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Torres del Paine W Trek

Travel through the Torres del Paine National Park along the stunning W Trek

5 days
4.5 (23 reviews)

What to bring

Torres del Paine W Trek tour information

location_onPuerto Natales
timer 5 days
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2:30 PM from Puerto Natales bus station


9:30 PM at Puerto Natales bus station


  • Access ticket to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Transfer by bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (round trip)
  • 4 nights in accommodation in *campings or “refugio”
  • Meals every day (breakfast+dinner in dining room and lunch in lunchbox)
  • Welcome kit (towel + liner + refillable bottle + notebook + map)
  • Catamaran Transfer from Paine Grande (across the lake Pehoé)
The camping includes a tent, sleeping bag, mattress and rain cover. All this will be ready when you arrive at the campsite and you will not have to carry it during the trekking.

Not included

  • Other meals

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Discounts available for travelers with Chilean nationality, check price by sending an email to

The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel 31 days before the start of the tour, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, no refunds will be given. In some cases, free date changes will be offered until April 2022 or April 2023 at an additional cost of 20%. The cases to qualify for the change of dates are the following: 1- In the event of a situation of COVID19 re-emerging in Chile or the traveler's country of origin that implies the closure of borders, total quarantine, or cancellation of land and/or air transfers. 2- In the event of contagion of the traveler (presenting a medical certificate that proves it) If you do not request a change of dates or not show up at the beginning of the tour, no refunds or rescheduling will be made. Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

The W trek is the most famous route in Torres del Paine National Park. The level of difficulty is medium during most of the tour. Although in some areas the difficulty is high, it’s possible to avoid those parts of the route most of the times.

The lodgings can be in camping or shared room in refuge (recommended). They are located in the different sectors of the park: the first two nights in Central Sector, the third night in French Sector and the fourth in Sector Paine Grande.

The 5-day W Trek tour is a self-guided tour with a very easy to follow trail. Also, it includes everything you need to enjoy this experience (transfers, accommodation, food, access...).

Each sector of the park hides places and landscapes that can’t be missed: Mirador Base Torres, Mirador Británico, Valle Francés and Glaciar Grey. In them, you will enjoy colossal mountains, glaciers of a deep blue and forests of a beauty that seem taken from fantastic stories.

Are you ready for the adventure? This is what the experience will be like:

Tour itinerary

todayBriefing - Puerto Natales

access_time6 : 00 PM

The day before the tour starts, there’s a briefing at 6:00 p.m. in the office, where everything will be explained to you in order to make the tour and you will be given all tickets, permits and welcome kit.

Preovious briefing of Torres del Paine hike

todayDAY 1 Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine

Accommodation: Central Sector
access_time2 : 30 PM
Access to the Torres del Paine National Park

The adventure will start taking a bus at 2:30 p.m. that will take you to the access of Torres del Paine National Park, where you will have to register as a visitor to access.

Access to the Torres del Paine National Park
Refugio Base Torres

Once inside the park, you will take a transfer that only takes few minutes to the Central Sector. You will do the check-in at the “refugio” or campsite Base Torres Sector where you will spend the first two nights.

During the afternoon, you can enjoy the surroundings. It will be already 6:00 p.m. and yo won’t have time to do a complete route, but you can take advantage to do a small one.

Whether you stay in a campsite or in a refuge, you will dine in the latter with all the travellers, just like for all the meals. It's time to rest and take strength for the next day.

common area of the Base Torres Refugio

todayDAY 2 Trekking Mirador Base Torres

Difficulty: High - 19,5 Km (8 - 10 hours) Initial altitude: 120 masl Maximum altitude: 870 masl Accommodation: Sector Central
Breakfast at the Base Torres refuge

Breakfast is served between 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. every day. When you finish your breakfast you can pick up your lunch-box which you'll can enjoy whenever you want. Since you will be returning to sleep at the same refuge, you will only have to carry in your backpack what you need to spend the day.

Breakfast at the Base Torres refuge
Torres del Paine hike starts

The Torres del Paine hike starts by crossing the Ascencio River Valley, from which you will face a 3 km climb. It will be worth it when you are in front of a beautiful panoramic view of the lakes and valleys offered by the Paso de los Vientos.

Ascendio River Torres del Paine W Trek
Lengas Forest - La Morrena - Base Torres Viewpoint

Once you have reached the Paso de los Vientos, you will start the descent passing by the area of the Refugio Chileno. You will discover totally different ecosystem while crossing the Lengas Forest to reach La Morrena.

Here you will be able to leave your backpack in a "guarderia" so as not to ascend loaded to the spectacular Base Torres Viewpoint. This is the hardest climb of the day but when you get there, you will see that it is worth the effort.

Langas Forest in w circuit torres del paine
Views of Torres del Paine - Central Sector

From this viewpoint you can enjoy the views of the famous towers that give their name to the Torres del Paine National Park. After discovering one of the most impressive landscapes in Patagonia, you will return to the Central Sector along the same route. In this case, it will be much easier because it is downhill.

When you arrive at the refuge, you will have free time to have a drink with other travelers, chat and have dinner.

Torres del Paine lake

todayDAY 3 Hike French Sector

Difficulty: Medium - 13.5 Km (4 - 6 hours) Accumulated altitude: 200 m Accommodation: Sector Francés
Nordenskjöld Lake- Cerro Almirante Nieto - Cuernos del Paine

After breakfast, the third day of the Torres del Paine W trek begins, maybe the least demanding. The terrain is quite flat and during 13.5 km, only 200 meters of unevenness are accumulated.

You will walk next to the Nordenskjöld lake and cross some small rivers. You can also go down to the beaches that are formed. The background of this beautiful landscape is the Cerro Almirante Nieto and the Cuernos del Paine.

torres del paine lake
French Sector

Without a doubt, day 3 is the best day to enjoy the scenery without rushing, as the tour is done in about 5 hours, so we advise you to take it easy and stop to observe the incredible landscape. When you arrive in the French Sector you’ll find one of the smallest and most welcoming refuges on the route and, in our opinion, with the best food ;).

hiking torres del paine without a guide

todayDAY 4 Hike Frances Valley

Difficulty: High - 20.5 Km (8 - 10 hours) Initial altitude: 120 masl Maximum altitude: 709 masl Accomodation: Paine Grande
Route to the Italian Camp

The second last day starts with a gentle walk to the Italian Camp. There, many travelers take advantage of the "guarderia" to leave their backpacks and not to carry them during the route.

This quiet start gradually becomes more complicated and becomes the most difficult route in the entire Torres del Paine trek. The French Valley increases in slope, especially in the two kilometers before its viewpoint.

views of the french valley torres del paine
British Viewpoint

At this point is your choice. If you have started the route early and have the strength, you can continue to the British Viewpoint. This walk is especially difficult because of the slope, but the wonderful views it offers make it worthwhile.

british viewpoint w circuit torres del paine
Skottsberg Lake - Paine Grande Sector

To finish the route, we return along the same walk and pick up the backpack from the "guarderia". Afterwards, we continue bordering Lake Skottsberg until we reach the Paine Grande Sector.

This stretch is easier, but you will notice the tiredness since the route has more than 20 km in total and a lot of accumulated slope.

The last refuge is the biggest of all and has a fantastic location: in front of Lake Pehoe.

travellers in the paine grande sector

todayDAY 5 Grey Glacier Trekking - Pehoé Lake Navigation - Return to Puerto Natales

Difficulty: High - 22 Km (8 - 10 hours) Initial altitude: 43 masl Maximum altitude: 313 masl
Cerro Paine Grande

The last day of the Torres del Paine W trek has a high difficulty due to the inclination of the route. However, you can leave your luggage in the refuge and not carry it, which makes it much easier.

The route starts bordering the Cerro Paine Grande. You will have already seen it from the camping site or refuge because of its more than 3000 meters high. As we border it, we will be able to see the wonderful views of its hanging glaciers.

Views of the Cerro Paine Grande from the refuge
Grey Lake Viewpoint - Glacier Grey

The first stop is the viewpoint of Grey Lake, on which you will see numerous pieces of glacier floating.

Some travelers finish their ascent here. While others, continue to the Grey refuge, from where you can see the Grey Glacier very close.

walt to the grey lake in torres del paine
Catamaran across Lake Pehoe

To return to the Paine Grande Sector, the road is downhill, so the journey will be easier and faster. It is important to keep to the times on this route because at 6:30 p.m. you will have to take a catamaran. You will sail across Lake Pehoé to Pudeto and once there, a bus will take you back to Puerto Natales.

You will arrive around 9:30 p.m. at the city bus station. Here, we will put an end to this magical adventure through Chilean Patagonia.

catamaran from Paine Grande Sector to Pudeto

What to bring to Torres del Paine W Trek

The climate in Torres del Paine hike is very variable. The period when you do this is spring and summer, therefore you will have less rain and temperatures can range between 5º and 25º degrees (Celsius). In this zone, the climate is very changeable and during the same day you can suffer cold, heat and even strong winds. For that reason, it’s important to take good equipment and many layers of clothes to be able to regulate your temperature. We recommend you to take with you:
  • Passport + immigration card (the document given when stamping the passport)
  • Cash (USD) as no card payments are allowed in the area and there are no exchange houses or ATMs.
  • Medium trekking backpack (30 liters aprox.)
  • Long/Short Sleeve T-shirts (one for each day)
  • Long hiking trousers
  • Hiking shorts
  • Warm jacket or fleece
  • Cap or hat
  • Mountain shoes (if possible waterproof boots)
  • Resting shoes
  • Raincoat/waterproof poncho
  • Sandals (for showers)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Flashlight and battery (especially useful in campsites)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Photo camera
  • Walking poles

Where does the tour Torres del Paine W Trek start

The 5 days W trek starts from Puerto Natales. If you are travelling from Santiago de Chile, the best option is to take a flight to Punta Arenas. From Punta Arenas, you can take a bus that is just 3:15 hours away and will bring you to the Puerto Natales bus station. Another very common starting point is El Calafate (Argentina), there are buses that connect this Argentinian city directly with Puerto Natales which is a 5 hours journey.

Torres del Paine W Trek tour reviews with Howlanders

Overall rating
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Cameron · 20 de marzo de 2020
Had a great time on this trip, the guide explained it very well, the food and accommodation was excellent and it was very easy to navigate by ourselves. Such an amazing time

Danielle van Rijk · 2 de marzo de 2020
We did not have a guide. Everything was really easy to walk by yourself. We have met really nice people and the nature was awesome. Meals were good tents were ok but they did not provide you with a pillow. This should have been said before but after all it was an amazing experience and we liked it a lot!!

Kristy · 21 de febrero de 2020
Fab 5 day w trek; did the camping option self guided. No need for a guide, just follow the trails. Amazing landscape, ahh Patagonia 💛

Willie van Zoggel · 6 de febrero de 2020
We hadden een fantastiche trip van 4 dagen naar Torres del paine. Over het algemeen suergoed verzorgd. Tenten stonden klaar, eten prima. 3 van de 4 refugios waren prima. Goed verzorgd, gastvrij en vriendelijke mensen. De overnachting in Frances was minder. Restaurant veel te ver van de camping, ongastvrij/onvriendelijk personeel. Minimaal diner.

Questions & Answers

What are “refugios” like and why do you recommend them?
The “refugios” are like lodges in the Patagonia. They’re almost new, with spacious common areas to rest and have a drink. They all have a large dining room which is also used by travellers staying in camping sites. They also have a bar where travellers meet to chat and have a drink. Finally, the showers in the “refugios” are better and do not have timetables, as the showers in the campsites have a schedule for their usage.

Do I have a private room in the “refugios”?
No, the rooms in the “refugios” are shared with approximately 8 people. Each room have good beds with reading light and plug next to the bed.

What are the campsites like?
They are areas close to the “refugios”, in the middle of nature where you’ll find other travelers. Some tents are located in wooden structures while others are directly on a waterproof layer. They have their own bathrooms and showers (with limited hours) and a common kitchen, which you won't have to use, as the tour includes all the meals served in the "refugio's" dining room.

Do I have to carry my camping equipment during the tour?
No, the tents are installed in the campsites so when you arrive they will tell you which tent is assigned to you, which will already be set up and equipped with a mattress and sleeping bag.

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