Winter W Trek Torres del Paine 5 days

If you’re lucky enough to be in Torres Del Paine in winter, this is a great option to trek the three main valleys of the W trail, far away from the crowd!
We stay 3 nights in a mountain hut and one in a cabin, visiting the three main valley of the park: the impressive Glacier Grey, hanging glaciers at the French Valley and hiking to the lookout point of the towers on a trail cover by a thin layer or snow.

Highlights:

– Trek to Base of the Towers
– Trek Grey Glacier
– Trek the French Valley
– Lodging at mountain hut and cabin
– Experience Torres del Paine NP in winter

Day 01

Day 1: PUERTO NATALES – TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK – PEHOE LAKE
Early morning we will start from Puerto Natales, taking a private transfer along an unpaved road heading to Torres Del Paine National Park and the administration area. From here, we start a 6 hours hike to the shore of the Pehoe. On the way, we follow the Grey River and have a picnic lunch in this pristine area.
(2 hours by private transfer, 5 hours hike) (Night at Paine Grande Lodge, Central heating & hot water)
/ Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 02

Day 2: GREY GLACIER
We will begin early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200M 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. We will then return, following the same path, with views of Cordon Olguín and Paine Grande, to reach the Shore of Pehoe Lake to spend our second overnight.
(8 hours hike, 22KM) (Night at Paine Grande Lodge) (central heating and hot water)
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 03

Day 3: FRENCH VALLEY
We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going around the southwest 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 hanging bridge over the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300M) 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 (2600M), Espada (2400M) and Fortaleza (2800M). Our way back will be the same until we reach the Pehoe Lake where we spend our last night in the same Refugio.
(7 hours hike) (Night at Paine Grande Lodge (Central heating and hot water)

/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 04

Day 4: CABIN SERRANO
Early in the morning, we start our hike back to the administration area. From the administration, we take our transfer to the shore of the Rio Serrano where we will stay in a cozy cabin with great views of the Paine Massif Range. Your guide will cook dinner and breakfast the next day.
(6 hours hike, 30 minutes by private transfer) (Night at Cabin Serrano) (central heating and hot shower) / / Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 05

Day 5: LAS TORRES – PUERTO NATALES
From the cabin we will take the transfer all the way to Las Torres area to start our walk through incredible tall-deciduous beech forests, with views of glaciers and waterfalls to continue ascending through a huge terminal moraine up to a viewpoint (900M) with excellent picture taking opportunities. From here we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850M) and a lagoon with slurry waters fed by glacial erosion. We will enjoy lunch in front of this breathtaking scenery. We will descend, following the same path down to the estancia Las Torres, located at the mountain’s plateau where we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales.

(1.5 hour by private transfer, 8 hours hike, 2 hours by private transfer)

/ Box Lunch / Dinner /

-All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
-Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
-Three nights in a mountain hut (Sharing rooms bunk bed style)
-One night Cabin (2 Twin rooms with one bathroom)
-Camping equipment and cooking utensils
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
-One porter every 2 guests to help carrying the food and camping equipment, he will carry a maximum of 18K and the rest will be divided in between the participants and the guide.
-Guide (English-Spanish languages)

-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks besides the once include in the menus
-sleeping bag and mattress
-Porters to carry personal belongings (available upon request, cost of USD $500 with a maximum of 15K per porter, usually good to share one in between two hikers)
-Gratuities for Guide

01/05 MAY 2017
06/10 MAY 2017
07/11 MAY 2017
09/13 MAY 2017
11/15 MAY 2017
16/20 MAY 2017
21/25 MAY 2017
26/30 MAY 2017
11/15 MAY 2017
11/15 MAY 2017
11/15 MAY 2017

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.

LODGING  
Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Paine Grande – 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.

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 and Grey Valleys part of the “W” and “Circuit” hikes.

Tyndall Cabins  – Centrally located at the shore of the Serrano river and at the Torres del Paine park border, it affords guests an amazing view of the Paine Mountain Range. The cabins have 2 rooms, one of them with either twin or matrimonial beds with private bathroom, the other with twin beds with shared bathroom. It has central heating and a terrace where you will be able to enjoy a relaxing end to the day or simply admire the scenery.

 

 

WEATHER
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.