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Challenger's Torres del Paine W Trek + Bader Valley 7D6N, Fully Guided

Challenger's Torres del Paine W Trek + Bader Valley 7D6N, Fully Guided

Challenger's Torres del Paine W Trek + Bader Valley 7D6N, Fully Guided

$5,350.00

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At A Glance Departures

Trek Torres del Paine's classic "W", followed by a guided hike into one of the Park's quieter and more restricted valleys. This W Trek + Bader Valley adventure combines the best of both: autonomous discovery and local knowledge. Enjoy the trails without the crowds and amazing high mountain views.

The W Trek is the most famous route in the Torres del Paine National Park. Navigating up and down the mountain valleys, the W Trek brings you up close to its world-famous Patagonian views and natural, must-see attractions: Glacier Grey, Los Cuernos, Valle del Francés and Las Torres.

Hike six days on the W Trek + Bader Valley with experienced and certified mountain guides and camp along the trail. Walk the W Trek from west to east, starting at Campsite Grey and ending at Refugio Las Torres. You will have unique opportunity to explore four valleys on this W Trek extended adventure. In each of those valleys lies one of the iconic sights of the park:

Lago Grey (Grey Lake), flecked with cobalt blue ice, flows up to the face of the enormous glacier that stretches out towards the ice cap, displaying the impressive geological changes that have happened in this area. Adjacent to the Lago Grey, is the Grey Glacier. The sheer size, power, and beauty of the Grey Glacier makes it one of the most iconic sights in the Torres del Paine National Park.

Valle Francés (French Valley), the central spur of the W is dominated by a magnificent hanging glacier, Glaciar Frances. This glacier cracks and crumbles ahead of you as you climb rocky terrain into the heart of the valley.

Bader Valley is one of the forgotten valleys within the W Trek, which you can only enter with a certified guide due to the change. The small valley slices into the range between the Cuernos and the Torres giving you an extraordinary close up of the Cuernos formed 12.6 million years ago, and a different view of the south tower.

Ascencio Valley in the east takes you all the way to the base of the famous towers.

This moderate to hard graded trek is fully guided and supported. You will trek with experienced and certified mountain guides and porters. Porters can carry up to 15 kilos of your pack weight and help out with setting up the tent. You only need to carry a day pack. All camping and cooking equipment as well as meals are provided.

This is truly world class and considered a trekking experience of a lifetime.

W Trek + Bader Valley Route Map
Group Size:
Min. 2 people for a guaranteed departure. Max. 6 people per group

Departure Dates:
Daily departure is available on request from October to April.

Useful Information:
- There is a pre-tour briefing in Puerto Natales on Day 1. Please see the details in the ITINERARY section.
- The starting and finishing point of the tour is Puerto Natales. We can also arrange private pickup and drop off Punta Arenas, El Calafate or other areas. Additional charge applies. Please contact us to tailor your itinerary.

Dates or itinerary don't fit?
We specialise in bespoke "tailor-made" Patagonia adventures. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect Patagonia adventure.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates and availability. Or simply book online. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • Features

    Torres del Paine is one of the trekking meccas of South America - a magnificently sculpted rock massif rising out of the Patagonian steppe, set in a landscape of lakes and glaciers.

    Trip Highlights

    - Hike up to the famous Towers of Paine (Base of the Towers)
    - Get off the beaten track and trek into the hidden Bader Valley with a guide and porter
    - Trek into the French Valley with spectacular views of Lago Nordenskjold and Pehoe
    - Hike alongside Lago Grey and catch your first glimpse of Glacier Grey
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  • Accommodation

    In Puerto Natales, you will stay at Weskar Lodge (4 star). Nestled against a stunning Patagonian mountain backdrop, Weskar is a cosy lodge. Small room with Fjord view is included, which features panoramic mountain and sea views and a king-size bed or 2 single beds. Rooms have private bathrooms and heating. Free WiFi is available in common areas. Room upgrade at Weskar Lodge or hotel upgrade to 5 star is available at additional charge.


    During the W Trek + Bader Valley adventure, you'll sleep in wilderness tents along the trail. The following camping gear will be provided:
    - 2/3 person Marmot 4 season tents: Strong, heavy duty tents that give plenty of space for 2 or 3 people
    - MSR Elixer 2 person tents: for solo traveler for durability and personal space
    - Thermarest Ridgerest foam mattresses. *Guests can bring their own inflatable mattresses for more comfort
    - Sleeping bag
    There are bathroom and shower facilities available in every Refugio/camping ground throughout the Classic W trekking tour.

    Please contact us for room or hotel upgrade in Puerto Natales. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • Food

    When staying at Weskar Lodge in Puerto Natales, buffet breakfasts are included. The hotel onsite restaurant "Enoo Restaurant" offers Patagonian dishes, Chilean wines, regional beers and homemade pisco sour, with the backdrop of the breathtaking views of Ultima Esperanza Fjord. Dinners are at guests own expense.

    During the six day W Trek + Bader Valley, all meals are included.

    As a general guide:

    Breakfast
    Eggs, bacon, avocado and bread
    Cereals/ Oats with fruits, seeds and powdered milk

    Lunch
    Sandwiches/ tortillas with cheese, meat and veggies
    Salad with couscous/quinoa, meat and veggies
    Quesadillas with a soup or cream

    Dinner
    A main dish (incl. pasta, rice, couscous/quinoa)
    A vegetarian sauce with fresh vegetables cooked in it
    A meat that can be added for non vegetarians

    No alcoholic or beverages included.

    Dietary Requirements
    Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances). Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater to such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure. Please note that options are likely to be limited in very remote locations or alternatives may be more expensive or unavailable. There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own food. We strongly encourage that travelers with life‐threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self‐administering these medications.
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  • What's Included

    - Experienced and certified guide
    - One nights 4 star pre-tour accommodation in Puerto Natales
    - Private airport transfers to/from Puerto Natales. *Pickup and dropoff Punta Arenas, El Calafate or other areas is also available at additional cost
    - Transportation to/from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park
    - 5 nights camping along the W Trek + Bader Valley. Tents, sleeping pad and sleeping bag provided
    - Group gear (stove & cooking equipment)
    - Trekking poles if required
    - Entrance, camping & park fees
    - All meals along the W Trek + Bader Valley. Breakfasts staying in Puerto Natales hotel

    Not included:
    - Personal camping and trekking gear (clothing, headlamp etc)
    - Meals not specified in the itinerary
    - Alcoholic beverages
    - Travel insurance
    - Personal first aid kit
    - Tips (tips are an important part of the guides & porters wages. 10% is considered normal
    - Flight to/from Puerto Natales or is not included. Guest's own arrangement

    * Note: Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include airfare to/from your destination. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.
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  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7

  • Puerto Natales OPTIONAL TOUR EXTENSION 1

  • Puerto Natales OPTIONAL TOUR EXTENSION 2

  • What's included

    - Experienced and certified guide
    - One nights 4 star pre-tour accommodation in Puerto Natales
    - Private airport transfers to/from Puerto Natales. *Pickup and dropoff Punta Arenas, El Calafate or other areas is also available at additional cost
    - Transportation to/from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park
    - 5 nights camping along the W Trek + Bader Valley. Tents, sleeping pad and sleeping bag provided
    - Group gear (stove & cooking equipment)
    - Trekking poles if required
    - Entrance, camping & park fees
    - All meals along the W Trek + Bader Valley. Breakfasts staying in Puerto Natales hotel

    Not included:
    - Personal camping and trekking gear (clothing, headlamp etc)
    - Meals not specified in the itinerary
    - Alcoholic beverages
    - Travel insurance
    - Personal first aid kit
    - Tips (tips are an important part of the guides & porters wages. 10% is considered normal
    - Flight to/from Puerto Natales or is not included. Guest's own arrangement

    * Note: Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include airfare to/from your destination. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Natales
    Day 2: Approximately 11 km, 4-5 hours; Elevation gain: 370m; Difficulty: Moderate
    Day 3: Approximately 6 km + 11 km, 7-8 hours; Elevation gain: 370m; Difficulty: Moderate
    Day 4: Approximately 21 km, 6-9 hours; Elevation gain: 680m - 950m; Difficulty: Moderate
    Day 5: Approximately 16 km, 7-8 hours; Elevation gain: 800m; Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
    Day 6: Approximately 12 km, 4-5 hours; Elevation gain: 480m; Difficulty: Moderate
    Day 7: Approximately 21 km, 8-9 hours; Elevation gain: 680 - 950m; Difficulty: Moderate. Return to Puerto Natales
  • Weather & Climate

    The Patagonian Andes is very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. In addition, the strong marine influence and the effect of the Southern Patagonia Icefield make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer, fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March), you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min). However, just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become lovely and sunny. So come prepared for all types of weather!

    The best time to travel to Puerto Natales is between the months of October and April. These months are spring and summer for the southern hemisphere, averaging 16 hours of sunlight with a lesser chance of rain.

  • Getting There

    Puerto Natales

    The starting and finishing point of the tour is Puerto Natales, Chile.

    Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport (PNT) is an airport serving Puerto Natales.

    LATAM Airlines Chile is the only carrier to serve Puerto Natales and has scheduled the service to connect conveniently with international flights. LATAM operates flights between Santiago de Chile (SCL) and Puerto Natales (PNT).

    LATAM Airlines Chile flight LA001 departs Santiago at 11:05, arriving in Puerto Natales at 14:25, with a journey time of 3 hours 20 minutes. The return flight (LA002) departs Puerto Natales at 15:00 and arriving in Santiago at 18:25, with a journey time of 3 hours 25 minutes (all times local).

    In November, December and March, LATAM operates two weekly frequencies (on Tuesday and Saturday); and in January and February, it operates four flights per week (on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).

    *Note: please refer to the airline websites for updated information to schedule your flight.

    Connecting to Other Locations

    Pickup and dropoff Punta Arenas, El Calafate or other areas is also available on request. Additional charge applies.

    Punta Arenas: 3hrs Drive from Puerto Natales

    Presidente Carlos Ibáñez International Airport (PUQ) is an airport serving the city of Punta Arenas. 9 routes from Punta Arenas International Airport (PUQ) connects to 9 different cities in 3 different countries:
    1. Santiago International Airport, SCL, Santiago, Chile
    2. Puerto Montt El Tepual Airport, PMC, Puerto Montt, Chile
    3. Capitan Fuentes Martinez Airport, WPR, Porvenir, Chile
    4. Concepcion Carriel Sur International Airport, CCP, Concepcion, Chile
    5. Guardiamarina Zañartu Airport, WPU, Puerto Williams, Chile
    6. Balmaceda Airport, BBA, Balmaceda, Chile
    7. Mount Pleasant Airport, MPN, Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
    8. Rio Gallegos International Airport, RGL, Rio Gallegos, Argentina

    9. Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport, USH, Ushuaia, Argentina

    El Calafate: 3.5hrs Drive from Puerto Natales

    Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (FTE) is an airport serving the city of El Calafate. 6 different routes from El Calafate International Airport (FTE) connects to 5 different cities in 1 different countries:
    1. Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery Airport, AEP, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    2. Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport, USH, Ushuaia, Argentina
    3. Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, EZE, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    4. San Carlos de Bariloche Airport, BRC, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
    5. Trelew Almirante Marco Andres Zar Airport, REL, Trelew, Argentina
    6. Cordoba International Airport, COR, Cordoba, Argentina
  • WALKING GRADING

    This trip has an activity rating of Moderate to Hard and suits a range of interests and abilities. Travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods, and navigating uneven or steep terrain. This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. To enjoy this trek it is essential to be in shape before you arrive.

  • Other Information

    Onlyluxe Travel Pty Ltd acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available. Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form (or email) has been received by Onlyluxe Travel. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical.
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