Chile – W trek in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park

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Bucket List Group Travel > Global Bucket List > Chile – W trek in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park
Join experienced local guides for the trip of a lifetime to backpack the magnificent W trek in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park. Start and end in Puerto Natales! With the Hiking & Trekking tour Essential Patagonia, you have a 9 days tour package taking you through Puerto Natales, Chile and Torres del Paine National Park, the tour includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
  • Trek in Patagonia’s famous Torres del Paine National Park
  • Climb through a beautiful lenga forest to the Las Torres Towers
  • Gaze in awe at the massive and mesmerising Grey Glacier

Day01Puerto Natales

Arrive at the Puerto Natales bus station or airport where you will be greeted by our representative and taken to our partner B&B. Around 6pm meet your guide and review the welcome packet and complete a gear check.

Inclusions: private airport or bus station transfer (Puerto Natales), hotel accommodations


Meet your local guide at the predetermined time and location in Puerto Natales (travelers must arrive no later than 12pm). After lunch, head to Torres del Paine National Park. During the two-hour drive, soak up the beautiful views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks.

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; private transportation; park entry fee; accommodations


Begin the hike to the base of The Towers. Start the trek with daypacks and ascend through a rocky terrain cut by pristine glacial rivers. Gain two thousand feet in elevation as you climb through a beautiful lenga forest until reaching the base of the towers. Another shorter climb will put you meters from the towers and the emerald lake that sits at their base. Return to camp for the evening.

Peak Altitude: 2,870 ft (875m)
Total Hiking: approximately 12.5 miles (20 km) / 8 hrs trekking (*day pack only today)
Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations


Spend most of the day nestled between Lake Nordenskjold and Mount Almirante Nieto of the Paine Massif. Arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos (“The Horns”) nestled between the two famous horned peaks, Cerro Hoja and Cerro Máscara.

Peak Altitude: 797 ft (243m)
Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 7-8 hours of trekking
Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations


Head out from Los Cuernos and hike through Torres’ old-growth forest. Pass by the French Camp and arrive to the Italian Camp, which is the start to the French Valley. At the Italian Camp, drop your full backpacks and repack your food, water and windbreaker into your daypack for the hike into the French Valley. If you’re feeling up to it, hike an additional 8 miles round-trip into the French Valley for stunning 360 views of the park.

Peak Altitude: 2,495 ft (760m)
Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 7-8 hours OR 17 miles (27km) / 12 hours of trekking
Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations


Hike to Grey Glacier, an impressive ice field that covers the west end of the park. Enjoy the beauty of Pehoé Lake and Grey Lake as you approach the glacier. In the afternoon, spend time at camp or relax on the porch of Refugio Grey where you will stay for the night.

Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)
Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 4-5 hours trekking
Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations


On the final day of trekking, make your way along Grey Glacier toward Campamento Paso. Join an optional ice hike or kayak through third party outfitter Bigfoot Patagonia. (We suggest making reservations in advance of your trip. We can not book spots on your behalf). Scale ladders and enjoy views of the glacier before returning to camp for dinner.

Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)
Total Hiking: approximately 6-7 miles (9-11 km) / 6-8 hours trekking
Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations


Spend one final half day in the park. A 3-4 hour walk toward the lake will take you to the catamaran back to Pehoé and out of the park. Private transportation will be awaiting your arrival to take the scenic ride back to Puerto Natales. Share a farewell dinner with your guide before a restful night in our partner lodge.

Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)
Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11 km) / 3-4 hours trekking
Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; hotel accommodations; private transportation; public catamaran ride


Our representative will drive you to the airport for your connecting flight home or to the local bus station.

Inclusions: breakfast; private transportation
** While you can expect to camp most nights during your expedition, some evenings may be spent at refugios (lodges) along the trail. We can’t guarantee a specific option as accommodation capacity is restricted by the national park.


Price Includes

2 nights hotel accommodation in Puerto Natales
all accommodations on trek (shared bathroom and either shared room or single/double occupancy tent camping with sleeping pads included)
guide services
breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
farewell dinner
trekking permits and entry fees
all private ground transportation in Chile
private airport / bus station transfers on Day 1 and Day 9

Price Excludes

  • Flights

  • Meals other than mentioned above

  • Personal Expenses

  • Optional activities

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals
  • Travel insurance / Visa

  • Tips

Tour Information
Tour Start Tour End Country
Puerto Natales
Puerto Natales
  • Arrival: Day01 before 2pm (flexible)
  • Return: Day09 after breakfast 
Airport: Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport (PNT) (patagonia)


Puerto Natales Bus STN: Terminal Rodoviario (Estación de Autobuses)
Meeting Point
  • The group meets at the arrival airport or at the hotel on Day01.
  • More details will be provided via group chat on WhatsApp
* Minimum number of members requires for all group tour. Please confirm with the organizer before any flight booking!
* Notes:

Travelers carry the personal gear outlined on our packing list, along with any other personal items they bring along, in their packs along the trail. Most travelers find that a 45 – 60 L pack is sufficient, and most packs end up weighing 20 – 25 lbs / 10 kg, however, we have travelers bring lots of ultra light gear who come in under this, and travelers who bring lots of additional items and come in well over. I am including our recommended packing list at the very bottom of this note. Travelers DO NOT need to bring or carry a tent, sleeping pad, cookware, serve ware, or bulk food for meals, just the items on the list.

*You will need to bring and carry a sleeping bag!

There are some good rental shops in Puerto Natales, the town you pass through on the way to Torres del Paine, if you wanted to rent any trekking gear that you don’t want to transport internationally.

There is also an opportunity to store any items you don’t need along the trail in Puerto Natales. Storage space is limited at the hotel, so we ask travelers to limit checked baggage to one suitcase/bag if possible, to avoid any potential storage fees at the hotel.

Campsites are listed under each day of the itinerary on the trip listing. Bedding consists of either double occupancy tents, or shared dorm-style indoor rooms with bunk beds. We generally utilize (3) nights of camping and (3) nights indoors, but occasionally this varies by departure. Accommodations are all unheated so we recommend the same sleeping bag rated to 15 degrees F regardless of where travelers will be sleeping each night.

Likewise, all travelers have access to indoor, heated common areas for meals and for congregating. There are shared outlets in common areas. Sometimes it is necessary to share these, so we recommend that travelers bring a portable power bank if they have lots of electronics or electronics that do not hold a charge very well.

All travelers also have access to basic restrooms with running water, flush toilets, and showers.

To ensure a comfortable pace can be reached for all guests, we do not offer porter service on group expeditions. Porters can be arranged for private expeditions. We can arrange private expeditions on virtually any date within trekking season, subject to availability along the trail. Accommodations regularly book up 4 – 8 months in advance over the time frame your travelers are considering. It would just be your guests and any other friends/family they choose to bring along trekking with their OneSeed support team each day.

There are not laundry facilities at the hotel but Puerto Natales is a small town and there is a laundromat just down the street from the hotel.

Change of clothes for Santiago to be kept in storage during expedition
Backpack for carrying your gear (45-60L)
Day pack – should be light and easy to stuff in main pack when not in use
Down jacket
Fleece jacket or vest
Synthetic hiking pant
Waterproof Jacket
Rain pants
Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
Synthetic T-shirt (2)
Wool or synthetic hat
Waterproof medium-weight gloves
Waterproof hiking boots
Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
Sandals (for walking around the lodges in the evening)
Water bottle
Quick-dry towel
Personal toiletries and medicine (showers are available during the trek)
Sleeping bag with 15°F rating
Pack cover
Small amount of emergency toilet paper in ziplock bag (optional)
Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail
Camp Pillow or Pillow Case

International flights booked and confirmed to Santiago
Flight information submitted
Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
Photocopy of passport
Medical insurance card
Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.
Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills

Reading material for the trail
Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)
Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)
Synthetic shorts
Pajamas/Loungewear for the evenings
Bandana or buff (for dust and wind)
Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)
Outlet adapter
Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables


I'm a solo traveler, can I still join the tour?

Yes of course, As all our tours are for solo travelers. You will travel with like-minded and fun-loving people who like to explore new destinations and activities like yourself.

I want to join with my partner or friends; is it possible?

No condition for fun! You can always join the group tours with anyone by your side either your partner or a group of crazy friends. We make sure to arrange accommodation and all other activities accordingly. Do you want to know the lined-up list of tours; please check our tour finder section for more details.

I am travelling solo, do I have to pay single supplement?

No. All trip prices are based on double occupancy rooms. You will be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender to share the accommodation. If you enrolled with another person, you’ll room with that person. Although single supplement option is available if you prefer a room for yourself. If you are interested in a single room please select the single supplement package while booking.

What are the accommodation options?

We offer luxurious hotels, budgeted motels, spontaneous camps, handy lodges and every other possibility at your destination.

What is cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking cancellation fees could apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

More than 60 days prior to departure you will receive a full refund less deposit amount
Between 45 to 60 days prior to departure we will retain the deposit or 50% of the amount paid (whichever is greater)
Less than 45 days prior to departure we receive the right to not refund any of the costs paid

Do I need a Travel Medical insurance?

Yes, Travel insurance is required for all international trips. Insurance covers (and reimburses you) for things like trip cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay, lost or delayed baggage, medical coverage, medical evacuation, etc.

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