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: $1400 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 ranch, 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 based treks to full room and board in refugios (well stocked cabins) along the trail, where beds, food, and showers await you at the end of each day. The trek is named after its trail system, which navigates up and down the mountain valleys. Torres del Paine is an 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 majority of the park’s must-see attractions: Las Torres, Los Cuernos, Valle del Francés, Paine Grande and Glacier Grey. This, one of the most popular hikes in Patagonia, 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 1
In the morning we will leave Puerto Natales for a 2-2.5 hour drive to the park, after entering the park we will continue to the catamaran that will take us for approximately 25 minutes over Lago Pehoe to Paine Grande. Here we start our first hike of the ‘W’ trek. After a quick organizational break we begin hiking towards Refugio Grey. This will be an 11 km hike with amazing views the Grey Lake, which displays the impressive geological changes that have happened in this area.  
 
Day 2
On our second day we start a half-day hike up to a viewpoint high up on the hill. During this hike we will cross two hanging bridges to get to an encompassing view over Glacier Grey. We will be able to do this section of the hike with a light daypack. Coming back to camp we will pick up our backpacks and start our hike the 11 km back to Paine Grande, where we will stay for the night. This campground is known for its amazing views and strong gusts of wind that can make camping an all-together more challenging experience.
 
Day 3
On this day we make our way to the beautiful Valle del Francés. Starting our walk to Campamento Italiano over rolling hills we will arrive at the foot of the valley, here we drop down our big backpacks and prepare our small daypacks for the hike up into the valley. There are 2 viewpoints to hike to; to get to the first viewpoint called Francés, it will take us 1 hour of hiking up some steep parts of the valley. From this viewpoint you can enjoy the view of the hanging glacier coming down from the largest mountain in the park, Paine Grande. From here it is another hour and a half to get to the second viewpoint, Britanico. This forest hike is very relaxing with boulder fields here and there opening up the amazing 360° views around you. After having taken your picture while standing on the rock formation at the end of the valley we turn around and get back to Campamento Italiano. Here we pick up our backpacks again and finish the day with another half an hour hike to our campground for the night, Francés. 
 
Day 4
Day 4 will bring us into the valley where we will find the famous Torres del Paine. We will cross pebble beaches, cover steep inclines and descents with views overlooking Lago Nördenskjold and up against the impressive walls of the Cuernos towers and cerro Almirante Nieto. Around every corner you will find a different perspective of the Patagonian steppe. After a few hours of hiking we get to the ¨shortcut¨, a trail that will bring us steeply up into the Valle Ascencio, where we will find Refugio Chileno, our last campground of the W trek. Here we will eat a well-deserved dinner served to us inside the refugio and get an early night’s rest because of our plans the following day.
 
Day 5
This is the day we will hike up to meet the sunrise. We will make our way to the viewpoint at the base of the Towers in an attempt to witness the amazing gold/ orange colors that can take over the towers early in the morning. During the summer months in Patagonia sunrise can be as early as 5:30am, this could mean a very early start including a hike for almost 2 hours, in the dark, over a very well-marked trail. After having enjoyed the spectacle at the towers we will make our way back to Refugio Chileno in daylight, where we will have our breakfast and pack up camp to make our last trek down to Hotel Las Torres. This marks the end of our trekking, we will then take our transportation back to Puerto Natales where our ‘W’ program officially ends. 

 

 

Program Dates          

 

tour ref #

2017

 

 

Day '0' 

team meeting 6pm

Departure Return  
May 2017           
W080517   May 07, 2017 May 08, 2017 May 12, 2017  
June 2017          
W080617    June 07, 2017 June 08, 2017 June 12, 2017  
July 2017          
W080717    July 07, 2017 July 08, 2017 July 12, 2017  
October 2017          
W141017   Oct 13, 2017 Oct 14, 2017 Oct 18, 2017  
W281017   Oct 27, 2017 Oct 28, 2017  Nov 1, 2017  
November 2017          
W011117   Oct 31, 2017 Nov 1, 2017 Nov 5, 2017  
W141117   Nov 13, 2017 Nov 14, 2017 Nov 18, 2017  
W201117   Nov 19, 2017 Nov 20, 2017 Nov 24, 2017  
December 2017          
W011217   Nov 30, 2017 Dec 1, 2017 Dec 5, 2017  
W141217   Dec 13, 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Dec 18, 2017  
W201217   Dec 19, 2017 Dec 20, 2017 Dec 24, 2017  
           

tour ref #

2018

         
           
Januray 2018          
W010118   Dec 31, 2017 Jan 1, 2018 Jan 5, 2018  
W140118   Jan 13, 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Jan 18, 2018  
W200118   Jan 19, 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Jan 24, 2018  
 February 2018          
W010218   Jan 31, 2018 Feb 1, 2018 Feb 5, 2018  
W140218   Feb 13, 2018 Feb 14, 2018 Feb 18, 2018  
W200218   Feb 19, 2018 Feb 20, 2018 Feb 24, 2018  
March 2018          
W010318   Feb 28, 2018 March 1, 2018 March 5, 2018  
W140318   March 13, 2018 March 14, 2018 March 18, 2018  
W200318   March 19, 2018 March 20, 2018 March 24, 2018  
April 2018          
W010418   March 31, 2018 April 1, 2018 April 5, 2018  
W140418   April 13, 2018 April 14, 2018 April 18, 2018  
W200418   April 19, 2018 April 20, 2018 April 24, 2018  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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