Patagonia EcoCamp Trek
- Explore Torres del Paine National Park, a stunning jewel of Patagonia
- Hike French and Ascencio Valleys; visit Grey Glacier on the shores of Lake Pehoe
- Take in spectacular vistas and marvel at stunning granite mountains and spires
- Stay in comfortable domes at an innovative basecamp in the heart of the park
Chile's Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most impressive geological spectacles on Earth. Declared a World UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978, it's easy to see why hikers from around the world travel to this special place. These spectacular mountains, known as the Torres del Paine (Blue Towers), dominate this landscape of radiant blue glaciers, azure lakes, roaring rivers, and emerald forests. Standing before this monumental cluster of mountain peaks, it's hard not to stop and stare at the granite monoliths rising from an otherwise flat plateau.
Our trip follows trails that provide constant delight. In French Valley, get an up-close view of the Paine Massif. A walk along Lake Pehoe delivers us to a boat bound for Grey Glacier. Then, a trail along the Ascencio Valley takes us to the east face of the towers.
In between our hikes we spend three nights at lovely EcoCamp in the heart of the park, enjoying comfortable accommodations utilizing sustainable practices.
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 Travel from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 2 Explore the French Valley, which separates Paine's massive spires.
Day 3 Hike to Lake Pehoe and explore Grey Glacier.
Day 4 Venture to the base of Torres del Paine with impressive views.
Day 5 Return to Punta Arenas for departure, or more South American adventure.
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 itinerary and confirmation
- 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, roomy enough to accommodate your clothing layers
- 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 – preferably with a chinstrap
- Wool or fleece hat
- Wool or fleece gloves
- Waterproof gloves or shells
- Gaiters, ankle-high
- Trekking poles
- Water bottles or hydration system
- Flashlight or headlamp and spare batteries
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Toiletry kit
- Small washcloth and small bath towel
- Baby Wipes or hand sanitizer gel
- Insect repellent
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Daypack waterproof rain cover
- Camera, memory cards, spare batteries & charger
- Small binoculars
- Electrical converter and adapter plug
- Reading and writing materials
- 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 warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®.
- 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.
- If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens wearers should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
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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