Looking for a last minute adventure to Patagonia? We are now offering 10% off of our Torres del Paine Base Camp Trek for the month of April, 2016. A great opportunity for solo travelers, looking to join up with others, and small groups alike!
Come hike your way into the heart of wild Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, one of the most spectacular trekking areas in the world! Your route features several days of extensive hiking from five to fifteen miles per day, penetrating into the heart of the photogenic Paine Massif with an experienced naturalist trekking guide. You hike among spectacular mountain peaks on trails that pass turquoise lakes, waterfalls, and rolling pampas rich with wildlife, to high base camps and lookouts with spectacular views of sheer rock walls, calving glaciers and soaring condors. Your accommodations are private, double tented domes at the EcoCamp and rustic, shared bunk-style mountain refugios – at both you enjoy hearty, delicious Patagonian cuisine and plenty of new friends to hike with!
While there is only limited space remaining during Patagonia’s peak and high season months, we still have availability during the end of the season, specifically April and beginning of May. Autumn is an under-rated yet perfect time to visit Patagonia, temperatures are a few degrees cooler than during the summer, but the winds are actually lighter on average. Travelers also benefit from quieter hiking trails and cheaper flights as well as catching the peak of Patagonia’s autumn colors.
I just returned from completing this trek in early October (the early season equivalent to April) and it was beyond amazing! I have been to Torres del Paine several times but every time I go I feel that I had forgotten just how stunning it is; this time was no different. Completing a full trek in Torres del Paine allows you to see so much more of the park and get closer the mind-blowing scenery it has to offer. Some of the highlights of this trek are:
Valle Frances Trek: Stunning views of Los Cuernos and surrounding peaks and lakes. From the French Valley viewpoint you can safely watch avalanches come down from distant peaks and see multiple hanging glaciers.
Los Cuernos Trek: Yet another part of the famous W trek and a hike that has incredible close-up views of Los Cuernos and Almirante Nieto peaks.
Grey Glacier Hike and Navigation: Hike right up to the face of the grey glacier and then cross Grey Lake passing between bobbing icebergs with a backdrop of the numerous jagged peaks of the park.
Base Torres viewpoint trek: Don’t be too intimidated by the difficulty rating. There is a refugio at the halfway point if you decide that the trek is too much and absolutely have to turn back. I recommend just taking it slow and the payoff of ending below the three towers at an alpine lake is beyond worth it!)
Happy Holidays from your friendly South America Program Director,