Short W Trekking Torres del Paine National Park
5 days / 4 nights Code: CFT002
Places you will see
For the trekking lovers who like the extreme natural contact in the the end of the world. A trekking with magnificient flora and fauna inside Torres del Paine National Park, visiting 2 of the 3 valleys that make up the W Circuit.
Starting point: Puerto Natales.
Start time: 14:30 hrs.
When to do: Between October and March.
Day 01: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park
At 14:30 hrs. Regular bus transport from the city of Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park, the trip takes approximately 2 hours (70 mi, 112 Km), with a little stop in Cerro Castillo (Villa Park located in the road border 54 km away from Puerto Natales). Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park is via the Laguna Amarga, in this place should come down and buy your ticket for Park entrance, is subsequently transfer to the shuttles that are waiting for transfer to area of Refugee and Towers. Overnight in Refugio Torre Central.
Day 02: Trekking Base Torres Viewpoint
We recommend starting at 09:00 hrs. The first stage is 1 1/2 hours of climbing with beautiful views of the surrounding lakes and hanging glacier of Monte Almirante Nieto (2,670 m.o.s.l.) up to Refugio El Chileno sector where they can recover energy. Subsequently, for about 1 hour through an ancient forest of beech, arrives at the base of the "Moraine" after whose ascent (45 min. App), we have access to one of the most impressive National Park: Base Torres Viewpoint, a great view of the imposing South Tower (2,850 m.o.s.l.), Central Tower (2,800 m.o.s.l.), North Tower (2,600 m.o.s.l.), Nido de Cóndor and Glacier "Torre". Return to Refugio El Chileno and accommodation.
Level of difficulty: High.
Duration: 6 to 8 hours.
Day 03: Trekking Refugio El Chileno - Refugio Los Cuernos
Time recommended starting at 09:00 hrs. Moderate Trekking around the Paine Massif, circling the base of Mount Almirante Nieto, before half-hour walk leads to the display that indicates the so-called "Shortcut" on the right path towards Refugio "Los Cuernos". Along the way you have beautiful views of Lago Nordenskjöld, hanging glaciers and existing flora as "Ciruelillo" or "Notro" which from the month of December presents some features red flowers. After 4 to 5 hours hike, you reach the area "Los Cuernos", which is by far one of the nicest paradors around the Circuit (arriving early to rest and recover energy for the next day). Overnight in Refugio "Los Cuernos".
Level of difficulty: Medium.
Duration: 4 to 5 hours.
Day 04: Trekking to the French Valley
Recommended starting time 09:00 hrs. The first 2 hours are soft and overlooking Lake Nordenskjöld until the sector "Campamento Italiano". The rise is initiated by the French River Valley up to the "French Glacier Viewpoint", then continued the climb up the path to reach the "Campamento Británico" (British Camp) and then to the "French Valley Viewpoint," which offers the most shocking of all National Park views: "Cerro Paine Grande", "Catedral", "Hoja", "Máscara", "Espada", "Aleta de Tiburón" and "Cuerno Norte" is possible to observe from this viewpoint. The return is the same road to Camp and then return to the area "Los Cuernos". Accommodation in Refugio "Los Cuernos".
Duration: 10 to 12 hours.
Day 05: Trekking to Torres Area + catamaran and return to Puerto Natales
Returning trekking to the Pehoé area in order to board the catamaran crossing the Pehoé Lake in a 30-minute sailing to Pudeto. Once in that area, you will connect to the regular bus heading Puerto Natales.
IMPORTANT: In October and April, trekking have to start at 7:30 / 8:00 AM because the catamaran sailing starts at 12:30 PM. The other months of the season you could choose between 12:30 PM or 6:30 PM.
Crossing at 12:30 PM, arriving in Puerto Natales at 4:30 PM.
Crossing at 6:30 PM, arriving in Puerto Natales at 10:00 PM.
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