11 days
Duration
Chile
Location
6/10
Physicality
OneSeed Expeditions
Operator
$3,950
base price per person

Explore Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia

With its jagged mountains covered in frosting, and its aquamarine lakes, Patagonia is arguably one of the most beautiful of our world’s wild places. Home to pumas, guanacos, condors, and the South Andean deer, this is one of the last places left on the planet where you can still drink from the streams.

Explore Torres del Paine National Park for 11-days on this curated trip from OneSeed Expeditions—a company that chooses to invest in people by loaning 10% of their profits to local entrepreneurs in need of capital. Don’t just visit local communities, empower them.

Trip Highlights:

  • Spend a week trekking in Patagonia’s famous Torres del Paine National Park
  • Climb through a beautiful lenga forest to the base of the Las Torres Towers
  • Explore the massive and beautiful Grey Glacier

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Santiago (1,706ft/520m)

A OneSeed staff member will pick you up at Santiago’s international airport and take you to our partner bed and breakfast, located in the Providencia district just south of Santiago Metropolitan Park, which has several trails, a Japanese garden and the National Zoo. Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m) Inclusions: airport shuttle; accommodations

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Day 2: Santiago to Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales

Wake up early for a pre-dawn flight to Chilean Patagonia. After a 3.5 hour flight, meet your local trekking guide in Punta Arenas who will then accompany you to Puerto Natales (3 hours bus ride). On the way to Puerto Natales, soak up the beautiful views of the ocean surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Explore the quaint town of Puerto Natales then spend the night at our partner lodge. Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m) Inclusions: breakfast, lunch (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase), coffee, tea, water; domestic flight; transportation; accommodations

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Day 3: Puerto Natales to Refugio Las Torres

Head to the Cueva del Milodón, a famous cave located just outside of Puerto Natales, home to fossils of pre-historic animals and signs of human habitation as early as 6,000 BC. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic before heading to the entrance gates of Torres del Paine and settling into Refugio Las Torres for the evening. Peak Altitude: 492 ft (150m) Inclusions: all meals (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase)coffee, tea, water; bus transportation; park entry fee; accommodations

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Day 4: Refugio Las Torres

Start the trek with day packs as you ascend through a rocky terrain cut by pristine glacial rivers. Gain two thousand feet in elevation as you climb through a beautiful lenga forest until reaching the base of the towers. Another shorter climb will put you meters from the towers and the emerald lake that sits at their base. Return to the mountain lodge for the evening. Peak Altitude: 2,870 ft (875m) Total Hiking: approximately 12.5 miles (20 km) / 8 hours of trekking (*day pack only today) Inclusions: all meals (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase), coffee, tea, water; accommodations

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Day 5: Refugio Las Torres to Refugio Los Cuernos

Spend a majority of this part of the trek nestled on a trail between Lake Nordenskjold and Mount Almirante Nieto of the Paine Massif. Peak Altitude: 797 ft (243m) Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 7-8 hours of trekking Inclusions: all meals (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase), coffee, tea, water; accommodations

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Day 6: Refugio Los Cuernos to Refugio Paine Grande

Head out from Los Cuernos and hike through Torres’ old-growth forest. After a short climb, see an impressive viewpoint of the French Valley and Cerro Hoja and Cerro Máscara, two of the famous horned peaks. Peak Altitude: 2,495 ft (760m) Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 7-8 hours of trekking Inclusions: all meals (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase), coffee, tea, water; accommodations

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Day 7: Refugio Paine Grande to Refugio Grey

Take a day hike to Grey Glacier, an impressive ice field that covers the west end of the park. Enjoy the beauty of Pehoé Lake and Grey Lake as you approach the glacier. Spend a second night at Paine Grande. Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m) Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 4-5 hours trekking Inclusions: all meals (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase), coffee, tea, water; accommodations

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Day 8: Refugio Grey

On the final day of trekking, make your way along Grey’s Glacier toward Campamento Paso. Scale ladders and enjoy views of the glacier before returning to the lodge for dinner. Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m) Total Hiking: approximately 6-7 miles (9-11 km) / 6-8 hours trekking Inclusions: all meals (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase), coffee, tea, water; accommodations

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Day 9: Refugio Grey to Puerto Natales

Spend one final half day in the park. A 3-4 hour walk toward the lake will take you to the catamaran back to Pehoé and out of the park. Bus transportation will be awaiting your arrival to take the scenic ride back to Puerto Natales. Share a farewell dinner with your guide before a restful night in our partner lodge. Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m) Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11 km) / 3-4 hours trekking Inclusions: all meals (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase), coffee, tea, water; accommodations; bus transportation; catamaran ride

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Day 10: Puerto Natales to Santiago

Take a bus to Punta Arenas and fly back to Santiago for a final evening in the city. Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m) Inclusions: breakfast (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase) bus transportation; domestic flight; airport transfer; accommodations

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Day 11: Departures from Santiago

International flights depart. Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m) Inclusions: breakfast; airport shuttle

Trip Dates 19 – 29 November 2018

21 November – 1 December 2018

26 November – 6 December 2018

28 November – 8 December 2018

3 – 13 December 2018

10 – 20 December 2018

17 – 27 December 2018

29 December – 8 January 2019

2 – 12 January 2019

7 – 17 January 2019

14 – 24 January 2019

21 – 31 January 2019

28 January – 7 February 2019

Arrival/Departure Location Santiago, Chile
Included Medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date.

Three nights accommodation in Santiago.

Domestic flight (RT) to Punta Arenas.

All accommodations on trek in refugios (shared bathroom).

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek.

Trekking permits and entry fees.

Farewell banquet.

Guide services.

All ground transportation in Chile.

Guided excursions in Santiago

Not included  Personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)

Trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option).

International airfare and meals during travel.

Snacks during trek.

Beverages outside of designated meals.

Packing List 

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We’ll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Santiago – to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Backpack (for carrying your gear)
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt (2)
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Light gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Sandals (for walking around the lodges in the evening)
  • Day pack – should be light and easy to stuff in main pack when not in use
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine (showers are available during the trek)
  • Sleeping bag w/ 40°F rating
  • Pack cover
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)
  • Synthetic shorts
  • Bandana (for dust and wind)
  • Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)
  • Outlet adapter
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

Note: This expedition does not include porters. You are responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack.

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Punta Arenas
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
  • Photocopy of passport Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.
  • Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills

Why Choose OneSeed Expeditions?

OneSeed Expeditions was founded with a simple goal: Explore the world. Invest in people. They have been recognized as a leader in socially minded travel.

They Hire Local Guides

OneSeed hire professional, experienced guides from local communities.

They Invest in Local Economies

OneSeed invest 10% of total revenue in the form of microcredit to local small-scale entrepreneurs. They partner with small businesses to maximize local benefit from tourism.

They Protect Local Environments

OneSeed practice ‘Leave No Trace’ principles on all of their expeditions and incentivize environmental best practices among their partners.

They Respect Local Customs

OneSeed operates with respect and mindfulness everywhere they travel.

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