Discover the sheer beauty of Patagonia on this 5-day experience. Local guides Felipe and Nili have designed this trek for those who want to see the traditional W Trek but in a more local and off-the-beaten-path way. Together, you will get to experience the breathtaking beauty of Torres del Paine National Park as you follow the path to the area’s most impressive sights. To experience the nature from a unique perspective, you’ll even get the opportunity to experience the lesser-known Sierra Baguales, which is poised to become the new hot spot in the region. Camp at night to experience the true wilderness of Patagonia with the comfort of warm meals from the nearby refugios. Enter one of the last areas of true wilderness left in the world with Felipe and Nili, and truly make the most of your trip to Patagonia.
Day 1: Base of the Towers (Difficult Level): Today you will be picked up in the morning from your hotel in Puerto Natales. After a 2-hour drive, you will reach to the point where we start our hike with your day packs. The first hour of the hike is uphill until you get to the beautiful Asencio Valley with its nothofagus trees. Walking another hour puts us into a lenga forest and then finally we start our challenging climb till we reach the iconic base with the three sister towers and the emerald lake. Having our well-deserved lunch with possibly the best view in the national park, we have time to connect with nature and wish we would never have to leave this place. We then hike back the same trail.
Day 2: French Valley (Difficult Level): We start our day with a panoramic ferry ride, which enables us to see the whole Paine Massif Complex and admire the blue waters of Pehoe Lake. The 30 minute ferry ride takes us to Paine Grande where we start our hike. Hiking 2.5 hours, we get to the Italian Camping and start ascending until we reach the lookout, where we can appreciate the French Glacier and become a spectator of impressive avalanches that often occur. We hike the same way back.
Day 3: This day involves two half-day hikes, described below:
Day 4: Sierra Baguales: Today we drive to the lesser-known Sierra Baguales, which is poised to become the new hot spot in the region. Baguales was named after its wildlife and especially its wild horses. Bagual means a wild animal and still today, it is very easy to spot wild guanacos, ñandús, foxes, armadillos, eagles, condors and pumas in the region. There are several hiking options around Sierra Baguales ranging from demanding to easy levels. Depending on your interests and physical condition, we choose together how to spend our day in this hidden gem.
Day 5: Horseback Riding to Sierra Baguales Lookout: On our last day, we visit a local estancia (ranch) called Cerro Guido, which is located between Torres del Paine National Park and Sierra Baguales. Cerro Guido is a beautiful example of a Patagonian Estancia with its setting, sheep and horses. We’ll go on a horseback riding excursion of 2-3 hours enjoying amazing vistas of Torres del Paine and Sierra Baguales. This excursion would be recommended for riders of beginner to advanced levels. It’s a great way to say farewell, as it covers the two big highlights of the region. You will then be dropped off back in Puerto Natales so you can board your flight back to Santiago.
This itinerary includes: 2 difficult level and 2 easy level hikes in the national park. The Sierra Baguales hikes can be named medium level probably. As Sierra Baguales isn't a national park, we still don't have anyone scaling the hikes. :)
We are a couple that is passionate about the wild and unique beauty of Southern Patagonia. As a pair, our mutual love of the outdoors brought us together, so we decided to make this shared interest into a business. Ever since we started, we’ve absolutely loved sharing our home with fellow adventure seekers from around the world.
Born and raised in southern Chile, I grew up exploring and learning about nature with my grandfather. I have since loved everything about being outside. I love the beauty, the natural meditations, and I especially love constantly learning about the geology, history, and biology of the land. Through over 11 years of experience in guiding in Patagonia, I’ve become an expert on Parque Nacional Torres del Paine and know every single corner of the park. In addition to Torres del Paine, I’ve worked in other incredible destinations around Chile, like San Pedro de Atacama, where I had the opportunity to climb high summits, like Volcan Pili and Sairecabur. A true lover of adventure, I feel lucky every day that I get to work in one of the world’s most beautiful places. I truly have the best office in the world.
Originally from Turkey, I decided to go after my dream of traveling throughout South America. When I finally made it to Patagonia, I knew it was where I was meant to stay. As a record-holding paraglider and an advanced open water diver, I love all things adventure, so the beautiful mountains and exciting outdoor activities made it the perfect location for me. Prior to moving to Patagonia, I used to be a teacher who led and coordinated cultural immersion programs for international students. I also speak English, Spanish, Turkish, and German, and so with my language skills, experience teaching and leading tours, and love of adventure, I knew being a guide was my next career move. Not only have I found a job that combines my prior experiences, but one that lets me explore and discover every single day.