The iconic W Trek of Paine

Day 1
Arrive into Puerto Natales

Once you arrive in Puerto Natales we recommend that –after checking into your accommodation in town-, make your way to our offices in downtown where we will give you a briefing explaining the next few days, checking that you have all the necessary equipment and helping you with any last minute questions.

Day 2
Visit the Torres of Torres del Paine

After an early breakfast, you leave Puerto Natales heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. After registration at the entrance of the Park, you will be changing buses in order to make it from Laguna Amarga to Las Torres sector. Depending on whether you will be staying at the refuge or campsite, we recommend that you register, leave your big backpack, and continue with a lighter daypack as the hike today will be reasonably demanding. You begin a gentle walk up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. You arrive at Camp Chileno after a few hours, after which you hike for one more hour through a dense lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After admiring the view you return back to the beginning of the trail to have dinner and to sleep.

– Difficulty: Medium/High.

– Duration: 6 hrs.

– Distance: 16 Km

– Height drop/gain: 950 m.

Day 3
Hike along Lake Nordenskjold

In the morning you have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You hike on the coast of Lake Nordenskjold and at the foot of the impressive Cuernos of Paine. Along the way you border Almirante Nieto and cross a few rivers by hopping across rocks and also making use of some hanging bridges. You will also catch views of glaciers upon the mountain tops that are hanging above you. Finally you see the Cuernos; impressive granite peaks. You spend the night at the foot of them after a breath taking day of trekking.

– Difficulty: Medium.

– Duration: 6 hrs.

– Distance: 14 Km

– Height drop/gain: 850 m

Day 4
The French Valley

Shortly after breakfast you begin hiking towards Camp Italiano. This camp is just two easy hours away. You trek across a windy beach and finally escape into the valley and find that the wind is a little calmer. After two hours of hiking you leave your backpack at Camp Italiano and continue into the French Valley with just a small day-pack. You hike across a moraine and through a forest until you finally come to a clearing. Here you will be blown away both by the wind and by the spectacular views of Lakes Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe, the breath taking hanging glacier, French Glacier and by many of the peaks that surround you. Today you will understand why this park has become so famous. After leaving the lookout you return to gather your backpacks and continue to Camp Paine Grande where you spend the night.

– Difficulty: Medium/High.

– Duration: 8 hrs.

– Distance: 24 Km.

– Height drop/gain: 950 m.

Day 5
Glacier Grey

After a restful nights sleep and an energizing breakfast you will be ready to hike again. Today you have a short two hours up to the first look out of Grey Glacier. You will be able to experience the wind coming off the Southern Ice Field and see both the ice field and Glacier Grey! You continue walking for 2 more hours until you finally reach Refugio Grey, where you will get on the boat that will take you sailing in front of Glacier Grey. Once you arrive at the beach on the opposite side of the lake, you will get on the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales, where you arrive in time for a late dinner and a good nights rest

– Difficulty: Medium.

– Duration: 4 hrs.

– Distance: 11 Km.

– Height drop/gain: 430 m.

Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in Puerto Natales.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Torres del Paine National Park (either in tents or refugios, depending on availability) – when staying at the campsites we will be providing all required equipment such as tent, mattress & sleeping bag.
  • Breakfast on Days 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Packed lunch on Days 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Dinner on Days 2, 3 and 4.
  • Bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (drop off Laguna Amarga).
  • Transfer from Laguna Amarga to Las Torres area.
  • Transfer from Grey Beach to Torres del Paine Administration.
  • Bus from Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales (pick-up in Administration).
  • Boat ride on Lake Grey.
  • Entrance Fee to Torres del Paine.

Doesn’t include:

  • Meals not listed.
  • Personal gear.
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner.
  • Tips.
  • Insurance.
  • Any service not mentioned in the programme.

Recommended Personal Equipment:

  • Back pack (40 litres).
  • Trekking boots.
  • 2 pairs of socks.
  • Trekking trousers (quick dry).
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Over trousers (with Gore-Tex or Ultrex).
  • Short sleeve t-shirts.
  • Long sleeve shirts.
  • Fleece.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (with Gore-Tex).
  • Gloves.
  • Scarf – Buff.
  • Hat for the cold.
  • Hat for the sun.
  • Sunglasses with UV filter.
  • Sun block (SPF 40) and lip balm.
  • Water bottle – like a Nalgene – of 1 litre.
  • Tape or Compeed for blisters.
  • Penknife.
  • Head torch.
  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet paper.
  • iPod, book, etc.
  • Trekking poles -optional-

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Trip Facts

  • 5 days
  • 3 Demanding | Requires Trekking with camping experience
  • October to April
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