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Secluded Pingo Valley

For those who love to go off the beaten track and experience the pure and unspoiled nature of Patagonia, this trip the way to go. During the hike up the Pingo Valley you get in touch with the unique glacier scenery and the various flora and fauna of Patagonia. You sleep in the great outdoors in a wilderness camp. The highlight of the tour is the visit of the Tyndall glacier, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the third largest expanse of land-ice in the world after Antarctica and Greenland. The starting point for this trip is the city of Puerto Natales in the South of Chile. With less than twenty thousand inhabitants and a distance of 250 kilometers to the nearest Chilean city, it feels like a small island in the middle of the vast landscape.

 

This trip is suitable for somewhat experienced hikers prepared to forego some comfort and live close to nature. During the hiking days, porters will carry 5 kg per person as well as the tents to reduce the luggage load for each participant. The rest of the load (including for example camera, rain jacket, box lunch etc.) is carried by participants. Minimum group size of 2 persons is required. 

 

The program starts with your arrival in Puerto Natales. Please let us know where you will be travelling from so we can help you make arrangements to get to Puerto Natales if you need.

Program

  • Arrive to Puerto Natales and transfer to the hotel. Dinner, briefing and equipment check together with your guide for the upcoming hiking days.

    Accommodation at Hostel Amerindia.

    (-,-,D)

  • Today the adventure starts. Together with your guide you drive to “Guarderia Grey” in Torres del Paine national park, where you hike up to the Mount Ferrier lookout.  From here you have a beautiful view of the massif of Torres del Paine. Back at the Guarderia Grey you go to the nearby Pingo Camp at the entrance of the Pingo Valley.

    Accommodation in tent at Pingo camp.

    (B,BL,D)

  • The hike leads you through this solitary and remote valley in the direction of the Southern Patagonian Icefield.  During the hike you will be able to enjoy a view of the massif of Torres del Paine. If you are lucky you can see one of the rare, endangered South Andean deer (Huemul)!

    Accommodation in tent at the base camp Zapata.

    (B,BL,D)

  • Today you will hike through this wild area and reach the Southern Patagonian Icefield. To be so close to this huge ice mass, the biggest ice field outside of the poles, is an amazing experience!

    Accommodation in tent at the base camp Zapata.

    (B,BL,D)

  • It is time to go back, so you hike through the Pingo Valley back to Guarderia Grey. From here our transfer brings us back to Puerto Natales. Farewell dinner.

    Accommodation at Hostel Amerindia.

    (B,BL,D)

  • Transfer out to the bus terminal.

    (B,-,-)

Highlights

  • Hiking and camping in the pristine wilderness of Pingo Valley
  • Pure nature adventure and contact with the wildlife
  • Reaching the Southern Patagonian Icefield at Tyndall Glacier

Details

Dates 2015 - 16 on request.

 

Included

Meals as mentioned in the program: B(reakfast), L(unch) or B(ox)L(unch), D(inner)

English speaking guide during the hiking days

Entrance fee Torres del Paine national park

Porters for equipment during the hiking (5 kg per person + tents)

All ground transport and activities as mentioned in the program

2 nights in a double room at Hostel Amerindia in Puerto Natales

3 nights in a tent (double occupancy in a 3-person tent)

 

Not included

Journey to Puerto Natales (we can arrange this on request)

Flights

Activities and meals not mentioned in the program

Rent of sleeping bags and mats (we can arrange this on request)

Tips and personal expenses

 

Trip Combinations

Circuit Dientes de Navarino

W-hike comfort or W-hike classic

Perito Moreno

Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre

Overnight at Estancia Cerro Guido

 

Travel options (at extra charge)

Arrival/departure at/from El Calafate or Punta Arenas

Overnight at a hotel in Puerto Natales