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.
This short version of the W trek will take you on trails reaching amazing glaciers, lakes, forests and the mighty Paine Towers, providing constant delight to your trekking-hungry soul!
This afternoon we 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. This evening we will enjoy a hearty dinner and take advantage of the camp’s cosy social quarters to meet our guides and prepare for the adventure ahead. Overnight at Eco Camp.
After breakfast, drive through the Torres del Paine National Park towards Pudeto Dock on the shores of Pehoé Lake. Here you board the catamaran that takes you to the north western area of the lake from where you begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley). This is a steep hike that comprises the middle point in the W. 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. Overnight at a Refugio.
Today you’ll hike from Refugio Paine Grande along the shores of 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 EcoCamp. 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. Overnight at the Eco Camp.
After breakfast, begin your mission to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park. Walk from the EcoCamp towards Hostería Las Torres before joining with the undulating uphill path that takes you to the scenic Ascencio Valley. From here, 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 of the world! Here you have a relaxing lunch before returning along the same trail to the Eco Camp. Overnight at the Eco Camp.
All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
Regular bus tickets Calafate to Natales if starting or finishing in El Calafate - check last section
One expert English/Spanish speaking trekking guide
Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine NP fees
3 nights accommodation in EcoCamp standard domes (shared basis)
1 night accommodation at Refugio Paine Grande* (shared basis)
Boat crossing over Lake Pehoe** and Lake Grey**
Sleeping bag for the mountain refuges if needed
Luggage transport: while trekking you will carry just your daypack
day 1: L, D
day 2: B, BL, D
day 3: B, BL, D
day 4: B, BL, D
day 5: B, BL
B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: lunch, D: dinner.
* Either in refugio or refugio's camping area
**During Shoulder and low season (October and April), some excursions are subject to the weather conditions and might be cancelled or modified for reasons of security, for example the Navigation on Grey Lake, the excursion to the French Valley and to the Tower base trek. In any case we will either modify the original itinerary or offer you a good alternative of excursion within the park.
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
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.
Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
Upmarket properties with above average facilities and service.
Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.
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