Patagonia Winter Adventures
Winter W Trek - 6 Days
Torres del Paine Winter - 4 or More Days
Enjoy the peaceful winter season with this Torres del Paine trekking adventure. Hike to lakes, glaciers, forests and the Park’s spectacular French Valley on this active program at a time when there will be few others enjoying the park
Day 1 - arrive Puerto Natales
In the morning, you will be picked-up from the Puerto Natales Airport and head towards your hotel in Puerto Natales, a lively town on the shores of Last Hope Sound (Ultima Esperanza). Here you'll have some time to relax, have lunch or dinner with your guide and get ready for the adventure to come!.
Overnight at Hotel Big Sur.
Day 2: Towers Base Trek
After a refreshing night sleep, we’ll get in the van for a 2 hour ride and head to the trailhead of the Tower Base hike.
We’ll head up through the Ascencio Valley, located on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead us to that iconic base-view of the Towers - three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley to finally head towards Grey Hotel to have dinner and spend the night.
Overnight at Hotel Lago Grey, Standard Room.
Day 3: Las Carretas Trail
Today we have another long hike ahead of us (this one is less demanding than Base Torres), once we are all set, the excursion begins with a short drive from Grey Lake to the Serrano entrance point of the park, allowing some time to enjoy the beautiful winter views. Once we arrive at the Serrano entrance point, we’ll embark on a 7 hour (17 km) hike into the Park with the Paine Horns on the horizon until we reach our destination for the night, the Refugio Paine Grande which lies on the shores of Lake Pehoe at the base of the mighty Paine Massif. We’ll then spend the evening relaxing over dinner.
Overnight at Refugio Paine Grande.
Day 4: French Valley
After breakfast at Refugio Paine Grande, we will begin the challenging trek into the French Valley along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far we go depends on our trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-east face of the Massif where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. We continue to ascend the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations. After our upward trek, we will pause for a picnic and relax for a while. This day's trek will end as we descend through the same trail back to Refugio Paine Grande.
Overnight at Refugio Paine Grande.
Day 5: Pehoé Lake Boat Ride & Lookouts.
This morning we’ll have our last breakfast inside the Torres del Paine National Park, enjoying the views Pehoé Lake has to offer to then sail in the boat ride that crosses the lake to Pudeto. Afterward we’ll board a van and take a route along the southern shore of Nordenskjold lake. Our first stop is the two-hour round-trip walk to El Condor Lookout from the shores of Pehoé lake. We go gently uphill through the steppe vegetation; a great opportunity to learn about the local flora. Here we witness the piercing blue of Pehoe Lake and the Paine river. On a clear day, we can see the immensity of the Southern Patagonian ice fields in the distance. Later, we’ll head toward Salto Grande waterfall, with its impressive cascading waters falling from Nordenskjold lake into Pehoe Lake. From here it's a short walk to Cuernos viewpoint, with a panoramic view of the mighty Horns. We re-energize while taking in the whole Paine Mountain range and its stunning snow capped peaks.
After taking a final look at these stunning winter sceneries we’ll head back to Puerto Natales, where dinner awaits us, here we’ll have the opportunity to talk about the experience and also share some photos!
Overnight at Hotel Big Sur.
Day 6: depart
Today it is time to board the transfer back to the Puerto Natales Airport and take the flight to Santiago, in time to head back home or your next winter destination.
DeparturesFixed Departures are available on specific Tuesdays from May to August.
>> Do you want a private departure for this trip? We can do it, just send us an email.
Base rate - 4+ people CLP 2,010,000 per person
2 people group supp. CLP 398,000 per person
3 people group supp. CLP 200,000 per person
Private Tour Supplement CLP 180,000 per person
Hotel Single Supplement CLP 147,400 per person
Children 14 years and older are ok, but pay as adults
In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people.
The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. In addition, the strong marine influence and the effect of the Southern Patagonia Ice field make the weather hard to predict. Winter’s temperature rage is between -2ºC/28ºF and 6ºC/43ºF. June, July and August are the wettest months in Torres del Paine and sub-zero temperatures are common. Nevertheless the winds are relatively mild in winter. Just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become lovely and sunny. So come prepared for all types of weather!
This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. To enjoy this trek, it’s essential to be in good shape before you arrive. It’s not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a program of physical exercise well before departure.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Passengers need to be prepared for winter. Essential equipment includes a one day backpack (10 liters - to carry camera, glasses, rain coat, etc), trekking or hiking boots, extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet, warm waterproof jacket, two pairs of woolen socks, fleece jacket or sweater, shorts or comfortable loose pants, sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm and sunscreen) and optional Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body.
The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to deal with at times. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.
Day 1 - transfer from Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales in to Lago Grey Hotel
Days 2 and 3 - choose your excursions
Half Day Excursions - Departures at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. :
- Navigation to Grey Glacier.
- Cóndor Lookout.
- Paine Horns Lookout.
- Mount Ferrier.
- Trekking to Chorrillo Salmones.
- Lago Grey Peninsula.
- Miscellaneous Trail.
Full Day Excursions - Departures at 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. :
- Waterfall and Lookout points.
- Base Torres Trail.
- Pingo Waterfall.
- Origins of Life.
Overnights in Lago Grey Hotel, Standard Room.
Day 4 - transfer back to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales
Regular Departures: Every day on request.
Prices valid for 2023:
one person in Single Superior Room = CLP 3,806,000
2 people in Double Superior Room = CLP 2,616,600 per person
3 people in Triple Standard Room = CLP 2,214,400 per person