The original Torres del Paine 
10 day backpackers trek

The 'Q' - A circumnavigation of Torres del Paine  - 9 nights, 10 days
 
Level of difficuly: Demanding

9 nights, 10 days

Maximum 6 clients

Pack weight: Your pack + 4 kilos

Cost: $2350 USD - tent camping tour + Grey Lake Glacier tour

 


Park facts: Torres del Paine National Park is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, as well as one of the most pristine and remote places on earth. One of the most highly trekked routes in Torres del Paine National Park is called the ‘Q’. Named after its trail system that navigates up and down out of the mountain valleys and around the park. The granite towers of Paine make a sudden and dramatic appearance on the horizon in the midst of a flat, dry, wind-swept Plain. Despite the almost constant winds, this is some of the finest trekking country in Chile. Endowed with severe mountains, sparkling lakes, waterfalls and glaciers, as well as herds of guanacos, majestic condors and large Patagonian hares, the park's international attraction is immediately evident. Once a large sheep estancia, the park was established in 1959 as Parque Nacional Lago Grey.

 

The 'Full Circuit' trekking tour: This trek starts on the southernmost tip of Torres del Paine and travels north, bypassing the ‘W’ trek. It incorporates the ‘W’, but lets you trek in from the south, as well as adding five extra days to circumnavigate the northern side of the park. It is there you will experience the true beauty of peace and serenity in the park. With far fewer trekkers and no day-hikers around, you can have a genuine wilderness experience. Camping is a must at the more isolated stopovers. We head out as a self-sustained team, or with porters to help us complete this ten day adventure. Weather is always a factor. We cross water, tip-toe high cliffs, and ascend the steep John Gardner Pass. All this makes for a challenging and rewarding trek.

 

 

The 'Full Circuit'  2016-17

Day 0:  Team meeting erratic rock Base Camp - 6pm.

 

Day 1: After breakfast your private transportation will to transfer you to Torres del Paine National Park. On the way we stop at the spectacular Milodon Cave. This spectacular location is the site of 7 caves which is where the remains of the very large Patagonian land sloth was found. The museum on location shows how the caves were formed and much more.
 
We then then  transfer to the south end of the Park, near the Administration Center. This is where the adventure begins. The park stretches in front of you like a dream. This part of the trek is not quite as impressive if you do it on the way out, because the views lay behind you. We enjoy every step of this hike. We camp this first night at camping Las Carretas, near Rio Grey. Our first camp dinner offers amazing view if the Paine Massif. 
 
Day 2: Today we push on another two hours to Campamento Italiano. Italiano is a magnificent camp area and sits at the mouth of spectacular Valle Frances. We camp next to a beautiful river, protected nicely by a forest of old Lenga trees. We have some free time on this day, so weather permitting, we head up into the valley for a sneak-peek.

 

Day 3: This morning, we leave everything behind and we only pack up our backpacks with some food, rain gear, camera, and just a few basics, and head up into Valle Frances light. It’s a steep hike, so going light is nice. The valley offers natural lookouts; ice falls, avalanches, condors... impressive. A true highlight of Torres del Paine National Park. And after a day exploring Valle Frances, we head down again and pack up our camp and progress another 1.5 hours to Camping Frances. A great camp site, located directly under the Cuernos and a stone’s throw from the beach. We retire to our tents that night for a well deserved night's sleep.

 

Day 4: Today, after a big breakfast we take on our longest day yet. Our trek takes us around the base of Mount Almirante Nieto (2500m), up into Valle Asencio, to our camp at Campamento Las Torres. This is a long day and we take many breaks for viewpoints and photo stops. Here again we make camp in a thick Lenga forest which protects us from harsh winds.

 

Day 5: On this morning we get up and ready before dawn. This is our big chance to see the three famous Towers of Paine (2800m) get hit by the first morning rays of sun, which can turn the towers bright red. We again leave our camp behind and only bring our packs loaded with our warm layers. We head up the steep trail for 1 hour to the Towers viewpoint, and some of the most amazing photos ever. We get warm, have some hot drinks at the base of the Towers and do this morning right! We pack up and head downhill to our next campsite next to Refugio Las Torres. It's been a long day. We close the book on the first half of our trek, and take a long afternoon to repack and call it a day.

 

Day 6: Today, we start the backside of the circuit, early and refreshed. And it’s a good thing because we have an 5 hour trek to Camping Seron. The terrain is milder then the ‘W’ and you cover a lot of ground fast. This is a much different experience than the front side of the W trek. 
 
Day 7: This is the day we trek to Refugio Dickson. The view and wind on Paso del Viento is unforgettable and literally breathtaking. From this high mountain pass we descend into the wetlands, passing near Rio Paine until we arrive at Refugio Dickson, which is one of the most remote refugios in Torres del Paine National Park. We camp this night at camping Dickson, next to the beautiful Lago Dickson.

 

Day 8: Today we have a shorter 4 hour trek to camping Los Perros. This is a beautiful trek and a very remote area of the National park. Here we have  good meal and plan out nexts days trek over The John Garner Pass. 
 
Day 9: This is the day of the famous John Garner Pass. The hardest thing about the Paso John Gardner is the wind. The terrain is manageable, and the view from the top of the pass is breathtaking. The view below of Glacier Grey (and the Patagonian Ice Field on a clear day) is one of the most amazing moments you’ll experience in Patagonia, hands down. We push on and make camp at the Campamento Paso campsite.
 
Day 10: After a good breakfast we trek 4 hours to Refugio Grey. A beautiful stretch of trail with views of Lago Grey and the icebergs that break from the glacier and float slowly to the southern beach where they come to the end of their journey. In the afternoon we board our ship, the Grey III, which takes us across Glacier Grey, alongside the massive cliffs of Glacier Grey for an up close and personal look at the ice. This is a great climax to your long trek. On the Southern end of the lake we disembark and catch our private transfer back to Puerto Natales. This is the official end of the program. Groups return to Puerto Natales at 9pm on the final day of the program.

 

 


Upcoming Dates        

 

tour ref #

2016-17

 

 

Day '0' 

team meeting 6pm

 

Departure   Return
March 2017        
Q080317 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017   March 17, 2017
Q160317 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017   March 25, 2017
April 2017        
Q040417 April 3, 2017 April 4, 2017   April 13, 2017
May 2017        
Q150517 May 14, 2017 May 15, 2017   May 24, 2017
June 2017        
Q150617 June 14, 2017 June 15, 2017   June 24, 2017
July 2017        
Q150717 July 14, 2017 July 15, 2017   July 24, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included:

 guide with satellite communication devices (Delorem InReach) & park radio

 group gear (tents, stove & cooking equipment, sleeping pad)
• entrance, camping & park fees
• all transportation
• all meal in the field
• navigation - Grey III - Glacier Grey
Not included:
• personal camping and trekking gear (clothing, trekking poles, sleeping bag)
• alcoholic beverages
• travel insurance
• lodging in town
• tips 
• personal first aid kit
• single tent upgrade +100 USD

 

 

 

 

 

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