Day 1Puerto Natales:
Our representative will meet you at Puerto Natales airport or bus terminal. Accommodation at Natalino hotel or similar. Welcome dinner and briefing to discuss trip program. (D)
Day 2Torres del Paine
Transfer by van to Torres del Paine National Park. This is a two hour journey crossing the pampa Patagonica. Arrival at Torres del Paine. We will begin trekking to the Ascencio Valley where from above you see the river (of the same name) running wildly past refugio Chileno. After a quick stop here we will continue through a forest of the native Leng.
(Beech) trees until reaching the glacial moraine. From here it’s a 1 hour trek to the top where the towers appear from nowhere! This trek is spectacular where you get to view the 3 pink granite towers with its glacial lake below that made the park famous. We continue hiking further into the valley until Japones camp. Dinner and night.
Day 3Oggioni Pass
Today is our off-the-beaten-track experience. After breakfast we pack up and begin todays’s hike crossing Torres del Paine. Following the trail to the back side of Las Torres we ill hike over two glacier moraines. After a couple hour hiking we will start climbing uphill on the backside of Silence Valley. After making it over the Oggioni pass, you will walk through a thick forest and from a distance you will be able to have the first view of our destination this day; refugio & camping Dickson. Today is is a semi technical route recommended for guests in very good physical condition. The weather in Patagonia is very unpredictable, covering route of this day you can expect strong winds and frozen rain or snowfall (even in the summer).
Dinner and night at Dickson shelter.
Today we do our packs and head out for a hike that is one of our personal favorites through pristine, old growth beech forest. We almost always see the incredible red-headed Magellanic woodpecker. Just before we arrive to our camp we will trek past glacier Perros with fantastic close up views of the glacier and its lake. We spend the night camping at the base of Paso John Garner at Los Perros. 5 hours. (B/L/D)
Today is our biggest day of hiking as we climb over Paso John Garner and down through thick forest directly above the massive Glaciar Grey. Once on the pass we look out over rugged, glaciated peaks and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap – a view not to be missed! The Grey Glacier stretches out below us like a huge white highway 5 hours. During the afternoon we continue for another 5 hours hike which continues descending towards Lake Grey through lenga forest where every so often appears a terrace looking out over Glacier Grey and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap. Lodging and dinner at Grey lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 6Grey Glacier, kayaking
Free morning to recover.
Kayaking: from our base camp, located on the northeast coast of Lake Grey our guides will introduce us to the equipment needed for the tour and we will have a safety briefing. After this, we will carry the kayaks approximately 20 meters to the lakes’ edge. Now the tour really begins! We will be paddling around icebergs that are floating in the lake and afterwards we paddle towards the eastern side of the Grey Glacier to wonder at the spectacular scenery in this special place. If conditions permit, we can paddle closer to the glacier to get a really good view. After this, we will paddle back to the start point. Lodging and dinner at Grey lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 7Grey Glacier, Ice Hiking
After breakfast, the guides will have an introductory chat, and explain the route, the time the tour will take and also test the equipment, and adjust it correctly for each passenger. Then, we go in a zodiac boat for 15 minutes until we reach the west side of the Grey Glacier. On arrival, we will disembark on the island at the glacier (nunatak) and we will walk on it for about an hour until we reach the ice. Before walking onto the glacier, the guide will talk to us about the safety aspects, and they will explain the techniques of displacement in the ice and the correct use of the equipment. Once the safety briefing is complete we will begin our exploration of the Grey Glacier which will last approximately 5-6 hours crossing the glacier from East to West. During this time we will be able to observe cracks, rivers, lagoons and tunnels with their different tones of blue. We return to the zodiac boat and ride back to Grey lodge, dinner and night.
Day 8Pehoe Lake
During the afternoon we will cross a high plateau overlooking Lago Grey with its icebergs and the Grey Glacier on our way to Lago Pehoe, "hidden lake" in the Tehuelche language. 3-4 hours. The afternoon will be free to relax at Lodge Paine Grande and enjoy the area. Lodging and dinner is at Lodge Paine Grande where you can enjoy a pisco sour in the bar that overlooks Paine Grande & Los Cuernos mountains in the beautiful evening light. (B/L/D)
Day 9French Valley
Trek to the French Valley. This valley, the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world. Its surrounded by hanging glaciers (where you can see & hear the ice calving off at various intervals) and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires. There are amazing views throughout this trek and the further you trek into the valley the better they become!
For this day we have two hiking options: A consists in getting to further end of the trail, to the British Camp, this is all the way to the end of this natural congregation of mountains. If we reach this point, we will have completed 24km and 7-8 hours hiking. B consists on reaching to the French Valley Main Lookout, from this point you can appreciate the whole natural amphitheater created by glaciers millions of years ago, it is absolutely breathtaking. If you take Plan B, you will have hiked for 5-6 hours and completed 16km. The options will depend on fitness level, timing and weather conditions.
Cross Pehoe lake by Catamaran, transfer to Puerto Natales. Farewell dinner and night at Natalino hotel. (B/L/D)
Transfer to Puerto Natales airport or bus terminal. End of our services.
- All ground transportation with professional driver.
- Lodging as noted in program.
- Expert guiding.
- Meals noted on program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- All entrance fees where applicable.
- Local excursions as indicated.
- Domestic airfare.
- Travel Insurance.
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
- Gratuities for guide, driver, porters.
- Alcohol unless otherwise noted.
Well organized. Fantastic experience. Great guide. Highly recommend.
Thanks for the great experience in one of a kind national park in a beautiful country. We had so much fun with our very hard working guide, and food was just great.
We have returned to Natales and I am little bit sad that our adventure is over. I have to get used to stand on my one two feed again :-) Thanks a lot for everything again, you and Andrea are great!!!
I traveled to Chile and Argentina Patagonia in February 2019 with Antares Patagonia Adventure for an epic 2 week adventure. I was traveling alone which is always an adventure by itself. No amount of praise would be enough to describe the service and guide support that I received while traveling with A.P.A! Philippe and David were the guides that I had while I was there. Both were friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful in making this my best hike ever. The logistical end of things was incredible! I was always met with smile and right on time by the driver at my next location after transferring from one location to another. There were 2 times that I had a question while there (my own idiocy, of course). I sent an email to Fernando and was responded to extremely promptly. On a scale of 1-10 ... I would rate A.P.A. at 743. If your trip is only half as good as mine, you'll have the time of your life. Happy hiking!
We had a very good time, the guide especially was really excellent and added to our enjoyment and appreciation of the full circuit. I was disappointed by how many people were on the W part of the trail, I certainly wasn’t expecting the density of people on the trail and I’d advise anyone wanting or expecting seclusion to avoid the W. But the northern part of the trail was a great joy.
In March 2019 we did the 6 day Amazing Paine hike in Torres del Plaine National Park. I went with my two adult children and had a great time. Our guide, Sergio, was fantastic and was with us the whole time (from our arrival at Punta Arenas airport to our departure). Everything was pre-arranged and went according to plan. The hiking was unbelievable and Sergio was very good at matching our pace and providing information on the geography and history along the hikes. Accommodations in the park were in refugios (Nash Serrano and Grey) which were comfortable and the food was good. We also went ice hiking and kayaking and very much enjoyed it. Everyone that was part of our trip was very friendly and helpful from Sergio, our drivers and the people who guided us on our kayak and hiking trips. We had a great experience and the fact that there was no Internet connection in the park was a plus as we talked a lot more than usual! I would recommend Antares and would also book another trip with them.
We had a fabulous trip and our guide was so helpful. He really took personal interest in our family of six, with teenage kids that needed some encouragement at times. We came in the winter and loved it! It was cold but we dressed for the weather and were fine. Coming without the crowds was worth it. We would use Antares again in a heartbeat.
Antares and Fernando did an excellent job arranging our unforgettable trip Valleys of W in Jan 2019. Topnotch organizational and communication skills, everything was smooth, on time, starting from pick up at the bus station to seeing us off at the airport. Everything was taken care of, transfers, transportation during the trip with very well maintained vehicle and excellent drivers, lunches, hikes, accommodation, etc. We had an excellent guide with us all the time, Rosalie, she took good care of every member of our 6ppl group, very intelligent and knowledgeable young lady. Accommodation was fabulous, hotel Natalino is probably the best one in Puerto Natales and Nash lodge in Serrano area is a gem, very patagonian with a character and awesome views. I'd highly recommend Antares in arranging any trips in Patagonia. Dont hesitate to contact me personally for more info. Fernando can provide my email address.