- Perfectly located lodging
- World-class hikes
- Glaciers, spires, wildlife and more
- A day of kayaking
- Scenic boat shuttles
- Fantastic Chilean cuisine
Come join us for a lodge-based, multi-sport exploration of Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia! Six days and five nights in duration, this trip is a fantastic choice as a stand-alone trip or for guests looking to add some adventure to a longer South American visit. Featuring amazing hikes, scenic boat shuttles, a day of kayaking, and wonderful lodging that puts us right in the action, we provide an all-around experience of Torres del Paine in a relatively short amount of time. Highlights of this tour include glaciers, glaciel-fed rivers, turquoise lakes, towering granite spires, unique wildlife, amazing views, and invigorating hikes!
Please Note: some guests are not excited about the basic, communal accommodations in the Torres del Paine refugios (on the W Trek and Circuit Trek), which are co-ed and have 6-8 people per room. This lodge-based tour features more private accommodations (still 2-4 people per room, but shared solely amongst our group) in a wonderful, cozy lodge and each room has its own bathroom and shower. Also, guests hike with much lighter day packs, as we aren't required to carry a week's worth of clothing and personal items between the refugios. This tour still covers almost all the same hiking as the W Trek, making it a fantastic alternative.
Trip Dates & Booking
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On this Patagonia hiking tour, we will either pick you up at the international airport in Punta Arenas, Chile or Puerto Natales, Chile. You can get a direct flight to Puerto Natales (recommended) and that will save you the 3 hour drive from Punta Arenas.
For those flying into Punta Arenas, we will begin the 3-hour drive to Puerto Natales through the beautiful Patagonian pampa. Upon arrival in Puerto Natales, we will check into our accommodation, freshen up and have our orientation meeting to conduct a gear check, answer questions you have, and become acquainted with our group and itinerary. After our meeting, we will head out for our first Patagonian dinner!
Please Note: When you enter Chile, you will be issued a document called a PDI (tourism card). Please do NOT throw this away. You will need it to exit the country and nearly every lodge we stay in also asks for a copy.
- Hiking Mileage: 11.8 miles
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 2430 feet
- Trekking Duration: 7 hours
This morning we will wake up early and, after breakfast, depart Puerto Natales and begin our 2-hour drive to Torres del Paine National Park. Upon arrival at Torres del Paine, your guides will give an overview of the natural and cultural history of the area. We begin our trek to the Ascencio Valley, while having views of the the stunning Ascencio River. We will come to refugio Chileno (a backcountry lodge) and have a break for water and snacks, then continue through a beautiful forest of native Lenga (Beech) trees and keep hiking until we reach a glacial moraine (a ridge made from debris pushed out by the glacier). From the moraine, we trek another hour until we reach the most impressive Torres del Paine rock spires! Our views of the iconic granite towers and turquoise glacial lake are absolutely breathtaking, and they are the features that made this park world-famous.
After our hike we will head to the Kau River area, where we will enjoy our first night at the Kau River Lodge. We will take time for showers and a bit of relaxation time until dinner is served.
- Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
- Elevation Gain: 2780 feet
- Elevation Loss: 2780 feet
- Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
This morning after breakfast, we will drive roughly 30 minutes to Grey lake, where we will have the opportunity to kayak for the morning if weather conditions are safe. After We begin our paddle on the Pingo River in an area full of icebergs that have broken off of the Grey Glacier. It’s absolutely magical to paddle around floating blue icebergs in Patagonia! After we have seen the icebergs and if the weather allows we begin our descent down river via kayak back to our lodge, where we will have lunch and change into our trekking clothes. After changing clothes, we will begin hiking to our special Two Glacier Look Out Point. This is a special and semi hidden hike that leads us to an awesome vantage point to see Grey and Tyndall Glaciers. This hike is optional for guests and if you prefer you can relax at the lodge while the rest of the group hikes. We will then head back to our lodge for showers, free time and dinner.
Due to occasionally harsh weather conditions, the kayaking is sometimes not possible or the itinerary must be shortened or modified. This activity also has two requirements: participants must be 16-65 years of age and weigh under 230 pounds. Kayaking will be substituted by an alternative activity if cancelled due to weather or for guests who are unable to participate.
- Hiking Mileage: 13 miles
- Elevation Gain: up to 2953 feet
- Elevation Loss: up to 2953 feet
- Trekking Duration: 7-9 hours
This morning after breakfast we transfer to Pudeto and cross lake Pehoe by catamaran. Today we explore the French Valley, one of the most picturesque valleys in Torres del Paine National Park with hanging glaciers and awe-inspiring granite walls and spires. With any luck we'll witness glaciers calving and hear the resulting natural symphony echoing throughout the granite amphitheater.
Today's lengthy hike is through the French Valley and up to a stunning viewpoint to witness the spectacular surrounding mountain vistas. We will then descend back to Lake Pehoe, board our catamaran and travel back to Kau River Lodge for showers, free time and dinner.
- Hiking Mileage: 3.4 miles
- Elevation Gain: 2073 feet
- Elevation Loss: 2073 feet
- Trekking Duration: 2-3 hours
This morning after breakfast we board the Grey III catamaran for a 2-hour boat tour of the lake, glaciers and mountain views. The boat gets up close and personal to Grey Glacier and there is an option for a Chilean pisco sour served with glacial ice as we absorb the majesty of our surroundings. We then head back to Kau River lodge for lunch.
After lunch we will gather our gear and head to our hike. Today's hike is to the Ferrier Lookout. The trail to one of the Parks best views is steep, but well worth it. From the top we get a panoramic view of the Pingo Glacier, Lake Pingo, Gray Glacier, Gray Lake, Paine Masstif, the Sierra Baguales, and even Argentina on a clear day! This is the perfect hike to end our amazing trip. After arriving back to our private shuttle we'll head back to Puerto Natales for our celebratory and final dinner.
This morning, after breakfast our shuttle driver will come to our hotel and deliver you back to the Punta Arenas or the Puerto Natales airport. If you are remaining in in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, please let us know. We can help you suggest extra activities in Patagonia. Thanks for choosing Wildland!
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Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, availability of refugios, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more. Also, the kayaking and glacier hiking days on this trip are weather-dependent and not guaranteed; we will substitute alternate activities in the case kayaking and/or glacier hiking are not possible.
- A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
- Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
- Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
- Lodging for the duration of the tour (Lodging Details)
- Use of a day pack and trekking poles
- Professional, certified Wildland Patagonia hiking guides
- Kayak equipment and local kayak guides for one day (weather permitting, not guaranteed)
- Glacier hiking equipment and glacier hiking guides for one day (weather permitting, not guaranteed)
- Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
- You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!
- Transportation to Puntas Arenas or Puerto Natales, Chile
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
- Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
- All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
- Gratuity for guide(s) and crew (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. USD is recommended.), Gratuities for kayak and ice hike guides (recommended $25-$50 per kayak guide, $25-$50 per ice hike guide)
This Patagonia hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guides. We'll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Puerto Natales and in some of the backcountry lodges as well as meals prepared on the trail by your guides and/or support staff.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.
We provide all group gear which includes the following:
- Trekking poles
- Company-issued first-aid kit
- Satellite phone
We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.
Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.
NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.
Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).
Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!
We will meet you at the airport in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales on Day 1 and transport you to the first night's hotel (included), where we'll conduct an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the first evening (your flight should arrive before 12PM if flying into Punta Arenas, and before 3PM if you're flying into Puerto Natales). Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.
Your safety is our top priority. Our Global Destination trips are led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Finally, we've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.
In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.
Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.
The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides, with a minimum of 2 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.
Age restrictions are as follows:
- 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
- 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis
For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.
If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.
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For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:
Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.comIf you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.
Chile is a long, thin country extending North-South more than half the length of South America which gives it a tremendous diversity of climates. The Patagonia region of Chile, where we operate our trips, is at the far southern tip of South America, relatively far from the equator and close to the South Pole. It is a generally cool climate with potential for year round inclement weather including rain, snow, sleet, and very strong winds.
The average temperatures and precipitation in the Patagonia region are:
|October||51° F||37° F||5 in|
|November||55° F||40° F||5.6 in|
|December||57° F||42° F||7.2 in|
|January||59° F||44° F||5.1 in|
|February||58° F||43° F||3.8 in|
|March||55° F||41° F||4.9 in|
|April||50° F||38° F||5.8 in|
This modern, comfortable hotel, with architecture that evokes the form of Patagonia's natural landscapes, is a premier accommodation in the town of Puerto Natales. Just a couple years old, and with all the amenities, it is a fantastic place to prepare before, and rest after, our Patagonia trek.
Kau River Lodge
This wonderful, boutique lodge is near the village of Serrano on the shores of the Serrano River. The setting is stunning, and the location is perfect for exploring Torres del Paine on a lodge-based tour. The rooms are very clean and simple with bunkbeds and 2-4 guests per room. Each room has a private bath and shower.