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7 Day W Trek Eco Camp

7 Days FROM USD 1,830

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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 resembling a giant 'W'. The trails in between the famous Torres del Paine mountains are among the world's classic trekking routes. Teeming with a plethora of unrivaled flora and fauna this is a truly magnificent experience. Undertake incredible hikes, walks and cycling experiences surrounded by some of natures most incredible vistas. 

The EcoCamp Experience

Let yourself experience the first one of its kind in the world - EcoCamp Lodge. Located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, EcoCamp perfectly fits its pristine surroundings. Modelled on the ancient shelters of the region’s Kaweskar people, the dome styled accommodation is made from renewable materials and offers big panoramic windows to catch as much daylight and reduce electricity usage. The camp is also powered by solar panels and battery banks help to reduce the negative tourism footprint in Patagonia and preserve its pristine and uniqueness. While still considering nature, you can enjoy cozy and spacious domes, socialize during yoga classes or in community domes with other visitors. In order to cherish the surrounding nature, activities like multi-sport adventures, wildlife watching and a variety of hiking and walking trails are provided for your comfort. Eco Camp has many itineraries to choose from, including Short W Trek
 

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Trip Code: CLTSWTP

Travel Style: Small Group Tour.

Location: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to South America. Contact us today to discuss. 

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Discover the incredible beauty of Torres del Paine National Park, one of natures greatest wonders, an incredible blend of dynamic scenery and awe-inspiring landscapes. 

  • Stay at the unique EcoCamp, the world’s first fully sustainable geodesic dome hotel. A truly  spectacular piece of comfort and luxury to enhance your adventure all whilst interweaving an ingrained respect for the remote natural environment in which you are staying. 

  • Team up with our highly experienced and knowledgeable guides to head off on one of the most famous treks in the world, ending each day with spectacular sights, delicious meals, and comfortable nighttime accommodations. 

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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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Alternatively, you may choose to experience the incredible and drastic landscapes of the Atacama. Tierra Atacama provides an all inclusive experience in the worlds most surreal desert. Amidst arid salt flats, hot springs and geysers come drastic changes of fertile ravines and oases making for perfect culinary tours. This is a unique place where geography, nature and luxury morph into unforgettable experiences.Find out more.

     

  • Additionally, you can take an incredible journey and bear witness to the awe-inspiring and stunning beauty of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. See incredible wildlife at Ainsworth Bay or be mesmerised by the colossal Pia Glacier on a 5-day cruise that will take you to ‘The end of the World’. Find out more.

  • Follow in the footsteps of the explorers of old and visit one of the most spectacular places on Earth. Leave Punta Arenas and journey to spectacular locations such as Cape Horn, the mythical Drake Passage and of course the frozen White Continent on an Antarctica express air cruise! Find out more.

WHY TAILOR-MADE?

  • Personalise your itinerary
  • Access to great flight deals
  • Choose your accomodation
  • Tailored travel insurance options
  • Choose your preferred dates
  • Cater to your travel needs

Pricing & date

7 Day W Trek Eco Camp from 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.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

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

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

Eco Camp created accomodation based on low impact design that has gained an award-winning reputation for its eco-friendly policies and innovative us of green technology and being a leader in environmentally responsible travel. They  have been certified as complying with the highest international standards of environmental management. In regards to socio-cultural aspects, all food is bought from nearby farm suppliers, horses are hired from local ranch owners, most handicrafts and decoration are purchased from local artisan markets and they ensure a fair price is paid for all goods when buying directly from the local community. Eco Camp also offers regular in-house training of staff of which 90% are employed from the local region. EcoCamps also offer competive wages and good living conditions and support all staff having indefinite contracts. They are a supporter of the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund as a partner which aims to enhance the experience and long-term health of Torres del Paine and its surrounding communities as tourist destinations through projects that improve the environment, the community, and the tourism product of the region.  EcoCamp also aims to educate guests about Patagonia's original inhabitants, nomadic tribes such as the Kaweskars and Yaghans, as well as the baqueano culture and the history of sheep farming in the region. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE