Itinerary in brief:
- 1 night in Puerto Natales
- 4 nights in Torres del Paine
- 1 night in Puerto Natales
Day 1: Puerto Natales
On arrival at Punta Arenas airport, you will need to board the public bus to Puerto Natales. Journey time is around 3 hours and once you arrive, make your way to your hotel where you will check in for a one night stay.
Day 2: Pehoe Lake and Refugio Grey
Today you’ll make your way to Torres del Paine, so after breakfast, board a public bus for the scenic 2.5-hour journey to the park. As you enter the park, you’ll head for Puerto Pudeto where you will cross Pehoe Lake by catamaran, towards Paine Grande.
The lake crossing offers impressive views of the wide-open wilderness. After crossing the lake, you’ll continue with a relatively easy, 4-hour hike on the eastern shoreline of the lake through beautiful landscapes and towards the immense Grey Glacier. Soon, you’ll reach a lookout point where you will witness the majesty of the glacier wall and the vibrant blue of the icebergs.
Dinner will be served at Refugio Grey where you’ll stay overnight.
Day 3: Grey Glacier and Paine Grande Lodge
Ten hours of trekking await you today! After breakfast, you’ll get to explore the beauty of the glacier in more depth before enjoying a packed lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll descend to Pehoe Lake and here you’ll have dinner and spend the night at Paine Grande Lodge.
Day 4: French Valley and Refugio Los Cuernos
After a hearty breakfast, you will start your amazing trek to one of the most beautiful valleys in the park, French Valley. During today’s 10-hour trek you’ll be surrounded by high peaks, huge granite walls and a hanging glacier. Your journey will take you towards the lodge and the path along the Nordenskjold Lake beneath the impressive stone walls of the Paine Massif.
You will have dinner and spend the night at Refugio Los Cuernos.
Day 5: Base Las Torres
Today will be the longest, but probably most rewarding day with around 12 hours of hiking. You will trek to Base Las Torres, the most famous hike in the park – a route that’s challenging but spectacular. You’ll need to set off early in the morning to make the most of the extended daylight hours during the summer season. Once you arrive at the base, your sense of achievement will combine with beautiful will make it worth the effort! Enjoy a well-deserved break and carry on towards Refugio Chileno in the Ascensio Valley where you will spend the night. (A boxed lunch and dinner are also included today).
Day 6: Puerto Natales
After yesterday’s trek, today is easy! Enjoy breakfast, then hike for 3 hours along the beautiful pathways towards the Las Torres lodge. Here you’ll have the opportunity to rest and relax, before catching a bus back to the park’s entrance, and then continue back to Puerto Natales where you will spend the last night.
Day 7: Depart Punta Arenas
After breakfast, take the public bus to Punta Arenas airport where you will connect with your onward travel plans.