• Patagonia: Hiking Paine—A Private Adventure

    Day hikes from a comfortable eco-camp in Chile's pristine Torres del Paine National Park

    Spend four days hiking in pristine beauty among the ice-clad peaks and granite needles of Chile's famed Torres del Paine National Park. Choose from easy to active hikes.

    best times to go: January - March, October - December

    departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

    pricing: from $2,395 see detailed pricing

    Patagonia

    Moderate to Strenuous
Avaliable as a private trip. Call for details

Day hikes from a comfortable eco-camp in Chile's pristine Torres del Paine National Park

Patagonia's spectacular, untamed wilderness is simply beyond description. Some even say it's like the Grand Tetons and Yosemite rolled into one. Its pristine beauty has been preserved in the breathtaking mountain environs of Chile's Torres (Towers) del Paine National Park. You'll spend four days hiking among the ice-clad peaks and granite needles of the Torres del Paine—5,000 feet of near-vertical granite rising from the surrounding rolling grasslands and beautiful lakes to an altitude of 10,000 feet.

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5 days moderate to strenuous day hikes on varied terrain

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • The best day hikes in Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park
  • Four days hiking among the ice-clad peaks and granite needles of the Towers of Paine (10,000') with the rolling grasslands and sparkling peaks of Chilean Patagonia at your feet
  • Overnight in the comfortable dome tents of a unique Eco-Camp within the park, affording you the highest level of comfort while maintaining low impact on this fragile environment

Duration: 6 days Start Location: Punta Arenas, Chile End Location: Punta Arenas, Chile

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    Day 1 : Meet in Punta Arenas, Chile.

    Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, on the northern shore of the Strait of Magellan. An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for the night.

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    Day 2 : Eco-Camp, Paine National Park

    From Punta Arenas we’ll drive about three hours across the Patagonian plains to the quiet fishing and mining town of Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Here we’ll stretch our legs a bit and have lunch. Continue driving toward Paine National Park and take in the first spectacular views of the Paine range (weather permitting). There is also a very good chance to see guanacos (cousins of the camel and llama) up close in this area of the park. We will arrive at our Eco-Camp in the early evening for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 3 : Trek to the Torres del Paine Base

    Choose among a variety of excursions each day. You may opt to get an early start for an early all-day hike to the Torres del Paine. We’ll walk towards the Ascension River and cross it over a suspension bridge. Continue hiking along the river over a low pass into the Ascencion Valley, then through beech forests to the talus-covered slopes below the towers. A 30-minute hike up the rough talus and boulders brings us to a viewpoint where the towers rise majestically before us, with the glacial lake below—guaranteed to take your breath away!

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    Day 4 : Western Lake and Grey Glacier

    Transfer to Lago Grey—Grey Lake—where we'll have the opportunity to observe icebergs calving into its icy waters—a truly spectacular experience. We’ll go sailing on the lake for a couple of hours, and enjoy our box lunch amidst the stunning scenery that surrounds us on all sides. We’ll then take off for a leisurely hike to Lago Pehoe, with fantastic views of the glacier behind us and the Paine massif rearing up above us on our left.  After a short sail on the Lago Pehoe, we’ll return to the comfort of our Eco-Camp lodgings.

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    Day 5 : Boat across Pehoe Lake and hike to the French Valley

    Take a boat across Pehoe Lake. Hike into the French Valley, one of the most spectacular cirques in the Paine Range. During this hike into the southern cirque, we walk below the glaciers that descend from Paine Grande (the highest summit in the Paine range), and below the enormous granite sweep of the horn-like Cuernos del Paine—peaks with beautiful black “horns” of slate atop gray granite.

  • Day 6 : Transfer to airport for return home

    After breakfast at our picturesque Eco-Camp, we’ll transfer back to the airport in Punta Arenas for your flight to Santiago after 5pm. There you'll connect to a homebound flight or join one of our extension trips.

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DATES: Best time to go: January - March, October - December Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

PRICING:

2013/2014

September 10 - October 15, 2013
April 16 to April 30, 2014
$2,395 p/p (2 + members)
$1,300 (single supplement)

October 16 to 30, 2013
April 1 to April 15, 2014

$2,595 p/p (2 + members)
$1,400 (single supplement)

November 1 to 15, 2013
$2,895 p/p (2 + members)
$1,600 (single supplement)

November 16 - March 31, 2014
$3,295 (2 + members)
$1,800 (single supplement)

December 16 to January 15, 2014
$200 (peak supplement)

Rates are quoted per person, based on sharing double or triple accommodations.  Daily activities and transfers are shared with other guests.

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Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you'd never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You'll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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Easy

Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.

Moderate

More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.

Strenuous

Hiking and trekking over steeper or more rugged terrain or where elevations may exceed 10,000 feet - often several days in a row. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips (4-5 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.

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Our most demanding trips: trekking over steep, rugged terrain at high elevations (no vehicle support) or with substantial altitude gains and losses; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips. Includes our most demanding sea kayaking (5-7 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.

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