sometimes seen. Be alert as we return - you may see a huemul (Andean deer) hiding nearby. A transfer will take us back to our lodgings.
1 hour transfer / 2 hour hike in the morning / 2 hour hike in the afternoon / 2 hour return transfer (B-BL).
A morning transfer will take us to Salto Grande Waterfall where we’ll begin our hike. Our first destination is the Paine Grande and Lake Nordensjköld lookout point. Here, we’ll have lunch before setting off for Cerro Condor along a path offering changing panoramic views of the Park and views of Pehoe Lake and twin granite peaks Los Cuernos from the summit. Have your cameras ready at the condor viewpoint: this is a prime spot for observing condors and black-chested buzzard eagles as they glide and soar above. You’ll later return along the same path and board your transfer to Puerto Natales.More...
- Difficulty : Moderate.
- Total distance : 28 miles.
- Equipment : Recommend equipment for low temperatures.
- Important : Recommend travel insurance.
- Prices : All prices depend on the number of travelers.
- Upgrade : Upgrade your reservation to stay two nights at the hotel.
- Single supplement : USD $125.
- All the private transportation indicated in the schedule.
- Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park.
- All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: picnic lunch, D: menu dinner).
- Guide/driver for groups of up to 5 guests.
- Guide + Driver for groups of 6 guests or more.
- Refugio: Dorm with 6 bunk beds, shared bathrooms, central heating and hot water.
- Hotel: Superior rooms with views of the lake and its icebergs.
Your private transfer will pick you up at your Puerto Natales hotel and take you to Torres del Paine National Park.
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