Patagonia Torres del Paine W Trek

7-day W Trek tour

Trip Length: 7 Days
Group Size: 2-12
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Are you ready to discover the iconic W Trek tour experience? It's one of the world's best adventures, taking you deep into Torres del Paine National Park. 

The visually stunning W Trek highlights the best of Torres del Paine, including Grey Glacier, French Valley, and the Tower base, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Team up with our highly experienced and knowledgeable guides and head off on one of the most famous treks in the world. Spend your evenings at cozy refugios and EcoCamp Patagonia, an award-winning hotel that combines revolutionary eco-living with delicious food, yoga, and great company.

W Trek tour: the best of Torres del Paine during a hiking adventure.

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Highlights

Highlights

  • Trek on some of Patagonia’s best trails and pass by picturesque landscapes, such as the French Valley or base of the Paine Towers.
  • Take a relaxing boat ride to Grey Glacier, one of the park’s top attractions. 
  • Spend some of your nights at EcoCamp Patagonia, the world’s first geodesic dome hotel. It’s a chance to snack on tasty food made from local ingredients, mingle with new friends from around the world and sleep in your own cozy eco-dome.
  • Enjoy the trek by only carrying your daypack while our porters take your backpack with your personal belongings.
  • Recommended trek for active hikers. 

Itinerary

Day 1: The Patagonian Adventure Starts

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Let’s begin the trip of a lifetime! We’ll start with a morning pick-up from your hotel or the airport in Punta Arenas and drive to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. On the way to EcoCamp, we’ll make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of Last Hope Sound (Ultima Esperanza) where we can enjoy a hearty lunch of local food. This scenic journey ends with our arrival at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park with a prime view of the majestic Paine Towers.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia

Meals: Lunch or Box Lunch, Dinner.

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Day 2: Los Cuernos Trek

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

We’ll dive into our Patagonian adventure with a pleasant walk along the Cuernos Trail which leads  to the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this warm-up walk, we will have the opportunity to admire the park’s exquisite flora and fauna and take in the views of the horn-like peaks of slate that sit atop the gray granite of the Paine Massif. The trek may end at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cozy mountain guesthouse located on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. Or it will end at Domo el Francés, located between Cuernos and Italiano camping sites, with an amazing view of Nordenskjöld Lake. The evening is at your leisure.

  • Hiking Distance: 12 km./7.5 mi.

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hrs.

  • Max. Altitude: 244 m./800 ft.

  • Elevation gain: 300 m. / 1148 ft.

Overnight at Camping Cuernos or Camping El Francés (depending on availability)*

*Please ask your Travel Experience Designer about upgrades to shared dormitories.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner.

Cuernos to EcoCamp Trek

Day 3: The Paine Massif's Heart: Valle Frances

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Get your boots ready for today’s challenging, yet rewarding, trek. After breakfast at Refugio Los Cuernos, we'll begin hiking along a steep trail leading into the very heart of the Paine Massif - the famed French Valley. How far we’ll go depends on our group's trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead us to the French River’s hanging bridge, located at the foot of the south-eastern face of the Massif. We will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After our upward trek, we will pause for a tasty picnic and relax for a while. The day's trek will end with a descent through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest to Refugio Paine Grande.

Please note: An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is also possible with previous coordination with the guides.

  • Hiking Distance: 20 Km. / 12.4 Mi. (If you are hiking until Mirador Británico, that's an additional 4 Km. / 2.4 Mi.).

  • Hiking Time: 10 hrs.

  • Max. Altitude: 686 m./2250 ft.

  • Elevation gain: 820 m. / 2690 ft.

Overnight at Camping Paine Grande*

*Please ask your Travel Experience Designer about upgrades to shared dormitories.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner.

French Valley Viewpoint - Webp

Day 4: Glacier Grey

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Today we will hike from the Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of Lake Grey. We will feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails to the huge, crystalline facade of Glacier Grey. From the southern end of Glacier Grey, we will transfer to EcoCamp. Due to the temperamental weather of the region, boat trips across the lake may occasionally be canceled or if the required minimum of 15 passengers is not reached. If this is the case, we will trek up to the sightseeing point to enjoy wonderful, panoramic views of Grey Glacier instead. Afterward, it is time to 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.

  • Max. Altitude: 244 m./800 ft.

  • Elevation gain: 271 m. / 889 ft.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner.

Grey Trail 2

Day 5: The Big Challenge: Trek to the Towers Base

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Today is the big day -- the walk to the base of the famous Paine Towers. We will 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 that lead to that iconic base of the Towers, the 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 on the view,we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner and some tasty Chilean wine.

  • Hiking Distance: 22 km./14 mi.

  • Hiking Time: 9 hrs.

  • Max. Altitude: 914 m./3000 ft.

  • Elevation gain: 1148 m. / 3766 ft.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner.

Towers Base Lookout

Day 6: Eastern Lakes

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

On the sixth day, we'll opt for a less strenuous trail in order to counter our exhausting efforts of the previous day. After breakfast, we will drive to the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake where the Fauna Trail begins. As we hike northbound, we will spot an impressive range of Patagonian fauna on the vast plains, and maybe even the occasional puma print! We will pass the charming Goic lagoon and, after approximately 5 km of relaxed walking, we will reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station. After lunch, we will make a leisurely car journey towards Laguna Azul, home to many wild guanacos and ñandús. We will pause occasionally to admire the views of the Patagonian steppe and the Towers from its many perspectives. At Laguna Azul, we will hike to the lookout point where we will be treated to a gorgeous view of both the lagoon and the granite towers. Later, we will be picked up and driven back to Ecocamp to celebrate with a farewell dinner.

  • Hiking Distance: 6 km./4 mi.

  • Hiking Time: 3 hrs.

  • Max. Altitude: 300 m./984 ft.

  • Elevation gain: 267 m. / 876 ft.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner.

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Day 7: Adiós Torres del Paine!

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

On to the next adventure! Today we will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas in time to catch an evening flight onwards. Alternatively, transportation to El Calafate can also be arranged.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Laguna Azul

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Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia (Nights 1, 4, 5 & 6)

Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile with views of the majestic granite Paine Towers. It was the first geodesic dome hotel in the world, offering an upscale camp at the domes 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.

Suite Dome at EcoCamp

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.

Suite Dome Loft at EcoCamp

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.

Superior Dome at EcoCamp

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.

Standard Domes at EcoCamp

Campsite at Los Cuernos or El Francés (Night 2)

Depending on the itinerary, guests will have the opportunity to camp at either the picturesque El Francés or Los Cuernos Sector during their stay. Both locations offer stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and are perfect for immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Torres del Paine National Park.

Optional upgrade to the shared dormitories inside Refugios are available upon request, please ask to your Travel Experience Designer for more information.

Los Cuernos Campsite & Refugio

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Shared dormitories in Refugio Los Cuernos

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Francés Campsite & Refugio

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Shared dormitories at Domes in Refugio Francés

Domo Frances Interior 3 Domo Frances Interior 2

 

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Campsite at Paine Grande (Night 3)

Accommodation in tents for 2 people will be provided in the corresponding shelter facilities. The shelters are heated and have a very comfortable feeding area where abundant meals are served. Alternatively, guest houses or lodges have rooms for 4 to 6 people. The beds are single bunk beds (sleeping bags and fleece blankets are provided) while the bathrooms are also shared and have hot water.

Optional upgrade to the shared dormitories inside Refugios are available upon request, please ask to your Travel Experience Designer for more information.

Paine Grande Campsite & 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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Included

Included

  • All ground transport - private and domestic - as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Boat crossing on Grey Lake.
  • 4 nights accommodation in EcoCamp.
  • 1 night accommodation at Camping Paine Grande.
  • 1 night at Camping Los Cuernos or Camping El Francés (depending on availability).
  • Park fees for 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 day pack).
  • Transportation to/from El Calafate (This includes bus tickets and van transportation between hotels and the bus terminal).
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches/Box Lunches, 6 Dinners.

Not included

  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory).
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff.
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp. Bring cash to buy extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Personal items.

Facts

Departures

Every Monday 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.

Starting / finishing point

This trip starts on Monday and finishes on Sunday with pickups 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.

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Discover our exciting W Trek - Brush Variant program, sailing from the fjords to the heart of the Paine Massif, with stunning views of three magnificent glaciers and virgin forests.

Departures are every Friday from November to March. Don't hesitate to explore this incredible experience by clicking here.

Important notes

During Low and Shoulder Season (October and April), the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be canceled, if this is the case, the itinerary will be modified sou depart from Paine Grande through the Pehoé Lake navigation or Las Carretas trail.

If refugios are unavailable, alternative accommodation will be provided in tents or domes with prior notice.

If you choose a Standard Dome and you are traveling alone, you can share the dome with another person of the same gender and pay the double base price. If you want the dome to yourself, you need to pay a Single Supplement.

Accommodation in the refugio will be provided in comfortable tents or domes, including mat, sleeping bag and a polar fleece liner; our team will set up and dismantle all this. The campsite provides satisfactory bathroom facilities. Meals will be served inside the refugio.

Please note: During Shoulder and Low Season (October and April) the Towers Base Trek excursion might be canceled due to weather conditions and safety concerns.

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 77kms /48,5mi. On the map, in the itinerary section, click on the walking person icon for daily information.   

To enjoy this trek it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a program of conditioning well before 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.

Transport

In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people. Pick up/ off times will be confirmed locally by our operations team. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.

Weather

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the winds that circle the Antarctic landmass, making the weather hard to predict. Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning; 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 a camera, glasses, raincoat, etc).
  • Trekking or hiking boots.
  • Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • 2 pairs of wool 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 to buy extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park.

Porter service and luggage handling

Who are the porters?

The porters are people who will help us with the logistics of transporting luggage during our trip. They will be in charge of carrying items such as: tents, sleeping bags, mats/insulators and dry bags*. They will transport these items from Ecocamp or the camps occupied during the trek, to our next stops, making sure to arrive on time so that we can find these items at our disposal once we arrive at the camps/refugios.

*Dry bags: Dry bags, as their name indicates, are waterproof bags in which we can store the items that we will not need during the walks and keep them dry and insulated while the porters transport them. The dry bag limit (regulated based on the weight that is healthy for porters to carry) is 15 Lt. and 5 Kg/11 Lb. each (in case there is more than one dry bag on your trip).

These bags will be labeled with your name so that they are not confused with those of other members of your group.

Dry bag logistics for the 7 Days W Trek

Upon arrival at EcoCamp, the guides will give a briefing to explain in detail the logistics of the dry baga and the next day's activity.

On the 7 Day W trek you will be given 1 dry bag, which you must fill with your belongings on day 1 of the itinerary upon arriving at Ecocamp. This bag will have the following organization/logistics.

Day 2: On day 2 of the itinerary, this bag will be transported from EcoCamp to Camping Cuernos or Francés (depending on availability), where it will wait for you with your belongings for that evening.

Day 3: On day 3 of the itinerary, this bag will be transported from EcoCamp to Camping Paine Grande, where it will wait for you with your belongings for that evening.

Day 4: The dry bag leaves from Paine Grande to EcoCamp, where you can have it when you arrive in the afternoon.

Tips for assembling dry bags

Taking into account that you will only have access to 1 of the 2 dry bags during your trip (when your trip includes 2), we recommend the following to have optimal access to your items:

  • In dry bags, store items that you will only need during the nights in refugios, for example: Change of clothes (underwear, pants, t-shirts, first layers, socks).
  • Sleeping bags and insulators/mats are NOT stored in the dry bags, these will be transported separately by the porters.
  • Do not store items that you will need every night such as personal hygiene items or medications; we recommend that you carry these items in your daily backpack.
  • Do not store items that are too large or heavy, remember that these must be transported by the porters and have a limit of 5Kg/11Lb.
  • Do not store flammable or too delicate items that could cause accidents for those transporting the dry bags.
  • Avoid storing food in dry bags as it can ruin the bag and also spoil the food.

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 and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based upon these safety/weather considerations.

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