Self-Guided 4 Day W Trek With Camping or Refugios
Day 0 - You need to go to the office to attend a technical talk, get your voucher and map.
Office hours: Monday through Friday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Sunday and Holidays: Closed
Day 1: Puerto Natales – Las Torres Base Lookout Point
Today you must show up at 6:30 am to take the 7:00 am bus to Torres del Paine National Park (2.5 hours). That morning you will depart to one of the landmarks of the park, the Las Torres Base Lookout Point.
After the ascent, you will return to the Central Sector to have dinner and sleep.
8 -10 hours to hike 19,5 Km. Altitude Initial: 120 m Highest: 870 m
Day 2: Hike Francés Sector
You will walk about 13.5 km along the shore of Nordenskjöld Lake, Almirante Nieto Hill, and the striking Cuernos del Paine. During the hike, you will enjoy magnificent views of Los Cuernos, hanging glaciers, lakes, and the abundant local vegetation and wildlife.
You will have dinner and sleep at the Cuernos or Francés Sector.
4.5 -6.5 hours to hike 13.5 km Elevation gain 200 m
Day 3: Hike Cuernos/Francés Sector
The day begins with one of the icons of the circuit, the Francés Valley. You will start early with a light hike to the Italiano Campsite. From there, you will begin the climb through the woods (about 2 km) up the Francés River Valley. We will continue to the Francés Lookout Point, where you will enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of the circuit, the view to the valley framed by the Hills Paine Grande, Catedral, Hoja, Máscara, Espada, Aleta de Tiburón, and Cuerno del Norte. It will leave you speechless. After this spectacle, you will begin the descent to the Francés Sector.
7 - 9 hours to hike 17,5 Km. Altitude Initial: 120 m Highest: 709 m
Day 4: Hike Grey Glacier Sector – Pehoé Lake Navigation – Return to Puerto Natales
On this day, you will reach the third milestone of the circuit, a place that oers one of the most unforgettable sceneries of the park, the magnificent Grey Glacier.
The trail goes around the Paine Grande Hill, the highest peak in the mountain range (3,050 m), with incredible views of its hanging glaciers. Walking amidst Antarctic Beech (ñirre), Dombey’s beech (coigüe), and Chilean firebush (notro), you will reach the first lookout point of Grey Lake, where we will see floating pieces of glacier. Then, you will return to the Paine Grande Sector and take the 6:30 pm catamaran that will take you to Pudeto. There you will meet the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales.
6-8 hours to hike 19 Km. Altitude Initial: 43 m Highest: 313 m
What to bring
2018-2019 Prices Per Person in US$: $647 in tent, $925 in refugios (tent price based on 2 people sharing. Single supplement = $45
Departures from September 1, 2018 to April 27, 2019
Patagonia summer offers warm, sunny days and cool nights. Patagonia days are long, the sun rises at about 4:30 a.m. and sets near 10:30 p.m. Typically temperatures are around 18ºC during the day, dropping to about 7 ºC at night. Higher elevations will be experience a slightly cooler climate, and frosts have been know to occur at night, even during the summer. During April, daytime temperatures are usually in the 15 ºC, and drop to the 2ºC at night. There are important climatic variations at the Region, influenced mostly by the relief, the sea and the wind.
The average rainfall registers 425 millimeters annual, mostly in spring-summer and in winter as snow. This is an area of wind, more intense at spring-summer, time at which it reaches an average speed of 40 to 50 kilometers per hour, fading almost at all in winter.