HIKING IN THE ‘LAND OF THE TEMPEST’
- Cross the John Gardner Pass
- Stay at the Refugio Torres Campsite
- Visit the Paine Towers & Grey Glacier
- Hike the Ascencio and French Valleys
Discovered by Magellan, Patagonia is variously known as the ‘Land of the Tempest’ and the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’. It is situated almost at the extreme southern tip of South America, just to the north of Cape Horn. We access this remote area by way of the small town of Punta Arenas. From here, we will transfer by bus to a comfortable fixed camp in the Torres del Paine National Park. The rugged territory of Patagonia is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and this is nowhere better exemplified than in the Torres del Paine National Park, where pink granite towers, iridescent blue lakes and surreally sculpted glaciers compete for the viewer’s admiration. This is also the setting for one of the world’s great trekking challenges, the 60 mile-long circuit of the Paine Massif.
Involving 7 days of continuously scenic hiking, by way of several lakeside camps and the remote and wind-swept John Garner Pass, this is the ultimate Patagonia trekking experience. Also included within the itinerary are day-hikes to the most spectacular viewpoints in the Ascencio and Frances valleys. This is a short but quite testing trekking vacation in a mountain region which has been voted as the most dramatic on the planet.
The Patagonia – Paine Circuit Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Worldwide Adventure Tours Series. In addition to the regularly scheduled Wednesday group departures, we are also able to arrange this trek beginning on any date during the months of October through March for a group of 2 to 12 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1: Drive from Punta Arenas to Refugio Torres Camp.
Day 2: Hike to Camp Dickson.
Day 3: To Camp Perros.
Day 4: John Gardner Pass to Camp Grey.
Day 5: Trek to Pehoe Lake.
Day 6: To Valle Frances – the Heart of the Paine Massif.
Day 7: Los Cuernos Trail.
Day 8: Day hike to the Paine Towers.
Day 9: Transfer to Punta Arenas and evening departure.