Torres del Paine "W" Trek: 8 days/7 nights
Day 1: Private transfer from Punta Arenas airport to the bus terminal. Regular bus ticket from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales. Private transfer from Puerto Natales bus terminal to your hotel. Overnight in Puerto Natales.
Day 2: Experience the best of Patagonia's glaciers, lakes and majestic peaks on the famed W-Trek, whilst staying in beautifully appointed Refugios within the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. This includes the 3 basic circuits which are: 1) Base las Torres 2) Valle del Frances 3) Glaciar Grey. Transfer from your hotel to ‘Fantatisco Sur’ where the bus will be waiting for you and afterwards ‘Bus Gomez’ will take you into Torres del Paine. The bus transport to Torres del Paine National Park lasts about 2.5 hours with a short stop at Cerro Castillo Village. At the moment you arrive at Laguna Amarga entrance you will have to acquire your entrance ticket and take the shuttles that will be waiting for you to take you to Las Torres sector where your Refugio is located. Presentation time at the bus station 14.15. Departure 14:30. Arrival 16:30 Accommodation: Refugio Torre Central.
Day 3: Trekking to Base Las Torres (7-8 hours: 13km) Recommended hour to start: 09:00am. The first hour and a half walking is steep with fantastic views of lake Nordenskjold and Almirante Nieto Mountain (2.670 m.s.l) with its hanging glacier until you reach Refugio el Chileno to recover energies and leave your luggage. Then carrying just a small back pack you will continue the trail trough a millenary Lenga forest (1 hour) until the base. ‘’The moraine’’ is a challenging ascent (45min) but will take you to one of the most impressive lookouts in the Park: *Base Torres del Paine* where you will have the view of Torre Sur (2.850 m.s.l) Torre Central (2.800 m.s.l) and Cerro Nido de condor. Accommodation: Refugio el Chileno but depending on availability it may be changed to Torre Central. Difficulty level :High.
Day 4: Trekking from El Chileno to Los Cuernos Refugio (4-5 hours: 11Km) Recommended hour to start: 9.00am. Approx 30 minutes alter leaving Refugio el Chileno you will notice a ’shortcut’ that leads to Refugio los Cuernos. The trail goes trough the Base of ‘Almirante Nieto’, part of the Paine massif with great views to Nordenskjold lake. From December the flora presents different colors specially the Ciruelillo of Fire Bush’’ which takes its name from the red color of its flowers. After about 4-5 hours you will get to the base of los Cuernos where the Refugio is located, considered by many one of the most charming sites in the whole Park and a perfect spot to rest and recover energies for the next day's challenging trek: ‘’The French Valley’’. Accommodation: Los Cuernos Refugio. Difficulty level: Medium.
Day 5: Trekking to French Valley o Valle Frances /Domos Frances (10-12 hours: 25.3Km) Recommended start hour: 9.00am. After 1 hour of trekking you will find a sign that shows the French sector, at this point you will have to take the right pathway leading to Domos Frances (5 minutes) and at this point we recommend to leave your big backpack and start the other part of the trek with a small backpack (with essentials as water, food, a coat, etc) The ascent lasts for about 1 hour and a half until French glacier lookout, where you will be able to observe its hanging glacier and opportunities to observe small avalanches. After that the trail continues until ‘Campamento Britanico’ and after about 20 minutes you will reach the lookout point considered by many as one of the most overwhelming spots in the Circuit ‘’Mirador Britanico’’ where you will admire: Paine Grande, Cerro Hoja, Cerro Mascara, Cerro Catedral, Cerro Alerta de Tiburon, Cuerno Norte, etc. After that we return to Domos Frances. Accommodation: Domos Frances. Difficulty level: High.
Day 6: Trekking to Glacier Grey (6-8 hours: 21.6 Km) Recommended hour to start 9.00am. Trekking from Domos Frances until the Grey Sector (minutes away from the Glacier). The first segment is to Campamento Italiano, after that we continue to Pehoe Sector. Following this path and after 1 hour you will reach the first lookout, where it is possible to observe the glacier from a distance. Another 2 hours and you will reach the main lookout in front of the glacier with spectacular views of Grey glacier, Cordon Olguin and ice flows. Accommodation: Refugio Grey. Difficulty: Medium.
Day 7: Trekking back to Pehoe + ferry + bus to Puerto Natales (3-4hours). After breakfast the way back is to Pehoe, you will have to walk to the jetty where there is a ferry that crosses the Pehoe lake and will take you to ‘Pudeto sector’ where your transport will be waiting for you to take you into Puerto Natales Difficulty: medium. Bus from Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales and private transfer from the bus station to your hotel. Overnight in Puerto Natales.
Day 8: Transfer from Puerto Natales hotel to the bus terminal. Bus ticket from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas Airport: takes approximately 2.5 hours.
The W Trek can be reserved with or without the services of a Guide. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included at the Refugios. Ferry ticket is included.