The Torres del Paine National Park is one of the biggest and most important national parks in Chile. Situated almost at the end of the world, Torres del Paine offers you countless chances to experience nature. Its rich fauna will have you looking around all day. Groups of guanacos in the distance, eagles flying over your head, and, if you are lucky, you may even see an Andean fox or an armadillo.
The full W trek is an excellent choice to discover the Torres Del Paine. You are staying every night in comfortable tents with sleeping gear provided, and visiting the three main atttractions of the park: the lookout point of the towers at the Ascencio valley, hanging glaciers at the French Valley and the Grey Valley sailing in front of the impressive glacier at the end.
* Availability of this trek depends on the availability of accommodation and permits in Torres del Paine National Park. No guarantees are given until your trekking company is able to confirm your trek.
* Note for early bookers: Full payment needs to be made at least 45 days prior to start date.
* The cancellation policy of Bookatrekking.com does not apply. If you are obliged to cancel the trek, you will lose your 15% deposit. Cancelling within 45 days means losing the full payment.
Starting from Puerto Natales at 7:00 AM, we drive all the way to Torres del Paine National Park. We will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the ñandu, (rare South American ostrich). We will follow an unpaved road heading to Refugio Las Torres to spend our first night. Upon entering the park we will have excellent photographic and birding opportunities as we drive alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. After leaving your backpack at the Refugio, we start the trek to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. The walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests, 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 the descent, following the same path back to the hut. Dinner will be served in the Refugio.
We will start early morning to enjoy, weather permitting, a magnificent dawn filled with orange-pink colors. As we leave the campground we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. We follow a well mark trail ascending around (200 M) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 M), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where we will stay overnight.
We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300 M) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600 M), Espada (2400 M) and Fortaleza (2800 M). Our way back will be the same until we reach the entrance of the valley where we will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoe Lake.
All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, private transport, etc.) as described in the itinerary are included.
During your trek, you stay in refuges. These are simple in nature but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.
This trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The cost of permits to enter the national park during your trek is included in the price.
This trip does not include costs for transportation (flights, bus travel, etc.) to your destination.
Gratuities for the guide are not covered by the trek's price. The amount to tip is at your discretion, yet if you've received excellent service from your guide, considering a generous tip is appreciated.
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.