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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Departure from/ return Puerto Natales