Walk the beautiful trails of Torres del Paine National Park with the classic walk of the W, independently, without haste and at your own pace. Visit the most beautiful valleys of the national park and be impressed with the beauty of this corner of the world.
* The indicated value of the program is based on accommodation in campings. If you prefer, you can upgrade to sleep in comfortable refuges. * Important: Based on double occupancy.
Day 1: Arrive to Torres del Paine National Park- Trek to the Base of The Towers.
Distance: 13.6 miles / Time: 8-10hrs / Level of Difficulty: Demanding / Accommodation: Refugio or Camping Torre Central / Meals: Packed lunch + Dinner.
After breakfast at your hotel in Puerto Natales, your packed lunch will be delivered and you’ll have a 7:30 am public bus departure straight to Torres del Paine National Park. Journey amongst the vast Patagonian plains before arriving to the entrance at Laguna Amarga, where it is required to register with CONAF (park rangers). Board the “Las Torres” shuttle bus that will drop you off at the Visitor’s Center. Register with the Cerro Paine Reserve and walk a short distance to Refugio Torre Central. Whether your accommodation is a shared-dorm room in the Refugio or camping, make sure to check-in prior to beginning your hike.
Today’s trek follows the Ascensio Valley as it snakes through windswept hills and wide-spread beech forests. During the final ascent, you’ll traverse an immense boulder field until reaching one of the most iconic mountain viewpoints in the world, the Base of The Towers. At a height of 900 meters above sea level, marvel at the sheer granite walls of the (north, south, central) towers and the brilliantly turquoise glacial lake below. Take some photographs and have lunch before following the same path downwards to Refugio Torre Central. After a long day of hiking, enjoy a warm dinner at the lodge.
Day 2: Trek to Refugio Los Cuernos.
Distance: 7.4 miles / Time: 4-5 hours / Level of Difficulty: Moderate / Accommodation: Refugio or Camping Los Cuernos / Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner.
Enjoy breakfast and request your packed lunch in the dining area. Today, the trail leads you deep into the park towards Refugio Los Cuernos, one of the more secluded mountain lodges. Navigate over crystal clear streams, admire the hanging glaciers off of Mt. Almirante Nieto (2,670 mts) and search for condors as you border the mesmerizing green-blue waters of Lake Nordenskjold. Follow the well-marked trail until you reach Refugio Los Cuernos, where you’ll unwind for the evening.
Day 3: Explore the French Valley.
Distances: Mirador Frances: 10.5 miles / Time: Mirador Frances: 6-7hrs / Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult / Accommodation: Refugio or Camping Paine Grande / Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner.
Get an early morning start for an all-day hike to the core of Torres del Paine Park. After breakfast, request your packed lunch and prepare for a day of jaw-dropping Patagonian landscapes. Pass through the Frances Campsite and after (2-2.5hrs) of hiking, you’ll arrive to the base of the French Valley. Leave your backpack at the Italiano Ranger Station and get started on your journey up the valley.
Climb through a massive boulder field and follow a tree-lined ridge until reaching the French plateau (Mirador Frances). Here, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Los Cuernos (the Horns), turquoise glacial lagoons and gorgeous blue hanging glaciers cascading down the east face of Paine Grande (3,050mts). If you’re lucky, you’ll hear the thundering sound of water and ice crashing down, as it is a common spot to witness avalanches. Take some photographs and enjoy your packed lunch all before descending back to the Italiano Ranger Station.
Grab your backpack and hike to Refugio Paine Grande. (2.5-3hrs) Take it easy for the evening and enjoy a delicious meal in the lodge.
Day 4: Grey Glacier (Optional hike to suspension bridges).
Distance: 6.8 miles / Time: 4-4.5hrs / Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate / Accommodation: Refugio or Camping Grey / Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Dinner.
Start your day hiking through a narrow, winding valley that leads to Laguna de Los Patos. As you continue, you’ll start to get glimpses of the immense Southern Patagonian Ice Field as well as the iceberg marked Grey Lake. After passing through Glacier Grey’s sometimes (very) windy lookout point, the trail descends through a hilly forest until you are left face to face with the majestic Grey Glacier.
OPTIONAL: For an unforgettable panoramic view of Grey Glacier, set off for an extra 3-4hrs (round trip) past Refugio Grey to the famous suspension bridges. After crossing the second suspension bridge, look down at the immeasurable ocean of deep blues and small turquoise lagoons sitting atop of the magnificent Grey Glacier. If luck is on your side, you may catch ice calving into the deep, freezing waters of Grey Lake.
Distance: 2.4 miles / Time: 3-4hrs (round trip) Level of Difficulty: Moderate.
Day 5: Trek to Refugio Paine Grande – Return to Puerto Natales.
You have two options for your last day in the park:
Option 1: Follow the same trail back to Refugio Paine Grande to catch the 11:30AM catamaran to the Pudeto boat dock, where you will board the 1:00pm public bus back to Puerto Natales. Approximate arrival time to Puerto Natales: 4:30pm
Option 2: In case you didn’t get a chance to visit the suspension bridges the previous afternoon, take the morning to explore the spectacular panoramic views of Grey Glacier. Afterwards, continue the same trail back to Refugio Paine Grande to catch the 6:30pm catamaran to the Pudeto boat dock, where you will board the 7:00pm public bus back to Puerto Natales. Approximate arrival time to Puerto Natales: 10:00pm
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- Difficulty : Demanding.
- Equipment : Recommend equipment for low tempetures.
- Important : Recommend travel insurance.
- Notice : Not recommended for children under 10 years old.
- A lot of weight? : We offer luggage storage in Puerto Natales for those who wish to leave items behind while on their hike.
- Important : All excursions and itinerary are subject to weather conditions.
- Camping accommodations include an already-pitched tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
- Lodge accommodations are mixed-dorms with a maximum of 6 people. You will receive a bed with sheets, a comforter and a towel.
- Public bus transportation to and from the park + shuttle bus ticket to the Visitor’s Center.
- Meals according to your itinerary + packed lunch on day 1. Food restrictions will only be honored with previous notice.
- Catamaran boat tickets.
- Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park.
Our program begins and ends in Puerto Natales. From there, the bus will take us to the National Park to begin our walk.
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