7 Day W Trek Eco Camp

From Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
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Tour Description

Experience one of the most iconic hikes in South America!

Our Guided “W’ Trek will take you to the magnificent Grey’s Glacier, through the imposing French Valley and to the mighty Las Torres, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  Knowledgeable and experienced guides (one to each 6 trekkers) will take you through some of the most stunning landscapes in Torres del Paine National Park, you will witness the Los Cuernos, sail to Greys Glacier and hike to the base of the Towers. 

Delicious meals will be provided, accommodation sorted and your luggage will be transported for you, so you will only need to carry a daypack....giving your more energy to enjoy the wonders of the W Trek. 4 nights will be spent at the EcoCamp Patagonia, the world’s first fully sustainable geodesic dome hotel.

Short on time? Ask us for the 5 day Short W trek option

 Tick the W trek off your bucket list today!

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Accomplish the most famous trek in Patagonia, the W trek, made easy with your transfers, accommodation and meals all taken care of, your luggage transported for you, so you will only need to carry a daypack.

The three granite towers of Los Torres are the crown of the Torres del Paine national park, enjoy the stunning views and feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the base of the towers!

The perfect trip for those that love nature and hiking, have a spirit of adventure, and also love travelling with like minded hikers. How far is the stunning W trek? You will walk 77kms /48,5miles in the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Puerto Arenas Eco Camp

Let’s begin the trip of a lifetime! We’ll start with a morning pick-up from your hotel or the airport in Punta Arenas and drive to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. On the way to EcoCamp, we’ll make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of Last Hope Sound (Ultima Esperanza) where we can enjoy a hearty lunch of local food. This scenic journey ends with our arrival at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park with a prime view of the majestic Paine Towers. Overnight EcoCamp.

Day 2
Los Cuernos del Paine

We’ll dive into our Patagonian adventure with a pleasant walk along the Cuernos Trail which leads to the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this warm-up walk, we will have the opportunity to admire the park’s exquisite flora and fauna and take in the views of the horn-like peaks of slate that sit atop the gray granite of the Paine Massif. The trek may end at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cozy mountain guesthouse located on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. Or it will end at Domo el Francés, located between Cuernos and Italiano camping sites, with an amazing view of Nordenskjöld Lake. The evening is at your leisure.

Camping overnight in a tent at Cuernos or El Frances (depending on location availability). The campsite provides satisfactory bathroom facilities. Meals will be served inside the refugio.

Please note:
* If you wish to upgrade from camping to a refugio stay for this night, please enquire at time of booking to check availability. An additional cost applies and is subject to availability.

Day 3
Valle Frances

Get your boots ready for today’s challenging, yet rewarding, trek. After breakfast at Refugio Los Cuernos, we'll begin hiking along a steep trail leading into the very heart of the Paine Massif - the famed French Valley. How far we’ll go depends on our group's trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead us to the French River’s hanging bridge, located at the foot of the south-eastern face of the Massif. We will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After our upward trek, we will pause for a tasty picnic and relax for a while. The day's trek will end with a descent through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest to Refugio Paine Grande.
Please note: An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is also available.

Camping overnight in a tent at Paine Grande.
The campsite provides satisfactory bathroom facilities. Meals will be served inside the refugio.

Please note:
* If you wish to upgrade from camping to a refugio stay for this night, please enquire at time of booking to check availability. An additional cost applies and is subject to availability.

Day 4
Torres del Paine Glacier Grey

Today we will hike from the Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of Lake Grey. We will feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails to the huge, crystalline facade of Glacier Grey. From the southern end of Glacier Grey, we will transfer to EcoCamp. Due to the temperamental weather of the region, boat trips across the lake may occasionally be canceled or if the required minimum of 15 passengers is not reached. If this is the case, we will trek up to the sightseeing point to enjoy wonderful, panoramic views of Grey Glacier instead. Afterward, it is time to return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to the dock, where we will be picked up and driven to EcoCamp. Overnight at EcoCamp

Day 5
Torres del Paine

Today is the big day -- the walk to the base of the famous Paine Towers. We will walk from the campsite towards Hostería Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests, and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge is the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders that lead to that iconic base of the Towers, the three gigantic granite monoliths that are the remains of a great cirque sheared away by glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view,we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner and some tasty Chilean wine.Overnight at EcoCamp.

Day 6
Eastern Lakes

On the sixth day, we'll opt for a less strenuous trail in order to counter our exhausting efforts of the previous day. After breakfast, we will make a leisurely car journey towards Laguna Azul, home to many wild guanacos and ñandús. We will pause occasionally to admire the views of the Patagonian steppe and the Towers from its many perspectives. At Laguna Azul, we will hike to the lookout point where we will be treated to a gorgeous view of both the lagoon and the granite towers. After lunch, we will drive to the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake where the Fauna Trail begins. As we hike northbound, we will spot an impressive range of Patagonian fauna on the vast plains, and maybe even the occasional puma print! We will pass the charming Goic lagoon and, after approximately 5 km of relaxed walking, we will reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where we will be picked up and driven back to Ecocamp to celebrate with a farewell dinner.

*Please note: if there are more than 6 travelers in the group, there is an option to split into two groups, with one group (or the whole group if everybody's in the mood!) cycling to Laguna Azul!
Overnight at EcoCamp.

Day 7
Torres del Paine Punta Arenas

On to the next adventure! Today we will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch an evening flight onwards. If you are heading to Argentina, you can board an early morning vehicle to the border to continue the journey to El Calafate.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 4 nights accommodation in EcoCamp standard domes (shared basis)
  • Included Copy 20 1 night accommodation at Refugio Paine Grande** (shared basis in tents)
  • Included Copy 20 1 night in Refugio Los Cuernos or Domo El Francés (depending on availability)
  • Included Copy 31 *shared bunk cabin upgrades can be booked at an additional cost subject to availability
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 6 boxed lunches, 1 lunch, 6 dinners while on the Trek
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 One expert English speaking trekking guide
  • Included Copy 20 All ground transport - private and domestic - as indicated in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 Sleeping bag for refugios if needed
  • Included Copy 20 Park fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park
  • Included Copy 20 Transportation for your luggage within the Park: while trekking you will carry just your daypack
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7 days

Price from

$4,475 USD

Per person, sharing

Monday departures (October to April)