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"W" Trek

Torres del Paine National Park

"W" Trek Overview

Length: 5 days

Difficulty: Medium

Activity: Hiking

Hiking Group size: max 6 people

 

The most highly trekked route in Torres del Paine National Park is called the ‘W’. The trek is named after its trail system, which navigates up and down the mountain valleys. Torres del Paine is an immense park and the ‘W’ trek brings you up close to its world-famous Patagonian views and natural wonders. Most notably, the trek boasts a majority of the park’s must-see attractions: Glacier Grey, Los Cuernos, Valle del Francés and Las Torres. This, one of the most popular hikes in Patagonia, is truly world class and considered a trekking experience of a lifetime. 

2020-2021 Prices

What's Included:

Classic 5 day W program - USD$ 1500 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.

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

***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

Route Map

Night 2 - Paine Grande Campsite

Night 1- Grey Campsite

Night 3 - Francés Campsite

Night 4 - Central Campsite

W Trail 

Start

End

Key

                                                                      Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1

In the morning we will leave Puerto Natales for a 2-2.5 hour drive to the park, after entering the park we will continue to the catamaran that will take us for approximately 25 minutes over Lago Pehoe to Paine Grande. Here we start our first hike of the ‘W’ trek. After a quick organizational break we begin hiking towards Refugio Grey. This will be an 11 km hike with amazing views over the Grey Lake, which displays the impressive geological changes that have happened in this area.  

 

Day 2

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 all-together more challenging experience.

 

Day 3

On this day we make our way to the beautiful Valle del Francés. Starting our walk to Campamento Italiano over rolling hills we will arrive at the foot of the valley, here we drop 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, Paine Grande. From here it is another hour and a half to get to the second viewpoint, Britanico. This forest hike is very relaxing with boulder fields here and there opening up the amazing 360° views 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 Campamento Italiano. Here we pick up our backpacks again and finish the day with an half an hour hike to our campground for the night, camping Francés. 

 

Day 4

Today will bring us into the valley where we will find the famous Torres del Paine. We will cross pebble beaches, cover steep inclines and descents with views overlooking Lago Nordenskjold and up against the impressive walls of the Cuernos towers and Cerro Almirante Nieto. Around every corner you will find a different perspective of the Patagonian steppe. After a few hours of hiking will we get to the entrance of the Ascencio Valley. Here we will find our camping ground. A beautiful open campsite where we will have a view of the famous towers while having our dinner.

 

Day 5

This is the day we will hike up to the 'Torres'. A full day of hiking with only our daypack. Starting with a 2 hours hike up to the entrance of the valley. Here we will have an amazing view into the green Ascencio valley and walk down to Refugio Chileno. From there we start walking through the Magellanic forests for an hour until getting to Camp Torres where 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 Hotel Las Torres. This marks the end of our trekking, we will then take our transportation back to Puerto Natales where our 'W' program officially ends.

2020 Dates

Day Zero*

Departure

Return

Oct 13, 2020

Oct 19, 2020

Nov 01, 2020

Nov 13, 2020

Nov 19, 2020

Dec 01, 2020

Dec 13, 2020

Dec 19, 2020

Dec 26, 2020

October

Oct 14, 2020   

Oct 20, 2020

November

Nov 02, 2020

Nov 14, 2020

Nov 20, 2020

December

Dec 02, 2020

Dec 14, 2020

Dec 20, 2020

Dec 27, 2020

Oct 18, 2020

Oct 24, 2020

Nov 6, 2020

Nov 18, 2020

Nov 24, 2020

Dec 06, 2020

Dec 18, 2020

Dec 24, 2020

Dec 31, 2020

2021 Dates

Day Zero*

Jan 13, 2021

Jan 19, 2021

Febr 01, 2021

Febr 13, 2021

Febr 19, 2021

March 01, 2021

March 13, 2021

March 19, 2021

April 01, 2021

April 13, 2021

April 19, 2021

Departure

January

Jan 14, 2021

Jan 20, 2021

February

Febr 02, 2021

Febr 14, 2021

Febr 20, 2021

March

March 02, 2021

March 14, 2021

March 20, 2021

April

April 02, 2021

April 14, 2021

April 20, 2021

Return

Jan 18, 2021

Jan 24, 2021

Febr 6, 2021

Febr 18, 2021

Febr 24, 2021

March 06, 2021

March 18, 2021

March 24, 2021

April 06, 2021

April 18, 2021

April 24, 2021

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

Departure from/ return Puerto Natales