Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure

About the Experience

The Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure checks all the boxes. Hikes, bikes, horses! Glide kayaks around bobbing bergy bits, take a catamaran ride in search of calving glaciers in Lake Grey! Ride a horse across undulating pampas! Picnic in the pampas!

It’s easy to feel untethered here, just like the wild horses that roam the steppes of Patagonia. The ice age and tectonic forces have relentlessly pushed and carved valleys and bottomless glass-like lakes at every turn. This landscape is ever-evolving: jagged mountains poke the sky’s belly,  wildflowers colour the hillsides in punches of colour, the immense face of the Grey Glacier looms. 

The wildlife surrounds–red fur guanacos, mountain lions! Elusive pumas taunt with tell-tale footprints. Andean condors cruising thermals above while Magellanic woodpeckers and Patagonian sierra finches surprise and overwhelm twitchers and newbie birders alike.

On our Torres Del Paine Multisport Adventure, you’ll push your quads on vertical climbs to the granite peaks of Torres del Paine, the coveted jewel of Chilean Patagonia. Spike your adrenaline in the French Valley on the suspension bridge! Track wild horses across the steppe and ride not-so-wild horses like the gauchos! 

Expect a very pampered and dreamy stay at EcoCamp Patagonia–the world’s first geodesic dome hotel located in the pounding heart of Torres Del Paine National Park. There’s no electricity which makes the constellations above shimmer all the more. Each dome has a skylight to gaze at those very stars! On this trip you’ll also camp for three nights to maximize Chile’s chilly pure mountain air to the fullest!

 

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Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure

About the Experience

The Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure checks all the boxes. Hikes, bikes, horses! Glide kayaks around bobbing bergy bits, take a catamaran ride in search of calving glaciers in Lake Grey! Ride a horse across undulating pampas! Picnic in the pampas!

It’s easy to feel untethered here, just like the wild horses that roam the steppes of Patagonia. The ice age and tectonic forces have relentlessly pushed and carved valleys and bottomless glass-like lakes at every turn. This landscape is ever-evolving: jagged mountains poke the sky’s belly,  wildflowers colour the hillsides in punches of colour, the immense face of the Grey Glacier looms. 

The wildlife surrounds–red fur guanacos, mountain lions! Elusive pumas taunt with tell-tale footprints. Andean condors cruising thermals above while Magellanic woodpeckers and Patagonian sierra finches surprise and overwhelm twitchers and newbie birders alike.

On our Torres Del Paine Multisport Adventure, you’ll push your quads on vertical climbs to the granite peaks of Torres del Paine, the coveted jewel of Chilean Patagonia. Spike your adrenaline in the French Valley on the suspension bridge! Track wild horses across the steppe and ride not-so-wild horses like the gauchos! 

Expect a very pampered and dreamy stay at EcoCamp Patagonia–the world’s first geodesic dome hotel located in the pounding heart of Torres Del Paine National Park. There’s no electricity which makes the constellations above shimmer all the more. Each dome has a skylight to gaze at those very stars! On this trip you’ll also camp for three nights to maximize Chile’s chilly pure mountain air to the fullest!

 

DAY 1 TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

DAY ONE: TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Our adventure begins in Punta Arenas! Hotel pick-ups will be scheduled for 9:00-9:15am. We will drive to EcoCamp Patagonia, the world’s first geodesic dome hotel located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. En route we will stop for lunch in Puerto Natales, a small, buzzy town on the shores of Seno de Ultima Esperanza (‘Inlet of Last Hope’).

The 5-6 hour journey is super scenic and highly atmospheric, peppered with exotic bird sightings and knock-out Patagonian landscapes. The sun doesn’t set until around 11pm during the summer months which will allow us to absorb the Patagonian steppe, jagged mountains splitting into the horizon and guanacos! In time you’ll be able to discern the difference between the guanaco and its cousin, the llama (ID hack: llamas can be white, gray, brown, black or piebald but all guanacos have brownish backs, white underbellies, grey faces and small straight ears).

Tonight we will sleep in the warmth of a dreamy dome with a skylight that reveals the shimmery stars above. This will be your only source of light as the domes are electricity-free!

 

DAY 2HIKE TO LOS CUERNOS

DAY TWO: HIKE TO LOS CUERNOS

Today we will follow the sinuous Cuernos Trail which is bespattered with wildflowers in spring and skirts the alpine Lake Nordenskjold.

During this low-key 12 km (7.5 mile)walk we will have the opportunity to admire the park’s dynamic flora and fauna, panoramic views of the park’s central lakes and Cuernos del Paine or Paine’s Horns. The black spiked peaks of slate have been appropriately named: to the north, the Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin), to the east (from north to south) Fortaleza (Fortress), La Espada (The Sword), La Hoja (The Blade), La Máscara (The Mask), Cuerno Norte (North Horn), and Cuerno Principal (Main Horn). The maximum altitude point will be 244m (800ft) and whenever we reach our maximum hunger point, we’ll enjoy our boxed lunch!

Our 4-5 hour trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a cozy mountain refuge on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. This evening is all about chilling out and sharing stories and laughs over dinner. We will embrace the outdoors and our inner Girl Scout tonight as we will be camping in 2-person tents!

 

DAY 3HIKE TO FRENCH VALLEY

DAY THREE: HIKE TO FRENCH VALLEY

After a nourishing breakfast at Refugio Los Cuernos, we will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that makes a beeline into the very heart of the Paine Massif. There are two options today–we can either hike to the tiptop of the French Valley or take a shorter walk to check out the views from the bottom. 

Next, we cross the famed suspension bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the southeast face of the Massif. The reward is an unmatched view of the valley and a big spike of adrenalin!

We will continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where to marvel the extensive mass of the valley’s geological formations: the 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 take 5 and stretch out with a boxed-lunch picnic. Today’s 13km (8 mile) trek will end after our descent through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and sparse forest to our basecamp at Refugio Paine Grande where we will be sharing 2-person tents. Did we mention HOT showers? Refugio Paine Grande is located on the postcard-perfect shores of Lake Pehoé with uninterrupted views of Cuernos del Paine and Cerro Paine Grande.

The skinny on today’s hike: Today’s hiking distance today is dependent on the route chosen. It can be between 13-26km (8-16 miles) with an estimated hiking time of 8-10 hours depending on the group’s skill level and pace. The maximum altitude point is 686m (2,250 feet)–including the climb up to the moraine.

 

DAY 4HIKE AND KAYAK

DAY FOUR: HIKE AND KAYAK

Today we will hike from Paine Grande Refugio along Lake Pehoé shores to the northern side of Glacier Grey. We will indulge in an al fresco picnic lunch before sliding kayaks into the glass-like lake where we will navigate around icebergs and marvel at the crystalline facade of Glacier Grey. This 30m (98ft) tall glacier is part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and measures around 6km (3.7 miles) wide. Yep, it’s a jaw-dropper.

All the necessary kayaking kit will be provided: wetsuit, boots, waterproof jacket, helmet, skirt, life jacket and a paddle with built-in gloves. We’ll have a safety briefing that will include paddling instruction, emergency plans and scenarios, details of our  route and an update on weather conditions. We will be in the company of first level certified guide who are eager to help, answer questions and offer hot tips for a smooth, unforgettable paddle.

We will be paddling in an area dotted with icebergs, which often get stuck in the bay, forming an unrepeatable parade of serenity. If their presence isn’t enough to knock your kayaking boots off, we will also paddle to the east face of the glacier, and find ourselves approximately 100 meters (328ft) from its daunting walls. We’ll return on the same mesmerizing route, completing a total of almost 6km (3.7 miles) of paddling. The excursion also includes a snack and hot drinks to boost our biceps.

We will then transfer back to Refugio Grey, located on one end of this well-loved W trekking circuit, for another serene night of camping under the constellations.

The skinny on today’s hike: The hiking distance today is 11km (7 miles) with an estimated duration of 4 hours. The maximum altitude point will be 244m (800 feet). We will be kayaking for around 3 incredible hours.

 

DAY 5RELAX

DAY FIVE: RELAX

After breakfast, we will board the boat that sails right to the facade of Glacier Grey. We’ll take in the unreal views of this stunning glacier while sipping on a chilled drink clinking with genuine glacier ice. This super scenic one-hour catamaran (boat ride) will be spent in search of calving glaciers on Lake Grey. Pocketed in the eastern side of Torres Del Paine National Park, the time-carved ice sculptures glint and dazzle in surreal hues of bubbled blue. Bonus: the backdrop of the daunting Paine Mountains!

Sufficiently wowed, after the boat crossing we’ll stop at Salto Grande falls and Mirador Cuernos (Spanish for “the viewpoint of the horns”) on the way back to the EcoCamp. The magnificent Salto Grande waterfall is an impressive cascade as the water thunders from Nordenskjold Lake into Pehoe Lake. 

From the falls, it’s a short walk to the dramatic Cuernos viewpoint and a knock-out view of the mighty Horns. Here, the Cuernos will be smack dab in front of us, presenting a different angle from our Day 2 campsite view (from the foot of the mighty Cuernos). We’ll gently traverse the steppe vegetation and learn about the resilience of the local flora. This soft but stunning hike is full of distractions–like the piercing blue-as-husky-eyes Pehoe Lake and Paine river. It’s easy to re-energize while taking in the enormous Paine Mountain range and its seemingly faux snow-capped peaks. 

After a hearty lunch in this soul-hugging location, we’ll backtrack along the same trail and drive to the EcoCamp (a 2-hour transfer). We can opt to recharge even further with an afternoon yoga class upon our return or vote for a cat nap instead of a downward dog.

Note: The yoga classes can be co-ed as the opportunity is open to all EcoCamp guests, not just exclusively Wild Women.

The skinny on today’s hike: Short and sweet.

 

DAY 6HIKE TO THE TOWER’S BASE

DAY SIX: HIKE TO THE TOWER’S BASE

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

Our biggest challenge will be the steep moraine. The huge mass of boulders lead us to that iconic base-view of the three gigantic glacial ice-sheared granite monoliths known as the Towers. 

After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising grandly before us with the glacial lake visible below. We’ll take advantage of the vantage point and stretch out with a picnic before backtracking along the same trail to the EcoCamp for a decadent dinner.  

The skinny on today’s hike: The challenging 22km (14 mile) hike will take an estimated 9-10 hours (including a picnic lunch). The maximum altitude point will be 914m (3,000 feet).

 

DAY 7HORSEBACK RIDING IN TORRES DEL PAINE

DAY SEVEN: HORSEBACK RIDING IN TORRES DEL PAINE

One of the most spirited ways to experience all that Patagonia has to offer is by riding through the prodigious landscape on horseback. After a filling breakfast at the EcoCamp, we will walk to the ranch stables. Here, we will meet our local baqueano (Patagonian cowgirl) guide and be introduced to our distinguished Patagonian horses. These horses have been raised in the area’s wild surrounds but are well-trained and patient with beginner riders. Our expert baqueano will teach us a few cowgirl skills to help make the ride more comfortable as we move along the deep indigo pocket of Lake Nordenskjöld. This famed lake is situated at the base of the Paine Massif and is named after Otto Nordenskjöld (1869-1928), a Swedish-Finnish explorer who dedicated himself to navigating the landscapes of Chile, Antarctica, Peru and Greenland.

The powerful rhythm of the horse’s strong and confident gait will allow us to experience the true freedom of Patagonia and its big skies. Mount Almirante Nieto and its hanging glacier dominates the skyline here. We’ll drink in several viewpoints and sprays of Patagonian flora as we cross clear rivers and dense forests on horseback. In Asencio Valley, we’ll cross the Asencio River to witness the rare juxtaposition of an ecotone (the  intersection of two distinct ecosystems). The forest and the pampas transition seamlessly into one another, uniquely blending together in the middle.

We’ll stop for a scenic picnic and reflect on the generations of baqueanos who have traveled across Patagonia’s plains before us. Our guide will share stories about the region’s horse riding history and the geography of this area near the “end of the world”. Satiated with stories, scenery and a wholesome lunch, we’ll make our way across the plains back to the stables. After saying goodbye to our guide and gentle horses we’ll walk back to EcoCamp for an evening aperitif before dinner.

The skinny on today’s horseback ride: Our estimated riding time will be around 4 hours, covering 15-17km (9-11 miles). Note: An Ecocamp guide will accompany us on this excursion, if anyone wishes to return to the stable at any point, and not ride the full distance. 

 

DAY EIGHT: BIKE TO LAGUNA AZUL

After breakfast, we will drive to Estancia Laguna Amarga, hop on mountain bikes and tear up the tar! We will cycle past classic Patagonian plains, grazing guanacos and ñandús to the cascading power of  Paine waterfall.

The 7km (4 mile) morning bike excursion follows an exhilarating route inside Laguna Azul Estancia close to where it meets Baguales, heading up to Saltos Las Chinas. Back at Laguna Azul, we will enjoy our hotly-anticipated box lunch with a knock-out view of the Towers. After taking five and digesting, we will jump in the shuttle van which will take us to our next bike track.

This 4km (2.5 mile) ride follows a single track through Cañadón Macho before finishing at a junction with the road near Cascada Paine. Although this ride is not overly demanding, there are some sections of the trail that have an added degree of difficulty–notably at the point where Cañadon Macho crosses a meadow and begins climbing, followed by an undulating stretch of descent, which is a little steep and rocky. Be careful on your brakes and be sure to apply pressure evenly! If you are nervous, you can always walk this stretch!

The bike ride back to Ecocamp is optional and weather-dependent (our guide will determine if it is safe to ride back)–you can also choose to jump in the support van and get a head start on a hot shower or sundowner at the EcoCamp.

The skinny on today’s bike (bike, not hike!): Expect a 11km (6.5 mile) ride with a few challenging sections. The maximum altitude point of the ride will be 180m (590 feet). If you choose to ride back to the Ecocamp, it’s an additional 11km (6.5 miles).

Perspective: The highest point of elevation reached in the Tour de France was 2,802m (9,193 feet) at the Cime de la Bonnette loop road in the Alps.

Note: today’s bike route could change due to weather conditions but an awesome alternate will always be found!

 

DAY NINE: WILD HORSE TRACKING

After an indulgent buffet breakfast at EcoCamp, we’ll make a beeline for the Laguna Azul sector. From here, we’ll begin our 45-minute journey by 4×4 through the verdant folds of the Cordillera Masle and postcard-perfect views of Cordillera Baguales, Salto Las Chinas and Barranca de Los Toros pass.

At a typical “puesto” where Patagonian “gauchos” (South American cowboys) would take refuge while caring for their livestock, we’ll learn about the area’s history, evolution and characteristics of its wild horses. (Can you hear that Rolling Stones tune already? “Wild, wild horses, couldn’t drag me away…”)

With the assistance of satellite tracking equipment and our gaucho guide’s experience and knowledge, we’ll begin our trek, searching for the 100 untamed horses that remain isolated and unbridled in the Torres del Paine terrain. 

We’ll choose a place to have lunch that will be dependent on the location of the horses. They’re not predictable or great at making reservations. However, the experience of tracking, observing and analyzing the horses in the Patagonian wilds is incomparable. We’ll also be surrounded by the otherworldly views of Lago Stokes, Cordillera Dickson and the imposing Towers. After 7-8 hours, we’ll return to EcoCamp to share laughs and reflections over aperitifs before a savoury dinner.

The skinny on today’s hike: Depending on the wild horses and where they are hanging out, the hike can be around 7-8 hours. It’s not a strenuous walk though–you can stop and smell the edelweiss!

 

DAY 10ADIOS PATAGONIA

DAY TEN: ADIOS PATAGONIA

We will board an early morning shuttle, sit back and reflect on a truly wild experience on our scenic ride back to Punta Arenas. Horses, hikes, bikes! 4×4! Kayak, catamaran…

The drive is around 5 hours, so there’s plenty of time to swap stories, Airdrop iPhone pics and trade contact info with your Wild Women.

We’ll arrive at the airport mid-afternoon for hugs goodbye and evening flights to Santiago. Sigh, where next?

 

 

 

 

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