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5 Day W Trek – Torres del Paine

5 Days 3160 ex Punta Arenas

Accommodation

3 nights Eco-Camping (Glamping), 1 night camping

Transportation

Mostly by foot
Transfers via vehicle & boat

Included Meals

4 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
4 Dinners

Trip Grade

Category 3
High Heart Rate Holiday

Turning my gaze upwards a mere speck catches my eye.

So small from down below, this mere ‘speck’ likely spied me well before I was even aware of its existence.

Its vast wingspan spread as it floats atop an updraft, silently cruising above the landscape.

A cooling breeze across the cheek returns me to reality, and what a reality it is.

Sharp, jagged peaks, patches of snow clinging to life as Spring slowly takes hold, that breeze a simply reminder that nature still rules these lands.

It feels wild.

It feel alive!

“This landscape of blue, green and silver, of granite spires, glaciers, lakes, mountains and daisy-filled meadows, robs you of words.

I quote Gerard Manley Hopkins to myself, the nearest I can get to doing justice to the view beyond the tent’s opening flap:

“The world is charged with the grandeur of God…” – words that could have been written for this place”.

Kate Kellaway, The Observer

The W Trek has become an icon of Patagonia and encapsulates some of the most dramatic parts of this amazing geological wonder. Within the southern tip of the South American continent, the Paine landscape has been dramatically sculpted by ferocious winds from Antarctica, powerful glaciers and the ever shifting continental plates. For you as the trekker, you will be witness to a rugged and spectacular landscape, dominated by jagged peaks and enormous glaciers.

 

Our expeditions run between October and March each year as this is when the area is accessible after the frigid winter. However nights can still get cold. Our expedition starts and ends in the acclaimed Eco Camp Patagonia where we will stay on nights 1, 3 and 4. This 5 day trip takes in all the best of the park for those that have more exploring of South America in their itinerary.

“In Patagonia, the isolation makes it easy to exaggerate the person you are: the drinker drinks; the devout prays; the lonely grows lonelier, sometimes fatally.”

Bruce Chatwin,  In Patagonia

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The Journey

In the morning, you’ll be picked up from the airport or your hotel in Punta Arenas and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. On the way, we’ll make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of Last Hope Sound (Ultima Esperanza)”Seno de Ultima Esperanza,” where we can enjoy a hearty local lunch of local food.


The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric and, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Towers. (L, D)

Today is our first full day of adventures in Torres del Paine! We’ll start with a filling breakfast and then drive towards  Pudeto dock where we will board the catamaran to Pehoe. From here, we’ll begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in we go depends on our group’s trekking rhythm.

A swifter walk will lead us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the southeastern face of the Massif, where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. We’ll keep heading towards the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley’s geological formations. After our upward trek, we’ll pause for a picnic and relax next to the stunning views. This day’s trek will end as we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest, leading us  to Refugio Paine Grande which is located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe.

Please note:
*An optional trek to Mirador Británico is also available.
* The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe: From October 1st to 31st and from April 1st to 30th the navigation operates only once a day, therefore the hike will be limited and only reach Italian campsite depending on the passengers walking pace. From November 1th to March 30th the excursion operates on a regular basis.

(B, L, D)

In the morning, we’ll hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey.  We’ll feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails right to the facade of Glacier Grey. Take in the unreal views of this beautiful glacier, while sipping on a drink stocked with fresh glacier ice.  After finishing our boat ride, we’ll take a transfer to EcoCamp.

*Please be aware that boat trips may be canceled if the minimum number of 10 passengers has not been reached. If this is the case, we will trek up to the sightseeing point to enjoy panoramic views of the glacier instead. Then we will return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to the dock, where we will be picked up and driven to EcoCamp. (B, L, D)

The goal of our fifth day will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! It’s a challenge, but definitely worth it! We’ll walk from the campsite towards Hostería Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests, and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge is the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which leads us to that iconic base-view of the Towers, three gigantic granite monoliths that are the remains of a great cirque sheared away by glacial ice.

After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting next to this beautiful view, we’ll backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner and a glass of Chilean wine. (B, L, D)

We board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales in time to catch the evening flight. (B, L)

Season

September through to April

NOTE: Children must be a minimum 16 years old

No Roads Expeditions do NOT have exclusive access to the EcoCamp in Patagonia. We may require time to check availability for your chosen dome style, before confirming your booking.

Includes

  • 3 nights at EcoCamp Patagonia (Standard Domes – Upgrades Available to Suite or Superior rooms)
  • 1 night camping at Paine Grande
  • Boat crossing over Pehoe Lake and Grey Lake
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Park fees for Torres del Paine National Park
  • One expert English/Spanish speaking trekking guide
  • The porter service for this trip (see note in Pre Departure Information)
  • Sleeping bag for the mountain hut if needed
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary (Breakfast – B, Lunch – L and Dinner – D)

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance (this is mandatory)
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips for General Guides
  • Any meals not listed as included
  • Domestic Flights (to Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales return or one way)

Your Guides and Safety

An excellent guide can make the difference between a trip of a lifetime and just an ordinary trip. Our handpicked professionals come from a range of backgrounds. Each has extensive outdoor experience, a knowledge of the mountains in which you’ll walk, and a passion for the beautiful country that is Chile.

The guide will ensure that your trip is truly inspiring, a huge amount of fun, and safe. All guides are trained in Safety First Aid and are connected to our Chile and Melbourne offices by satellite phone.

Accommodation

This is predominantly a camping expedition, but with something of a twist.

Eco Camp Patagonia is more akin to a glamping experience, so look forward to one of the more comfortable camping experiences of your life.

Some nights will be spent in Refugios along the trail. These are basic, but clean and provide us welcome shelter from the elements.

Superior dome at Ecocamp Patagonia

Extra Nights Accomodation

The Eco Camp in Torres del Paine is an amazing place and many people like to stay on for a few more days after their expedition to soak up the atmosphere and to explore the region further.

If you would like to extend your stay please let us know and we can arrange this for you.

“This vast, sparsely populated and simply astonishing region encompassing virgin forests; snow-tipped Andean crags that serve as a dividing line between the two countries; myriad glacial lakes; and immense stretches of pampas (grasslands).

Most of Patagonia’s biggest attractions are outdoorsy – from epic road trips and multi-day treks, to glaciers, prehistoric art and penguin colonies”

Anna Kaminski, Freelance Travel Writer

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