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Torres Del Paine “W” Classic Circui t 7 Days/6 Nights . South Patagonia – Chile.
Magellan district, Southern Patagonia, Chile. Patagonia lies tucked away right at the southernmost tip of the Americas – indeed of the world’s landmass, not counting Antarctica. While the very name holds a fascination for many travelers , the reality can be harsh: the place is cursed by a persistent wi nd, the “Escoba de Dios” (God’s Broom); trees grow horizontally here, sculpted by the gales; winters are long and summers short.
Geographically its defined , “Patagonia” usually refers to the narrow triangle of land south of a line between Puerto Montt, in Chile, and Argentina’s Peninsula Valdés, while in Chile the term is usually reserved for Southern Patagonia, where the Andes take a last, dramatic breath before plung ing into the ocean. These days, large numbers of Chileans and non – Chilean visitors alike c ome to Patagonia not to farm but to hike – in the country’s most famous and stunning national park, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, a massif crowned with otherworldly granite towers, and a ccessed from the superbly located gateway town of Puerto Natales. Others come to follow in the footsteps of the region’s famous travelers : navigator Ferdinand Magellan, naturalist Charles Darwin and author Bruce Chatwin; to gaze at the region’s many spectacular gl aciers; or to visit the penguin colonies from the lively p rovincial capital of Punta Arenas – a port city sitting on the shore of the stormy Magellan Strait. Chilean Patagonia, the site of the some of the continent’s oldest human habitation, was originally populated by Tehuelche hun ter – gatherers, who stalked roam ing guanacos in the interior, and the sea – faring Kawéscar who dove naked for shellfish in the frigid waters around the southern fjords. The first European to discover the area was Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese navigator who sailed through the strait now bearing his name. Spanish colonization attempts failed catastrophically and no European tried to settle the place again for another two hundred and fifty years. The voyages of the Beagle, from 1826 to 1834, the second one bearing young Charles Darwin, ren ewed interest in the area, prompting continued Chilean and Argentine attempts to colonize the area. In the 1870s, the two narrowly avoided war over the territory, not for the last time. From 1849, Punta Arenas was boosted by sea traffic in – route to the Cal ifornia Gold Rush; while it did not last long, the introduction of sheep farming created sprawling estancias (ranches) and brought great wealth to their owners in the late nine teenth century. Wool has now been replaced by oil, commercial salmon farming and tourism as the region’s main resources. The Chileans call the area the province of Magallanes, in the explorer’s honors; it has its own flag and is one of the least inhabited areas in Chile.
• Private transportation f or all Adventure Custom Program “ W ” Classic Hiking Pr ogram.
• Private English Guide s in Santiago airport and Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales airport .
• Private English Guide s in all T ransfer I N/OUT .
• Private English Hiking Guide s in Torres del Paine during the “ W ” Classic Hiking Pr ogram. Groups over 8 Hikers , 01 Co – G uide Extra.
• 01 Ticket Navigation Ferry per Traveler from Paine Grande Lodge area to Pudeto area (Pehoe Lake).
• 01 Entrance fee to National Park Torres del Paine per Traveler .
• 0 2 Nights ’ accommodation based double occupancy rooms with breakfast in Hotel 3 *** Plus in Puerto Natales .
• 0 4 Nights’ accommodation in Refuge “W Circuit”. Refuges (Shared Dorms in Bunk Beds; with sleeping bag or made – up bed at Torre Central & Paine Grande refuges ( * Made up Bed: sheets + pillow + bed cover ) . Refuge “ Cuernos ” sector or Domos at “ Frances ” sector with sle eping bag and bed or sleeping mat.
• Full board Program at “W Trekking Circuit” (Breakfast, Box lunch and Dinner). Day 2 dinner, day 5 breakfast and box lunch.
• Welcome Kit: Includes sleeping – bag liner, microfiber towel, water bottle (stainless steel), a map and a journal notebook. This kit will be passed to you in the main office in Puerto Natales when you show your voucher.
• Travel I nsurance . *We highly recommend getting this insurance by possible COVID – 19 cancellations.
• Lunch & Dinner Day 1, Lunch Day 2, Dinner Day 6, Lunch Day 7.
• Tips for Guides and Driver s . 10% of Tips is not compulsory but expected by the people.
• Domestic flights Santigo – Punta Arenas – Santiago . * We can arrange this flight under request. Cost approx. USD $ 480 per traveler approx .
• Extra Meals not mentioned at the programs.
• Extra transportation not mentioned at the programs.
• Drinks or beverages not included.
• Anything not listed in the itinerary
Date : October 9, 2021
Time : 12:00 am
Flight to Patagonia - Punta Arenas - Puerto NataleDay 01 : Welcome to Chile – Flight to Patagonia - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales Hotel .
Welcome to Santiago of Chile by our ambassador, who will help you to do your check - in and transferred to take your flight to Punta Arenas, Patagonia. (3.5 hours flight). Welcome by your Local Guide in Punta Arenas airport and drive and do a short sightseeing around to the capit al of Magellan district, the last district of Chile.
After visiting emblematic places or lunch(optional) on this city, you will transferred to Puerto Nat ales (250 km or 1 63 miles). Located on the shore of “ Señoret Channel ” , Puerto Natales was the hub of Chile’s thriving ranching industry in the early 20th century. In the years that followed, it was no more than a stopping off point for expeditions to Torres del Paine National Pa rk. Today the scene is quite different, and you will be amazed to find trav elers from all over the world enjoying an endless array of outdoor activities, adventure sports and excursions as well as the charm of the small downtown area, which is full of fine gastronomy and top rate hotels.
Check In at your Hotel. Dinner at your own, s everal options for dinner in Puerto Natales. End our services for that day.
Date : October 10, 2021
Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine National Park – Central RefugePuerto Natales – Torres del Paine National Park – Central Refuge .
Breakfast. Leisure morning on Puerto Natales.
2.00 PM. Meeting with your Trekking Tour Guide, who going to give you a complete "technical information" about your next expedition at Torres del Paine National Park, "W" Circuit. Drive to Ce rro Castillo and then, continuous to the National Park Torres del Paine to “ Laguna Amarga ” sector. Arrive to “ Laguna Amarga Porteria ” and then arrive to Torre Central o Torre Norte refuge. Accommodation and dinner. End of our services for the day.
Activity Level: Easy
Date : October 11, 2021
Trekking Base Torres & Central RefugeTrekking Base Torres & C entral Refuge . Early Breakfast. Our Trek Day will begin from refuge Torre Central. The first hour and a half walking is steep with fantastic views of lake Nordenskjöld and Almirante Nieto M ountai n (2.670 MASL ), with its hanging glaciers until you reach Refugio El Chileno to recover energies and lea ve your luggage. Then, carrying just a small backpack , you will continue the trail through a millenary Lenga forest (1 hour) until the base of “the moraine” which challenging ascent (45 min), will take you to one of the most impressive lookouts in the park : “Base of Torres del Paine” where you will have the view of Torre Sur (2,850 MASL ), Torre Central (2.800 MASL ), Torre Norte (2.600 MASL ) and Cerro “ Nido de C o ndor es” . Box lunch and time to relax or take wonderful photos from this marvelous place! Back to refuge Las Torres. Accommodation and dinner. Activity Level: Hard (10 hours, 13 Miles ). Altitude: Initial: 120 mts. Highest: 870 mts.
Date : October 12, 2021
Trekking Frances & Paine Grande RefugeTrekking Chileno Refuge & Cuernos Refuge . Breakfast.
We will star our Trek Day from refuge Chileno or Torre Central to Los Cuernos refuge. About 30 minutes after leaving Refugio El Chileno, you will notice the sign to take the “shortcut” that leads to Refugio Los Cuernos. The trail goes through the Ba se of Almirante Nieto Mountain – part of the Paine Massif - , with great views to Nordenskjöld Lake; from December the flora presents different colors specially the “Ciruelillo or Fire Bush” which take its name from the red color of its flowers. After about 4 – 5 hours you will get to the Base of Los Cuernos where our Refugio is located, considered by many, one of the most charming sites in the whole park, a perfect spot to rest and recover energies for the next day challenging trek: “The French Valley”. Arrive to refuge Cuernos or France s refuge . Accommodation and dinner. End our services for that day.
Activity Level: Moderate (5 hours, 7 Miles) . Altitude: Elevation gain 200 mts .
Date : October 13, 2021
Trekking Frances & Paine Grande RefugeTrekking Frances & Paine Grande Refuge . Early Breakfast. The first 2 hours are with some ascents, descents, and views to Nordenskjöld Lake until “Campamento Italiano”, at this point, we recommend you contact CONAF staff so you can leave your Big Backpack with them and start the next part of the trek with a small day backpack. The ascent goes for about 1 hour and a half until French Glacier lookout, where you’ll be able to observ e its hanging glacier and opportunities to observe small avalanches. After that the trail continues until “Británico a rea” and after about 20 minutes you will reach the lookout point considered by many as one of the most overwhelming spots in the Circuit: “Mirador Británico”, wh ere you will admire: “Paine Grande”, “Cerro Hoja”, “Cerro Máscara”, “Cerro Catedral”, “Cerro Al eta de Tiburón”, “Cuerno Norte”. The return is the same way back to “Campamento Italiano”, and then to Pehoé sector to Paine Grande refuge. Accommodation and dinner at Pa ine Grande refuge. End our services for that day. Activity Level: Hard (10 - 12 hours, 14.5 Miles ). Altitude: Initial: 120 mts. Highest: 7 62 mts.
Date : October 14, 2021
Trekking Grey Glacier sector & Paine Grande & Pehoe Lake & Puerto NataTrekking Grey Glacier sector & Paine Grande & Pehoe Lake & Puerto Natales. Early Breakfast.
Today, you will reach the third milestone on the circuit, the magnificent Grey Glacier. The trail goes around Paine Grande, the highest peak in the mountain range (3,050 mts.), with incredible views of its hanging glaciers. Walking amidst Antarctic beech trees (ñirre), Dombey's beech (co igüe) and Chilean firebush (notro), you will reach the first lookout point over Grey Lake, where we will see pieces of floating glacier. We will continue walking in the direction of the imposing Grey Glacier until we reach the Grey Mountain Refuge. After a short stop we will return to the Paine Grande Sector and take the 6:30pm catamaran to Pudeto. You will be met by the bus that will take you to Puerto Natales. Last dinner(optional) at Puerto Natales and Hotel. End our Services that day.
Catamaran Itinerary: Departure from Refugio Paine Grande at: 12:00 PM / Arrive Pudeto area 12:30 PM. Presentation time at Pier: 11.30 AM. Departure from Refugio Paine Grande at: 18:00 PM / Arrive Pudeto area 18:30 PM. Presentation time at Pier: 17.30 AM.
Date : October 15, 2021
Transfer OUT Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas & Flight to SantiagoTransfer OUT Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas & Flight to Santiago.
Breakfast. Leisure time for relax or do a nice walk before to take our transfer from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas airport “Carlos Ibañez del Campo”.
Flight direct to Santiago (3 hours 30 minutes).
Arrive to Santiago airport and end of our adventure. Flyback Home.
Accomodations1 night accomdation in Chamonix before trek starts.
MealsMeals indicated in the itinerary
Activities IncludedGuided hike of TMB
AirfareAirfare Not Included
Travel InsuranceTrip Insurance is NOT included. We REQUIRE Trip Insurance now for ALL our Trips. It will give you the peace of mind if something unexpectedly was to come up, it would be covered.
Alcoholic DrinksAlcoholic drinks, personal expenses, and tips
Other MealsAll Meals not included in the itinerary you will be responsible for them.
AccommodationsAccmodation other than night before Trek Starts.