Torres del Paine Multi Activity Circuit
- Length: 10 days / 9 nights
- Activity Level: Experienced
Puerto Natales, Laguna Quemada, 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 Las Torres
- Day 3: Camp Las Torres - Camp Laguna Azul
- Day 4: Laguna Azul - Lago Paine
- Day 5: Lago paine - Refugio Dickson
- Day 6: Refugio Dickson - Laguna Quemada - Refugio Dickson
- Day 7: Refugio Dickson - Camp Los Perros
- Day 8: Camp Los Perros - Camp Grey
- Day 9: Camp Grey - Puerto Natales
- Day 10: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
Mountaineering and Cycling trip in Torres del Paine
- Length: 10 days / 9 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: Torres Lookout - Las Torres
You will begin the journey by first visiting the famed Torres. You will leave early in the morning from Puerto Natales and begin hiking up Almirante Nieto Mountain. You will slowly but steadily hike up admiring the gorgeous views of Lago Nordenskjold and the amazing Valley Asencio. Finally you will reach a dense Lenga forest, and hike about one hour through it. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After many pictures, a cup of tea and some time relaxing in front of the imposing peaks you will hike back down the moraine and return to Las Torres to sleep.
Day 3: Las Torres - Laguna Azul
We begin the day on a dirt road leaving Las Torres riding from here past administration and around to a beautiful section of Torres del Paine perfect for short day hikes. You will be able to admire the typical Chilean pampas and also see how badly a fire in 2005 affected the area. We will ride by guanacos and hopefully see condors and nandus! In the evening we will arrive at our campsite in Laguna Azul and have dinner.
Day 4: Laguna Azul - Lago Paine
Today we start out on a single track from the camping site in 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 18 km long; along the way we 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 at a base camp set up near the remote and beautiful Lago Paine.
Day 5: Lago Paine - Refugio Dickson
After a hot breakfast we will continue cycling towards Lake Dickson. You will leave Lago Paine and pedal towards Glacier Dickson. The ride today is 15 km. Today the trail will be a bit more difficult, again we will ride over and through streams and creeks. Also today we will encounter more elevation change than the previous day. Finally in the afternoon you will arrive at Refugio Dickson. We will cross a small section of the lake by boat and enjoy a nice warm bed and the views of Glacier Dickson.
Day 6: Refugio Dickson - Laguna Quemada
Today you will leave your bikes for a bit of exploration on foot. Your trekking gear will have been brought to the Refugio by porters and you will start out early so that you will be able to see a unique view of Glacier Dickson and finally arrive at Laguna Quemada for lunch. If the weather is good and we are hiking at a good pace, we may even be able to continue to the international police post located on an old baqueano trail. The police located at this solitary post will most likely invite us in for a chat and later in the afternoon we will return Refugio Dickson.
Day 7: Refugio Dickson - Perros
After a nice breakfast you and your guide will begin hiking! Today the trek is about four hours and will take you through one of the oldest forests in the park. The trail will lead you past Lengas and Coigues that grew shortly after the glaciers receded. You will see medial moraines that mark the valley and finally reach the terminal moraine at the foot of Perros Glacier. Here we will set up camp, have dinner and relax.
Day 8: Perros - Camping Grey
You will wake and have breakfast in a beautiful forest. In the morning, you will start climbing a slow but steady hill for approximately 200 meters, the trail is very moist, and the beautiful Lenga and Coigue trees cover this portion of the trail also. After an hour and fifteen minutes you will reach the end of the forest and will finally begin trekking up rock slides towards the John Gardner Pass. After forty more minutes of hiking you will be able to see Glaciar Amistad, Cerro Blanco Sur, Punta Puma and finally the John Gardner Pass. You will have an astonishing view of Glacier Grey and the Pingo and Zapata Mountain Range. After enjoying the breath-taking view you will begin hiking downhill for about two hours until you reach Camp Paso for a short rest before continuing on four more hours. As you are hiking you, with your guide, will come to two ravines. These ravines can be safely crossed by using the metal ladders that the park rangers have installed. After crossing the ravines you will continue on just a bit more until arriving at Camp Guardas, one hour from Camping Grey, where we will have a nice nights rest.
Day 9: Camping Grey - Puerto Natales
After crossing the John Gardner Pass and enjoying the back portion of the "Circuit" in Torres del Paine you will have just a morning left to relax, take pictures or go for another short hike. You will board the Grey II boat in the afternoon and enjoy your afternoon by admiring the glacier from up-close and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. Just after 18:00 hrs you will begin your journey in bus towards Puerto Natales and arrive in time for a late dinner and a good nights rest.
Day 10: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
Today you will take a transfer back to Punta Arenas. You will say goodbye to our staff and continue your journey home or to your next destination!
Below is a suggested packing list:
- Upper body:
- Wind proof and water proof jacket, such as Gore Tex or similar
- Fleece or pile coat
- Quick dry long sleeve t-shirt
- Quick dry or cotton short sleeve t-shirt
- Winter hat
- Light gloves
- Lower body:
- Quick dry hiking socks
- Quick dry, light weight long underwear bottoms
- Quick dry and breathable windproof pants
- Light trekking boots and/or gym shoes
- Other necessary items:
- Sleeping bag (-5°C for Nov. – Mar. trips, -15°C for April – Oct. trips)
- Water bottle (1.000cc)
- Sun glasses
- Chap Stick with sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- Backpack (big enough for all your personal things)
- Shower Shoes
- Head lamp and/or flashlight
Dittmar Adventures gear:
- Giant, terrago team model
- Four Season Tents
- MSR Asgard, 3-man tent
- MSR Fury, 2-man tent
- Sleeping Pad
- Thermarest Prolite 4
- Thermarest Prolite plus
- Base Camp Tents
- Mountain Hardwear Space Station
- MSR Board Room
- Cooking gear
- MSR Whisperlite international
- MSR Base pot set
- GSI Tableware
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%)
Please contact us to receive information about the trip of your choice.
You can call us at US 1 - 281 - 213 - 0115
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