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Budget! W-Trek - Torres del Paine(5D/4N) - Independent
RATES PER PERSON
  • USD$ 995
DEPARTURE DATES
From Sept. 15, 2015 - to April 30 2016
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TRIP LEVEL
Moderate
TRIP LENGTH
5 Days / 4 Nights
START / FINISH
Puerto Natales (PNT), Chile 
ACTIVITIES
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EXTENSIONS
GREY GLACIER ICEBERGS & GREY RIVER

KAYAKING & BIRD WATCHING

SANTIAGO BY NIGHT (1D)

OLD SANTIAGO (1D)

KAYAKING BETWEEN NATIONAL PARKS (2D/1N)

THE FJORD TRAIL (3D/2N)

WHALE WATCHING (3D-2N) (WW)

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Day1 Starting from Puerto Natales at 2.30PM you will take a public bus all the way to Torres del Paine National Park. We will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the ñandu, (rare South American ostrich). The bus arrives to Laguna Amarga, the park's main entrance, where you connect with a shuttle to the Refugio Torre central.
(3 hours by public bus, 30 minutes by shuttle) (D) (Night at Refugio Las Torres)

Day 2 After a good breakfast at the Refugio, you request your pack lunch and start the trek to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. The walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. You’ll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), excellent for picture taking. At this point you will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850 M) and a lagoon with slurry waters due to erosion produced by glaciers. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers you’ll start the descent, following the same path back to the hut. Dinner will be served in the Refugio.
(7-8 hours round-trip, 18 KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Refugio Las Torres)

Day 3 After breakfast at the Refugio you request your pack lunch again and start the hike to Refugio Los Cuernos. As we leave the hut we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, that on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. You will follow a well mark trail ascending around (200 mts.) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 mts.), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where you will stay overnight, after enjoying a good meal.
(500 mts. difference of level, 6 hours, 17 kms.) (B-BL-D) (Night at Refugio Los Cuernos)
(You can update to private cabins with two beds and sharing bathrooms in between the cabins only and a free Hot tub access for USD $ 80 per single occupancy or USD $ 40 per double occupancy)

Day 4 After a breakfast in the Refugio, and once you request your pack lunch from them; you will start the day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until you reach the French River for your first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then you will ascend (300 M) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. Your way back will be the same until you reach the entrance of the valley where you will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoé Lake. Dinner will be served in the Refugio
(6 hours hiking, 18 KM). (B-BL-D) (Night at Refugio Paine Grande)

Day 5 You will begin early morning with the hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200mts up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where you will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. You will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. You will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall. You will return following the same path, with views of Cordon Olguín and Paine Grande. You need to be on time to take the last Catamaran to cross the Pehoe Lake at 6.30PM; once you arrive to the other side, a public bus will be waiting to drive back to Puerto Natales.
(8 hours walking, 22 KM, 35 minutes by Catamaran, 3 hours by public bus) (B-BL)

REGARDING THE SCHEDULE
The schedules indicated above are subject to changes due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered.

 
Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Torres Central & North

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

The Mountain lodges of Torres Central and North are two comfortable refugios located at the base of the hike to the Towers lookout and part of the “W” and “Circuit” walks. They are within walking distance to the Hotel Spa at Las Torres for a variety of services including massage and saunas.


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Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Los Cuernos

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

Los Cuernos is found on the shore of lake Nordenskjöld nestled in a Coihue Forest lays Refugio Cuernos with 32 beds. This cozy lodge is located on the "W" circuit walking between the French Valley and the Torres del Paine lookout and base camp area.


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Cabins Los Cuernos (Optional)

8 cozy cabins for 2 persons each with shared bathrooms and showers exclusively for people who are staying at the cabins. This cabins include the right to use the hot tub with a spectacular view to the Cuernos del Paine. The cabins are located next to the Refugio Los Cuernos and the all meals are taken in the Refugio.


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Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Paine Grande

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

Paine Grande is a large and modern refugio set on the banks of the Lake Pehoe, including internet connection and full service bar. It’s the jump off point for the catamaran crossing Lake Pehoe and the walks to the French and Grey Valleys part of the "W" and "Circuit" hikes.


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INCLUDED
-All the public transportation indicated in the schedule
-Shuttle in between Laguna Amarga and Refugio Torres
-Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
-Four nights lodging in mountain lodges (Refugios)
(comfortable rooms with 6 beds and shared bathroom)
-Sleeping bags and liners (when is possible we include a bed with sheets, blankets and a pillow)
-Catamaran to cross the Pehoe Lake
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: picnic lunch, D: dinner)
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NOT INCLUDED
-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Lunch on day 1
-Dinner on day 5
-Any alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Refugios except for the drinks include in the menu
-Guide
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WEATHER
Weather and Temperature Chart

The weather in Patagonia in an important factor that must b e taken into account. The maximum temperature in summer is 20 C° and it drops to below 0° in winter. The windchill factor sometimes makes the ambient temperature drop 6 or 7 degrees. The temperature of the water is normally between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius.


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Our experience with Chile Nativo was positive from start to finish
 
Our experience with Chile Nativo was positive from start to finish. From the outset, communication was exemplary and our itinerary and briefing was well-organised and spot on. We completed a self-guided trek in Torres del Paine, and everything was organised as promised. The team even managed to have a cake waiting in one of the refugios for my wife's birthday which was lovely and unexpected. The cost is a little more, but worth the peace of mind and customer service. Patagonia is a beautiful part of the world, and worth a visit.

 
Chris Richmond
February 2016
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King Penguins and Independent W Trek
 
Slightly belatedly, but just wanted to say many thanks, we had a great time (again). Highlights were many - the boat trip through the Magellan Strait and then landing on Isla Magdalena to see the penguins and sea lions was great fun, and arrangements for all the travel, accommodation, trekking and the various refugia in Torres went without a hitch - glad we got Cuernos, it's so good. We had every weather on offer - from sun and sunburn to hail, snow and strong winds! - but had all the right kit, so no problems. Mountains, rock paintings, trails and wildlife were awesome - still didn't see a Magellenic black woodpekcer, but lots of other stuff - Flamingos, Steamer ducks, Coscoroba and Black-necked swans, Condors, Harriers, Guancos, Foxes and this beauty (picture). I found it early in the morning not too far from the Torres before breakfast and it was so relaxed that I eventually manged to walk up to it so I was about 50 meters away!

 
Debbie and Chris Spray
November 2015
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W- Indepedent
 
Just passing on my thanks for all your arrangements.Everything went very well - you even organised the weather for me.
I did swap the 2nd and 3rd day of trekking - so on Day 2 hiked to Lake Grey and back after catching the Catamaran. On Day 3 I did do the French Valley - made it all the way to the top and back in plenty of time for return Catamaran - glad I did this as view from top was worth it.
Thank you
Michael Skinner

 
Michael Skinner
February, 2010
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go at my own pace!
 
I really enjoyed the w-trek, the scenery in Torres del Paine National Park is most amazing! It would have been fun to hike in a group, but it was also nice to be able to go at my own pace and meet many people along the way! The briefing was really good and I felt (and was) well prepared for the trek!

 
January 2009
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