Included meals are indicated in parentheses: (B,L,D)
Note: This trek operates on scheduled departures on Mondays only.
Today you will be transferred into Torres del Paine National Park and the EcoCamp Lodge. Your trek will start the next morning.
You will start your adventure in the Park with a pleasant walk through the curly Cuernos trail located beside beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. This walk will give you a chance to take in the park’s flora and fauna, its strong wind and the curious 4-seasons weather that will accompany you for the next days. As you progress along the trail, enjoy magnificent views of the park’s central lakes and the Paine’s Horns which are majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Massif. The trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cozy mountain refuge located by the shores of Lake Nordenskjold which will be your camp for the night.
Refugio Los Cuernos (B,L,D)
After breakfast you will begin a challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. An active walk leads to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif and offering a spectacular view. The entire group of geological formations of the high valley can be admired here: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza! (Fortress). Next, you descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest until reaching the Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. Upon reaching the Refugio, the luggage is organized and there is time to talk about the day while enjoying dinner.
Refugio Paine Grande (B,L,D)
Today you will hike along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern end of Lake Grey. You will have a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails to the blue face of Grey Glacier. You’ll have lots of time to marvel at this calving glacier before the boat ride across Lake Grey with its floating pieces of ice. From Lake Grey’s southern end you will transfer to the EcoCamp. Note: If the weather conditions do not allow navigation on Lake Grey, you will instead hike to Grey Glacier and return, then at Paine Grande’s dock you will take a catamaran across Lake Pehoe to Pudeto. From there you will have a short drive to EcoCamp.
Your day starts with a walk from EcoCamp toward Hostería Las Torres and up the winding path to Ascencio Valley – the valley which supports the eastern face of the Towers’ base. After a considerable effort, the Towers come into full view, rising majestically with the glacial lake visible below – a truly breathtaking sight. Once everyone is ready, you will backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley, and return to the EcoCamp.
Today you hike to the Laguna Azul lookout where you will find a gorgeous view of both the lagoon and granite towers. You will continue along the eastern side of Lago Sarmiento to the calcium formations on the lake’s shores where guanacos are often seen. Later you will trek to Paso Las Corneas with spectacular views of Rio Paine, Lake Pehoe and the Paine Massif. Upon returning to the Ecocamp, a farewell dinner is celebrated.
Today you will be transferred from Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas where you will board your flight to Santiago. You can also continue to El Calafate to see Argentine Patagonia (we can combine both countries).
Note: The 5 day version of the “W” Trek is the above version, minus the Los Cuernos and Eastern Lakes hikes and has scheduled departures on Sundays only. The 5 day version costs $1786 / person with 2 travelers.