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WINTER DISCOVERING TORRES DEL PAINE

Overview

Explore valleys, lakes and mountains far from summer’s crowds on this Torres del Paine winter experience. Perfect for hikers, photographers, birdwatchers and outdoorsy folk of all types, this 3-day program takes you to the Towers, Grey Lake, Salto Grande waterfall, Pingo Valley plus prime spots for wildlife watching.

Trip Highlights

• Three days hiking in Torres del Paine
• Trek to the Towers lookout
• Crisp, snowy landscapes
• Observe condors and eagles in flight
• See Andean deer and native birds
• Hike to Grey Lake and Pingo Valley
• Stay in Refugios or hotels

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Transfer to Torres del Paine — Round-trip hike to the Towers lookout

    2 hours driving

    8-10 hours hiking, 22km

    1 hour driving

    Night at Refugio or Hotel (BL-D)

    Your private transfer will pick you up at your Puerto Natales hotel and take you to Torres del Paine National Park. Our destination today is the three Towers lookout point. We’ll set out, following the Ascencio River into the Ascencio Valley. After an hour’s hike uphill, we’ll stop to admire the valley: its contours, textures and panoramic views of Lake Nordensjköld. The next 2 hours take us through tall beech forests, past waterfalls, then up a huge terminal moraine (a ridge formed at a glacier’s end point). After reaching the lookout point 900 meters above sea level, we’ll be rewarded by the arresting sight of the Towers themselves. Here, take your time to take photos, have lunch and enjoy the incredible scenery. Once rested, we’ll descend along the same path and make our way to our lodgings

    Day 2

    Half day hike to Grey Lake- Half day hike to Pingo Valley

    30 minutes by transfer each way

    2 hours hike in the morning

    3 hours hike in the afternoon

    Night at Refugio or Hotel (B-BL-D)

    This morning our destination is Grey Lake whose enormous glacier of the same name forms part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a geological phenomenon that still guards many unexplored sections. The trail is short and flat, winding through beech forests where we may see Chilean flickers, torrent ducks and cachañas (Austral parakeets). We’ll cross a pebble beach and reach our viewpoint overlooking the lake and its blue floating icebergs and surrounding forests. Here, we’ll have lunch before setting off on our afternoon hike to Pingo Valley. This trail takes us to “Cascada los Salmones”, a waterfall where salmon are sometimes seen. Be alert as we return - you may see a huemul (Andean deer) hiding nearby. A transfer will take us back to our lodgings.

    Day 3

    Half-day hike to Los Cuernos lookout point – Half-day hike to Cerro Condor

    1 hour transfer

    2 hour hike in the morning, 2 hour hike in the afternoon

    2 hour return transfer (B-BL)

    A morning transfer will take us to Salto Grande Waterfall where we’ll begin our hike. Our first destination is the Paine Grande and Lake Nordensjköld lookout point. Here, we’ll have lunch before setting off for Cerro Condor along a path offering changing panoramic views of the Park and views of Pehoe Lake and twin granite peaks Los Cuernos from the summit. Have your cameras ready at the condor viewpoint: this is a prime spot for observing condors and black-chested buzzard eagles as they glide and soar above. You’ll later return along the same path and board your transfer to Puerto Natales.

    INCLUDED

    • All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
    • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
    • All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: picnic lunch, D: menu dinner)
    • Guide/driver (English-Spanish) for groups of up to 5 guests, Guide + Driver for groups of 6 guests or more
    • LODGING OPTIONS: Refugio: - Dorm with 6 bunk beds, shared bathrooms, central heating and hot water) Hotel: -Superior rooms with views of the lake and its icebergs

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Any additional nights
    • Medical expenses
    • Insurance of any kind
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities for Guide/ Driver

    Lodgings

    Hotel Lago Grey

    Located on the shore of Lago Grey, this ideally located hotel is surrounded by forests of Lenga, Coihue and ñirres. From the dining room and sitting areas you will be astonished with breathtaking views of the giant deep blue colored icebergs and Glacier Grey in the distance.

    Dates & Prices

    PRICES FOR SEASON 2018/2019: (valid until August 2019)

    Lodging in Mountain Hut: 6-bunk-bed shared rooms, shared bathroom, central heating:

    2 guests: USD $ 1.195 per person
    3 guests: USD$ 995 per person
    4-8 guests: USD$ 895 per person

    Lodging in Hotel: Superior rooms, private bathrooms with lake views:

    2 guests: USD $ 1.395 per person
    3 guests: USD$ 1.295 per person
    4-8 guests: USD$ 1.095 per person
    Single supplement: USD$ 160

    • Dates
    • Start / End
    • Price in USD
    • Spaces Available
    • 3 days
    • September 13, 2019 / September 15, 2019
    • USD 995
    • 6 spaces left
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    FAQ's

    Reviews

    Enjoyed the whole thing – super beautiful area – hope to return one day. I felt as though our guide Rodrigo really made the experience amazing, he knew so much about everything and was really mindful and helpful.

    Mila Markovic, Australia

    Outstanding experience to discover new horizons. Everything was perfect: the organisation, our guide Pelin and the Lago Grey hotel. We appreciated the diversity of the hikes and the professionalism and enthusiastic mood of Pelin at every single moment. The group was a good mix of people and the location of the hotel was awesome. We had a great time and we definitely recommend it!

    Joanna Cheres, UK

    This was one of the most memorable, challenging, and amazing experiences of my life. Rodrigo, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable, kind, and helpful. This was the most amazing experience ever.I am thankful we found Chile Nativo to tour with.

    Pressley Chakales, USA

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