W Circuit, from US $ 445 pp

2014 – 2015 Season

1st of November 2014 – 31st of March 2015

ITINERARY 5 days, 4 nights

Day 1: Transport to Torres del Paine National Park (Regular Bus).

Regular – Public transportation from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park (Laguna Amarga Main Entrance), the trip lasts about two and a half hours (112 Km), with a short stop at Cerro Castillo Village.

At the moment you arrive to Laguna Amarga entrance you will have to acquire your entrance ticket http://www.fantasticosur.com/torres-del-paine/torres-del-paine-rates/ and take the shuttles that will be waiting for you to take you to Las Torres sector where our Refugio is located.

  • Presentation time at the Bus Station: 14.15 PM
  • Departure: 14:30 PM / Arrival to Laguna Amarga: 16:30 PM

Accommodation: Refugio Torre Central.

Day 2: Trekking to “BASE TORRES” (7 – 8 hours; 13 Km).

Recommended hour to start: 9.00 AM.

The first hour and a half walking is steep with fantastic views of lake Nordenskjöld and Almirante Nieto Mn (2.670 m.s.n.m), with it’s hanging glacier until you reach Refugio El Chileno to recover energies and leave your luggage. Then carrying just a small back pack, you will continue the trail through a millenary Lenga forest (1 hour) until the base of “the moraine” which challenging ascent (45 min), will take you to one of the most impressive lookouts in the park: “Base of Torres del Paine” where you will have the view of Torre Sur (2,850 m.s.n.m.), Torre Central (2.800 m.s.n.m), Torre Norte (2.600 m.s.n.m) and Cerro Nido de Cóndor.

Accommodation: Refugio El Chileno ++ depending on availability it may be changed for Torre Central.

Difficulty Level: High.

Day 3: Trekking from El Chileno to Los Cuernos Refugio (4 – 5 hours, 11 Km).

Recommended hour to start: 9.00 AM.

About 30 minutes after leaving Refugio El Chileno you will notice the sign to take the “shortcut” that leads to Refugio Los Cuernos. The trail goes through the Base of Almirante Nieto Mn. – part of the Paine Massif-, with great views to Nordenskjöld lake; from December the flora presents different colours specially the “Ciruelillo or Fire Bush” which take its name from the red colour of its flowers. After about 4 – 5 hours you will get to the Base of Los Cuernos where our Refugio is located, considered by many, one of the most charming sites in the whole park, a perfect spot to rest and recover energies for the next day challenging trek: “The French Valley”.

Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos (we recommend Cabins Los Cuernos, you may check the upgrade rate below).

Difficulty Level: Medium.

Day 4: Trekking to French Valley (10 – 12 hours, 25.3 Km).

Recommended hour to start: 9.00 AM.

The first 2 hours are with some ascents and descents and views to Nordenskjöld Lake until “Campamento Italiano”, at this point we recommend you to contact CONAF staff so you can leave your Big Backpack with them and start the next part of the trek with a small day backpack. The ascent goes for about 1 hour and a half until French Glacier lookout, where you’ll be able to observe its hanging glacier and opportunities to observe small avalanches. After that the trail continues until “Campamento Británico” and after about 20 minutes you will reach the lookout point considered by many as one of the most overwhelming spots in the Circuit: “Mirador Británico”, where you will admire: “Paine Grande”, “Cerro Hoja”, “Cerro Máscara”, “Cerro Catedral”, “Cerro Aleta de Tiburón”, “Cuerno Norte”, etc.

The return is the same way back to “Campamento Italiano”, and then to Pehoé sector.

Accommodation: Lodge Paine Grande.

Difficulty Level: High.

Day 5: Trekking to Grey Glacier (8 – 9 hours, 22 Km).

Recommended hour to start: 9.00 AM.

Trek to Grey Glacier lookout (roundtrip). The trail goes through the western side of the Paine Massif with views to Grey Lake and Mountains. After 1 hour and a half you will reach the first lookout point, where you may observe Grey Glacier in the distance, then and after 1 and a half / two hours you will get to the Main lookout, in front of the glacier. The return is the same way back until Pehoé Lake to take the Catamaran that crosses Pehoe Lake at 6.30 PM to Pudeto sector, where your bus will be waiting for you to take you back to Puerto Natales (arrival time to Puerto Natales: around 9.30 PM).

Difficulty level: Medium.

+ Please be aware of the Catamaran departure time.

+ You can leave your backpack in the storage room at Paine Grande Lodge.

 

OPTION 1 Without Meals OPTION 2 With Meals
Includes:

  • 4 Nights of accommodation in Refugios with sleeping bag or made up bed (depending on availability).** Made Up Bed: sheets+pillow+cover bed.
  • Transportation in Regular/Public Bus from Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales.
  • Shuttle from Laguna Amarga main entrance to Las Torres sector.
  • Catamaran Pehoé (Lake crossing from Pehoé sector until Pudeto sector to connect with the regular transportation to Puerto Natales).
Includes:

  • 4 Nights of accommodation in Refugios with sleeping bag or made up bed (depending on availability).** Made Up Bed: sheets+pillow+cover bed.
  • Transportation in Regular/Public Buses from Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales.
  • Shuttle from Laguna Amarga main entrance to Las Torres sector.
  • Catamaran Pehoé (Lake crossing from Pehoé sector until Pudeto sector to connect with the regular transportation to Puerto Natales).
  • All meals at the Refugios (breakfast, lunch box, dinner). Day 1 just dinner, day 5 just breakfast and box lunch.B: Breakfast, BL: Box lunch, D: Dinner
Not Included

  • Meals.
  • Services not indicated in Program.
  • Entrance ticket to Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Medical insurance of any kind.
Not Included

  • Services not indicated in program.
  • Entrance ticket to Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Medical Insurance of any kind.

 

PRICES US $ per person:

Nº per.

1

2

3

4

W Circuit without GUIDE
Option 1 without meals US $ 445
Option 2 Full Board US $ 730
W Circuit WITH GUIDE
Option 2 Full Board US $ 1.770 US $ 1.260 US $ 1.085 US $ 999
EXTRAS
Up grade Cabañas Los Cuernos Double Based

US $ 30

Single Based

US $ 95

Extra Christmas/New Year US $ 35
  • Prices per person.
  • Prices in US $ are exclusive for foreign guests, without residency in Chile and paying in American dollars.
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch box, dinner –beverages not included.

 

IMPORTANT INFO:

  • Programs Starting at 14.30 PM: guests must come to our Office in Puerto Natales, the day before or the same day (day 1) before 1 PM, where you will receive the vouchers, tickets and briefing.
  • Opening hours Puerto Natales sales office: Monday to Friday: 9.00 – 13.00 / 15.00 – 19.00; Saturday: 9.00 – 19.00; Sundays & holidays: Closed.
  • In Chile we have a Foreign franchise (Chilean Law) to improve tourism, where tourists are exempted of paying the tax of 19% at the check in, for this purpose please do not forget to bring:- Passport

    - Tourist card (given at the border when entering to Chile).

    If you do not carry and present these documents you will have to pay the tax in Chilean pesos at the check in.

  • Regular Buses from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales www.busesfernadez.com, www.busespacheco.com If you need this service please ask a sales executive.

 

WHAT TO BRING

Recommended Backpacks:

One 40 litres Backpack

One 20 – 25 litres Backpack por day hikes

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (GORE TEX).
  • Warm clothes (Polar Tec).
  • Comfortable trousers for trekking.
  • T – shirts.
  • Long Sleeved Shirts.
  • Trekking boots.
  • Sandals (for showering, resting and crossing streams).
  • Flash lamp.
  • Enough batteries supplies, as in FS we produce our own sustainable energy we do not have places to charge batteries.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Towel.
  • Padlock.
  • Gloves / Sunscreen.
  • Camera / Binoculars.
  • Bottle for water (Nalgene).
  • Ziploc bags (for taking your trash back).
  • Trekking Sticks.
  • Swimsuit * Hot Tub – Los Cuernos Cabins.
  • Warm Hat.
  • Hat for sun protection.