"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 0: Meeting day.

Briefing with the guide at our Expedition center at - 5pm. Gear check and itinerary review.

 

Day 1: Puerto Natales – Campsite Grey.

 

We will start our trip in the early morning, leaving Puerto Natales for a 2 - 2.5-hour drive to the West entrance of the National park Torres del Paine. On the way, we can enjoy the view of the mountains that form the amazing landscape of Patagonia. We will pass by lakes, forest and also one of the best lookouts of the whole national park mountain range.

After we check in at the ranger station and entrance of the park we will continue driving for another half an hour to get to Pudeto peer. We take the catamaran that will take us for approximately 25 minutes over the Lake Pehoe, known as the most beautiful lake in the region, until we get to the Paine Grande Lodge/campsite. From here we start to get ready for our first hike and the official start of the ‘W’ trail. After a quick organizational break, we begin hiking towards Campsite/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. When arriving at the campsite, we set up the tents and prepare for dinner.

 

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

 

In the morning of our second day, we do a half-day hike that goes up to an amazing viewpoint of glaciers and the southern Patagonian ice-field. We will be able to do this section of the hike with a light daypack. During this hike, we will cross mainly forest and two hanging bridges to get to an encompassing view over Glacier Grey. Coming back to camp, we will pack our backpacks and start our hike back to Paine Grande campsite, where we will stay for the night. This campground is known for its amazing views of the “Cuernos”, big granite walls that are part of the unique mountain range of the national park, and also the strong gusts of wind that can make camping an all-together more challenging experience.

 

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

  

On the third day, we make our way to the beautiful Valle del Francés. We start our walk from Paine Grande to Campsite Italiano, over rolling hills we will arrive at a ranger station 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; the first viewpoint is called Mirador Francés, it will take us 1 hour 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. From this spot, it is another hour and a half to get to the second viewpoint called Británico. This next part of the trail is easier and relaxing, with a boulder field at the end were we can have the amazing 360° view around you.

 

The Británico lookout is on a big rock formation at the end of the valley, the best spot for the perfect picture from the Valle del Francés. After some good time enjoying the view, we turn around and go back to Campsite Italiano. Here we pick up our big backpacks again and go for the last half an hour hiking to the campground for the night, camping Francés. 

 

Day 4: Campsite Francés – Campsite Las Torres/Central.

 

Today is one of the longest day of the W trek. We will cross forest, pebble beaches, some steep inclines and descents, all this with views overlooking Lago Nordenskjold and up against the impressive walls of the Cuernos and the Almirante Nieto mountain. Around every corner you will find a different perspective of the Patagonian steppe, making this a beautiful landscape.

After a few hours of hiking, we get to the beginning of the Ascencio Valley, were we can start to see part of the famous Torres del Paine. Here we will find our camping ground.

 

Day 5: Base Torres hike – Puerto Natales.

 

This is our last trekking day, going up to the famous Torres del Paine. A full day of hiking with only our daypack. Starting the hike up into the mountain, we will have an amazing view from the green Ascencio Valley, and the mountains from the surroundings. After 2 hours hiking up, we reach “The pass of the wind”, the best view of the while valley Ascencio. From here we start walking down to Refugio Chileno, located next to the river of the valley. After a short break we will continue hiking for another hour into the valley, through the beautiful Magellan forest. At the end of the forest, we will find “Camp Torres” and the ranger station of the area. From here we start hiking the last section of the trail, for 45 min we make our way up to finally get to the “Mirador” where can see the three towers standing in front of a glacial lake.

 

After having enjoyed the spectacle at the towers, we will make our way back down to the camping ground. This marks the end of our trek. We will then take our private 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

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