Camping “W” Trek

5 Days
Hiking
Overview

The W Hike in Torres del Paine has become a “must do” for outdoor enthusiasts around the world. The Towers of Torres del Paine made the area famous among climbers in the 1980’s. Since then, people have been doing more mountaineering in the national park. You can hike the W trail and admire the most eye-catching icons in Torres del Paine National Park. You will visit the Torres Lookout, the French Valley, the Cuernos, and Glacier Grey. Moreover, you will be able to observe granite formations imposing on sedimentary rocks, ancient glaciers and diverse flora and fauna.

 

$1,165.00 (per person/based on 4*)

*Final cost depends on the number in your group. Additional cost for single. Contact us with any questions.

Travel Plans:

 

Description

Difficulty: Intermediate

Highlights: Views of Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field, the many lakes of Torres del Paine and the hanging glaciers of the French Valley, the granite towers which are the namesake of Torres del Paine.

Day 1: Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine National Park, Grey

Day 2: Grey – Paine Grande

Day 3: Paine Grande – French Valley Lookout – Cuernos

Day 4: Cuernos – Chileno

Day 5: Chileno – Las Torres Lookout – Puerto Natales

THIS ITINERARY INCLUDES:

  • 4 Nights of camping in Torres del Paine National Park (tent + sleeping mat included)
  • Trip briefing in Puerto Natales day before trip starts (18:00)
  • Breakfast on days 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Lunch on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Dinner on days 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Bus to and from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • One-way catamaran ticket from Pudeto to Paine Grande
  • Shuttle Las Torres to Laguna Amarga

THIS ITINERARY DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation not listed above
  • Meals not listed above
  • Land transportation not listed above
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Tips for staff or at dinners
  • Sleeping bag

*You’re required to carry personal trekking gear (what is on the packing list)

Upper body

  • Shirts/Jacket
  • Wind proof and water proof jacket, such as Gore Tex or similar
  • Fleece or pile coat
  • Quick dry long sleeve t-shirt
  • Quick dry or cotton short sleeve t-shirt
  • Winter hat, beanie
  • Light gloves

Lower body

  • Quick dry hiking socks
  • Quick dry, light weight long underwear bottoms
  • Quick dry and breathable windproof pants
  • Shorts
  • Light trekking boots and/or gym shoes

Other necessary items

  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping bag (-5°C for Nov. – Mar. trips, -15°C for April – Oct. trips)
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle (1.000cc)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chap Stick with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack (big enough for all your personal things)
  • Shower Shoes, flip flops
  • Earplugs
  • Head lamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: Admire Glacier Grey

Puerto Natales – Grey

Early in the morning you will depart on a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine. The trip to the park entrance at Laguna Amarga is approximately two hours. After arriving to and registering yourself in the park you will take the catamaran across Lake Pehoe before you begin a four-hour hike through a small forest and then along Lake Grey. Most days this section of the park is very windy, due to openness provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field.  After about two hours of hiking you will get your first glimpse of Glacier Grey.  You will continue hiking for two more hours until arriving to Camp Grey where you will spend the night.  There are two optional excursions you can take today in the afternoon or tomorrow in the morning while at Refugio Grey – ice hiking on Glacier Grey or kayaking on Lake Grey.  Let us know if you are interested and we can make reservations.

Hike: Refugio Paine Grande – Refugio Grey 
Total Distance: 11 Kilometers / 6.8 Miles 
Average Time: 4 Hours 

DAY 2: Hike to Lake Pehoe

Grey – Paine Grande

In the morning you will have an energizing breakfast and then prepare to hike again. If you would like you can continue past the camp with a day pack for a spectacular view of the glacier and a chance to cross one of the parks famous suspension bridges. Upon return to Camp Grey, collect all of your belongings and begin your hike back towards Paine Grande where you will camp along the shore of Lake Pehoe.

Hike: Refugio Grey – Refugio Paine Grande 
Total Distance: 11 Kilometers / 6.8 Miles 
Average Time: 4 Hours 

DAY 3: Visit the French Valley

Paine Grande – French Valley Lookout – Cuernos

Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Campamento Italiano. This camp is 2.5 hours away.  Once you arrive to Campamento Italiano you can leave your large pack and continue into the French Valley with just a small daypack.  You will hike across a moraine and through a forest until you come to a clearing.  Here you will be blown away by both the wind and the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you, the hanging French Glacier just ahead of you and by many other peaks.  After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your large pack and continue another 2.5 hours to Camp Cuernos where you will spend the night.

Hike: Refugio Paine Grande – Refugio Cuernos
Total Distance: 17.3 Kilometers / 10.7 Miles 
Average Time: 7 Hours

DAY 4: Hike along Lake Nordenskjold

Cuernos – Chileno

In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again.  You will leave Cuernos, located on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and at the foot of the Cuernos and walk for four hours towards Refugio & Camping Chileno, located in the Asencio Valley.  Along the way you will pass by Lake Nordenskjold and begin your hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley.  There will be a few rivers you will pass over by hopping across rocks.  As you hike you will catch glimpses of glaciers and the mountaintops hovering over you.  Finally, you will arrive to Camp Chileno where you will have dinner and sleep.

Hike: Refugio Cuernos – Refugio Chileno
Total Distance: 11 Kilometers / 6.8 Miles
Average Time: 4.5 Hours 

DAY 5: Return to Puerto Natales

Chileno – Las Torres Lookout – Puerto Natales

This morning you will continue your walk up Almirante Nieto, first hiking about an hour through a dense Lenga forest.  After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres.  After a bit of time admiring the view you will return back to Camp Chileno to pick up your belongings and hike to the foot of Almirante Nieto where you will first catch a shuttle to the park entrance and then catch a bus back to Puerto Natales.

Hike: Chileno – Las Torres Lookout – Hotel Las Torres
Total Distance: 15.5 Kilometers / 9.6 Miles
Average Time: 6.5 Hours 

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