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W Route Torres Del Paine Self Guided Camping (4 Days)

Ready to hike the W in Torres del Paine, but not sure how to reserve everything? We’ll take care of all the logistics for you so you can enjoy your time hiking an camping along the W trail. Book this incredible 4 day camping adventure today.

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USD $835.00USD $860.00

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4-Day W Route Torres del Paine Self Guided Camping

Explore the incredible Torres del Paine National Park on this 4 day, 3-night W Route hiking trip. On this self-guided trip, you’ll have all the freedom to hike at your own pace. Disconnect and marvel at the incredible nature surrounding you – from bright blue glacial lakes to snowy mountain peaks. No need to pack food or carry a tent, as this W Route package includes all lodging, most meals, and transportation to and from the National Park.

Tour Information

Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Start & End Point: Puerto Natales
Miscellaneous: tents are charged per 2 people so prices for odd-numbered groups are higher.


Day 1: Welcome to Torres del Paine National Park
Early in the morning, you will depart from Puerto Natales and head on a 2-hour journey to the national park. After arriving, your group will enjoy a short catamaran across Lake Pehoe and then start the four-hour hike to Camp Grey.

You’ll trek through a small forest and then along Lake Grey until you get the first glimpse of the famous Grey Glacier. Once you arrive at camp you’ll settle in and relax for the rest of the afternoon. If you’re adventurous, you can add-on a kayaking excursion or even do some ice hiking on the glacier itself.

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

Day 2: Hiking to Paine Grande & Lake Pehoe
In the morning you will have an energizing breakfast and prepare for the day. You can choose to take a short hike to one of the parks famous suspension bridges. Upon return to Camp Grey, collect all of your belongings, pick-up your lunch, and begin the 4-hour journey. Once you arrive at back at Paine Grande, you’ll settle in, enjoy a warm dinner, and camp along the shores of Lake Pehoe.

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

Day 3: Explore French Valley
Shortly after breakfast you will grab your day pack and begin hiking to the incredible French Valley. The route will take you across a moraine and through a dense forest. This morning hike will take you approximately 3.5 hours. At French Valley, 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.

Afterward, you’ll return to Paine Grande, gather your things, and take the catamaran back across Lake Pehoe. From here you will catch a bus and shuttle to Camping Central where you will spend the night.

– Hike: Refugio Paine Grande – French Valley Lookout – Refugio Paine Grande
– Total Distance: 17.3 Kilometers / 10.7 Miles
– Average Time: 7 Hours
– Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, & dinner

Day 4: Visit the Famous Towers – La Torres
Today, you will hike to the iconic towers of the park – Las Torres! You’ll begin the hike up to Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. After two hours of hiking steadily upward, you will arrive at Refugio & Camping Chileno where you will be able to enjoy a warm lunch.

Continuing your hike to the Las Torres, you will walk for one hour through a dense forest and then a rocky climb up to the lookout point. The impressive sight of Las Torres will take your breath away and if you’re lucky, you might also get a visit by some of the animals that call this place home.

After taking some time to relax, you will hike back down the moraine and through the Asencio Valley. After your descent, you’ll say goodbye to Torres del Paine and a shuttle and bus back to Puerto Natales.

– Hike: Hotel Las Torres – Las Torres Lookout – Hotel Las Torres
– Total Distance: 18 kilometers / 11.2 miles
– Average Time: 8 hours
– Meals Included: breakfast & lunch

What’s Included on the W Route Torres Del Paine

  • 3 Nights of camping in Torres del Paine National Park (check out our post about Lodging in Torres del Paine for more info on the campsites)
  • Tent and sleeping mat
  • Trip briefing in Puerto Natales the day before your trip
  • Bus to/from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Round-trip catamaran ticket between Pudeto and Paine Grande
  • Bus from Pudeto to Laguna Amarga
  • Shuttle to and from Las Torres and Laguna Amarga
  • Breakfast on days 2, 3, 4
  • Lunch on days 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Dinner on days 1, 2, 3

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bags (available for rental in Puerto Natales)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Airline tickets
  • Land transportation not listed above
  • Tips for staff or at dinners
  • Travel insurance – we recommend World Nomads

Additional Extras:

  • Grey III Boat Cruise + transfer – $115 USD per person
  • Ice hike on Glacier Grey – $210 USD per person
  • Kayak excursion on Lago Grey – $135 USD per person
  • Bus between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales – $14 USD per person
  • Bus between El Calafate and Puerto Natales – $35 USD per person
  • Personal porter (can carry up to 15 kilos) – $100 USD per day
  • Lodging in Puerto Natales
    • Amerindia B&B or similar B&B – $45 USD per person
    • Aqua Terra Lodge or similar – $80 USD per person
    • Hotel Indigo or similar – $120 USD per person
  • Private transfers to and from the park are also available on request, email us at if you are interested!

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

Packing List for the W Route 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, lightweight 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
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera
  • Basic first aid kit (self-guided trips)

Important Notes About the W Route 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.

Pre-trip Debrief in Puerto Natales
When you arrive in Puerto Natales or at lease the day before your trip you should drop by the office for a pre-hike debrief. We’ll discuss trip details, answer any questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days. Most hostel and hotels allow travelers to leave their luggage in storage while they’re on the trek.

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, normally

What to Pack
During the Torres del Paine W Trek, you need to have a backpack with just enough room to carry your clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bag.

Personal equipment and clothing should be chosen to allow comfort while hiking. Packs 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.

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
All meals listed in the above program are included. Drinks and snacks are not included during the day. You’ll be drinking glacier water from streams and rivers that are extremely clean. Pack extra snacks for the days – dried fruits and nuts and granola bars work great.

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 and Postponements

To cancel your booking, please submit your request to us in writing by email at To make lodging reservations in the park, we need to pay ahead of time, so 30% of the trip payment is non-refundable. It is, however, possible to transfer the deposit up to 50 days before your departure date if you need to change your booking date within the same season. It is also possible to transfer the deposit to the following season (again, up to 50 days before departure date), although we will need to charge a bit more as prices in the park increase each year. Otherwise, your payment is subject to the following cancellation terms:

  • From time of reservation until 50 days prior to departure – 70% of total trip cost refundable
  • 49 to 33 days prior to departure – 50% of total trip cost refundable
  • 32 or fewer days prior to departure – all payments for the trip non refundable

No refunds will be provided for any unused portion of a tour once the tour begins, including if you leave a tour for any reason or have to be removed from a tour. There are no exceptions to this cancellation and refund policy, including for reasons related to weather, terrorism, civil strife, personal, family or medical emergencies or any other circumstances beyond our control. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

Flexible COVID Policy: Bookings made for the upcoming season in Torres del Paine National Park (September 2020-April 2021) can be postponed up until 50 days before travel, deposits are transferable but non-refundable. Deposits are only transferable on a like for like basis.

Changes by You: If you change your tour dates or alter your itinerary after we confirm your tour, a change fee may be imposed depending on the changes made. Our outside suppliers, including hotels, often impose additional fees or penalties for changes and cancellations. These are included in the change fee and can be substantial.

Additional activities or services added to your itinerary with less than 35 days prior to your trip will be charged a 10% fee in addition to the cost of the service. Any alterations to the itinerary after a final itinerary has been agreed upon will cost a 2% modification fee of the total trip price.

If you have any questions about cancellations, please email us at


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  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    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!
    John Scott

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    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


    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 Patagonia at our own pace.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    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.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great trip! I had high expectations and they were exceeded. Nice meeting all of you.

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