Fast Trek 3 Days Torres del Paine NP

We have created this program for persons that have limited time in Patagonia and still want 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 opportunity 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

Highlights:
– 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
– Fastest way to Hike Torres del Paine National Park

Day 01

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)
/ Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 02

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 18.30hrs 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 Natales). Night NOT included at Puerto Natales.
** If needed, we can book a Hotel or Hostel in Puerto Natales for this night. As well, we can help with the booking of bus tickets to Punta Arenas for next day.
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch /

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 /

All the public transportation indicated in the schedule
– Shuttle in between Laguna Amarga and Refugio Torres
– Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
– 2 nights lodging in mountain lodges or Refuges on comfortable rooms with 6 beds and shared bathroom
– Sleeping bags and liners (when is possible we include a bed with sheets, blankets and a pillow)
– Catamaran to cross the Pehoe Lake
– All meals indicated in the schedule

– Any additional nights
– Medical expenses
– Insurance of any kind
– Personal expenses
– Dinner on day 3 and lodging on day 3
– Any alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Refugios except for the drinks include in the menu
– Tips for Guide and driver

Trekking, flora and fauna.

This tour departs every day between October and April. You can see below some of the dates we have for regular departures and you can feel free to add any requested date:
JAN 31 / FEB 02
FEB 14 / 16
FEB 16/18
FEB 27/MAR 01
MAR 14/16
MAR 28 / 30
APR 11/13
APR 25/24

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

The weather in Patagonia in an important factor that must be taken into consideration. The maximum temperature in summer is 20 C° and it drops to below 0° in winter. The wind-chill factor sometimes makes the ambient temperature drop 6 or 7 degrees. The temperature of the water is normally between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius.

Refuges
All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

The Mountain lodges of Torres Central and North are two comfortable refugios located at the base of the hike to the Towers lookout and part of the “W” and “Circuit” walks. They are within walking distance to the Hotel Spa at Las Torres for a variety of services including massage and saunas.

Los Cuernos is found on the shore of Lake Nordenskjöld nestled in a Coihue Forest lays Refugio Cuernos with 32 beds. This cozy lodge is located on the “W” circuit walking between the French Valley and the Torres Del Paine lookout and base camp area.

Paine Grande is a large and modern refugio set on the banks of the Lake Pehoe, including internet connection and full service bar. It’s the jump off point for the catamaran crossing Lake Pehoe and the walks to the French Valley and Grey Glacier, part of the “W” and “Circuit” hikes.