Extended"W" Trek

Torres del Paine National Park

Extended"W" Trek Overview

Length: 6 days

Difficulty: Medium

Activity: Hiking

Hiking Group size: max 6 people

 

Are you looking for some more adventure and discover some of the hidden corners of the National Park Torres Del Paine. This is the perfect trek for you. Not only will you be adventuring through the magnificent W trek and see some of the most spectacular highlights of this National park. You will also enter one of the forgotten valleys within the ¨W¨ trek called the Bader Valley. A valley which you can only enter with a certified guide due to the change you get to get very close to the granite walls themselves. On top of this will you be passing by one of the most important scientific and paleontological sites in the region before entering the park and you will be taking the Navigation ¨Grey III¨ which will bring you very close to the three walls of Glacier Grey.

Route Map

2020-2021 Prices

Extended 6 day W program - USD$ 1900 per person

Single Tent Supplement - USD$ 100 per person

If you would like your own tent, instead of sharing, there is a single tent supplement. This also means you will be carrying your tent, instead of splitting that weight with a tent-partner. If you are placed in a one person tent by your guide no extra cost will be added.

 

Porter Services - USD$ 150 per day

Porters can be hired to support you on our guided programs. Porters can carry up to 15 kilos of your pack weight. This is a great way to reduce your pack weight and trek with ease. The porters are a real part of our team and help out with setting up the tent.

Night 2 - Paine Grande Campsite

Night 1- Grey Campsite

Night 3 - Francés Campsite

Night 5 - Chileno Campsite

W Trail 

Start

End

Key

Night 4 - Cuernos Campsite

Day 1- Grey III Navigation

What's Included:

Experienced/ certified mountain guide.

All transportation

All meals during the trek.

Entrance and camping fees

Camping/ cooking equipment: 4 Season tent, sleeping pad, stove, cooking utilities

Navigation Grey III

***Your trip does not include:


Personal Equipment and trekking gear ( clothing, backpack, sleeping bag )

Mountain equipment ( trekking poles )

Alcoholic beverages

Lodging in town (before and after the trek)

Travel insurance

Personal first aid 

Tips

                                                                      Detailed Itinerary

 

 

Day 0: Meeting day

 

Briefing with the guide at our Expedition office at - 5pm.

Gear check and itinerary review.

 

Day 1: Puerto Natales - Campsite Grey.

 

In the morning, your private transportation will take you to the first stop of the day. The spectacular Natural monument Milodon Cave. This location is the site of 3 natural caves where the remains of the very large Patagonian land sloth was found and has now been turned into a very important scientific and paleontological site, with a visitor center. We walk for 45 min through the main cave while the guide explains all the details of the caves and the area.  Afterwards we will proceed with our journey to the National Park Torres del Paine and will continue to the catamaran GREY III that will take us for approximately 2 hours over Lago Grey to Campsite Grey. During this catamaran ride we will get the chance to get very close to the three faces of Glacier grey and to see many icebergs that have carved of the glacier wall.  We will be dropped of at a beach that is about 10 min away from our campsite.

 

Day 2: Campsite Grey – Grey Glacier Lookout – Campsite Paine Grande.

 

On our second day, we start a half-day hike up to a viewpoint high up on the hill. During this hike, we will cross two hanging bridges to get to an encompassing view over Glacier Grey. We will be able to do this section of the hike with a light daypack. Coming back to camp, we will pick up our backpacks and start our hike the 11 km back to Paine Grande, where we will stay for the night. This campground is known for its amazing views and strong gusts of wind that can make camping an altogether more challenging experience.

 

Day 3: Campsite Paine Grande – Valle Francés – Campsite Francés.

 

On this day, we make our way to the beautiful Valle del Francés. Starting our walk to Campsite Italiano over rolling hills we will arrive at the ranger station at the foot of the valley. here we drop down our big backpacks and prepare our small daypacks for the hike up into the valley. There are 2 viewpoints to hike to; to get to the first viewpoint called Francés, it will take us 1 hour of hiking up some steep parts of the valley. From this viewpoint, you can enjoy the view of the hanging glacier coming down from the largest mountain in the park, the Paine Grande mountain. From here, it is another hour and a half to get to the second viewpoint, Británico. This next part of the trail is in the forest, very relaxing with boulder fields here and there and an amazing 360° open view around you. After having taken your picture while standing on the rock formation at the end of the valley, we turn around and get back to Campsite Italiano. Here we pick up our backpacks again and finish the day with another half an hour hike to our campground for the night, Francés.

  

Day 4: Campsite Francés – Bader Valley – Campsite / Refugio Los Cuernos.

 

From Camping Francés, we only walk for an hour and a half to Refugio Cuernos. Here we drop our unnecessary gear and proceed only with a lightweight backpack. Today we are going to enter the ¨Valle Bader¨. This valley you can only enter with a certified guide due to the difficult trail that gets you very close to the granite walls, formed 12.6 million years ago. This is a day without the crowds and amazing high mountain views. Walking up into the valley, we will get an exceptional view of the southern area of the National park. We walk so far up that you get the feeling as if the mountains are hovering over you. Ending the hike at a small lake where we will have lunch. We will follow the same trail back to campsite Los Cuernos, where we stay overnight.

 

Day 5: Campsite Los Cuernos – Campsite / Refugio Chileno.

 

Today will bring us to the ¨Ascencio Valley. We will cross the Patagonian steppe, cover steep inclines and descents with views overlooking Lago Nordenskjold and up against the impressive walls of the Cuernos formation and the Almirante Nieto Mountain. Around every corner, you will find a different perspective of the Patagonian landscape. After a few hours of hiking, we get to the ¨shortcut¨, a trail that will take us up to the Ascencio Valley where we will find Refugio Chileno next to the river, our campsite for the night.

 

Day 6: Base Torres hike – Puerto Natales.

 

This is the day we will have an early start to hike up to the 'Torres' and see the famous golden glow while sunrise. From Refugio Chileno we start walking in the dark through the Magellanic forests for an hour until getting to Camp Torres. Here with a bit more day light we will have to start climbing our way up for 45 min to get to the 'Mirador' where we will be able to see the three towers standing in front of the glacial lake. After having enjoyed the spectacle at the towers, we will make our way back down to the base of the Valley, at the Hotel Las Torres. This marks the end of our trekking. Here we take our private transportation to Laguna Amarga, the entrance of the national park, and back to Puerto Natales.

Departure from/ return Puerto Natales

2020 Dates

Day Zero*

Departure

Return

Nov 08, 2020

Nov 23, 2020

Dec 08, 2020

November

Nov 09, 2020

Nov 24, 2020

December

Dec 09, 2020

Nov 14, 2020

Nov 29, 2020

Dec 14, 2020

2021 Dates

Day Zero*

Jan 08, 2021

Jan 23, 2021

Febr 08, 2021

Febr 23, 2021

March 08, 2021

March 23, 2021

Departure

January

Jan 09, 2021

Jan 24, 2021

February

Febr 09, 2021

Febr 24, 2021

March

March 09, 2021

March 24, 2021

Return

Jan 14, 2021

Jan 29, 2021

Febr 14, 2021

Febr 29, 2021

March 14, 2021

March 29, 2021

*You need to be in Puerto Natales by 5pm on this day for the briefing.

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