Mountaineering and Cycling trip in Torres del Paine
- Tour Length: 6 days
- Activity Level: Experienced
Puerto Natales, Las torres lookout, Oggioni pass, Lake Dickson, Los Perros valley, Paine river, Lake Paine, Lake Azul
We looked for less-traveled trails; places where hikers must have permits to explore the valleys and hills. We wanted to find a place where Baqueanos (patagonian cowboys) historically traveled with their livestock and re-discover paths that were used to cross the mountain ranges between Argentina and Chile. These historic trails provide a hiker with a feeling of being alone with nature and allow you to see Torres del Paine from a different perspective.
- Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Natales
- Day 2: Puerto Natales - Camp Japones
- Day 3: Camp Japones - Refugio Dickson
- Day 4: Refugio Dickson
- Day 5: Camp Lago Paine - Puerto Natales
- Day 6: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
Note: paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP 470
Please note: these are indicative prices only - please enquire for confirmed quotes and details of payment terms.
Off the beaten trail + cycling in Torres del Paine
- Length: 6 days / 5 nights
- Activity Level: Experienced
We looked for less-traveled trails; places where hikers must have permits to explore the valleys and hills. We wanted to find a place where Baqueanos (cowboys) historically traveled with their livestock and re-discover paths that were used to cross the mountain ranges between Argentina and Chile. These historic trails provide a hiker with a feeling of being alone with nature and allow you to see Torres del Paine from a different perspective.
Day 1: Punta Arenas - Natales
You will be greeted in the Punta Arenas airport (PUQ) and taken directly to Puerto Natales. The drive is approximately 3 hours, along the way you will be able to catch your first glimpses of guanacos and nandus. You will be taken to you hotel Indigo and your guide will meet you for a briefing explaining the next few days and helping you with any last minute questions.
Day 2: Puerto Natales - Camp Japones
After an early breakfast, you and your guide will leave Puerto Natales heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving in the park you will begin to casually walk up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. After passing Refugio Chileno you will hike one hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. You will leave your things at the Campamento Las Torres and continue to hike about 1 hour up a steep moraine to see the icon of Torres del Paine -- the Torres! After returning to your Campamento Las Torres you will hike to a climbers camp called Camp Japones. The Camp Japones is the original camp where the climbing pioneers stopped to get away from the weather and prepare the hike to the top of the Torres. You will settle into this camp for dinner and prepare for a big day!
Day 3: Camp Japones - Paso Oggioni - Dickson
You will wake for an early breakfast and a nice cup of hot coffee or tea and then pack up camp and begin hiking today. This pass is a very unique pass and almost no one does it. There is no real trail (just like in Bader) and is marked only by little stone towers that the previous hikers left. You will begin by going along the trail to the back side of the Torres, but then as the trail continues straight, you will detour and hike down towards a waterfall. You will cross over the waterfall on a natural stone bridge and then hike over two glacier moraines. Finally you will start uphill. If you have a good map you will be able to see Oggioni Mountain in the back of Valle de Silencio (Silence Valley). You will hike over this mountain and then back down allowing you to cut directly to Dickson. After making it over the pass you will be walking through a thick forest (again with no real trail) and from a distance you will be able to see Refugio Dickson. You will continue on until you finally reach the refugio. Today is a long day and you will be happy to arrive after such an exciting, but exhausting day. I think tonight would be a good night to sleep on a bed inside the refugio!
Day 4: Dickson - Rest Day - Dickson
After a long day hiking you will be able to spend today relaxing! Today you can spend the day sitting down at Lake Dickson and enjoy the views, you can sleep in a bit later than normal, or if you like you can take a hike out to Laguna Quemada. Whatever you decide to do today, you will spend the night back inside Refugio Dickson. This day is designed to be used as an extra day in case of bad weather or just a bit of R & R.
Day 5: Dickson - Laguna Azul - Puerto Natales
Today we will finally begin cycling on a single track heading towards Laguna Azul, on the east side of Torres del Paine. This is the same trail that Lady Florence Dixie mentions in her book, Across Patagonia. The trail is 33 km long; along the way we again will cross numerous streams and creeks sometimes riding through them and others portering the bikes across. You will see the famous Torres distinctly from many other tourists and enjoy the rolling hills along the track. You will finish the day by meeting with a van that will take you and your gear back to Puerto Natales for a delicious meal and a good night’s rest.
Day 6: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
Today you will take a transfer to Punta Arenas. You will arrive in Punta Arenas at 11:00 hrs. You will say goodbye to our staff and continue your journey home or to your next destination!
How far ahead should I book my trip?
Due to the popularity of Patagonia, we recommend booking your trip 4 months in advance during the peak travel months (Dec-Feb). If you want to travel in November or March we recommend booking travel 2 months in advance.
Upon arrival to Patagonia
Your guide will meet you at the airport upon arrival. Typically he/she will take you to Puerto Natales, which is about a 3-hour drive from Punta Arenas. Depending on what time your plane arrives, you will have the entire day or just a few hours to explore or rest-up in the small town of Puerto Natales. Your guide will leave you at your hotel and meet you shortly after dinner to discuss trip details, answer questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days (the hotel will allow you to leave any unnecessary luggage with them).
Most of the time, there is no way to know what to expect. What you need to know is that it is fast changing and one can witness the wind, sun, rain and snow all in a matter of hours while in Patagonian wilderness. However, in the cities it is slightly more predictable, normally www.accuweather.com and www.undergroundweather.com are correct.
What to pack
During the trek you need to have a backpack (renting a backpack is possible) with just enough room to carry your clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bag (during W trips, renting a sleeping bag is also possible). Shared equipment like tents, stoves, pots, and food will be brought and transferred by our staff.
Personal equipment and clothing should be chosen to allow comfort while hiking. Select clothes to keep you dry in the rain, protected from the wind, and cool enough for warmer moments. It is essential that you are prepared to experience all four seasons in one day.
It is very important that every visitor has international insurance against accidents. Make sure you have arranged for this insurance before paying for the trip. It is worth considering that some aspects of nature are unpredictable and that we must be prepared for any inconvenient circumstances.
Three meals a day during your program are included. We do not include drinks while in cities or snacks during the day. When staying in cities we will eat in restaurants, however during the days we are in the wilderness your guide will prepare your food. Food is purchased at local stores and we choose your meals according to the preference sheet you fill out. Food can include, but is not limited to, assorted vegetables, beef, chicken and fish. We will also provide energy rich carbohydrates like pasta, rice, or potatoes. To top things off and excite your taste buds we also bring some of the following: wine, beer, cookies, cheese, crackers, and fruits. Your meals are carried and, most of the time, prepared by your guide.
Changes in itinerary
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule agreed upon, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.
Canceling your adventure
At the time we receive written notice that you must cancel your trip, the following fees will apply to your deposit (all dates are from departure date):
- Regular Departures
- From time of reservation until 90 days prior to departure -$100 USD
- 89 to 60 days prior to departure - $200 USD
- 59 to 30 days prior to departure - 50% of deposit USD
- 29 days or less prior to departure - 100% of deposit USD
- Private Adventures, Custom Adventures & Special Departures
- From time of reservation until 90 days prior to departure -15% of deposit
- 89 to 60 days prior to departure -50% of deposit USD
- 59 days or less prior to departure -100% of deposit USD
Please Note: No partial refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Program Costs are quoted as a package and refunds are not given for services not used. (Note—Extra hotel nights cancelled within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% of the hotel cost or $35, whichever is greater.)
- How to reserve an adventure
- 1st - Fill out the client information form and read the terms and conditions on the booking form
- 2nd - Make the deposit payment (40% of total trip cost)
- 3rd - Upon arrival pay the balance (60%)
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