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Torres Del Paine Circuit

The Torres Del Paine circuit around the famous craggy mountains that crown the Park is one of the world's classic trekking routes. Breathtaking views together with glaciers, rivers, lakes, forests and abundant wildlife provide the trip with constantly changing sceneries and experiences. This is one of the greatest scenic wonders of the world and one of those places to which all serious mountain-lovers must make a pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

This trek is best done in an anticlockwise direction that saves the hardest sections until later and prevents the walkers from being stopped by strong wind currents. You can also take a full Paine circuit trek with horse-pack support and optional porters for your personal belongs, allowing you to complete this demanding, but exhilarating adventure, carrying only your day pack. The circuit, rated strenuous, covers a distance of approx. 100 kms/60 miles.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY TORRES DEL PAINE TREK…
And, experience spectacular views of granite peaks, glacier lakes & wildlife. 
 

What We Love
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • 3 night's accommodation sharing a dome in EcoCamp at Las Torres.
  • 6 nights camping with large mountain tents (designed for 4 but used by 2 persons). 
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is an active tour and includes trekking on steep mountain slopes.
  • You must come prepared for summer and winter all together.
  • Please check with us for clothing and equipment you should take on this trip.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

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What is an Ecocamp?
It's a luxury camp, of a kind never seen before in Chile and similar in concept to the famous African lodges. It is a more comfortable alternative, but above all environmentally friendly, especially in a national Park with the characteristics of Torres del Paine.
 
The Ecocamp has been designed with the comfort of our travelers in mind but above all stressing the importance of interfering as little as possible with the surroundings in which we have installed it. This need to protect the environment has meant that we have had to be very efficient in managing the eco-camp; this has meant that we cannot offer some of the comforts normal in unprotected areas (private bathroom with septic tank, diesel generators etc) and, on the other hand, utilizing technologies and sustainable processes but ones which demand a greater effort and more patience from our guests (less availability of water and solar energy for electricity, making compost, less waste etc). 
 
What is the Eco-camp like?
Sleeping is in big comfortable domed tents that take 2 people. They are 2 meters high and the floor is of vitrified wood. The tents are resistant to the strongest winds, rain and even Patagonian snow and they are each equipped with 2 single beds, fleece sheets (very popular among our guests!), blankets and feather cover. The domes are very well insulated allowing comfortable temperatures even in cold nights. The Ecocamp also has a large dome for kitchen/dining room – this is a dome of 9 meters diameter (30 ft) and 4.5 meters high (15 ft). It is equipped with a living area, dining room and kitchen. The space is light and airy with a big panoramic window and it invites our guests to enjoy in a completely new way the surprising evenings of Patagonia. The Ecocamp also includes a bathroom module with showers and hot water. The toilet system uses a composting process (i.e. it transforms human waste into compost). A chef runs the kitchen of the Ecocamp.
 
Refugios
Our programs include stay in refugios. This are typical mountain huts, open to the public that visits Torres del Paine. It has rooms for 4-6 people. The beds are single, bunk type and we will provide you with a sleeping bag and a polar fleece liner (you don't need to bring a sleeping bag!). The bathrooms are also shared and they have hot water. The refugios are heated and have a very comfortable dining area.
 
Physical Demands 
This trip is for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. To enjoy this trek it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a programme of conditioning well before departure -in fact as soon as you book- and be aware that short walks on the flat do little to prepare you for the gradients of the Torres del Paine National Park. Regular aerobic excercise (power walking, jogging, cycling on hills, swimming, cross country skiing, etc) for al least one hour 4-5 times a week is suggested. Consult your physycian if you have questions concerning your underlying health.
 
Weather
The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, both the strong marine and the South Patagonic Ice field influence make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to march) you should come prepared to find cold- strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls. The summer's average temperature is 11°C/52°F (24°Cmax, 2°C min).
 
What you need to bring
Day backpack (20-301t), duffel bag (70 liters), waterproof trekking boots, waterproof parka & pants, inner isolating layer (fleece or wool), three changes of clothes, sun hat, sun screen, hiking socks, sandals (for after hikes), bathing suit, sunglasses, towel (optional), ski poles (optional), long underwear, extra change of socks,
 
Transport
In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 persons. When we have only 2 to 4 persons we use smaller vehicles, usually 4x4, driven by the tour guide. On the regular departure trips you will share the vehicle with other EcoCamp guests joining other tours. On the private departure, the vehicle will be of your use exclusively with the limitation of their use to the given itinerary and time schedules.
 
We use packhorses on certain days to carry your backpacks, food and camping equipment. Those days you may hike only with your daypack. You are allowed to send up to 20 kgs in your backpack with the horses on those days. We use porters for three days when you are allowed to send up to 7 kgs only.
 
Getting There

Flights from the UK and Ireland: There are currently no direct flights from major UK airports. Most flights are via a European, Latin American or US city; LAN, Iberia, British Airways and Air France are all options. It’s worth paying attention to the routes used by the different airlines; even the shortest and most convenient ones via Madrid or Buenos Aires entail a total travelling time of over 16 hours. Flying via the US is longer still (though sometimes cheaper).

Flights from the US and Canada:
US travellers shouldn’t find it too hard to get a fairly convenient flight to Santiago. American Airlines, Delta and LAN offer non-stop flights from airports such as Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta. It is also possible to travel via other Latin American countries such as Peru and Brazil.
 

 
Torres del Paine Circuit Chile

Torres Del Paine Circuit

Torres Del Paine, Chile, South America
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Torres Del Paine Arrive around noon — 12PM. in Pta Arenas with the earliest morning flight from Santiago. Reception at the airport and transfer to Puerto Natales, lunch, and from there transfer (345 km/ 216miles /5hrs) to EcoCamp Las Torres inside the famous Torres del Paine National Park. In summer time, the sun sets around 11 PM giving us plenty of light to admire the landscape en route and the craggy mountains while entering the park. We will make short stops in the township of Puerto Natales, to take a look of the town (you have here the chance to leave in our office in Puerto Natales any luggage that you will not need during the trek), and in the enormous Cueva del Milodon, a giant geological wander that once sheltered a prehistoric sloth.
Overnight – EcoCamp Las Torres – L, D

Day 02 – Hiking Tour (10 km, 8 hrs round-trip)
Valle Ascencio We start our trekking journeys with the celebrate hike to the foot of the impressive granite massif of El Paine. From here admire the most typical sight of the Paine Towers (weather permitting) rising above a green lagoon. The famous Torres Del Paine (2.900m/9.400ft) consists of three gigantic granite monoliths, remains of a great cirque that has been sheared away by the forces of glacial ice.
Overnight – EcoCamp Las Torres – B, L, D

Day 03 – Hiking Tour (30 km, 8 hrs)
Lago Dickson Early transfer to Laguna Azul the day will start trekking through the Lenga forest of the northern side of Laguna Azul Lake which was affected by the Feb. 2004 fire. In this sector you may observe black woodpeckers, typical birds of Patagonia. Once arriving to the Dickson Lake, have a spectacular view on Glacier Dickson and part of the Hielo Patagonico Sur (South Patagonia Ice Field). The trek continues along the eastern bank of the Rio Paine. You will stop at a lookout point with a wonderful panoramic view of Lago Paine below. Descend to the lake level and continue across open grasslands along the Rio Paine to Refugio Dickson. Horse-pack support to carry communal gear AND your personal pack. Showers available. Our stunning campsite will be in the Dickson Valley surrounded by towering snow capped peaks and the pretty waters of Dickson Lake with Mt. Cubo in the distance.
Overnight – Camping (Dickson) Meals – B, L, D

Day 04 – Hiking Tour (10 kms, 6 hrs)
Lago Dickson An easy hike to recover you from the last 2 demanding days. Today we will trek north to Lago Quemado and get close to the beautiful Dickson Glacier and its iceberg-filled lake.
Overnight – Camping Meals – B, L, D

Note – Since next day porters will carry all the communal gear. Optional porters may carry your personal pack for the next days (extra cost showed at "Facts about the trip"; max. weight – 10 kgs/20 pounds)

Day 05 – Hiking Tour (81/2kms, 5 hrs)
Los Perros The trail follows Los Perros river and encounters the wildest and least accessible section of the trek. Virgin beech forests crossed by many water courses lead the way towards the lovely Laguna Los Perris where we set up camp.
Overnight – Camping (Los Perros) Meals – B, L, D

Day 06 – Hiking Tour
Camp Guardas In this section we reach the highest point of the circuit at 1300 mts (4000 ft) with an awe-inspiring view of the of the Ventisquero Grey, an enormous fractured mass of ice choking the valley. The route continues roughly south along forested slopes with occasional landslides. This is a long journey of 8 to 10 hrs hiking.
Overnight – Camp Meals – B, L, D

Day 07 – Hiking Tour (3 hrs)
Camp Grey We continue trekking along forested slopes with a beautiful view of the glacier Grey until arriving at Camp Grey. After lunch, the option is a half-day hike on the Grey Glacier with the use of crampons (this activity is at extra cost and includes gear rental). From the campsite, we board a Zodiac for a 10- minute ride on Lago Grey to the starting point of the hike. Once on the glacier we rope up in teams and receive a thorough instruction on how to walk on the glacier with crampons before we start hiking (this is usually two to three hours; it depends on the weather). This is a great way to see the glacier up close. No previous glacier hiking experience is needed.
Overnight – Camping Meals – B, L, D

Day 08 – Hiking Tour (14 kms, 4 to 5 hrs)
Camp Pehoe The trek continues down alongside Grey Glacier until it calves into the Lake Grey. Then it keeps going by the eastern side of the lake through clearings of Calafate bushes. The view over the lake, with numerous giant icebergs drifting across the waters is very impressive at this point. Finally, the track climbs onto flat ridges and passes a small lake one hour before descending through a shallow dry valley to arrive at Lago Pehoe. We spend the night in our camp by the turquoise lake Pehoe.
Overnight – Camping Meals – B, L, D

Day 09 – Hiking Tour (22 kms, 8 to 10 hrs round trip)
Valle Frances The track makes its way north through undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest, passing two small lakes, and continues by the south-east slopes of Cerro Paine to meet river Frances. From here we follow the river upstream passing Camp Italiano, below Glacier Frances, and keep going until it reaches a small but built by some Britishclimbing expedition. This magnificent setting is surrounded by high peaks on all sides being especially spectacular the Cuernos Del Paine. Once we are back at Camp Italiano we return to Pehoe and take the 6 –30PM boat that crosses the Pehoe Lake and drive back to camp.
Overnight – Camping (Ecocamp) Meals – B, L, D

Day 10 – Depart
Punta Arenas Early in the morning board the vehicle back to Punta Arenas on time to catch the evening flight back to Santiago.
Meals – B, L
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

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Overview Shaped like a long and narrow strip, along the western edge of South America, Chile is a country of startling contrasts and extreme beauty. Travellers are drawn to this country because of its magnitude in natural attractions, from the towering volcanic peaks of the Andes to the ancient forests of the Lake District. It has some very good parks, and plenty of opportunities for fine adventure travel. Chile is justly famous as the location of Torres del Paine, considered by many to be the finest nature travel destinations in all of South America.

Where to go Chile is a long, narrow sliver of land, clinging to the edge of a continent. The Andes, the great mountain range forms its eastern border, are a formidable barrier of rock and ice that cuts the country off from Argentina and Bolivia. To the north, the Atacama Desert, a 1000km stretch of parched wasteland, separates it from Peru. And to the west, only a few islands dotted in the Pacific Ocean break the waves that roll onto Chile’s coast from Australasia.

You will probably start in Santiago, the Chilean capital, a city of nearly six million inhabitants, yet it has an almost provincial atmosphere, dramatised by the constant backdrop of jagged Andean peaks looming over the smog on the horizon. Its main highlights for visitors are its Cathedral and the leafy hillside parks of Cerro Santa Lucía and Cerro San Cristobal.

Most travellers who prefer a wine tour, head to the picturesque country town of Pirque, which is the home of one of Chile's most well-known vineyards. The owners' original country estate and mansion can be seen from the road, surrounded by the smaller cottages of the vineyards' workers.

In the middle is the Lake District is Chile's natural wonderland. Implausibly symmetrical snow-capped peaks reflected in looking-glass lakes, quaint wooden hamlets steeped in healthy alpine air. One of the most breathtaking journeys in all South America, from Puerto Montt to San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina, traverses lakes Llanquihue and Todos los Santos.

Lying at the far south of the Andes mountain chain, Torres del Paine is Chile's most impressive national park, bursting with glaciers, lakes and gnarled Magellanic trees, and providing some of the most magnificent walking trails in the world.

At the land southernmost tip of South America is Tierra del Fuego, the bleakest, stormiest part of the continent, yet it exerts a constant fascination for travellers who want to visit the last land-call before Antarctica.

Not to forget the Easter Island, Chile's Polynesian possession, nearly 4,000 km west of the mainland, is one of the world's most intriguing islands, dominated by more than 600 giant stone statues of unknown origin. The first inhabitants of Easter Island called their home Te Pito o Te Henua - the Navel of the World.

When to go Nov–Feb (High Season): This is best and most expensive time to visit Patagonia. Early in the year as temperature begins to warm up the beaches throng with crowds.

Mar–May & Sep–Nov (Shoulder): March is the period for grape harvest and wine festivals and April is fall. Between September and November is possibly the best time to visit Santiago, the temperatures are pleasant and good value for money.

Jun–Aug (Low): A good time to visit the North but the mountain passes may be blocked due snow. The best time for ski resorts.

Between mid-December to end February and two-middle weeks of July and Holy Week (Semana Santa), the week proceeding Easter Sunday is holiday time for Brazilians and Argentines. Popular destinations are Pucón and Viña del Mar.

Visas If you are a British passport holder visiting Chile for less than 90 days, you do not need a visa. On arrival in Chile the immigration authorities will issue you with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo - Tourist Card’, an A5 sized white form. You must retain this document and present it to immigration when you leave.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

For further information check with the Chilean Embassy.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk