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Winter W-Trek Torres del Paine (5D/4N) (WWNAT)
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  • 2-3 passengers USD$ 1.595
  • 4-8 passengers USD$ 1.495
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TRIP LEVEL
Challenging
TRIP LENGTH
5 Days / 4 Nights
START / FINISH
Puerto Natales (PNT), Chile 
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Day 1 Private transfer Natales – Torres Del Paine – Hike to Pehoe Lake
Early morning we will start from Puerto Natales, taking a private transfer along an unpaved road heading to Torres Del Paine National Park and the administration area. From here we start a 6 hours hike to the shore of the Pehoe. On the way we follow the Grey River and have a picnic lunch in this pristine area.
(2 hours by private transfer, 5 hours hike) (BL-D) (Night at Paine Grande Lodge (Central heating & hot water)

Day 2 Round trip hike to Glacier Grey
We will begin early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200M up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier view point. We will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall. We will then return, following the same path, with views of Cordon Olguín and Paine Grande, to reach the Shore of Pehoé Lake to spend our second overnight.
(8 hours hike, 22KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Paine Grande Lodge (central heating and hot water)

Day 3 Round trip hike to the French Valley
We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going around the southwest 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 hanging bridge over the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300M) 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. We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600M), Espada (2400M) and Fortaleza (2800M). Our way back will be the same until we reach the Pehoe Lake where we spend our last night in the same Refugio.
(7 hours hike) (B-BL-D) (Night at Paine Grande Lodge (Central heating and hot water)

Day 4 One way hike to the administration area - Transfer to Serrano area
Early in the morning, we start our hike back to the administration area. From the administration we take our transfer to the shore of the Rio Serrano where we will stay in a cozy cabin with great views of the Paine Massif Range. Your guide will cook dinner and breakfast the next day.
(6 hours hike, 30 minutes by private transfer) (B-BL-D) (Night at Cabin Serrano) (central heating and hot shower)

Day 5 Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point – Transfer back to Natales
From the cabin we will take the transfer all the way to Las Torres area to start our walk through incredible tall-deciduous beech forests, with views of glaciers and waterfalls to continue ascending through a huge terminal moraine up to a view point (900M) with excellent picture taking opportunities. From here we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850M) and a lagoon with slurry waters fed by glacial erosion. We will enjoy lunch in front of this breathtaking scenery. We will descend, following the same path down to the estancia Las Torres, located at the mountain's plateau where we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales.
(1.5 hour by private transfer, 8-10 hours hike, 2 hours by private transfer) (B-BL)

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

Weather Conditions:
Chilean Patagonia is famous for its unpredictable weather. Because of the possibility of experiencing all four seasons in one day, it is important to be prepared for anything. In winter the temperature is typically between -10ºC and 10ºC, but this is a dry cold. There is also a high probability of stable weather between May and October.

 
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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Tyndall Cabins

Centrally located at the shore of the Serrano river and at the Torres del Paine park border, it affords guests an amazing view of the Paine Mountain Range. The cabins have 2 rooms, one of them with either twin or matrimonial beds with private bathroom, the other with twin beds with shared bathroom. It has central heating and a terrace where you will be able to enjoy a relaxing end to the day or simply admire the scenery.


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INCLUDED
-All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
-Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
-Three nights in a mountain hut (Sharing rooms bunk bed style)
-One night Cabin (2 Twin rooms with one bathroom)
-Camping equipment and cooking utensils
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
-One porter every 2 guests to help carrying the food and camping equipment, he will carry a maximum of 18K and the rest will be divided in between the participants and the guide.
-Guide (English-Spanish languages)

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NOT INCLUDED
-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks besides the once include in the menus
-sleeping bag and mattress
-Porters to carry personal belongings (available upon request, cost of USD $500 with a maximum of 15K per porter, usually good to share one in between two hikers)
-Gratuities for Guide

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WEATHER

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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Winter Trek. It was fun!
 
It was an awesome experience. Guide Armando was pleasant and knowledgeable and I learned a lot about the area. There was no question that we asked that he did not know the answer to. He cooked delicious meals. He was respectful.

Your company answered emails promptly and when we arrived at your office, staff were pleasant and informative. Very professional. The planning and trek ran smoothly. There were no hitches. Meals, company , conversation and knowledge of Armando were excellent. It was fun!

 
Elizabeth and Ann Manuel
May 2015
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Winter W Trek in August
 
Chile Nativo was top notch: highly organised and very professional. Everyone we dealt with was absolutely first rate. Also we had to change our dates by one day because of a strike in Argentina that cancelled our flight to El Calafate. They rearranged everything for us and figured out bus schedules etc (non-trivial because there was not a direct bus from Calafate to Natales on the day that we needed one under the new schedule)

The 5 day Winter W Trek itinerary was perfect. We wanted good long hikes and beautiful Patagonian scenery, and that is exactly what we got. Our Guides were fantastic. While in retrospect could have easily done the W trek unguided I found a lot of value in having Mauricio as a guide. 1) He was very knowledgeable about the area. 2) He knew how to time our hikes so that we were sure to get to our destinations (and got us all the way to the British Lookout in French Valley–substantially further than the plan in the itinerary). 3) Choosing hikes based on the weather to maximize views, etc. 4) Excellent knowledge of flora and fauna. 5) Great sense of humor. 6) Not having to cook was quite a luxury.

 
Julin
August 2014
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(WWNAT) Patagonia Experience
 
Thank you so much for assisting us with our Patagonia experience and for accommodating my slow pace. Apparently, I needed to do a little more research about the trek and perhaps a lot more training! Next time…..

Chuma and Fernando were awesome guides and we feel fortunate that they were part of our group. I’m so glad you were on the trek as well; your knowledge about the park and your enthusiasm are quite impressive.

 
Jackie Kessler
8/8/2017
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(WWNAT) El trek fue organizado de lo mejor!
 
Les escribimos porque quisieramos agradecerles para sus profesionalidad y disponibilidad con nosotros.

También tenemos q decirles q hemos sido maravillosmente. El Trek fue organizado a lo mejor: desde el personal del refugio super gentil, hasta el numero pequeno q compuso el grupo.

sobretodo queremos agradecerles para el guia Armando: siempre listo, siempre profesional y lleno de cosas a compartir sobre el parque y no solo.

 
Roberto y Livia
13/08/2017
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(WWNAT) I had so much fun!!!
 
Our guides, They were so much fun!!

I had a wonderful trip with great guides and a great group of people. Everyone was so helpful in Chile Nativo and they're always happy! There was lots of great energy.

 
Shannon
08/08/2017
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(WWNAT) We had so much fun
 
We had so much fun! Everything was organized and provided for us so all we had to focus on was hiking in pristine beauty.

Armando knew so much about such vastly different topics - geology, history, and everything in between. He was a great leader and always honest with us. Can't imagine the trip with anyone else.

Without Chile Nativo we never could have experienced the intense beauty of Torres Del Paine - thank you!

 
Emma Race
13-08-2017
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