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Holiday 2016 Classic W Trek

Torres del Paine Trek - Example 8 Day Tour
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Discover the wild beauty of Chile's Torres del Paine National Park with this hiking adventure on the W Trek. Spend the next 6 days hiking in one of the world's most spectacular parks to enormous glaciers, turquoise lakes, and verdant temperate rainforests. A quintessential Chile travel adventure and Patagonia trek!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Punta Arenas
Day 2 : Torres del Paine National Park
Day 3 : Los Cuernos Pass
Day 4 : French Valley
Day 5 : Grey Glacier
Days 6 - 7 : Torres del Paine
Day 8 : Santiago


  • Hike the infamous W Trek in the wilds of Patagonia
  • Cruise on Lago Grey, passing among icebergs of fantastic colors & shapes
  • Hike in the majestic Patagonian landscape with views of Torres del Paine
  • Relax in the comfort & seclusion of EcoCamp at the base of the mountains

Places Visited


Trip Type

  • Small Group

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Torres del Paine scenery EcoCamp in Torres del Paine Adventures in Patagonia! Distant view of the towers View of the wildlife in Torres del Paine Day 3: Views along the trail to the French Valley Salto Grande Falls in Torres del Paine Explore Torres del Paine from Ecocamp

Day 1 Arrive Punta Arenas

Arrive to Punta Arenas, Chile on the flight of your choice today. Transfer independently to your comfortable hotel and overnight. If you love penguins, plan on arriving a day early and we can arrange a trip to Magdalena Island's Penguin Colony for you.

Day 2 Torres del Paine National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the morning in the colorful port town of Punta Arenas at the end of the world before setting off for your drive to Torres del Paine National Park. On the way, stop at an enormous cave that once sheltered a prehistoric sloth, the Milodón. You'll arrive at the EcoCamp, a deluxe tent camp of large igloo-shaped tents built to minimize environmental impact while providing a comfortable setting. You'll find no noisy diesel generators or destructive septic systems. Instead, EcoCamp provides candlelight, feather comforters, composting toilets, and plenty of quiet to enjoy your spectacular surroundings.

Many travelers skip the Milodon Cave excursion in order to add a morning excursion to see the penguins on Magdalena Island, at an additional cost. Let us know if you would like to make this change.

Day 3 Los Cuernos Pass

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Look out for Andean condors as you begin a relaxed hike along the shores of Lake Nordenskjold this morning. Your path follows the Paso Los Cuernos trail under the Paine Massif west towards the Refugio Los Cuernos. Your day is spent hiking between the turquoise lake to the south and the imposing mountains and vertical rock walls to the north and below the Cuernos (horns) of black slate that sit atop the gray granite of the massif. As you near the refugio, pass the entrance to Bader Valley (a paradise for climbers and one of the more hidden corners in the park), and finally cross a wooden footbridge over a little stream near the Refugio Los Cuernos, where you will settle in for the evening. The Refugio sits at the base of Cuernos del Paine (2,600m/8528ft) in a zone protected by the wind and close to a stream. The refugio provides clean dormitory style accommodations where you can swap stories with travelers from around the world.

Distance: 7.5 miles (12 km) 
Hiking time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Low - Moderate
Highest point: 800ft (244m)
Approximate Elevation gain: 225ft

Day 4 French Valley

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, begin a challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far into the Valley you go depends on your group's hiking pace. A brisk pace leads to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-eastern face of the Massif, where there are some truly wonderful views. Continue up the trail until reaching the upper section of the valley and admire the valley's entire group of geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Here picnic and rest for a while. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well, if the group isn't keen on resting. Then descend through a rippling terrain of mixed grassland and light forest until reaching Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. Here organize your luggage, relax and enjoy a replenishing dinner.

Distance: 16 miles (26 km) 
Hiking time: 10 hours
Difficulty: High
Highest point: 2250ft (686m)
Approximate Elevation gain: 2100ft

Day 5 Grey Glacier

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin today's hike through a dense forest to Mirador Grey along the shores of Lake Pehoe. Here you're rewarded with views of the towering walls of Grey Glacier and floating icebergs below. This huge glacier represents the end of the Southern ice field. Your pathway leads you through a rainforest very different from the equatorial Amazon and more akin to North America's Pacific Northwest ecosystem. Along the way spot some of the 115 species of birds and learn a bit about this unique southern forest. After a picnic lunch, embark on the ferry and set off across the Lago Grey, passing amongst icebergs of fantastic colors and shapes. From the decks of the boat, you can appreciate the vastness of the glacier. Occasionally there are times when such large chunks of ice have fallen from the glacier that it is impossible to navigate the ferry too close. Disembark on the banks of Lago Grey and transfer back to the EcoCamp where dinner and drinks are waiting for you.

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 
Hiking time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Highest point: 800ft (244m)
Approximate Elevation gain: 675ft

Day 6 - 7 Torres del Paine

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
On either day depending on the best weather conditions you hike to the foot of the gigantic spires of El Paine. If the weather cooperates, witness the most famous sight of the Torres del Paine - the three granite monoliths reaching 9,400 feet - a testament to the massive glacial forces that carved them out of the earth. The other day is saved to walk to the Mirador Laguna Azul and then to the eastern side of Sarmiento Lake, a good spot to observe guanaco. Back at EcoCamp, enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the experiences of the past week and say your goodbyes to your wonderful hosts.

Las Torres Trail Day
: 14 miles (22km) 
Hiking time: 9 hours
Difficulty: High
Highest point: 3000ft (914m)
Approximate Elevation gain: 2825ft

Eastern Lakes Day
: 4 miles (6km) 
Hiking time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Low
Highest point: 590ft (180m)
Approximate Elevation gain: 420ft

Day 8 Santiago

  • 1 Breakfast
Early this morning, you'll transfer to Punta Arenas for the late afternoon flight to Santiago (must be a flight departing after 3:00 pm from Punta Arenas).

With a few more days, you can add extensions to the Atacama Desert, Isla Chiloe, a cruise around Tierra del Fuego to Argentina, or rafting in the Lakes District. We can also arrange for travelers to transfer from Torres del Paine National Park into Argentina to El Calafate to continue your Patagonia travel adventures.


Paine Grande Mountain Lodge

Punta Arenas - Hotels

Refugio Los Cuernos

Per person starting at


Supplement for night of Day 1 in Punta Arenas. Single accommodations not available in Torres del Paine

Discounted airfare possible if starting/ending in El Calafate, Argentina.


  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 1 Night Hotel
    • 2 Nights Lodge
    • 4 Nights Camping
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Bedding for refugios included.
  • Park Entrance Fee


  • Internal Flights
    • $750 Santiago-Punta Arenas-Santiago
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

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  • $60 Meals not Included
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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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