Kayaker in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile

Torres Del Paine O Circuit

Puerto Natales, Chile
4.9 (31 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Circumnavigate Torres del Paine
  • Camps & Backcountry Lodges
  • Towering Granite Spires
  • Vast, Pristine Wilderness
  • Ice Hike Across an Ancient Glacier
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Kayak on a Glacial Lake
  • Guides Choice Trip

Description

Torres del Paine National Park is pristine and remote – one of the most stunning wilderness areas in the world. The ‘Paine O Circuit’ highlights the best features of the park, while including the famous W-Trek. The Paine O Circuit circumnavigates the whole mountain massif. The dramatic granite towers and spires will draw you in, and in you shall go! The Paine O Circuit takes you along the shores of stunning glacial lakes encompassing electric blue icebergs. You will experience sheer rock spires as tall as the sky and the magnificent, southern Patagonian ice cap, as well as glaciers, turquoise lakes, wonderful backcountry huts (“refugios”) and more!

The beauty of this raw and dramatic landscape will help you understand why the park is designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. You have the opportunity to walk on prehistoric glaciers AND kayak around icebergs in a glacial lake. Wildland Trekking is an active partner of the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund, which helps educate local children, is creating a local recycling program, conducts W-trail restoration and much more. Keep your cameras ready and get ready for an unforgettable adventure with Wildland Trekking.

Looking to make the most out of your time in Patagonia? We have you covered with our Villa Serrano Add-On Package that includes 2 nights at a charming and intimate lodge in the heart of Patagonia. All meals and transportation are included, and we have optional activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, or spa you may choose to book. Note that this package begins on Day 10 of this itinerary. Further explore Patagonia and enjoy some well-earned relaxation!

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$5900 Per Person
$240 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT  

$240 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

On this trip the single supplement includes single rooms in the hotels we stay at before and after the trek. Once on our trek we will not have the ability to put guests in single rooms. Please be prepared to share refugio accommodations with other guests and hikers once we’re on the trek.

Each refugio is unique, with dorm style accommodations where guests will share coed bunk rooms, typically 4-8 guests per room. Men’s and women’s restrooms/showers are down the hall. You’ll have great local cuisine, served in a communal eating area with shared tables and drinks available for purchase.

For the camping portion, 3 single tents are guaranteed per trip. The first 3 guests who opt for the single supplement will get first priority and then anyone else who requests a single tent after that in booking order as long as they are available. Often more single tents are available, but not guaranteed after 3 per trip. We will always do our best to accommodate hikers that want to be in single tents.

Trip Type: Hut to Hut Trekking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-12 Guests
Trip Length: 11 Days
Distance: 85MI / 137KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip earns its Level 4 Difficulty rating due to the heavier backpacks (25-35 pounds) and our hike over John Garner Pass. Elevations on this trip are low (below 4,000 feet) which makes for generally moderate hiking, and elevation gains/losses are also moderate.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 15 mi

Backpack Weight:

25-35 lbs

Terrain:

Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

2350 ft

Heights Exposure:

Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 8-10 hours. Porter options may be available for an extra fee and subject to availability of service on a given trip date. Reach out to our Adventure Consultant team for more details.
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • River and creek crossings
  • Hiking with occasional, moderate heights exposure
  • Potential for harsh, rainy/snowy and extremely windy weather conditions.
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Patagonia hike a solitude 3. You can expect to have hours of solitude at a time while hiking.

Minimum of 2 Guests

We require a minimum of 2 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, or be refunded your payments in full. We make the final determination for these trips 65-60 days before the departure date.

Private Trips

Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 11-12 People: Rate x 1
  • 13+ people: contact us for availability and pricing

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

Private 10+ Guest Patagonia Trips

On all Patagonia trips for private or custom groups of more than 10 guests, a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total trip cost is needed to secure the group’s reservations.

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

On this Patagonia hiking tour, we will pick you up at the airport in Puerto Natales, Chile. We will transfer you to your accommodation and before dinner we will all meet for our orientation meeting and become acquainted with our guides, itinerary, gear, etc. After our meeting, we will have our first Patagonian dinner together!

Important Note: When you enter Chile, you will be issued a document called a PDI (tourism card). Please do NOT throw this away. You will need it to exit the country and nearly every lodge we stay in also asks for a copy.

Day 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 13.7 miles (22km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2524 feet (770m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2524 feet (770m)
  • Trekking Duration: 10 hours

This morning we will wake up early and drive to Torres Del Paine National Park. We will enjoy breakfast on the road and take a nice coffee break on our way. Your guides will brief you on effective trekking techniques as well as an overview of the natural and cultural history of the area. We will begin trekking up the Ascencio valley while having views of the the Ascencio river. We will come to refugio Chileno and break for water and snacks. We then continue through a beautiful forest of native Lenga (Beech) trees and then keep hiking until we reach a glacial moraine (a ridge made from earth pushed by the glacier). From the moraine, we trek 1 more hour until we reach the most amazing view of the Torres del Paine rock towers! The views of the granite towers and glacial lake are simply breathtaking. We will then head back to our Refugio for dinner and accommodation for the night. Our guides will deliver the plan for the next day.

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles (16 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 900 feet (274 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 730 feet (223 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

In the morning we load up our gear and head out across the ancient glacial moraines, as we begin our hike around the Paine Massif. We begin trekking through the Lenga (Beech) forest, where people often see Austral parakeets, several species of geese, and the occasional Patagonian fox. Eventually, we arrive at our accommodation at camp Seron. We have free time until dinner is served. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 11 miles (18 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 620 feet (189 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 520 feet (158 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

This morning we’ll wake for an early breakfast. We begin our hike to Dickson Lake, which sits on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap. We will be hiking past bright, blooming notro (Chilean fire) bushes, endemic to the Patagonian region. Additionally, we cross a small stream besides Lake Dickson. We continue to trek until we reach our refugio (accommodation) for the night. Here you will be able to have a hot shower before dinner is served. Dickson is a magical place, giving one the impression that it is a universe of its own!

Day 5

  • Hiking Mileage: 7 miles (12km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1758 feet (536m)
  • Elevation Loss: 728 feet (222m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6 hours

Today we pack our gear and have breakfast before heading out on one of the best days of the trek. Our trail brings us  through pristine, old growth beech forests, where the incredible red-headed Magellanic woodpecker can be frequently seen. Additionally, we trek close to the Perros Glacier lending us fantastic views of the nearby lake and the glacier itself. Eventually, we head to Los Perros, where camp is set up and waiting for us. We have free time until dinner is served.

Day 6

  • Hiking Mileage: 13 miles (21 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2070 feet (3331 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 3800 feet (6116 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 8-10 hours

Today is one of the longest and hardest days of the trek. We start out by climbing to a pass called ‘Paso John Garner. At the pass, we have amazing views of glaciated peaks and the Southern Patagonian Ice field, a view not to be missed! We then head down the pass through a thick forest, directly above the massive Grey Glacier. Along the way, we will have lunch and then begin trekking down to Grey Lake. The glacier stretches out below like a huge white highway. Upon arrival on the valley floor, we trek to the Grey refugio for the night, where we check in and have free time until dinner is served.

Please Note: Groups can commonly have very high winds and extreme weather at the pass this day. Please follow and prepare your gear using this trip’s packlist to ensure you are prepared for your own safety.

Day 7

  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles (6km)
  • Elevation Gain: 600 feet (183 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 600 feet (183 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4 hours

This morning we like to allow our guests time to relax after yesterdays rewarding hike with a morning free.  After lunch, our guides will brief you on today’s route and extra gear needed. We then take a zodiac boat for 15 minutes across the lake until we reach the west side of Grey Glacier. Upon arrival at Grey Glacier, we will disembark on the land in between the Ice (Nunatak) and hike across the small island until we reach the Ice. Our guides will brief the group on safety aspects and teach the group the proper techniques and correct use of our equipment. After the brief, we will begin our exploration of Grey Glacier which last approximately 3 hours. We will be able to observe crevasses, rivers, lagoons and tunnels in different tones of blue. We then return to the zodiac boat and ride back to the docking point. At the docking point, we return to the refugio for free time until dinner.  Your guide will deliver the following days plan during dinner.

Due to occasionally harsh weather conditions, the glacier hiking is not always possible and will be substituted by a different activity if not possible.  It is also possible the ice hike will be in the morning after breakfast instead of the afternoon.

Day 8

  • Hiking Mileage: 7 miles (11 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1358 feet (414 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1528 feet (466 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

After breakfast we head to the Northeast side of Grey Lake for an amazing experience. Here we’ll become intimate with electric blue Icebergs and the Grey Glacier by Kayak. Our guides will provide a thorough safety briefing and introduction to the gear, then we’ll be on our way. After the kayaking exploration, we will head back to the refugio, pack up our gear, and begin our trek for the day. We will cross a high plateau overlooking Grey Lake on our way to Lake Pehoe. We’ll eventually come to our lodge and have the afternoon to relax until dinner is served. You may want to try the local Chilean drink, pisco sour while overlooking the Paine Grande and Los Cuernos mountains! After dinner our guides will deliver the plan for the next day.

Due to occasionally harsh weather conditions, the kayaking is not always possible and will be substituted by an alternative activity if not possible.

Day 9

  • Hiking Mileage: 13-15 miles (21-24 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2350 feet (716 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2200 feet (670 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 8 hours

After breakfast, we begin our trek to the French Valley. The French Valley is one of the most picturesque valleys in Torres del Paine National Park. It is unique because of the hanging glaciers and amazing granite walls and spires. People often witness the glaciers calving (dropping giant ice bergs) and hear this natural symphony in the granite amphitheater. We continue to get closer to the granite spires and glacial lake and on the return journey we can see the turquoise color of glacial lake Pehoe. Pehoe means ‘Hidden Lake’ in the Tehuelche Indian Language. We then trek out of the valley and will continue walking to the extraordinary, turquoise lake Nordenskijold. At the lake we check into our refugio and have free time until dinner is served.

Day 10

  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 900 feet (274 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 750 feet (229 km)
  • Trekking Duration: 5 hours

Today is the last day of our trek so make sure to take it all in and be present. We begin trekking along Lake Nordenskjold, below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto. We will have lunch in route and eventually reach the Hosteria Las Torres, where we meet our awaiting private shuttle. Our driver will transport us to Puerto Natales, where we check into our hotel and have warm showers before meeting up for our final celebratory dinner out on the town. What a trip it has been!

Day 11

This morning, after breakfast our shuttle driver will deliver you back to the airport in Puerto Natales. Thank you for choosing Wildland Trekking!

 

 

Villa Serrano Add-On Package

Looking to make the most out of your time in Patagonia? We have you covered with our Villa Serrano Add-On Package that includes 2 nights at our charming and intimate lodge in the heart of Patagonia. All meals and transportation are included, and we have optional activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, or spa you may choose to book. Note that this package begins in the afternoon of Day 10 of this itinerary. Further explore Patagonia and enjoy some well-earned relaxation!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, availability of refugios, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more. Also, the kayaking and glacier hiking days on this trip are weather-dependent and not guaranteed; we will substitute alternate activities in the case kayaking and/or glacier hiking are not possible. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on Day 11
  • Lodging in Puerto Natales and Refugio and camping accommodations in Torres del Paine National Park
  • All meals beginning with dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on the final day
  • Use of a top-of-the-line backpack, sleeping pad, tent & trekking poles
  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (professionally laundered after every use) – or bring your own
  • Kayak equipment and local kayak guides for one day (weather permitting, not guaranteed)
  • Glacier hiking equipment and glacier hiking guides for one day (weather permitting, not guaranteed)
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Puerto Natales, Chile
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $30,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (required in Chile)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/laundry
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Porter services – options are available for an extra fee on most trip dates. Reach out to our Adventure Consultant team for more details.
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Guide gratuities are optional and at the discretion of each customer. A suggested guideline is to reward outstanding service with a tip of 5-10% of the total trip cost. Please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. Local currency is preferred, or USD is also appreciated. Gratuities for kayak and ice hike guides (recommended $25-$50 per kayak guide, $25-$50 per ice hike guide).

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Add-on Porter Service

Hiring a porter to assist in carrying your gear can be a great option if you’d like to trek with a lighter pack (8-12 pounds versus 25-35 pounds). Porter services on this trip are available for Days 3-10 for an add on fee of $1380. Porters can carry up to 33 pounds each and can be split between 1-3 guests. Contact our Adventure Consultant team to book.

Refugio Accommodations

This Patagonia trek utilizes the Torres del Paine Refugios (backcountry huts). Each refugio is unique, with dorm style accommodations where guests share coed bunk rooms, typically 4-8 guests per room. Men’s and women’s restrooms/showers are down the hall. You’ll have great local cuisine, served in a communal eating area with shared tables and drinks available for purchase.

Also, occasionally we are not able to reserve one or more nights in the Refugios, in which case accommodations will be in tents that are provided and set up by the Refugios. In these cases, we will still have access to the Refugios for meals, relaxation and showers. The price of the trip remains the same.

Meals: What to Expect

This Patagonia hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guides. We’ll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Puerto Natales and in some of the backcountry lodges as well as meals prepared on the trail by your guides and/or support staff.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail snacks* (nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, & cookies) to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

*Common trail snack brands and items found easily in the US are not readily available in this destination. (i.e. protein bars, trail bars, beef jerky, etc.). We recommend guests that prefer these types of trail snacks to bring a few of their own choice items from home.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Tents
  • Sleeping pads
  • Synthetic-fill sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at the airport in Puerto Natales on Day 1 and transport you to the first night’s hotel (included), where we’ll conduct an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the first evening (your flight should arrive before 4PM if you’re flying into Puerto Natales. Our team in Patagonia will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.

**Please note: for guests who have booked a trip in January-February 2024, you have the option to fly in and out of Punta Arenas by 1 pm on Day 1 and fly out no earlier than 1:30 pm on the final day and we will provide a private shuttle for you to Puerto Natales. This shuttle is included as long as you arrive by 1 pm on Day 1 of your trip and depart no earlier than 1:30 pm on the final day. We still recommend flying into Puerto Natales to avoid the 3 hour drive, but private transport is included for trips in January and February, 2024.**

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

 

Travel to Puerto Natales

BOOKING FLIGHTS

For our Patagonia treks we recommend flying into Puerto Natales, Chile on the day the trip begins. LATAM Airlines, Sky Airline, & Jet Smart offer direct flights from Santiago to Puerto Natales.

Flights to and from Chile are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Puerto Natales, but there are no direct flights from U.S. or European cities. Most flights connect through Lima, Santiago, and/or Puerto Montt, Chile. The duration of these multiple-stop flights, including layovers, from the US is normally between 20 and 28 hours.

Guests should arrive before 4 pm on Day 1 into Puerto Natales. Our Patagonia team will rendezvous with you at the airport and transport you to our hotel. Your flight on the final day from Puerto Natales can leave at anytime.

If you choose to fly into Punta Arenas (a 3 hour’s drive from Puerto Natales), we recommend the following local bus companies. These are comfortable coach busses and the process is easy to navigate. The website can be viewed in both English and Spanish. The cost is roughly $10-$12 per person. If you choose to take the bus from Punta Arenas, instead of flying directly into Puerto Natales, we will pick you up from the bus terminal and take you to the first nights’ hotel.

Buses Fernandez: http://busesfernandez.com
Bus Sur: http://www.bussur.com

**Please note: for guests who have booked a trip in January-February 2024, you have the option to fly in and out of Punta Arenas by 1 pm on Day 1 and fly out no earlier than 1:30 pm on the final day and we will provide a private shuttle for you to Puerto Natales. This shuttle is included as long as you arrive by 1 pm on Day 1 of your trip and depart no earlier than 1:30 pm on the final day. We still recommend flying into Puerto Natales to avoid the 3 hour drive, but private transport is included for trips in January and February, 2024.**

Important Note: When you enter Chile, you will be issued a document called a PDI (tourism card). Please do NOT throw this away. You will need it to exit the country and nearly every lodge we stay in also asks for a copy.

Pre and Post-trip On Request Lodging

We secure limited amounts of pre and post trip lodging in Puerto Natales as an optional add-on for guests of this trip. This lodging is on request, and is available on a first come, first serve basis. If interested, please reach out directly to our team to check availability.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

Guides

Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Trip Insurance

Field evacuation (minimum coverage of at least $30,000), repatriation, and medical trip insurance is required on all Chile trips as a condition of partnership terms with our Chilean vendors.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: [email protected]
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

Weather in Patagonia

Chile is a long, thin country extending North-South more than half the length of South America which gives it a tremendous diversity of climates. The Patagonia region of Chile, where we operate our trips, is at the far southern tip of South America, relatively far from the equator and close to the South Pole. It is a generally cool climate with potential for year round inclement weather including rain, snow, sleet, and very strong winds.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Patagonia region are:

Month Hi Low Precip
October 51° F 37° F 5 in
November 55° F 40° F 5.6 in
December 57° F 42° F 7.2 in
January 59° F 44° F 5.1 in
February 58° F 43° F 3.8 in
March 55° F 41° F 4.9 in
April 50° F 38° F 5.8 in

Accommodations

Accommodations

HOTEL NATALINO

2 NIGHTS

This modern, comfortable hotel, with architecture that evokes the form of Patagonia’s natural landscapes, is a premier accommodation in the town of Puerto Natales. Just a couple years old, and with all the amenities, it is a fantastic place to prepare before, and rest after, our Patagonia trek.
(heated pool)

TORRES DEL PAINE REFUGIOS

4-6 NIGHTS

Refugios are inviting backcountry huts/lodges with beds, kitchens, chefs and staff, dining rooms, and bathrooms/showers. The accommodations are dorm-style with communal, co-ed bedrooms that contain 6-8 beds per room. Bathrooms are gender-separated with hot water, showers and flush toilets.

TENT CAMPING

2-4 NIGHTS

Tent camping is in premier 2-person or 4-season tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who opts for the single supplement, will be issued single tents as long as they are available (we can confirm availability of 1-person tents when you register). Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 4.9 (31 reviews)
Jaime N
5.0

Superbly organized.

4 months ago

All around amazing experience. Highly recommend

Mike K
5.0

Great Trip

4 months ago

Great trip with special care (snacks, coffee) from our guides. Both the kayaking and glacier walk were highlights, which some other operators skip. The start with the hike up to the Torres worked very well and was endorsed by all the participants in our group.

Nikola S
5.0

Superb

6 months ago

Beautiful scenery, superb guides, great trip!

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