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Winter W Trek

An extreme and unforgettable adventure through Torres del Paine

5 days
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$1,750


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Winter W Trek tour information

location_onPuerto Natales
timer 5 days
chat Spanish and English

Starts

Puerto Natales between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Ends

Puerto Natales between 7:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Included

  • Entrance ticket to the National Park
  • Bilingual expert guide
  • Transfer from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (Round Trip)
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • All meals included
  • Hiking poles
  • First Aid Kit

Not included

  • Accommodation DAY 1 in Puerto Natales
  • Additional activities
  • Drinks
  • Health insurance

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Discounts available for travelers with Chilean nationality, check prices by sending an email to hello@howlanders.com
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.
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! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 31 days in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.
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Did you ever imagine what white-dyed Patagonia would look like?

If you are a lover of nature and extreme conditions, prepare your best jacket and adjust your boots well because the time has come. Come with us on the winter W Trek. This winter version of the famous 5-day W Trek consists on a guided group tour. Get to know one of the southernmost areas in the world with a professional mountain guide who will accompany you at all times. Get ready to enjoy unique landscapes outside the high season. Will you leave your mark among the icy trails of Torres del Paine National Park?

Get warm, we're starting!

Tour itinerary

todayPuerto Natales - Information Briefing

Information Briefing

The Winter W Trek has a high difficulty, so the day before the tour starts you will have a meeting with your guide in Puerto Natales where you will receive all the necessary indications and advice. In addition, he will give you all the documentation you need to access the Park and do your trek.

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todayDAY 1 Trekking to Base Torres

Accommodation: Puerto Natales (not included)
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Puerto Natales

Close your backpack tightly, cover it in case it rains, and put on your gloves, we're coming out! Once the whole group is gathered, around 7:00 a.m. we will leave in our private transport to the Torres del Paine National Park. After about two hours of travel you will arrive at the park entrance, where your guide will hand you your canes and help you to make the entrance.

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Torres del Paine National Park

And now it's time to start the trek! The route starts in the direction of the Hostería Las Torres sector. During a tour of about 4 hours, you will cross Ascensio Valley opening a way through the cozy Lengas forest. A path that runs among infinite trees, creating a unique atmosphere, with the cerro Almirante Nieto in the background.

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Base Torres Viewpoint

At the end of this section, leaving the forest behind, you will start to climb a glacial moraine (a steeply sloping stone path), until you reach your goal: Base Torres viewpoint. Yes, we have arrived! Did you know that this viewpoint faces the lake and the famous towers that give their name to the Park? Get your camera ready, let's take one of the best pictures of the trip!

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Descent to the entrance of the Park

In front of these impressive views, we will take advantage of the moment to stop for a meal and rest a little before starting our way back. The descent will take us about 3 hours until we meet again with the private transportation that will be waiting for us at the entrance of the park to take us to Puerto Natales.

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Puerto Natales

You will arrive in the city around 08:00 p.m. Remember that tonight's accommodation is not included in the tour. If you need help to make the booking, please contact us! Our team will give you all the necessary advice to find the best accommodation in Puerto Natales.

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todayDAY 2 Trekking to Paine Grande

Accommodation: Paine Grande Lodge
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Puerto Natales

Full belly, charged batteries, and poles in hand, shall we go on? Let's go for day two! Once the whole group is reunited with the guide, around 7:00 a.m. in Puerto Natales, we will leave again in our private transport, this time, towards the CONAF Administration sector.

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CONAF Administration sector

After a two-hour drive, we will arrive at Torres del Paine National Park, where the guide will give you a short informative talk before starting this second day's journey. The route will take about 5 hours, along the Carretas trail that will take you to your final destination: Paine Grande Sector.

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Paine Massif

During the entire ride, if the weather allows it, you will be accompanied by an impressive view of the entire Paine Mountain Range, also known as the Paine Massif. Among its summits, we find the so-called Torres del Paine, three granite peaks of about 2600 meters high on average.

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Paine Grande

On this second day, you will have dinner and spend the night at the Paine Grande Lodge. A well-deserved rest! After the rest break in the common dining room with the rest of the group, we will go to bed. We have to load forces, the route continues!

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todayDAY 3 Trekking to Valle Francés

Accommodation: Paine Grande Lodge
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Paine Grande

Can you imagine what it will feel like to wake up in the heart of Chilean Patagonia? The time has come to discover it! After breakfast, trek will begin. Following the northern shore of Lake Pehoe, we will walk along the path that belongs to the W Circuit, which is the intermediate vertical line of this route, until we reach the Valle Francés lookout point. Poles ready!

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Italiano Camp This part starts with a gentle walk to Italiano camp, on this way you will appreciate the Sköttsberg Lake. It is a quiet start that little by little will become more complicated, since Francés Valley increases in slope, especially in the two kilometers before the viewpoint of the Francés Valley. But no doubt the effort will have been worthwhile.

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Francés Valley viewpoint

Cameras ready! In 3 hours and 30 minutes you will have reached the viewpoint, where you will contemplate the hills: Hojas, Espada and Fortaleza. You will be at the viewpoint for about an hour, where you will have lunch, rest and explore the area.

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Way back to Paine Grande

With your batteries charged, you will return to the Paine Grande Lodge, where you will spend the night. With a full stomach, it's time to go to sleep. We've got a big day ahead of us tomorrow!

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todayDAY 4 Trekking to Glaciar Grey

Accommodation: Paine Grande Lodge
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Quebrada de los Vientos

Panza llena, corazón contento, in other words: full stomach, happy heart! After breakfast, you'll start this fourth and penultimate day of the route by taking the path to the Quebrada de los Vientos. Let's make the most of every second! You will cross a 450mts. high hill and you will discover on your left the Grey lake. You will then reach the glacier viewpoint.

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Grey lake viewpoint

From the Grey lake viewpoint, you will contemplate the Grey Glacier and see how the ice floes float on the surface of the lake water. A mass of water located in the vicinity of the Grey Glacier that receives this name because its formation is born from the melting of the glacier, flowing into the northern part of the lake.

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Way back to Paine Grande

After enjoying one of the most emblematic landscapes of this route, we will start our return to Paine Grande Lodge. Where once again, we will have dinner and spend the night. Last night in paradise, get all your strength out, we're coming to the final sprint.

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todayDAY 5 Trekking on the Carretas trail - Return to Puerto Natales

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Paine Grande

All good things come to an end, but not without squeezing every last bit of it. After breakfast, we will start the route of this fifth day. Today's route will be the same as we did on the second day but in the opposite direction.

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Carretas trail

Open your eyes wide, and take advantage of this day not to miss a single detail, take the last pictures and say goodbye to the magical landscapes Torres del Paine has to offer. The route will take about 5 hours long. You will take the Carretas trail towards the CONAF Administration where our private transportation will be waiting for us.

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Arrival in Puerto Natales

You will arrive in Puerto Natales around 8:00 p.m. thus ending an extreme and unforgettable experience in Chilean Patagonia.

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What to bring to Winter W Trek

The climate in Torres del Paine in the winter season (April to October) is very cold; it is very likely to have rainy days; snow; strong winds and even temperatures below zero. Therefore, we recommend that you prepare yourself well and don't forget to take your backpack with you:
  • Passport + immigration form (given by the Immigration Officer upon arrival in Chile)
  • Cash (USD) since the area does not allow card payments and there are no money exchange offices or ATMs
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Gloves
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Photo camera
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Snacks

Questions & Answers

Is the Torres del Paine W route accessible in winter?
Yes, the trails covered by the W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park are also passable in winter (from April to October), although the weather conditions make this route more difficult. You will have to be prepared to walk in cold weather and temperatures below zero. You will always stay at the Paine Grande Lodge and do the W Trek as a day trip, as detailed in the tour itinerary.

Is it possible to do the O Circuit in winter?
No, the whole circuit and other little-traveled trails remain closed and are not used in winter (from April to October). Also, there is no service in the shelters located in the most remote areas of Torres del Paine National Park.

What accommodations in the Park remain open during the winter season?
Only some of the hotels and lodges located in Torres del Paine National Park remain open in the low season. Also, some of the shelters will be open but with reduced services. This program includes 3 nights accommodation in the Paine Grande Lodge. If you need more information to schedule your trip please contact us at hello@howlanders.com

Is the first night's accommodation in Puerto Natales included in the tour?
No, DAY 1 accommodation in Puerto Natales is not included in the tour. If you need help booking this first day, don't worry and contact us! Write us a message to hello@howlanders.com and we will give you all the necessary advice to find the best accommodation in Puerto Natales.

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