DAY 1: El Calafate –Torres del Paine to complete 5 day W Circuit
Regular Transfer from El Calafate to Puerto Natales
Transportation from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park (Laguna Amarga Main Entrance), the trip lasts about two and a half hours (112 Km), with a short stop at Cerro Castillo Village. At the moment you arrive to Laguna Amarga entrance you will have to acquire your Park entrance ticket US$25 and take the shuttles that will be waiting for you to take you to Las Torres sector where our Refugio Torre Central is located.
Day 2: Trekking to “BASE TORRES” (7 – 8 hours; 13 Km).
Recommended hour to start: 9.00 AM.
The first hour and a half walking is steep with fantastic views of lake Nordenskjöld and Almirante Nieto Mn (2.670 m.s.n.m), with it’s hanging glacier until you reach Refugio El Chileno to recover energies and leave your luggage. Then carrying just a small back pack, you will continue the trail through a millenary Lenga forest (1 hour) until the base of “the moraine” which challenging ascent (45 min), will take you to one of the most impressive lookouts in the park: “Base of Torres del Paine” where you will have the view of Torre Sur (2,850 m.s.n.m.), Torre Central (2.800 m.s.n.m), Torre Norte (2.600 m.s.n.m) and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. Accommodation: Refugio El Chileno Difficulty Level: High.
Day 3: Trekking from El Chileno to Los Cuernos Refugio (4 – 5 hours, 11 Km).
Recommended hour to start: 9.00 AM.
About 30 minutes after leaving Refugio El Chileno you will notice the sign to take the “shortcut” that leads to Refugio Los Cuernos. The trail goes through the Base of Almirante Nieto Mn. – part of the Paine Massif-, with great views to Nordenskjöld lake; from December the flora presents different colours specially the “Ciruelillo or Fire Bush” which take its name from the red colour of its flowers. After about 4 – 5 hours you will get to the Base of Los Cuernos where our Refugio is located, considered by many, one of the most charming sites in the whole park, a perfect spot to rest and recover energies for the next day challenging trek: “The French Valley”. Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos (Difficulty Level: Medium)
Day 4: Trekking to French Valley (10 – 12 hours, 25.3 Km).
Recommended hour to start: 8.00 AM.
The first 2 hours are with some ascents and descents and views to Nordenskjöld Lake until “Campamento Italiano”, at this point we recommend you to contact CONAF staff so you can leave your Big Backpack with them and start the next part of the trek with a small day backpack. The ascent goes for about 1 hour and a half until French Glacier lookout, where you’ll be able to observe its hanging glacier and opportunities to observe small avalanches. After that the trail continues until “Campamento Británico” and after about 20 minutes you will reach the lookout point considered by many as one of the most overwhelming spots in the Circuit: “Mirador Británico”, where you will admire: “Paine Grande”, “Cerro Hoja”, “Cerro Máscara”, “Cerro Catedral”, “Cerro Aleta de Tiburón”, “Cuerno Norte”, etc. The return is the same way back to “Campamento Italiano”, and then to Pehoé sector. Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande. Difficulty Level: High.
Day 5: Trekking to Grey Glacier (8 – 9 hours, 22 Km).
Recommended hour to start: 9.00 AM.
Trek to Grey Glacier lookout (roundtrip). The trail goes through the western side of the Paine Massif with views to Grey Lake and Mountains. After 1 hour and a half you will reach the first lookout point, where you may observe Grey Glacier in the distance, then and after 1 and a half / two hours you will get to the Main lookout, in front of the glacier. The return is the same way back until Pehoé Lake to take the Catamaran that crosses Pehoe Lake to Pudeto sector, where your bus will be waiting for you to take you back to Puerto Natales. Difficulty level: Medium. W CIRCUIT TREK INCLUDES:
- 4 Nights of accommodation in Refugios with sleeping bag or made up bed ** Made Up Bed: sheets+pillow+cover bed.
- Transportation in Regular/Public Bus from Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales.
- Shuttle from Laguna Amarga main entrance to Las Torres sector.
- Catamaran Pehoé (Lake crossing from Pehoé sector until Pudeto sector to connect with the regular transportation to Puerto Natales).
- All meals at the Refugios (breakfast, lunch box, dinner). Day 1 just dinner, day 5 just breakfast and box lunch.
W CIRCUIT DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Private guide
- Medical insurance
- Entrance fee to park
Overnight in Puerto Natales, Pire Mapu Bed & Breakfast
Day 6: Puerto Natales to El Chalten
Regular transfer to El Chalten
Accommodation at Hosteria El Alamo
Day 7: Begin Main View Points 4 day Hike This hike is your oportunity to cover all main views in Patagonia Argentina! Hike on Perito Moreno Glacier, Laguna de los Tres, Laguna Torre and Lago Electrico in El Chalten area. Hike through our set camps, with your light backpack and enjoy and live the patagonean dream! Camps have letrines, but they are mobile. This program was conducted to provide the possibility of in 4 days, meet the most famous scenic spots and important in the area, a distance of land varied and different landscapes. It begins in the valley of the River Electric, where we see the Northwest face Cerro Fitz Roy, the Piedras Blancas Glacier and the Lake of the Three. Also we continue to see the Fitz Roy from the Shocking Laguna Capri with its transparent waters and finally Laguna Torre and the Glacier Grande Cerro Torre as the main attraction. No previous experience is needed for mountain this excursion, but a physical condition enable us to meet between sessions of 4-8 hours hike.
DAY 7 continued: El Chalten - MONK Morning meeting with the guide, check of the team. And details are finalized. A transfer will take us to Rio Eléctrico 20 km from the village where we will start hike. From there, a path Lenga forest and Ñire, we friar stone, our place of camp. Here you will find a small shelter services. Then, with a light backpack, We continue on a large glacial valley to the Pollone River, where we can see the great north face Fitz Roy, its glacier and the Pollone needle. Once satisfied, we return to camp. The route has no big differences. Full board Duration: 6-7 hours
DAY 8: MONK - CAMP CAPRI We begin the walk going up the White River to the front of the glacier white stones. Later we head towards Rio Blanco where the cross will begin a steep climb of 400MTD slope that will lead to the imposing Laguna de los Tres. The lagoon of the three forms by melting glacier coming down from the base of Mount Fitz Roy. He this backdrop of turquoise lagoon are the glacier white and the giant Cerro Fitz Roy. After We enjoy this amazing place, we went to the south bank of the lake and climbed a hill rock to see from above the Laguna Sucia located 500 meters below, giving us a incredible view. Capri then descend to the camp where we have dinner in dining tents and spend the night. Full board. Duration 8-9hs. 800mts slope.
Day 9: Capri CAMP - CAMP DE AGOSTINI. Capri we head towards the De Agostini camp, to call Mother and gaps Daughter. Once at the camp we will leave the viewpoint Maestri, where you can see the largest glacier and the legendary Cerro Torre, in all its glory. From there we returned to camp, where we will spend the night. Full board. Duration: 5-6 hours.
DAY 10: CAMP DE AGOSTINI - CHALTEN. Having traveled the Valley Tower, we got back in the same direction to the Chalten. Half pension. Duration: 4 hrs. Regular transfer to El Calafate
INCLUDED MAIN VIEW POINTS TREK:
- Certified Mountain Guide.
- All meals in el Chalten Area, cook in campsite, domes for dinning.
- All Camping gear, sleeping bag as well.
- Personal Gear
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
3 pair of socks.
Wading Shoes. Crocs or similar.
Headlamp or flashlight.
2 fleeces or similar.
Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex or similar).
Down Jacket or similar.
Sunglasses with UV protection.
Waterproof Overpant (Gore-tex or similar). Gloves (2 pairs).
Cup or similar.