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W Circuit Torres del Paine Self Guided Trek + Bader + El Calafate (6 Days)

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USD $1,770.00

Per Person
Number of TravelersPrice Per Person
2 - 3USD $1,770.00
4 - 5USD $1,640.00
6 - 8USD $1,595.00
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W Circuit Torres del Paine Self Guided Trek + Bader + El Calafate (6 Day Package)

Challenge yourself to a hike of a lifetime. On this 8 day Torres del Paine adventure you’ll get the best of both worlds – trekking the classic W trek independently combined with a guided trek to the incredible Bader Valley.

Booking campsites and transportation for Torres del Paine can be confusing. Let the experts take care of all the details and arrange an incredible tour for you, so that you can focus on enjoying your trip to Chile. Accommodations, meals, equipment, and an experienced guide to lead you through Bader Valley.

Traveling Solo? This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run. Also, prices are based on double occupancy. Please contact us and we’ll see if you can join another group.

Itinerary

Day 1: Visit the famous Towers
Puerto Natales – Las Torres Lookout – Torres Central

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 and dropping your belongings at the Refugio you will begin to hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. After two hours of hiking steadily upward you will arrive to Refugio Chileno, a good opportunity to take a break and enjoy your lunch. After, you will hike about an hour through a dense Lenga forest. Once you leave the forest you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After admiring the view you will return to Refugio Torres Central to have dinner and sleep.

Hike: Hotel Las Torres – Las Torres Lookout – Hotel Las Torres
Total Distance: 18 kilometers / 11.2 miles
Average Time: 8 hours

*Based on availability, Refugio Chileno may be substituted for Refugio Central

Day 2: Hike Along Lake Nordenskjold
Torres Central – Bader Valley

In the morning you will meet up with your guide and prepare to hike again. You will leave Refugio Torres Central and walk for towards Bader Valley, located between Almirante Nieto and the Cuernos. Along the way you will border Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold. 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 see the monstrous peaks of the Cuernos. Once you enter Bader Valley you will continue to the campsite and set up camp before taking time to explore deeper into the valley. Tonight you will spend the night just behind the Cuernos, in an off-trail climbers camp.

Guided Hike: Refugio Torres Central — Bader Valley
Total Distance: 17 km / 10.6 miles
Average Time: 6.5 hours

Day 3: Explore Bader Valley
Bader Valley – Cuernos

Today after breakfast you will have another opportunity to explore Bader Valley and enjoy the remoteness of the valley. When you and your guide decide you will depart the valley and hike back down to the marked trail. At this point you will say goodbye to your guide and you will continue along the trail following the Cuernos on your right. After a short hike you will arrive to Refugio Cuernos where you will spend the night.

Guided Hike: Bader Valley – Refugio Cuernos
Total Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles
Average Time: 5.5 hours

*Based on availability, Refugio Cuernos may be substituted for Refugio/Domos Frances

Day 4: Visit the French Valley
Cuernos – French Valley Lookout – Paine Grande

Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Campamento Italiano. This camp is 2.5 hours away. You will trek across a windy beach and finally escape into the valley where the wind is a little calmer. 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, Skottsberg 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 onto Refugio Paine Grande on the shore of the beautiful Lake Pehoe.

Hike: Refugio Cuernos – Refugio Paine Grande
Total Distance: 17.3 Kilometers / 10.7 Miles
Average Time: 7 Hours

Day 5: Admire Glacier Grey
Paine Grande – Grey

After a restful night and an energizing breakfast you will 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 Refugio & Camping Grey where you will spend the night. If you would like you can continue past the Refugio for a spectacular view of the glacier and a chance to cross one of the parks famous suspension bridges. 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

Day 6: Return to Puerto Natales
Grey – Paine Grande – Puerto Natales

This morning you’ll have a bit of free time in which you can hike up to the park’s suspension bridges, relax on the shores of Lake Grey or head out on a kayaking excursion (ask us about reservations!). At some point you will begin to hike again, doubling back on the same trail you hiked the day before. You’ll walk for about 4 hours to Paine Grande where you’ll head to the dock on Lake Pehoe. There you’ll board a catamaran that will take you to the opposite shore where you’ll catch your bus back to Puerto Natales. *If you are interested in taking the Grey III glacier boat cruise for up close views of the Glacier, let us know and we’ll organize an alternative version of your itinerary.

Hike: Refugio Grey – Refugio Paine Grande
Total Distance: 11 Kilometers / 6.8 Miles
Average Time: 4 Hours

Day 7: Continue your journey
Today, you will take a morning bus to El Calafate or back to Punta Arenas. If your next stop is El Calafate, you’ll arrive at approximately 14:00 hrs. If you opt to head back to Punta Arenas, you can choose the time of departure and arrive any time between 10:30 am and 23:00 pm.

What’s Included for the W Circuit Torres del Paine Self Guided Trek + El Calafate (6 Day Package)

  • Accommodations for 5 nights:
    • 4 nights in Refugios in Torres del Paine (shared, dormitory-style accommodations)
    • 1 night camping in Torres del Paine (double-occupancy tent) – tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat included
    • (check out our post about Lodging in Torres del Paine for more info on the refugios and campsites)
  • Trip briefing with guide in Puerto Natales day before trip starts (18:00)
  • Guide for 2 days of trekking in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Porter for 2 days trekking (carry food, cooking gear and camping gear)
  • Bus to and from Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park
  • Shuttle from Laguna Amarga to Las Torres
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • One-way catamaran from Paine Grande to Pudeto
  • Breakfast on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Lunch on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Dinner on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

What’s Not Included

  • Accommodation not listed above
  • Meals not listed above
  • Land transportation not listed above
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Tips for staff or at dinners

Need to ask some questions before you book or want to customize the itinerary? No problem! Just email us at info@keteka.com and a Torres del Paine travel expert will get right back to you!

Trip Add-ons

  • Grey III boat cruise + transfer for $115 per person
  • Ice hike on Glacier Grey for $210 per person
  • Kayak excursion on Lago Grey for $135 per person
  • Bus between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales for $14 per person
  • Bus between El Calafate and Puerto Natales for $35 per person
  • Personal porter for $100 per day; Carry up to 15 kilos of weight
  • Accommodation in Puerto Natales
    • Amerindia B&B or similar for $45 per person
    • Aqua Terra Lodge or similar for $80 per person
    • Hotel Indigo or similar for $120 per person
  • Private transfers to and from the park, the Punta Arenas Airport and the Puerto Natales Airport
    are available on request

Important Notes About the W Circuit Torres del Paine

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
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 a few hours to explore or rest-up in the small town of Puerto Natales. After dinner, you’ll meet up with your guide to discuss trip details, answer questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days.

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 the Patagonian wilderness.

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. 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. We recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance

Tour Meals
All meals are included in this tour with the exception of when you are in Puerto Natales. Meals in the park will be carriedn and prepared by your tour guide. They can include assorted vegetables, beef, chicken and fish. As well as energy rich carbohydrates like pasta, rice, or potatoes. Please note drinks and snacls are not included for the tour.

Changes in Itinerary & Prices
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, changes in park regulations, and terrain conditions.

Cancellations
To reserve spots in the refugios / campsites, we must pay for the spots 50 days ahead of time, so the booking is refundable up to 50 days before the start of the trek. From 50 days before the start of the trek, the payment is not refundable. If you have any questions about cancellations, please email us at info@keteka.com.

Packing List for the W Circuit Torres del Paine

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 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

If you take this tour you will probably be greeted by David. He was born in Santiago, where he developed a passion for the mountain. 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.

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    After going through multiple websites for Patagonia backpacking trips, all of which want to have a guide hold your hand for most of the way, I came across Keteka. I needed someone to organize the logistics, including campgrounds for the W-Trek, transportation, lodging, etc. I gave them my rough itinerary and they did the rest. Keteka and their partner did an excellent job, provided a very detailed itinerary, and the trip was flawless. I would definitely use them again if and when the need arises.

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