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Classic W Trek

  • 01 Mar
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  • 05 Mar 2023
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  • 5 days


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Availability: 8 places

    We are local experts of active travel in Chile´s pristine south - mindful of the details that will leave you with the greatest Patagonia adventure! We offer HIKING, TREKKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, KAYAKING, MULTISPORT or PHOTO SAFARI programs throughout Patagonia. We have small group departures (maximum 8 guests) and a high level of individualized service.

    Day 1

    Transfer to Torres del Paine – Round Trip Hike to Las Torres Lookout Point

    2 hours by private transfer 8-10 hours round-trip, 22 km Night at Refugio Torre Central (BL-D) Starting from Puerto Natales at 7:00 AM, we drive to Torres del Paine National Park, passing estancias (ranches) and flat pampas taken straight from Patagonian folklore. Have your camera ready en route: ñandu (Patagonian ostrich), Chilean flamingos and black-necked swans are likely to be out in the pampas and lagoons. After arriving at the Refugio you’ll have time to leave your backpack before we begin the W Trek’s first highlight: the hike to the three Towers lookout. The trek begins with an ascent, following the Ascencio River into the Ascencio Valley. After about an hour, we’ll stop to observe how the valley’s beauty unfolds with rich beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. Past this lookout point, we continue uphill and through lush beech forests before ascending a gigantic terminal moraine (the ridge formed at a glacier’s end point) where we’ll be rewarded by the arresting sight of the three Towers themselves. At this lookout point 900 m above sea level, we’ll rest, take photos and have lunch. Our descent is along the same path, taking us back to the Refugio where we’ll have dinner, stretch and rest for the evening.
    Base de las torres

    Day 2

    One Way Guided Hike to Los Cuernos Lookout through Condor Territory

    4-5 hours hiking, 13 km Night at Camping or Refugio Los Cuernos or Domo Frances, depending on availability (B-BL-D) If the weather allows, our morning will be lit by the rich oranges and pinks of a Patagonian dawn. Today we’ll hike to Los Cuernos lookout, where monumental horn-shaped black twin granite peaks shoot skyward. We’ll make our way via Inge Lagoon and may see condors and other birds of prey circling the skies while we trek below. The well-marked trail ascends 200m from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750m) and crosses the Bader River to Refugio Los Cuernos or Domos Frances, today’s destination.
    Copy of day 3 los cuernos lookout

    Day 3

    One Way Guided Hike to Pehoe Lake Via the Dramatic French Valley

    8-9 hours hiking, 18 km Night at Camping or Refugio Paine Grande (B-BL-D) Today’s hike is a challenging trek to heart of the Paine massif. The French Valley is a spectacular natural basin surrounded by peaks and hanging glaciers. After breakfast, a winding path will take us to the French River (1-2 hour hike depending on whether our accommodation was at Los Cuernos or Domos Frances). At the entrance to the French Valley – a glacial moraine – you’ll scramble over huge boulders and catch the first sight of the hanging glacier atop the valley. From this point, you’ll ascend for an hour through a dreamlike Japanese garden landscape before arriving at the French Valley viewpoint (the “Plateau”). Your reward is a heart-stirring bird’s eye view of granite peaks and hanging glaciers. To one side, the French Glacier and Paine Grande (3050 m); while to the other, La Espada, La Hoja, La Máscara and the main and north “horns” of Los Cuernos arch upwards. In the upper section of the Valley, Cerro Catedral and Cerro Fortaleza loom like turrets above the landscape. Take your time to have lunch at the viewpoint, surrounded by these imposing peaks and open skies. You’ll descend via the same path until you reach the valley’s entrance, at which point you’ll continue around the south-west side of Paine Grande, Torres del Paine’s highest peak. This final leg passes through native firebush and evergreen beech forests to the shores of Pehoe Lake. Dinner will be served at Refugio Paine Grande where we rest for our third night.
    Day 1 valle frances

    Day 4

    One Way Guided Hike to Glacier Grey – *Optional Kayak Excursion in Afternoon (must book in advance)

    4 hours hiking, 11 km Night at Camping or Refugio Grey (B-BL-D) We’ll set out early, ascending 200m through the winding path that takes us to Laguna Negra. Here, we’ll see sections of the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a geological phenomenon that still guards many unexplored peaks. You’ll continue on to Grey Glacier’s lookout point, passing forests and rivers, with possible sightings of the spectacled and flightless steamer ducks that call them home. We’ll have lunch at the lookout with the mammoth Grey Glacier at our feet, and might be lucky enough to catch sight of ice calving from its huge walls into the freezing waters. Today, there is the option to go on 2.5 hour kayaking excursion (advance booking required, please contact our Travel Specialists).
    Day 5   navigation in front of glacier grey

    Day 5

    *Optional Morning Ice Hike or Kayak – Navigation in Front of Grey Glacier – Private Transfer to Puerto Natales

    2 hours by boat on Grey Lake 20 minute walk along Grey Beach 2 hours by transfer (B-BL) Today starts easy with a free morning to stretch, relax and breathe in the landscape. You also have the option to go kayaking or ice hike on Grey Glacier – great if you chose the kayak excursion the evening before on day 4 (advance booking required). After lunch we’ll set off by boat across Grey Lake, to the massive facade of Grey Glacier. We’ll stay here for a while to observe the wall’s textures, lines and colors – and of course, watch for ice calving. On your return journey you’ll see the wind-sculpted “ice mushrooms” atop the massive peaks of Paine Grande, as we sail past blue-hued icebergs. On dry land once again, we’ll hike 20 minutes along Grey Beach to meet our private transfer which takes us back to Puerto Natales where we end our journey.
    Day 1 welcome to puerto natales 2