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Explore Southern Patagonia and Torres Del Paine with Berg Adventures

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‘W’ Trek Itinerary:

Day 1 – Depart North America for Santiago, Chile. Take connecting flight to Punta Arenas.

Day 2 – Arrive in Punta Arenas. Tonight we will have dinner at the historic Jose Nogueira Hotel, where Sir Ernest Shackleton negotiated the famous Antarctic rescue of his stranded crew of the ship Endurance.

Day 3 – Morning half-day boat trip to Magdalena Island to see penguin colonies.

Penguin colonies on Magdalena Island

Penguin colonies on Magdalena Island

Day 4 – Transfer to Puerto Natales where we will enjoy a relaxing evening at this historic sea side fishing town.

Day 5 – Morning departure to Torres del Paine National Park where our adventure begins. This is a half-day's drive in our minibus. Overnight Hotel Torres.

Day 6 – Our goal is to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park. We walk from the hotel and connect with the winding path up to Ascencio Valley. We will pass through beech forests and along bubbling creeks during the walk into the valley. This mass of boulders is the last stop before we meet the Torres del Paine. This is one of the most marvelous sights in the world! The Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9, 400 ft) are three gigantic monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. Overnight Hotel Torres.

Beautiful Patagonia scenery

Upper left: Charmango Caracara up close and personal; Uppder right: Spectacular flora are everywhere in Patagonia; Lower left: A jagged peak in Torres del Paine UNESCO Bio-Reserve; Lower right: A beautiful waterfall cascades past our private cabin in Torres del Paine

Day 7 – Today we will hike along the twisty Cuernos trail beside beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. We will get a taste of the park’s scenery, wildlife, strong winds and changing weather. As we advance, we’ll enjoy the magnificent views of the park’s central lakes and Paine’s Horns; majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite. We stop for some great photo opportunities and to enjoy a delicious lunch. The trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cozy mountain refuge located by the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. Overnight Refugio Los Cuernos.

Crossing a creek on a rustic bridge Stunning views around every corner

Left: Crossing a creek on a rustic bridge;

Right: Stunning views around every corner

Day 8 – Today our trek will be more challenging. Our goal is Valle Frances (French Valley), which is accessed by a steep trail that leads into the very heart of the Paine Massif. When we reach the hanging bridge over the French River located at the foot of the southeast face of the Massif, we’ll enjoy our first amazing views. From here, we continue up the trail until we reach the upper valley. The entire group of geological formations of the high valley can be seen here: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the Fortaleza (Fortress). An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well. Overnight Refugio Paine Grande.

Day 9 – We hike from the refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern end of Lake Grey. We’ll enjoy lunch before boarding the boat that sails to the blue face of Glacier Grey. If the weather conditions prevent us from navigating Lake Grey, we’ll hike back to Paine Grande and board the catamaran to Lake Pehoe. Transfer to our hotel. Overnight Hotel Torres.

Day 10 – Morning drive to El Calafate. We will be staying at the Glacier National Park where we will visit Perito Moreno Glacier, the 60 metre high wall of ice tumbling into Lago Argentino. Overnight Hotel Los Notros, Perito Moreno.

On the boat to the blue face of Glacier Grey Pieces of the massive Perito Moreno Glacier quietly float away

Left: On the boat to the blue face of Glacier Grey; Right: Pieces of the massive Perito Moreno Glacier quietly float away

Day 11 – Walk around the glacier on trails and footbridges to get a close up view of this mass of ice. We will take a boat to see the glacier up close and you will have the option to rent crampons if you would like to do a short ice trek. Overnight Hotel Los Notros, Perito Moreno.

Day 12 – From Perito Moreno, we travel to the village of Chalten, the starting point for exploration of Mount Fitzroy and Glacier National Park. Overnight El Chalten.

The iconic Fitz Roy of Los Glaciares National Park

The iconic Fitz Roy of Los Glaciares National Park

Day 13 – Today we will take a hike towards the base of Mount Fitzroy at 11,703ft/ 3,570metres. Hike Laguna de los Tres. Overnight El Chalten.

Day 14 – Early morning departure to El Calafate where we will take our flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel. Overnight at Loi Suites Hotel, Buenos Aires.

Day 15 – Fly to home country or extend your trip to visit Buenos Aires.

Day 16 – Arrive in North America.

We also offer the possibility of extending this trip to include an excursion across the Drake Passage for sightseeing in Antarctica at the end of the trip. For more details on this amazing opportunity, please contact us at info@bergadventures.com.