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W-Trek French Valley

W Brush Trek

Torres del Paine Trek - Example 8 Day Tour
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This tour takes travelers on a six-day adventure through the Torres del Paine W Trek, following the same path as ancient explorers. See some of the most stunning scenery in the world, including the Grey Glacier, French Valley, and the Towers Base.

The tour is led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Enter the park via the Last Hope Sound, then venture into remote trails crossing through the park. Spend your evenings at Refugio’s campsite areas, surrounded by nature. The tour ends at EcoCamp Patagonia, an award-winning sustainable hotel that combines revolutionary eco-living with delicious food, yoga, and great service.
What a view.Hiking in Torres del PaineGroup picture at the towersPaine River and Salto Grande waterfallLos Cuernos viewWild flowers at EcoCampGroup looking out over the edge of Grey LakeLake Pehoe, Torres Del Paine National ParkHiking to Torres lookoutW-Trek French Valley
  • Hike the famous W Trek in the wilds of Patagonia
  • Explore the Grey Glacier, one of the most impressive sights in the world
  • Discover French Valley, a hidden gem nestled within the Torres del Paine
  • Enjoy backcountry glamping and sustainable eco-living at EcoCamp Patagonia
Activity Level: Challenging
Requires high-intensity physical efforts that push the limits of one's fitness. May include tours with multiple days in a row of strenuous physical activity or single requiring more than 7 hours of activity. Recommended for travelers maintaining a demanding fitness level.

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Day 1: Arrive Puerto Natales

Arrive in Puerto Natales, Chile on the flight of your choice today. Transfer independently to your comfortable hotel and overnight. 

Day 2: Torres del Paine National Park & Brush Lake

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The trip commences with a morning pickup from your hotel at 7 AM. You enjoy a scenic drive to the port, where you board a boat that takes you to the Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers. Prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia's icy giants. Once you arrive at the Puerto Toro dock, it's time to begin your W trek. The journey kicks off with a 4 to 5 hour walk through the enchanting Nothofagus forest. Keep an eye out for diverse flora and fauna in this damp, rainy environment. As the day comes to a close, you are treated to an awe-inspiring panoramic view of Tyndall Glacier and the Macizo of Torres del Paine before settling into the campsite for the night.

Overnight at a Campsite in Brush Lake.

Day 3: Villa Serrano & Grey Lake

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a restful night, you depart from Lago Brush, passing through Lago del Jote and ascending towards Río Serrano. A van picks you up at Río Serrano and transports you to Hotel Lago Grey, where you enjoy dinner and spend the night.

Overnight at Hotel Lago Grey

Day 4: Grey Navigation & Hike to Paine Grande

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you start a 9 AM navigation to Refugio Grey. From there, you hike towards a lookout point to admire the expansive views of the majestic Grey Glacier. You continue your walk along the shores of Grey Lake, making your way to the northern side of Lake Pehoe. The day's trek concludes with a gentle ascent through undulating terrain, characterized by a mix of grassland and light forest, until you reach Refugio Paine Grande.

Overnight at Refugio Paine Grande’s Campsite, Torres del Paine National Park.

*During Low and Shoulder Season (October and April), the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be canceled, if this is the case, you will be offered a comparable alternative within the park.

*Due to the temperamental weather of the region, boat trips across the lake may occasionally be canceled if the required minimum of 15 passengers is not reached. If this happens, you will embark on a hike along the Las Carretas trail (15 KM) and arrive at Refugio Paine Grande Campsite, where you will rest for the night. On the way to Paine Grande Campsite, you will have the opportunity to walk to one of the Grey Glacier Lookouts.

Day 5: Valle Frances

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After enjoying breakfast at Paine Grande, you embark on the challenging trek along a steep trail that takes you deep into the heart of the Paine Massif - the renowned French Valley. You maintain a brisk pace as you make your way to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the base of the Massif's southeastern face. You continue your ascent to the upper section of the valley, where you are treated to the breathtaking sight of the valley's impressive geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark's Fin), and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After the challenging climb, you take a pause for a picnic to relax and recharge. Finally, you commence your return hike to either Los Cuernos or Francés campsite, where you enjoy dinner and spend the night.

Overnight at Camping Francés or Los Cuernos , Torres del Paine National Park


Day 6: Los Cuernos Trek

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The trek commences at either Francés or Cuernos Campsites. The trail guides you along the northern shore of the picturesque Lake Nordenskjold, offering stunning views of the majestic Paine Massif and the rejuvenating Nothofagus forest that has previously been affected by wildfires. The trek concludes at Ecocamp Patagonia, where you have the rest of the evening to enjoy at your leisure.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park

Day 7: Towers Base Trek

On your fifth day, you complete the renowned trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park. Your journey begins at the campsite, where you head towards Hostería Las Torres and make your way up Ascencio Valley, following the Tower's eastern face. Along the way, you encounter mountain ridges, beech forests, and small rivers that adorn the picturesque path towards the valley. Your main challenge is navigating the steep moraine, a vast assemblage of boulders that leads to the iconic base of the Towers. These impressive granite monoliths, remnants of a once magnificent cirque shaped by glacial ice, gradually come into view as you conquer the demanding uphill climb. Witnessing their majestic presence, towering above you, alongside the glacial lake below, is an awe-inspiring sight and an ideal location for a memorable lunch. After savoring the breathtaking panorama, you retrace your steps through Ascencio Valley, following the same trail, and return to EcoCamp, where a well-deserved dinner awaits you.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park


Day 8: Depart Ecocamp | Fly

  • 1 Breakfast
Early this morning, 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. Transfers can also be arranged from Torres del Paine National Park into Argentina's El Calafate to continue your Patagonia travel adventures.



Camping and Refugio Paine Grande

Camping and Refugio Paine Grande
Paine Grande Mountain Lodge
Spacious dining room


Wild flowers at EcoCamp
Las Torres EcoCamp
Hike to Los Cuernos

Hotel Lago Grey

Hotel Lago Grey
Hotel Lago Grey

Weskar Lodge

The peaceful property of Weskar Lodge
Sunset in Weskar Lodge Porch
Front desk of Weskar Lodge

Los Cuernos - Hotels

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners, 5 Box Lunches
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Gear Rental: All camping gear & bedding at refugios 
  • Entrance fee to  Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Specialized English speaking trekking guide
  • Transportation for luggage within the Park while trekking you will carry just your daypack.
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp. We recommend bringing cash to buy extra drinks,snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park.


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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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