REGION: South Patagonia
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 5 (High)
SUMMARY: This strenuous trek takes you up a steep ascent to Refugio El Chileno; then along the trail to the base of the moraine and to the lookout of the base of Torres Del Paine. Stunning views!
DURATION: 10 – 12 hours.
MIN./MAX. PEOPLE: 2-12 people (more can be arranged).
SEASON: Seasonal. From September until April, weather permitting.
ITINERARY: Pickup from your Hotel at Laguna Amarga area (or as arranged). Recommended hour to start: 7:00 a.m.
Declared the Eighth Wonder of the World and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Paine Massif is known as one of the most beautiful mountains on the planet. Formed around 12 million years ago, this geologic work of art is a magnet for trekking and climbing aficionados, making it the third most-visited park in Chile. This National park is also part of the Route of Parks of Patagonia.
The first hour and a half is steep, with fantastic views of Lake Nordenskjöld and Monte Almirante Nieto (2,670 MASL*) with its hanging glacier. We press on until we reach Refugio El Chileno and take a break to recover our energies. Then with just a daypack we continue the trail through a Millenary Lenga forest (1 hour) to the base of the moraine with its challenging ascent (45 min). This takes us to one of the most impressive places in the park: the lookout of the base of Torres Del Paine where we enjoy the view of Torre Sur (2,850 MASL), Torre Central (2,800 MASL), Torre Norte (2,600 MASL) and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. Then we retrace our steps and return to your lodging.
* MASL: Meters Above Sea Level.
INCLUDED: Local Professional Trekking Guide (with Wilderness First Responder Guide accreditation, First Aid Kit, Personal Insurance), VHF radio communication/Mobile phone, National Park entrance fee, box lunch, Certified Transport with seat insurance. 1 additional Trekking Guide with more than 8 travelers.
NOT INCLUDED: Accident insurance, personal equipment, tips or anything not listed in the program.
GUEST PROVIDES: Appropriate clothes for the activity (weather can be hot, cold or windy), trekking boots or tennis shoes, walking sticks (optional), backpack, camera, water, cap or hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
OPERATED BY: Patagonia SouthernLand Expeditions staff
COST: Request a quote!