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Torres del Paine W Trek – 5 Day Self Guided (In Campsites)

Want to experience Patagonia, but not sure how to reserve everything? Let these guys take care of everything for you. They reserve your lodging and transport to the national park. All you need to worry about is capturing those amazing moments along the W.

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Trek the Famous Torres del Paine W Trail

Explore the spectacular peaks and valleys of Torres del Paine National Park on this 5-day hiking trip. On this self-guided trek, you’ll have the freedom to journey through the park at your own pace. Glimpse the glistening Glacier Grey, camp along the shores of Lake Pehoe, marvel at the teal waters of Lake Nordenskjold, and finally, witness the grand Towers — Las Torres! With this package, we’ll take care of your lodging (in campsites), most meals, transportation, tent, and entrance fee, so all you’ll have left to do is just experience the beauty of the park!

Traveling Solo? This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run. Please contact us and we’ll see if you can join another group.

Duration: 5 days of hiking in Torres del Paine National Park
Start Point and End Point: Puerto Natales
Prices: (note tents are charged per 2 people)
– Group of 2, 4, or 6 people: $1,075 USD per person
– Group of 3, 5, or 7 people: $1,140 USD per person

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Torres del Paine National Park
Early in the morning you will depart on a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine. The trip to the park entrance at Laguna Amarga is approximately two hours. After arriving to and registering yourself in the park you will take the catamaran across Lake Pehoe before you begin a four-hour hike through a small forest and then along Lake Grey. Most days this section of the park is very windy, due to openness provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field.

After about two hours of hiking you will get your first glimpse of Glacier Grey. You will continue hiking for two more hours until arriving to Camp Grey where you will spend the night. There are two optional excursions you can take today in the afternoon or tomorrow in the morning while at Refugio Grey — ice hiking on Glacier Grey or kayaking on Lake Grey. Let us know if you are interested and we can make reservations!

– Hike: Refugio Paine Grande – Refugio Grey
– Total Distance: 11 Kilometers / 6.8 Miles
– Average Time: 4 Hours
– Meals included: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Hiking and Camping along the Shores of Lake Pehoe
In the morning you will have an energizing breakfast and then prepare to hike again. If you would like you can continue past the camp with a day pack for a spectacular view of the glacier and a chance to cross one of the park’s famous suspension bridges. Upon return to Camp Grey, collect all of your belongings and begin your hike back towards Paine Grande where you will camp along the shore of Lake Pehoe.

– Hike: Refugio Grey – Refugio Paine Grande
– Total Distance: 11 Kilometers / 6.8 Miles
– Average Time: 4 Hours
– Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Explore the French Valley
Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Campamento Italiano. This camp is 2.5 hours away. Once you arrive to Campamento Italiano you can leave your large pack and continue into the French Valley with just a small daypack.

You will hike across a moraine and through a forest until you come to a clearing. Here you will be blown away by both the wind and the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you, the hanging French Glacier just ahead of you and by many other peaks. After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your large pack and continue another 2.5 hours to Camp Cuernos where you will spend the night.

– Hike: Refugio Paine Grande – Refugio Cuernos
– Total Distance: 17.3 Kilometers / 10.7 Miles
– Average Time: 7 Hours
– Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Climb Almirante Nieto and View Lake Nordenskjold
In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You will leave Cuernos, located on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and at the foot of the Cuernos and walk for four hours towards Refugio Camp; Camping Chileno, located in the Asencio Valley.

Along the way you will pass by Lake Nordenskjold and begin your hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. There will be a few rivers you will pass over by hopping across rocks. As you hike you will catch glimpses of glaciers and the mountaintops hovering over you. Finally, you will arrive to Camp Chileno where you will have dinner and sleep.

– Hike: Refugio Cuernos – Refugio Chileno
– Total Distance: 11 Kilometers / 6.8 Miles
– Average Time: 4.5 Hours
– Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Vist the Famous Towers — Las Torres
This morning you will continue your walk up Almirante Nieto, first hiking about an hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres.

After a bit of time admiring the view you will return back to Camp Chileno to pick up your belongings and hike to the foot of Almirante Nieto where you will first catch a shuttle to the park entrance and then catch a bus back to Puerto Natales.

– Hike: Chileno – Las Torres Lookout – Hotel Las Torres
– Total Distance: 15.5 Kilometers / 9.6 Miles
– Average Time: 6.5 Hours
– Meals included: breakfast and lunch

What’s Included

  • 4 Nights of camping in Torres del Paine National Park (tent + sleeping mat included)
  • Trip briefing in Puerto Natales day before trip starts(18:00)
  • Bus to and from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • One-way catamaran ticket from Pudeto to Paine Grande
  • Shuttle Las Torres to Laguna Amarga

What’s Not Included

  • Accommodations not listed above
  • Meals not listed above
  • Land transport not listed above
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel Insurance – we recommend World Nomads
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Tips for staff or at dinners

Have questions? Want to customize the itinerary? We’d be happy to help, just email us at info@keteka.com and a Torres del Paine travel expert will get right back to you!

Additional Extras

  • Ice hike on Glacier Grey for 110.000 CLP extra per person
  • Kayak excursion on Lago Grey for 75.000 CLP extra per person
  • Bus between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales for 10.000 CLP extra per person
  • Bus between El Calafate and Puerto Natales for 22.000 CLP extra per person
  • Lodging in Puerto Natales
    • B&B for 30.000 CLP extra per person
    • Boutique Hotel for 50.000 CLP extra per person
    • Luxury Hotel for 70.000 CLP extra per person
  • Please note that private transfers to and from the park are also available on request

Important Notes About the Torres del Paine W Trek

Please note that in order to reserve this tour, we need to pay the operator immediately, so all bookings are final. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at info@keteka.com.

How far ahead should I book my trip?
Due to the popularity of Patagonia, we recommend booking your Torres del Paine W Trek 4 months in advance during the peak travel months (Dec-Feb). If you want to travel in November or March we recommend booking travel 2 months in advance.

Upon arrival to Patagonia
If you have booked a guided trip your guide will meet you in Puerto Natales, which is about a 3-hour drive from Punta Arenas. Depending on what time your plane arrives, you will have the entire day or just a few hours to explore or rest-up in the small town of Puerto Natales. Your guide will meet you shortly after dinner to discuss trip details, answer questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days (the hotel will allow you to leave any unnecessary luggage with them).

Patagonian weather
Most of the time, there is no way to know what to expect. What you need to know is that it is fast changing and one can witness the wind, sun, rain and snow all in a matter of hours while in Patagonian wilderness. However, in the cities it is slightly more predictable, check www.accuweather.com.

What to pack
During the Torres del Paine W Trek, you need to have a backpack (renting a backpack is possible) with just enough room to carry your clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bag (during the Torres del Paine W Trek, renting a sleeping bag is also possible). Shared equipment like tents, stoves, pots, and food will be brought and transferred by the tour operator staff.

Personal equipment and clothing should be chosen to allow comfort while hiking. Select clothes to keep you dry in the rain, protected from the wind, and cool enough for warmer moments. It is essential that you are prepared to experience all four seasons in one day. Scroll down to see a full packing list!

Tour insurance
It is very important that every visitor has international insurance against accidents. Make sure you have arranged for this insurance before paying for the trip. It is worth considering that some aspects of nature are unpredictable and that you must be prepared for any inconvenient circumstances.

Tour meals
Three meals a day during your program are included. Drinks are not included while in cities or snacks during the day. When staying in cities you will eat in restaurants, however during the days you are in the wilderness your guide will prepare your food.

Food is purchased at local stores and the operator chooses your meals according to the preference sheet you fill out. Food can include, but is not limited to, assorted vegetables, beef, chicken and fish. They will also provide energy rich carbohydrates like pasta, rice, or potatoes. To top things off and excite your taste buds they also bring some of the following: wine, beer, cookies, cheese, crackers, and fruits.  Your meals are carried and, most of the time, prepared by your guide.

Changes in itinerary
Although the operator will do their very best to adhere to the schedule agreed upon, the itinerary for the Torres del Paine W Trek is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.

Cancellations
30% of the trip payment is immediately non-refundable, as we need to pay the national park in order to reserve spaces (they only make reservations upon payment and do not issue refunds). The rest of the payment is fully refundable until 29 days prior to the start of the tour, at which point it is not refundable.

Packing List

Upper body:

  • Shirts/Jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket, such as Gore Tex or similar
  • Fleece or pile coat
  • Quick-dry long sleeve t-shirt
  • Quick-dry short sleeve t-shirt
  • Winter hat
  • Light gloves

Lower body:

  • Quick-dry hiking socks
  • Quick-dry, light weight long underwear bottoms
  • Quick-dry/breathable windproof pants
  • Waterproof rain pants
  • Quick-dry/breathable shorts
  • Light trekking boots or gym shoes

Other necessary items:

  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping bag (-5°C for Nov. – Mar. trips, -15°C for Apr. – Oct. trips)
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle (1.000cc)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick with sunscreen
  • Sports watch
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack (big enough for all your personal things)
  • Shower shoes
  • Earplugs
  • Head lamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera
  • Basic first aid kit (self-guided trips)

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Kyle Wiggins

David

The head guide, David, was born in Santiago, where he developed a passion for the mountains. He took his first steps in the ‘Andinismo’ in the beautiful Peaks of the central Andes Region, just outside of the capital city.

David has been a certified guide since 2004, when he decided to move to the south and start his own business. He often tells us that making his passion his job was the best decision he ever made. He believes that when people follow their dreams, they have the ability to truly make a positive impact on the world. He is committed to empowering local guides and communities to truly benefit from tourism, and share their incredible experience and perspective.

*Please note that this tour may be guided by another local guide, always providing a genuine approach to the local culture.

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

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    We had a short time window (12 days) and of course a desire to see/do it all. Laura was extremely patient as we reset priorities and made dozens of changes to our proposed itinerary. Laura helped identify the best hostels, bus schedules, flights, and private transport where appropriate. All the necessary vouchers, tickets, and even the butane canisters for our stove were ready and waiting for us when we arrived! We visited Buenos Aires, Punta Tombo, Valdes, Perito Moreno Glacier, hiked 3 days via Cerro Torre/Fitz Roy, and 5 days via the “W” at Torres del Paine. Each connection worked perfectly, and we comfortably saw far more than we would have had we booked one of the 14 or even 16 day adventure packages I saw elsewhere. We also spent considerably less money, and avoided the challenges of hiking in a group.
    We were lucky enough to hike the W at the same time as Laura’s husband David was guiding for another couple and really appreciated the extra assistance David was able to provide. David picked out a “picture post card perfect” side hike on our drive out of Torres del Paine, and was a wealth of information on flora, fauna, and geology. Finally, I left my wallet on a bus the last day, and Laura was able to locate it, recover it, and ship it back to me via express mail!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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    We really did have a great time and you did very well by us and we truly appreciated all of your help, and the efforts of everyone who you hooked us up with along the way. Hopefully I, or my family, will be back in your part of the world again, and use your services again.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

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    All went well with the trip. We are very satisfied with the assistance offered and pleasantly surprised with the locations to stay and variety of activities accomplished. As independent/active travelers, the itinerary gave us various ways to experience Chile and Argentina’s Patagonia at our own pace.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

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    Laura and David made us feel very welcome in Puerto Natales when we arrived and set us up in a wonderful hostel in town. We felt very well taken care of and David did a great job coming up with a Plan B itinerary at the last moment when there was an unexpected weather forecast (tons of snow!). When my brother got sick on the first two days of the trip, Nico, help create a “Plan C” on the fly that accommodated my brother and still kept in line with what type of trip we wanted. We couldn’t have been happier. If you’re looking for fantastic backpacking conditions – go to Torres del Paine. No bugs, perfect temperature, no bears or other worrisome animals, and you don’t even have to treat your water! Having backpacked a lot, I was amazed at the perfect conditions for hiking and camping in the park. I just loved it. Leaving from Puerto Natales is also wonderful – it’s a really fun, welcoming town in which to stay on either side of your trip with backpackers from all over the world! Patrick and I can’t thank you enough – Luke, Chloe, Laura, David & Nico – for helping organize a trip of a lifetime!

    Amanda and Patrick Corbett

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

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    Things we LOVED: First- the weather did NOT live up to the wet, wind blasty nightmare we were expecting. Too gorgeous nearly the whole time. November is a great time for all the flowers and lovely forest smells.The camping in Cuernos- very different, but super cool. The choice of not missing the French Valley was perfect. Jeff still got some great pics of the Torres on arriving in the park. The Grey II cruise- a bit of luxury for sweaty hikers and they had the best Pisco Sours we had anywhere. Camping Serrano was great- we got a spot right by the river. Kayaking with German(Tutravesia) was super fun. Erratic Rock II was nearly perfect, even with Marcela singing in the kitchen till 2am. Mesita Grande was the best pizza of our whole trip and they had microbrewed local beer for Jeff. We went twice! Inlandsis was very nice and the girls there we super helpful. It smelled like baking bread in the lobby everyday! Needless to say Lautaro was our favorite hostel. Belen and Dario are so lovely. We also got a little unexpected Argentine protest excitement. Nothing dangerous, but definitely new to us (booming explosives outside while I was in the shower at Lautero). Because of the long daylight and great weather, we got to go bouldering every day in Chalten after the hikes. If we come back, we’ll stay there even longer! We made loads of great new friends everywhere.

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