Fast Track W-Trek
Chile Nativo Travel - 3 days
- Fast Track W-Trek
- 3 days / 2 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
> The famous W-Trek accelerated
> Stay in the comfortable Chile Nativo Riverside Domes
> The best of Torres del Paine NP
This is the faster way to visit the three main valleys of the famous W trail in the Torres Del Paine National park. You will hike the French Valley with the impressive hanging glacier, navigate to the front wall of Glacier Grey, and hike the lookout point to the famous towers in the Ascencio Valley, with the companion of great guides and spending the nights away from the busy Refugios in a secluded & confortable riverside Domes.
Availability of this trek depends on the availability of permits in Torres del Paine National Park. No guarantees are given until your trekking company is able to confirm your trek.
What’s the plan?
Day 1: Transfer from Puerto Natales to Pehoe Lake – Round trip hike to French Valley
At 7:00 we pick you up at your lodging in Puerto Natales. Our transfer takes us along an unpaved road heading to Torres Del Paine. When entering the Park, we will have excellent picture taking opportunities of guanacos (llama family) and Grey foxes, driving alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. We will take a short transfer to the Pehoe pier and take a catamaran across the Pehoe Lake. From here we commence our out and back trek to the French Valley. We will start going around the southwest side of Paine Grande, the highest summit in the Park, through native forests of fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the hanging bridge over the French River to observe the first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300m) for one hour amidst a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a viewpoint, gifting us with magnificent panoramic views, where we enjoy a good lunch. Our way back will be through the same track, thaking the catamaran again to meet the transfer to Chile Nativo Riverside Domes, spending our first night in the Domes.
Duration: 2 hours by transfer, 35 minutes by Catamaran each way, 6-7 hours round-trip hiking, 17 KM, 30 minutes by private transfer
Meals: Lunch, Dinner Included
Accommodation: Night at Chile Nativo Riverside Domes
Day 2: Hike to Pingo Valley – Glacier Grey Navigation
Early in the morning we start our day by going to the Pingo Valley for a walk to the “Cascada los Salmones” where we’ll stop to take in the view before returning back along the same trail, with a chance to find the elusive Huemul (Andean Deer). We enjoy a picnic lunch at the shore of the Pingo River and in the afternoon we start our adventure to the Glacier Grey by boat. In order to get to the boat we will walk through a mature beech forest where we might observe woodpeckers. We will navigate about one hour through icebergs of different tones of blue up to the Grey glacier, where we will stay for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms. We will drive to the Serrano River area where we will stay in our Chile Nativo Domes, enjoying a gourmet dinner.
Duration: 30 minutes by private transfer, 3 hours hike, 3 hours navigation, 30 minutes by private transfer
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included
Accommodation: Night at Chile Nativo Riverside Domes
Day 3: Transfer to Torres del Paine – Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point- Transfer back to Puerto Natales
We will start our last day with a Transfer to Las Torres area, where we start the trekking to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests (Nothofagus family), glaciers and waterfalls. We’ll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), excellent for picture taking. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we’ll start our descent, following the same path back to the transfer. We will take the private transfer back to Natales.
Duration: 1.5 hours by transfer, 8-10 hours round-trip hiking, 18 KM, 2 hour by private transfer
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
REGARDING THE SCHEDULE
The schedules indicated above are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered.
√ All the private transportation indicated in the itinerary
All the transportation that is needed during your trip in Torres del Paine is included in the price.
√ Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
All fees for the National Park are covered.
√ Two nights lodging in riverside Domes Chile Nativo
Comfortable domes with 2 inflatable matresses and shared bathroom(bedding included).
√ Boat ride on Lake Grey
We’re going by boat to the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms.
√ All meals indicated in the schedule
All meals are nutricious and will give you the needed energy on your trip.
√ English & Spanish speaking Guide
Your guide has great knowledge of Torres Del Paine and possesses all necesarry certifications.
√ Catamaran to cross the Pehoe Lake
A Catamaran will take you over the Pehoe Lake on your last day.
× Medical expenses & Insurances
Please take care of your own travel & health insurances. Be prepared.
× Gratuities for guide
Tips are not included
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
Far away from the crowded park refugios and campsites, Chile Nativo Riverside Camp is our home-base location in Torres del Paine National Park. This area is ideal for families & special groups set off to the park or for those looking for an alternative and unique outdoor experience. Two hours from Puerto Natales, travel along the far-stretching pampas and gravel roads to this wonderful location. Our Deluxe Lotus Tents are all-weather, durable tents that protect against the bracing Patagonian elements. Inside each accommodation, you’ll find comfortable double-height mattresses with fresh down covers and crisp linens to make for a camping experience like no other! Each tent can be transformed into a queen or double twin accommodation. Simply designed but spacious, each of our 8 Deluxe Lotus Tents are perfect for those seeking to connect with the tranquility of nature with the best creature comforts to accommodate our guests' stay. Inside you'll find portable Black Diamond Moji camp lanterns, eco-friendly hygiene products, fresh towels, and modern nightstands and bedside tables. Separate men & womens' restrooms and showers are located just a short walk from the tents. Hot water is available from the hours of 08:00 - 24:00 and basic toiletries such as shampoo, body wash, clean towels, hygiene wipes, and lotions are provided to all Chile Nativo guests to ensure that you feel fresh & pampered at all times. Our concierge is always onsite to answer questions and to ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible.
How to get there?
As your trekking starts early in the morning you need to get to Puerto Natales one day before the start of your trek. You need to fly on Puntus Arenas (Airport code: PUQ). From there you can take the bus to Puerto Natales. It’s advisable to arrange this up front. We recommend either Bus-Sur or Buses Fernandez. These are the departure times:
Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales
8:00 9:00 11:00 13:00 14:30 16:00 17:00 18:30 19:15 20:00 21:00
Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas
7:00 7:15 9:00 11:0 13:0 14:3 17:00 18:30 19:15 20:00 21:00
What’s the best season for trekking in Torres del Paine?
You want nice weather when trekking in Torres del Paine National Park. At the park is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, one has to be mindful of the seasons there. When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is actually summer in the deep South. Hence, the best trekking season for Torres del Paine National Park is during the summer months: From November to early March. However, Spring (September-November) are and Autumn (March-May) are also favorable trekking and hiking seasons, as the crowds are fewer and the natural scenery is colorful. Think fresh colors in Spring and stunning brown colors in the Fall months. Winter lasts from June to August and it is then that Torres del Paine National Park and the rest of Patagonia is quiet. At this time of the year, most attractions are closed for maintenance. Regardless of your choice in trekking season, make sure you bring enough layers for during your hike.
Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.
Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in Patagonia.
Is this the first time that you are trekking in the mountains? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Patagonia
Trekking in Patagonia requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.
– Regular synthetic underwear
– Long thermal underwear bottoms
– Full length hiking pants
– Hiking shorts
– Long thermal underwear top
– Long-sleeved synthetic top
– Short-sleeved synthetic t-shirts
– Medium-weight fleece jacket
– Sun hat with brim
– Woolly hat
– Water and windproof parka jacket
– Waterproof gloves
– Synthetic hiking socks
– Sturdy and supportive waterproof trekking boots
– Waterproof pants
– Fleece pants for camp
– Athletics socks for camp and town
– Casual city clothes
– Casual shoes
– Combined shampoo/conditioner
– Sunblock (SPF 15 or higher)
– High factor sunblock lip balm
– Insect repellent
– Travel towel
– Deodorant spray or wipes
– Camera with spare memory
– Camera charger
– Phone charger
– Electrical adapter
– Mini sewing kit
– Pack of playing cards
Go hiking, trekking, horseback riding, paddling or photo safari in Torres del Paine National Park. We offer small group departures (maximum 8 members) and a high level of individualized service with several set departure dates for various activities and in addition, we can tailor made a trip to your client’s preferences.“Why travel with Chile Nativo?” We are a small company, with passion and a love for the area. We are expert guides in the field who enjoy the company of fellow travelers, sharing the history and stories of our land, and taking care of the details so you can relax and enjoy the rest. We look for the highlights and essentials of the region; sharing a traditional mate drink with the local cowboys (gauchos) or stopping at just the perfect spot for a picnic with a view of the Towers looming overhead. We are there to ensure you have a safe and memorable vacation of a lifetime. Patagonia is our home.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.
How to book
How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount 45 days prior to the trek.
Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.
After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on email@example.com
The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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