We are to be based in Puerto Natales for 5 full days from the end of this November to start of December so should have reasonable daylight hours. We will have a car and are used to driving long distances on outback gravel roads so 130km into the park appears to be a relatively short trip.
While we have no problems day walking we are probably past carrying weight for an extended trek hence our decision to base in Puerto Natales. Depending on the weather we may not travel into the park every day.
Can anyone with local knowledge comment on whether the following are reasonable options or make suggestions for alternatives noting the comments above.
Day 1:- Drive through the park including CONAF Administration, Lago Grey, Lake Pehoe, Hosteria Las Torres and loop back to Puerto Natales. This would give us a general overview of the park and we would check out departure points/ferries for day walks.
Day Walk:- Hosteria Las Torres to Mirador del la Torres and return. Are there any opening hours for entrance to the park as we would plan to arrive as early as possible?
Day Walk:- Take first Lago Grey catamaran crossing and walk north from Refugio Grey allowing enough time to return on last afternoon ferry. We will have seen Perito Moreno Glacier so are more interested in walking than the Glacier boat trip.
Long Day Walk:- Leave car at Hosteria Las Torres and bus to the first Lake Pehoe ferry of the day. We need to assess how far up the French Valley we could walk if we plan to return via Los Cuernos to our car at Hosteria Las Torres. On our return we would not be limited by bus or ferry timetables so are prepared to walk to about an hour before dusk which will be around 9pm local time. The CONAF map suggests around 6 hours return up the French valley. Is this likely to be reasonable if only carrying a day pack or is it possible we could do better than this if the weather is reasonable.
Thanks for any feedback,