Trek the Torres del Paine Region of Patagonia with International Mountain Guides
Patagonia is simply a trekkers dream. On this trek we'll enjoy long days on the trail taking in spectacular views of Los Torres, The Silence Valley, Los Cuernos, The Bader Valley, The French Valley and the spectacular Grey Glacier.
Patagonia is simply a trekkers dream. On this trek we'll enjoy long days on the trail taking in all of the postcard moments of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. A few of highlights include Los Torres (aka The Towers), The Silence Valley, Los Cuernos, The Bader Valley, The French Valley and the spectacular Grey Glacier. And if you stick around for the optional extension on Trek #3 you'll get another stamp in that passport as we cross from Chile over into Argentina en route to El Chalten, home of Fitz Roy. If you're looking for a Patagonia Trek that has it all, you found it.
The trek itself starts out at the main entrance of Torres del Paine National Park. Once in the park we'll get right to it. Day one of the trek takes us up the Ascencio Valley along the Ascencio River, to the base of Las Torres (Spanish for The Towers). The three spectacular granite Towers: Torre D'Agostini (2,850m), Torre Central (2,800m), and Torre Norte (2,600m), are the centerpiece of Torres del Paine National Park. Jaws drop as the towers appear as if from nowhere. We'll spend our first of two nights in this area to maximize opportunities to see these towers.
After enjoying the views of Los Torres, and trekking up into the Silence Valley (special permit required), we'll make our way west towards Los Cuernos. We'll spend a day in the Bader Valley (special permit required) and then it's onto the French Valley, famous for the hanging glaciers and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires at the head of the valley.
After the French Valley it's on to another highlight of the park, Grey Lake and The Grey Glacier. Once we've reached Refugio Grey we'll stay flexible to take what the weather gives us. If the weather cooperates we'll hop in some sea kayaks for an optional ($100) 2-3 hour tour up next to some icebergs and the glacier itself.
Our eight days on the trail culminates with a ride across Lago Grey on the Grey III boat where we'll enjoy a Pisco Sour chilled by fresh glacier ice.
Once back in Puerto Natales it's time to shower up and celebrate! After dinner, we'll say our goodbyes to those who are heading home. Those of us sticking around for the Fitz Roy extension can repack and get ready to cross over into Argentina in the morning!