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Torres del Paine Explorer

From the comfort of either mountain lodges or simple refugios, this extension includes guided day walks in Chile's magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. From our accommodation we explore the interior of the park where the Paine Massif dominates the scenery, and guanaco and rhea roam the pampas on the shores of azure glacial lakes. We enter the park on a boat cruise via the Balmaceda Glacier from Puerto Natales and leave on a bus, crossing the border to Argentina and the Patagonian Pampa before arriving back in El Calafate.

Inclusions

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches
Accommodation on a twin share basis (lodges & refugios)
Good quality hotel in Puerto Natales
Shared transportation throughout the trip
Services of an English speaking local guide while trekking (not one guide throughout)
Hightlights
Soak up the magnificent mountain scenery of Torres del Paine National Park
Walk amongst glacial lakes, rivers and streams with wonderful views
Cruise by boat from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine with stunning views of the Balmaceda glacier
Relish in impressive, panoramic scenery
Marvel at the majestic Patagonian Pampa with roaming guanaco
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $3,890
Start Location
Calafate, Patagonia
End Location
Patagonia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 6
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Walking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
01 Nov 201906 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
02 Nov 201907 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
03 Nov 201908 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
04 Nov 201909 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
05 Nov 201910 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
06 Nov 201911 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
07 Nov 201912 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
08 Nov 201913 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
09 Nov 201914 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
10 Nov 201915 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
11 Nov 201916 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
12 Nov 201917 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
13 Nov 201918 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
14 Nov 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
15 Nov 201920 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
16 Nov 201921 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
17 Nov 201922 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
18 Nov 201923 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
19 Nov 201924 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
20 Nov 201925 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
21 Nov 201926 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
22 Nov 201927 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
23 Nov 201928 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
24 Nov 201929 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
25 Nov 201930 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
26 Nov 201901 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
27 Nov 201902 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
28 Nov 201903 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
29 Nov 201904 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
30 Nov 201905 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
01 Dec 201906 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
02 Dec 201907 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
03 Dec 201908 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
04 Dec 201909 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
05 Dec 201910 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
06 Dec 201911 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
07 Dec 201912 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
08 Dec 201913 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
09 Dec 201914 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
10 Dec 201915 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
11 Dec 201916 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
12 Dec 201917 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
13 Dec 201918 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
14 Dec 201919 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
15 Dec 201920 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
16 Dec 201921 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
17 Dec 201922 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
18 Dec 201923 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
19 Dec 201924 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
20 Dec 201925 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
21 Dec 201926 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
22 Dec 201927 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
23 Dec 201928 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
24 Dec 201929 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
25 Dec 201930 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
26 Dec 201931 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
27 Dec 201901 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,790
28 Dec 201902 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,790
29 Dec 201903 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,790
30 Dec 201904 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,790
31 Dec 201905 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,790
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
This morning you will be collected from your hotel in El Calafate and transferred to the bus station to join a public bus for the 5-6 hour drive south across the pampas following the Andes. After crossing the border at Cerro Castillo, we continue our way to Puerto Natales where we stay for the night. Overnight Weskar Lodge or similar.
Day 2
In the morning we leave Puerto Natales on a boat and set sail through the ltima Esperanza Fjord. During the voyage, we enjoy the beauty of the fjords and can observe cormorant and sea lion colonies as well as condors. After about three hours we arrive to Balmaceda Glacier, which pours from the summit of Mount Balmaceda into the sea. We have plenty of time to enjoy the view from the boat and take photos. About 20 minutes later we arrive at Puerto Toro, the gateway to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. Here we walk to the viewpoint of Glacier Serrano. If we are lucky, we will be able to see blocks of ice calving and splashing into the lagoon below. After lunch we will receive a warm waterproof outfit and life jackets to enjoy the next part of our adventure. We board a semi-rigid boat and head up the Serrano River (approx 1 hour 40 minutes ) until we reach Salto Serrano. Here, we will change boats and continue our journey until we reach the Serrano River Section of Torres del Paine National Park. Overnight Hotel Paine or similar.
Day 3
After an early breakfast we will be picked up at our hotel and will transfer to Refugio Pudeto to board a Catamaran and cross Lake Peh towards Paine Grande. After a 30 minute navigation we will start the trek towards the French Valley, which is surrounded by lakes, rivers and streams and offers a wonderful view of the Paine massif. The first two hours are easy walking until we reach the "Campamento Italiano" sector. The trek winds through the French River Valley to a beautiful viewpoint of the French Glacier (1,5 hours), then continues up the valley until we reach the "British Camp" and then "British Mirador", which offers one of the most stunning views of all in Torres del Paine National Park: Paine Grande, Cathedral, Leaf, Mask, Sword, Shark Fin and North Horn can be seen from here. We return on the same path to Lake Peh where we take a catamaran again. On the other side of the lake, our vehicle will already be waiting for us and will transfer us back to our hotel. Overnight Hotel Paine or similar.
Day 4
Today we will further explore the Torres del Paine National Park. We will have great views of the Paine Massif and if weather allows this is a great opportunity to take beautiful photos of the park. Later, we will stop to admire another symbol of the park: Cuernos del Paine (or Paine Horns). We will walk to Salto Grande, the biggest waterfall in Torres del Paine which is about 15 meters high. It is mainly known for its tremendous power and the powder blue colour of the water from all the sediment embedded in the glacier-fed waters. Salto Grande is also the connection between Nordenskj ld Lake and Peh Lake. Our last stop today is Grey Lake, where we will walk through a forest of Coigues, on a hanging bridge over the river Pingo and observe the different shapes and colours of fls floating in the lake. In the background we can see Paine Grande (Big Paine), the highest mountain of the Paine Massif and the stunning Grey Glacier, which is part of the Southern Ice Field (Campos de Hielo Sur). Overnight Las Torres Refugio or Torres Central Refugio or similar.
Day 5
When we first see the great granite pinnacles of Torres del Paine it is worth remembering that the Andes are the youngest chain of mountains in the world. One can imagine the great pressures and movements of the earth that created these spectacular vertical peaks. The trekking starts on the slopes of the Almirante Nieto Mountain that borders the River Ascensio. We make a pronounced ascent to arrive at the River Ascensio Valley and then a further two hour climb to reach the Chilean refuge. We continue our walk crossing the forest of coihues, a Chilean evergreen used for thatching, with the objective of reaching the base of Las Torres. This is a popular point for mountaineers to begin their climbing, with vertical faces of more than 880 metres. Later we arrive at the Las Torres viewpoint, a natural amphitheatre with magnificent views. This viewpoint is situated at the base of the vertical granite towers that are more than 2,700 metres high. Here we can see la Torre Sur, Central y Norte, el Nido de C ndores and the North face of the Almirante Nieto Mountain. We can also see la Morena from here, a rocky formation that has an altitude of 1,000 metres. Finally we return by the same path. Duration: 7-8 hours round trip. Overnight Las Torres Refugio or Torres Central Refugio or similar.
Day 6
After an early breakfast we depart in a private vehicle to the bus station in Cerro Castillo where we take a public bus for our onward 3 hour journey across the border and the Patagonian Pampa back to El Calafate. Our trip concludes on arrival in El Calafate (bus terminal). We can organise a transfer to El Calafate airport if required (additional expense). Flights should not depart before 5pm.