Torres del Paine National Park and El Chalten offer some of the most spectacular parts of the Patagonia region and the southern Andes.
This itinerary will cover the striking pointed peaks and massive glaciers of the Paine Massif and Southern Patagonia Ice Field; along what is popularly known as the “O” route based on its circuit shape.
In just under a couple of weeks; you will trek through almost 100 km+ of trails and stay at a variety of lodges, shelters (refugios) or camping for the overnights.
Thus; this tour is best suited for trekkers with hiking experience; or physically-fit adventurers who are willing to practice hiking trails with demanding conditions. Crowds of trekkers/travellers are more prevalent during the high season; which also overlaps with pleasant summer weather in the Southern Hemisphere.
First of all; arriving in Torres del Paine; the tour of the Paine Massif, where nature invites you to challenge your body and mind. For 8 intense days you will be amazed by the granite towers that give the park its name, the legendary Francés Valley, or the striking Grey Glacier seen from the John Garner mountain pass where the ice blends into the clouds on the horizon. An experience that will take your breath way.
Following on; from Torres del Paine; you’ll then transfer to El Chalten. The variety of views from steppe to the forest; from huge glacier moraines to colourful lakes and the views makes this itinerary a unique and fantastic way to explore the best of the National park.
Explore famous landmark sites such as Las Torres, Glacier Grey, Las Cuernos, Dickson Glacier.
Spend just over a week discovering the awe and stunning scenery of Torres del Paine.
Encounter numerous flora and fauna, including grazing wild guanaco.
Climb the John Gardner Pass for a section of the park that is rarely visited.
Walk alongside the magnificent lagunas of Nordenskjold, Pehoe and Grey.
All camping Equipment (incl. sleeping bags)
Professional bilingual guide
Campsites or Refugio Reservations
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Transfers – (FYI: The bus journey from Puerto Natales lasts about two and a half hours (112 km)) Approx. $22-24 usd per person for Round Bus Trip. Catamaran to Pudeto on last day $34 usd per person.
Meals at refugios (to be purchased in the refugio, additional to price; but can be included as part of your reservation on request)
Park entrance fees to be paid for in cash at park entrance
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Machu Picchu||An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.|
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
|Covid-19 (Useful Links)||World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics|
|Available Discounts||Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+|
|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|