Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure

About the Experience

Answer the call of the wild in Torres del Paine National Park, home of skyrocketing mountains that pierce the sky, azure lakes, massive glaciers, and endless expanses of plains and sky.

You feel somehow freer here, untethered, like the wild horses that roam the valleys of Patagonia.

Patagonia. The name rolls out of your mouth like a children’s rhyme. “I’m going to Patagonia.” You practice saying. Your friends at first think you’re off to the outdoor store to buy a new fleece jacket. “No.” You smile. “I’m going to Chile. To the place.”

And this place, you soon learn, is something you will never forget. This region of South America is unlike anything you have ever seen.

You are no stranger to rolling, mountainous terrain, sure. But this… The heavenly crests of Patagonia take root in your bones. Become a part of you. Eons of ice, water, wind, and tectonic forces have crafted this refuge for pure nature and adventure – Patagonia.

In this otherworldly landscape you’ll trek towards the spectacular granite peaks of Torres del Paine, paddle by kayak to come face to face with the immensity of Grey Glacier, hike through the forests of French Valley, track wild horses across the steppe, encounter guanacos, rheas, and condors on nature walks, ride horses across rolling pampas, and fall wildly in love with a land that both challenges and inspires everyone who visits. Patagonia awaits you.

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Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure

About the Experience

Answer the call of the wild in Torres del Paine National Park, home of skyrocketing mountains that pierce the sky, azure lakes, massive glaciers, and endless expanses of plains and sky.

You feel somehow freer here, untethered, like the wild horses that roam the valleys of Patagonia.

Patagonia. The name rolls out of your mouth like a children’s rhyme. “I’m going to Patagonia.” You practice saying. Your friends at first think you’re off to the outdoor store to buy a new fleece jacket. “No.” You smile. “I’m going to Chile. To the place.”

And this place, you soon learn, is something you will never forget. This region of South America is unlike anything you have ever seen.

You are no stranger to rolling, mountainous terrain, sure. But this… The heavenly crests of Patagonia take root in your bones. Become a part of you. Eons of ice, water, wind, and tectonic forces have crafted this refuge for pure nature and adventure – Patagonia.

In this otherworldly landscape you’ll trek towards the spectacular granite peaks of Torres del Paine, paddle by kayak to come face to face with the immensity of Grey Glacier, hike through the forests of French Valley, track wild horses across the steppe, encounter guanacos, rheas, and condors on nature walks, ride horses across rolling pampas, and fall wildly in love with a land that both challenges and inspires everyone who visits. Patagonia awaits you.

DAY 1: ARRIVE INTO TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

The trip begins with a mid day pickup in Punta Arenas. Enjoy a group lunch before the 5-6 hour drive to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park.

En route we make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza”. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes.

The day ends with your arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon once you arrive.

  • Driving Time: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: L, D
  • Overnight: EcoCamp Standard Twin Shared Domes

 

DAY 2: HIKE TO LOS CUERNOS

We begin our Patagonian adventure with a pleasant walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail which leads us alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold.

During this warm-up walk we will have the opportunity to admire the park’s exquisite flora and fauna, as we enjoy the magnificent views of the park’s central lakes and the Paine’s Horns, majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Massif.

The trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cozy mountain refuge located by the shores of Lake Nordenskjold.  The evening is free for relaxing and enjoying dinner.

  • Hiking Distance:  12 km / 7.5 mi
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 4.5 hrs
  • Max. Altitude Point:  244 m / 800 feet
  • Meals:  B, L, D
  • Overnight: Refugio Los Cuernos (Shared Dormitories 6-8 women per room) or Camping (in 2 person tents)

 

DAY 3: HIKE TO FRENCH VALLEY

After breakfast at Refugio Los Cuernos, we will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif.

You have options today to either hike to the top of the French Valley or take a short walk to see the views from the bottom. Next we cross the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif, where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley.

We will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley’s geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress).

After our upward trek, we will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day’s trek will end as we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take us to Refugio Paine Grande.

  • Hiking Distance: 25km / 15mi
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 8hr
  • Max. Altitude Point:  686 m / 2250 feet (includes the climb up to the moraine)
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: Refugio Paine Grande (Shared Dormitories 6-8 women per room) or Camping (2 person tents)

 

DAY 4: HIKE PEHOE-GREY TRAIL & KAYAK IN LAKE GREY

This day will see us hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey. We will feast on a picnic lunch before paddling the glacial lake, gliding around icebergs and marvelling at the crystalline facade of Glacier Grey.

After kayaking we will take a catamaran (boat trip) here we will have plenty of time to marvel at the calving glacier and collect some photographs. From the southern end of Glacier Grey we will transfer to EcoCamp.

  • Hiking Distance: 14km / 9mi
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 4hr
  • Max. Altitude Point:  244m / 800 feet
  • Kayaking Time: 3 hours
  • Boat Ride: about 1 hour
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: EcoCamp Standard Twin Shared Domes

 

DAY 5: RELAXING DAY

Today is a rest day. You can opt to relax at EcoCamp or join in on a Wildlife Safari excursion to Sarmiento Lake and Fauna Trail or perhaps take a Yoga class. Both the excursion and yoga classes are shared with other Ecocamp guests.

Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail

This predominantly flat trek boasts stunning, diverse natural scenery and offers the chance to feast your eyes upon a startlingly blue lake, which is secluded from all the other water systems of the area. There will be ample opportunity to spot many graceful guanacos and great grebes along the way. First we will examine the geology of the area’s turbidite rock folds, before descending the isthmus which separates Lake Sarmiento from Lake Sarmiento Chico (the two lakes were once a single mass of water), walking along a slight slope, and ambling beside the eastern edge of Lake Sarmiento Chico.

We will eventually arrive at an impressive bay on the western side of Lake Sarmiento, admiring a hair-rising view which could easily be mistaken for a piece of art! Here, we begin our ascent back to the van, a path taking us past a panoramic view of Lake Sarmiento from its western shore, looking towards its eastern coast glimmering on the horizon. From here we drive back eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until we reach the starting point of the Fauna Trail. As we walk northwards along the trail we see Patagonian park fauna including guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús and maybe the occasional puma print! We pass by Goic lagoon and after an approximate 5 km relaxed walk we reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where we’re picked up and driven back to EcoCamp

  • Hiking Distance: 6km / 4mi
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 5h
  • Max Altitude Point: >200M / 660FT
  • Start: 10am / Finish: 6pm

Yoga Class

The perfect way to relax and unwind in the very heart of the Patagonian wilderness.  Yoga classes last an hour and a quarter (75 min) and will alternate between Hatha and Kundalini yoga.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: EcoCamp Standard Twin Shared Domes

 

DAY 6: HIKE TO THE TOWER’S BASE

Today we walk from EcoCamp towards Hostería Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley.

Our big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead us to that iconic base-view of the Towers – Three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice.

After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner.

  • Hiking Distance: 21 km /13 miles
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 8 h
  • Max. Altitude Point:  914 m / 3000 feet
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: EcoCamp Standard Twin Shared Domes

 

DAY 7: HORSEBACK RIDING IN TORRES DEL PAINE

One of the best ways to enjoy all that Patagonia has to offer is by riding through it on horseback. After we have had a hearty breakfast at  EcoCamp, we will spend the day admiring the most spectacular parts of Paine hill.  This full day horseback riding day trip takes you through forest and across streams, all the while surrounded by amazing greenery.

There are 5 different prairies along this trip and experienced riders are welcome to gallop through these parts at their leisure. Lunch will be served at the Seron campsite, where we will enjoy a spectacular view, featuring parts of las Torres, Mount Admiral Nieto, the Blue lagoon and the Paine river. Depending on our group we can decide to stay out riding past 4:00pm or choose to head back early to EcoCamp and enjoy an evening cocktail.

  • Riding Distance: 30 km/ 18 mi
  • Estimated Riding Time: about 6 hours
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: EcoCamp Standard Twin Shared Domes

 

DAY 8: BIKE TO LAGUNA AZUL

After breakfast, we will drive to Estancia Laguna Amarga, hop on our mountain bikes and pedal away towards the Laguna Azul campsite, located approximately 20 km to the north east. We will cycle past an array of fauna on the Patagonian plains, including: guanacos and ostrich-like ñandús (plus maybe the occasional puma print!) as we head north past the cascading Paine waterfall where we will pause to admire the stunning views.

We will continue our journey heading past a small canyon in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness before heading towards Laguna Azul. Upon our arrival at Laguna Azul, we will enjoy or box lunch. Once we have feasted and rested, we will have some time to explore the surroundings and climb to a nearby sightseeing point with a panoramic view of the lagoon and the Torres in the distance.

The cycle ride back to Ecocamp is optional – anyone who is tired after the journey and barbecue is welcome to travel back in the support van (accompanying the group at all times on the outward journey). Back at EcoCamp enjoy an evening aperitif and relax for the evening.

  • Cycling Distance: 20km / 12 miles (one way)
  • Estimated Cycling Time: 4 h (one way)
  • Max. Altitude Point: 180 m / 590ft
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: EcoCamp Standard Twin Shared Domes

 

DAY 9: WILD HORSE TRACKING

After enjoying a buffet breakfast at EcoCamp, we’ll head towards the Laguna Azul sector. From here, we’ll begin our journey by 4×4 through the folds of the Cordillera Masle, from which we’ll be able to appreciate the Cordillera Baguales, Salto Las Chinas and Barranca de los Toros pass.

After about 40 minutes, we’ll arrive at a typical “puesto” where Patagonian “gauchos” would take refuge while caring for their livestock. Here, we’ll hear a short but interesting introduction to the area’s history and the evolution and characteristics of its wild horses.

With the help of satellite tracking equipment, coupled with our guide’s experience and knowledge, we’ll begin our trek, searching for the 100 untamed horses that remain isolated in this sector surrounded by mountains, lakes, and plains, in the most pristine and untouched terrain of Torres del Paine.

Depending on the location of the horses, we’ll choose a place to have lunch and share our stories and experiences. The experience of tracking, observing, and analysing the horses in such natural surroundings is uncomparable. Additionally, we’ll be privy to fantastic views of Lago Stokes, the Cordillera Dickson and the imposing Towers. After 7-8 hours, we’ll return to EcoCamp, ready to enjoy an aperitif before settling down to a warm meal.

  • Hiking Distance: varies based on where the horses are on any given day
  • Estimated Hiking Time: depends on the time of the group, usually between 7-8 hours but the hike it’s not strenuous at all.
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: EcoCamp Standard Twin Shared Domes

 

DAY 10: ADIOS PATAGONIA

We will board an early morning shuttle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas.  Arrive at the airport mid afternoon for evening flights to Santiago.

  • Driving Time: about 5 hours
  • Meals: B, L
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