PAINE CIRCUIT 7 DAYS
Epica Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine – 2018
Our trip starts in Puerto Natales (Chile). Our guide will meet you a day before trip departure at your hotel for our briefing. Also, at the Hotel, our guide will check your personal trekking equipment according to our equipment list (see below) in order to suggest you if you need to add some material or garment at your trekking equipment.
In Puerto Natales, you can leave all not necessary gear for the trekking. Leave a bag with us and we will storage it safely.
This itinerary has 7 days trek into the Torres del Paine Park. During these days you need to use a back pack size with enough room, just for carry your clothes, sleeping bag, pad and trail food. Trail food, will be providing each day for our guide. Common equipment such as tents, stoves, pots, food will be transferred by porters from camp to camp. All tents will be assembled by our porters and guide (except for days in refuges). In some camps, and depending size group, we also set up a dining tent with tables and chairs and kitchen and all meals will be prepare for us. About trekking, every day we will walk an average of 6 hours a day, and we expect several up and down hills along the trek.
Torres del Paine Park does not have high altitude trails. Maximum altitude expected is about 900m (2,950ft). Above sea level.
About our meals during the trek, in our camps there are varied and well chosen. Fresh and delicious food is always available in our trips. Vegetables, fruit, meet, chicken and even fish are among our menu, as well as pastas, rice, potatoes rich in carbohydrates. Wine, coke, beer, biscuits, cheese, crackers and everything we need to make our trip pleasant.
• Spectacular scenery hikking in the Paine mountain range.
•The impressive torres & cuernos del paine .
•The beautiful French valley.
• Mountain Guide
•6 night tent & camping gear.
Hikking in Torres del Pine national park Chile trekking capital with spectacular landscapes in the lands of giants. surrounded by snow caped mountains and glaciers… Feeling in a mud? Spend a 5 days Hikking, in the middle of the vastness of Patagonia.
Is This trek For You?
You can walk up to 6-7 hours a day at a moderate pace (with plenty of stops to enjoy some incredible views). You can handle moderately technical terrain: roots, rocks, moderately steep terrain.
The main characteristic of this place is the fast change that can suffer the climate conditions. Any combination can be possible between the wind, sun, rain and snow in a single day. Patagonia and specially Torres del Paine does not have a determined climate, are rather unstable, mainly in the proximity to the South Ice Field, places that registers the lowest temperatures and register a more intense rainfall. This also can be in snow type. However the Pampa sector located at east side of the park (dry zone) register less rainfall and low humidity conditions. Temperatures also feel higher, reaching also 20°C. in some sunny days. Our equipment and clothing must be adapted for these circumstances, we must have special care with the selection of the clothes that we will use, which as main norm must suitably support to rain and the wind, be sufficiently comfortable during warm days and be lightweight when you will put it into your back pack. We must be prepared to have in one day a four season climate.
Day 1: Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine Lookout.
Leave at the hotel all not necessary gear for our trekking days. Leave in the morning (8:30am) in our private vehicle in direction to Torres del Paine National Park. This take 2 hours driving north and take Laguna Amarga entrance. Right before entering the Park, we will have excellent view and a great
picture taking opportunities of Paine wild life such as guanacos, grey foxes, Chilean flamencos, Condor and blackneckedswans. Arrival at camp Las Torres. Here, we leave most of our gear and tents. Start our hike with a day pack through Ascencio valley by the footpath into Lenga trees towards Torres del Paine lookout, one of the most spectacular views of the Park (4 hours). From here we can view the three granite pinnacles towering above a green, cirque- bound lake in a deep, narrow valley. The scene is one of the intense past glaciations. Return to Torres camp (Tent). Hot shower available. Snack and dinner.
Day 2: Camp Serón.
Breakfast. 9:30am begin our Paine Circuit. We shoulder our back packs with all of our personal things. Porters are in charge of carrying all tents, common gear and food. There are approximately 4 hours until Serón camp at the borders of Paine river, walking by past beautiful beech forests. Set up our camp. Snack and dinner.
Day 3: Dickson.
Breakfast. Our porters will pack our tents. We leave our camp at 9:30am in the morning towards camp Dickson. This trek goes along Paine river, with also views of Escudo and Cabeza de Indio mountain (profile rock looks like a Indian face). Length of the trekking approximately 4-5 hours. When arriving at our camp near Dickson lake, we will be able to descry the south continental ice cap for first time (Dickson Glacier). Hot shower. Camp and dinner.
Day 4: Perros Camp.
Breakfast into the refuge. 9:30am begin of the trek through one of the most beautiful places of this excursion. Impressive forest of Lengas and Coigues (Nothofagus trees) we will be able to contemplate along of this 4 hours of length, to finally conclude with a spectacular view of the Perros Glacier calving directly into the small lake. Perros Camp. Dinner.
Day 6: Camp Pehoé.
Breakfast. After restful morning and contemplate lake and icebergs, we leave the camp in the afternoon toward Lake Pehoe. This trekking takes about 4-5 hours. Along our walk, we enjoy several spots with spectaculars views of Grey Lake, icebergs and big mountains at both sides of the lake. Camp Pehoe. Hot shower available. Snack and dinner.
Day 5: Camp Grey.
Breakfast very early morning. Today we need to leave camp early due this is the longest walking days of Paine Circuit (9-10 hours), and also has one of the best views of the Park. From the beginning of our trek, we gradually climb to tree line, then continue on to John Garner pass at 1.150m. This mountain pass can be done in a difficult condition due strong winds and some snow accumulation. Our
guides has years of experience crossing this area under a diferent conditions . Once arrive at the highest point, from here there are awe-inspiring views of enormous Grey Glacier coming down of the southern ice sheet. From here we descend to tree line and continue traversing near this massive Grey Glacier, which fills the valley with heavily creased ice. We continue on to camp next to Lake Grey, where the Grey Glacier calves into the lake. Camp. Hot shower available. Snack and dinner.
Day 6: Camp Paine Grande.
Today its an easy morning after and around 10 am we will start walk down to south heading out to Paine Grande . 11 km of trail with great views of Lago grey , grey glacier , pehoe lake . Paine Grande Camp. Hot shower available. Snack and dinner.
Day 7: French Valley
Early after breackfast we will star the daily hike to French valley , about two 1/2 hours to campamento italiano and later up to the valley , great views of glacier Frances , Hoja Mascara , Espada and Los Cuernos later back to Paine Grande to take the catamaran across the pehoe lake and drive back to puerto natales.
• Trekking Guide.
• Six nights in tent , Torres del Paine park, with breakfast dinner..
• Trail food in trekking days.
• Bus from airport P. Arenas to P. Natales and Torres del Paine, return.
• Terrestrial transfer within the park.
• Torres del Paine entrance fee.
• Service does not include:
• Drinks and beverages.
• Sleeping bag (Necessary for refuge)
• Dinner in Puerto Natales