Photos of Torres del Paine
On this Patagonia hiking tour
, we will pick you up at either the International airport in Punta Arenas or the airport in Puerto Natales, Chile. If you arrive in Punta Arenas, we will shuttle you to Puerto Natales. Once we have everyone in Puerto Natales, we will check into our accommodation, have our orientation meeting and become acquainted with our itinerary. After our meeting, we will have our first Patagonian dinner!
(If you arrive in Punta Arenas after noon on the first day of the trip, you will be responsible for securing your own transportation to Puerto Natales or paying an extra shuttle fee. If you are arriving the day before the trip starts, let your guides know which hotel you are staying at and they will pick you up at your hotel this morning.)
: 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: 2,690 feet
Trekking Duration: 7 hours
This morning we will wake up early and drive to Torres Del Paine National Park. After breakfast, your guides will brief you on effective trekking techniques as well as an overview of the natural and cultural history of the area. We will begin trekking up the Ascencio valley while having views of the the Ascencio river. We will come to refugio Chileno and have a break for water and snacks. We then continue through a beautiful forest of native Lenga (Beech) trees and then keep hiking until we reach a glacial moraine (a ridge made from earth pushed by the glacier). From the moraine, we trek 1 more hour until we reach the most amazing view of the Torres del Paine rock towers! The views of the granite towers and glacial lake are simply breathtaking. We will then head back to our Refugio for dinner and accommodation for the night. Our guides will deliver the plan for the next day.
Hiking Mileage: 6.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 1,377 feet
Trekking Duration: 5 hours
After breakfast, we will pack our gear and begin our trek along Lake Nordenskjold (named after a Swedish geologist who contributed significantly to the study of glaciology). Additionally, we will have great views of the hanging glaciers above on Mount Almirante Nieto. We will have lunch and continue to trek until we reach the Refugio Los Cuernos. Upon arrival at Los Cuernos, we will freshen up and have free time until dinner is served.
Hiking Mileage: 6.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 2,952 feet
Trekking Duration: 8 hours
This morning we begin our trek to the French Valley. The French Valley is one of the most picturesque valleys in Torres del Paine National Park. It is unique because of the hanging glaciers and amazing granite walls and spires. People often witness the glaciers calving (dropping giant icebergs) and hear a natural symphony in the granite amphitheater. We continue to get closer to the granite spires and glacial lake and on the return journey we can see the turquoise color of glacial lake Pehoe. Pehoe means ‘Hidden Lake’ in the Tehuelche Indian language. We continue trekking until we reach Lodge Paine Grande, where we will soak up incredible views of the Paine Grande and Los Cuernos. We have free time until dinner is served. Your guides will deliver the plan for the next day.
Hiking Mileage: 6.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 1,640 feet
Trekking Duration: 4 hours
This morning we have breakfast and depart for our trek along the enchanting Grey Lake. Around Lake Grey we have views of electric blue icebergs and the magnificent Grey Glacier. We hike to the northeast coast of Lake Grey, where our adventure really starts! Our guides will introduce us to kayaking equipment and provide a safety talk for our paddle through the floating icebergs of Lake Grey. We then kayak near Grey Glacier to get an amazing view of the river of ice. After our kayak adventure, we hike to the new Grey Lodge, where we will stay for the night. We have free time until dinner is served.
After breakfast, your guides will brief the group on today's route and the extra gear needed. We then take a Zodiac boat for 15 minutes across the lake until we reach the west side of Grey Glacier. Upon arrival at Grey Glacier, we will disembark on land between sheets of ice (nunatak) and hike until we reach the ice. Your guides will brief the group on safety aspects and teach the group the proper techniques and correct use of equipment. After the orientation, we will begin our exploration of Grey Glacier which lasts approximately three hours. We will observe crevasses, rivers, lagoons and tunnels in different tones of blue that have developed on the ever-changing ice. We then return to the Zodiac and ride back to the docking point where we will have lunch. After lunch we board a larger and more comfortable boat and peruse the perimeter of Lake Grey to get up close with the icebergs. We then head to Grey Lodge, pack our gear and depart for tonight's lodge, Hotel Serrano.
This morning, around 9 A.M. we will take a speed boat down Rio Serrano to Estancia Anita, home to local and renowned gaucho, Mr. Juan Guerrero. The Guerrero family will host our group as we learn about the traditional Guacho culture and way of life. We will arrive at roughly 11 A.M. We will begin a hike (or potentially by horseback upon request) to Geike Lake and Glacier, which depending on the method of transportation can take up to six hours. After visiting the lake and glacier, we will return to Estancia Anita for a traditional BBQ and amazing Patagonian asado.
This morning after breakfast, we will board Catamaran Tonina and continue our journey down Rio Serrano. Around lunch time we will arrive at Glacier Serrano and have amazing views of this prehistoric river of Ice. After lunch, we will continue farther down Rio Serrano until we reach the Estuary of Last Hope Sound, where we will board our boat across the sound back to Puerto Natales. We will most likely arrive around 5 P.M. Upon arrival we will check into our hotel rooms and have time to freshen up before going out for our last celebratory dinner.
This morning, after breakfast our shuttle driver will deliver you back to the airport in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. If you are remaining in either city, please let us know. We can help you arrange extra activities in Patagonia. Thanks for choosing Wildland Trekking.
: 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 before and after the trekking portion of the trip
- Accommodations in Torres del Paine Refugios, or camping accommodations when Refugios are not available
- Use of a day pack and trekking poles
- Professional, knowledgeable, certified Patagonia hiking guides (U.S. and local)
- 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: