Torres Del Paine Trek and Eco Camp
South America
Countries Visted: Chile
8 days / Trip Code: CAS 107
$1595.00 (double / per person)



Trip Overview:
> Trek Valle Frances
> Sail to Grey Glacier
> EcoCamp Patagonia
> The Challenging 'W' Trek
> Views of Los Cuernos
> Milodon Cave
> Start in Calafate (Argentina) or Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales (Chile)
> Ask to start in Santiago or Buenos Aires

This Adventure Includes:
> All ground transport - private and domestic - as indicated in the itinerary
> Regular bus tickets Calafate <>
Natales if starting/finishing in Calafate (check last section).
> Boat crossing on Grey Lake* please check day 4 of the itinerary
> 4 nights accommodation in EcoCamp standard domes (shared basis)
> 1 night accom. at Refugio Paine Grande and 1 night in Refugio Los Cuernos**
> Park fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park
> One expert English speaking trekking guide
> Sleeping bag for refugios if needed
> Transportation for your luggage within the Park: while trekking you will carry just your daypack
Meals:
day 1: L, D
day 2: B, BL, D
day 3: B, BL, D
day 4: B, BL, D
day 5: B, BL, D
day 6: B, BL, D
day 7: B, BL
B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner.

This Adventure Does Not Include:
*During Shoulder Season (October and April) the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the Park. **If refugios are unavailable, alternative accommodation will be provided in tents with prior notice.
> International airfare and Taxes
> Flight tickets
> Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
> Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
> Items of a personal nature

Service Level:
The Standard Level (Our Standard Level service features 2- 3 star accomodations and comfortable transportation throughout the itinerary. Some meals may be provided. The standard level provides private guides and transfers.)

Physical Demand Rating:
4 (Demanding)

Departure Info:
Upgrades:
>For 2 person bookings get an upgrade to a Superior Dome with a 30% discount!
>High Season: Add USD 280 p.p. instead of USD 400 p.p.
>Shoulder Season: Add USD 196 p.p. instead of USD 280 p.p.

Regular Departures
Every Monday from October 3rd 2011 to April 9th 2012.
For Private or Customized Departures, call us

Starting / Finishing Points
The trip starts on Monday morning in Punta Arenas: last pick-up time 12:30 pm at the airport. The trip finishes on Sunday at Punta Arenas Airport at 4pm, or later, depending on the group flight schedule. For domestic flights you have to be at the airport 1 hour before the flight leaves.

ARGENTINA
You can either start or finish this program in El Calafate, Argentina. The program price includes the transfer from your downtown hotel (the transfer is not included for hotels outside of Calafate) to/from El Calafate’s bus terminal and the regular bus tickets to/from Puerto Natales (Chile), where you join our groups starting/finishing in Chile. Please check more details in the final section of this page.

Additional Trip Notes:
Notes:
- Find conditions for children in General Information below
- Dec 19th and 26th have a Christmas surcharge of USD 55 p.p.
- Flight tickets not included; ref. SCL/PUQ/SCL (Approx ticket cost: USD 400 p.p.)

High Season:
Tuesday, November 1, 2012 to Saturday, March 31, 2012
Shoulder Season Spring:
Saturday, October 1, 2012 to Monday, October 31, 2012
Shoulder Season Fall:
Sunday, April 1, 2012 to Monday, April 30, 2012

During Shoulder Season (September, October and April) the Towers Trek excursion might be cancelled because of weather conditions and safety considerations.

Adventure Type:
Adventure Honeymoon, Classic Adventure, Eco Adventure

Budget: $1501 ~ $2000

Days: 8

Day 1:
Arrive Torres Del Paine National Park
Day 1, Monday, The Patagonian Adventure starts
Torres del Paine NP, Chile

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively you can start your trip in Calafate (see Prices and Facts section) En route we make a couple of stops - First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where we enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen.

The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there's plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon. All Meals

Day 2:
Los Cuernos Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Tuesday, We start our adventure in the Park with a pleasant walk through the curly Cuernos trail located beside beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this appetizer walk we admire the park’s exquisite flora and fauna, its strong wind and the curious, rapidly-changing weather that’ll accompany us in the upcoming days. As we walk along the trail we enjoy magnificent views of the park’s central lakes and the Paine’s Horns, majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Massif. The trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cozy mountain refuge located by the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. The evening is free for relaxing and enjoying dinner. All Meals

Day 3:
The Paine Massif’s Heart: Valle Frances
Wednesday, After breakfast, we begin a 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 our groups’ rhythm - An active walk leads us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-eastern face of the Massif, where there is a truly wonderful view.

Then we continue up the trail until reaching the upper section of the valley and admire the valley's entire group of geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Here we picnic and rest for a while. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well, if the group isn't keen on resting. Then we descend through a rippling terrain of mixed grassland and light forest until reaching Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. We organise our luggage, relax and enjoy a replenishing dinner.

Day 4:
Glacier Grey Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Today, Thursday we hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern end of glacial Lake Grey. We enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails to the blue face of Glacier Grey. There's lots of time to marvel at this calving glacier during the boat ride across this lake, with its floating pieces of ice. From Lake Grey’s southern end we transfer to EcoCamp.

Occasionally the weather may not permit us to sail across the lake, or during Shoulder Season (October and April) the sailing might be cancelled if the required minimum of 10 passengers isn't reached. In this case we will trek up to the sightseeing point offering a spectacular view of the Glacier. Then we'll return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to Pudeto’s dock, from where we're driven back to Ecocamp. All Meals

Day 5:
Torres del Paine NP, Chile - Tower Trek
Time for a big breakfast and lots of enthusiasm - Our goal today is to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine NP! We walk from the camp site towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley.

Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.

*During Shoulder Season (October and April) the Towers Trek excursion might be cancelled because of weather conditions and safety considerations.

Day 6:
Eastern Lakes Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Saturday, We hike to the Laguna Azul viewpoint where we have a gorgeous view of both the lagoon and granite towers. We continue along the eastern side of Lago Sarmiento to the calcium formations on the lake’s shores, where guanacos are often seen.

Later we trek to Paso Las Corneas, with spectacular views of Rio Paine, Lake Pehoe and the Paine massif. Depending on the group, we can also hike to the Toro lookout point that offers more spectacular scenery, of Lago Toro and the pampa.

Back at Ecocamp we celebrate our feat over a farewell dinner. The evening is free for enjoying a well-deserved glass of wine, reminiscing about the wonderful nature we've seen, and feeling the strong Patagonian wind for the final time.

Day 7:
Adios Torres del Paine! Punta Arenas, Chile
Sunday, We board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight to Santiago. Or, alternatively, we board an early morning vehicule to the border to continue our journey to El Calafate.

Day 8:
Extend trip or International flight home



Pre-Trip Travel Information:
Notes:
- Find conditions for children in General Information below
- Dec 19th and 26th have a Christmas surcharge of USD 55 p.p.
- Flight tickets not included; ref. SCL/PUQ/SCL (Approx ticket cost: USD 400 p.p.)
Deposit Rate:
20%
High Season:
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 00:00 to Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 00:00
Shoulder Season Spring:
Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 00:00 to Monday, October 31, 2011 - 00:00
Shoulder Season Fall:
Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 00:00 to Monday, April 30, 2012 - 00:00


Cancellation Policy:
CANCELLATION POLICY:

For More information, please review our Term & Conditions link
60 or more days: $150
30-60 days: $300 Advance payment cost unless deposit is higher
29–8 days: 40% of trip cost
7–0 days No refund

Client Note:
Some cruises and operators may require an additional deposit and have different cancellation policies. We will advise this at time of reservation. We strongly recommend travel insurance.


Required Deposit Per Person:
$300.00

Deposit Note:
A required deposit per person is $300.00 unless otherwise noted. The balance is due within 60 days of departure. This may vary depending on destination and requirements of our travel partners.

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