Day 1 – SANTIAGO
Upon arrival into Santiago Airport you are personally met and transferred to your hotel. After freshening up our guide will brief you on the wonderful journey ahead of you. Then you have the option to embark on a city tour highlighting the historic aspects of the Chilean culture. This evening there is dinner at an authentic restaurant to experience Chilean cuisine.
Day 2 – PUNTO ARENAS / TORRES DEL PAINE
This morning you are transferred to the airport to connect with your flight to Punto Arenas where our transfer takes us to our accommodation at the park. Upon arrival at the park we have time to take in the breathtaking views the park has to offer as the sun dips below the mountains. We also have the opportunity to stop and see the local ‘guanacos’, a member of the camel family and the ‘nandu’, a member of the Ostrich family.
Day 3 – TORRES DEL PAINE / HIKE
This morning we head up to view the Torres. Following breakfast we will undergo a gear check and then hike 8.8 kiliometres to Refugio Chileno crossing at the Rio Ascensio before we unload gear, have lunch, and prepare for our afternoon trek up to view the Torres. We continue on up the western slope of the gorge gradually rising away from the river. Crossing several streams on log bridges and stepping stones the trail will lead up to the base of a large moraine field. After about an hour of scrambling up the rocks we will discover a view of the Torres del Paine, the mighty columns of granite, which the park is famous for. After our viewing we will make our way back down to Hosteria Las Torres for a well-deserved hot dinner.
Day 4 – TORRES DEL PAINE / HIKE
Following breakfast we depart on the short hike to Refugio Chileno. Our 7 mile (11km) hike is a relatively flat hike along Lago Nordenskold. We will make our way to Refugio Los Cuernos for a nice relaxing evening with spectacular views of the imposing Cuernos del Paine. This is a rest day for the most part making sure everyone is adjusting to the terrain and all our gear is functioning as it is intended.
Day 5 – TORRES DEL PAINE / HIKE
This will be our longest day on the trail and the reason why our training and preparation is so important. Today we experience some of the best views of the entire hike. Following breakfast we will trek to Campamento Italiano, where we will leave our packs behind to climb up the Valle de Frances “French Valley”. The trail hugs the Rio del Frances with great views of Cerro Principal. This peak is the largest in the park rising just over 3048 metres This afternoon will consist of a climb up through the Valle del Frances with views of Los Cuernos and a 360 degree view with awe-inspiring granite. After spending some time in the valley we make our way back down to Campamento Italiano for lunch and to collect our gear. After lunch we hike beside Lago Pehoe and its intense blue glacial waters. We conclude the day at Refugio Pehoe
Day 6 – TORRES DEL PAINE / HIKE
Today we have a moderate day on the trail consisting of roughly 11km of hiking passing by the back of Cerro Paine Grande on our approach to the massive Glacier Grey. Glacier Grey is over 3 kilometres wide and has an ice field that covers almost 18 kilometres. After lunch we will have time to explore the glacier before we board a ferry for a scenic ride down Lago Grey. Our ferry will take us up close to the glacier for amazing photo opportunities and potentially the rare ice calving. When we return to shore we are transferred by vehicle to Hosteria Grey, which offers spectacular views of the park.
Day 7 – TORRES DEL PAINE / KAYAK
Following breakfast we will be met by our kayak guide and transferred to the Rio Serrano. We begin our kayak adventure paddling through the glacial waters and seeing the unique wildlife as well as views of the park in the distance. This day we will paddle across the first section of Rio Serrano, this is a calm area of the river allowing us to become comfortable with our kayaks and paddling. After arriving at a small waterfall in the river we will have our first teamwork experience in portaging our kayaks 100m down to calmer waters. Depending on the weather conditions and the hours of light left in the day, we will continue for 1 to 2 hours more to arrive at our campsite.
Day 8 – TORRES DEL PAINE / KAYAK
After breakfast we collect our gear, pack the kayaks and embark on our longest day down the river. In this section of the river there are National Park and privately owned lands and in these we will see the typical cold forest vegetation of Magallanes and the associated fauna. We are able to observe, from a distance, the glaciers of the Southern Patagonian ice field. Finally we will arrive at Bernardo O’ Higgins National Park. This is the largest protected area in Chile. The park is named after Chile’s first head of state. Time and weather permitting we will paddle up close to the Serrano glacier to have a true experience of the sheer size of these massive walls of ice. While paddling around the glaciers face we will discover astounding views of this amazing mountain of constantly calving ice.
Day 9 – TORRES DEL PAINE / KAYAK / PUERTO NATALES
Today is our final day in the park. This morning we paddle for around. 2 hours prior to packing up our gear and heading by boat to Puerto Natales. On the return journey we stop off at the ‘Estancia Perales’ to enjoy a BBQ at a traditional Chilean Ranch. Upon arrival at Puerto Natales we are transferred to the Hotel Indigo for a well-deserved night in luxury and a chance to reflect back on our adventure.
Day 10 – PUNTA ARENAS / SANTIAGO / DEPART
Following breakfast at the Hotel Indigo we say farewell to Patagonia. We are met and transferred to the Punta Arenas airport, a drive of around 2.5 hours, to connect with your flight to Santiago and subsequent outbound flights.
□ Strength and Conditioning Program prepared by our Aurora Exercise Physiologists specifically for this adventure – 8 weeks and 3 fully supervised sessions for Brisbane trekkers or our 12 week Remote Preparation Program for interstate trekkers
□ All accommodation on a twin share basis*.
□ Personal travel insurance.
□ Restaurant meals in Santiago.
□ All transfers and transport in country.
□ All food during the trek
□ Most personal camping and cooking equipment.
□ Trek gear including trekking shirt, and cap.
□ Personal expenses such as phone call costs, beverages at the hotel
□ Return economy airfare from Brisbane to Santiago.
□ Boots and a small amount of personal trek clothing
□ Inoculations and anti-malarial medication
□ Connecting flights to and from Brisbane
*Trekkers also have the option of staying in a single room while in Santiago. We can advise the extra costs associated with these options at the time of booking.