Patagonia Trekking Adventure

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Trekking, Hiking, Kayaking
11 Explorer Chicks
10 Days

Overview

Discover the massive glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park on this Women-Only, 10 Day Trekking Adventure. 

Patagonia. The place, not the retail company. Simply looking at photos of this magnificent landscape makes one’s heart flutter like seeing an 8th grade crush catch your eye at the school dance. The Patagonian landscape is unlike anything else in the world. Nestled near the southern tip of South America, we’ll explore the incredible Torres del Paine National Park on this 10 day trekking adventure experiencing the best glaciers, mountains, cirques, alpine lakes and valleys Patagonia has to offer. 

After meeting your crew of fellow Explorer Chicks in Punta Arenas, we’ll travel 5 hours to Torres del Paine National Park where the real adventure begins. You’ll spend 6 days and 5 nights hiking the entire Paine Massif Round trek on a fully portaged trip (all camping gear will be carried for you)! We’ll spend our days hiking to remote alpine lakes, kayaking among massive icebergs and near the towering Grey Glacier, waking up to views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, going to sleep with turquoise lakes a few hundred steps away and basking in the shadows of the jagged mountains that Patagonia is known for.  

On the final two nights of our adventure, we’ll reward ourselves by lodging in the world’s first Geodesic Dome Hotel as we feast on gourmet Chilean cuisine and hike to the infamous “Base of the Towers”.  

This adventure is for Explorer Chicks who love a good challenge, don’t mind trading their bed for a cozy sleeping bag, and crave the beauty that is unique only to Patagonia.  

  • 6 Days/5 Nights Full Portaged trekking experience deep in the Patagonian Backcountry of Torres del Paine National Park
    • Includes double occupancy tents
    • Backcountry meals served in a private dining tent or refugio
    • Bathroom facilities and showers on every night of the trek
    • Private porter service
  • Enjoy the Patagonian Backcountry by only carrying a small day pack
  • 3 Nights at the World’s first Geodesic Dome Hotel (Shared – 2 per dome)
  • 1 Night at a Local Hotel in Punta Arenas on Day 1 
  • Kayak across Grey Lake to Grey Glacier Wall – Includes neoprene suit, waterproof jacket and boots, poogies (kayak gloves), skirt, life-jacket
  • Optional Yoga classes on Days 2, 8, 9 (no additional cost)
  • Private Group Experience throughout your Backcountry Trek and on day hikes
  • Private Transportation throughout itinerary
  • All meals outlined in the itinerary from Dinner on Day 1 – Lunch on Day 10
  • A Commemorative Explorer Chick Shirt
  • Local English/Spanish speaking guide(s) throughout the full itinerary
  • One experienced Explorer Chick Leader ensuring your trip is seamless and unforgettable!
  • Small Group experience! Your Explorer Chick Adventure is exclusive and limited to 11 women. 

*You will receive a full packing list in your travel guide upon deposit, but for planning purposes mandatory gear includes:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Travel Insurance

*We require a minimum of 5 Explorer Chicks for this trip. Please confirm this trip is guaranteed before booking your airfare.

*Packages do NOT include your airfare, airport transportation, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, Explorer Chick Leader Tips, meals exclusive of itinerary, or costs for additional activities. 

*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, or other unforeseen incidents. 

Day 1: BIENVENIDO A PUNTA ARENAS! 

Welcome to Punta Arenas, Chile! You’ll be greeted by your Explorer Chick Leader upon arrival at our hotel. Your day is free to explore Punta Arenas on your own. We’ll kick off our adventure at 6:00pm with an official introduction and welcome dinner at a local Chilean Restaurant! 

Accommodation: Local Hotel in Punta Arenas (Shared – 2 per room) 

Meals: Welcome Dinner 

 Day 2: YOUR PATAGONIAN ADVENTURE BEGINS 

After breakfast, we’ll load up our van to begin the 5 hour drive to Torres del Paine National Park. We’ll make a couple stops along the way – First in Puerto Natales where we will enjoy a hearty local lunch and explore the lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza”. Our second stop will be at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. Throughout our journey, we’ll catch our first glimpse of the Patagonian landscape with the opportunity to spot local wildlife.

We’ll arrive at our basecamp in Torres del Paine National Park with an incredible view of the majestic Torres. We’ll feast on a gourmet Chilean Dinner to fuel up before heading into the Patagonian Backcountry for the next 6 days!

Accommodation: Standard Eco-friendly Dome (Shared – 2 per Dome) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 3: DISCOVER LAGO PAINE, DICKSON GLACIER AND CAMP ALONG DICKSON LAKE 

After filling up on a scrumptious Breakfast Buffet, we’ll begin our hike to Dickson Lake. The trail will lead you along the eastern bank of the Rio Paine. The landscape will have us stopping numerous times along the trail to view rivers, stunning panoramic lakes, grasslands and the mountainous landscape. We’ll rest our legs at our  campsite in Dickson Valley. Your campsite is surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and the crystalline waters of Lake Dickson. From the front yard of your tent, you’ll enjoy stunning views of Dickson Glacier and parts of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Dinner will be served in our Exclusive Explorer Chick Dining Tent with a hot shower afterwards. You read that right, backcountry showers! 

Accommodation: Camping (Shared – 2 per Tent) 

Meals: Breakfast Buffet, Boxed Lunch, Dinner in our exclusive Explorer Chick Dining Tent 

Mileage: 18 Miles, 11 hrs Walking Time, Max Elevation: 984 ft 

Day 4: EXPLORE THE WILDEST PATAGONIAN LANDSCAPE 

After waking up and enjoying a hearty breakfast, our trail continues along the beautiful Los Perros river. Today, we’ll be hiking in the wildest and most remote mountainous region of our entire trek. We’ll pass under the Los Perros Glacier, which merges into a small lake and cross a virgin beech forest before reaching the beautiful Laguna Los Perros. We will set up camp at Los Perros and enjoy the tranquil evening. 

Accommodation: Camping (Shared – 2 per Tent) 

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner in our exclusive Explorer Chick Dining Tent 

Mileage: 5 Miles, 5 hrs Walking Time, Max Elevation: 1640 ft 

Day 5: ASCEND JOHN GARDNER PASS WITH STUNNING VIEWS OF GREY GLACIER 

We’ll have a big day ahead of us as we ascend the highest point of the circuit. We’ll reach altitudes of around 4,000 ft at the top of John Gardner Pass. We’ll be able to feast our eyes on an awe-inspiring view of Grey Glacier, an enormous fractured mass of ice more than 17 miles in length with towers in the valley. We will then descend the pass along forested slopes with beautiful views of the enormous Grey Glacier before spending the night camping along the shores of Lake Grey.  

Accommodation: Camping (Shared – 2 per Tent) 

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner at Refugio Grey 

Mileage: 4 miles, 12 hrs Walking Time, Max Elevation: 3937 ft 

Day 6: KAYAKING TO GLACIER GREY ON GREY LAKE 

After breakfast, we’ll kayak across Grey Lake for over 2 hours as we discover the incredible Grey Glacier and navigate huge floating icebergs. We’ll be able to get as close as safety allows to the towering ice wall of Grey Glacier. 

After kayaking, we’ll descend through a shallow dry valley headed towards the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe, where we will set-up camp and enjoy the view from our cozy tent. 

Accommodation: Camping (Shared – 2 per Tent) 

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner at Refugio 

Mileage: 7 miles, 5 hrs Walking Time, Max Elevation: 1312 ft. 

Day 7: FEASTING ON VIEWS IN THE FRENCH VALLEY 

After breakfast at Lake Pehoe, we will begin our trek up to the French Valley along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the iconic Paine Massif. Along the trail, we’ll cross the hanging bridge over the French River and then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where we will reward ourselves with a picnic lunch at the base 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 relaxing picnic, we’ll descend the trail through mixed grassland and light forest to our awaiting tents at Camp Frances. 

Accommodation: Camping (Shared – 2 per Tent) 

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner at Refugio 

Mileage: 15 miles, 8 hrs Walking Time, Max Elevation: 2250 ft 

Day 8: LOS CUERNOS TRAIL TO BASECAMP AT OUR ECO DOMES

Once we have finished breakfast, we will begin our day’s trek back to our basecamp on the Cuernos trail and along Lake Nordenskjold. We’ll enjoy a less strenuous hiking day with a diversity of terrain. We’ll learn about Torres del Paine’s flora and fauna while discovering the vast variety of species along the way. Along the trek, we’ll set up a picnic lunch and bask in the beauty of the Patagonian landscape on the final day of our backcountry trek. The trek ends as we arrive at Basecamp where we will enjoy a feast of delicious Chilean cuisine with a well-deserved glass of Chilean wine. 

Accommodation: Standard Eco-friendly Dome (Shared – 2 per Dome) 

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner at EcoCamp 

Mileage: 10 miles, 7 hours walking time, Max Elevation: 800 ft 

Day 9: TREK TO THE BASE OF THE TOWERS

After our breakfast buffet, we’ll begin the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! We will begin by ascending the Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Throughout our hike, we’ll walk along mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers. The final challenge of our hike requires a steep ascent up 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. After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to for our Farewell Dinner at our Basecamp.

Accommodation: Standard Eco-friendly Dome (Shared – 2 per Dome) 

Meals: Breakfast Buffet, Boxed Lunch, Dinner at EcoCamp 

Mileage: 13 miles, 10 hours, Max Elevation: 3000 feet 

Day 10ADIOS TORRES DEL PAINE! 

After a breakfast buffet, we will load up our private transport and say goodbye to Torres del Paine National Park. We’ll make a few stops along the way back to Punta Arenas in time to catch departing flights to Santiago. We’ll plan on arriving at the Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ) by 2:00pm.  

Meals: Breakfast Buffet, Boxed Lunch 


*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, availability, or other unforeseen incidents.

 

We require a minimum of 5 Explorer Chicks for this trip. Please confirm your trip is guaranteed before booking your airfare. 

Your trip begins and ends in Punta Arenas, Chile. 

Arrival: Plan to arrive on Day 1 in Punta Arenas, Chile prior to 5pm. (PUQ) 

Departure: Plan to depart Punta Arenas, Chile after 3:30pm on Day 10. (PUQ) 

*Your departure airport transfer in Punta Arenas is included with your package. You are responsible for your arrival airport transfer in Punta Arenas.

*You will receive a travel guide attached to your booking confirmation with all the information you’ll need to prepare for your epic trip! 

We highly recommend training prior to your retreat in all conditions. We will be hiking at a maximum elevation of 4,000 feet in all weather conditions. Please be aware of hiking distances as described above. You will be hiking anywhere from 5-18 miles per day with a daypack. Train with your daypack and in the hiking boots you will be using to get your body used to the mileage. To get the most from your Adventure we recommend having a solid fitness base with training on the trails and inclines in a variety of weather conditions. Train how you play!  

Please consider your ability to meet the physical demands very seriously. It is for the safety of both you and our group. All Explorer Chicks will be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Physical Demands as part of their waiver upon booking.

To protect your travel investment and your hide, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. World Nomads is our trusted travel insurance provider. Receive an no-hassle, online quote in less than 2 minutes.

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Trip Price:

$6,099

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