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5D SELF-GUIDED CLASSIC W CIRCUIT WITH DEPARTURE IN GRAY III

DESTINOS DESTACADOS

RESERVATION FORM

DURATION
5 days / 4 nights

DIFICULTY
Medium – high

QUANTITY
Per person

SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrival to Torres del Paine National Park – Trek to the Base of the Towers
Day 2: Trek to Los Cuernos or Francés
Day 3: Explore the French Valley – Paine Grande
Day 4: Trek to Grey
Day 5: Trek to Paine Grande – Navigation Grey III- Return to Puerto Natales.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival to Torres del Paine National Park - Trek to the Base of The Towers

After having breakfast at the hotel, you have to ask for your box lunch and then go to the bus terminal to take the 7:00 am bus (we recommend being at least 10 minutes before departure) to go to Torres del Paine National Park. You will travel through beautiful landscapes until you reach the main entrance, Laguna Amarga, where you must register with CONAF (park rangers). Here you will transfer to “Las Torres” shuttle, who will take you to the Visitor’s Center. Check yourself in at the Cerro Paine Reserve and, after about a 5 minutes’ walk, you will arrive at Torre Central where you must check in, either in refuge or camping, before starting your trekking.

Today’s hike begins through the Ascencio Valley, enjoying its extensive forests. During the final ascent, you will traverse an immense field of giant rocks until you reach one of the most emblematic viewpoints in the world, the famous Base of the Towers lookout. At 900 m.a.s.l., you will be marvel with the 3 granite towers (north, central and south) and the bright turquoise glacial lake at its feet. Take beautiful photos and enjoy your box lunch before returning along the same path back to Torre Central. After a long day and enjoying the Towers, delight yourself with the dinner at the refuge.

8 – 10 hrsDifficulty high
21 kmsBox lunch y cena

Day 2: Trek to Los Cuernos or Francés

Enjoy breakfast and then request your box lunch to start the walk in the depth of the park to Los Cuernos or Francés. During this hike you will pass through beautiful crystal-clear streams, and you can admire the hanging snowdrifts of Almirante Nieto mount at 2,670 meters. You will be able to see the majestic condors gliding from the heights and go alongside the fascinating waters of the Nordenskjöld lake. Continue along the trail until you reach Los Cuernos or Francés refuge, where you will relax for the evening.

4 – 5 hrsMedium difficulty
12.5 – 16 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 3: Explore the French Valley (Valle del Francés)

We recommend to begin early! This hike will take you to the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. After breakfast, ask for your box lunch and get ready for a day of amazing Patagonian landscapes. After 2 hours walking, you will pass through the Francés campsite, and you will arrive at the entrance of the French Valley. You can leave your backpack at the Italiano camp, where there is a park ranger outpost, and start your journey up to the French Valley.

Climb through a massive boulder field and follow a tree-lined ridge until reaching the French plateau. Here, you will be rewarded with stunning views of Los Cuernos (the Horns), turquoise glacial lagoons and amazing blue hanging glaciers cascading down the east face of the Paine Grande Mountain (3,050 m.a.s.l.). If you are lucky, you will hear the thundering sound of water and ice crashing down, as it is very common to witness avalanches. Take some photos, enjoy your box lunch and a well-deserved rest. Descend through the same path back to the Italiano camp (remember to grab your backpack). From here walk to Paine Grande refuge (about 2.5 hrs). Take it easy as it is practically flat. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious dinner at the refuge.

6 – 7 hrsDifficulty high
14 – 18 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 4: Grey (optional hike to the hanging bridges)

After breakfast, remember to ask for your box lunch and start today’s trekking. The hike begins through a narrow and winding valley that leads to Los Patos lagoon. As you continue, you will get glimpses of the immense Southern Ice Field, as well as the icebergs in the Grey lake. After passing the sometimes very windy viewpoint, the path descends through a mountainous forest until it reaches the Grey refuge. From here, you can continue your walk for about 10 minutes until you reach the Grey glacier lookout, where you will be facing the bluest glacier in the world. Dinner will be served in the refuge between 6:00 and 9:00 pm.

4 – 4.5 hrsMedium difficulty 
11 kmsBreakfast, box lunch and dinner

Day 5: Trek to Refugio Paine Grande - Catamaran - Return to Puerto Natales

In case you did not have the chance to visit the hanging bridges the day before, you can use the morning to explore the spectacular panoramic views of the Grey glacier. Then, continue the same path back to Paine Grande to take the catamaran at 6:00 pm to Pudeto, where you will take the bus back to Puerto Natales at 6:30 pm. The estimated time of arrival to Natales is 9:30 pm.

Breakfast, box lunch  
    
  • Camping and / or refuge accommodations according to your itinerary.
  •  Lodge accommodations are in shared and mixed dorms, with bunkbeds.

 *Full bed in Vértice refuges includes sheets, cover and pillow.

 *Simple bed in Las Torres refuges includes sleeping bag and pillow.

  •  Camping accommodations include an already-pitched tent, sleeping bag and mat.
  •  Bus transportation to and from the park + shuttle bus ticket to the Visitor’s Center.
  •  Specialized guide.
  •  Meals according to your itinerary.
  •  If you have any dietary restrictions, make sure to inform us upon reservation. Food restrictions will only be honored with previous notice.
  •  Catamaran ticket.
  •  Entrance ticket to Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Medical and / or travel insurance of any kind.
  • Flights.
  • Gratuities.
  • Porter.
  • Personal expenses.

VALUE PER PERSON CAMPING

$1,485 USD

VALUE PER PERSON REFUGE

$1,746 USD

  • This program is not recommended for children under the age of 10.
  • Passengers should be able to carry their personal belongings for the duration of the program.
  • We recommend using a 40-liter backpack.
  • We offer luggage custody at our office in Puerto Natales for those who wish to leave belongings during their trek.
    • Every day (depending on availability) from October to April.
  • All excursions are subject to weather conditions.
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