Paine Towers W Trekking

The world known circuit in Patagonia. 5 days / 4 nights

Overview

This is our most popular trip in Torres Del Paine; we hike the whole W trail, from hut to hut. We include bedding so you don’t need to bring a sleeping bag, but you need to carry a backpack with your personal belongings.

 

The program start in Puerto Natales. We can tailor your trip starting from Santiago de Chile.

Highlights

 

- Torres del Paine National Park

- Grey Glacier

- Los Cuernos Lookout

- Pehoe Lake

Itinerary

Day 1 - Transfer to Torres del Paine – Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point 

 

Starting from Puerto Natales at 7:00 AM, we drive all the way to Torres del Paine National Park. We will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the ñandu, (rare South American ostrich). We will follow an unpaved road heading to Refugio Las Torres to spend our first night. Upon entering the park we will have excellent photographic and birding opportunities as we drive alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. After leaving your backpack at the Refugio, we start the trek to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. The walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. We’ll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), excellent for picture taking. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we’ll start the descent, following the same path back to the hut. Dinner will be served in the Refugio.


(2 hours by private transfer, 8-10 hours round-trip, 18 KM)

Include: Box Lunch & Dinner

 

Lodging at Refugio Torres Central

 

 

Day 2 - One way hike to Los Cuernos lookout point 

 

We will start early morning to enjoy, weather permitting, a magnificent dawn filled with orange-pink colors. As we leave the campground we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. We follow a well mark trail ascending around (200 M) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 M), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where we will stay overnight.
 

(6 hours hiking, 17 km)

Include: Breakfast, Box Lunch & Dinner

Lodging at Refugio Los Cuernos

 

 

Day 3 - One way hike to Pehoe Lake, via the French Valley 

 

We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300 M) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600 M), Espada (2400 M) and Fortaleza (2800 M). Our way back will be the same until we reach the entrance of the valley where we will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoe Lake.
 

(8-9 hours hiking, 18 KM)

Include: Breakfast, Box Lunch & Dinner

 

Lodging at Refugio Paine Grande

 

 

Day 4 - One way hike to Glacier Grey – Optional Ice hike or kayak 

 

We will begin early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200mts up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall. Optional Ice hike or Kayak (book in advance, please contact our Travel Specialists).


(4 hours hiking, 11 KM) 

Include: Breakfast, Box Lunch & Dinner

 

Lodging at Refugio Grey

 

 

Day 5 - Navigation in front of Glacier – Transfer back to Puerto Natales 

 

Morning at leisure. Right after lunch we start an exciting adventure by boat. We will navigate for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. Then we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales. 


(2 hours by boat on Lake Grey, 2 hours by transfer)

 

Include: Breakfast & Box Lunch

Included 

• 4 nights lodging in mountain lodges (Refugios)(comfortable rooms with 6 beds and shared bathroom)(No singles available)

• Sleeping bags and liners (when is possible we include a bed with sheets, blankets and a pillow)

• Local English speaking guides

• Private Transfers In / Out 

• Meals mentioned as included in the programs

• Entrances to National Park

• Boat ride on Lake Grey

 

Not included

• International or domestic flights

• Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)

• Lunch, dinner, beverages & cocktails not included on the program

• Any alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Refugios except for the drinks include in the menu

• Tour Leader. You can consider include a tour leader that would take care of all your need or requests during the travel.

• Tips for drivers and guides

What to bring?

  • Comfortables shoes and clothes to Hikes

  • Warm clothes

  • A 5-10 kgs backpack for activities, leaving the rest of the luggage at hotel. Depending the season, if you have a raincoat with possibility of putting the bag inside is better.

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses

 

Best travel period?

  • We offer this trip between September to April.

 

Banks and money exchange:

 

  • You can find ATMs in Puerto Natales.

Comments & Restrictions

  

  • Due to some limited availability in the Refugios, some departures will use a alternative camp accommodations instead of regularly planned refugios. This camp sites use North Face VE 25 - 4 season tents (3 people tent, use as a double), and we provide sleeping bags with liners and camping mattresses. The camp has access to modern facilities and hot showers. Unless noted, meals will be taken in the refugios where camping accommodations are added. There is no extra cost associated with this and all equipment necessary will be provided by our local operators, including porters to carry the camping gear. According to our experience, the space at the refugios usually open up when we get close to the departure dates, and we have access to book the night we need. You will be notified upon booking when camping accommodations replace a refugio night.

  • The schedules indicated above are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered.

  • The weather in Patagonia in an important factor that must be taken into account. The maximum temperature in summer is 20 C° and it drops to below 0° in winter. The windchill factor sometimes makes the ambient temperature drop 6 or 7 degrees. The temperature of the water is normally between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius.

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