Torres del Paine Paso Extreme - 7 days, 6 nights
1600 USD - 6 trekkers max
Level of difficuly: Demanding
Pack weight: 15-20kg
Single tent upgrade: +$100 USD
2016-17 departure dates:
Feb 8-14, 2017
Feb 19-25, 2017
Feb 27-March 5, 2017
Paso Oggioni is not the typical trek and is not for beginners. The trek leads us 'off trail,' up and over steep slopes, showing us views of Torres del Paine National Park that few people see. Instead of trekking up and back down out of Valley Silencio, we will push forward through thick forest, crossing wild creeks, and up rocky steep slopes to gain the rarely seen Oggioni Pass.
This program is physically demanding. You should be in very good physical condition for these programs. We recommend folks be able to hike long distances, uphill and downhill, up to 10 hours a day and with a 15 kilogram pack. We typically cover elevations from 200m to 1200m per day. You should also have keen mental strength and a sense of determination to resist tough elements like strong winds, frozen rain or snowfall - even in the summer. You should be well-accustomed to sleeping in a two-person tent, and willing to support the group with all camp activities. The weather in Patagonia is as unpredictable as the landscape, and dealing with different levels of discomfort is one of the biggest challenges of Patagonian trekking.
Day 1: We will leave Puerto Natales and travel about two hours to Laguna Amarga - the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. From there we catch our transfer to Hosteria Las Torres. Here we start our trek. On this first day we will trek to Campamento las Torres - about 3 hours up into the the valley. Our camp lies under the three famous towers of Paine. We make camp in the thick Lenga forest which protects us from the strong Patagonia winds. This is a steep valley, but many scenic viewpoints allow for many small breaks.
Day 2: Today we get an early start and climb the Oggioni Pass, a difficult and rarely crossed mountain pass. Where most turn around and go back, we press on, up and over the mountains. The pass leads us North to Camp Dickson where we will make our camp for the night.
Day 3: On day three we trek through the forest from Camp Dickson to Camp Perros. This will be a long day, but the hike offers incredible views. Night at Camp Perros.
Day 4: This is the day we cross the John Garner Pass, the highest trekking point in the park. We have spectacular views of Grey Glacier and the Patagonia Ice Field. This is truly one of the major highlights of Torres del Paine National Park. Depending on the weather and speed of our team, we will have various campsite location possibilities.
Day 5: Today we trek down into the 'W' circuit on the southern side of Torres del Paine. We will walk for about six hours to Campamento Italiano, at the mouth of the French Valley. We will enjoy towering views on either side of the trail and all around camp. Tonight we camp at Campamento Italiano.
Day 6: Today we walk with only a daypack, up and through the French Valley. The valley is very steep and we take many breaks. With ice falls and avalanches consantly crashing around us, this is the heart of Torres del Paine. After the French Valley, we gather our gear and continue on to Los Cuernos where we will make camp for the night.
Day 7: Today we trek from Cuernos to Hosteria las Torres. Here we catch our transfer back to Puerto Natales. This is the official end of the program.
• guide with satellite communication devices (Delorem InReach) & park radio
• all meals in the field
• all transportation
• entrance, camping & park fees
• all logistics
• personal camping and trekking gear (clothing, trekking poles, sleeping bag)
• alcoholic beverages
• lodging in town before and after the program
• travel insurance
• itinerary changes
• personal first aid kit
• single tent upgrade +100 USD