Hike the classic W Circuit in Torres del Paine. On this 8-day trek you’ll hike independently but also be joined by an experienced guide for one night to visit the lesser trekked Bader Valley. All your hike logistics will be taken care of so you have more time to enjoy your trip to Torres del Paine.
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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 Patagonia 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.
Day 1: Visit the Torres of Torres del Paine
After an early breakfast, you will leave Puerto Natales heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. Once in the park, you will begin your hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley.
You will arrive at Refugio Chileno a few hours after lunch. This is where you will be spending the night so you will check-in and put your things into the Refugio before continuing on the hike. Hiking one hour through a dense Lenga 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 Chileno for a warm dinner.
Total Distance: 18km (11.2 mi)
Average Time: 8 hours
Day 2: Hike along Lake Nordenskjold
In the morning you will be greeted by an experienced guide. Together, you will set off on the hike towards Bader Valley. On the way, you will hike along the Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold.
This day of hiking is quite engaging, as you’ll hop across rivers and also catch views of the surrounded mountain-top glaciers. Finally, you will view the Cuernos, with it’s towering, monstrous peaks! From here you will continue on into Bader Valley where the group will set up camp. You’ll have time to relax and further explore the valley if you choose.
This night will be spent camping out just behind the Cuernos themselves.
Total Distance: 17 km (10.6 mi)
Average Time: 6.5 hours
Day 3: Explore Bader Valley
After breakfast, you will have more time to explore Bader Valley and its beautiful remoteness. Many trekkers do not visit this part of the park and you’ll surely enjoy the quiet wilderness.
When you and your guide decide to set off for the morning, you will begin to exit the valley by hiking back down the marked trail. You will follow this trail back to Refugio Cuernos where you will spend the night. In the evening, you will say goodbye to your guide.
Total Distance: 11 km (6.8 mi)
Average Time: 5.5 hours
Day 4: Enjoy views of the French Valley
Just after breakfast, you will begin the 2-hour hike towards Camp Italiano. The trek begins on a windy beach but you will eventually escape into the valley and find that the wind is a little calmer. Leaving your backpack at Camp Italiano, you’ll continue into the French Valley.
Hiking across a moraine and through a forest until you finally arrived at a clearing. Whilst the wind will be very strong here, you will be blown away even more by the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you. You’ll be able to see a hanging glacier called the French Glacier, as well as many other mountain peaks. After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your backpacks and continue to Refugio Paine Grande where you will spend the night.
Total Distance: 17.3 km (10.7 mi)
Average Time: 7 hours
Day 5: Admire Glacier Grey
Today you will have a short two hours up through a small forest to the first lookout of Grey Glacier. You will be able to experience the wind coming off the Southern Ice Field and see both the ice field and Glacier Grey!
Continuing the hike for 2 more hours, you’ll reach Refugio Grey, which is tucked away in a small valley in a wooded area that is protected from the wind. After checking into the refugio, you’ll have some free time to explore more of the glacier.
If you like, you can get up close to the Glacier at Camp Guardas or you can rest along the beach. You will return to Refugio Grey for dinner and a warm bed. You can also choose to buy additional excursions for this afternoon or the next morning – including ice hiking on the glacier itself.
Total Distance: 11 km (6.8 mi)
Average Time: 4 hours
Day 6: Sail to the Edges of Glacier Grey
Take the morning to relax on the shores of Lake Grey or opt for an additional kayaking excursion. In the afternoon, you’ll begin to hike back on the same trail as the day before. Hike for 4 hours towards Paine Grande where you’ll board a catamaran that will take you across Lake Pehoe where you’ll catch a bus back to Puerto Natales.
Total Distance: 11 km (6.8 mi)
Average Time: 4 hours
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 W Trek Patagonia, 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.
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
All meals are included in this tour with the exception of when you are in Puerto Natales. Meals in the park will be carried 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 snacks 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.
30% of the trip payment is immediately non-refundable, as we need to pay it to 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 prior to the start of the tour, at which point it is not refundable. If the tour operator cancels the tour for whatever reason, you will receive a refund.
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.
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.