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     TOUR CH-27 Paine National Park at EcoCamp
 

Short W-Trek (5 days – 4 nights)

Day 1, Punta Arenas  - Paine National Park
Transfer from Punta Arenas, El Calafate or Puerto Natales to Cascada EcoCamp located in world famous Torres del Paine National Park. Drive across the Patagonian steppe with its guanaco and snow-peaked mountain horizon. Before arriving though, there are a couple stops. One is at Puerto Natales, a small but lively town on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza - “Last Hope Sound”. You are invited to check out the town, leave any luggage you will not need for the trek in our office, and finally enjoy a hearty lunch with delicious local food. The other stop is at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The surrounding area is very scenic with plenty of wild birds to be seen. The day ends with an overnight at the EcoCamp.

Day 2 : Paine National Park
Drive to Lake Pehoe and board a catamaran to the north-west sector of the lake to start the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), taking a steep trail into the heart of the Paine Massif. Clothes and personal belongings are transported separately from the lodge in duffel bags each day. An active walk leads to the hanging bridge over the French River at the foot of the south-east face of the Massif with truly wonderful views. On to reach the upper valley from where the entire group of geological formations can be admired: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Picnic lunch and the option of a trek to Mirador Britanico. Next, through undulating mixed grassland and light forest to Refugio Paine Grande on Lake Pehoe. Return to EcoCamp for dinner.

Day 3:  Paine National Park.
Today there is a hike from Paine Grande Lodge along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern end of glacial Lake Grey. A picnic lunch precedes a boat ride on this lake of floating ice pieces to the blue face of Glacier Grey where there is time to marvel at the calving glacier. If weather conditions do not allow navigation of the lake there will be a hike to Glacier Grey. Dinner and overnight at EcoCamp.
Day 4: Paine National Park.
The goal today is to complete the most famous trail in Torres del Paine. Walking from the camp site towards Hostería Las Torres, connect with the winding uphill path to scenic Ascencio Valley with its beech forests and small rivers, supporting the eastern face of the Towers’ base. On for the energetic, steep and challenging walk across the moraine, a mass of boulders guarding the approach to a face to face meeting with the Torres del Paine, rising majestically in full view before us with the glacial lake below – without doubt one of the most uplifting and breathtaking sights of the world! The famous Paine Towers (2,900m / 9,400ft) are three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. What better place to rest and take a well-earned picnic lunch?! Afterwards retrace the trail through the Ascencio Valley and return to the EcoCamp for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 : Paine National Park – Punta Arenas
Early departure for the return scenic journey to Punta Arenas in time for your onward flight or to El Calafate in Argentina.
 

Wild Life Safari (5 days – 4 nights)

Day 1, Punta Arenas  - Paine National Park
Transfer from Punta Arenas, El Calafate or Puerto Natales to Cascada EcoCamp located in world famous Torres del Paine National Park. Drive across the Patagonian steppe with its guanaco and snow-peaked mountain horizon. Before arriving though, there are a couple stops. One is at Puerto Natales, a small but lively town on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza - “Last Hope Sound”. You are invited to check out the town, leave any luggage you will not need for the trek in our office, and finally enjoy a hearty lunch with delicious local food. The other stop is at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The surrounding area is very scenic with plenty of wild birds to be seen. The day ends with an overnight at the EcoCamp.

Day 2 : Paine National Park - Lake Grey.
We drive across the Park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. Walking along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until until we reach its spectacular lookout point. Later, back at Lake Pehoe, we are driven south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. Here we enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible sight of the glacier up close, we drive back to EcoCamp. (*During Shoulder Season (October and April) the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the Park.)

Day 3:  Paine National Park – Trek to Towers’ Base
The goal today is to complete the most famous trail in Torres del Paine. Walking from the camp site towards Hostería Las Torres, connect with the winding uphill path to scenic Ascencio Valley with its beech forests and small rivers, supporting the eastern face of the Towers’ base. On for the energetic, steep and challenging walk across the moraine, a mass of boulders guarding the approach to a face to face meeting with the Torres del Paine, rising majestically in full view before us with the glacial lake below – without doubt one of the most uplifting and breathtaking sights of the world! The famous Paine Towers (2,900m / 9,400ft) are three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. What better place to rest and take a well-earned picnic lunch?! Afterwards retrace the trail through the Ascencio Valley and return to the EcoCamp for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Paine National Park – French Valley Hike
Drive to Lake Pehoe and board a catamaran to the north-west sector of the lake to start the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), taking a steep trail into the heart of the Paine Massif. Clothes and personal belongings are transported separately from the lodge in duffel bags each day. An active walk leads to the hanging bridge over the French River at the foot of the south-east face of the Massif with truly wonderful views. On to reach the upper valley from where the entire group of geological formations can be admired: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Picnic lunch and the option of a trek to Mirador Britanico. Next, through undulating mixed grassland and light forest to Refugio Paine Grande on Lake Pehoe. Return to EcoCamp for dinner.
Day 5 : Paine National Park – Punta Arenas
Early departure for the return scenic journey to Punta Arenas in time for your onward flight or to El Calafate in Argentina.

 

 


 


The trails in the famed Torres del Paine craggy mountains are among the world’s greatest classic trekking routes.  Breathtaking views, together with glaciers, rivers, lakes, forests and abundant wildlife combine to provide an environment with constantly changing scenarios and experiences.  During summer (Nov-Mar), there are up to 18 hours of daylight, allowing explorers ample opportunity to maximise time enjoying trekking or walks.  With condor circling overhead and guanacos grazing in the valleys, this amazing natural wonderland offers the chance of a genuine wilderness trekking experience.

We are pleased to present Eco Camp, the first eco-lodging in Patagonia.  Eco Camp was designed to provide comfort with as little environmental impact as possible.  It has 15 dome-shaped tents, each sited to ensure maximum privacy and comfort and offering resistance to the strongest Patagonian winds, rain and snow.  The domes are equipped with 2 single beds or 1 double bed and bed linen including fleece sheets, blankets and feather quilts.  There are round ‘windows’ in the ceiling, which, on clear nights, allows observation of the magnificent star-filled sky of the southern hemisphere.
Eco Camp provides the opportunity to explore the park and to undertake some of the famous treks in 2 programmes, the itineraries including the three most remarkable areas in the park: Ascencio Valley, French Valley and Grey Glacier.
7-day / 6-night programme, including 4 nights tented accommodation at Eco Camp, and shared dormitory accommodation (6 single beds) for 1 night at a Pehoe Lodge and 1 night at Los Cuernos Lodge.  PRICE:
5-day / 4-night programme, including 3 nights at Eco Camp and 1 night’s dormitory accommodation at a Pehoe Lodge.  PRICE:

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Length
: 5 days (3 days trekking).
Season: October to April.
Departures: Every Wednesdays.
Accommodation:  3 nights at EcoCamp / 1 night at Refugio.
Meals : full board and drinks (soft drinks, beer or house wine)


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