Francés Valley Full Day Tour - Reserva Las Torres

Francés Valley Full Day Tour

Van / Hiking / Navigation

Cruise across Lake Pehoé and hike into the famous Francés Valley with one of the most humbling panoramas in the Park. 

Francés Valley Full Day Tour

1:30 hrs van transit
20 km / 12.4 mi hiking
1 hr navigation
12 hrs total
Difficulty Level: High

This tour ventures into the famous Francés Valley, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and the famous W Circuit. Start by sailing across the sparkling blue Lake Pehoé to Paine Grande, where you’ll follow the north side of Lake Skottsberg until you reach the bottom of Francés Valley. Heading up a steep trail and deeper into the valley, you’ll fully live the present moment as you feel the powerful energy flowing through the native lenga tree forest. When you get out of the treeline, a new landscape is in store – an awesome view of the multi-colored Los Cuernos Mountains and the Francés Glacier that hangs from Mount Paine Grande. This active glacier gives you the opportunity to hear and see its movements, with frequent cracks and calvings. 

Before leaving, don’t forget to look behind you! The lakes below, surrounded by mountains, seal the deal on this panoramic view. Here, you will witness an awe-inspiring 360 degrees of the Nordenskjöld, Pehoé and Toro Lakes, and the Paine Grande, Hoja, Máscara, Espada, Fortaleza and Aleta de Tiburón Mountains.

What will you see?

Lake Pehoé

A favorite of many for its turquoise colors that often mirror the mountains above, it’s one of the best places to view the Los Cuernos mountains and is also the beginning point for hiking the Francés Valley. It covers an area of 22 km² / 8.5mi².

Los Cuernos

These three mountains put up a fight with the Las Torres Mountains over prettiest in the Park. Standing at 2600m / 8500ft, 2400m / 7900ft and 2200m / 7200ft, the different types of rocks that make up this massif create a stark, beautiful, and multi-colored contrast. A 700m / 3000ft wide slab of granite crosses the middle of these uniquely shaped mountains.

Francés Glacier

A hanging glacier that descends from Mount Paine Grande, located in the Francés Valley.

This lookout in the middle of the W Circuit boasts unmatchable views. To the west, you can gaze at the Cuernos, Espada, Hoja and Máscara mountains. To the east, the Francés Glacier overhangs Mount Paine Grande. To the north, the jagged Fortaleza and Aleta de Tiburón (shark’s fin) peaks stand out against the sky. As if that wasn’t enough, the valley is immersed in a Nothofagus forest filled with many species of trees and vegetation that produce a variety of flowers and change colors during autumn.

Paine Massif

A small but striking mountain range that beholds the majority of the Park’s top sights, including the Las Torres Mountains, Mount Cerro Paine, Ascencio Valley, and the Francés Valley.

Wildlife

Abundant and diverse wildlife run freely in Torres del Paine National Park, most notably guanacos, Chilean skunk, grey and Andean foxes, pumas, Andean deer, flamengos, flightless Rheas, and condors. Within the Park lives 120 types of birds, 25 mammals, 4 fish, 3 amphibians, 7 reptiles and 170 species of insect.

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What does it include?

All of our tours include an expert and friendly bilingual guide who is thrilled to make your experience the best it can be! Feel free to ask questions and learn as much as you can about the special place you are visiting.

  • 1 Van transit to Lake Pehoé
  • 2 Hikes guided by a local guide
  • 3 Lunch
  • 4 Don’t forget to bring your camera, with its batteries charged and space on the SD card, so you can capture the unforgettable moments!