BIG CIRCUIT PAINE – 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS
Torres del Paine
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeAdventure, Camping, Charming, Climbing, Forest, Glaciers, Ice Trekking, Lake, Mountain, National Park, Navigation, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, Trekking, Wild Life
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
This trip is the most complete to walk the path that goes around the Paine massif. It begins and ends in Puerto Natales, so you should take a private van or a public bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales. The day before the program we meet in the operator’s office at 7 pm to make a talk with the guide about the program. From day 1 to day 7 we walk an average of 8 hours a day from camp to camp, visiting the main attractions of the park: de las Torres viewpoint, Dickson Glacier, El Paso and ice fields, Grey Glacier, Lake Pehoe, Nordensjköld and French Valley.
-Regular tour departs everyday.
-Private tour departure schedule is coordinated previously with the passenger depending on their availability.
- Transfers indicated in the itinerary;
- Meals: breakfast, pic-nic, lunch and dinner;
- Entrencen fee to National Park Torres del Paine;
- 6 nights at Chile Nativo Camping (including the Muntain Hardwear Tango 3.1 tents);
- Porters to transport camping equipment and food;
- Navigation in catamaran to cross the Pehoe Lake;
- English Speaking guide.
- Extra nights;
- Medical expenses;
- Insaurence of anykind;
- Personal Items;
- Sleeping bag and mattress;
- Day 7 dinner;
- Porters to transport any personal item including sleeping bag and mattress;
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages (except the ones included in the meny);
PUERTO NATALES / ASCENCIO RIVER / CAMPING TORRES
At 8:30 am, the transfer will pick you up at your hotel in Puerto Natales to take you on a dirt road to the Torres del Paine National Park. You will start your first day of trekking to the base of the towers bordering the Ascensio River and entering the homonymous valley. Youwill ascend for about an hour to stop to observe the first views of the valley surrounded by incredible lengas forests, glaciers and waterfalls to continue climbing through a huge terminal moraine reaching a viewpoint) with excellent photographic opportunities. We will be surrounded by 3 giant granite towers and a lagoon with milky waters coming from the erosion caused by the ice. We will enjoy a lunch in front of this incredible scenario and then start our descent, along the same path, to the Torres camp where we will spend the night.
Night at Camping Torres.
PAINE CHICO HILL
We will begin our trek through an old lenga forest with the possibility of encountering a woodpecker or the fresh footprint of a puma. The path, very well marked and with a slight slope, will guide us to the north where we will have the first view of Cerro Paine Chico in the distance, to finally reach the old cattle station of Serón, where we will camp and enjoy a good dinner.
Night at Camping Serón.
PAINE LAKE / ESCUDO HILL / CABEZA DE INDIO HILL / CUBO HILL / DICKSON LAKE
This section is the easiest but of special interest for flower lovers where, depending on the time of year, we will have the opportunity to see orchids, calceolarias, violets and oxalis. We will skirt Paine Lake through a path without slopes with views of countless mountains, among which Cerro Escudo and Cerro Cabeza de Indio stand out (you can see the profile of an Indian on the rocks.) Finally we arrive at the birth Paine River, from where you can see the incredible Cerro Cubo and Dickson Lake.
Night at Camping Dickson.
LOS PERROS RIVER
Here we start one of the most beautiful areas of the park, where the oldest forests of lengas and coihues are found, the trail has ups and downs, bordering the Los Perros river, with impressive views of mountains, waterfalls and lush vegetation. We will be presented with countless photo opportunities. We will cross the hanging bridge of the Los Perros river, to reach the terminal moraine of the hanging glacier, giving rise to a lagoon of sedimentary waters. At half an hour from this point is the Los Perros camp where we will spend the night.
Night at Camping Los Perros.
JOHN GARDNER PASS / OLGUIN CORD / GRAY GLACIER / SHOUTHERN ICE FIELD
This will be the most exposed and difficult day of the circuit, but at the same time of a dramatic beauty that deserves the effort. We will begin climbing up a well-marked path through forests to reach a swampy area, which will occupy us for a couple of hours. We will continue the ascent, perhaps with a bit of snow, until the John Gardner Pass at 1200 masl. From this point we will have a unique view of the Gray Glacier and the Southern Ice Field, with countless peaks without ascension. We will start skirting the mantle of ice, on a path with ups and downs, through fallen trees and in contrast to the lush green of lengasforests. As we move forward, the Olguín Cord begins to appear, with its huge granite walls. With a bit of luck we will have the possibility of witnessing a detachment of the front wall of the Gray Glacier, to end in a soft beach of sedimentary sand, where we will camp.
Night at Camping Grey.
Today you have the opportunity to rest in the morning or visit the gray glacier during the morning. After a lunch at the refuge, we will start a hike to Lake Pehoe.
Night at Camping Piane Grande
FRENCH VALLEY / PAINE GRANDE / FRENCH RIVER / LAKE PEHOE / PUERTO NATALES
After a good breakfast, we will start our walk back and forth to the Valley of the French. Bordering the south-west face of Paine Grande, the highest height of the park, passing through forests of notros and coihues, to reach the hanging bridge of the French River and have the first views of the glacier. From this point we will ascend between an authentic Japanese natural garden for an hour, through lenga forest and ñirres, to reach the viewpoint of the Valley of the French where we will have a panoramic view of the park and enjoy a good lunch. We will return by the same path to Lake Pehoe where we will take a catamaran to cross Lake Pehoe, and begin the return to Puerto Natales by a different path.