DATES: 5 - 13 November 2016
TRAIL TYPE: Circuit
TERRAIN: undulating, challenging, potentially adverse weather conditions
TOTAL DISTANCE: 120km (approx)
TOTAL ASCENT/DESCENT: TBC
DIFFICULTY: Medium with short hard sections
DURATION TOTAL/ON TRAIL: 9/6
ACCOMMODATION ON TRAIL: Boutique, luxury hotels off trail. Permanent camps including kitchen and dining areas and most with wood fires and hot showers while on trail.
HIGHLIGHTS: Glaciers, granite towers, sheer faces, Antarctic Beech forests, pristine glacial lakes, unique flora and fauna, some of the best, most scenic single track you’ll find anywhere in the world. Period.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ITINERARY IS INDICATIVE ONLY AND MAY CHANGE TO SUIT CONDITIONS, NEW INFORMATION OR REGULATIONS. THE FINAL ITINERARY WILL BE CONFIRMED CLOSER TO DEPARTURE.
Day 1- TOUR
We’ll collect you from your hotel in Punta Arenas and have breakfast together before checking out a few of the sites around Punta Arenas. After lunch we’ll transfer to Puerto Natales and the incredible Hotel Remota (below). We’ll do some more sightseeing around town today before an early dinner and a chance to get to know your fellow runners.
- Arrival at Punta Arenas Airport
- Breakfast at Hotel Cabo de Hornos
- Punta Arenas City Tour (potential to run instead of walk)
- Transfer to Puerto Natales
- Lunch in Puerto Natales
- Dinner at Remota Hotel
- Overnight at Hotel Remota
Day 2 - TOUR
Today we’ll transfer to Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine, check out some of the incredible, vehicle-accessible sites before checking into EcoCamp Patagonia (pictured right). We’ll have dinner at the hotel and give you a briefing on the on-trail section
- Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park
- Entrance Fee to Torres del Paine National Park
- Arrival at EcoCamp Patagonia
- Lunch at Ecocamp
- Dinner at Ecocamp
- Overnight at Ecocamp Suite Domes
Day 3 - RUN / 29km
EcoCamp to Dickson Camp
A stunning run along eastern bank of Rio Paine. Views of Lago Paine. Dickson Valley Campsite with views of Dickson Glacier & Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Hot showers and cooked dinner. Dixon is the only night spent in tents.
Day 4 - RUN/ 31km
Camp Dickson to Refugio Grey
Along the Lost Perros River, one of the wildest sections of the trail. Pass under Los Perros Glacier. John Gardner Pass, reaching 1300mts. Run southwards along forested slopes with views of Grey Glacier. Finish at Refugio Grey at the shores of Lake Grey
Day 5 - RUN / 11km
Grey Glacier Hike TO Lodge Paine Grande
- Ice Trek in Grey Glacier (tbc time of excursion)
- Trail Run from Grey Glacier to Lodge Paine Grande
- Overnight at Refugio Paine Grande
Day 6 - RUN/ 21km
Lodge Paine Grande to Los Cuernos Refugio
Running via Campamento Britanico (into the foot of the Torres, the western out and back of the 'W'). Overnight in cabanas at Los Cuernos Refugio
Day 7 - RUN / 23km+
Running back via Mirador de las Torres (lookout - the eastern out and back of the 'W') to final night at Eco. Welcomed back to EcoCamp as heroes of the Paine Circuit!
Overnight at Ecocamp Suite Domes
Transfer from Ecocamp to Punta Arenas. Lunch in Puerto Natales. Free afternoon, potentially a massage. Celebration and goodby dinner in Punta Arenas.
Overnight at accommodation TBC
Breakfast at hotel, goodbyes, transfers to airport.
$6800 USD / $8900 AU
• TRANSFERS – to and from all trail heads ex Punta Arenas
• TRANSFERS – to and from any extra runs, other regional attractions
• MEALS – all inclusive, dietary requirements catered for where possible
• HYDRATION – supplied by Tailwind Nutrition
• ENERGY BARS & SNACKS – a variety of high quality energy bars and regional specialties.
• ACCOMMODATION – luxury Remota Hotel, Eco Camp, 1 (only) x camping night, refugios and cabins, final night TBC
• GUIDES – 2 trail-guides
• PATAGONIA & TORRES del PAINE TRAIL MAPS
• SENSE OF HUMOUR (although to whose taste we cannot confirm at this early stage!).
• FIRST AID – 2 on trail guides qualified to Wilderness First Aid level.
• COMMUNICATIONS – the trail guides will carry satellite phones, EPIRB and UHF radios.
• PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE
• FLIGHTS / TRAVEL to PUNTA ARENAS
• PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE - including coverage of helicopter evacuation and hospital** THIS IS MANDATORY
• RUNNING GEAR – (see suggested run kit )
• PRE-RUN GEAR – and small kit bag (for travelling to and from trailhead, good to have a small towel, plus warm clothing should it be cold)
• DAILY POST-RUN – clothing, shoes (for non running activities, hanging at the accommodation etc). This will be packed into a supplied Duffel bag for carriage on horseback.
• PERSONAL ITEMS – (toiletries)
• PERSONAL MEDICATION – please advise your hosts if there is anything we need to know about your medication (e.g. location of epipen, keeping insulin cool etc.)
• ANY PERSONAL HYDRATION – or energy food that you prefer over and above what we supply.
• ANY EXTRA ACCOMMODATION – or transport over and above as per above (e.g. flights to/from Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas accommodation)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Can I run this?
A: This is probably the hardest question we get because it’s so dependent on the individual. We feel that with the will to run it, this is a very achievable expedition for most runners. If you’re nervous or have concerns, send us an email or call us and we’ll talk through your running experience and personal circumstances and work out a plan.
Q: What is a Refugio?
A: A Refugio is a permanent, managed hut, similar to those you might find in Europe. Think solid construction, beds, wood fires, beer fridges etc.
Q: Will I have access to charging facilities for my phone/head torch/camera/watch?
A: Yes. Our on-trail accommodation is either in a hotel (Las Torres) or a permanent, managed Refugio. Exception: Dickson Camp.
Q: Will accommodation offer access to (hot) showers?
A: You bet they will!
Q: What do I need to carry on my back each day?
A: While our aim is to provide a high quality trail running experience, safety is our priority and so we require runners to carry some mandatory equipment. This includes at least the following: 2litres water capacity, compression bandage (provided), 200cal of nutrition per hour, emergency blanket, whistle, waterproof jacket & pants, beanie or buff, head torch. Extra equipment may be added to this list if our guides think the conditions warrant it.
Q: I am not a fast runner. Will I get lost if I can’t keep up with everyone?
A: Lets be clear: this is not a race. Our goal is to offer all runners an enjoyable trailrunning experience that focuses on amazing destinations, top quality food and accommodation and a less stressful environment. There are plenty of organisers hosting stage races with a tourism spin but there are no prizes here. Our minimum ration is 1 guide to 5 runners. This means we can offer a couple of different travel speeds and cater to most runners. One guide will lead the group and all runners are required to be behind them. The second guide will sweep the group and all runners are required to remain in front of them. Additionally, GPS data and hardcopy maps will be provided to all runners and we encourage the use of handheld or wrist-top (i.e. a watch like the Suunto Ambit) GPS devices.
Q: Are there restrictions on the amount of luggage I can bring (on trail)?
A: While we’d love to say “no”, on-trail we’re limited by the size of our horses. We will ask that you have a 40-50 litrebag for you to pack with your belongings for the on-trail section of the run. Outside of this a full-sized suitcase is perfectly fine.
Q: What is the weather going to be like?
A: The long term weather averages can be found online through weatherzone. – That said, averages don’t really mean much down here. We’ve run the trail in a t-shirt in September and been snowed on in October. Things change very quickly and unpredictably.
Q: Do I need to bring my own food?
A: No. We supply all meals and snacks from the first night until the last night. We also supply fresh coffee and endurance fuel. We can cater to most dietary requirements and food allergies with sufficient notice. If you have specific brands of sports nutrition you’d prefer by all means bring it along.
Q: Is drinking water readily available?
A: Plenty! Our accommodation will always provide clean drinking water, and the vast majority of water found on the trail (think streams and springs) is perfectly fine to drink. Please avoid stagnant or still water, e.g. puddles and swamps. In general Chile has great water quality and drinking it from the tap in your hotel is fine too.