Torres del Paine Classic 'W' trek
The 'W' - Patagonia's Classic Trek - 4 nights, 5 days
Maximum 6 clients
Level of difficulty: Demanding
Pack weight: Your pack + 4 kilos
Cost: $1500 USD - tent camping tour
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 wonders. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Today 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 Nordenskjold 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 will we get to the entrance of the Ascencio Valley. Here we will find our camping ground. A beautiful open campsite where we will have a view of the famous towers while having our dinner.
This is the day we will hike up to the 'Torres'. A full day of hiking with only our daypack. Starting with a 2 hours hike up to the entrance of the valley. Here we will have an amazing view into the green Ascencio valley and walk down to Refugio Chileno. From there we start walking through the Magellanic forests for an hour until getting to Camp Torres where we will have to start climbing our way up for 45 min to get to the 'Mirador' where we will be able to see the three towers standing in front of the glacial lake. After having enjoyed the spectacle at the towers we will make our way back 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.
NEW 2019-20 Program Dates
tour ref # Day '0' Departure Return
W011019 Sept 30, 2019 Oct 1, 2019 Oct 5, 2019
W141019 Oct 13, 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Oct 18, 2019
W011119 Oct 31, 2019 Nov 1, 2019 Nov 5, 2019
W141119 Nov 13, 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Nov 18, 2019
W201119 Nov 19, 2019 Nov 20, 2019 Nov 24, 2019
W011219 Nov 30, 2019 Dec 1, 2019 Dec 5, 2019
W141219 Dec 13, 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Dec 18, 2019
W201219 Dec 19, 2019 Dec 20, 2019 Dec 24, 2019
W261219 Dec 25, 2019 Dec 26, 2019 Dec 30, 2019
W301219 Dec 29, 2019 Dec 30, 2019 Jan 03 , 2020
W140120 Jan 13, 2020 Jan 14, 2020 Jan 18, 2020
W200120 Jan 19, 2020 Jan 20, 2020 Jan 24, 2020
W010220 Jan 31, 2020 Feb 1, 2020 Feb 5, 2020
W140220 Feb 13, 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Feb 18, 2020
W200220 Feb 19, 2020 Feb 20, 2020 Feb 24, 2020
W010320 Feb 29, 2020 March 1, 2020 March 5, 2020
W140320 March 13, 2020 March 14, 2020 March 18, 2020
W200320 March 19, 2020 March 20, 2020 March 24, 2020
W010420 March 31, 2020 April 1, 2020 April 5, 2020
W140420 April 13, 2020 April 14, 2020 April 18, 2020
W200420 April 19, 2020 April 20, 2020 April 24, 2020
• guide with satellite communication devices & park radio
• all meals in the field
• all transportation
• entrance, camping & park fees
• all logistics
• personal camping and trekking gear (trekking poles, sleeping bag etc)
• alcoholic beverages
• lodging in town before and after the program
• travel insurance
• itinerary changes
• personal first aid kit
• single tent upgrade +100 USD