Private or Custom Departures
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Starting / Finishing Points
The trip starts on Wednesday and finishes on Thursday with pick ups and drop offs in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate. Please visit our Weekly Transfer Board for details of EcoCamp pick up and drop off times from both Chile and Argentina.
- All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
- Regular bus tickets Calafate<>Natales if starting/finishing in Calafate, check last section
- 8 nights camping*, including all equipment EXCEPT mat and sleeping bag
- Park fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park
- One expert English speaking trekking guide
- The porter service for this trip (see note below)
- day 1: L, D
- day 2: B, BL, D
- day 3: B, BL, D
- day 4: B, BL, D
- day 5: B, BL, D
- day 6: B, BL, D
- day 7: B, BL, D
- day 8: B, BL, D
- day 9: B, BL
- B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner.
- Flight tickets.
- Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip).
- Voluntary tipping of guides and staff.
- Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp. Bringing US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine NP is suggested.
- Items of personal nature.
Group Size & Guiding Staff
8 travelers is the most typical group size, plus guiding staff. Maximum 12 clients. Guide to passenger ratio: 1:6
In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people. Pick up / Drop off times shown in the Weekly Transfer Board are approximate and will be confirmed locally by our operations team. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.
The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. In addition, the strong marine influence and the affect of the Southern Patagonia Ice field make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºCmax, 2ºC min). However, just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become lovely and sunny. So come prepared for all types of weather!
This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. To enjoy this trek it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a program of conditioning well before departure.
- Youngsters who are 14 years of age or older are welcome and are considered adults.
- Children between 12 and 13 might be accepted in this program if their legal guardian sends a formal letter stating that the child is prepared for such an intense trekking trip and authorizes us to hire a private guide in case the child cannot perform well during the trek.
- Children under 12 years of age cannot participate in this trip.
- This trip doesn’t offer a special discount for children.
What You Need to Bring
We will send you a complete pre-trip info brochure once you book including things you need to bring in detail. Meanwhile take a look at some general items we recommend: US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine NP, MAT and SLEEPING BAG, day backpack (20-30lt), backpack or duffel bag (70 liters), waterproof trekking boots, gaiters, waterproof parka & pants, inner layers (fleece or wool), three changes of clothes, sun hat, sun screen, hiking socks, sandals (for after hikes), bathing suit, sunglasses, towel (optional), ski poles (optional), long underwear, extra change of socks, flashlight/headlamp, extra insulating layer (fleece) and wool or expedition weight long underwear.
Porter Service and Luggage Handling
The porter service for this trip is included in the trip’s price. During the trek, your belongings will be carried in three portions. One portion you carry yourself in your daypack - this will be comprised of your lunch, water, camera, sun cream, etc. and the clothing you will layer on and off as the weather and terrain change during the day. The second portion is your sleeping bag and sleeping pad (you need to bring these with you to Torres del Paine) which will be carried for you throughout the trip. The third portion is a change of clean clothes and items you will need at night in the campsites - they will be carried for you in our waterproof duffel bags as follows: On day 1 at EcoCamp we will provide you with two small 15 litre duffel bags and in the first bag you will put clothes needed for night 2 (Dickson), day 3 (Los Perros), day 4 (Grey) and the morning day 5 (Pehoe). Upon arrival at Pehoe you will be given the second bag in which you will have put clothes and any items needed for night 5 (Pehoe) and day 6 (Cuernos), before returning to EcoCamp on day 7 where the rest of your luggage will be waiting for you. You are allowed to pack up to 5 kgs (11 lbs) in each duffel bag.
The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to deal with at times. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.