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Torres del Paine and Ushuaia Adventure 9 days - 8 nights

Travel Style Adventure
Season: October thru April
Beginning Day: Friday
Departure: Group
Minimum of pax No Minimum.
Difficulty Low
Trip starts at: El Calafate Airport
Trip ends at: Ushuaia Airport
 
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Itinerary: View
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This program visits the best of the southernmost part of the continent. We first visit Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, taking advantage of our Full Camps in the heart of the National Park. We hike here the 3 most important valleys of the area. We then drive south across the Magellan Strait into Tierra del Fuego. We visit a typical Patagonian ranch, a mountain refuge in the Tierra Mayor valley and eventually discover the secrets of the “city of the end of the world”. We take a boat trip in the Beagle Channel and hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Ushuaia
DAY / ITINERARY
01 El Calafate airport - El Calafate
02 El Calafate - Torres del Paine
03 Las Torres, Ascensio River Valley
04 Lake Pehoe boat trip
French Valley
05 Viewpoints of Grey Glacier
06 Puerto Natales - Río Grande
07 Tierra del Fuego -
Tierra Mayor Valley
08 Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego National Park & Beagle Channel boat trip
09 Ushuaia - Ushuaia airport
LODGING
3 nights at Hostel u Hostería
4 nights at Full Camp
1 night at a Mountain lodge
› ITINERARY


Day 1 El Calafate airport – El Calafate

We welcome you at Calafate airport and transfer to town to check in at your hostel. You get the rest of the day to enjoy the town and later you have your welcome dinner.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: none


Day 2 El Calafate - Torres del Paine National Park

Early start for a 6 hs drive to our camp in Paine. We drive across the steppe, still following by parts the legendary route 40, to get around Sierra de los Baguales, an impressive range in between Calafate and Paine. We cross the Argentinean Chilean border at Cancha Carrera/ Cerro Castillo. After the border crossing, we start our final sprint to Paine National Park, World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). Approaching the Park, we start to see the different mountains that feature the area: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto and the Towers. Once we entered the Park, we go for a short 1 to 2 hs walk to get familiar with the landscape, the wind and the rich wildlife: guanacos, lesser rheas, condors and all types of wetland and buzzard birds, will be available for our eyes and cameras. Also lots of flowers. Back in the bus, we reach our camp at the foot of Paine massif.
Lodging at Las Torres Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 3 Paine Towers - Ascensio River Valley

Early in the morning we start walking towards the bridge over the Ascensio river, headtrail for the world famous Paine towers. We "warm up" hiking a steep one hour slope, to get inside the valley itself, a narrow "V" shape alpine valley coming from inside the Paine massif. A gentle downhill leads us to Refugio Chileno, a cozy and comfortable mountain lodge, which can be a good turnaround point for those not willing to make a full day hike. We then walk in a gentle slope along the river side and inside beech forest. A final climb on moraine take us to the Towers viewpoint: a glacier origin lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 mts from the glacier. The lack of breath will be either because the climb and the sight!!!! We go back to our camp on the same way we came. Walking time: 7 to 8 hs.
Lodging at Las Torres Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 4 Lake Pehoe crossing - French Valley

Early in the morning a 1 h drive takes us to Port Pudeto to board the catamarán that cross lake Pehoe twice a day. We carry only the necessary stuff to be 2 days and 1 night away from our Camping Pehoe Full Camp, where the rest of our luggage will stay. One in the far side of the lake, we leave unnecessary items in our tents and we set out to the French Valley trail. The trail skirts Paine Grande south slopes and lake Skottberg, to take us after 2 hs and a half of continuous ups and downs, to the hanging bridge upon the French River. This breathtaking location is at the foot of both the 2700 mts south east face of Paine Grande (to the west) and the Horns, with its characteristic black sedimentary topping, to the east. We continue walking 1 h further by Italian camp to reach breathtaking viewpoints over the area. After lunch and photos we retrace our steps back to Refugio Pehoe Full Camp. Walking time: 5 to 6 hs.
Lodging at Refugio Pehoe Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 5 Glaciar Grey viewpoints

Lake Grey trail leads from Pehoe valley across ridges to reach Grey valley. This magnificent valley flows down 60 km from the Patagonian Icefield, featuring the huge glacier calving down in the grey colour lake. Our trail skirts the lake, going up and down the westerns slopes of Paine Grande, offering some of the most impressive sights of the Park. From the high sections of the trail, many different viewpoints allow us to see the south end of the lake where the blue icebergs gather, the mountains rising far in the distance above glaciers Grey and Tyndall, and of course lake and glacier Grey. We reach the main viewpoint, a rocky point somewhat 2 hs away from Pehoe, with views over the Lake and Glacier Grey and the surrounding glaciers and mountains. We come back along the same trail, crossing bogs, shrublands and forest. By noon we take the boat to cross lake Pehoe back and then we go to our accommodation in Puerto Natales, a picturesque fishermen town located in the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fiord.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch


Day 6 Puerto Natales - Río Grande

Long drive today, though quite worthwhile. We continue south to reach the legendary Magellan Strait, which we will keep on sight up to Primera Angostura, where we board the Ferry in which we will cross the Strait. This Pass, discovered by Hernando de Magallanes in 1520, was the natural and logical way to all vessels until de Panama Channel was open at the beginning of the XXth century. You will find yourselves wondering how those brave men dare to sail those waters in such fragile caravels!!!
Once in Tierra del Fuego (literally, Land of Fire, due to the fires seen by the first white sailors in the coast, done by the local Indians to cook and heat) we enter back Argentina through Paso San Sebastián. A couple more of hours to reach Estancia Las Hijas, where our Full Camp will be waiting for us, as well as a lamb cooked in the classical Patagonian barbecue style. A dinning saloon, toilettes and showers are available tonight.
Lodging at Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 7 Río Grande - Tierra Mayor valley

In the morning we learn about the ranch activities and how dogs deal with the sheep. By mid morning we continue south to Solar del Bosque, a small and cozy mountain refuge located in the Tierra Mayor valley, where we’ll spend the rest of the day. After lunch, those who wish to can by their own visit Laguna Esmeralda, a beautiful lagoon with Glacier Ojos del Albino in the background (a quite easy trail). On the way back to our lodge across terrain that has been modified by the beavers, which were introduced in the area from Canada by middle of the last century.
Lodging in Mountain Lodge with shared bedrooms and bathrooms
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 8 Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego National Park - Beagle Channel boat trip

We leave behind the valley and a half an hour drive leads us to Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the World. We leave our luggage in our hostel or hotel (we will not check in, as it is still early in the morning) and continue to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This National Park is in the south west corner of the argentinean side of the Island, thus in the border with Chile. The main attraction of the Park and the whole Island actually are the mountains coming down to the sea. We make a short hike in this area. In the afternoon, a boat trip in the Beagle channel allows us to see the different species of sea birds and mammals that leave in this corner of Earth.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast and box lunch.


Day 9 Ushuaia – Ushuaia Airport

Morning at your own to visit the town located in the north coast of the Beagle channel. Then town features interesting museums and its typical architecture. In the afternoon we are transferred to Ushauaia airport to take our flight to Buenos Aires. Our services end at the airport.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.

 

› SERVICES DETAILS


Included:

  • Bilingual tour leader during all the activities
  • Mountain guides while on trek.
  • Lake Pehoe boat trips (in and out).
  • Beagle channel boat trip.
  • All transfers El Calafate airport – El Calafate – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales - Río Grande – Ushuaia – Ushuaia Airport.
  • During the trip we combine private and regular buses.
  • Lodging as shown below.
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 box lunch y 5 dinners as detailed below

Lodging
We offer the Torres del Paine & Ushuaia Adventure in three different type of accommodations.

Base Accommodation (PWU – 00) Hostel Room
The Base Offer (PWU 00) lodge is shown in the following chart.

NIGHTS
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
(PWU 00) Hostel room with shared bathroom x       x     x
Full Camp double basis (area with sanitary services)   x x x   x    
Mountain refuge with shared rooms and bathrooms             x  


Accommodation (PWU – 01 and PWU- 02)
Double or Single Room with Private Bathroom
These alternatives lodge as shown in the following chart, in double base (PWU 01) or single base (PWU 02) during all the trip but one night (at Solar del Bosque, in which this option is not available)
They differ from the previous one that passengers stay in Hotels, Hosterias or Inns in double room with private bathroom (not in a Hostel) and the single room option is available.
When you choose single base, you have single base accommodations at the Full Camp tents too.

NIGHTS
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
(PWU 01) Hosteria double basis with private bathroom x       x     x
Full Camp double basis (area with sanitary services)   x x x   x    
Mountain refuge with shared rooms and bathrooms             x  
(PWU 02) Single Base option available x x x x x x   x


Meals

Meals included in the trip are shown in the following chart.

DAYS
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
Breakfast   x x x x x x x x
Box Lunch   x x x x x x x  
Dinner x x x x   x x    


Not included:

  • Entrance fees to National Parks.
  • Medical and life insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Drinks and beverages (all foods are without alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks).
  • Flights or airport taxes.
  • Port tax at Ushuaia.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Services not shown or detailed in the program

Notes
The operator holds the right of changing the itinerary or cancel any of the activities when any natural cause (or any other cause of any type) justifies it in order to look after the group safety.


List of suggested personal equipment:

  • Backpack, 50 lts or so
  • Thermal underwear
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Trekking pants
  • Fleece
  • Parka and overpants
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Thermal socks
  • The necessary spare cloth
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun screen (UV is very strong during the southern spring, from september thru december)
  • Personal items
  • Lamp
  • Trekking poles (recommended, if you are use to them)
  • Personal medication
  • Personal documents to cross the border between Argentina and Chile.

Weather in Patagonia is unpredictable. Not very cold, but it is usually windy. To dress in layers is the best advice.