ACTIVITY LEVEL
Medium
OPERATOR

OneSeed Expeditions

DETAILS

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 10-days on this curated trip from OneSeed Expeditions company that chooses to invest in people by loaning 10% of their profits to local entrepreneurs in need of capital. Join experienced local guides for the trip of a lifetime to backpack the magnificent W trek in Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park. 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
Message Operator
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Medium
OPERATOR

OneSeed Expeditions

Itinerary

List View

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.
Wake up early for a flight to Chilean Patagonia. After a 3.5 hour flight, meet your local trekking guide in Punta Arenas who will then accompany you to Torres del Paine National Park (4.5 hours private transport). On the way, soak up the beautiful views of the ocean surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m)
After breakfast, ride approximately 50 minutes into the park where you will begin the hike to the base of The Towers. Start the trek with daypacks and 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 camp at Laguna Azul for the evening. Peak Altitude: 2,870 ft (875m) Total Hiking: approximately 12 miles (19 km) / 8 hours of trekking (*day pack only today)
Travel approximately 30 mins by private transport to Las Torres, where you will begin your trek to 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. Arrive at Los Cuernos camp, “The Horns,” nestled between the two famous horned peaks, Cerro Hoja and Cerro Máscara. Peak Altitude: 797 ft (243m) Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 7-8 hours of trekking
Head out from Los Cuernos and hike through Torres’ old-growth forest. Pass by the French Camp and arrive at the Italian Camp, which is the start of the French Valley. At the Italian Camp, drop your full backpacks and repack your food, water and windbreaker into your daypack for the hike into the French Valley. If you’re feeling up to it, hike an additional 8 miles round-trip into the French Valley for stunning 360 views of the park. Peak Altitude: 2,495 ft (760m) Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 7-8 hours OR 17 miles (27km) / 12 hours of trekking
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. In the afternoon, relax on the porch of Refugio Grey where you will stay for the night. Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 4-5 hours trekking Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)
On the final day of trekking, make your way along Grey Glacier toward Campamento Paso. Join an optional ice hike or kayak through third-party outfitter Bigfoot Patagonia. (We suggest making reservations in advance of your trip. OneSeed can not book spots on your behalf). Scale ladders and enjoy views of the glacier before returning to the lodge for dinner. Peak Altitude: 820 ft Total Hiking: approximately 6-7 miles (9-11 km) / 6-8 hours trekking (250m)
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
Take a bus to Punta Arenas and fly back to Santiago. Bus and flight times will vary depending on the group; The latest you would arrive back to Santiago is 10:30 pm. Spend a final overnight in the city before your international flight the following day. Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m)
International flights depart. Peak Altitude: 1,870 ft (569m)
IMAGES

See what it's like

Get stoked for your next trip

Premier adventure journalism, delivered daily.
Visit outdoorjournal.com
Wilderness Porn
Apr 22, 2019

In the social media era, nature has become a commodityhashtagged and h...

via outdoorjournal.com
Read full article
Rafting The Usumacinta River: Highway of the Maya Part One
Jul 03, 2019

The Mayan ruins, largely abandoned by 1000 AD, were left to moulder un...

via outdoorjournal.com
Read full article

Further reading

Mike Horn: His Devotion to the ‘Mountain of Mountains’, and the Loves...
Dec 11, 2018

The "Explorer of the Decade" on his upcoming documentary "Beyond the C...

via outdoorjournal.com
Read full article
Introducing Alone Across Antarctica: The Full Story and Controversy
Jul 08, 2019

The greatest living polar explorers weigh in on the head to head race...

via outdoorjournal.com
Read full article