Torres del Paine Classic 'W' trek 

The 'W' - Patagonia's Classic Trek - 4 nights, 5 days

 

Maximum 6 clients

Level of difficuly: Demanding

Pack weight: Your pack + 4 kilos

Cost: $1350 USD - tent camping tour

 

 

Park facts: Torres del Paine National Park is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, as well as one of the most pristine and remote places on earth. The granite towers of Paine make a sudden and dramatic appearance on the horizon in the midst of a flat, dry, wind-swept Plain. Despite the almost constant winds, this is some of the finest trekking country in Chile. Endowed with severe mountains, sparkling lakes, waterfalls and glaciers, as well as herds of guanacos, majestic condors, flocks of pink flamingos and large Patagonian hares, the park's international attraction is immediately evident. Once a large sheep estancia, the park was established in 1959 as Parque Nacional Lago Grey. 

 

The Classic 'W' tour:  The most highly trekked route in Torres del Paine National Park is called the ‘W’. This trail system can be done in a variety of ways, from more rugged camping style treks, to full room and board in refugios (well stocked trail huts) along the trail, where beds, food, and showers await you at the end of each day. The trek is named after its trail system that navigates up and down out of the mountain valleys. 

 

Torres del Paine is an amazing and immense park and the ‘W’ trek brings you up close to its world-famous Patagonian views and natural splendors. The typical ‘W’ takes five to seven days, with five to eight hours of hiking per day. Most notably, the trek boasts a lot of the park’s must-see attractions: Los Torres, Los Cuernos, Valle Frances, Paine Grande, and Glacier Grey. This is one of the most popular hikes in Patagonia, and is truly world class and considered a trekking experience of a lifetime. Although this trek is growing in popularity, the remote nature, rough trails and strong winds can humble even a seasoned trekker.

 

Itinerary

Day 0: Gear check at Erratic Rock Base Camp - 6pm.
Baquedano 731 Puerto Natales, Chile.
 
Day 1: First thing in the morning private transportation takes us to Torres del Paine National Park, through the Patagonian steppe, where we watch for typical animals of Patagonia like Guanacos and Ñandus.  Today we get the chance to enjoy one of the main highlights of the program, the famous Towers lookout trek.  This is our big chance to see the three famous Towers of Paine (2800m). After arriving in our first camp in the national park we start our trek into the ascencio valley, and only bring our packs loaded with only warm layers and some food. We head up the steep trail for 5hours to the Towers view point, for some of the most amazing photos ever. Our efforts are well rewarded by the views of one of the most famous spots on earth. We later descend and head back to our camp for a hot dinner. 
 
Day 2: Today, we will have the best of all worlds. Beautiful blue lakes, pebbles beaches, hanging glaciers and granite walls. Our trek takes us around the base of Mount Almirante Nieto (2640m), along high trails with many view points and photo stops. Our destination is Camping Frances, a new campground in the park, were we set camp up for the night, overlooking Lago Nordenskjold.
 
Day 3:  We pack up our camp and head to Valle Frances. At the entrance of the valley we drop our backpacks and only head up with some food, rain gear, our cameras (just a few basics) and head up into Valle Frances light. It’s a steep hike, so going light is nice. We spend most of the day trekking up the valley, witnessing thundering ice falls from Paine Grande (3050m) from one side and the Cuernos towering over us on the other. The valley offers natural lookouts; ice falls, avalanches, condors... impressive. A true highlight of Torres del Paine National Park. And after a day exploring Valle Frances, we continue on again and arrive to Paine grande for our next camp. Here we have an amazing view of the waters of Lago Pehoe and the rocks faces of the Cuernos.

 
Day 4: Today we wake, break down camp and take our 4 hour trek to Camp Glacier Grey. This is a magnificent camp area where we camp in a beautiful forest, close to the Glacier Grey lookout. After making camp we continue up the trail towards Camp Paso which is located above the glacier and gives us a birds eye view of the ice. Here we have a chance of seeing the edge of the Patagonia Ice Field - the third largest sea of ice on the planet.

 
Day 5: After a good breakfast we trek to Paine Grande where we catch the catamaran across the Lake Pehoe to meet our private transportation back to Puerto Natales. We arrive back at Base Camp at 5pm. This is the official end of the program.
 

 

 

Program Dates          

 

tour ref #

2016-17

 

 

Day '0' 

team meeting 6pm

Departure Return  
March 2017          
W040317 / OPEN   March 03, 2017 March 04, 2017 March 08, 2017  
W160317 / OPEN   March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 20, 2017  
W280317 / OPEN   March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 April 1, 2017  
April 2017          
W080417 / OPEN   April 07, 2017 April 08, 2017 April 12, 2017  
W200417 / OPEN   April 19, 2017 April 20, 2017 April 21, 2017  
May 2017           
W080517 / OPEN   May 07, 2017 May 08, 2017 May 12, 2017  
June 2017          
W080617 / OPEN   June 07, 2017 June 08, 2017 June 12, 2017  
July 2017          
W080717 / OPEN   July 07, 2017 July 08, 2017 July 12, 2017  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tours include:
 guide with satellite communication devices (Delorem InReach) & park radio
• all meals in the field
• all transportation
• catamaran
• entrance, camping & park fees
• all logistics
 
Not included:
• personal camping and trekking gear (clothing, trekking poles, sleeping bag)
• alcoholic beverages
• lodging in town before and after the program
• travel insurance
• itinerary changes
• tips
• personal first aid kit
• single tent upgrade +100 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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erratic rock patagonia | Baquedano 719, Puerto Natales, Chile | info@erraticrock.com | View our companies Terms & Conditions