Patagonia EcoCamp Trek
Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, set in the heart of Southern Patagonia, was declared a World UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Torres del Paine is one of the most impressive natural geographical spectacles on Earth. It's easy to see why hikers travel from around the world to visit this special place. It becomes very apparent when you stand and stare in amazement at the unbelievable sight of this monumental cluster of mountain peaks that appear to stand all on their own in the middle of an otherwise flat plateau. These spectacular granite mountains, known as the Torres del Paine (or Blue Towers), jut out some 9,000 feet above the Patagonian steppe. They dominate this landscape of radiant blue glaciers, azure lakes, roaring rivers and emerald forests. Visitors from all over the world come to hike Torres del Paine's famous "W" trek. This shorter version takes you on trails that will provide a constant delight for your trekking-hungry soul!
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Patagonia EcoCamp Trek Itinerary:
Day 1 Discover the magic at the end of the world! Travel from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 2 The French Valley is one of the small valleys that separate the spectacular granite spires of and mountains of Paine's massif.
Day 3 Watch for guanacos, native to South America, grazing on your way to Lake Pehoe.
Day 4 Today's hike is to the base of Torres del Paine, one of the most impressive views inside the park.
Day 5 Return to Punta Arenas for more adventures in South America.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary. Single travelers who pay the full supplement will be upgraded to a superior dome. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, there is no single supplement. Please note: The second night of the 5-day trek is spent in a refugio where guests will share a room that holds 6 people. No single accommodations available.
Meals as noted in the daily itinerary; 3 nights accommodations at EcoCamp in standard domes, 1 night accommodation at Refugio Paine Grande, guide leadership and support staff; airport transfers; park fees; boat crossing for Lake Pehoe (and Lake Grey); sleeping bag for refugio; luggage transport while trekking.
A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required at time of booking to secure space. Full payment is required 90 days before fixed departure date.
Cancellation and transfer policy:
91+ days prior to departure—$400 penalty per person
90-45 days prior to departure—50% of the total trip cost is non-refundable
45 days or less prior to departure—100% of the trip cost is non-refundable
International airfare into Punta Arenas; cost of medical immunizations; insurance of any kind; excess baggage charges; airport taxes; entry fees for Argentina and/or Chile (approx. $140 per country but subject to change); alcoholic beverages or soft drinks not included with meals; gratuities and items of a personal nature.
This trip is rated Vigorous . Trip members should be strong, experienced hikers and campers in good physical condition. This is a remote trip, with long (but spectacular) days of hiking and no easy access. Hiking trails may be muddy with numerous stream crossings. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest beginning a regular exercise regimen at least three months prior to departure. Recommended exercises include hiking, jogging, cycling and/or swimming. Get out on those hills if possible!
The weather in Patagonia is notorious for high winds and extreme variability. Days can range from sunny with temperatures in the 70s to rain, hail, and occasionally even snow. Please come prepared for all possibilities and equipped with good quality raingear. Nighttime temperatures often drop down into the 30s requiring a sleeping bag rated to 10-20° F.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Patagonia EcoCamp Trek
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
- Sleeping bag
- Trip leader first-aid kit
- Airline ticket
- Duffel bag – 70 liters
- Daypack (approx. 2,000 cu. in.) to carry your lunch, camera, water bottles, extra clothing
- Luggage tags
- Passport pouch or money belt
- Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
- Rain pants, waterproof and breathable; side-zip pants are highly recommended
- Insulated parka/ski jacket, down or synthetic, able to accommodate your sweater underneath
- Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread
- Comfortable shoes for travel and evening wear
- Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and evening wear
- Midweight fleece or wool sweater
- Midweight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool
- Hiking pants, lightweight and synthetic
- Hiking shorts, lightweight and synthetic
- Long-sleeve shirt(s)
- T-shirts, synthetic
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks, synthetic
- Casual socks
- Sun hat
- Wool or fleece hat
- Wool or fleece gloves
- Gaiters, ankle-high
- Two (2) one-quart water bottles or hydration system
- Flashlight or headlamp, and spare batteries and bulb
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Toiletry kit
- Small washcloth and small bath towel
- Baby Wipes or hand sanitizer gel
- Personal prescription medication
- Insect repellent
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Rain cover or large plastic bag for your daypack
- Hiking stick or trekking poles
- Camera, spare media card and batteries
- Small binoculars
- Electrical adapter plug
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Reading and writing materials
- Travel pillow
- Several Ziploc plastic bags
- Shower sandals
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed
- Wind chill can be a significant feature of this trip. Air temperatures can be relatively warm, but when the wind is constant you can be robbed of body heat quickly. Adequate wind/raingear is very important.
- Cotton is wonderful in hot weather or in the evenings. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool, or polyester fabrics such as Capilene® or MTS®, which will insulate even if they get wet.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
- Make sure boots are broken in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.
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The park is so pristine and untouched it is just amazing so many amazing places
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