Torres del Paine "W" Trek: An adventure in Torres del Paine National Park
Days: 5-7 | From: $4,250/per person
Take a week-long journey through stunning Torres del Paine National Park, trekking to some of the top highlight areas.
- Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
- Includes excursions and tours with superb guides
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At a glance
- Torres del Paine
6 nights: trek the park to top highlight areas, alternating between camping and staying in EcoCamp's unique geodesic domes
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Day by day itinerary
Torres del Paine National Park
Enjoy the scenic drive into Torres del Paine National Park, to the unique EcoCamp Lodge. Take the afternoon to relax, enjoy the scenery, and prepare for tomorrow’s hike.
Accommodations: EcoCamp Patagonia
Their location near the iconic Paine Towers, small footprint, and tasteful construction make these first class geodesic domes one of the top choices for our travelers in Torres del Paine National Park. EcoCamp Patagonia offers a unique view of the majestic granite towers that give the park its name, and sits close to the trailhead that will take you up to their base. As the national park’s first fully sustainable accommodation and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in private domes that take their inspiration from the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants. Guests enjoy guided treks and wildlife excursions by day and Chilean food and wine at night, before falling asleep gazing up at star-filled skies in their cozy sleeping quarters. The domes have private bathrooms.*Includes: Dinner
Hike to Los Cuernos
Start your adventure with a pleasant walk on 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 “Horns,” towering black peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Paine Massif. Your day’s 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.
Accommodations: Refugio Los Cuernos
Hike to the French Valley
Begin a challenging trek to Valle Frances along a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. An active walk leads you to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the southeast face of the Massif and offering a spectacular view. The high valley’s entire group of geological formations can be admired here: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza! (Fortress).
Descend through undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest to reach the Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe.
Accommodations: Refugio Paine Grande
Hike to Grey Glacier
Follow the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern end of Lake Grey, and enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails to the blue face of Grey Glacier. You’ll have time to marvel at this calving glacier before navigating back across the water. From Lake Grey’s southern end, transfer to the EcoCamp for the night.
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 take a catamaran across Lake Pehoe to Pudeto. From there you will have a short drive to EcoCamp.
Hike to the Paine Towers
Walk from EcoCamp toward Hostería Las Torres and up the winding path to Ascencio Valley, the valley that supports the eastern face of the Towers’ base. After a few hours of hiking the Towers come into full view, rising majestically with the glacial lake visible below – a truly breathtaking sight. In the afternoon you will backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to the EcoCamp.
Hike to Laguna Azul and the Eastern Lakes
Hike to the Laguna Azul lookout for a gorgeous view of both the lagoon and the granite towers. 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. Return to the Ecocamp in the evening for your farewell dinner.
Depature from Torres del Paine
Transfer out of Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas, where you will board your flight to Santiago. You can also continue by land over the border to El Calafate to see Argentine Patagonia.
Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary
Take the 5-day version of the “W” Trek, which is the above version minus the Los Cuernos and Eastern Lakes hikes. The 5-day version has scheduled departures on Sundays only. Please contact us for pricing.
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