Experience the surreal beauty that Patagonia has to offer on a guided 5-day trek through the W trail. Spend each day surrounded by glistening glaciers and snow-capped mountains as you get a glimpse of the famous towers, Lake Nordenskjold, and Glacier Grey to name a few highlights. After each adventurous day, relax in the comfort of a Refugio in Torres del Paine before taking on the next day.
Duration: 4 days/5 nights
Start/End Location: Puerto Natales
Day 1 – Hike Almirante Nieto and Visit the Breathtaking Las Torres
Early in the morning, your guide will pick you up from Puerto Natales and you’ll depart on the two-hour drive to Torres del Paine. Once you arrive at the park and register, you will begin hiking up Almirante Nieto where you’ll have incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. Before continuing your hike to the famous towers, store your overnight gear at Refugio Chileno, where you’ll be spending the night. After dropping your gear off, hike an hour through a dense Lenga forest before emerging to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After admiring this breathtaking view, you’ll return to Refugio Chileno to have dinner and sleep.
Total distance: 15.5 km (9.6 mi)
Average time: 6.5 hours
Day 2 – Hike to the Cuernos Mountains and Sleep Next to the Glistening Lake Nordenskjold
After breakfast at Refugio Chileno, you’ll hike for four hours along the skirt of Almirante Nieto to get to the foot of the Cuernos. Along the hike, you’ll pass over rivers and hop across rocks as you catch glimpses of glaciers and mountaintops hovering over you. Finally, you’ll spend the night at Refugio Cuernos, located on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and the base of the Cuernos.
Total distance: 11 km (6.8 mi)
Average time: 4.5 hours
Day 3 – Hike Through the French Valley with Stunning Views of Lake Nordenskjold and Pehoe
After breakfast, begin hiking along a windy beach towards Campo Italiano where you will leave your large pack before continuing into the French Valley. With just a small daypack, you’ll hike across a moraine and through a forest before coming to a clearing where you’ll be stunned by the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skotsberg, Pehoe, and the hanging French Glacier right ahead of you. After leaving the French Valley, you’ll return to get your large pack and continue to Refugio Paine Grande on the shore of Lake Pehoe.
Total distance: 17.3 km (10.7 mi)
Average time: 7 hours
Day 4 – Experience the Windy Southern Ice Field and Hike Along Lake Grey
After an energizing breakfast, you will begin a four-hour hike through a small forest and along Lake Grey. This section of the park is usually very windy since Lake Grey, Glacier Grey, and the Southern Ice Field are all very open. You will continue hiking until you arrive at Refugio and Camping Grey, where you’ll spend the night. You’ll have two optional excursions of either ice hiking on Glacier Grey or kayaking on Lake Grey. Please let us know if you are interested so we can make reservations ahead of time.
Total distance: 11 km (6.8 mi)
Average time: 4 hours
Day 5 – Experience Glacier Grey Up Close and Ride the Grey III
Take the morning to relax and enjoy the scenery before boarding Grey III in the afternoon. This boat will take you up close to the massive glacier, and you’ll end at the other side of Lake Grey where you’ll take a transfer to catch the bus back to Puerto Natales.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.