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Guided W-Trek

Chile Nativo Travel - 5 days

  • Guided W-Trek
  • 5 days / 4 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's included
Refugios
How to get there?
Best Season
Packing list
Chile Nativo
How to book

Overview

> The famous W-Trek in comfort
> Stay in tents at the Refugios
> Experience Patagonia at its best

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.

Important Note
Due to COVID-19 regulations, there is limited capacity at the Refugios, and for that reason for the 2022-2023 season, all accommodation will be in tents at the campsites of the main Refugios. 

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. Cancellation only possible up to 45 days prior to start date. 

Route

What’s the plan?

Day 1 – Transfer to Torres del Paine – Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point

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.

Duration: 2 hours by private transfer, 8-10 hours round-trip, 18 KM
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping Torres

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Day 2 – One way hike to Los Cuernos lookout point

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 Camping Francés where we will stay overnight.

Duration: 6 hours hiking, 17 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping Francés

Day 3 – One-way hike to Pehoe Lake, via the French Valley

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.

Duration: 8-9 hours hiking, 18 KM
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Accommodation: Camping Paine Grande

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Day 4 – One-way hike to Grey Glacier

We will begin the early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200mts up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall.

Duration: 4 hours hiking, 11 KM
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Optional: Ice hike or Kayak
Accommodation: Camping Grey

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Day 5 – Navigation in front of Glacier – Transfer back to Natales Morning at leisure

Right after lunch we start an exciting adventure by boat. We will navigate 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 and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. Then we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales.

Duration: 2 hours by boat on Grey Lake, 2 hours by transfer
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included

IMPORTANT
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.

What's included

Included:

√ 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.

√ Stay in campsites at the Refugios
For the 2021-2022 season all accommodation will be at the campsites of the main refugios. 

√ Sleeping bags and liners
Sleeping bags and liners are provided. 

√ 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.

Not included:

× 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.

Refugios

Accommodation

Note: Due to limited capacity at the Refugios, for the 2022-2023 season all accommodation will be in tents at the campsites of the main Refugios. 

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

Night 1: Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Torres Central & North
The Mountain lodges of Torres Central and North are two comfortable refugios located at the base of the hike to the Towers lookout and part of the “W” and “Circuit” walks. They are within walking distance to the Hotel Spa at Las Torres for a variety of services including massage and saunas.

Night 2: Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Los Cuernos
Los Cuernos is found on the shore of lake Nordenskjöld nestled in a Coihue Forest lays Refugio Cuernos with 32 beds. This cozy lodge is located on the “W” circuit walking between the French Valley and the Torres del Paine lookout and base camp area.

Night 2: Cabins Los Cuernos (Optional)
8 cozy cabins for 2 persons each with shared bathrooms and showers exclusively for people who are staying at the cabins. The cabins are located next to the Refugio Los Cuernos and all meals are taken in the Refugio.

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Night 3: Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Paine Grande
Paine Grande is a large and modern refugio set on the banks of the Lake Pehoe, including internet connection and full service bar. It’s the jump off point for the catamaran crossing Lake Pehoe and the walks to the French and Grey Valleys part of the “W” and “Circuit” hikes.

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Night 4: Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Grey
Ideally situated on the edge of Lake Grey, this refugio is in a forest of Lenga trees. A small and cozy hut, with a privileged access to the Grey Glacier and is part of the “W” and “Circuit” hikes.

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*Camping
Due to some limited availability in the Refugios, some departures will use Chile Nativo´s camp accommodations instead of regularly planned refugios. Our camp sites use North Face VE 25 – 4 season tents (3 people tent, use as a double), and we provide sleeping bags with liners and camping mattresses. The camp has access to modern facilities and hot showers. Unless noted, meals will be taken in the refugios where camping accommodations are added. There is no extra cost associated with this and all equipment necessary will be provided by Chile Nativo, including porters to carry the camping gear. According to our experience, the space at the refugios usually open up when we get close to the departure dates, and we have access to book the night we need. You will be notified upon booking when camping accommodations replace a refugio night.

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How to get there?

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 14:3 16:00 17:00 18:30 19:15 20:00 21:00

Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas
7:00 7:15 9:00 11:00 13:00 14:3 17:00 18:30 19:15 20:00 21:00

Best Season

Best Season

You want nice weather when trekking in Torres del Paine National Park. As 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.

Packing list

Packing list

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.

Clothes
– 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
– Sunglasses

Optional extras
– Bandana
– Waterproof pants
– Fleece pants for camp
– Athletics socks for camp and town
– Casual city clothes
– Casual shoes

Toiletries
– Toothpaste
– Toothbrush
– Soap
– Combined shampoo/conditioner
– Moisturiser
– Sunblock (SPF 15 or higher)
– High factor sunblock lip balm
– Insect repellent
– Travel towel
– Washcloth
– Comb
– Deodorant spray or wipes

Other extras
– Camera with spare memory
– Camera charger
– Phone
– Phone charger
– Electrical adapter
– Binoculars
– Mini sewing kit
– Book
– Pack of playing cards

Chile Nativo

Chile Nativo

We are an expedition/excursion operator with an intimate family of staff that is both native and expert in the Patagonian region of Chile. The team deeply enjoys sharing the Chilean culture and traditions with its travelers as well as educating all about the overwhelming array of nature provided by the region. As a unique offering to the tourist, whether from abroad or from other parts of Chile and South America, www.chilenativo.travel creates a one of a kind experience for excursion seekers. The key to this difference is the guide. With ChileNativo each guide is a respectful teacher of the surroundings with special focus on the community, preservation of natural resources and playing attention to every detail to make it truly an experience, not only a trip. We have small group departures (maximum 8 members) and a high level of individualized service. We have several set departure dates for our various activities and we can also tailor make a trip to your client’s preferences. We’re very proud that we have been stated in the National Geo Traveller and Outside Magazine. Als we have the certificate of quality by the Chilean Tourism Bureau: Sello Q

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How to book

How does it work?

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The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

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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