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TORRES DEL PAINE PATAGONIA HIKING ADVENTURE

Torres del Paine - Patagonia

Land cost per person:
$2,495 (16-24 participants)
$2,595 (12-15 participants)

10 days (no nights camping)

December 19 to December 28, 2014
January 4 to January 13, 2015
January 20 to January 29, 2015

(We also offer a longer version of this adventure. See the Patagonia Hiking Adventure.)

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Land cost:
(16-24 participants)
(12-15 participants)

$2,495
$2,595
Single Supplement, if requested.

Note: Does not include single room in Torres del Paine.
$150

TRIP FEE INCLUDES:

• All airport transfers as scheduled on itinerary.

• All ground transportation in comfortable private buses.

• All meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Vegetarian meals can be accommodated (please request in advance).

• All sightseeing tours and park entrance fees to destinations on the itinerary.

• All accommodations in Patagonia: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales (10 day), El Calafate, El Chalten (Parque Los Glaciares), Ushuaia and Buenos Aires are in fine hotels. Rooms are shared by two people unless a single supplement is purchased.

In Torres del Paine National Park we stay in very comfortable mountain lodges (refugios). Rooms and bathrooms are shared among the group, and men and women may be accommodated in separate rooms some nights. Hot showers are available all day long. There is no camping – we spend all nights indoors.

Options for private rooms in Torres del Paine National Park are subject to availability. Inquire and reserve early!

• If you are traveling alone and prefer single accommodations you must pay the single supplement. If you are willing to share accommodations and reserve at least 120 days in advance, we will try our best to find a roommate and if that is not possible you will pay only 75% of the single supplement cost. If we find a roommate, but your roommate cancels before departure, the 75% of the single supplement will apply.

• The services of professional tour guides.

• Our local leaders and guides are knowledgeable about the language, customs, culture and history of their country. They are detail oriented and take great pleasure in sharing their insight and expertise. They help make sure everything runs as safely and smoothly as possible.

NOT INCLUDED:

• International airfare, internal flights, travel insurance, passport fees, excess baggage fees, optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff. All items of personal nature such as: personal gear, laundry, telephone calls, beverages, bottled water, etc.

• U.S. citizens no longer have to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Chile. Please note that Canadians pay $132, Australians pay US$95, and Mexicans pay US$23 upon landing at the Santiago international airport.

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Day 1: Departure to Santiago

Day 2: Santiago/Punta Arenas

Early morning arrival in Santiago and connect on your flight to Punta Arenas, located on the northern shore of the Strait of Magellan (S 53° 9.6', W 70° 54.5'). Overnight in Punta Arenas.

Overnight: Diego de Almagro Hotel
Meals: D.
Today's hike: None scheduled.

Day 3: Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine

After a nice overnight rest, we drive north through the Patagonian rolling plains. Weather permitting, we plan a detour to visit a colony of Magellanic penguins in Otway Sound. We stop for lunch at the quaint town of Puerto Natales, situated on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Afterwards we continue our drive to Torres del Paine National Park, on the way we will see large herds of sheep and baqueanos (cowboys). As we approach the park along Laguna Amarga, we will have our first views of the spectacular granite Towers of Paine. It is likely we will also enjoy sightings of herds of guanacos, condors, flocks of pink flamingos, a variety of foxes, geese, ñandus (wild ostriches) and other wildlife. After entering the park, we get settled at refugio Torres.

Overnight: Refugio Torres
Meals: B, L, D.
Today's hike: Optional distances around the refugio in Torres del Paine.

Driving distance: About 240 miles plus additional 40 miles to the rookery.

Day 4: Torres del Paine - Hike to the towers

After reviewing the day's route with our guide, we hike up the Ascencio Valley. We cross the river and continue uphill along a lenga and cypress trail. As we pass by campamento Chileno and the foot of Mt. Almirante Nieto, the trail follows a southern beech forest, finally reaching a moraine that takes us to the cirque below the famous Towers of Paine; Torre Sur (9,350’), Torre Central (9,186’) and Torre Norte (8,530’). Downhill back to the refugio. Overnight at refugio Torres.

Overnight: Refugio Torres
Meals: B, L, D.
Today's hike: 10.5 miles or about 6 to 8 hours, including the out-and-back hike to the towers. A shorter hike is optional.

Day 5: Torres del Paine

This morning we explore our surroundings and hike along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjold following the “W” circuit of the Park. Overnight at refugio Cuernos.

Overnight: Refugio Cuernos
Meals: B, L, D.
Today's hike: 9.5 miles or about 5 hours.

Day 6: Torres del Paine - French Valley

We hike west of Lago Scottsberg and follow a trail along rolling foothills arriving at the Italian camp. You will have views of the enormous horns Cuernos del Paine (7,217’, 7,874’ and 8,530’) on the east and the glaciated Cerro Paine Grande (10,006’) on the west, as well as Lago Nordenskjold and Lago Pehoé. Overnight at Paine Grande Mountain Lodge on the shore of Pehoé Lake. Elevation: About 270'.

Overnight: Paine Grande Mountain Lodge
Meals: B, L, D.
Today's hike: 8 miles or about 4 hours. An optional out-and-back hike up the French valley, offers beautiful vistas of the Cuernos del Paine.

Day 7: Torres del Paine - Grey Lake & Glacier

We hike toward Lago Grey and Glacier Grey - a 4 mile wide glacier originating in the Continental Ice Cap. As we hike along Lago Grey, we will see turquoise-colored icebergs blown to the opposite side of the lake by the strong winds. We hike to Grey glacier and return late in the afternoon. The hiking group overnights at Paine Grande Mountain Lodge on the shore of Pehoé Lake.

Overnight: Paine Grande Mountain Lodge
Meals: B, L, D.
Today's hike: About 12 miles or 6 to 7 hours.

Day 8: Torres del Paine/Puerto Natales

We take a catamaran across Lago Pehoé and arrive at Refugio Pudeto where our vehicle is waiting for us. (Depending on wind conditions we may hike to the park headquarters). As we drive to the park entrance, we enjoy the best views of Lago Pehoé, Lago Nordenskjold and Lago Sarmiento as well as the Horns and Towers. Lunch and drive to Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Overnight in Puerto Natales.

Overnight in Puerto Natales
Meals: B, L, D.
Today's hike: None scheduled.

Day 9: Flight to Santiago & Connections Home

Morning transportation to Punta Arenas airport for your flight to Santiago and connection with the international flight back to the USA.

Meals: B.

Day 10: Arrival Home

Please Note:

A 17 day trip option is also available.

The December Torres del Paine Hiking Adventure is held at the same time as the December Torres del Paine Running Adventure. It is possible for one person to participate in the Hiking Adventure and another in the Running Adventure. If you choose this option, you can sleep all nights at the same lodges, except for 3 nights on the Torres del Paine portion of the trip. There is no additional charge, as long as you let use know in advance.

We can accommodate your choice! Check with us for details!

Notes about Patagonia:

• Weather in this region is wildly unpredictable and changeable. The itinerary is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.

• On some days we will be driving on dirt roads.

• Due to the very short season in Patagonia, it is very difficult to get flight reservations on short notice. You must make your trip reservation in advance in order to assure space on the trip.


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