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FAST TREK 3D TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

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We have created this program for persons that have limited time in Patagonia and still wants to hike the most important and known trails of the W famous Trek. We have adapted a fast and cheap program, so you don't miss the opertunity of visiting Torres del Paine and be able to trek the three main valleys, visiting the lookout point to the famous towers in the Ascencio Valley, the Glacier Grey and the French Valley, spending the night in comfortable mountain huts. This unique program is guided and can depart any day on request - info@ecotours.cl

HIGHLIGHTS: - 3 day program fast Trek - Trek to the base of The Towers - Trek the French Valley - Trek Grey Glacier - Catamaran crossing Pehoe Lake - No need of sleeping bag - Lodging at shared mountain lodges - Professional English speaking guide DAY 1: PUERTO NATALES - TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK - BASE OF THE TOWERS HIKE At 7:30 we pick you up at your lodging in Puerto Natales. Our transfer takes us along an unpaved road heading to Torres Del Paine. When entering the Park, we will have excellent picture taking opportunities of guanacos (llama family) and Grey foxes, driving alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. We will start our first day trekking to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests (Nothofagus family), glaciers and waterfalls. We’ll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), excellent for picture taking. At this point we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850 M) and a lagoon with slurry waters due to erosion produced by glaciers. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we’ll start our descent, following the same path to the Refugio. (2 hours by transfer, 7-8 hours round-trip hiking, 18 KM) (Night at Refugio Torre Central) / BL / D / DAY 2: CATAMARAN CROSSING PEHOE LAKE & FRENCH VALLEY HIKE A private transfer will take us to the west side of the Park going around Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 M) with Nordenskjold Lake at its base.  In April there is only one Catamaran to cross the Pehoe Lake at 12 PM.  So we will take an easy walk to view the Salto Grande Waterfall and Nordensjköld Lake with its impressive views of the French Valley and Paine Massif.  After, we take a catamaran across the Pehoe Lake. From here we commence our out and back trek to the French valley. We will start going around the southwest side of Paine Grande, the highest summit in the Park, through native forests of fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the hanging bridge over the French River to observe the first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300m) for one hour amidst a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a viewpoint, gifting us with magnificent panoramic views.  Our way back will be the same, spending our first night at the shore of the Pehoe Lake. (One hour by private transfer, 2 hours hiking, 35 minutes by catamaran, 6 hours hiking, 17 KM) (Night at Refugio Paine Grande) / B / BL / D / DAY 3: GREY GLACIER HIKE We will begin early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially we will ascend 200mts up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, and our first glimpses of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. We will advance through forests and crossing rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will enjoy lunch at this place and if we are lucky, witness ice calving from the huge glacier wall into Lake Grey. We return, following the same path, with views of Cordon Olguín and Paine Grande, from where we will take the last Catamaran at 6.30 PM to start the return to Puerto Natales. (7-8 hours hiking, 22 KM, 35 minutes by catamaran, 1.5 hours by private transfer to Puerto Nalates) (Night at Refugio Paine Grande) / B / BL / REGARDING THE SCHEDULE The schedules indicated above are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered INCLUDED - All the private transportation indicated in the schedule - Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park - Three nights lodging in mountain lodges (Refugios) (comfortable rooms with 6 beds and shared bathroom) (We include a bed with sheets, blankets and a pillow) - Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake - All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner) - Guide/driver (English-Spanish languages) NOT INCLUDED - Any additional nights - Medical expenses - Insurance of any kind - Personal expenses - Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks besides the ones include in the menu. - Gratuities for Guide / Driver  

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