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Torres Del Paine W Trek

A once in a lifetime adventure that showcases the best of Patagonia

The W Trek offers unforgettable views and features the best of Torres del Paine National Park. You'll get to visit the Grey Glacier, French Valley and hike to the base of the Towers.

You'll stay in mountain huts and the EcoCamp Patagonia during the trek where you'll be served delicious meals and sleep comfortably in the Patagonian wilderness.

To have a good time on this trek you will need to be in good shape, come with a positive attitude and get ready for an outdoors adventure! 

Summary

DURATION

7 days

LOCATION

Patagonia

START & ENDS

Calafate (Argentina) or

Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales (Chile)

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Trek the Valle Frances and take on the challenge of the 'W' Trek
  • Impressive views of Los Cuernos
  • A fantastic boat ride to Grey Glacier
  • Stay at the award winning EcoCamp Patagonia 

Itinerary

Day 1: BEGIN THE W TREK

FOOD

Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Eco-camp

ACTIVITY

Drive to EcoCamp Patagonia

ELEVATION

Torres del Paine (2,884m) to EcoCamp Patagonia

ecocamp-patagonia

Our adventure begins with a pick up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or from the Punta Arenas airport. There is an alternative option to be collected from Calafate which should be discussed when booking.


We take you to the world-famous EcoCamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park.


We'll stop in Puerto Natales for some local lunch before continuing on our scenic journey.


We arrive at EcoCamp Patagonia and settle in with some impressive views of the Torres. During summer the sun will only set at 11pm leaving plenty of time to admire the surrounding views. 

Day 2: TREK THE LOS CUERNOS TRAIL

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Eco-camp

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION GAIN

EcoCamp Patagonia to Refugio Cuernos/Domo El Francés

patagonia-LOS CUERNOS

We begin our Patagonian trekking today with a pleasant walk along the Cuernos Trail which takes us alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold.


This is a warm-up walk where you'll have the opportunity to view the park’s stunning flora and fauna, and views of the park’s central lakes and peaks. 


We end our trek at Refugio Los Cuernos, which is a small and cozy mountain refuge on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold or we end at Domo el Francés. We have the evening free to relax and explore. 

Day 3: TREK THE VALLE FRANCES

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Refugio

ACTIVITY

Hiking 9 - 10 hours

ELEVATION

Refugio Cuernos to Refugio Paine Grande

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We have some breakfast and head out on the challenging trek to Valle Frances. The trail is steep and leads tot he heart of the Paine Massif. 


If we have time we can make it to the hanging bridge over the French River which is located at the foot of the south-east face of the Massif. Here we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley.


We continue to ascend towards the higher area of the valley where we'll see 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).


We'll picnic for lunch before descending through varied terrain and forest areas to Refugio Paine Grande.

Day 4: BOAT TRIP TO GLACIER GREY

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Eco-camp

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours

ELEVATION

Refugio Paine Grande to EcoCamp Patagonia and Grey Viewpoint

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Today we hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Grey to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey.


We have lunch before boarding the boat that takes us to the huge, crystalline facade of Glacier Grey.


Once we reach the southern end of Glacier Grey we head to EcoCamp Patagonia.


The boat trip is weather dependant and if possible we will trek to the sightseeing viewpoint for impressive views of the glacier. We then return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to Pudeto’s dock. Here we will be picked up and driven to EcoCamp.

Day 5: TREK TO THE TOWERS BASE

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Eco-camp

ACTIVITY

Hiking 9 - 10 hours

ELEVATION

EcoCamp Patagonia

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An exciting day ahead as we take on the most famous trek in the Torres del Paine National Park.


We head from camp to Hostería Las Torres before our ascent to Ascencio Valley. 


The challenge lies when we reach a steep moraine which is a huge mass of boulders leading us to the iconic base-view of the Towers.


Here we stop for lunch and take in these world famous views. It's a breathtaking experience and worth the effort to get to the base.


After some time we backtrack along the same path and return to EcoCamp for much deserved dinner. 

Day 6: TREK THE EASTERN LAKES

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Eco-camp

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

EcoCamp Patagonia

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We have an easier day ahead as we take a drive to Laguna Azul.


At Laguna Azul, we hike to the lookout point where you'll be treated to a gorgeous view of both the lagoon and granite towers. After lunch, we drive to Sarmiento Lake where the Fauna Trail begins.


We hike northbound past impressive Patagonian fauna. Keep an eye out for puma tracks!


Once we reach Laguna Amarga where we will be driven back to EcoCamp and celebrate with a farewell dinner. 

Day 7: DEPART THE TORRES DEL PAINE

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 9 hours

ELEVATION

EcoCamp Patagonia to Punta Arenas (34m) / El Calafate (119m)

We say goodbye today as we board an early morning vehicle and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch an evening flight to Santiago.


Alternatively, we board an early morning vehicle to the border to continue our journey to El Calafate. 


For now it is goodbye, and we hope to see you back again!

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Patagonia W Trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: May to September are winter months in Patagonia. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included

Included

  • All ground transport
  • Regular bus tickets (if starting/finishing in Calafate)
  • Boat crossing on Grey Lake
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in EcoCamp 
  • Accommodation for 1 night at Refugio Paine Grande (depending on availability) 
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Refugio Los Cuernos or Domo El Francés (depending on availability) 
  • 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 daypack)
  • Full board meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch / boxed lunch, dinner)

Not Included

  • International airfare, Chile visa fees, travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Expenses of a personal nature (beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Soft drinks or snacks
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing

  • 2-3 x hiking shirt + 1-2 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 2 x hiking shorts and 2 x hiking trousers
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Light, but warm gloves

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 3-4 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for camp

Bags

  • 30L daypack
  • Plastic bags to protect gear from rain

Other Essentials

  • Hiking Poles (optional)
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream

Rental Gear: There are a number of good rental gear shops in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate, where one can rent / buy most items listed above.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia

During the trek, you will be staying in the award wining EcoCamp Patagonia (Days 1, 4, 5 & 6).

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Mountain Hut / Refugio

Other nights on the trek you will be staying in mountain huts or refugios (Days 2 & 3). 

Refugio Cuernos

Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

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Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

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Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

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Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

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Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

Rated 5 out of 5
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

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Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

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Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

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James Roux

A great experience all round!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

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Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

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Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

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Cascada Expediciones was founded with a vision to show off the best of Chile through immersive outdoor adventures for it's clients. They have been helping create lifelong memories since 1991. They are industry leaders in sustainable lodging and their pride and joy is the EcoCamp Patagonia located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. Cascada Expediciones have a true passion for nature and the heart to want to share it with others.

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