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From El Calafate: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

1. From El Calafate: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

Embark on a fascinating excursion to Torres del Paine, departing from El Calafate. Hike through a stunning national park, surrounded by glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls. Take in mesmerizing landscapes, explore a variety of natural landmarks, and enjoy an included lunch. Get picked up from your hotel and take the road to the Republic of Chile border crossing. After the customs and immigration procedures, meet your guide and begin to travel the last 80 kilometers to the National Park. Gaze at the Mirador del Lago Sarmiento de Gamboa, the Saltos del Río Paine, the upper viewpoint of Cerro Almirante Nieto/Cuernos del Paine, and the entrance to Laguna Amarga. Once inside the Torres del Paine National Park, dive into the different trekking trails and receive your packed lunch. Follow a trail from the Salto Grande and enjoy a low-difficulty walk towards the Mirador de Los Cuernos del Paine, on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. Then, back in the vehicle, begin the ride to Lake Pehoé, the last viewpoint, overlooking the Cuernos del Paine and the French Valley. Continue exploring and getting to know the southernmost part of Chilean Patagonia. Learn about its flora and fauna on your return to Calafate.

Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

2. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

Start the tour with pick up from your accommodation and set off for the Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving access the park through Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will be able to get an excellent view of the Paine Towers. As you venture through the park, observe a wide variety of native fauna and flora. Make several stops at the main viewpoints to appreciate the uniqueness of the landscape and the magnitude of the Paine Massif from different perspectives. At Midday, stop for lunch before continuing the itinerary toward Grey Lake. Here, enjoy a 1-hour hike through an ancient Lenga forest and along Grey Lake Beach. From this side of the park, it is possible to enjoy the view of the West face of the Paine Massif and the intense blue hues of Grey’s glacial ice. Once your adventure in the park is over, drive back to Puerto Natales. On the way, stop by the Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, of the Pleistocene era. Return to the city by about 7 PM.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

3. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

Go a full-day 18 km trek and discover the breathtaking scenery leading to the granite pillars of Torres del Paine National Park, including the Lake Nordenskjöld and the Almirante Nieto Mountain. Pick up at your accommodation between 6:15 6:45 in Puerto Natales and drive towards Torres del Paine National Park, your trek starts at the gateway just before Hotel Las Torres beginning with a downhill walk towards the Valle del Ascencio, until reaching El Chileno Mountain Lodge. The trial continues through a Millenial Lenga forest until the base of the rock formation where you will begin the challenging ascent to the base of Torres del Paine for panoramic views of Torre Sur, Torre Central, Torre Norte and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. Once you are done sightseeing and enjoying the beauty that Torres Del Paine has to offer, walk down to Hotel Las Torres. From there which you can relax and rest your legs as you are driven back to the hotel in Puerto Natales around 21:00 – 21:30 hrs.

Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

4. Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

Your day begins as you are collected from your accommodation between 7:30AM and 8:00AM in the morning. From there, begin your beautiful trip to Patagonia to visit one of the 8 Wonders of the World: the Torres del Paine National Park. Travel along the coast before jumping onto Route No. 9 in the direction of the village of Cerro Castillo, which was the home of the famous Tierra del Fuego Exploiting Society. Along the route and traveling between Patagonian landscapes, enter the Torres del Paine National Park, a real spectacle where guanacos, condors, and ñandú usually accompany the beautiful views of the park. Visit all the main lookouts of the park, among them Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe, and the beautiful Salto Grande, the latter of which where you take a small walk of about 30 minutes to get closer for some views. Along the way, encounter lakes, rivers, and a great variety of flora and wildlife. There is then a stop for lunch in the park before you resume your trip to your final stop, the lake alongside Gray Glacier which is a part of the Southern Ice Field. Whilst there, take a beautiful walk through an old lenga forest to the beach of this amazing lake to appreciate its icebergs. On the way back to Puerto Natales, pass by the Milodon Cave, a huge natural formation where it is believed that primitive man and the Milodon Darwini, an extinct animal that lived in Patagonia 10,000 years ago, had inhabited. Whilst at this fascinating cave, take a short walk to learn about its beauty and history.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

5. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

Following a 2-hour drive you will arrive to Hotel las Torres. Following a safety briefing from your guide, the excursion will begin. The track takes you up into the Asencio River Valley, and 2 hours later you will arrive in El Chileno, a camping site where your hike will continue through a dense forested area. There you can also admire a small stream which flows from the Almirante Nieto peak. The path brings you to a moraine, where the slope steepens until the Paine Towers viewpoint, which sits at 890 meters above sea level. At the viewpoint you will enjoy incredible views of the three towers, and will also have some time to have lunch and rest for your return journey. If weather conditions permit it, you will be able to observe one of the most spectacular views worldwide. You will return along the same path to “Hosteria Las Torres”, where your bus will be waiting. Your approximate time of arrival back to Puerto Natales is 9:00PM.

Torres del Paine: W Circuit in Camping (5 days)

6. Torres del Paine: W Circuit in Camping (5 days)

Day 1: Arrival at Torres del Paine National Park - Trekking to the Base of the Towers. Distance: 14 miles / Time: 8-10hrs / Difficulty: Demanding / Accommodation: Central sector / Meals: Dinner. After breakfast, request your box lunch and head to the bus terminal to take the 7:00 a.m. bus to Torres del Paine National Park. After registering with CONAF (Park Rangers) at the Laguna Amarga main entrance, take a transfer with "Transporte Las Torres" to the welcome center. Register at Estancia Cerro Paine and walk 5 minutes to the Central Refuge to register for camping. Begin your trek through the Ascencio Valley, passing through forests and a field of rocks until reaching Mirador Base las Torres, where you can see the 3 towers and glacial lake. Enjoy lunch and return to the Torre Central Refuge for dinner. Day 2: Hike to Refugio los Cuerno or French Dome. Distance: 7 or 9 miles depending on accommodation / Time: 4-5 hours / Difficulty: Moderate / Accommodation: Cuernos or Frances sector / Meals: breakfast, box lunch, and dinner. After breakfast and requesting your box lunch, begin your walk to the Cuernos Camp, passing by crystalline streams and bordering the fascinating waters of Lake Nordenskjold. The path is simple and will take you directly to the Cuernos Camp where you will relax for the night. Day 3: Explore the French Valley. Distance: French Lookout 10.5 miles / Time: 6-7hrs / Difficulty: Moderate / Accommodation: Paine Grande sector / Meals: Breakfast, Box lunch, and dinner. Start early and begin your ascent to the French Valley. A few minutes after starting our walk, we will pass by a park ranger shelter, right at the entrance to the valley. Climb up large rocks and continue through the forest until reaching the Plateau (French Viewpoint), where you can see Los Cuernos, turquoise glacial lagoons, and hanging glaciers on Paine Grande Mountain. Continue to the British Lookout and then return to the park ranger shelter and walk to Refugio Paine Grande. Enjoy dinner at the refuge. Day 4: Grey Glacier (Optional suspension bridges). Distance: 6.8 miles / Time: 4-4.5 hrs / Difficulty: Moderate / Accommodation: Grey sector / Meals: Breakfast, Box lunch, and dinner. Hike through a winding valley to Laguna de Los Patos, where you can see parts of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and Lago Grey. Descend through a forest until reaching the Refugio. From here, you continue for 10 minutes until you reach the Grey Glacier Viewpoint and marvel at the blue ice. Optional: Plan extra 3-4 hours (RT) to see Grey Glacier's best viewpoint at hanging bridges past Grey Shelter. See impressive ice, ravines, and ice melting. Day 5: Hike to Paine Grande Refuge + Catamaran + Return to Puerto Natales. Distance: 6.8 miles / Time: 4-4.5 hrs / Difficulty: Moderate / Meals: Breakfast, Box lunch. Enjoy optional activities in the morning before hiking back to Paine Grande Lodge and taking the catamaran to Pudeto, where you'll depart by bus to Puerto Natales.

Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Park Full-Day Hike

7. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Park Full-Day Hike

06:00 to 06:30 Pick up at your accommodation for Torres del Paine National Park. We will access Torres del Paine National Park and head for Lagua Azul (Blue Lagoon) area to enjoy the views of the iconic Paine Towers, the local flora and fauna, as Lady Florence Dixie (one of the firsts visitors) did 140 years ago. Afterwards, our route leads us further to “Cascada Paine”, a beautiful waterfall, proof of the natural decline of the river Paine basin. Our hike “Portería - Portería” begins in the National Park access “Portería Laguna Amarga” and finishes in a different one called “Porteria Sarmiento”. Marvel at the Paine Massif and the radiant, blue glacial lakes in a 2 hours hike along the Patagonian steppe. This path is also characterized and attractive for the observation of local wildlife. After 1 hour hike approximately, we will reach a series of cave paintings which date from 10.000 years ago, these were made by the first population that arrived in Patagonia. Afterwards, our transfer will take us to the Nordensköld viewpoint to enjoy the view of the lake of the same name and the East face of the Paine Massif where our local guide will explain the geological characteristics of the Paine mountain range. We will continue our excursion and stop at “Pudeto” area to enjoy the rushing frothing waterfall “Salto Grande”. Immediately after, we will start a 2 hour hike (go and return) to “Mirador Cuernos” (Horns viewpoint), a place of overwhelming beauty and probably one of the most famous spots in Torres del Paine National Park. At Pehoe campsite we will have lunch. And after having some rest and time to enjoy the view of the lake and the “Cuernos del Paine” (Paine Horns). Approximate time of arrival in Puerto Natales: 19:00 hr.

Trekking Base Torres: desde Puerto Natales

8. Trekking Base Torres: desde Puerto Natales

Walk with us through the immensity of the imposing Torres del Paine National Park at any time of the year! After the pick up at the lodge we head towards Torres del Paine National Park, after a 1 hour and a half walk, we will enter the park through the Porteria Laguna Amarga sector. Already at the starting point of the hike, the guide gives us a briefing of security and delivery of the equipment "trekking poles" (crampons and flashlights in winter season). The hike is a total of 21 kilometers on a mountain trail, which is divided into 3 stages. The first one is about 1 hour 30, going into the Asencio Valley until reaching the well-known Paso de los Vientos with an incredible view of the Valley where we can appreciate lakes and intense forests of lenga. We stop to hydrate and eat something in the area of the mountain refuge "Chileno". The second part is the easiest of all, in this we go into the lenga forest with short climbs and several planes. Once we finish the forest we focus on the last and hardest part of the trail the "Moraine" this is a very rocky sector, here it will take us about a 01:15 min to reach our goal the Base Torres viewpoint. Already in the viewpoint the guide will explain us about the formation of these imposing towers, then we have 45 minutes to enjoy and take pictures, then we will have lunch and start the return to the starting point. Once back in the van we return to Puerto Natales to our respective lodgings.

Aonikenk & Nordenskjold

9. Aonikenk & Nordenskjold

The pick-up starts very early in the morning at the respective accommodation. We drive to the Sarmientos gate, located in the eastern sector of the Torres del Paine National Park. Here begins our first hike of the day of 7.2 kilometres, of low/medium intensity, called the Aonikenk Trail (The Aonikenk were the hunter-gatherer ethnic groups that inhabited Patagonia). We will walk through the Patagonian steppe, an area of vast plains and small bushes. This is a sector where we will be able to appreciate a diversity of flora and fauna such as guanacos, foxes, Andean condors and even puma concolor. In the middle of the path there is a small cave where we find a cave painting dating back more than 6500 years. From this spot we have unequalled views of the Paine mountain range. Once in the vehicle we head back to the Pehoe Campiong, which is located in the central sector of the National Park. Here we will give you an hour to have lunch with the best postcard view of the Pehoe Lake and the Cuernos del Pais. After this break we head for a short trek to the Pudeto sector, where our second hike begins, here we will see one of the most famous waterfalls of the National Park called Salto Grande. After a 3km walk we reach the foot of the Nordenskjold Lake, here we have a scenic and impressive view of the entire Paine Massif, where we will recognise peaks such as Admiral Nieto, Cuernos, Paine Grande and Valle del Frances. After taking the necessary photos of this beautiful viewpoint, we return to the vehicle along the same path and return to Puerto Natales.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Day Tour

10. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Day Tour

Departure from Puerto Natales towards Torres del Paine National Park in our shared transport. Entrance to the sector of Laguna Amarga, where we can appreciate Torres del Paine. Start the tour through the paths of the park, where we will observe its particular flora and fauna, admire the stunning views of the Paine Massif. We will stop at the main viewpoints to make an appreciation of the landscape and its spectacular features. We will have lunch in the Park and continue with our tour in the Park. We headed to Lake Grey for an hour’s trek, past an ancient lenga forest and the spectacular view of the Paine Massif from its west face with its intense and incredible blue tones of the ice of the Grey Glacier, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Start of the return to Puerto Natales by the sector of Portería Serrano. To finish our tour we will visit the Natural Monument Cueva del Milodón, from the time of the Pleistocene. 21:00 approximately, return to Puerto Natales and your accommodation.

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4.6 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Incredible hike, the guides were really supportive and spread throughout the group to make sure everyone made it. Before more challenging parts they bought the group together to explain what had to be done. While this hike is incredibly hard when heading up to the base of the towers it’s rewarding. The way the hike goes it feels completely manageable though and you will be confident you can make the last 1km to the towers!

Our guide Marion was amazing, smiled all day, explained everything, answered every question and had a great sense of humor. The park is absolutely gorgeous, waterfalls, glaciers, lakes, mountains, etc. This tour is a great way to see the nightlights of the park all in one day.

Really great experience to see Torres del Paine National Park. The guide was super knowledgeable and had so many interesting facts and notes about the park and culture of the Magallanes region.

A great experience .. through all weather conditions .. sun, wind, rain and snow .. but well worth the views along the way and especially at the top of the climb. A full day activity!

The guide went out of his way to answer our questions.