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Torres del Paine – The W Trek, Chile

Torres del Paine – The W Trek, Chile

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Description

Rise to the call of a once in a lifetime mountain adventure, or for more experienced hikers, here is a quick six-day trip that’s simply perfect as an add-on to other Patagonian adventures. Torres del Paine’s W Trek is celebrated by active travellers globally as one of the most scenic treks to be discovered anywhere. Spend four days walking through stunning landscapes surrounding Grey Glacier, French Valley, and the spectacularly imposing Three Towers. While the trek alone is challenging enough, the real contest comes in needing to take your camera out so frequently.

  • Prices are subject to availability and dates. There may be fluctuations at some times, including further discounts. Feel free to contact us here at Twister Travel for the best possible deals!
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Start/ Finish: Puerto Natales, Chile
  • Service Level: Camping. Camping most nights with some hotel/hostel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.
  • Travel Style: Active. HIking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.
  • Physical Rating: 4 – Demanding. Some high altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
  • Trip Type: Small group. Small group experience, max 16, average 12 passengers.
  • Age Requirement: 12 plus. All travellers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Features

  • Trek the spectacular W Trek
  • Snap a photo of the famous three peaks of Torres
  • Marvel at the lakes and glaciers en route

What’s Included

  • Meet Your CEO and Group
  •  Torres del Paine National Park camping excursion (3 nights)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations Supplied

Hotels (2 nights), camping (3 nights)

Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Available Extra Add-on

My Own Room: $149.00

If you’re travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, with the following exceptions: NIghts 2-4: only the nights in Puerto Natales will be in a single room.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Staff & Experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, specialist mountain guides in Torres del Paine NP, local guides

Further Information?

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6 Days
  • Departure
    Puerto Natales

Tour Plan

1

Day 1 Puerto Natales

Arrive at any time.
Puerto Natales is the entrance way to Torres del Paine National Park. During the day, explore the town, eat a hearty meal for energy, and rest well for the 4-day hike ahead. Get any last-minute shopping done in Puerto Natales, and rent all equipment needed for the hike. Any extra gear not needed for the Paine hike will be stored.
Please note the airport in Puerto Natales is small with limited flight connections. Most flights will be through Punta Arenas in Chile or El Calafate in Argentina, both of which would involve taking a public bus or transfer. Your welcome meeting normally starts sometime between 5 and 6pm (please see welcome note on arrival at the hotel) and then you will be able to rent equipment if you want to after. Please note rental shops normally close by 8 or 9pm, so you would need to be there by that time to guarantee being able to rent what you need.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Capitan Eberhard (or similar)
Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group. Meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.
2

Day 2 Puerto Natales/Serrano Camp

Embark on a 4-day excursion within Torres del Paine NP, hiking the famous W Trek. Start the 62km (38.5 mi) route by trekking to the base of Las Torres to see the dramatic three towers and turquoise lagoon below.
Trek for 4-5 hours there and another 4-5 hours back. Then, take a 1 hr and 30-min transfer to Serrano campsite.
  • Accommodation: Serrano Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
3

Day 3 Serrano Camp/Paine Grande Camp

Wake up surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, enjoy a scenic drive and a picturesque ferry ride on Lake Pehoé. Hike to Grey Lake and the lookout point for Grey Glacier and admire the scale of this immense glacier. Soak in the stunning views on this 4-5 hour (11km) trek.
Other transport:
  • Boat:  Lake Pehoé (45min)
  • Private vehicle: Serrano Camp to Lake Pehoé (2 hours)
  • Accommodation: Campsite Paine Grande (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4

Day 4 Paine Grande Camp/Cuernos Camp

Hike first to the Italian camp, then set out to the French Valley Mirador. Take in some amazing scenery on this stretch – light blue lakes contrast beautifully against the deep green forest. Enjoy a straightforward hiking day and head to the spectacular campsite for the night near Cuernos Camp. Trekking Paine Grande Camp to  Cuernos Camp takes approximately 6 to 7 hours (14km).
  • Accommodation: Campsite Los Cuernos (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
5

Day 5 Cuernos Camp/Puerto Natales

Enjoy the final day of the W Trek. Wake up to breakfast with the amazing views of the Cuernos del Paine (the Horns of Paine). Get a great view of the fresh glacier, where it’s possible to see avalanches. Continue trekking to Las Torres Campsite. Finish by snapping a photo of the mountains reflecting in the Lake Nordenskjöld and enjoy the sense of accomplishment. Trekking time Cuernos Camp to Las Torres Camp is around 4 to 5 hours (9km).
Other transport:
  • Private Vehicle, Las Torres Camp to Puerto Natales (3 hours)
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Capitan Eberhard (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
6

Day 6 Puerto Natales

Depart at any time.
Please note: The airport in Puerto Natales is small with limited flight connections. Most onward flight connections will be through Punta Arenas in Chile or El Calafate in Argentina which would involve taking a public bus or transfer.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Further Info

Some suggested items to take include:
Essential Items Available for Rent: • Walking poles (3000 CLP per day) • Windproof rain jacket (4000 CLP per day) • Windproof rain pants (2000 CLP per day) Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Patagonia Trekking: • Day pack (30 litres is a good size) • Pack liners to waterproof bags • Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet (sleeping bag and sleeping mat are provided on the trip) • Windproof rain gear Trekking: • Gloves • Hat • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) • Snacks (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies, energy sweets.) • Socks (Trekking socks (woollen or synthetic, not cotton).) • Thermal base layer (Woollen or synthetic, not cotton.) • Walking poles (Highly recommended.) Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer. All other camping equipment for the Torres del Paine trek is provided and included in the cost of your trip. Porters will carry 5kg of your personal gear for you while on the hike. You will be required to carry only what you need for the day in your day pack. Any luggage not required for the hike will be left at the hotel in Puerto Natales.
Documents
You need to keep hold of:
  • Flight info
  •  Insurance details
  • Passport
  • Vaccination certificates
  • VISAS - Chile has removed the reciprocity visa fee for Australians. A new electronic visa (e-visa) system has been established for Australians planning to visit Chile after 9 May 2020. Other nationalities feel free to contact us.
Contact us at Twister Travel if any assistance is required with further information on visas or ETA applications.
For Your Health
Altitude sickness is a risk to anyone travelling above 2,500 metres. Get advice from your doctor. Make sure your travel insurance covers medical evacuation from high altitude.
If you feel you need it, pack it:
  • Mosquito repellant - natural organic products may be better, and are available for purchase locally.
  • Any regular medications, ashtma inhalers, etc.
Check your personal vaccination requirements, lists, and dates which renewals may be needed, such as tetanus in case of animal bites.
  •  For in-depth health and safety data, (including up to date vaccinations info) please visit smart traveller Australia, or your local equivalent.
Random Potential Hazards
You should be especially careful when wandering about the capital city on your own, particularly at night. Tourists are easy prey for individual pickpockets or groups of two or more people, working as a team, on the streets. Pay particular attention to anyone who “accidentally” spills anything on your clothes or belongings (mustard, etc.), then apologizes and offers to help clean up. They will clean you out instead! Be safe and leave your passport, credit cards, traveller’s cheques and cash you won’t be using immediately within the hotel’s safety deposit box. Most Porteños are honest and genuinely helpful and friendly, but be safe and enjoy the city!
Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any G Adventures tour. Minimum coverage is US$200,000. Some tours may include activities where extra coverage is required. We can assist you in adding insurance or advising you on insurance group choices upon booking with Twister Travel.
Age Requirements
You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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