Patagonia Torres del Paine Short W Trek

5-day Torres del Paine trek

Trip Length: 5 Days
Group Size: 2-12
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An unforgettable exploration among the highlights of Chile's famous park. This Torres del Paine trek will be a memory for a lifetime!

Feast your eyes on skyrocketing mountains, deep blue glaciers, and hauntingly beautiful forests in Torres del Paine National Park. This shorter version of the world-renowned W Trek will be complete with EcoCamp's signature blend of adventure and comfort.

5-day W Torres del Paine Trek: a hiking experience among beautiful fauna and flora.




  • Trek the W and marvel at the top highlights of Torres del Paine on an active 5-day adventure.
  • Stay in the world’s first sustainable geodesic hotel EcoCamp Patagonia. It's a chance to make new friends, eat tasty food made from local ingredients and connect with nature.
  • Uncover local secrets from expert guides and discover unique flora and fauna. 
  • Enjoy the trek by only carrying your daypack while our staff takes care of your personal belongings.
  • Recommended trek for active hikers.


Day 1: The Patagonian Adventure Starts

Torres del Paine National Park

In the morning, you’ll be picked up from the airport or your hotel in Punta Arenas and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. On the way, we’ll make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of Last Hope Sound (Ultima Esperanza)"Seno de Ultima Esperanza," where we can enjoy a hearty  lunch of local food. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric and, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Towers.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Meals: Lunch or Box Lunch, Dinner.

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Day 2: The Paine Massif's Heart: French Valley

Torres del Paine National Park

 Today is our first full day of adventures in Torres del Paine! We'll start with a filling breakfast and then drive towards  Pudeto dock where we will board the catamaran to Pehoe. From here, we'll begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in we go depends on our group's trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the southeastern face of the Massif, where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. We'll keep heading towards the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations. After our upward trek, we'll pause for a picnic and relax next to the stunning views. This day's trek will end as we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest, leading us  to Refugio Paine Grande which is located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe.

Please note: The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe: From October 1st to 31st and from April 1st to 30th the navigation operates only once a day, therefore the hike will be limited and only reach Italian campsite depending on the passengers walking pace. From November 1st to March 30th the excursion operates on a regular basis.

  • Hiking Distance: 25 km/15 mi.
  • Hiking Time: 8 hrs.
  • Max. Altitude: 686 m./2250 ft.
  • Elevation gain: 663 m. / 2175 ft.

Overnight at Camping Paine Grande.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner.

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Day 3: Grey Lake boat ride & Trek to Paine Grande

Torres del Paine National Park

In the morning, we'll hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey.  We'll feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails right to the facade of Glacier Grey. Take in the unreal views of this beautiful glacier, while sipping on a drink stocked with fresh glacier ice.  After finishing our boat ride, we'll take a transfer to EcoCamp.

*Please be aware that boat trips may be canceled if the minimum number of 10 passengers has not been reached. If this is the case, we will trek up to the sightseeing point to enjoy panoramic views of the glacier instead. Then we will return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to the dock, where we will be picked up and driven to EcoCamp.

  • Hiking Distance: 11 km./6.8 mi.
  • Hiking Time: 4 hrs. (40 min. by boat).
  • Max. Altitude: 244 m./800 ft.
  • Elevation gain: 836 m./2742 ft.

 Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: The Big Challenge: Trek to the Towers Base

Torres del Paine National Park

The goal of our fifth day will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! It's a challenge, but definitely worth it! We'll walk from the campsite towards Hostería Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests, and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge is the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which leads us to that iconic base-view of the Towers, three gigantic granite monoliths that are the remains of a great cirque sheared away by glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting next to this beautiful view, we'll backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner and a glass of Chilean wine.

  • Hiking Distance: 22 km./13.6 mi.
  • Hiking Time: 10 hrs.
  • Max. Altitude: 914 m./3000 ft.
  • Elevation gain: 796 m./2611 ft.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: Adiós Torres del Paine!

Torres del Paine National Park

We will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales in time to catch the evening flight. Alternatively, transportation to El Calafate can be arranged too.

Meal: Breakfast.

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EcoCamp Patagonia

Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with a unique view of the majestic granite towers. The world's geodesic dome hotel, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in sustainable accommodation inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants.

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 28m²/300ft²)

Suite domes were designed to further our goal of providing comfort in a natural setting with minimal environmental impact, and also maintain the hotel’s familiar and cozy vibe. The domes have comfortable double or twin beds, a wood stove and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

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EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome Loft
(2 floors, Heating & Private bathroom, 37m²/398ft²)

Suite dome lofts are two-storey domes which fit up to four people and have comfortable double or twin beds both up and downstairs. These domes, ideal for families or groups of friends, come with a wood stove, a private terrace and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

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EcoCamp Patagonia Superior Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 23m²/250ft²)

Spacious, comfortable and equipped with private bathrooms, Superior Domes are the optimum choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day’s walk. Each Superior Dome has comfortable queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater, skylight windows and a private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet.

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EcoCamp Patagonia Standard Dome
(Shared bathroom, 10m²/108ft²)

EcoCamp Standard domes were the world's first lodge accommodation in geodesic shape. They are resistant to the strong Patagonian winds, and come equipped with two single beds (doubles on request), cozy fleece blankets and feather quilts. There are windows in the ceiling for stargazing. Standard domes include shared bathrooms which are large, comfortable and gender divided.


Overnight at Campsite in Paine Grande

On day 2, accommodation will be provided in tents. The campsite provides satisfactory bathroom facilities. Meals will be served inside the refugio.

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Paine Grande's Shared Dormitories

An optional upgrade to the shared dormitories inside Refugio Paine Grande can be requested. Please review availability and prices with your Travel Experience Designer.

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  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary.
  • One expert English/Spanish speaking trekking guide.
  • Torres del Paine National Park fee.
  • 3 nights accommodation at EcoCamp (dome of your choice).
  • 1-night accommodation at Camping Paine Grande.
  • Boat crossing over Pehoe Lake and Grey Lake.
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, sleeping mat & tent.
  • Luggage transport (while trekking you will carry just your day pack).
  • Transportation to/from El Calafate (This includes bus tickets and van transportation between hotels and the bus terminal).


Not included

  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance (appropriate health & travel insurance is mandatory).
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff.
  • Cash for buying extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs.
  • Personal items.



Regular Departures are available every Sunday from October to April.

Departures require a minimum of 2 participants. If a given departure isn't available, you will be put on a waiting list.

Would you like a private departure for this trip? Or would you prefer to customize the itinerary and destinations in Chile and Argentina? You can choose your preferred standard of accommodation, travel dates, and the amount of time to spend at each location. With advance planning, we can provide an expert guide tailored to your group's interests.

Starting / finishing point

The trip starts on Sunday and finishes on Thursday with pick-ups and drop-offs in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate. Please visit our Weekly Transfer Board for details of EcoCamp pick up and drop off times.

Important Notes

During shoulder and low season (October and April), some excursions are subject to the weather conditions and might be canceled 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.

Physical demands

This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. During this trek you will walk a total of 61kms /38mi. On the map, in the itinerary section, click on the walking person icon for daily information.

To fully enjoy this trek, it's important to be in good physical shape before you arrive. Begin a conditioning program well in advance of your departure.

Group size guiding staff

  • 9 travelers is the most typical group size, plus guiding staff.
  • Maximum 12 clients.
  • Guide to passenger ratio: 1:6

Children policy

Those aged 13 years or older are welcome and are considered adults.

Children between 10 and 12 might be accepted in this program if their legal guardian sends a formal letter stating that the child is prepared for such an intense trekking trip and authorizes us to hire a private guide in case the child cannot perform well during the trek.

Children under 10 years of age cannot participate in this trip.

This trip doesn’t offer a special discount for children.


In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transportation is in minivans that normally seat between 8 to 14 people. Pick up/drop off times shown in the Weekly Transfer Board are approximate and will be confirmed closer to the time by our local operations team. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.


The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass.Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March), you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. Summer’s average temperature is 11ºC (52ºF), ranging between 2 to 24ºC (35 to 75ºF).


What you need to bring


Passengers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once. We recommend the following:

  • A day backpack (30 liters - to carry camera, glasses, raincoat, etc).
  • Trekking or hiking boots.
  • Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • 2 pairs of woolen socks.
  • Fleece jacket or sweater.
  • Shorts or comfortable loose pants.
  • Sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm and screen).
  • Optional Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body.
  • Cash for buying extra drinks,snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park.

Itinerary modifications

The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to plan around at times. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide based upon operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate parts of the itinerary based on these considerations.


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