Trek Patagonia: Lago Grey & Lago Nordenskjöld: exploring the main lakes of Torres del Paine; this is a great trip for those who like to explore the immense lakes around Torres del Paine national park. A short trip with short hikes and great spots for Photography.
Discover the best of Patagonia.
“Rock, ice, snow, wind, and water, all warring with each other yet combined against man, here reigned in absolute sovereignty.” Charles Darwin said this about Patagonia when he first entered the Tierra del Fuego over some 150 years ago. It’s a very good description of the Southern Cone; the last rugged expanse before the Antarctica and the end of the world. Patagonia is a much larger region than many explorers realise. To have a full experience in Patagonia, takes time, some creativity, and a passion for the vast wilderness of the pampas & beyond.
When is the best time to visit?
Patagonia is open 360 days a year. The best time to go really depends on your primary interests. Winter is best if skiing/snowboarding is your passion. If you like to indulge your inner naturalist and spend your time wildlife spotting, then spring/summer/autumn are ideal seasons. And while you can certainly enjoy mountain trekking in the winter (there’s something primal and rewarding about trudging through the snowy mountains for days on end), summer is a great time to view the sweeping panoramas from mountain peaks.
How many days do you need?
If you only intend to visit one location in Patagonia; then you won’t need more than four or five days. However, to really experience Patagonia (both the Chilean and Argentine sides), requires about two weeks minimum, but you can plan a faster itinerary that will allow you to see many of the great places in nine or 10 days as well.
All camping Equipment (incl. sleeping bags)
Professional bilingual guide
Campsites or Refugio Reservations
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Any additional extras
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.
Park entrance fees to be paid for in cash at park entrance
Tips for crew
|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 2021 we’re offfering a 25% 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.|
On Arrival to Paine Grande from Puerto Natales you’ll drop off your equipment and trek to Vallee Frances. Along the way you’ll have incredible sights of Lago Nordenskjold and the mountains of Los Cuernos. Taking a boxed lunch with you, you’ll then return to Paine Grande for a night’s shelter and rest.
Leaving from Paine Grande at a decent time in the morning you’ll start your trek journey towards Glacier Grey. Arriving early in the afternoon, you’ll have time to check in your belongings to the refugio and head out again to locate some of the many miradors (viewpoints) around the area for a better view of this enormous glacier. Along the way are andean condors flying high over head and with the opportunity to spot the glacier in the distance. Returning to the refugio you’ll have dinner and rest again for the night.
Early in the morning you’ll leave your lodging and head towards the ‘Puente Grey’, this is the bridge crossing across one of the passes towards the famous Glacier Grey. It’s windy and cold but an incredible view from here. Taking in the views and photos for memories of the park, you’ll then begin the descent back towards Paine Grande. From here you’ll take a catamaran across Lake Pehoe back to the park entrance in time for the bus back to Puerto Natales.
We had a great time! The trek was perfectly custom tailored to our needs.
We have left Puerto Natales and still travelling. Thanks again for helping plan a memorable trip for us. We are grateful to have experienced the beauty of Torres del Paine in Chile.