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Torres del Paine W Trek

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

5 days
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$670
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Torres del Paine W Trek tour information

location_onPuerto Natales
timer 5 days
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Starts

2:30 p.m. from Puerto Natales bus station

Ends

9:30 p.m. at Puerto Natales bus station

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The W Trek is the most famous route in Torres del Paine National Park. The Torres del Paine W Trek is a 5-day self-guided tour. It includes everything you need to enjoy this experience: transfers from Puerto Natales, lodging, food, access ticket...

Choose your accommodation: camping or refugio in a shared room. You will sleep the first two nights in the Central Sector, the third in the Cuernos Sector, and the last in the Paine Grande Sector.

During the route, we will see incredible places, the Base Torres Viewpoint, the British Viewpoint, the French Valley, the Grey Glacier, and the Grey Lake.

This will be your experience:

Tour itinerary

todayWelcome kit Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales

access_time6 : 00 PM

Welcome kit Torres del Paine

The day before the start of the Torres del Paine Trek, you will come to pick up your welcome kit and all your tickets and permits at our office between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. In addition, a few days before the start of your adventure, we will send you an email with all the technical information you need to prepare for your trip to Torres del Paine. The Eighth Wonder of the World is waiting for you!

Torres del Paine National Park entrance Chile

todayDAY 1 Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park

Accommodation: Central Sector
access_time2 : 30 PM

Access to the Torres del Paine National Park

On the day of the start of the W trek in Patagonia, you will take a bus at 2:30 p.m., at the bus station in Puerto Natales. The bus will take you to the entrance of Torres del Paine National Park and once there you will have to register as a visitor to access it.

Access to the Torres del Paine National Park

Refugio Torre Central

Once inside the park, you will take a shuttle that will take you to the Central Sector in a few minutes. You will check-in at the refugio or campsite in the Central Sector where you will spend the first two nights, and the adventure begins!

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

Even if you are staying in a camping site, the dinners of all the travelers will be served in the refuge and the breakfasts as well. After our dinner, it is 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 Refugio Torre Central

Breakfast is served between 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. every day. When you finish breakfast you can pick up your lunch box which you can enjoy during the day. As you will be returning to sleep in the Central Sector, you will only need to carry in your backpack what you need for the day.

Breakfast at the Base Torres refuge

Torres del Paine trekking begins

The hike begins by crossing the Ascencio River Valley, from which you will face a 1.86 miles (3 km) climb. It will be worth it when you find yourself in front of a beautiful panoramic view of the lakes and valleys offered by the Paso de los Vientos in Torres del Paine.

Ascendio River Torres del Paine W Trek

Lenga Forest - La Morrena - Base Torres Lookout Point

Once you reach Paso de los Vientos, you will start the descent passing through the area of Refugio Chileno. You will enter a totally different ecosystem as you cross the Lenga Forest to reach La Morrena.

Here you will be able to leave your backpack in a "nursery" so you don't have to carry it all the way up to the spectacular Base Torres viewpoint. This uphill trail is the hardest of the day but when you arrive, you will see that it is well worth the effort.

Langas Forest in w circuit torres del paine

Views of Torres del Paine - Central Sector

From this viewpoint, you can enjoy views of the famous towers that give the name to the national park and the Torres del Paine Lake. After discovering the Paine Massif, one of the most impressive landscapes belonging to the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica division, you will return to the Central Sector by the same route. In this case, it will be much easier because it is downhill.

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

Torres del Paine lake views

todayDAY 3 Trekking French Sector

Difficulty: Medium - 13.5 Km (4 - 6 hours) 
Accumulated altitude: 200 m
Accommodation: Sector Cuernos

Lake Nordenskjöld - Cerro Almirante Nieto - Cuernos del Paine

After breakfast, the third day of the trek Torres del Paine W begins, possibly the least demanding. The terrain is fairly flat and during 8.38 miles (13.5 km), you only accumulate 200 meters of elevation gain.

You will walk along the Nordenskjöld lake and cross some small rivers. You can also walk down to the beaches that are formed. The backdrop of this beautiful landscape is the Cerro Almirante Nieto and the Cuernos del Paine. How imposing the Paine Massif looks from here, doesn't it?

torres del paine lake

French Sector en Torres del Paine

Undoubtedly, this is the best day to enjoy the scenery without rushing. The hike takes about 5 hours, so we recommend you take it easy and enjoy the views.

When you reach the French Sector of Torres del Paine National Park, you will find yourself in one of the most welcoming refugios of the W trek in Patagonia (and in our opinion with the best food 😉): Refugio Los Cuernos.

Los Cuernos Refugio in the French Sector in Torres del Paine

todayDAY 4 Trekking French Valley

Difficulty: High - 20.5 Km (8 - 10 hours)
Initial altitude: 120 masl 
Maximum altitude: 709 masl
Accommodation: Paine Grande

Route to Campamento Italiano

The penultimate day of the Torres del Paine W Trek begins with a gentle hike to Campamento Italiano. There, many travelers take advantage of the "nursery" to leave the backpack and not carry it during the route.

This quiet start gradually becomes more complicated and becomes the most difficult route of the entire W trek. The French Valley becomes steeper, especially in the two kilometers before the viewpoint.

views of the french valley torres del paine

British Viewpoint

At this point, you decide whether to return to the camp or continue. If you have started early and have the strength, you can continue to the British lookout. This trail is especially difficult because of the steepness 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 path and pick up the backpack from the "nursery". Afterward, you continue along the Skottsberg Lake until you reach the Paine Grande Sector. The fourth and last night will be spent at Refugio Paine Grande or Camping Paine Grande (depending on your choice). 

This section is easier, but you will feel the fatigue as the route has more than 12.42 miles (20 km) in total and a lot of accumulated slope.

The last refuge is the largest of all and has a unique location, in front of Lake Pehoé is the Paine Grande Refugio. Here you will understand why Torres del Paine National Park is becoming for many the Eighth Wonder of the World.

travellers in the paine grande sector

todayDAY 5 Grey Glacier Trekking - Sailing on Lake Pehoé - 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 W trek through Torres del Paine has a high difficulty due to the steepness of the route. However, you can leave your luggage in the refugio, and not carrying it makes it much easier.

The route begins along the edge of Cerro Paine Grande. You will have already seen it from the Paine Grande campsite or refugio because of its more than 3000 meters of altitude. By skirting 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 Grey Lake viewpoint, over which you can see numerous pieces of glacier floating from Glacier Grey.

Some travelers end their ascent here. Others continue on to the Grey Refugio, from where you can see the Grey Glacier at close range. It will be worth the last push!

walt to the grey lake in torres del paine

Catamaran on Lake Pehoé

To return to the Paine Grande Sector, the road is downhill, so the journey will be easier and faster. It is important to keep an eye on the time on this route because at 6:30 p.m. you will have to take the catamaran that will take you back to Pudeto. 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 bus station in the city. Here, we will put an end to this magical adventure through Chilean Patagonia.

Now, you also consider it the Eighth Wonder of the World, don't you?

catamaran from Paine Grande Sector to Pudeto

Tour details

Included

  • Access ticket to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Transfer by bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (round trip)
  • 4 nights accommodation in CAMPING 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)
In the REFUGIO you will always share a room with the same group of 6 travelers. In camping you will have a tent for you.

Not included

  • Other meals

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In order to access the Torres del Paine National Park, it will be mandatory to present the negative PCR and the Sanitary Passport. Request yours at: https://www.c19.cl/. This documentation is nominative and not transferable.

SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19
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.

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 form (foreign travelers not resident in Chile)
  • Sanitary Passport (https://www.c19.cl)
  • Hygienic mask (obligatory use in closed areas; transport; toilets and viewpoints)
  • 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
  • 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)

Where does the tour Torres del Paine W Trek start

The Torres del Paine W Trek tour starts in the city of Puerto Natales. If you are traveling from Santiago de Chile the best option is to take a flight to Punta Arenas. And from Punta Arenas take a bus to Puerto Natales (3:15 hours). If you are traveling from El Calafate (Argentina), there are buses that connect directly to Puerto Natales in a 5 hour trip. Check out the requirements for entry into Chile at: https://chile.travel/planviajarachile.

Torres del Paine W Trek tour reviews with Howlanders

4.5
Overall rating
Quality-price ratio
4.3
Transportation
4.7
Advice
4.8
Guide
4.0
Accommodation
4.5
Cameron
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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
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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
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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
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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 COVID-19 sanitary measures are mandatory in Torres del Paine?
During your stay in Torres del Paine, the use of masks in closed areas, transport, toilets and viewpoints will be mandatory. On the trails, the use of a mask is not obligatory as long as you can maintain a safe distance from other travelers.

The number of travelers per group cannot exceed 25 people. And it is recommended to avoid touching handrails and signs throughout the Park.

Do I have to wear the mask while doing the W Circuit?
The use of masks will not be mandatory while hiking the trails of Torres del Paine National Park as long as you can maintain a safe distance from other travelers. It is also recommended to avoid touching handrails and signs throughout the Park.

What documents do I need to bring to access Torres del Paine National Park?
To enter Torres del Paine National Park you must present your valid passport, the negative PCR and the Sanitary Passport. You can request yours at https://www.c19.cl/. You must also present the tickets and all the documentation that will be given to you the day before at the Puerto Natales office.

In addition, if you are a foreign traveler not resident in Chile, you must present the migratory card that you are given when you enter Chile.

To make a reservation as a Chilean or foreigner resident in Chile, what documentation do I have to present?
In order to make a reservation as a Chilean or foreigner resident in Chile it is mandatory to present a valid passport that proves nationality or residence. This documentation is nominative and not transferable. If this documentation is not presented, it will be necessary to pay the difference in price with the rate for foreign travelers not resident in Chile.

Also, remember that to enter Torres del Paine National Park you must present your valid passport, the negative PCR and the Sanitary Passport. You can request yours at https://www.c19.cl/.

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