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W Circuit : Self guided hike in Torres del Paine

Day 1: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
Regular bus to Puerto Natales from El Calafate or Punta Arenas.

Included: bus to Puerto Natales, private hostel room in Puerto Natales, meeting with orientation leader

Day 2: Puerto Natales – Refugio Chileno
From your hostel the regular bus is going to pick you up at 7.30. The bus ride is about 3 hours with one stop in Villa Cerro castillo. You will stop in the National Park's main entrance "Laguna Amarga" and pay the entrance fee. From here, you should take a shuttle bus to Las Torres trailhead, and start to walk towards Refugio El Chileno and then in the afternoon continue to the Las Torres lookout. You will spend the night in Refugio Chileno.

Included: bus from Puerto Natales to TDP, Breakfast, Dinner, bed in refugio

  • Las torres hotel to Refugio Chileno: 5.5 Km / 3.4 Mi
  • Las Torres hotel to Camp Torres: 8.7 Km / 5.4 Mi
  • Las torres hotel to Las torres lookocut: 9.5 Km / 5.9 Mi

Day 3: Refugio Chileno - Refugio Cuernos
Returning along the same trail, you will see a detour to Los Cuernos after couple of Km. Your refugio tonight is located on the coast of Lake Nordenskjold and the foot of the impressive Cuernos of Paine. Along the hike to Refugio Cuernos you will border Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold. You will have a few rivers to cross by hopping across rocks and also catch views of glaciers upon the mountain tops that are hovering over you. Finally you see the Cuernos! They are monsterous peaks, you will spend the night at the foot of them after a breath-taking journey.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, bed in refugio

  • Refugio Chileno to Refugio Los Cuernos: 11 Km / 6.8 Mi
  • Camp Torres to Refugio Los Cuernos: 14.5 Km / 9 Mi
  • Refugio Chileno to Camp Itaiano: 16.6 Km / 10.3 Mi

Day 4: French Valley - Refugio Paine Grande

Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Camp Italiano. This camp is just two easy hours away. You will trek accross a windy beach and finally escape into the valley and find that the wind is a little calmer. After two hours of hiking you can leave your backpack at Camp Italiano and continue into the French Valley with just a small day-pack. You will hike across a moraine and through a forest until you finally come to a clearing. Here you will be blown away both by the wind and by the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you, the shocking hanging glacier called the French Glacier just ahead of you and by many of the peaks that are the reason why this park has become famous. After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your backpacks and continue to Camp Paine Grande where you will spend the night.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, bed in refugio

  • Los Cuernos to Camp Italiano: 5.5 Km / 3.4 Mi
  • Camp Italiano to Camp Britanico: 6.7 Km / 4.1 Mi
  • Camp Itaiano to Refugio Paine Grande: 4.7 Km / 10.3 Mi

Day 5: Camp Grey - Navigation for Lake – Puerto Natales

After a restful nights sleep and an energizing breakfast you will be ready to hike again. Today you will have a short four hours through a small forest and then along Lake Grey. Most days this section of the park is also windy, because of the openess provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field. After about two hours of hiking you will get your first peaks of Glacier Grey and be stunned. You will continue on two more hours until arriving at Camp Grey, leave your things and then continue ten more minutes until you arrive at the beach where you will have a gorgeous view of the glacier. You will arrive here just after lunch and board the Grey II boat in the afternoon. You will enjoy your afternoon by admiring the glacier from upclose and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. Just after 18:00 hrs you will begin your journey towards Puerto Natales and arrive in time for a late dinner and a good nights rest.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, private hostel room, transfer to regular bus, regular bus to Puerto Natales, Grey II

  • Refugio Paine Grande to Refugio Grey: 11 Km / 6.8 Mi

Day 6: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas / Ushuaia / El Calafate

Today you will take a transfer back to Punta Arenas or El Calafate. You will say goodbye to Puerto Natales and continue your journey home or to your next destination!

Included: Breakfast, bus to Punta Arenas or El Calafate

Self guided hike in Torres del Paine, Perito Moreno Glacier and Chalten

Day 1: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
Regular bus to Puerto Natales from El Calafate, Ushuaia or Punta Arenas.

Day 2: Puerto Natales – Camp Chileno
From your hostel the regular bus is going to pick you up at 7.30 or 14.30. The bus ride is about 3 hours with one stop in Villa Cerro castillo.
The bus is going to stop in the National Park main entrance "Laguna Amarga".
If you hike start in Torres, you should take here a shuttle bus to Las Torres area, and start to walk until Refugio El Chileno and then continue uto the Las Torres lookout.

  • Las torres hotel to Refugio Chileno: 5.5 Km / 3.4 Mi
  • Las Torres hotel to Camp Torres: 8.7 Km / 5.4 Mi
  • Las torres hotel to Las torres lookocut: 9.5 Km / 5.9 Mi

Day 3: Camp Chileno - Camp Cuernos
Returning on the same trail, you will see a detour to Los Cuernos after couple of Km. We recommend to start early in the morning. On your way to the next destination you will have the view

  • Refugio Chileno to Refugio Los Cuernos: 11 Km / 6.8 Mi
  • Camp Torres to Refugio Los Cuernos: 14.5 Km / 9 Mi
  • Refugio Chileno to Camp Itaiano: 16.6 Km / 10.3 Mi

Day 4: French Valley - Refugio Paine Grande

  • Los Cuernos to Camp Italiano: 5.5 Km / 3.4 Mi
  • Camp Italiano to Camp Britanico: 6.7 Km / 4.1 Mi
  • Camp Itaiano to Refugio Paine Grande: 4.7 Km / 10.3 Mi

Day 5: Camp Grey - Navigation for Lake – Puerto Natales

  • Refugio Paine Grande to Refugio Grey: 11 Km / 6.8 Mi

Day 6: Puerto Natales - El Calafate

Day 7: El Calafate - Perito Moreno - El Chalten

Day 8: Trekking to Cerro Torre Lookout

  • El Chalten - Laguna Torre: 8.5 Km / 5.3 Mi

Day 9: Trekking to Laguna de los tres ( Fitz Roy Lookout)

  • El Chalten - Laguna Torre: 12.4 Km / 7.7 Mi

Day 10: Viedma Ice Hike - El Calafate

Day 11: El Calafate - Puerto Natales

Day 12: Puerto Natales - Aeropuerto

Personal Gear:

  • 1 clean shirt for evenings
  • 2 quick dry shirts (one short sleeve, one long sleeve) for hiking during the day
  • 1 Wind proof and water proof jacket, such as Gore Tex or similar
  • 1 Fleece or pile coat
  • Winter hat
  • Light gloves
  • 1 pair of quick dry hiking socks for each day you will be out
  • 1 pair of quick dry, light weight long underwear bottoms
  • Quick dry and breathable windproof pants zip-off to shorts
  • Light water-resistant trekking boots
  • Pajamas
  • Toiletries (all mini-sizes)
  • Water bottle (1.000cc)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chap Stick with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Shower Shoes
  • Earplugs
  • Head lamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera

Camping Gear:

  • 3 Season tent
  • Extra tent steaks and with extra tie-downs for strong wind
  • Sleeping bag -5°C for Nov. – Mar.
  • Sleeping bag -15°C for April – Oct.
  • Backpack (big enough for all your things)
  • light weight cooking stove and pots
  • light weight sleeping mat

Food:

  • trail mix (nuts, chocolate, raisins)
  • Sandwiches (cheese, ham, or pbj)
  • granola bars
  • oranges
  • hot dinners (soup, pastas, dried vegetables or rice)
  • powdered milk with cereal
  • coffee or tea
  • any other light-weight easy to prepare food is a good idea

Luckily the water in most of Patagonia is good to drink if it is away from camping areas and flowing. Therefore, you do not need to bring water.

Tips and advice for packing your pack in the incredibly unpredictable Patagonian weather.

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