Program: Torres del Paine Classic "W" hike
- Length: 7 days / 6 nights
- Activity Level: Active
- Activity: Hiking, Senderisme, Trekking
Highlights: The Torres Lookout, The French Valley, The Cuernos, Glacier Grey
The W has become a "must do" for outdoor enthusiast around the world. Along the trail you will pass by the most eye catching icons in Torres del Paine National Park. You will have the opportunity to see granite formations imposing on sedimentary rocks, ancient glaciers, diverse flora and fauna, and feel the peacefulness of untouched nature. All mountain refugios used by us for our trips are located along the W hike.
- Day 1: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
- Day 2: Puerto Natales – Camp Torres
- Day 3: Camp Torres - Camp Los Cuernos
- Day 4: Camp Los Cuernos - Refugio Paine Grande
- Day 5: Refugio Paine Grande – Refugio Grey
- Day 6: Glacier Grey Boat trip - Puerto Natales
- Day 7: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas
Torres del Paine W hike
- Length: 7 days / 6 nights
- Activity Level: Easy Active
- Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Day 1: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
You will be greeted in the Punta Arenas airport (PUQ) and taken directly to Puerto Natales. The drive is approximately 3 hours, along the way you will be able to catch your first glimpses of guanacos and nandus. You will be taken to your accommodation and your guide will meet you for a briefing explaining the next few days and helping you with any last minute questions.
Day 2: Puerto Natales – Camp Torres
After an early breakfast, you and your guide will leave Puerto Natales heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving in the park you will begin to walk up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. You and your guide will arrive at Camp Chileno a few hours after lunch. After a short rest in Chileno you will hike one hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you arrive at your campsite. Here you will leave your pack and take another quick rest. After leaving your campsite you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After a bit of time admiring the view you will return back to Camp Torres to sleep and have dinner.
Day 3: Camp Torres - Refugio Los Cuernos
In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You will leave Camp Chileno and walk for four hours towards Camp Cuernos, which is located on the coast of Lake Nordenskjold and the foot of the impressive Cuernos of Paine. Along the way you will border Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold. You will have a few rivers to cross by hopping across rocks and also catch views of glaciers and the mountaintops that are hovering over you. Finally you see the Cuernos! They are monstrous peaks; you will spend the night at the foot of them after a breath-taking journey.
Day 4: Camp Torres - French Valley - Refugio Paine Grande
Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Camp Italiano. This camp is just two easy hours away. You will 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 can leave your backpack at Camp Italiano and continue into the French Valley with just a small daypack. You will 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 Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you, the shocking hanging glacier called the French Glacier just ahead of you and by many of the peaks that are the reason why this park has become famous. After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your backpacks and continue to Camp Paine Grande where you will spend the night.
Day 5: Refugio Paine Grande - Refugio Grey
After a restful nights sleep and an energizing breakfast you will be ready to hike again. Today you will have a short four hours through a small forest and then along Lake Grey. Most days this section of the park is also windy, because of the openness provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field. After about two hours of hiking you will get your first peaks of Glacier Grey and be stunned. You will continue on two more hours until arriving at Camp Grey, leave your things and then continue ten more minutes until you arrive at the beach where you will have a gorgeous view of the glacier. You will arrive here just after lunch, leaving you plenty of time to admire the scenery.
Day 6: Navigation for Lake – Puerto Natales
After four days hiking on the infamous "W" in Torres del Paine you will have just a morning left to relax, take more pictures or go for another short hike. You will board the Grey II boat in the afternoon. You will enjoy your afternoon by admiring the glacier from up-close and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. Just after 17:00 hrs you will begin your journey towards Puerto Natales and arrive in time for a late dinner and a good nights rest.
Day 7: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas
Today you will take a transfer back to Punta Arenas. You will say goodbye to our staff and continue your journey home or to your next destination!
How far ahead should I book my trip?
Due to the popularity of Patagonia, we recommend booking your trip 4 months in advance during the peak travel months (Dec-Feb). If you want to travel in November or March we recommend booking travel 2 months in advance.
Upon arrival to Patagonia
Your guide will meet you at the airport upon arrival. Typically he/she will take you to Puerto Natales, which is about a 3-hour drive from Punta Arenas. Depending on what time your plane arrives, you will have the entire day or just a few hours to explore or rest-up in the small town of Puerto Natales. Your guide will leave you at your hotel and meet you shortly after dinner to discuss trip details, answer questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days (the hotel will allow you to leave any unnecessary luggage with them).
Most of the time, there is no way to know what to expect. What you need to know is that it is fast changing and one can witness the wind, sun, rain and snow all in a matter of hours while in Patagonian wilderness. However, in the cities it is slightly more predictable, normally www.accuweather.com and www.undergroundweather.com are correct.
What to pack
During the trek you need to have a backpack (renting a backpack is possible) with just enough room to carry your clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bag (during W trips, renting a sleeping bag is also possible). Shared equipment like tents, stoves, pots, and food will be brought and transferred by our staff.
Personal equipment and clothing should be chosen to allow comfort while hiking. Select clothes to keep you dry in the rain, protected from the wind, and cool enough for warmer moments. It is essential that you are prepared to experience all four seasons in one day.
It is very important that every visitor has international insurance against accidents. Make sure you have arranged for this insurance before paying for the trip. It is worth considering that some aspects of nature are unpredictable and that we must be prepared for any inconvenient circumstances.
Three meals a day during your program are included. We do not include drinks while in cities or snacks during the day. When staying in cities we will eat in restaurants, however during the days we are in the wilderness your guide will prepare your food. Food is purchased at local stores and we choose your meals according to the preference sheet you fill out. Food can include, but is not limited to, assorted vegetables, beef, chicken and fish. We will also provide energy rich carbohydrates like pasta, rice, or potatoes. To top things off and excite your taste buds we also bring some of the following: wine, beer, cookies, cheese, crackers, and fruits. Your meals are carried and, most of the time, prepared by your guide.
Changes in itinerary
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule agreed upon, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.
Canceling your adventure
At the time we receive written notice that you must cancel your trip, the following fees will apply to your deposit (all dates are from departure date):
- Regular Departures
- From time of reservation until 90 days prior to departure -$100 USD
- 89 to 60 days prior to departure - $200 USD
- 59 to 30 days prior to departure - 50% of deposit USD
- 29 days or less prior to departure - 100% of deposit USD
- Private Adventures, Custom Adventures & Special Departures
- From time of reservation until 90 days prior to departure -15% of deposit
- 89 to 60 days prior to departure -50% of deposit USD
- 59 days or less prior to departure -100% of deposit USD
Please Note: No partial refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Program Costs are quoted as a package and refunds are not given for services not used. (Note—Extra hotel nights cancelled within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% of the hotel cost or $35, whichever is greater.)
- How to reserve an adventure
- 1st - Fill out the client information form and read the terms and conditions on the booking form
- 2nd - Make the deposit payment (40% of total trip cost)
- 3rd - Upon arrival pay the balance (60%)
Please contact us to receive information about the trip of your choice.
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