Refugio “W” Trek

5 Days

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.


$1,315.00 (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:


map of the route


Difficulty: Beginner

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 – Las Torres Lookout – Chileno

Day 2: Chileno – Cuernos

Day 3: Cuernos – French Valley Lookout – Paine Grande

Day 4: Paine Grande – Grey

Day 5: Grey – Hotel Lago Grey – Puerto Natales



  • 4 nights in Refugios in Torres del Paine with shared room & bathroom (bedding not 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
  • Shuttle from Laguna Amarga to Las Torres area
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Grey III cruise
  • Transfer from Hotel Lago Grey to Administration


  • 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: Visit the Famous Towers

Puerto Natales – Las Torres Lookout – Chileno

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 begin to hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley.  After two hours of hiking steadily upward you will arrive to Refugio Chileno. This is where you will be spending the night.  Here you can store your large pack before continuing onto the Las Torre lookout.  You will hike about an hour through a dense Lenga forest.  Once you leave the forest you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres.  After admiring the view you will return to Refugio Chileno to have dinner and sleep.

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

DAY 2: Hike along Lake Nordenskjold

Chileno – Cuernos

In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again.  You will leave Refugio Chileno and walk for four hours towards Refugio Cuernos, located on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and at the foot of the Cuernos.  Along the way you will walk along the skirt of Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold.  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 see the monstrous peaks of the Cuernos.  You will spend the night at the foot of them at Refugio Cuernos.

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

DAY 3: Visit the French Valley

Cuernos – French Valley Lookout – Paine Grande

Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Campamento Italiano.  This camp is 2.5 hours away.  You will trek across a windy beach and finally escape into the valley where the wind is a little calmer.  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, Skottsberg 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 onto Refugio Paine Grande on the shore of the beautiful Lake Pehoe.

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

DAY 4: Admire Glacier Grey

Paine Grande – Grey


After a restful night and an energizing breakfast you will 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 Refugio & Camping Grey where you will spend the night.  If you would like you can continue past the Refugio for a spectacular view of the glacier and a chance to cross one of the parks famous suspension bridges.  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 5: Return to Puerto Natales

Grey – Hotel Lago Grey – Puerto Natales

In the morning you will have time to relax after breakfast. In the afternoon you will board the Grey III, which will take you to admire the glacier up-close and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings.  After arriving to the other side of Lake Grey you will wait at the café inside of Hotel Lago Grey before taking a transfer to catch the bus back to Puerto Natales.