You will experience the complete process of ancient explorers coming from the sea to the visually stunning highlights of the Torres del Paine W Trek, including the Grey Glacier, French Valley and the Towers Base, truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It's an unforgettable alternative to the classic 5-Day or 7-Day W Trek. Enter the Park via the Last Hope Sound, then venture into remote trails crossing through the Park and spend your evenings at the refugios' campsite areas in connection with nature to finish at EcoCamp Patagonia, an award-winning sustainable hotel that combines revolutionary eco living with delicious food, yoga and great company.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday): Sailing into Torres Del Paine and Brush Lake

Bernardo O'Higgins & Torres del Paine National Parks, Chile
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The trip begins with a morning pickup at 7AM from your hotel in Puerto Natales*. We will take a short, scenic drive to the port. Once arriving, we’ll board a boat to travel to the Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers, where we will marvel at the incredible beauty of Patagonia’s icy giants.  After this boat trip we will be dropped off at the Puerto Toro dock, and it’ll be time to begin our  W trek!. 

We’ll start with a 4 to 5 hour walk  through the mystical Nothofagus forest, where we may encounter diverse flora and fauna in this wet, rainy environment. We’ll finish off the day with an unbelievable panoramic view of Tyndall Glacier and the Macizo of Torres del Paine, before spending the night in our campsite.

*This program begins early in the morning at Puerto Natales, therefore, you will need to arrive the day before in order to catch the navigation to enter the Park. If you arrive in Punta Arenas the day before, you might join our regular transfer to Puerto Natales as long as your schedule fits our Transfer Schedule. You can review it here: Weekly Transfer Board

Please ask your Travel Experience Designer for more assistance if needed.

Overnight at a rustic campsite at Brush Lake.

Day 2 (Saturday): From Brush Lake to Villa Serrano & Grey Lake

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After a great night in the wilderness, we will depart from Lago Brush, passing by Lago del Jote and heading up to Río Serrano where we will be picked up by a van that will take us to Hotel Lago Grey Hotel, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Overnight at Hotel Lago Grey (or similar), Standard Room, Torres del Paine National Park.
 

Day 3 (Sunday): Grey Navigation & Hike to Paine Grande

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Grey Glacier (33 of 1)

Today we will take the 9 AM navigation to Refugio Grey, from where we will hike toward a lookout to take in the views of the immense Grey Glacier and then we’ll walk along the shores of Grey Lake to the northern side of Lake Pehoe. The day's trek will end with a soft climb through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest to Paine Grande´s Campsite (located next to Refugio Paine  Grande). Please note: An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is also available.

*During Low and Shoulder Season (October and April), the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be canceled, if this is the case we will offer you a comparable alternative within the park.

Overnight at Camping Paine Grande.
 

Day 4 (Monday): The Paine Massif's Heart: Valle Francés

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
French Valley Viewpoint - Webp

After breakfast at Paine Grande, we will begin the challenging trek along a steep trail leading into the very heart of the Paine Massif - the famed French Valley. A swifter walk will lead us to the French River’s hanging bridge, located at the foot of the south-eastern face of the Massif. We will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley to reach a lookout point and marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After our upward trek, we will pause for a picnic and relax for a while. Then we will finally start our hike back to Los Cuernos or Francés campsite, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Please note: An optional hike to Británico Lookout is available if the weather and physical conditions of the group are optimal for this activity, which consists of an aditional 6,8 Km. / 4,2 Mi. of hiking distance.

Overnight at the Campsite in Francés or Los Cuernos, Torres del Paine National Park.
 

Day 5 (Tuesday): Los Cuernos Trek

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Cuernos to EcoCamp Trek

Once we have finished breakfast, we will continue our journey to Ecocamp Patagonia along the Cuernos trail, which will take us along the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. Today's walk is less strenuous yet richer in the diversity of terrain that we will cover. It will, therefore, be the perfect opportunity to take in the park’s charming flora and fauna and learn more about the vast variety of species along the way. We will pause throughout the walk-in and eat our box lunch, rest our legs, and admire the stunning surroundings. The trek ends as we arrive at Ecocamp where we will enjoy a hearty dinner and prepare for tomorrow's big challenge.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.
 

Day 6 (Wednesday): The Big Challenge: Trek to the Towers Base 

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
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Today is the big day -- the walk to the base of the famous Paine Towers. We highly recommend to recharge your camera's baterries for this classic hike! We will walk from the campsite towards Hostería Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests, and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge is the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders that lead to that iconic base of the Towers, the three gigantic granite monoliths that are the remains of a great cirque sheared away by glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view,we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner and some tasty Chilean wine.

*Please note: if there are more than 6 travelers in the group, there is an option to split into two groups, with one group (or the whole group if everybody's in the mood!) cycling to Laguna Azul!

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.
 

Day 7 (Thursday): Adiós Torres del Paine!

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
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On to the next adventure! Today we will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch an evening flight onwards.

 

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Rustic Campsite at Brush Lake (Night 1)

Brush Lake is the perfect place for nature lovers looking for an authentic camping experience. Located in an idyllic setting, this rustic campsite offers visitors the opportunity to disconnect from the daily routine and immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature.

Lago Grey Hotel (Night 2)*

The Lago Grey Hotel is an impressive hotel establishment located in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, just a few steps from the majestic Grey Lake. With a privileged location, guests can enjoy panoramic views and an incomparable natural environment.

*In case Lago Grey is not available, a similar alternative of the same quality will be provided (for example: Pampa Lodge).

Campsites at Paine Grande & Cuernos/Francés Refugios (Nights 3 & 4)

Accommodation will be provided in tents. The campsite provides satisfactory bathroom facilities. Meals will be served inside the refugio.

EcoCamp Patagonia (Nights 5 & 6)

Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, overlooking the majestic Granite Towers. It was the first sustainable lodge south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian vastness. EcoCamp offers a dome camp inspired by the region's ancient nomadic inhabitants.

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 28m²/300ft²)

Suite Dome EcoCamp Patagonia 1920x1281Suite domes were designed to further our goal of providing comfort in a natural setting with minimal environmental impact, and also maintain the hotel’s familiar and cozy vibe. The domes have comfortable double or twin beds, a wood stove and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome Loft
(2 floors, Heating & Private bathroom, 37m²/398ft²)

Suite Loft  (4)Suite dome lofts are two-storey domes which fit up to four people and have comfortable double or twin beds both up and downstairs. These domes, ideal for families or groups of friends, come with a wood stove, a private terrace and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Superior Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 23m²/250ft²)

Superior Dome InteriorSpacious, comfortable and equipped with private bathrooms, Superior Domes are the optimum choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day’s walk. Each Superior Dome has comfortable queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater, skylight windows and a private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet.

EcoCamp Patagonia Standard Dome
(Shared bathroom, 10m²/108ft²)

Standard Dome TwinEcoCamp Standard domes were the world's first lodge accommodation in geodesic shape. They are resistant to the strong Patagonian winds, and come equipped with two single beds (doubles on request), cozy fleece blankets and feather quilts. There are windows in the ceiling for stargazing. Standard domes include shared bathrooms which are large, comfortable and gender divided.

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Included

  • All ground transport - private and domestic - as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Regular bus tickets Calafate <> Natales if starting*/finishing in Calafate (This includes bus tickets and transportation between the bus terminal and your hotel). *Starting in El Calafate the day before your trip starts.
  • Boat trip to Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers (One Way boat ride to sail into Torres del Paine & Serrano/Brush).
  • Ground Transport from Villa Serrano to Hotel Lago Grey.
  • Boat crossing on Grey Lake please check day 3 of the itinerary.
  • 1 night camping at the shores of Brush Lake.
  • 1 night accommodation at Hotel Lago Grey.
  • 1 night in Camping Paine Grande.
  • 1 night in Cuernos or Francés Campsite.
  • 2 nights at EcoCamp Patagonia.
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 7 Box Lunches, 6 Dinners.

Important notes:

During Low and Shoulder Season (October and April), the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be canceled, if this is the case we will offer you a comparable alternative within the park.
 
If you choose a Standard Dome and you are traveling alone, you can share the dome with another person of the same gender and pay the double base price. If you want the dome to yourself, you need to pay a Single Supplement.
 
Campsite in Lake Brush is rustic and basic, this means that for this night there will be no bathroom or meal serving facilities, the food service will be provided by the porters.
 
The campsites in Paine Grande, Cuernos & Francés provide satisfactory bathroom facilities. Meals will be served inside the refugio.
 
Please note: During Shoulder and Low Season (October and April) the Towers Base Trek excursion might be canceled due to weather conditions and safety concerns.
 

Not included

  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory).
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff.
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp. Bring cash to buy extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Personal items.

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Departures

Departures on Fridays.

Starting / finishing point

This trip starts on Friday and finishes on Thursday with pickups and drop-offs in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate. Please visit our Weekly Transfer Board for details of EcoCamp pick up and drop off times. (Remember that you will need to be in Puerto Natales before the first day of the program in order to board the navigation of Day 1 at 7 am)*.

*This program begins early in the morning at Puerto Natales, therefore, you will need to arrive the day before in order to catch the navigation to enter the Park. If you arrive in Punta Arenas the day before, you might join our regular transfer to Puerto Natales as long as your schedule fits our Transfer Schedule.

Please ask your Travel Experience Designer for more assistance if needed.

Physical demands

This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. During this trek you will walk a total of 77kms /48,5mi. On the map, in the itinerary section, click on the walking person icon for daily information.   

To enjoy this trek it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a program of conditioning well before departure.

Group size guiding staff

  • 9 travelers is the most typical group size, plus guiding staff.
  • Maximum 12 clients.
  • Guide to passenger ratio: 1:6

 

Children policy

Those aged 13 years or older are welcome and are considered adults.

Children between 10 and 12 might be accepted in this program if their legal guardian sends a formal letter stating that the child is prepared for such an intense trekking trip and authorizes us to hire a private guide in case the child cannot perform well during the trek.

Children under 10 years of age cannot participate in this trip.
This trip doesn’t offer a special discount for children.

Transport

In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people. Pick up/ off times will be confirmed locally by our operations team. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.

Weather

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the winds that circle the Antarctic landmass, making the weather hard to predict. Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning; even in summer (December to March), you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. Summer’s average temperature is 11ºC (52ºF), ranging between 2 to 24ºC (35 to 75ºF).

What you need to bring

Passengers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once. We recommend the following:

  • A day backpack (30 liters - to carry a camera, glasses, raincoat, etc)
  • Trekking or hiking boots
  • Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Shorts or comfortable loose pants
  • Sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm, and screen) and
  • Optional Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body
  • Cash to buy extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park.

 

Itinerary modifications

The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to plan around at times. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based upon these safety/weather considerations.

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Highlights

  • Visit two of the most beautiful National Parks in Chile.
  • Boat ride to Balmaceda Glacier.
  • Trek through an amazing Nothofagus forest.
  • Grey Lake navigation.
  • Trek the marvellous French Valley.
  • Take in the views of Los Cuernos.
  • Challenge yourself with the Towers Base trek.
  • Stay at award-winning EcoCamp Patagonia.
  • Recommended trek for experienced hikers.

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“We did the 7 day W trek - amazing experience. We started and ended our week at the Ecocamp and stayed 2 nights in refugios. The Ecocamp is very special. The dome was very comfortable, the staff extremely helpful and friendly. The guides were fantastic. The common rooms allowed a sense of shared community. From the Ecocamp, you are in the heart of Torres. I'm so glad we stayed here and highly recommend it.”

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