Patagonia W-Trek Adventure

November 9-15, 2024


February 5-12, 2025

W Torres del Paine Circuit

5 Days/4 Nights on the W-Trek (46 Miles)

 2 Days/2 Nights in Hotels in Puerto Natales

$2,995 per person (double occupancy*)

$3,495 per person (single occupancy*)

 This hike is rated MODERATE to STRENUOUS

The W Trek is the most famous route in Torres del Paine National Park. The Torres del Paine W Circuit tour is a 5-day hiking tour led by Bruce W. Martin. The tour includes everything necessary for you to just show up and enjoy this amazing experience: transfers from Puerto Natales, 2 nights accommodations in hotels, 4 nights accommodations in tents, meals on the trail (breakfast, lunch and dinner), access ticket to the Torres del Paine National Park and catamaran tickets to ferry us back to our bus stop.  November is the Spring season in Patagonia and brings out wildflowers, waterfalls, and snow on the peaks!

During the W Circuit you will discover the most iconic sites of the park: the Base Torres Viewpoint, the French Viewpoint, the French Valley, the Grey Glacier and Grey Lake. You will sleep the first two nights in the Central or Chilean Sector (close to Torres Base), the third in the Cuernos or French Sector and the last in the Paine Grande Sector. Accommodations for the first 3 nights are assigned based on availability

Lago Grey Overlook

Travel Day to Puerto Natales: This is a travel day from your point of origin to Puerto Natales. (Airfare not included.) Your adventure begins at the Puntas Arenas airport in where we’ll meet you, then  then take a 3 hour tour bus ride to Puerto Natales. From there, we’ll walk to our hotel where we can relax, shop and enjoy dinner (on your own.)

Day 1: Central SectorThe first day of the W Torres del Paine Circuit starts after lunch, where we will take a bus to the park to the Laguna Amarga welcome center, where we’ll register as visitors and enter the park. Once inside the park, we’ll take a minibus to the Welcome Center and from there we’ll hike to your campsite. Upon arrival we’ll check-in, and they will tell us our dinner and breakfast times. Breakfast and dinner are always served in the refuge dining room even though we’re staying at the campsite. We’ll settle in the place where we’ll spend the first two nights.

Day 2: Chilean Sector – The day begins with breakfast at the time assigned during check-in (between 7:30 – 8:30). At the end, you will collect the lunch-box, which will be your food during the route. Since we are going to return to sleep in the Central Sector, we only have to carry in our backpacks what we need to get through the day. Today’s route is the iconic climb to the Base Torres viewpoint. We’ll begin the hike crossing the Ascencio River Valley until reaching the first uneven section at Paso de los Vientos , with views that will make the effort worthwhile. Then we pass through the Chilean Sector area and suddenly enter a totally different ecosystem: the trail enters a Lengas forest! Then on to the Base Torres del Paine viewpoint. We’ll go the same way back until we reach our tent sites, where we’ll have free time to rest, have a drink at the bar while chatting with other travelers and have dinner.

Tent Camping

Day 3: French Sector – After breakfast, the third day of the W Circuit through Torres del Paine begins, the least demanding stage, since there is very little gradient and the trail is in very good condition. During this day we’ll walk next to Lake Nordenskjöld, cross a small river and walk some stretches along the beaches that form next to the lake. For much of the route the background landscape is Cerro Almirante Nieto and the Cuernos del Paine,  Patagonia in all its splendor as our backdrop. The Torres del Paine W Circuit tour includes the third night of accommodation in the French Sector or Cuernos Sector depending on availability. We’ll enjoy tent accommodations and dinner there!

Day 4: French Valley – This day of the W Circuit is one of the most demanding. The first section between Cuernos and Francés is flat. We then continue to the intersection where the road divides, one path ascends to the French and British viewpoint and the other continues to Paine Grande. We’ll walk into “Campamento Italiano ”, then on to Mirador Francés, a 2-mile journey with almost 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Once we reach Mirador Francés viewpoint, we’ll find a flat rocky area where we can enjoy lunch and take pictures.  We’ll return along the same path and continue walking the remaining 5.5 miles to the refuge with a slight downhill slope that our legs will appreciate after so much uphill. We’ll cross an area that suffered a fire a few years ago where the tree trunks create a somewhat gloomy landscape finally reaching Paine Grande Refuge with a unique location in front of Lake Pehoé.

Day 5: Cerro Paine Grande –  The last day of the W Circuit through Torres del Paine is a round trip route along the same path, with a medium-high difficulty due to the unevenness. Along the ascent route you will have Lake Grey on your left hand side and on your right the majestic Cerro Paine Grande , which can already be seen impressively from the Paine Grande Sector itself. The first stop is the Lake Grey viewpoint , above which you can see numerous pieces of glacier floating from Glacier Gray. Some travelers end their ascent here, but we’ll continue to the Gray Refuge, from where you can see the Gray Glacier very close or even further to the first suspension bridge. The way back to the Paine Grande Sector is always downhill, so it is much easier. It is important to stick to the times on this route because at 6:30 p.m. we will have to take the catamaran that takes us back to Pudeto. We will sail across Lake Pehoé to Pudeto and once there, a bus will take us back to Puerto Natales, where we’ll spend the night, ending our spectacular adventure through Chilean Patagonia.

*Double Occupancy means you will share a hotel room and tent with someone else. Single occupancy means you will have your own hotel room and tent.

Your registration amount includes:

  • Roundtrip Bus tickets between Puntas Arenas airport and Puerto Natales
  • Roundtrip Bus tickets between Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Puerto Natales (Breakfast Included)
  • Guided 5-day, 4 night hike on the W-Trek
  • Four nights in Torres del Paine National Park (Camping/Refugios)
  • Camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags and pads
  • Catamaran ticket across Pehoe Lake
  • All meals as described on the itinerary
  • Spiritual direction each day by Bruce W. Martin

Your registration does not include:

  • Airfare to Puntas Arenas
  • Meals in Puerto Natales except those mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips for guide, hotel staff, park staff, etc.
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

Take 6 months to pay! Just zip us an email below and we’ll send you a link to divide your adventure cost into 6 equal monthly payments!

This trip is limited to the first 12 people who register. We cannot offer refunds for this trip unless we don’t have enough participants. We must have a minimum of 6 participants to do this trip. Permits for hiking in the Torres del Paine Park are non-transferable, non-refundable, and the dates are unchangeable. DO NOT PURCHASE AIRFARE UNTIL WE HAVE CONFIRMED THE MINIMUM OF 6 PARTICIPANTS. We will hold your registration in escrow until then. If we do not get 6 participants, we will offer you a full refund.

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