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EcoCamp Patagonia
Trip Length: 4 Days
Group Size: 2-6
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Experience the majestic of winter in Torres del Paine

Escape from the crowds for a four day wintry retreat in the heart of snowbound Torres del Paine National Park! Spend your days on a variety of excursions exploring the wonders of the park covered in snow and ice, from the base of the Torres to boating at Grey Glacier, before retiring for the evening to EcoCamp Patagonia for rest, relaxation, and fine wine and food. Best of all, you get to pick your daily activity, so you can craft your perfect Patagonian winter getaway!

 

Introduction

Highlights 

  • Discover Torres del Paine covered in snow
  • Escape the summer crowds and experience Patagonia in solitude
  • Experience the beauty of Patagonian wintertime
  • Knowledgeable and expert guides.

Brief itinerary

This program lets you choose to experience the best of winter in Torres del Paine at your own pace by selecting the activities that better fit you.

Below you'll find a sample Itinerary of some of the activities available for you to choose.

  • Day 1 (Monnday): Pick-up and arrival to EcoCamp Patagonia
  • Day 2 (Tuesday): Miradores excursion
  • Day 3 (Wednesday): Cerro Paine Trek
  • Day 4 (Thursday): Drop-off

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Tower base trek & Mirador Excusion

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Tower base trek

After a hearty breakfast we set off from Ecocamp towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the snowy valley. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,850 m/ 9,350 ft) consists of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view and rise majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp. This common trail is more challenging during the winter season. Due to the snow in winter, we may advise travelers to use snowshoes.

Mirador Excusion
On this excursion, we will focus on touring the eastern and central sectors of the park. Around 9 AM we will begin the adventure, stopping by the picturesque Sarmiento Lake, Mellizas Lagoon and Pehoe Lake. From here we will take a short hike to admire the magnificent view of the Paine massif and Salto Grande. It’s a great spot to admire the native flora and fauna, as well as learn about hydrology.

 

Day 2: Cerro Paine trek & Western Lakes

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Cerro Paine Trek

We leave after a tasty breakfast at EcoCamp to head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its two imposing peaks. We hike along the snowy mountain for half an hour, which allows us to warm up while admiring the view of the surrounding pampas. The challenge begins as we start climbing the eastern part of Cerro Paine. We cross the lenga forest with the sound of the local birds and enjoy a few stops to observe the immense Almirante Nieto Mountain and its glacier on our left side. With any luck, we will follow the tracks of the puma as the towers come into full view. A nice place for lunch, isn’t it? As we are ready to start the steepest part of the hike, we leave the forest and hike on the rock. As we go up, we admire the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampas and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain. We walk upward for about an hour up to 1500m/4920ft to reach the eastern peak of Cerro Paine, which offers an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the ascencio valley. After chilling and taking in one of the most striking views of the national park, we backtrack along the same trail and return to EcoCamp. This excursion is absolutely magical, but also very challenging. Due to the snow in winter, we may advise travelers to use snowshoes.

Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Glacier Grey Boat Ride

We start off driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. We stop at Pudeto Dock to leave travelers doing Grey Trek and some viewpoints on the way observing and photographing herds of guanacos, Andean condors, and interesting flora. As we walk along the snow covered shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. From here, we drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beach. Here we enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible up-close look at the glacier, we drive back to EcoCamp. - *Please be aware that the Grey Glacier boat trip is subject to availability and weather conditions, so please confirm your reservation in order to participate on the day of your arrival. (*During shoulder season -September, October, April the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be canceled as the boat requires a minimum of 15 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the park.)

Please Note: During May, the Grey Navigation is not working. The alternative excursión is the Pingo Trail Nature Walk (9km).

Western Lakes drive & Cerro Ferrier Hike

We begin the drive to Lake Grey where you should pause and raise your eyes to the huge peaks of the east. This wind-swept rock monster is Cerro Ferrier which, standing at 1599m/5246 ft, makes a rewarding (but intense) hike.

First, you’ll pass through a forest that gives a fascinating insight into the diversity of austral trees. Here you’ll meet all the classics, lenga, coihue, ñire, and if you’re lucky you’ll meet the famous South American deer, the huemul, which is a national natural monument (keen-eyed watchers will remember it from the Chilean coat of arms) Pingo Trail: From Lago Grey, we’ll begin our trek along the Pingo River. After about 1.5 hours of walking, we’ll arrive at the Pingo Valley and walk through a pristine forest. This forest has not been impacted by any forest fires and has been kept completely intact. We’ll continue on the pathway, encountering a few challenging climbs and descents along the way. After leaving the forest,we’ll encounter a unique view of the Paine Range and continue walking for 2 to 2.5 hours until arriving at a viewpoint of the Pingo Cascade.

Day 3: Sarmiento Lake & Cuernos trek

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail

This predominantly flat trek boasts stunningly diverse winter scenery and offers the chance to feast your eyes upon a startlingly blue lake, which is secluded from all the other water systems of the area. There will be ample opportunity to spot many graceful guanacos and great grebes along the way. First we will examine the geology of the area’s turbidite rock folds, before descending the isthmus which separates Lake Sarmiento from Lake Sarmiento Chico (the two lakes were once a single mass of water), walking along a slight slope, and ambling beside the eastern edge of Lake Sarmiento Chico. We will eventually arrive at an impressive bay on the western side of Lake Sarmiento, admiring a breathtaking view which could easily be mistaken for a piece of art! Then begins our ascent back to the van, and along the way we will stumble across an awe-inspiring, panoramic vista of Lake Sarmiento from its western shore, looking towards its eastern coast glimmering on the horizon. From here we drive back eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until we reach the starting point of the Fauna Trail. As we walk northwards along the trail we see park fauna on the Patagonian plains including guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús and maybe the occasional puma print! We pass by Goic lagoon and after an approximate 5 km relaxed walk we reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where we’re picked up and driven back to EcoCamp.

Cuernos Trek
We begin our walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail ,which leads us alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this walk we will have the opportunity to admire the park’s exquisite flora and fauna, as we enjoy the magnificent snowy views of the park’s central lakes and the Paine’s Horns, majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Massif. We’ll continue, passing by Inge Lagoon, which is a great area for birdwatching. We’ll also have a great panoramic view of the area! Fianlly, we’ll pass a forest of Lenga and Ñirre trees before arriving at the mountain lodge.

 

Day 4: Tower Base trek & Mirador Excursion

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Towers Base Trek

After a hearty breakfast we set off from Ecocamp towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the snowy valley. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,850 m/ 9,350 ft) consists of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view and rise majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp. This common trail is more challenging during the winter season. Due to the snow in winter, we may advise travelers to use snowshoes.

Miradores Excursion
On this excursion, we will focus on touring the eastern and central sectors of the park. Around 9 AM we will begin the adventure, stopping by the picturesque Sarmiento Lake, Mellizas Lagoon and Pehoe Lake. From here we will take a short hike to admire the magnificent view of the Paine massif and Salto Grande. It’s a great spot to admire the native flora and fauna, as well as learn about hydrology.

 

Day 5: Cerro Paine & Western Lakes

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Cerro Paine Trek

We leave after a tasty breakfast at EcoCamp to head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its two imposing peaks. We hike along the snowy mountain for half an hour, which allows us to warm up while admiring the view of the surrounding pampas. The challenge begins as we start climbing the eastern part of Cerro Paine. We cross the lenga forest with the sound of the local birds and enjoy a few stops to observe the immense Almirante Nieto Mountain and its glacier on our left side. With any luck, we will follow the tracks of the puma as the towers come into full view. A nice place for lunch, isn’t it? As we are ready to start the steepest part of the hike, we leave the forest and hike on the rock. As we go up, we admire the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampas and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain. We walk upward for about an hour up to 1500m/4920ft to reach the eastern peak of Cerro Paine, which offers an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the ascencio valley. After chilling and taking in one of the most striking views of the national park, we backtrack along the same trail and return to EcoCamp. This excursion is absolutely magical, but also very challenging. Due to the snow in winter, we may advise travelers to use snowshoes.

Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Glacier Grey Boat Ride

We start off driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. We stop at Pudeto Dock to leave travelers doing Grey Trek and some viewpoints on the way observing and photographing herds of guanacos, Andean condors, and interesting flora. As we walk along the snow covered shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. From here, we drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beach. Here we enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible up-close look at the glacier, we drive back to EcoCamp. - *Please be aware that the Grey Glacier boat trip is subject to availability and weather conditions, so please confirm your reservation in order to participate on the day of your arrival. (*During shoulder season -September, October, April the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be canceled as the boat requires a minimum of 15 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the park.)

Please Note: During May, the Grey Navigation is not working. The alternative excursión is the Pingo Trail Nature Walk (9km).

Western Lakes drive & Cerro Ferrier Hike

We begin the drive to Lake Grey where you should pause and raise your eyes to the huge peaks of the east. This wind-swept rock monster is Cerro Ferrier which, standing at 1599m/5246 ft, makes a rewarding (but intense) hike.

First, you’ll pass through a forest that gives a fascinating insight into the diversity of austral trees. Here you’ll meet all the classics, lenga, coihue, ñire, and if you’re lucky you’ll meet the famous South American deer, the huemul, which is a national natural monument (keen-eyed watchers will remember it from the Chilean coat of arms) Pingo Trail: From Lago Grey, we’ll begin our trek along the Pingo River. After about 1.5 hours of walking, we’ll arrive at the Pingo Valley and walk through a pristine forest. This forest has not been impacted by any forest fires and has been kept completely intact. We’ll continue on the pathway, encountering a few challenging climbs and descents along the way. After leaving the forest,we’ll encounter a unique view of the Paine Range and continue walking for 2 to 2.5 hours until arriving at a viewpoint of the Pingo Cascade.

ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

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.

Included

INCLUDED

  • English speaking specialist wildlife guide.
  • Max group size: 6 people
  • 1 Night accommodation EcoCamp’s Suite Dome
  • Meals as indicated: 1 Breakfast, 1 Box Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • 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. Please bring cash to purchase extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs.
  • Items of personal nature
  • Photo equipment, binoculars - please bring your own!

Alojamiento

EcoCamp Patagonia

Ecocamp Patagonia se encuentra en el corazón del Parque Nacional Torres del Paine en Chile, con vistas a las majestuosas torres de granito. El primer albergue sostenible de la región al sur del Amazonas y el primero de su tipo en la naturaleza de la Patagonia, EcoCamp ofrece campamentos de lujo en cúpulas inspiradas en los antiguos habitantes nómadas de la región.

EcoCamp Patagonia Domo Suite
(Calefacción y baño privado, 28m²/300ft²)

Suite Dome EcoCamp Patagonia 1920x1281Los domos Suite fueron creados para ofrecer el nivel máximo de comodidad permitido, manteniendo el concepto sustentable de EcoCamp Patagonia. Los domos cuentan con cómodas camas matrimoniales o twin, calefacción a leña y un baño privado con cámara de compost. Nuestros viajeros pueden admirar las estrellas desde la cama después de haber disfrutado de un espectacular atardecer en su terraza privada.

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Domo Suite Loft
(2 pisos, calefacción y baño privado, 37m²/398ft²)

Suite Loft  (4)Son domos de dos pisos que pueden acomodar hasta a cuatro personas y cuentan con camas matrimoniales o twin en el primer y segundo piso. Están pensados para familias o grupo de amigos y cuentan con calefacción a leña, terraza privada, baño privado con cámara de compost.

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Domo Superior
(Calefacción y baño privado, 23m²/250ft²)

Superior Dome InteriorCómodos, amplios y con baños privados, los domos Superior son una excelente opción para los aventureros que buscan un poco más de espacio y de comodidad que la que ofrecen nuestros nuestros acogedores domos Standard después de un día de caminata en el parque. Los domos cuentan con calefacción a gas propano y baño privado con cámara de compost.

Facts

DEPARTURES

Regular. Every day on request.


STARTING/FINISHING POINTS 

This trip starts and ends at either: Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales

Arriving to Torres del Paine (day 1): Flights to Punta Arenas airport must arrive before 10:00 AM.
Departing Torres del Paine from Punta Arenas (last day): Flights from Punta Arenas airport must leave not earlier than 16:00 .

TYPE OF TRANSPORT

Regular.

WEATHER

Patagonian Andes is exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. In addition, the strong marine influence and the effect of the Southern Patagonia Icefield make the weather hard to predict.

Winter’s temperature range is between -2ºC/28ºF and 6ºC/43ºF. June, July, and August are the wettest months in Tores del Paine and sub-zero temperatures are common. Nevertheless, the winds are relatively mild in winter. Just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become lovely and sunny. So come prepared for all types of weather!

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The easy excursion options do not demand extensive physical activity, other than walking a maximum of two consecutive hours over the fairly flat terrain. We stop as many times as necessary depending on the rhythm of the group.

Travelers doing the active excursions will find them more energetic and to enjoy these more active treks it is essential to be in shape before arriving. All trails visited in the programs are under 1,000m / 3,000ft high so passengers don’t need to worry about altitude.

CHILDREN POLICY

  • Minimum age 10 to participate in the program.
  • Children aged 10 to 15 are welcome to participate in nature walks.
  • Children aged 16 and up are welcome to participate in all activities and are treated as adults.
  • Check our Children discount policy for more details.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Essential equipment for winter includes:
  • Day backpack (25-30 liters - to carry a camera, glasses, raincoat, etc)
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Trekking or hiking boots (waterproof)
  • Extra shoes for evenings
  • Warm waterproof jacket
  • Two pairs of merino woolen socks
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Comfortable loose pants
  • Sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm, and sunscreen)
  • Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body.

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