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7 Day W Trek Eco Camp

7 Days FROM USD 1,830

Overview

Take on the challenge of the W Trek, one of the world's great treks. A mind-blowing run of twisted volcanic peaks, tumbling glaciers and aquamarine lakes, it zigzags across the Cordillera del Paine like a giant W.

The trails in between the famous Torres del Paine mountains are among the world's classic trekking routes. This trip will definitely be a highlight of your travel memories!

Trip Code: CLTSWTP

Location: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

This morning you will be met at the airport or your hotel in Punta Arenas before setting off for the world famous Torres del Paine National Park. This internationally acclaimed park is Chile’s premier trekking destination and boasts panoramic scenery, incredible wildlife and diverse ecosystems. En route stop in the town of Puerto Natales a small but lively town on the shores of Seno Última Esperanza to enjoy a hearty lunch of delicious local food. Continue on stopping once more at the enormous Milodon Cave before arriving at the Eco Camp inside the park.

In the afternoon arrive at the Eco Camp located inside the park. This well-equipped, environmentally friendly camp comprises of a collection of dome structured tents which nestle perfectly into their surroundings.

Transfer from Punta Arenas to Eco-Camp

Begin your adventure in the National Park with a pleasant walk through the undulating Cuernos trail which runs alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this walk take in the park’s charming flora and fauna, its strong wind and the curious four-seasons weather that will accompany you over the following days. As you make your way through the trail, enjoy magnificent views of the park’s central lakes and the iconic Paine’s Horns. Continue to Refugio Los Cuernos to spend the night.

Los Cuernos del Paine

This morning begin a challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), following a steep trail that takes you deep into the heart of the Paine Massif. The French Valley is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the park and indeed the world. The high altitude valley is ringed by a curtain of almost vertical rock which creates an amphitheatre of granite walls and spires. It is famous for its 360 degree panoramic views of Los Cuernos, the French Glacier and Lago Nordenskjold. From the valley continue on using a hanging bridge to cross the French River and follow the trail to the upper prospects of the valley to enjoy a picnic lunch and well deserved break.

Valle Frances

Today you will hike from Refugio Paine Grande along the shores of the mountain-lined Lake Pehoé to the northern end of glacial Lake Grey. Enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding the boat to sail to the blue face of Glacier Grey. There is plenty of time to marvel at this calving glacier before the boat continues across Lake Grey weaving its way through the floating pieces of ice. Once on shore make your way to the Eco Camp. If the weather conditions prevent the navigation of Lake Grey, a hike to Glacier Grey will take place instead. Then at Pudeto, board the catamaran to cross Lake Pehoé.

Torres del Paine Glacier Grey

After breakfast begin your mission to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park. Walk from the Eco Camp towards Hostería Las Torres before joining with the undulating uphill path that takes you to the scenic Ascencio Valley. From here you follow a steep trail until the magnificent Towers come into full view, rising majestically before you with the glacial lake visible below. This is one of the most breathtaking sights in the world! Here you have a relaxing lunch before returning along the same trail to the Eco Camp.

Torres del Paine

Hike to the Laguna Azul lookout to take in the stunning view of both the lagoon and granite towers. Continue along the eastern side of Lago Sarmiento to the calcium formations on the lake’s shores where guanacos are often seen. Later, trek to Paso Las Corneas which boasts spectacular views of Rio Paine, Lake Pehoé and the massif of Paine. You also have the option of hiking to the Toro lookout point that offers more incredible scenery - Lago Toro and the Patagonian steppe! Upon returning to the Eco Camp, a farewell dinner is celebrated, a fitting way to end what has undoubtedly been an incredible journey through Patagonia.

Eastern Lakes

Board an early morning vehicle for the scenic ride back to Punta Arenas where you will arrive with time to catch the evening flight to Santiago.

Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas
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Pricing & date

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Standard Daily 7 USD 1,830
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Important Information

  • All ground transport - private and domestic - as indicated in the itinerary
    Regular bus tickets Calafate <> Natales if starting/finishing in Calafate (check last section).
    Boat crossing on Grey Lake* please check day 4 of the itinerary
    4 nights accommodation in EcoCamp standard domes (shared basis)
    1 night accommodation at Refugio Paine Grande**
    1 night in Refugio Los Cuernos or Domo El Francés (depending on availability) **
    Park fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park
    One expert English speaking trekking guide
    Sleeping bag for refugios if needed
    Transportation for your luggage within the Park: while trekking you will carry just your daypack
    Meals (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner):
    day 1: L, D
    day 2: B, BL, D
    day 3: B, BL, D
    day 4: B, BL, D
    day 5: B, BL, D
    day 6: B, BL, D
    day 7: B, BL


    Excluded
    Flight tickets
    Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
    Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
    Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp. Bringing US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine NP is recommended
    Items of a personal nature

  • 4 (good fitness required)
  • Available upon request

  • *During Low & Shoulder Season (September, October and April) the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled, if this is the case we will  offer you a good alternative of excursion within the park.
    **If refugios are unavailable, alternative accommodation will be provided in tents or domes with prior notice.
    N.B. During Shoulder Season (September, October and April) the Towers Trek excursion might be cancelled because of weather conditions and safety considerations.

    Website price based on shoulder season rate (Oct and April) - surcharge applies for high season and peak season.

    Trip code: PAT 025

  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Eco Camp has gained an award-winning reputation for its eco-friendly policies and innovative use of green technology. We are leaders in environmentally responsible travel to areas of fragile natural resources and we minimise the footprint of every visitor in Torres del Paine National Park through our careful development strategy and implementation of green technology. Our low impact design and focus on raising guests’ awareness of how to care for their environment highlights our commitment to a greener present and future for tourism. Conservation is central to the philosophy driving our operations, and we have been certified as complying with the highest international standards of environmental management, such as ISO14001.

The design premise behind EcoCamp was to create accommodation where travellers could connect with nature and explore Torres del Paine without leaving a footprint. At EcoCamp guests are immersed in their natural surroundings, hearing the wind race through the sky while looking up at the stars through the ceiling of their cozy dome. All natural light and heat energy is utilised and electricity comes from hydro and solar energy. Domes blend naturally into their surrounding environment and flora and fauna continues to flourish on EcoCamp ground.

Our premise from the start has been to take comfort to the limits of what is sustainable and for this reason we resist the concept of luxury because environmental conservation will always be prioritised over any luxurious amenities or practices which could be detrimental to the park.

EcoCamp’s dome design was inspired by the The Kaweskars (Alacalufes), a group of nomadic Patagonian inhabitants whose presence in Torres del Paine is documented. They arrived by canoe in the 15th century and made no demands on natural resources as they travelled from place to place, setting up and dismantling their semi-circular huts built from simple materials, leaving no trace behind. To keep warm they lit fires inside the domes.

EcoCamp is a tribute to the ancient Kaweskar dwellings and way of life and the essence of their dome homes has been kept by maintaining a simple nomadic design in the midst of natural surroundings. Just like the Kaweskars, EcoCamp respects nature and aims to leaves no footprint behind in the wilderness.

All of our electricity (which is very little as most of our efforts go to efficiency and electricity saving) comes from a micro-hydro turbine and photovoltaic panels. Energy is gathered together in a 24V battery bank to power all of EcoCamp’s refrigerators, lighting, electrical appliances, stereos etc. Propane gas is only used to heat water and superior domes. A pilot scheme to heat shower water with solar energy is in motion.

Water from the river enters the micro-hydro turbine at 5 litres per second with a net pressure of 38 meters delivering a steady power of 800 Watts. An inverter is used to switch from the 24V DC in the battery bank to 220 AC, the standard voltage in Chile. An array of 1700 Watt photovoltaic panels, also connected to the battery bank, collect the extra energy needed at Ecocamp. 

Electricity is limited and only available to guests for charging camera batteries and laptops, not using hairdryers or electric razors. Solar energy is very efficient in summer when Patagonia receives up to 17 hours of sunlight daily.

Domes have skylight windows so natural light and heat can be utilized. This not only allows guests to follow natural light patterns but saves electricity, leaving us confident that our renewable energy sources are sufficient and fossil fuels are not needed. Suite domes have a wood stove for warmth, recycling dead wood from the park and avoiding the need to use diesel.

EcoCamp’s sustainable design, structure, implementation and maintenance is all the direct work of the owners themselves. Javier Lopez and Yerko Ivelic, both Chilean engineers, worked to design a hotel concept which would allow them to rely almost entirely on green energy. They then installed the micro-hydro turbine and composting toilet devices and taught a team of skilled workers how to work and maintain these features. To this date, ten years after EcoCamp’s opening, the owners continue to travel to Torres del Paine to oversee implementation and maintenance of the sophisticated structure they put in place all those years ago.

We have a basic policy of environmentally-sensitive waste management which includes bringing as little paper, tin and plastic into the wilderness as possible. All waste brought in is separated at the source and stored according to its recycling status: organic, paper, glass, and dangerous or toxic materials. All non-organic materials are removed and sent to the closest town of Punta Arenas to be recycled or disposed of and organic material is fed to a neighbouring pig farm.

Guides ensure guests leave no rubbish en route during treks, and that all non-biodegradable material is brought back to EcoCamp to be properly disposed of. Guests reuse zip-lock lunch bags and water flasks.

We choose all of our suppliers extremely carefully, ensuring they are all aware of and meet with our environmental standards. We buy in bulk so as to limit individual packaging and our suppliers limit packaging brought into the park to an absolute minimum.

Guests recycle their lunch bags everyday and use the same flask which they re-fill with water en route during their trek. We have a traveller handbook in all domes informing guests of our ecological practices and their responsibilities while in the park, which include staying on the raised wooden walkways, never smoking inside domes, using biodegradable hygiene products, always returning waste to the recycling point at EcoCamp, taking batteries back home, minimising time in the shower and sharing transport to and from EcoCamp.

EcoCamp has the world’s southern-most composting device, and the first in the hotel industry in the whole of Chile and Patagonia. Composting chambers collect waste from toilets and solid waste remains in the chamber, mixed with paper and wood chips, and is heated to keep microorganisms alive and the compost process active. Liquids are passed through a cleaning chamber, filtered, then passed into the ground. Due to the low temperatures in Patagonia, great effort is required to maintain the active process.