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Torres del Paine W Trek

Experience the most popular trek in Torres del Paine the EcoCamp way!

Peolple in W trek
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Hike the W Trek

With our two unique versions of the W Trek, either the 5 Day or the 7 Day, you spend your days hiking the well-trod trails of one of the most famous treks in South America, visiting the Grey Glacier, the French Valley, and the base of the Torres, with evenings spent in the glamping comfort of EcoCamp, or, for select nights during the trek, in cozy mountain refugios with stunning views.



The W trek Activity Guide

The first day is spent travelling from Punta Arenas to EcoCamp Patagonia, via Puerto Natales, arriving in time to enjoy dinner and wine with the other new group members in EcoCamp’s Community Domes, with nights spent in your own dome.The following days are spent hiking along Torres del Paine in a W shape from west to east, following trails lined with exceptional mountain views, lakes, glaciers and wildlife.

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Los Cuernos Trail

Los Cuernos Trail
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Trekkers begin the day at EcoCamp heading a couple of kms south to join the Los Cuernos trail heading east. The path has a wonderful variety of flora and fauna, such as guanacos and condors. The view of lake Nordenskjold’s milky blue waters on the left is surpassed only by the view of the towering massif to the right, with the Horns (Los Cuernos) displaying their multicolored spires. The trail ends at Refugio Los Cuernos on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold.  

Valle Frances Trail

Frances Glacier Viewpoint
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Starting off from Refugio Los Cuernos in the morning, trekkers enter French Valley and follow a steep trail heading into the heart of the Paine massif. At the south-eastern face of the Massif lies the hanging bridge over the French river, with an amazing view of the massif. In the upper section of the valley all of the different peaks can be admired, such as Cerro Fortaleza, Cerro Catedral, La Espada, La Hoja, and more. A walk further north to Mirador Britanico (British Viewpoint) provides an excellent view from the very heart of the Paine massif. The return route is the same, descending through the valley to the shores of Lake Pehoe where the night is spent in Refugio Paine Grande.



Mirador Grey Trail

Grey Glacier Trail
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Leaving Paine Grande Refugio in the morning, we head along the shores of Lake Pehoe and Grey Lake up to the glacier at the lake’s northern end. The views of the piercing blue glacier are spectacular, and on the boat ride back, there’s time to appreciate the numerous icebergs floating on the lake.



Las Torres Trail

Base Torres Trail
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The trail to the base of the Torres viewpoint is probably the most famous trek in Torres del Paine. Starting from EcoCamp in the morning, the trail goes past neighbouring hotel Las Torres and joins the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. The big challenge comes at the end, climbing the steep moraine of boulders leading towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice.

Pat 026  - Patagonia Torres del Paine short 5 Day W Trek - Trekking Chart

Data / Day Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Trail Name arrive

in

Torres

del

Paine

NP
Valle Frances Trail Mirador Grey Trail Las Torres Trail leave

Torres

del

Paine

NP
Starting Point

EcoCamp Patagonia

(Trekking starts at

Lake Pehoe)

Refugio Paine Grande EcoCamp Patagonia
Finishing Point Refugio Paine Grande

EcoCamp Patagonia (Trekking ends at Mirador Grey)

EcoCamp Patagonia
appx. Walking Time 8 hrs 4 hrs 9 hrs
Distance 25 km / 15 miles 14 km / 9 miles 21 km /13 miles
max Altitude Point 686 m / 2250 feet 244m / 800 feet 914 m / 3000 feet

Pat 025  - Patagonia Torres del Paine 7 Day W Trek - Trekking Chart

Data / Day Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Trail Name arrive

in

Torres

del

Paine

NP
Los Cuernos Trail Valle Frances Trail Grey Glacier Trail Las Torres Trail Eastern Lakes leave

Torres

del

Paine

NP
Starting Point EcoCamp Patagonia Refugio Cuernos Refugio Paine Grande EcoCamp Patagonia EcoCampPatagonia
Finishing Point Refugio Cuernos Refugio Paine Grande

EcoCamp Patagonia (Trekking eds at Grey Viewpoint)

EcoCamp Patagonia EcoCamp Patagonia
appx. Walking Time 4.5 hrs 10 hrs 4 hrs 9 hrs 3 hrs
Distance 12 km / 7.5 miles 26 km / 16 miles 11 km / 7 km 22 km /14 miles 6km / 4 miles
max Altitude Point 244 m / 800 feet 686 m / 2250 feet 244m / 800 feet 914 m / 3000 feet 180 m / 590ft

 

 

 


Gemma travelled to Chilean Patagonia the final week of April to hike the famous W Trek, the classic trekking adventure along the scenic mountain paths of Torres del Paine National Park. She was accompanied by American filmmaker Tino, Chilean photographer Sergio, Patagonian guides Eduardo & Pablo and a great team of trekkers from Australia and Hong Kong. Believe or not they enjoyed a record week of sunshine and no wind.

Don’t miss Gemma’s W Trek travel diary for a day by day account of the adventure and go ahead experience for yourself the magical Torres del Paine W Trek!