After completing the W or the O why not add on a short three day trip to get right up close to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field? This impressive experience is not one to miss whilst you’re visiting Torres del Paine.
Day 1: Hike into Pingo Valley
After you have completed your O or W Circuit Patagonia you can opt to visit a few final places off the beaten path. A guide will pick you up from your final destination and will take you to Guarderia Grey. Here you will hike up to the Mount Ferrier mirador (lookout), which is a two hour uphill steep hike. However it’s worth it at the top for the fantastic views of the massif of Torres del Paine as well as a glimpse of Glacier Grey. Back down at the Guarderia, you will head onwards to the close by Pingo Camp that is located at the entrance of the Pingo Valley. This is only an additional thirty minutes from the Guarderia.
Day 2 : Enjoy Pingo and Zapata Glacier
Camp Pingo – Camp Zapata
You will enjoy a lovely breakfast in the morning and then set off on a hike that takes you through a remote and solitary valley towards the Southern Ice Field. On this hike you will have incredible views of the massif of Torres del Paine and its peaks. You may even have the chance to see the endangered South Andean deer called Huemul! The hike today towards Camp Zapata will be four hours.
Day 3: Explore!
Camp Zapata – Puerto Natales
After breakfast the day will begin without bringing your packs to allow you a chance to explore the valley. You will be able to trek through this area until you reach the incredible Southern Ice Field of Patagonia. You will find yourself up-close to the biggest ice field outside of the North or South Pole! This incredible experience is worth the extra trekking for the stunning views and impressive, dominating ice mass. If you’re lucky you may even be able to find some fossils of prehistoric marine animals in the area! Towards the evening you will return to Camp Pingo with all your things and head back down to Guarderia Grey. From here you can take a transfer to Puerto Natales where you will bid farewell to your guide and finish your adventure.
How far ahead should I book my trip?
Due to the popularity of Patagonia, we recommend booking your trip 4 months in advance during the peak travel months (Dec-Feb). If you want to travel in November or March we recommend booking travel 2 months in advance.
Upon arrival to Patagonia
If you have booked a guided tour your guide will meet you in Puerto Natales, which is about a 3-hour drive from Punta Arenas. Depending on what time your plane arrives, you will have the entire day or just a few hours to explore or rest-up in the small town of Puerto Natales. Your guide will meet you shortly after dinner to discuss trip details, answer questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days (the hotel will allow you to leave any unnecessary luggage with them).
Most of the time, there is no way to know what to expect. What you need to know is that it is fast changing and one can witness the wind, sun, rain and snow all in a matter of hours while in Patagonian wilderness. However, in the cities it is slightly more predictable, normally www.accuweather.com and www.undergroundweather.com are correct.
What to pack
During the Torres del Paine W Trek, you need to have a backpack (renting a backpack is possible) with just enough room to carry your clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bag (during the Torres del Paine W Trek, renting a sleeping bag is also possible). Shared equipment like tents, stoves, pots, and food will be brought and transferred by the tour operator staff.
Personal equipment and clothing should be chosen to allow comfort while hiking. Select clothes to keep you dry in the rain, protected from the wind, and cool enough for warmer moments. It is essential that you are prepared to experience all four seasons in one day. Scroll down to see a full packing list!
It is very important that every visitor has international insurance against accidents. Make sure you have arranged for this insurance before paying for the trip. It is worth considering that some aspects of nature are unpredictable and that we must be prepared for any inconvenient circumstances.
Three meals a day during your program are included. We do not include drinks while in cities or snacks during the day. When staying in cities we will eat in restaurants, however during the days we are in the wilderness your guide will prepare your food. Food is purchased at local stores and we choose your meals according to the preference sheet you fill out. Food can include, but is not limited to, assorted vegetables, beef, chicken and fish. We will also provide energy rich carbohydrates like pasta, rice, or potatoes. To top things off and excite your taste buds we also bring some of the following: wine, beer, cookies, cheese, crackers, and fruits. Your meals are carried and, most of the time, prepared by your guide.
Changes in itinerary
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule agreed upon, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.
Cancellations and Postponements
To cancel your booking, please submit your request to us in writing by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make lodging reservations in the park, we need to pay ahead of time, so 30% of the trip payment is non-refundable. It is, however, possible to transfer the deposit up to 50 days before your departure date if you need to change your booking date within the same season. It is also possible to transfer the deposit to the following season (again, up to 50 days before departure date), although we will need to charge a bit more as prices in the park increase each year. Otherwise, your payment is subject to the following cancellation terms:
No refunds will be provided for any unused portion of a tour once the tour begins, including if you leave a tour for any reason or have to be removed from a tour. There are no exceptions to this cancellation and refund policy, including for reasons related to weather, terrorism, civil strife, personal, family or medical emergencies or any other circumstances beyond our control. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance.
Flexible COVID Policy: Bookings made for the upcoming season in Torres del Paine National Park (September 2020-April 2021) can be postponed up until 50 days before travel, deposits are transferable but non-refundable. Deposits are only transferable on a like for like basis.
Changes by You: If you change your tour dates or alter your itinerary after we confirm your tour, a change fee may be imposed depending on the changes made. Our outside suppliers, including hotels, often impose additional fees or penalties for changes and cancellations. These are included in the change fee and can be substantial.
Additional activities or services added to your itinerary with less than 35 days prior to your trip will be charged a 10% fee in addition to the cost of the service. Any alterations to the itinerary after a final itinerary has been agreed upon will cost a 2% modification fee of the total trip price.
If you have any questions about cancellations, please email us at email@example.com.
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If you take this tour you will probably be greeted by David. He was born in Santiago, where he developed a passion for the mountain. He took his first steps in the ‘Andinismo’ in the beautiful Peaks of the central Andes Region, just outside of the capital city.
David has been a certified guide since 2004, when he decided to move to the south and start his own business. He often tells us that making his passion his job was the best decision he ever made. He believes that when people follow their dreams, they have the ability to truly make a positive impact on the world. He is committed to empowering local guides and communities to truly benefit from tourism, and share their incredible experience and perspective.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.