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PAINE BIG CIRCUIT (7D/6N) (PBC)
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  • 2 passengers USD$ 2.595
  • 3 passengers USD$ 2.395
  • 4-8 passengers USD$ 2.195
  • Single Supplement USD$ 150
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TRIP LEVEL
Challenging
TRIP LENGTH
7 Days / 6 Nights
START / FINISH
Puerto Natales (PNT), Chile 
ACTIVITIES
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EXTENSIONS
GREY GLACIER ICEBERGS & GREY RIVER

HIGHLANDS OF COCHAMO VALLEY (3D/2N)

THE FJORD TRAIL (3D/2N)

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

DISCOVERING ATACAMA DESERT (5D-4N)

FITZ ROY LOOP (6D/5N)

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Day 1 At 8:30 AM we pick you up at your lodging in Puerto Natales. Our transfer takes us along an unpaved road heading to Torres Del Paine. When entering the Park, we will have excellent picture taking opportunities of guanacos (llama family) and Grey foxes, driving alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. We will start our first day trekking to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests (Nothofagus family), glaciers and waterfalls. We’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 we 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 we’ll start our descent, following the same path back to our camp.
(2 hours by private transfer, 7-8 hours round-trip, 18 KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Camping Torres)

Day 2 We will begin this day early morning, and weather permitting, to enjoy an impressive view of the Tower’s peaks painted with orange light. We will start our walk through a very old tall deciduous beech forest with the chance to see a woodpecker or fresh puma tracks. We follow a well marked trail, slightly sloping, that will lead us to an excellent viewpoint of Paine Chico Mountain in the distance, to finally arrive at the Serón camp site where we will set up our camp and enjoy a good dinner.
(4-5 hours, 9 KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Serón Campsite)

Day 3 This is the easiest span but especially interesting for flower lovers who, depending on the season, will see orchids, calceolarias, violets and oxalis. We will go around Paine Lake along a flattish path with views of many mountains, including Cerro Escudo (The Shield) and Cerro Cabeza del Indio (Indian Head Mountain -the profile of an Indian is observed in the rocks). Lastly we will arrive at the beginning of the Paine River, from where we will be able to see the incredible Cerro Cubo (Cube Mountain) and Dickson Lake.
(6-7 hours, 18.5 KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Camping Dickson)

Day 4 At this point we will start one of the most beautiful sections of the park, walking through some of the oldest beech forests, along an undulating path, following Los Perros River, with breathtaking views of mountains, waterfalls and exuberant vegetation. We will cross a hanging bridge over Los Perros River to arrive at the terminal moraine of the hanging glacier, giving birth to a lagoon with sedimentary waters. Half an hour from this point is Los Perros campsite where we will stay overnight.
(5 hours, 9 KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Los Perros Campsite)

Day 5 This is the most difficult day of the whole circuit, but at the same time has a dramatic beauty worthy of the effort. We will head up on a pronounced path through forests to arrive at a swamp area, keeping us busy for a couple of hours. We will continue ascending, maybe finding some snow, until coming to the John Garner pass at 1200MTS above sea level. From here we have an outstanding view of the Grey Glacier and the Southern Ice Field, with its many unclimbed peaks. We will head off alongside the glacier, on an up and down path through fallen trees, contrasting with the exuberance of the Nothofagus forests, walking underneath the Cordon Olguín with its huge thick granite walls. If lucky enough we will see ice calving from the front wall of the Grey Glacier, before ending up on a beach of sedimentary sand where we will spend the night.
(10-11 hours, 22 KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Camping Grey)

Day 6 Today we enjoy a leisure morning, around the camp or in front of the Glacier Grey looking for some ice calving from the huge glacier wall! We have lunch in the Refugio before we start a hike to the Pehoe Lake.
(3-½ hours walk, 11 KM). (B-L-D) (Night at Camping Paine Grande)

Day 7 After a good breakfast we commence our out and back trek to the French valley. We will start going around the south-west side of Paine Grande, the highest summit in the Park, through native forests of fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the hanging bridge over the French River to observe the first glimpses of the glacier. Then we will ascend (300m) for one hour amidst a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a view point, gifting us with magnificent panoramic views, where we enjoy a good lunch. We will take the same path back to Pehoe Lake, and then cross the lake by catamaran and take a private transfer back to Puerto Natales.
(6-7 hours, 17 KM, 35 minutes by catamaran, 2 hours by 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.

 
Camping Chile Nativo

Our clients sleep in 4-season tents, North Face VE 25 (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy. We use a Mountain Hardwear domo-dining tent when the group is over 6 passengers and only in certain areas.


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INCLUDED
-All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner )
-Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
-6 nights lodging in basic camping Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 (Based on double occupancy)
-Porters to carry the camping gear and the food
-Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake
-Guide (English-Spanish languages)
-Guide ratio 1:5 guests
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NOT INCLUDED
-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Sleeping bag and mattress
-Dinner on Day 7
-Porters to carry personal belongings, which include sleeping bag and mattress, (available upon request, cost of USD $ 500 for 5 days with a maximum of 15K per porter, usually good to share one in between two hikers))
-Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except the ones include in the menu
-Gratuities for guide & porters

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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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Torres del Paine Circuit
 
I just wanted to thank you for a fantastic trip. The pace, camp sites and services were perfect. I didn’t expect to eat or sleep as comfortably as I did. Please also pass on my thanks to Maurico for a brilliant job guiding us; it was just the right balance of trekking, information and encouragement. The trip was made even better with reasonable weather and a great group of co-trekkers. I haven’t stopped recounting tales to friends and family since getting back.

 
Rodrigo Asela
February 2016
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We can't say enough positive things about our trip, Paine Big Circuit
 
We can't say enough positive things about our trip, Paine Big Circuit, in December. It was the most amazing adventure ever, and we are so grateful to have had Mauricio and Claudio in our group. Mauricio has such endless enthusiasm and a passion for the environment. He was extremely capable in leading us, and took the time to point out the flowers, the trees, and historical facts. Always positive and cheerful, it made for a fun week even when we were beat and tired. He had amazing energy and his love for the environment is apparent. He worked hard and made sure we were all taken care of. I always felt like our group was in excellent hands.

Having Claudio there to film and take photos just made the adventure even more special, since we now have the gift of his work to share with our friends and family. The entire process of working with Chile Nativo to research the routes, make the reservations, and arrive/depart smoothly worked very well. The trip was easy to book and Gonzalo was very responsive to my questions. The lists helped quite a bit. Payment transactions were smooth, and our flights and bus worked out well.

I continue to recommend your company and the route to my friends here in the US. We hope to return someday to explore more of Patagonia. This trip was on my "bucket list" and I have such incredible memories, along with fabulous photos - it will be hard to beat. It was one of the toughest vacations I've ever had - the hikes challenged me every day. But the rewards were well worth the effort. Patagonia will always be special to me, and I thank Chile Nativo for bringing me to this amazing land.

 
Mary Schmitz and Michael Mitchell
December 2015
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Full Circuit - Great Trip!
 
An amazing trip over some very rough terrain. Mud, rocks and rivers tested our physical ability but made it all the more rewarding. Guides were professional and appreciated as we trekked through inclement weather conditions. Great trip! Guides were great! Always professional, safety conscious and turned out to be great chefs! Armando's coffee is the best!

We had an amazing trip that truly tested our mental and physical ability. The guides were great - they set the pace and helped each of us individually when we need it. An overall great experience.

 
Jen Muzyka
March 2015
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Paine Big Circuit
 
My Torres del Paine Circuit trek was the experience of a lifetime, one I will never forget. Absolutely beautiful! Our guides, Mauricio and Miriam, were incredible. They made the trip even more amazing; not to mention the lentil soup they made for us on night 4 was incredible! On that note, all the meals were great, especially at Seron Campsite as well. The itinerary was perfect, too. I liked that we started with the tours and made our way around the mastiff from there - there were wonderful surprises along the way, too, like the daisy fields of the Enchanted Valley on Day 2 and the dense forests and glaciers on Day 4. Of course, the John Gardner pass was challenging but our group was so supportive and enthusiastic, Mauricio and Miriam made it all the more enjoyable. And oh my, how insane was the Southern Patagonian Ice Field! All in all, this trip with Chile Nativo to Torres del Paine National Park is in the top 3 of my lifetime for sure.

 
Jamie Oconell
January, 2014
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Paine Big Circuit
 
We just had the most amazing, unforgettable 9 days trekking - a journey and experience that we will remember forever. We had 7 days straight of perfect weather, it even impressed Andre!

The mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests were absolutely magical and we were blown away by the majestic size of nature in Patagonia. We were treated to the Chilean people's unmatched hospitality in Andre and the porters, Eric and Nicolas. Andre is not only an exceptional guide but also an exceptional human being and we are honoured to have had him as our guide. What was an exceptional trek was made even more memorable through his guidance, wisdom, knowledge, hospitality, sense of humour- he enabled three inexperienced bikers to have the hike of their life! Thank you also so much for all your help, efficiency and support in making this trip the amazing experience that it was- it was an absolute pleasure dealing with you and your company and we wish you all the best.

Once we have worked through our thousands of photos we will send you a link to the best ones. If you would like us to write a testimonial / reference on Chile Nativo - we will be delighted to do so. Hopefully one day we will be able to return to your beautiful country. Regards Elca, Roger and Nicola

 
Elca Glover
October, 2010
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