Torres del Paine
Winter W Trek

Trip Length: 6 Days
Group Size: 1-8
From: 2,420 USD
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The best of the W Trek, now in Winter. Ready for a trek of a lifetime?

See a different side of the iconic W Trek in Torres del Paine as few have ever seen or experienced it before. Trek into the heart of a Patagonian winter wonderland on this ultimate 6-day experience that takes you to the park’s iconic highlights such as the base of the Towers, French Valley and Grey Glacier. It’s a snowy trip (the use of crampons is highly recommend in some areas) made for true adventurers and those ready to explore Patagonia in a wild and rustic way!

(Available from June to August).



  • Famous W Trek in Torres del Paine.
  • Unique fauna and flora.
  • Magnificent winter scenery.
  • Grey Lake navigation, French Valley Trek, Nordenskjöld Lake, Base of the Towers and more.
  • Learn about conservation with a Leave No Trace program.


Day 1: The Patagonia adventure starts

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

In the morning, you will be picked up from the Punta Arenas Airport. We recommend arriving before 11 AM. After gathering the group, we will start driving towards EcoCamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine. On the way, we will stop for lunch in Puerto Natales, a lively town on the shores of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza). Once arriving at EcoCamp, we’ll have some time to relax, eat dinner and get ready for the adventure to come. Additionally, our group will be introduced to the basic principles, methodology and history of “leave no trace.” We’ll also be briefed on the best way to pack and travel with a backpack. In the coming days, we will learn more about each of the seven “leave no trace” principles and gain a new sense of environmental awareness.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Day 2: Cuernos Trek

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

We’ll dive into our Patagonian adventure with 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 will end at Refugio Los Cuernos, a campsite located on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold.  During the journey, we’ll learn about traveling and camping on durable surfaces, as well as how to properly dispose of waste. At the end of the day, we’ll spend the evening relaxing over dinner.

Overnight at Los Cuernos Campsite.

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). Through our “leave no trace” training, our guides will explain why all travelers should “leave what they find.” We will walk back to Paine Grande Campsite to spend the night and share a comforting dinner.

Overnight at Paine Grande Campsite.

Day 4: Grey Trail & Navigation

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Today we’ll hike our 7 hour (12 km) from the Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern end of the glacial Lake Grey. Along the trek, we will have different views of this breathtaking glacier, as well as the chance to enjoy various perspectives of the Southern Ice Fields. After that we will board 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. Along the way, our guides will also explain the importance of respecting wildlife and other visitors. After arriving at EcoCamp, you can snuggle in your cozy dome and enjoy a relaxing night with tasty food and fantastic company.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Day 5: Trek base of the Towers

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

After a refreshing night sleep at EcoCamp Patagonia, we’ll walk from EcoCamp to the baseview of the Towers, three gigantic granite monoliths and the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice.

We’ll head up through the Ascencio Valley, located on the Tower's eastern face. Snowy mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead us to that iconic base of the Towers. After a challenging uphill climb in the snow, the Towers eventually come into full view and will rise 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 and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley to return to EcoCamp for the night. We’ll also finish up our “leave no trace” training and earn our certificate, hopefully passing on our new conservation knowledge to others!

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Day 6: Adiós Patagonia

Punta Arenas, Chile

Today it is time to board the transfer back to Punta Arenas Airport. Sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight. We recommend booking a flight that leaves after 4 PM.


EcoCamp Patagonia

Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with views of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first sustainable lodge south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants.

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

Suite Dome EcoCamp Patagonia 1920x1281Suite 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.

Camping (2 nights)

Night 2: Pehoe area campsite
Night 3: Cuernos area campsite

Both campsites will not have toilets nor showers available, we will use the Leave No Trave methodology.



  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary.
  • National Park Entry Fee.
  • "Leave No Trace” methodology.
  • One expert English/Spanish speaking trekking guide.
  • 2-night accommodation in Torres del Paine campsite.
  • 3-night accommodation at EcoCamp Patagonia, Suite Dome.
  • Meals:
    • Day 1: Boxlunch and dinner.
    • Day 2: Breakfast, boxlunch and dinner.
    • Day 3: Breakfast, boxlunch and dinner.
    • Day 4: Breakfast, boxlunch and dinner.
    • Day 5: Breakfast, boxlunch and dinner.
    • Day 6: Breakfast, boxlunch.

Important notes:

  • Dinner is NOT included on day 6.
  • For this trip, you’ll have to carry your own backpack, including your sleeping bag and mat. Please make sure you can fit all necessary equipment in a medium size backpack (we recommend a bag that is at least 60 liters) so you can fit all your items and walk comfortably. You can leave the rest of your luggage at our office in Puerto Natales or at EcoCamp.

Not included

  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance. (it is mandatory that you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff.
  • Items of a personal nature.


Starting/finishing point

This trip starts and ends in Punta Arenas* (hotel or airport) and includes all transfers.

*Please be sure your plain arrives before midday on the first day and departs after 4 PM on the last day of the program.


In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transport is in minivans that normally seat up to 8 & 14 people.


The Patagonian Andes is very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. In addition, the strong marine influence and the effect of the Southern Patagonia Icefield make the weather hard to predict.

Winter’s temperature range is between -2ºC/28ºF and 6ºC/43ºF. June, July, and August are the wettest months in Torres del Paine and sub-zero temperatures are common. Nevertheless, the winds are relatively mild in winter.

Group size guiding staff

  • Maximum number of clients: 8
  • Guide to passenger ratio: 1:4

Children policy

  • Youngsters who are 14 years of age or older are welcome and are considered adults.
  • This trip doesn’t offer a special discount for children.

What you need to bring

Essential equipment includes:

  • Backpack. (minimum 60 liters)
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Sleeping mat.
  • Trekking Poles.
  • Waterproof trekking or hiking boots. (ankle supported)
  • Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet.
  • Warm waterproof jacket.
  • 4 pairs of wool socks. (we recommend merino wool)
  • Fleece jacket or sweater.
  • Waterproof trekking pants.
  • Comfortable loose pants.
  • Sun protection. (glasses, hat, lip balm, and sunscreen)
  • Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body.
  • Quick dry towel.

Please Note: This list is just to give you an idea of what you will need. We will send you a more detailed list prior to the departure date of the program.

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 as well as modify, change, or eliminate parts of the itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide based upon operational considerations.


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We are a Chilean owned adventure tour operator, based in Santiago de Chile, operating adventure tours in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Our base prices are in Chilean Pesos (CLP), but we charge prices in USD based on the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

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