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Torres del Paine W Trek Winter season

Walk the W trek in winter with a professional guide

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❄ Available from May 1 through August 31!❄

Puerto Natales
6 days
Spanish and English
Starts: Puerto Natales
Ends: Puerto Natales
Free cancellation!

Briefing

Are you an onlooker traveler planning your route to Torres del Paine during the cold season? Keep reading, this tour is for you! Walk the snowy trails of the W trek with a guide by booking this private tour to Torres del Paine in winter.

A guided tour that includes two nights lodging in Puerto Natales, one night in the Grey Refuge, two nights in the Paine Grande Refuge, and all the meals detailed in the itinerary. In addition, it also includes all the necessary transfers to complete the trek, the Grey III navigation ticket, and the entrance fee to the National Park.

You will reach the most emblematic points of the park with a professional guide. The Base Torres viewpoint, the Grey viewpoint, the Paine Grande sector, the Nordenskjöld lake, and the French viewpoint will be the highlights of your route. You will also walk the unusual Carretas Trail and navigate among ice floes on Lake Grey.

Traveling to Torres del Paine in winter means walking without crowds, finding yourself in front of unique landscapes dyed in white, having a greater chance of seeing wildlife, and enjoying a more stable climate with much less wind.

Tour details

Included

  • 2 nights lodging at Hostal Factoría in Puerto Natales (private room)
  • 1 night of lodging at Refugio Grey (shared room)
  • 2 nights lodging at Refugio Paine Grande (shared room)
  • Private transportation Puerto Natales → Welcome Center → Puerto Natales.
  • Private transportation Puerto Natales → Sector Grey
  • Private transportation Administration (Las Carretas trail) → Puerto Natales
  • Meals according to itinerary (5 breakfasts + 5 lunch-boxes + 3 dinners)
  • Grey III Navigation Ticket
  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Guide
  • Crampons

Not included

  • Tips
  • Carrier
  • Other meals
  • Medical or travel insurance

Important information

The minimum recommended age to book the Torres del Paine Tour in winter is 10 years old. Children under 18 must always be accompanied by an adult.

It is essential to be in good physical shape to be able to complete the stages of the W Circuit that are included in this tour.

For safety reasons it is not possible to walk the Torres del Paine W Circuit in the winter season (May to September) without a guide.

The tour includes crampons. In case it is necessary to use crampons on any of the routes due to the condition of the trail, the guide will give them to you and explain how to use them. 

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation!

If you cancel at least 90 days before the start of the tour, you will receive a 100% refund of the amount paid. If you cancel between 89 and 70 days before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of 80% of the amount paid. If you cancel between 69 and 45 days before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of 50% of the amount paid. After this time or in case of not doing the activity, no refund will be made and it will not be possible to modify the reservation.

*Reservation modifications are subject to the cancellation policies indicated, applying the corresponding penalty in each case according to the anticipation with which it is requested.

Tour itinerary

DAY 1 Arrival at Puerto Natales

Difficulty: no difficulty

Lodging: Hostal Factoria (Puerto Natales)

Meals not included

Highlights : Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales

The Torres del Paine Winter Tour includes the first night of lodging in Puerto Natales so that you can start early the second day of the tour (Base Torres Trekking).

On the first day of the tour you will not do any guided trekking and you will be able to discover the city of Puerto Natales at your own pace.

Before starting the tour you will need to have a good planning of your route. During the day, your guide will give you a briefing (informative meeting) in which you will learn all the details of your itinerary. You will arrange the meeting time directly with the guide a few days before your arrival in Puerto Natales.

puerto natales winter

DAY 2 Base trekking Torres del Paine

Difficulty: high

Distance: 13,67 milles (22 km.)

Approximate walking time: 8-10 hours

Positive difference in altitude: 3517 ft. (1,072 m.)

Lodging: Hostal Factoría (Puerto Natales)

Meals: breakfast + lunch-box

Highlights: Base Torres viewpoint.

Puerto Natales to Portería Laguna Amarga

You will have an early breakfast at the hostel and pick up your lunch-box for half a day. Afterwards, a private transfer will pick you up and you will head to the park. Accompanied by your guide, you will enter Torres del Paine National Park through the main entrance - Laguna Amarga - and register as a visitor.

The private transport will take you to the Welcome Center, located just 5 minutes from the Central Refuge, from where you will start the trek.

central sector

Base Torres Trekking

From the Central Sector, and always accompanied by your guide, you will start the route ascending through the Ascencio Valley.

Following an immense field of giant rocks you will arrive at one of the most emblematic viewpoints: the Base Torres viewpoint. At an altitude of 900 m.a.s.l., you will have in front of you the 3 granite towers that give the park its name.

Here you will enjoy a well-deserved break to enjoy your lunch-box and recharge your batteries before heading back down. You will go down the same path until you reach the Welcome Center where the transport will be waiting to take you back to Puerto Natales.

base viewpoint winter towers

💙 HOWLANDERS TIP

The landscapes of Torres del Paine change dramatically from winter to summer. The weather is more stable and with less chance of wind and rain this season is a favorite for photographers. By visiting Base Torres in winter you will have the privilege of seeing the frozen lagoon and it is more likely that the sky will be clear and you will have the imposing towers of Paine in sight at all times 📸

winter tower base

🎒 TO KEEP IN MIND

You will sleep the first two nights at Hostal Factoria in Puerto Natales. So the second day of the tour you can leave your luggage in the hostel room and make the trek comfortably carrying only a small backpack.

During the winter season in Torres del Paine temperatures are low and the trails leading to the viewpoint may be snowy. Remember to bring the appropriate equipment and clothing and always follow the guide's safety instructions.

factoria hostel

DAY 3 Navigation Glacier Grey

Difficulty: no difficulty

Lodging: Refugio Grey

Meals: breakfast + lunch box + dinner

Highlights: navigation of Grey Lake

Grey III Navigation

You will have breakfast at the hostel and pick up your lunch-box. The private transfer will pick you up and you will be on your way to the Grey Hotel.

*Thedeparture time of the sailing is subject to availability and will be indicated in the final confirmation of your reservation.

You will check-in to board the Grey III at least one hour before departure time. You will then take a short 30-45 minute walk from the hotel to the boarding area through Grey Beach and let the ship sail!

You will sail aboard a comfortable and modern boat that will take you to the Grey refuge. The trip takes about an hour. In front of you you will have icebergs floating in the gray water of Grey Lake, views of the Glacier, Cerro Paine Grande and the Paine Massif.

Upon arrival at the Grey sector you will check-in at the refuge and you can leave your luggage in your assigned room. The refuge rooms are shared and have bunk beds.

Grey III Navigation

OPTIONAL (DAY 3) Grey Glacier Hanging Bridges Trek (self-guided)

Difficulty: medium

Distance: 2,5 milles (4 km.)

Approximate walking time : 3-4 hours

✨ Highlights: Grey Glacier suspension bridges.

The third day of the tour does not include any guided route and is designed for you to quietly enjoy the navigation and the incredible landscapes that the Grey sector offers in winter.

However, from Howlanders 💙 we encourage you to make your experience even more complete by taking a short hike to discover the surroundings of the Refuge. The guide will not accompany you on this hike.

Starting from the Grey Hut and following the signs you will easily reach the famous hanging bridges of the Grey Glacier. For us, the best viewpoint of the Grey Glacier. You will return to the Refuge by the same way. You will need about 3-4 hours to complete this route.

Grey Glacier Suspension Bridges

DAY 4 Trekking to Paine Grande from Grey

Difficulty: medium

Distance: 6,8 milles (11 km.)

Approximate walking time: 4 hours

Lodging: Refugio Paine Grande

Meals: breakfast + lunch box + dinner

Highlights: Grey Glacier

Grey Refuge

Enjoy breakfast in the dining room of Refugio Grey in front of a unique view of Torres del Paine in winter and do not forget to ask for your box lunch at the end.

Load your backpack, and be very attentive to the indications of the guide, who begins the guided route to the Paine Grande sector. A few minutes after starting to walk you will find the Southern Ice Fields and ice floes floating on the Grey Lake.

Paine Grande Refuge

The hike will ascend through a mountainous forest until you reach the Grey Glacier viewpoint. At this point of the trail you could face extreme wind conditions even in winter. Remember to always follow the guide's safety instructions. You will follow the trail until you reach Laguna Los Patos, from where you will begin the descent through a narrow and windy valley that will take you directly to the Paine Grande refuge. A well-deserved rest!

torres del paine winter

DAY 5 Trekking French Valley

Difficulty: medium

Distance: 13 milles (21 km.)

Approximate walking time: 8 hours

Positive difference in altitude: 2624 ft. (800 m.)

Lodging: Refugio Paine Grande

Meals: breakfast + lunch box + dinner

Highlights: French viewpoint

Paine Grande Refuge

The fifth day's route will be round trip, starting and ending at the Paine Grande refuge. You will have breakfast in the common dining room of the refuge, and after picking up your lunch-box, the adventure will begin.

Valle Frances Trekking

You will leave the Paine Grande refuge in the company of your guide and bordering the Skottsberg lake you will arrive at the Italian camp after about 2.5 hours of walking. From the Italian camp you will start the route through the French Valley.

A steep trail will take you first to the French lookout point. From there, you will have an incredible view of the Cuernos del Paine dyed in white. With this scenery in the background, you will enjoy your box lunch and a well-deserved rest. You will descend along the same trail to the Italian camp and from there you will follow the path to the Paine Grande refuge.

french winter valley

🎒 TO KEEP IN MIND

You will sleep the fourth and fifth night at Refugio Paine Grande. So on the fifth day of the tour you can also leave your luggage in the refuge room and make the trek comfortably carrying only a small backpack.

paine grande refuge

DAY 6 Trekking Carretas Trail

Difficulty: medium

Distance: 10,56 milles (17 km.)

Approximate walking time: 6 hours

Positive difference in altitude: 328 ft. (100 m.)

Meals: breakfast + lunch box

✨ Highlights: Pehoé Lake

Carretas Trail from Paine Grande

You will enjoy the last breakfast in front of the winter landscapes of Torres del Paine in the dining room of Refugio Paine Grande and you will pick up your lunch-box at the end.

You will also pick up all your luggage, and after carrying your backpack you will start the last guided route of the Torres del Paine Winter Tour to the Las Carretas trail. Enjoy a unique route very little traveled by travelers who embark on the W circuit. You will also have the privilege of walking it in winter with the snow-capped mountains in the background.

Return to Puerto Natales

The Carretas Trail ends in the administration sector, where a private transfer will be waiting to take you back to Puerto Natales. After a trip of approximately one and a half hours by road you will arrive back to the city, ending this winter adventure in Torres del Paine.

carretas trail administration

What to bring to Torres del Paine W Trek Winter season

To travel to Torres del Paine in winter it is important that you prepare the appropriate equipment and clothing to withstand freezing temperatures. Also keep in mind that on the routes of day 4 and day 6 you will have to carry all your luggage, and it is recommended that it does not exceed 10 kg in weight and that you carry it in a hiking backpack that fits well on your back. In addition, we recommend you to carry:

  • 30-40 L backpack (to carry all the luggage).
  • 10-15 L backpack (to carry what you need to spend the day on the days you return to the same lodging)
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Neck warmer
  • Thermal clothing
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Winter socks
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Passport
  • Immigration card (which will be given to you at the immigration office upon arrival in Chile)
  • Cash money
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Towel
  • Slippers for the accommodations

Where does the tour Torres del Paine W Trek Winter season start

To get to Torres del Paine in winter, it is best to fly to the Punta Arenas airport and then take ground transportation to the park. During this season, it is important to keep in mind that some roads may be closed due to weather conditions, so it is recommended to inquire in advance about the status of the routes. Another option is to hire one of our private transfers.

If you need it, contact us and we will help you plan your trip to Torres del Paine during the winter months. Discover the magic of Torres del Paine during this unique time of the year!

Questions & Answers

  • Is Torres del Paine National Park open in winter?

    The answer is yes! Torres del Paine National Park is open all year round. The trails to the Grey Glacier, French Valley and Base of the Towers viewpoint are open to the public, subject to weather conditions and must be hiked with a guide. The trails on the north side of the park that are part of the O circuit are closed in winter for safety reasons.

  • Is it possible to do the W Circuit in winter (from May to September)?

    Yes, the W circuit can also be visited during the winter months as long as weather conditions permit and you enter the park accompanied by a guide authorized by CONAF and with a work license.

  • Can I do the Torres del Paine Tour in winter as a group?

    The Torres del Paine Winter Tour is a guided tour that is done in private service (only for your group). However, we also have one departure per month scheduled for group tours. This tour is subject to availability. If you are traveling alone and prefer to join a group to tour the W circuit in winter, please contact us and we will inform you of the availability of the tour and how to make the reservation.

  • What is the weather like in Torres del Paine during the winter months?

    The winter weather in Torres del Paine is cold, with temperatures dropping below 0 ºC (32ºF). However, the winter season also presents a more stable climate with less probability of rain, cloudy skies and winds than the summer season.

  • Is it necessary to use crampons to do the W Circuit in winter?

    It is not mandatory to use crampons to walk the W Circuit in winter and they are not usually necessary. However, when the conditions of the trail require it due to ice accumulation, the guide will recommend using them for safety reasons. Crampons are included in the tour and the guide will help you put them on and explain how to use them. 

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