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.

 

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

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.

 

Day 5

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 

      

October 2019     

W011019       Sept 30, 2019         Oct 1, 2019           Oct 5, 2019 

W141019       Oct 13, 2019          Oct 14, 2019          Oct 18, 2019 

November 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

December 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 

January 2020     

W140120       Jan 13, 2020         Jan 14, 2020         Jan 18, 2020 

W200120       Jan 19, 2020         Jan 20, 2020         Jan 24, 2020 

February 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 

March 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 

April 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 

Tour includes:
• guide with satellite communication devices & park radio
• all meals in the field
• all transportation
• catamaran
• entrance, camping & park fees
• all logistics
 
Not included:
• personal camping and trekking gear (trekking poles, sleeping bag etc)
• 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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