W Trek Torres del Paine – Guided Refuges Tour

This is a great guided option to hike the complete W trek, staying every night in comfortable mountain refuges and visiting the three main valley of Torres del Paine National Park: the lookout point of the towers at the Ascencio valley, hanging glaciers at the French Valley and the Grey Valley, sailing in front of the impressive glacier at the end.

Highlights:
– Lodging 4 nights at comfortable refuges inside Torres Del Paine National Park
– Base of the Towers Trek
– Los Cuernos path Trek
– French Valley path Trek
– Grey Glacier path Trek and boat navigation
– Guided tour and all transportation included
– All meals included

– All the private transportation indicated in the schedule

– Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park

– Four nights lodging in mountain lodges or refuges; comfortable rooms with 6 beds and shared bathroom (No singles available)

– Sleeping bags and liners (when possible, we include a bed with sheets, blankets and a pillow)

– Navigation on Grey Lake

– All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: Box lunch, D: dinner)

– Guide (English-Spanish languages)

– Any additional nights

– Medical expenses

– Insurance of any kind

– Personal expenses

– Lunch on day 1

– Dinner on day 5 and lodging on day 5

– Any alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Refugios except for the drinks include in the menu

– Gratuities for guide

This Trek is restricted to availability at refuges; contact us to check availability based on your private dates. Check some regular departures above:

-SEPT 15/19
-SEPT 24/28
-OCT 01/05
-OCT 07/11
-OCT 14/18
-OCT 28/NOV 01
-OCT 29/NOV 02 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-NOV 04/08 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-NOV 10/14 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-NOV 11/15 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-NOV 13/17 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-NOV 18/22
-NOV 19/23 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-NOV 20/24
-NOV 21/25
-NOV 25/29
-NOV 27/DEC 01
-DEC 01/05
-DEC 03/07
-DEC 06/10
-DEC 08/12
-DEC 11/15
-DEC 13/17
-DEC 16/20
-DEC 18/22 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-DEC 21/25
-DEC 22/26
-DEC 23/27 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-DEC 24/28 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-DEC 26/30
-DEC 28/JAN 01
-DEC 29/JAN 02
-DEC 30/JAN 03
-DEC 31/JAN 04

REGARDING THE SCHEDULE
The schedules indicated above are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered
The weather in Patagonia in an important factor that must be taken into account. The maximum temperature in summer is 20 C° and it drops to below 0° in winter. The wind-chill factor sometimes makes the ambient temperature drop 6 or 7 degrees. The temperature of the water is normally between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius.

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.
The Mountain lodges of Torres Central and North are two comfortable refugios located at the base of the hike to the Towers lookout and part of the “W” and “Circuit” walks. They are within walking distance to the Hotel Spa at Las Torres for a variety of services including massage and saunas.

Los Cuernos is found on the shore of Lake Nordenskjöld nestled in a Coihue Forest lays Refugio Cuernos with 32 beds. This cozy lodge is located on the “W” circuit walking between the French Valley and the Torres Del Paine lookout and base camp area.
Paine Grande is a large and modern refugio set on the banks of the Lake Pehoe, including internet connection and full service bar. It’s the jump off point for the catamaran crossing Lake Pehoe and the walks to the French Valley and Grey Glacier, part of the “W” and “Circuit” hikes.

Day 01

Day 1: PUERTO NATALES – TORRES DEL PAINE

Starting from Puerto Natales at 12:00 hrs or from Cerro Castillo at 13:00 hrs, we drive all the way to Torres del Paine National Park. We will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), with chances to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the Ñandu, (rare South American ostrich).  We will follow an unpaved road heading to Refugio Las Torres to spend our first night. Upon entering the park we will have excellent photographic and birding opportunities as we drive alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans.  Today’s hike is on a gentle trail following the border of the park and offers opportunities to see Guanacos (Llama family) and the Andean Condor.
(2 hours by private transfer, 2 hours soft hike) – (Night at Las Torres Refuge)
/ Dinner /

Day 02

Day 2: BASE OF THE TOWERS
We will start our first day trekking to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests (Nothofagus family), glaciers and waterfalls. We’ll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), excellent for picture taking. At this point we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850 M) and a lagoon with slurry waters due to erosion produced by glaciers. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we’ll start our descent, following the same path back to the hut.

(7-8 hours round-trip, 18 KM) – (Night at Las Torres Refuge)
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 03

Day 3: LOS CUERNOS PATH
We will start early morning to enjoy, weather permitting, a magnificent dawn filled with orange-pink colors. As we leave the campground we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. We follow a well mark trail ascending around (200 mts.) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 mts.), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where we will stay overnight.

**You can update to private cabins with two beds and sharing bathrooms in between the cabins only and a free Hot tub access for USD $ 80 per single occupancy or USD $ 40 per double occupancy.
(500 mts. difference of level, 6 hours, 17 kms.) – (Night at Los Cuernos Refuge)

/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 04

Day 4: FRENCH VALLEY PATH
We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300 M) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600 M), Espada (2400 M) and Fortaleza (2800 M). Our way back will be the same until we reach the entrance of the valley where we will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoé Lake.

(6 hours hiking, 18 KM) – (Night at Paine Grande Refuge)

/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 05

Day 5: GREY GLACIER HIKE AND NAVIGATION – PUERTO NATALES
we will begin early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200mts up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall. Right after lunch we start an exciting adventure by boat. We will navigate for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. Then we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales, arriving at 19:00 hrs aprox.

(4 hours walking, 12 KM, 2 hours by boat on Grey Lake, 2 hours by transfer)
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch /

** If needed, we can book a Hotel or Hostel in Puerto Natales for this night. As well, we can help with the booking of bus tickets to Punta Arenas for next day.