Patagonia Winter Adventures
5 Day Multisport
Enjoy the peaceful winter season with this highlights-only Torres del Paine trekking adventure. Hike to lakes, glaciers, forests and the Park’s spectacular French Valley on this active program.
Day 1, The Adventure starts
The trip begins with your morning pick up from Punta Arenas airport or your Punta Arenas hotel, and journey to Puerto Natales. Here, we’ll enjoy a hearty local lunch, and afterward you will be driven to your hotel. Your winter journey brings with it the short, intense days of Patagonia’s colder months - which are very different from its longer, lighter summer days. Overnight at Hotel Martin Gusinde
Day 2, Trek Las Carretas to Pehoe
Transfer to Torres del Paine for the first hike.For the first two to three hours of our hike we’ll make our way along a relatively flat trail, taking in Torres del Paine’s classic pampas landscape. After reaching Las Carretas campsite, the trail becomes more varied and we’ll be met by several small ascents and descents, with views of the Paine Massif to our right. The second part of today’s trekking will wind through low forest, while during the last hour and a half, as we make our way close to the shores of Lake Pehoe, a forest mix of nothofagus and low shrubs will accompany us. Soon after, we’ll arrive at our today’s destination: Paine Grande. Although we won’t cross any rivers today, we’ll always feel the water’s presence; firstly as we walk by the shores of Grey River and later by those of Lake Pehoe. On windy days, the gusts will come from in front, making the trail quite strenuous - although of course, we’re all up for the challenge! Overnight at Refugio Lodge Paine Grande
Day 3, The Paine Massif’s Heart: Valle Frances
Breakfast, then we’ll start the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How deep we go depends on the weather and our group’s rhythm. An active walk leads us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif. From this point there is a truly wonderful view. Then we continue up the trail until we reach the Valley’s upper section. The high valley’s entire suite of geological formations can be admired here: the Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Here, it’s time to have a picnic, rest, and stretch out our muscles from the walk. Afterwards, we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest until we reach the Refugio Paine Grande, where we enjoy a replenishing dinner and stay for the night.
Day 4, Glacier Grey
Today we hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern end of glacial Lake Grey. Along the trek we will have different views of this breathtaking Glacier. And we will have the chance to enjoy perspectives of the Southern Ice Fields.Once we arrive those who still want to walk will have the chance to approach the Glacier though the different lookouts.
*In the case that Refugio Grey doesn’t reach its required guest minimum, we will modify the itinerary. When modified the trek will trek until the first Grey Glacier Lookout and afterward return to overnight at Lodge Paine Grande.
Overnight at Refugio Grey
Day 5, Refugio Grey to Pehoe Lake
We depart very early in the morning along the eastern side of Lake Grey through clearings of gorgeous Calafate bushes - native Patagonian wild berries.. The view over the lake, with numerous giant icebergs drifting across the waters, is a true wonder to behold. The trail after this point becomes flatter as we descend through a shallow dry valley headed towards the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe. Here we board the boat and let ourselves melt into the beautiful views.
After arriving at Pudeto our transfer will take you back to Puerto Natales. If the weather is fine, the icing on the cake will be seeing the three Towers once again. We’ll even be able to take some final shots of the gorgeous landscape that’s been our home these last few days. Once in Puerto Natales you’ll have time to relax and wind down - perhaps with a well-deserved dinner! Overnight at Hotel Martin Gusinde
Day 6, Depart
We board a morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight.
2016 Departures: From June 27th to July 2nd, From July 11th to 16th , From July 28th to August 2nd, From August 11th to 16th
2016 Prices per person in US$:
with 4 people = $1548
with 3 people = $1783
with 2 people = $1975
single supplement = $55
Maximum of 8 passengers. Children 14 years and older are ok, but pay as adults
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 affect 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 Tores 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!
Day 1, Arrival
Upon arrival at Punta Arenas airport you will be met by a representative and driven to your hotel in the city. After a chance to leave your luggage and freshen up you’ll be taken on an afternoon city tour to see the highlights of Punta Arenas including the central square and its monuments, the panoramic viewpoint at the top of Cross Hill and the famous cemetery. The evening is free for you do continue exploring at your own leisure or try the hotel's swimming pool with a view over the Magellan Strait. Overnight at Hotel Cabo de Hornos 4* (1st option) in Punta Arenas
Day 2, Kayaking
Today’s an early start and after breakfast at your hotel you head off on an exciting kayak adventure! Leaving at 7am you’ll be driven 65 km south of Punta Arenas (approximately one hour’s journey) to the San Isidro cape, a beautiful pristine area home to marine fauna and evergreen forest landscapes lining the sea shore. After preparing the equipment (everything is provided for you) and a short safety briefing off you go! Hopefully you’ll see schools of dolphins swimming through the water as you kayak past and sea birds roaming the skies overhead. The excursion will be accompanied at a distance by a zodiac boat which will carry lunch and also serve in case of emergency. After two hours you’ll arrive at the San isidro lighthouse where you’ll do a short walk and visit the lighthouse before enjoying a tasty lunch and some relax time in a sheltered area. After lunch it’s time to paddle back to the starting point then celebrate the 20 km and approximately 6 hours paddling kayak adventure with a group beer before heading back to Punta Arenas. We arrive back at the hotel at approximately 9pm.
Day 3, Trek to Dorotea Mountain
After breakfast you start the scenic journey to Puerto Natales, enjoying panoramic views of the Patagonian steppe and the wild animals roaming through the plains including Ñandú (similar to ostrich) and guanacos (lama family). Upon arrival in Puerto Natales you’ll have time to look around and explore this European immigrant hub, founded in the early 20th century as a sheep farming port. After lunch warm up your legs for your hike on Cerro Dorotea, a small mountain overlooking Puerto Natales. Here you’ll find the best lookout of the city, and be made to feel small by the immensity of the fjords and surrounding peaks. A top idea is to start the hike from a local estancia, and take a moment to get insight into the life of a Patagonian baqueano (farmer). No need to come packed down with technical climbing equipment. With a 700m ascent and 4-5 hour duration, hiking Cerro Dorotea is relatively easy: let your feet do the guiding as you pass diverse landscapes, from lush green old lenga forest to vast pampa. Once you arrive at the lookout, reward yourself with an energizing lunch and take time to relax, and breathe in the view. But keep your eyes peeled: If luck is on your side, you may be paid a visit from the famous condor! Overnight at Hotel Costa Australis 4* (1st option) in Puerto Natales
Day 4, Torres del Paine
Today’s the big adventure as you head to the famous Torres del Paine national park! After a 2 hour scenic drive to the park, covering 130 km of open Patagonian land, you will be greeted by the long anticipated majestic view of the Torres themselves - 3 dominating granite peaks formed by the remains of glacial ice erosion. First though, there are a few stops en route. Shortly after leaving Puerto Natales you’ll stop at Milodon cave, a prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. A replica of the ground sloth can be found in the cave. After a further 30 minutes journey you’ll arrive at the 2nd stop, Cerro castillo, a tiny border town between Chile and Argentina with a little cafe to enjoy a tea or coffee.
Next stop Torres del Paine! You’ll arrive at the Laguna Amarga sector and enjoy views of the grandiose Paine massif with its snow capped peaks and sharply contrasted rock colours. It’s highly probable you’ll see Andean Condors and small foxes. You’ll drive along the shores of Nordenskjold and Pehoé lakes, enjoying views of guanaco herds and ñandús, and feel the strong winds in the park as you disembark from the vehicle to do a short walk to the beautiful Salto Grande waterfall with its cascading white water. The view of the Cuernos (horns) is incredible from this point. In the afternoon you continue westwards towards Grey lake where you do an hour and a half walk to a viewpoint over the brilliantly blue icebergs which have floated down the lake from the glacier. The walk itself is stunning, a winter wonderland of Lenga forests, frosty leaves and glacial views. After this spectacular sight you begin the drive back to Puerto Natales.Overnight at Hotel Costa Australis 4* (1st option) in Puerto Natales
Day 5, Departure
After breakfast you’ll check out of your hotel and be driven to the airport to catch your return flight. Adios Patagonia!
Regular Departures: Every day on request.
Prices per person in Chilean pesos, valid from 1st of May, 2016 to 31st of August 2016
Starting / Finishing Points
The trip starts at the Airport of Punta Arenas.