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The W Trek - Torres del Paine tour

The W Trek - Torres del Paine

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Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit to Cueva del Mylodon
  • Enjoy drive to EcoCamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Enjoy a way to the end of the valley, to the hanging bridge over the French River
  • See gorgeous shores of Lake Sarmiento for a nature and wildlife walk
  • Experience the trek ascending upwards through the Ascencio Valley

Short Description

The Iconic Patagonia Hike, In Torres del Paine, there’s nothing more classically authentic than the W Trek. This ever-popular hike, which weaves around the Paine Massif in a “W” shape, is the most popular route for the majority of backpackers and adventurers hitting the trails. Stopping at all the park’s hot spots, like Grey Glacier, French Valley, and the base of the Towers, the W Trek is quintessential Torres del Paine, perfect for the experienced trekker who loves raw nature, incredible views, and to get their heart pumping!

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Punta Arenas
End City Punta Arenas

Destinations

Chile

Age Requirement

16

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Trip Includes

  • All activities as indicated on your itinerary
  • All meals as indicated on your itinerary
  • 2 glasses of wine or a soft drink per meal
  • Tea and coffee served at the bar all day long
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas Airport to EcoCamp upon arrival
  • All accommodations as indicated on your itinerary
  • Services of professional guides
  • All necessary kayaking and camping equipment

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival, Cueva del Mylodon, and Intro to EcoCamp

Meals Included : Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Patagonia EcoCamp

After being picked up, the drive to EcoCamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park begins, a relaxing introduction to the area’s diverse and unique topography and wildlife. Pass through the waving fields of the Patagonian steppe, dotted with guanacos, sheep, and flamingos. Maybe a massive condor rides a thermal just within eyeshot. After lunch in Puerto Natales, the nearest large town to EcoCamp, we’ll get our first taste of the region’s history at the Cueva del Milodon (Mylodon Cave), a rocky, stalactite-strewn incision cutting back into the depths of a mountain. It was here that the remains of a giant, prehistoric sloth were discovered in the 1890s, and lovers of classic travel literature will no doubt recognize this place from its mentions in Bruce Chatwin’s famous travelogue “In Patagonia”. Now, a life-size replica gives visitors a glimpse at the beasts who once roamed this ancient terrain.

The scenic drive ends at EcoCamp, a cluster of geodesic domes huddled in the shadow of two of the granite spires of the iconic Torres. After a  filling and delicious dinner, it’s time to rest in our cozy domes. The trail starts tomorrow.

Day 2: Los Cuernos Hike

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Refugio Cuernos or Domo El Francés

The first day of the W Trek is a warm-up, stretching legs, eyes, and minds as we get ready for what lies ahead. We set out from EcoCamp along the Cuernos trail, walking past the Condor’s Nest alongside the front of the Paine Massif. The goal today: that iconic view of Los Cuernos. The “Horns” are the crown jewel of the Massif, indomitable peaks of sleet grey and white, capped with black rock. Along the way, the aquamarine waters of Nordenskjold Lake flank our left-hand side throughout the day, until we reach our destination for the night, the Refugio Los Cuernos at the base of the Horns.

Day 3: French Valley

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Refugio Paine Grande

Let’s kick it up a notch. Now we face the French Valley - the hardest part of the trek yet. We delve into the heart of the Massif to a hidden, bowl-shaped valley filled with trees and trickling streams of melting snow, all the while surrounded by the backside of the Massif’s famous spires: the Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), and Fortaleza (Fortress). A swift pace will take us all the way to the end of the valley, to the hanging bridge over the French River. After lunch, we reverse course back through the valley and down to our overnight at Refugio Paine Grande.

Day 4: Grey Glacier

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia

Now things are really cooking! We strike out, walking alongside the far end of the Massif, heading toward a tongue of ice that extends outward from one of the biggest icefields on Earth: the Grey Glacier. We take a boat up Grey Lake, past icebergs cast in extraordinary shapes. We come right up to the front-wall of the glacier, where we marvel at the gradients of blue, and listen to the creaking of ice and snow shifting and shaping the future landscapes of Torres del Paine. Maybe - if we’re lucky - we’ll see a small cave-in. In the event that the boat ride is unavailable (due to weather or number of passengers does not reach the required number of 10), we’ll hike to a look-out for an unbeatable panoramic view. We return to the dock to be driven back to EcoCamp for a night of well-deserved glamping luxury.

*Ask us about an optional kayak experience of a lifetime on this day exploring around huge floating icebergs and Grey Glacier.

Day 5: Base Of The Tower Trek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia

This is it! The piece de resistance of the W Trek, the Holy Grail, the promised land for intrepid backpackers, and challenge-hungry adventurers. Today, we make the roughly 9 hour trek to the base of the Towers themselves. Starting from Hosteria Las Torres just down the road from EcoCamp, we ascend upwards through the Ascencio Valley, putting our bodies to the test as we trek ever-upward through tranquil beech forests, past rivers, and through a rocky moraine of jumbled boulders to reach that ultimate prize: the view of the Torres jutting upward with the pristine lake rippling in the wind below. With weary muscles but full of elation and contentment, we return the way we came to EcoCamp for the night.

Day 6: Eastern Lakes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia

Our final day begins with a car ride to Laguna Azul, with chances to stop for photo opps of wildlife and the Torres. Once we reach the lake, we’ll take a leisurely hike to a lookout point of the lake, with the epic spires of the towers in the background. Next stop are the gorgeous shores of Lake Sarmiento for a nature and wildlife walk, where we’ll see guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús, and hopefully even the occasional puma print! The hike winds down to a relaxed walk past the Goic lagoon before ending at the ranger station at Laguna Amarga. Now, back to EcoCamp for a final dinner in the Community domes with the EcoCamp family.

Day 7: Departure

Meals Included: Breakfast

You’ve conquered one of the most famous treks on the planet. Now, we’ll transfer you to your point of departure for you to go home and relive the memories.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Accomodations

For this tour we will use the Suite Domes at EcoCamp. These geodesic domes are roughly 300 sq ft in size and offer comfortable double or twin beds, modern low-emission wood stove, private bathroom with gas heater and state of the art composting toilet. Fall asleep each night gazing at the starlit skies through the dome windows and enjoy stunning views of Torres from the comforts of your very own private terrace. There are 10 Suite Domes located within EcoCamp. In addition to your private Suite Dome, EcoCamp has 3 Community Domes where you can relax with other guests, enjoy your meals, or grab an evening cocktail!

Suite Domes Include:

  • Spacious 28m² / 300ft² area
  • Open terrace to read, relax and admire the view
  • Enclosed porch to hang wet clothing
  • Comfortable King-size or twin beds
  • Low-emission wood stove
  • Patagonian decoration
  • Propane heater in bathroom
  • Private fully-equipped bathroom
  • State of the art composting toilet

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

How physically demanding in this trip?

We would describe this itinerary as being moderate to high physically demanding. As such, we would highly suggest having performed the featured activities previously to build a base level of endurance for both hiking and kayaking.  You should be in good physical condition, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance, to enjoy this trip.  Please refer to the itinerary for activity descriptions and distances.  If you are unsure if this itinerary if right for you, please call one of our Adventure Consultants, we would be happy to discuss this with you in further detail.

Who are the guides?

Your guides will be Patagonian locals with an intimate knowledge of and experience in this pristine region. Many of our guides are recent graduates of Ecotourism programs and have extensive experience hiking and wildlife watching throughout Chile.  They love to share their local culture and landscape with our guests.

How to get there, what to pack, what's the weather like, etc...

For general travel questions for Patagonia, please visit our travel essentials section.

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Trip Excludes

  • Airfare to and from Chile
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks (anything beyond the 2 provided each meal) and souvenirs
  • Tour Extensions

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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