W Trek Torres del Paine

5 days | 4 nights
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Tour Description

Trekking the W Trek is probably the best way to discover Torres del Paine, one of the most popular and iconic National Park of Chilean Patagonia.

In 4 full days, the 40-mile trail of the W Trek will take you through breathtaking landscapes, world-class glaciers, snowcapped mountains, turquoise lagoons, lakes, and fjords. You might also spot some of the local fauna: pumas, guanacos, foxes, or some of the hundreds of bird species occupying the area.

This combination of incredible landscapes, fauna, and flora are the reasons why Torres del Paine has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

The W Trek is a paradise for hikers and will take you to the park's main attractions: Los Cuernos ('The Horns'), Cordillera del Paine, French Valley, Grey Glacier. Undoubtedly the highlight of this trek will be the view on the three gigantic granite monoliths, the so-called ‘Blue Towers' (Towers del Paine), or some of the convivial evenings with other trekkers spent in the different cozy refuges.



Trip at a glance


TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK: Lake Nordenskjöld, Mt Almirante Nieto, South, Central and North Towers, Los Cuernos, Nido de Condor, French Valley and Glacier, Paine Grande, Cerro Hoja, Cerro Catedral, Cerro Aleta de Tiburon, Cuerno Norte, Grey Lake and Glacier

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Trip details


Day 1 Road from Puerto natales to torres del paine national park


Free morning in Puerto Natales.


At about 2.30pm, transfer from your hotel to Puerto Natales bus station.

Departure by shared bus to Torres del Paine National Park (2 hours 30 min).

On the way, short stop at the village of Cerro Castillo.

Arrival at Torres del Paine National Park by the end of the afternoon.

Located in the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, the southernmost and largest region of Chile, the 598,593 acres (242,242 hectares) of the Torres del Paine National Park, are home to famous landmarks likes Los Cuernos ('The Horns'), the Cordillera del Paine, the French Valley and the Grey Glacier.

The Park has several different types of landscapes and geographical features, such as pampas, dense forests, lakes, lagoons and impressive glaciers.

Enter the Park through the Laguna Amarga area, before taking the shuttle that will drive you to your refuge in Las Torres sector.


Overnight at the Torre Central Refuge.

  • Dinner at Torre Central Refuge

Day 2 Hike to base torres and el chileno refuge - 7 to 8 hours - 8 miles - difficult


Recommended departure time: 9am

Departure by foot to your first day of trekking.

The first hour and a half walking is steep, with fantastic views of lake Nordenskjöld and Mt Almirante Nieto (8,660 ft), with its hanging glacier.

You will reach Refugio El Chileno where you can rest briefly, leave your big backpack and switch to a leighter and smaller one.

Continue the trail through a millenary Lenga (beech trees) forest, for approximately 1 hour, until you reach the base of the moraine, with its challenging 45 min climb


This will take you to one of the most impressive lookouts in the park: right at the base of the three Paine Towers – South Tower (8,204 ft), Central Tower (8,701 ft) and North Tower (7,415 ft), as well as Cerro Nido de Cóndor (The Condor's Nest)

Walk back to El Chileno Refuge where you will rest before having dinner


Overnight at El Chileno Refuge

  • Breakfast at the Refuge
  • Packed lunch during the trek
  • Dinner at El Chileno Refuge

Day 3 Hike to los cuernos refuge - 4 to 5 hours - 6,8 miles - intermediate


Recommended departure time: 9am

About 30 minutes after leaving Refugio El Chileno you will notice the sign to take the 'shortcut' that leads to the Refugio Los Cuernos. 

The trail goes past the foot of mount Almirante Nieto, part of the Paine Massif, with great views of the Nordenskjöld Lake.

Starting in December, the flora shows various colors, especially the Ciruelillo (the Fire Bush) which gets its name from the red color of its flowers. 


After about 4 to 5 hours hiking, you will arrive at the foot of Los Cuernos where your next Refugio is located, considered by many, as one of the most charming sites in the entire park.

This is a perfect spot to rest and recover energy for the next day’s challenging trek through The French Valley. 


Overnight at Los Cuernos Refuge. 

  • Breakfast at the Refuge
  • Packed lunch during the trek
  • Dinner at Los Cuernos Refuge

Day 4 Hike to the french valley - 10 to 12 hours - 157 miles - very difficult


Recommended departure time: 9am

The first 2 hours vary between up and down hills and with lookouts over the Nordenskjöld Lake, all the way until Campamento Italiano.

At this point, we advise you to get in touch with the CONAF staff so you can leave your big backpack with them and start the next part of the trek with only a smaller day pack.

The climb lasts about 1 hour 30 min up to the French Glacier lookout, where you will be able to admire its hanging glacier and the occasional some small avalanches. 


The trail then continues to the Campamento Británico. From there another 20-minutes hike will take you to the Mirador Británico considered by many as the most breathtaking lookout of this entire trek.

Try to identify the many peaks in the distance, the Paine Grande, the Cerro Hoja, the Cerro Máscara, the Cerro Catedral, the Cerro Aleta de Tiburón, the Cuerno Nort.

Follow the same trail to return to the Campamento Italiano before heading to the Pehoé sector.

End of the afternon, arrival at Paine Grande Refugio. 


Overnight at Paine Grande Refuge. 

  • Breakfast at the Refuge
  • Packed lunch during the trek
  • Dinner at Paine Grande Refuge

Day 5 Hike to grey lake and glacier - 8 to 9 hours - 13,7 miles - intermediate

It is important time your walk well, in order to be on time for the departure of the catamaran.

It is possible to leave your backpack in the lockers at the Paine Lodge, and walk up to the Grey Glacier with a lighter pack.  


The trail that takes you to Grey glacier lookout goes through the western side of the Paine Massif with views across the Grey lake.

A 1.5-hour hike will take you to the first lookout point where you get great views of the Grey Glacier in the distance. 


An additional 2-hour walk will get you to the main lookout, right in front of the impressive glacier.

Walk to Pehoé Lake, where you will take the catamaran to sail across the Pehoe Lake at 6.30 pm. 


The boat will drop you off in the Pudeto sector, where your bus will be waiting for you to take you back to Puerto Natales. 

You will arrive at about 9.30pm in Puerto Natales from where our driver will take you to your hotel. 

  • Breakfast at the Refuge
  • Packed lunch during the trek


What's included


4 nights in mentioned refuges, single bed in shared bedrooms, blankets and sleeping bags included


Full board plan
4 breakfasts + 4 packed lunches + 4 dinners


Catamaran from Pehoe to Pudeto
Shuttle hotel/bus station in Puerto Natales on day 1 and 5, from Laguna Amarga to Las Torres Sector on day 1
Shared bus round trip Puerto Natales/Torres del Paine


No guide included for self-guided version // English-speaking-guide for guided version

Entrance Fees

Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park

What's not included

  • Accommodation in Puerto Natales
  • Domestic flights
    • Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
    • Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra meals
  • Drinks during meals
  • Drinks during trek
  • Tips    


Important notes

We strongly recommend you to get a travel insurance policy that covers hiking up to 15,000 feet (4500m) above sea level.

Trekking packing list:

  • 50 liters backpack
  • 15/20 liters backpack
  • hiking shoes
  • hiking poles
  • full-length hiking pants
  • hiking shorts
  • waterproof pants (x1)
  • long and short sleeves synthetic tops
  • medium-weight fleece jacket
  • sun hat or cap
  • woolly hat
  • water and windproof parka jacket
  • waterproof gloves
  • hiking socks (1 pair/day)
  • sunblock SPF 50+
  • binoculars
  • flashlight
  • multi-tool knife
  • toilet paper
  • medical kit with: insect repellent, painkillers, anti-inflammatories, diarrhea treatment, band aids, blister plasters, knee braces, personal medication
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