Torres del Paine Patagonia trek

Trekking in Patagonia is an exceptional experience with mountain scenery that will blow your mind. We have run a number of treks in the Torres del paine region of Patagonia. The journey deep into Patagonia and on our Torres del Paine Patagonia trek, will leave you inspired as you stand in awe of these unique and amazing mountains and is South America’s finest national park. We will work with you and help you get the training needed for the trek. We spend all night camping in the national park.  We include continuous training support and advice along with our 30 page booklet on the trek. Check out our upcoming treks in 2018.

We have a great team of trusted staff who deliver on the ground. Ian has climbed Everest to the top and lead treks to Patagonia.  Making the journey through the Torres del Paine Patagonia region is continually visually sensational, you will discover amazing lakes, mountains, glaciers and each day will bring magical scenery and you will be left wanting more. The region is busy and permit need to applied for 6 months in advance. If you are looking for a more remote trek you need to check out our Cerro Castillo Area or Navarino Islad trekking region. Our Torres del Paine Patagonia trek will not disappoint, mountains towering almost vertically more than 2,000m/ 6,561 feet above where you are standing, the granite pillars of Torres del Paine dominate the landscape but the park holds such immense beauty in on all days of the trek.

A little bit more about our Torres del Paine Patagonia trek

Most people visit the park for its one greatest hit but, once here, realize that there are other attractions with equal wow power. We’re talking about azure lakes, trails that meander through emerald forests, roaring rivers you’ll cross on rickety bridges and one big, radiant blue glacier. Variety spans from the vast openness of the steppe to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks.

Part of Unesco’s Biosphere Reserve system since 1978, the park is home to flocks of ostrich-like rhea (known locally as the ñandú), Andean condor, flamingo and many other bird species. Its star success in conservation is undoubtedly the guanaco, which grazes the open steppes where pumas cannot approach undetected. After more than a decade of effective protection from poachers, these large, growing herds don’t even flinch when humans or vehicles approach. The puma population is also growing, and huemul (an endangered Andean deer) have been spotted in Valle Frances.

When the weather is clear, panoramas are everywhere. However, unpredictable weather systems can sheath the peaks in clouds for hours or days. Some say you get four seasons in a day here, with sudden rainstorms and knock-down gusts part of the hearty initiation. Bring high-quality foul-weather gear, a synthetic sleeping bag and, if you’re camping, a good tent. It is always wise to plan a few extra days to make sure that your trip isn’t torpedoed by a spot of bad weather.

The crowning attraction of this 1810-sq-km park is its highly developed infrastructure, which makes it possible to do the whole hike while sleeping in beds, eating hot meals, taking showers and even drinking the random cocktail. It’s essential to make reservations ahead of time.  Prices start from $2,400.

At the end of 2011, a raging fire burned over 40,000 acres. The fire took weeks to contain, destroyed old forest, killed animals and burned several park structures. An international visitor was charged with accidentally setting the fire while trying to start an illegal campfire. The hiker denied setting the fire but paid a US$10,000 fine and agreed to help with reforestation efforts. Be conscientious and tread lightly – you are among hundreds of thousands of yearly guests.

 What people said

“While trekking to Everest base camp in 2012 with Ian Taylor, I met some cool people and we all decided that Patagonia was the next adventure. We flew in to Santiago first before flying south into the Patagonia wilderness. The no altitude trek was great, scenery is truly magical. Ian’s guides, equipment and set up was just as good at the Everest region. A well run, professional operation is what you get with Ian Taylor Trekking. An amazing, great and another great group experience. Kilimanjaro up next.”
James M. Dwyer , Torres del Paine Patagonia Trek 2015
 
“We are just back from our Torres del Paine Patagonia trek, we had the journey of a lifetime. I wish I had of visited this region years ago. A magical well run, as always trek into this amazing part of the world. The trekking was easier can the Everest trek and the scenery was as spectacular. I tents, equipment, food, guides and service was top notch. I highly recommend the services of Ian Taylor Trekking. ” Laurel stein, Torres del Paine Patagonia Trek 2015
Itinerary
Day 1

Today you will arrive in Santiago, Chile and will continue onto Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ). Upon arrival in Punta Arenas you will take a taxi from the airport to our team hotel. The night  will be spent in Punta Arenas you can go out and visit this unique setting at the bottom of the world.

Day 2

You will be up early for breakfast to discuss the day’s activities.  A private shuttle bus will take us to Puerto Natales, located on the shores of Última Esperanza Sound. This is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Puerto Natales is an undisturbed town with dazzling mountain views.  Puerto Natales used to be a thriving town, serving the sheep industry in the first half of the twentieth century. You will spend the afternoon exploring the town and relaxing.

Day 3

Trek to Namche Bazaar. We will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours up ‘Namche Hill’ to reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft). This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares here, and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. This is a good place to buy genuine Tibetan artifacts. Just across the valley to the east stand the peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega, both very impressive mountains.

Day 4

Today will be used as an acclimatization day as we need to adjust to the low oxygen levels. We will take a hike up to Shangbouche hill (3,900m/ 12,800ft) with stunning panoramic views of the whole Everest Region. During this critical acclimatisation phase, we will spend time resting and trekking to higher altitudes to aid in the process. This will allow our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of (3,440m/ 11,286ft). After this breath taking hike we will returning to Namche for lunch. The afternoon can be spent sampling the delights of the Namche bakery! or playing pool in Cafe Danfe.

Day 5

We will spent as another day in and around Namche. We will either made a hike up to museum and Everest view point or Khunde (3,840m/12,600ft) This will be vital in giving you the best acclimatization for moving further up into the Everest region and help you safely reach Everest Base Camp. We will spend the afternoon resting and relaxing and enjoy a nice chicken sizzler at the Himalayan lodge. You must keep well hydrated drinking 4 to 5 liters of water per day.

Day 6

Trek to Tengbouche at (3,900m/12,800ft). From Namche the Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. As we follow the path, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. We descend down to our lunch stop passing by several small villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Kosi River. After our break we will make the long climb on a dusty zig zag trail. This hike up to Tengbouche should take about two hours. Tengbouche is home of an impressive and rebuilt monastery. We have plenty of time to look around Tengbouche (and have a cake at the bakery!). We will stay at a new lodge across from the monastery.

Day 7

Today we will trek to Dingboche. We will make an initial descent down through Rhododendron trees the trail crosses a new suspension bridge just beyond Deboche. An hour’s walking from here will bring us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam which was badly damaged in the recent earthquake. Contouring up the valley side, we will re-cross the river and turn up the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche at (4,410m/ 14,465ft). There is an internet cafe, some nice lodges and a new bakery. It is important to keep hydrated and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 8

Today is spent as another acclimatization day. We will make an morning ascent of the ridge which sits behind Dingbouche and we will try and ascend up to (4,900m/16,000ft) This acclimatization hike gives us great views of Ama Dablam (6,856m/22,495ft), Island Peak (6,189m/ 20,305ft) and Tabuche (6,367m/ 20,890ft) We will descend back to Dingbouche for the afternoon. While in Dingboche, you can attend a seminar about high altitude acclimatization at the hospital in nearby Pheriche (4,200/13,780ft) run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training.

Day 9

Trekking to Lobuche starts off easy and early in the day. We will continue along the trail up on a platform above the valley floor. This will lead us up towards Dugla. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuche East (6,119m/ 20,075ft), and to our left is the formidable north face of Tabuche, the scene of many cutting-edge Himalayan ascents of the 1980s and 1990s. After three hours we reach the small collection of busy lodges at Dugla (4,620m/15,153ft). After lunch we continue the walk up the steep hill to the Sherpa memorials, there are outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Tabuche. From Dugla, the trail starts steeply up towards the glacier moraine, levels out and after a few hours the trail eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft). Everest base camp lies 1,000 ft above this point.

Day 10

Trek to Gorak Shep. We will start early this morning. About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach Gorak Shep (5,180m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 Everest Expedition’s base camp. We will be sleeping here tonight on return from Everest Base Camp. We will fill up with more water and continue the famous trail to Everest Base Camp. We will need to be careful as there is a chance of some small rock fall on our left as we move onto the Khumbu Glacier. This is it,  you will walk the final section of your Everest Base Camp trek, walk around base camp, go to the edge of the Khumbu Ice fall. If you are trekking in from the end of March to May you will meet some of the climbing teams preparing to summit the world’s highest mountain and experience this magical place, before leaving Everest base camp and back to Gorak Shep which may take 2 hours. This is a 8/9 hour hiking day.

Day 11

Today we will make the ascent of Kala Pattar at (5,545m/ 18,188ft) (this can also be done on the day before) It is highly recommended to make an early morning ascent of Kala Phattar for hopefully a stunning sunrise view over Everest. The climb takes 3 hours and can be hard work towards the top, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. You will also see the full Everest base camp trek from the Everest memorial all the way to Everest Base Camp. This view of Everest will leave you inspired, maybe change your life in simple, small and in ways you never imagined. From the morning summit we will return to Gorak shep, pack your bags and move down the trail back to Pheriche (4,200m/13,780ft)

Day 12

Trek to Tengbouche. We will retrace our steps down past Pangbouche and return down the Khumbu Valley, stopping for plenty of breaks and pictures on route to Tengbouche. We will cross the river and start the slow ascent back up to Tengbouche where we will spend the night. There is an opportunity to revisit the Monastery or hang out in the bakery.

Day 13

We will try and make an early start and make the journey back to Namche Bazaar. We will make the long decent back down the dusty hill toward the valley crossing and start a steep ascent back up the other side of the valley, passing some of the small villages and top out at our lunch spot with some amazing lunch views of Thamserku. We will continue the traverse along the side of the mountain and drop back into Namche bazaar. You can spend the rest of the day playing pool and celebrate your success in cafe Danfe.

Day 14

Trek to Lukla. Leave Namche by 9am for a long seven hour trek back to Lukla, we will cross bridges and see the Khumbu valley from a different view on the return journey. We arrive back to Lukla where we stay the night as flights only leave early the following morning.

Day 15

Your Everest base camp trek is over and time to fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning and spend the rest of the day at Leisure in Kathmandu or fly back to your home destination.  For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan as the rebuilding happens. Durbar Square is also on the essential list, as is the shopping area of Thamel.

Day 16

Do some last minute shopping and take a trip to the Kathmandu spa before being dropped off at the airport and your return journey home. Your Everest Base Camp Trek is offer. Time to start planning your next adventure.

 

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Does this information excite you to take the next step towards achieving your goal if going on a Torres del Paine Patagonia trek.  If so, get in touch today.  We pride ourselves on making sure that our clients have every opportunity to succeed in the mountains, including professional training advice, gear lists and video links on how to pack your bag, and much more.  Our Everest base camp trek will not disappoint. We are always available to answer any questions you may have by email, phone or skype, so contact us today!