W Trek | Patagonia

Hiking the Torres del Paine W Trek in Patagonia

Season

November to March

Nearest city

Puerto Natales, CL is an hour away

Duration

5 Days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Torres del Paine W Trek will be your favorite adventure yet

Explore the stunning scenery spread over 74 kilometers, molded by one of the largest glaciers in the Southern Hemisphere. Torres del Paine is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, tucked between the Andes and the Patagonian Steppe in Chile. Feel the crisp air coming from the surrounding mountains and enjoy hiking under clear blue skies. Take in all the beauty of the scenery, wilderness, and many ridges, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and lagoons. The W Trek follows a route based on its circuit shape, taking you past the striking pointed peaks and massive glaciers of the Paine Massif and Southern Patagonia Ice Field. This is one of those hikes that never ceases to amaze!

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Hiking the Torres del Paine W Trek in Patagonia

$1300 per person · 5 days

Explore Torres del Paine’s W Trek in five unforgettable days! Let your guide take you to the most spectacular places, such as Mirador Base Torres, Cerro Almirante Nieto, and the spectacular Cuernos del Paine. Spend the nights in a camp, and save up energy for exploring the French Valley and the impressive Grey Glacier. Learn about the history of the area and explore the Patagonian Steppe, while having the time of your life among the Chilean natural wonders.

Trip Highlights

This five-day adventure is packed with impressive terrain and incredible views that any hiker would want to experience in their lifetime. The ‘W’ shaped route checks all the adventure boxes with its spectacular wilderness of Patagonian Steppe, glaciers, and lakes that deserve their UNESCO status. It is the perfect balance of hiking and sightseeing — soaking in all the incomparable views of the valleys, granite towers and lakes, mixed with steep, rocky paths will get your heart pumping. Cross this epic adventure off your bucket list and make some amazing memories!

Itinerary

Day One: Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine

  • Arrive at the Torres del Paine National Park in the afternoon hours, followed by introductions, dinner and spending the first night at Sector Central

Day Two: Trekking Mirador Base Torres

  • Wake up for breakfast and venture off to one of the beautiful places along the trail, like:
    • Mirador Base Torres
    • Ascencio River
    • Paso de los Vientos
    • Chilean Refuge
    • La Morrena
  • Camp and eat dinner in the Central Sector

Day Three: Trekking Sector Francés

  • Get an early start and hike for 13.5km through:
    • Lake Nordenskjöld
    • Cerro Almirante Nieto
    • Cuernos del Paine
  • Take in the beautiful views of the granite formed mountains, lakes and zones where you can appreciate the abundant flora and fauna of this Patagonian park
  • Camp and eat dinner at the French Sector

Day Four: Trekking Valle Francés

  • Wake up for breakfast and continue hiking. Enjoy the views from:
    • The French Valley
    • The Italian Camp
    • Valley of the French River
    • Valley Frances
    • Paine Grande and Northern Horn
    • Sector Paine Grande.
  • Learn about the history and take photos along the way, followed by dinner and camping for the night

Day Five: Trekking to the sector Glacier Grey – Puerto Natales

  • After breakfast, continue the hike and visit the third milestone, a place that offers an unforgettable memory of the park, the Grey Glacier. Some stops along the way include:
    • Paine Grande Hill, the highest point of the Massif (3,050m)
    • Ñirres, Coigües and Notros
    • the first Mirador of Lago Gray
    • Grey Refuge
  • After lunch at the Grey Sector, return to the Paine Grande Sector and take the catamaran to Pudeto. From there, you can catch a bus back to Puerto Natales.

Things you need to know

Covid measures in Torres del Paine

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Torres del Paine, please refer to the Chile Reports and Official Chilean Government (Spanish only) websites.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • A professional, knowledgeable, medically-trained wilderness guide
    • All camping equipment (including sleeping bags)
    • Campsites reservations

What’s not included:

    • Hiking poles
    • Hiking boots or shoes
    • Meals and snacks
    • Transportation to and from Puerto Natales (approx. $60 for the bus and the catamaran)
    • Accommodation before and after
    • Domestic flights
    • Guide gratuities
    • Park entrance fees (approx. $33 US)

If you wish to include meals, private transport or upgrade your accommodation and make refugio reservations, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What can I expect from hiking with a guide?

Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience the W Trek and its wonders to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems and secret spots the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will customize aspects of your trip to the desires of your group. Because there is so much to see and do in Torres del Paine — and it gets crowded quickly — this is one location where it really pays to have a guide by your side to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s the list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Multi-day hiking pack large enough to carry all the items listed (35-50L backpack)
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Lightweight hiking or trekking boots
    • Thermal long-sleeved shirt
    • Synthetic t-shirts and long-sleeved shirt
    • Waterproof rain jacket with hood (like Gore-tex)
    • Thermal base layer pants
    • Waterproof pants
    • Hiking pants (preferably convertibles)
    • Down jacket or vest
    • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
    • Sunhat
    • Winter hat, scarf and gloves
    • Hiking poles — optional (but recommended)
    • Head torch
    • Pocket knife
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • First aid kit
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

How fit do I need to be?

The Torres del Paine W Trek is considered a difficult hike and is best suited for fit and experienced hikers. Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length. Advanced hikes are longer treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can change and you’ll also be packing a 35-50L backpack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this hiking adventure.
  • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about group sizes and pricing?

Groups usually consist of 2-6 people, but you can arrange a trip with up to 12 people. If you’re traveling with a larger party, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements. All pricing is per person and cost doesn’t decrease.

What about bad weather?

Tours are scheduled to fit with the seasons and ideal hiking conditions, but the Torres del Paine area is prone to temperature and weather changes, so you need to be prepared with the right gear. Make sure to always have a rain jacket with you. The mountains are a beautiful place to be even when it rains and wet weather can add a very unique aspect to the whole experience

When the weather does not cooperate, your guide will know the correct course of action to take. Whether that’s shifting to a more favorable location or postponing until conditions approve, your guide will know just what to do. In the event of predictably bad weather, you will be contacted prior to the trip to discuss suitable alternatives.

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Expedition Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

The easiest way to come to the Torres del Paine is by flying to Santiago de Chile International Airport and then to Punta Arenas where you can take a bus straight on to Torres del Paine. You can also choose to travel from Argentina’s El Calafate across the border.

The meeting location will be at the Torres del Paine National Park. You should arrive during the afternoon to then go to dinner and spend the first night in the Sector Central. From there, you’ll meet your guide and start your hiking adventure.

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