W Trek With Overnights in Refugios or Camping
Guided or Unguided - 5 days
Day 1: Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine
First, go to the office in Puerto Natales to get your vouchers and map. Then, we will take the 2:30 pm bus to Torres del Paine National Park. The trip takes about 2.5 hours (112 km).
You will arrive in the afternoon, have dinner, and sleep in the Central Sector
Day 2: Hike to Las Torres Base Lookout Point
You will depart early to one of the landmarks of the park, the Las Torres Base Lookout Point.
During the first stretch, you will walk through the pampa, cross the Ascencio River, and then climb 3 km up to Los Vientos Mountain Pass, where you will enjoy amazing views of the valley and lakes. You will continue your journey to the Chileno Mountain Refuge, and then go deep into a lenga beech forest up to La Morrena, where the hardest part of the hike begins. You will follow a rock trail to the spectacular Las Torres Base Lookout Point. Later, you will begin the descent 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 3: 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 in the Francés Sector.
4.5 - 6.5 hours to hike 13.5 Km. Elevation gain 200 m
Day 4: Hike Francés Valley
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 Paine Grande Sector.
8 -10 hours to hike 20.5 km Altitude Initial: 120 m Highest: 709 m
Day 5: 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 owners 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. We will continue to walk towards the imposing view of Grey Glacier to reach the Grey Mountain Refuge. 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.
8 -10 hours to hike 22 km Altitude Initial: 43 m Highest: 313 m
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.
What to bring
2019-2020 Prices Per Person in US$ :
Self-guided = $891 in tents, $1146 in refugios
Fixed departure guided (starts Tuesday & Saturday), min. 2, max. 6 = $1200 in tents, $1440 in refugios
Guided = (based on number of people in your group)
single supplement for tent = $60
Can start on any available date during season (September 3, 2019 to April 21, 2020)
At extra cost ($105 per person, based on 2 people) you can book various outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, mountain biking, and climbing. Choose according to your preference and enjoy with expert guides. Duration: 3 to 4 hours. Difficulty: basic and intermediate levels. Book at Cerro Reserve welcome center. Must take 7am bus from Puerto Natales to do these.