Be amazed by the skyrocketing mountains, deep blue glaciers, and hauntingly beautiful forests of Torres del Paine National Park on this shorter version of the world-renowned W Trek, complete with EcoCamp’s signature blend of adventure and comfort. For a longer journey, check out the 7-day version of the W Trek.
This program includes 1 night of accommodation away from EcoCamp at the mountain refugios along the trail.
- Famous W trek in Torres del Paine National Park
- Make new friends from all over the world
- Learn local secrets from Ecocamp Patagonia’s knowledgeable guides
- Spot unique Fauna and Flora
- Trek to the base of the Towers
- French Valley Trek
- Glacier Grey navigation
Day 1: The Patagonian Adventure Starts
In the morning, you’ll be picked up from the airport or your hotel in Punta Arenas and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, you can start your trip in El Calafate. On the way, a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of Last Hope Sound (Ultima Esperanza)”Seno de Ultima Esperanza,” will be made where lunch with local food will be enjoyed. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric and, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. The day ends with the arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Towers. Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.
Day 2: The Paine Massif’s Heart: French Valley
Today is the first full day of adventures in Torres del Paine! The group will start with a filling breakfast and then drive towards Pudeto dock where the adventurers will board the catamaran to Pehoe. From here, the adventurers will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far the group goes depends on the trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the southeastern face of the Massif, where the adventurers will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. The group will keep heading towards the upper section of the valley where they will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley’s geological formations. After the upward trek, the group will pause for a picnic and relax next to the stunning views. This day’s trek will end as the adventurers descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest, leading to Refugio Paine Grande which is located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. Overnight in Refugio Paine Grande. (Please note: * An optional trek to Mirador Británico is also available. * The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe: From October 1st to 31st and from April 1st to 30th the navigation operates only once a day, therefore the hike will be limited and only reach Italian campsite depending on the passengers walking pace. From November 1th to March 30th the excursion operates on a regular basis.)
Day 3: Grey Glacier Trek & Boat Ride
In the morning, the adventurers will hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey. The group will feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails right to the facade of Glacier Grey. Take in the unreal views of this beautiful glacier, while sipping on a drink stocked with fresh glacier ice. After finishing the boat ride, a transfer will be made to EcoCamp. Overnight at Ecocamp Patagonia. (*Please be aware that boat trips may be canceled if the minimum number of 10 passengers has not been reached. If this is the case, Ecocamp Patagonia will trek up to the sightseeing point to enjoy panoramic views of the glacier instead. Then the group will return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to the dock, where they will be picked up and driven to Ecocamp.)
Day 4: The Big Challenge: Torres del Paine
The goal of the fifth day will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! It’s a challenge, but definitely worth it! The adventurers 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. The big challenge is the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders that leads the group to that iconic base-view of the Towers, 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 the adventurers with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting next to this beautiful view, the group will backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner and a glass of Chilean wine. Overnight at Ecocamp Patagonia.
Day 5: Adiós Torres del Paine!
The adventurers will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight.
Ecocamp Patagonia reserves the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide based upon operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate parts of the itinerary based on these considerations. During the Shoulder and Low season (October and April), some excursions are subject to weather conditions and might be canceled or modified for reasons of security. In that case, Ecocamp Patagonia will either modify the original itinerary or offer a good alternative of excursion within the park.
- All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
- Regular bus tickets Calafate<>Natales if starting/finishing in Calafate
- One expert English/Spanish speaking trekking guide
- 9 travelers are the most typical group size, plus guiding staff. The maximum number of travelers is 12. Guide to passenger ratio: 1:6
- Torres del Paine National Park fee
- 3 nights accommodation at EcoCamp (dome of your choice)
- 1 night accommodation at Refugio Paine Grande (shared basis)
- Boat crossing over Pehoe Lake and Grey Lake
- Sleeping bag for the mountain hut if needed
- Luggage transport (while trekking you will carry just your day pack)
- 4 Breakfasts
- 5 Lunch/Box Lunches
- 4 Dinners
- Flight tickets
- Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory)
- Voluntary tipping to guides and staff
- Cash for buying extra drinks, snacks, or souvenirs
- Personal items
What you need to bring
Passengers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once.
- A day backpack (30 liters – to carry camera, glasses, raincoat, etc)
- Trekking or hiking boots
- Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet
- Waterproof jacket
- 2 pairs of woolen socks
- Fleece jacket or sweater
- Shorts or comfortable loose pants
- Sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm and screen)
- Optional Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body
- Cash for buying extra drinks,snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park.
Regular departures are available every Sunday from October to April.
Starting /Finishing Point
The trip starts on Sunday and finishes on Thursday with pick-ups and drop-offs in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, or El Calafate.
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 61kms /38mi. 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.
Those aged 13 years or above 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 Ecocamp 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.
In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transportation is in minivans that normally seat between 8 to 14 people. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.
The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. 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).