Photos of Torres del Paine
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!
: 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 miles
Highest Elevation: 2690 feet
Trekking Duration: 7 hours
This morning after breakfast, we 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 Serrano River area, where we will enjoy our first night at Lodge Serrano. We will take time for showers and a bit of relaxation time until dinner is served.
Hiking Mileage: 9.9 miles
Highest Elevation: 2952 feet
Trekking Duration: 6-8 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 Serrano Lodge for showers, free time and dinner.
Hiking Mileage: 6.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 2462 feet
Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
This morning after breakfast we trek along the amazing Grey Lake with magnificent views of Grey Glacier and floating icebergs. The trek will be roughly 3-4 hours and about 6.8 miles. Our guides will prepare an amazing lunch before we move on to the next amazing activity of the day! 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 asorbe the majesty of our surroundings. We then head back to Lodge Serrano, gather our gear and head back to Puerto Natales for our celebratory and final dinner.
Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
Highest Elevation: 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. It’s absolutely magical to paddle around floating blue icebergs in Patagonia! After we have seen the icebergs we begin our descent down Serrano River via kayak back to Serrano 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. We will then head back to Serrano Lodge for showers, free time and 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!
: 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 bureacratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.
- 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
- Use of a day pack and trekking poles
- Professional, knowledgeable, certified Patagonia hiking guides (U.S. and local)
- Kayak equipment and local kayaks guides for Day 5
- 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
- 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 10-15% of trip cost; please tip your USA 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)
See the Packing Lists
page for more information.
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
- Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads
- 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 (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), 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? Simply click here
and complete the form 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 48 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
4 weeks 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 (U.S. and local) 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 (both U.S.-based and local, click here
to learn more) with a solid guiding background, 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 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 10 guests and 2-3 guides, with a minimum of 2 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 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
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 North Pole.
The average temperatures and precipitation in the Patagonia region are: