Hiking Torres del Paine 5D Tour – Ecocamp

This unique trip takes you through Torres Del Paine’s highlights and lets you enjoy the best of the park’s flora and fauna on nature walks, treks and cycling excursions with your local expert guide. EcoCamp Patagonia’s domes, immersed in the park’s wilderness, provide cozy accommodation each night after dinner and wine with fellow travelers in EcoCamp Community Domes.

Highlights:

  • Departs and finishes any day
  • Every night in a cozy EcoCamp Dome
  • Sail to Grey Glacier
  • Experience 1st Patagonian Safari
  • Conquer Paine Towers
  • Choose between nature walks, treks and bike excursions
  • Beautiful Flora and Fauna
  • Start in Calafate, Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales (transfer included)
  • Daily Yoga stretching group class

EcoCamp inside Torres del Paine National Park is the most sustainable way to visit this world famous destination. They use 100% renewable energy and electricity is very limited. Services are full board, with amazing views of the famous towers and you’ll be able to conquer Paine Towers, cross Lake Pehoe on a Catamaran, sail on Grey Glacier and trek on French Valley. If you need help buying local flights, let us know. The tour departs every day on regular dates, from September to April. Contact us for a private departure with friends or family.

Day 01

Sunday, heading to Torres Del Paine National Park and sustainable EcoCamp

Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine NP, Chile
The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. En route we make a couple of stops – First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza”, where we enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen.

The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there’s plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.
– Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales: 254 km / 158 miles / 3 hrs driving.

– From Natales to Torres Del Paine C. Torres: 147 km / 91 miles / 2.5 hrs driving.

/ Lunch / Dinner /

Day 02

The Great Challenge: The Mighty Torres Del Paine

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

Time for a big breakfast and lots of enthusiasm – Our goal today is to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine NP! We walk from the camp site towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world’s most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres Del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consists of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.

*During Shoulder Season (October and April) the Towers Trek excursion might be cancelled because of weather conditions and safety considerations.

The Tower’s Trail – Approximate walking time: 9 to 10 hrs round trip.

Distance: 21 km /13 miles round trip.

Altitude: low altitude trails, no need to worry.

/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 03

Tuesday, Torres Del Paine’s Big Daddy is on the Way: Glacier Grey!

Torres Del Paine NP, Chile

Today we hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern end of glacial Lake Grey. We enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails to the blue face of Glacier Grey. There’s lots of time to marvel at this calving glacier during the boat ride across this lake, with its floating pieces of ice. From Lake Grey’s southern end we transfer to EcoCamp.

Occasionally the weather may not permit us to sail across the lake, or during Shoulder Season (October and April) the sailing might be cancelled if the required minimum of 10 passengers isn’t reached. In this case we will get up early and trek about two hours along the Grey trail until reaching a sightseeing point offering a spectacular view of the Glacier. Then we return to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to Pudeto’s dock, from where we’re driven back to EcoCamp.
Grey Trail – Approximate walking time 4 hours

Distance: 14 km / 9 miles

Altitude: low altitude trails, no need to worry

Navigation time: 40 minutes

/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 04

Monday, Stepping into the Paine Massif’s Heart: Valle Frances

Torres Del Paine NP, Chile

After breakfast, we start our day driving towards Pudeto dock, located by the shores of Pehoe Lake. Once there we board the catamaran that takes us to the northern west sector of the Lake from where we’ll start the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How deep we go depends on our groups’ rhythm. An active walk leads us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif. From this point there is a truly wonderful view. Then we continue up the trail until reaching the upper section of the valley. The entire group of geological formations of the high valley can be admired here: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). It’s time to have a picnic and recover from the walk. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well. Next, we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest until reaching the Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. Here we organize our luggage and enjoy a replenishing dinner.
Lodging at Paine >Grande – These are typical mountain huts, open to the public visiting Torres del Paine. They have rooms for 4-6 people and shared bathrooms.

*The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe: From October 1st to November 15th and from March 16th through April the navigation operates only once a day, therefore the hike will be limited and only reach Italian campsite. (From November 16th to March 15th the excursion operates on a regular basis)
Lake Pehoe Navigation: 30 min

French Valley Trail – Approximate walking time: 8 hrs.

Distance: 25 km / 15 miles

/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 05

Thursday, Adios Torres Del Paine!

Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

We board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight.

/ Breakfast / Box Lunch /

  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary.
  • One expert English/Spanish speaking trekking guide.
  • Cueva Del Milodon and Torres Del Paine NP park fees.
  • 4 nights accommodation at EcoCamp Suite Domes, heated and with private bathroom
  • Boat crossing over Lake Pehoe** and Lake Grey**.
  • Luggage transport: while trekking you will carry just your daypack.
  • B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: lunch, D: dinner.
  • Flight tickets (we can help you buy local flights if needed)
  • Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip).
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff.
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp or refuges. Bringing US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres Del Paine NP is suggested.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Group Size & Guiding Staff9 travelers is the most typical group size, plus guiding staff. Maximum 12 clients.
    Guide to passenger ratio: 1:6
  • Any day between September 2016 and April 2017
  • TransportIn Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people. Pick up / Drop off times shown in the Weekly Transfer Board are approximate and will be confirmed locally by our operations team. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.WeatherThe vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. In addition, the strong marine influence and the affect of the Southern Patagonia Ice field make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºCmax, 2ºC min). However, just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become lovely and sunny. So come prepared for all types of weather!Physical DemandsThis is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. To enjoy this trek it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight.
    Start a program of conditioning well before departure.Children

    • Youngsters who are 14 years of age or older are welcome and are considered adults.
    • Children between 12 and 13 might be accepted in this program if their legal guardian sends a formal letter stating that the child is prepared for such an intense trekking trip and authorizes us to hire a private guide in case the child cannot perform well during the trek.
    • Children under 12 years of age cannot participate in this trip.
    • This trip doesn’t offer a special discount for children.

    What you need to bring

    Passengers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once. Essential equipment includes a one day backpack (30 liters – to carry camera, glasses, rain coat, etc), trekking or hiking boots, extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet, waterproof jacket, two pairs of woolen socks, fleece jacket or sweater, shorts or comfortable loose pants, sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm and screen) and optional capilene underwear for the upper and lower body.
    US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine NP.

    Itinerary Modifications

    The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to deal with at times. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

    EcoCamp

    Located in the heart of Torres del Paine, the EcoCamp consists of tented igloo-type domes built to minimize the environmental impact while providing a comfortable setting and maximum exposure to nature. There is electricity available for charging just camera batteries (voltage: 220 Volts at 50 Hertz, two round pins plug). Food at the EcoCamp has the same quality as the one you will have on a family dinner at your home, this means it is plenty and delicious!