Arrival to Puerto Natales and make your own way to accommodation. Check in. During the day, most probably in the evening, you will have an important briefing at W-Trek offices to tell you about the National Park, basic security, itineraries and all you need for your self guided trek.
Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine (Regular Bus) - Trekking Base Torres Lookout (7-8 hours, 13 km)
Find your own way to the bus station. Registration time at Rodoviario (Bus Station): 06:30.
Departure: 07:00 / Arrival at Portería Laguna Amarga: 09:00.
Transfer in a regular bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine. The journey lasts approximately 2 hours (112 Km.), passing through Cerro Castillo (a small border town situated along the route to the park and 54 Km. from Puerto Natales).
Upon arrival at Laguna Amarga, all travelers must get off of the bus and visit the CONAF Administration Office where they will fill out all necessary paperwork to enter the park; the park entrance fee is included in the cost of the program. Having finished the paperwork, travelers will board the transfer vehicles which will take them to the sector surrounding the Cerro Paine Ranch and then on to The Welcome Centre of their first accommodation site.
First you need to check in at the Refugio Central to leave your heavy bags and keep the small rucksack with food and warm clothes. The next step includes an ascent for about 1,5 hours, with beautiful views of the surrounding lakes and Mount Almirante Nieto’s hanging glacier (2.670 m.a.s.l.), until arriving to Refugio El Chileno. Here you can recharge energies before initiating the climb. From here, and for about an hour, you will cross a millennium-old forest of lenga trees before arriving to the base of the “Morrena”. At this point, you will ascend for about 45 minutes in order to arrive to one of the site’s most magnificent areas, "Base Torres Lookout", from where the imposing Torre Sur (2.850 m a.s.l.), Torre Central (2.800 m a.s.l.), Torre Norte (2.600 m a.s.l.), Nido de Condor and Glacier Torre can all be appreciated.
Level of difficulty: High.
Night 1 of W-Trek: Refugio Torre Central
Trekking Refugio El Chileno (or Central) - Refugio Los Cuernos (or Domo Frances) (5 - 6 hours, 11 Km).
Recommended time to begin the trek: 09:00.
A moderate trek around the Macizo Paine, circling the base of Mount Almirante Nieto. From Refugio El Chileno, and after half an hour’s walk, you will arrive to the “Atajo”, a path on the right that continues towards Refugio Los Cuernos. Along the journey you can take pictures in the incredible sites of Lake Nordenskjöld, the hanging glaciers and local flora, including the “ciruelillo” or “notro” trees, which delight in displaying their characteristic red flowers from December onwards.
After a four or five-hour walk, you will arrive to the area entitled Los Cuernos, which is considered by many as one of the most welcoming spots along the entire circuit. If Los Cuernos is not available, Domo Frances is an excellent alternative.
Level of difficulty: Medium.
Night 2 of W-Trek: Refugio Los Cuernos (or Domo Frances).
Trekking to Francés Valley / Paine Grande (11 - 12 hours, 25.3 Km).
Recommended time to begin the trek: 08:00.
The first two hours are fairly light with views of Lake Nordenskjöld until arriving to “Camp Italiano”. At this point, we recommend that you contact CONAF staff and make arrangements for leaving backpacks at the camp before beginning the ascent with just a small rucksack containing water, food and warm clothing. The climb begins from the valley of River Francés and continues all the way up to the Francés Glacier Lookout (1.5 hrs). From there, the climb continues along the path until arriving to the area called “Británico” and the “Británico Lookout”, which offers one of the national park’s most impressive landscape views. The peaks that can be appreciated from this lookout are Paine Grande, Catedral, Hoja, Máscara, Espada, Aleta de Tiburón and Cuerno Norte. The return trek follows the same path down to “Camp Italiano” and then onwards to the sector known as Pehoé, where Paine Grande shelter is located.
Level of difficulty: High.
Night 3 of W-Trek: Paine Grande Lodge.
Trekking to Grey Glacier (8 - 9 hours, 22 Km).Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales
Recommended time to begin the trek: 09:00
Roundtrip to the Grey Glacier Lookout.After about one and a half hours, you will reach the first lookout, where it’s possible to observe the glacier at a distance. From there, you will follow a path that circles the west bank of Lake Grey. After about one and a half / two hours, you'll reach the main lookout with spectacular views of Grey Glacier, Cordón Olguín and the ice floes. The return journey follows the same path, arriving to the sector known as Pehoé. At the pier you will board a ferry and take a trip across Lake Pehoé, disembarking at the sector known as Pudeto from which point a transfer will be waiting to take customers back to Puerto Natales. You have to make your way from the bus station to your accommodation in Puerto Natales
Level of difficulty: Medium.
Ferry Itinerary PM / AM:
-Registration time at the pier: 18.00/ Departure: 18:30/ Approximate arrival time to Rodoviario Natales: 22:00.
-It is possible that due to physical and climate conditions you prefer to return on the first ferry. In this instance, the walk will only reach the first lookout (three hours approximate roundtrip). If taking advantage of this option, registration time at the pier is: 11:00/ Departure: 11:30/ Approximate arrival time to Rodoviario Natales: 16:30.
-It’s important that on this day you effectively calculate walking times in order to be on time for the ferry departures.
- When walking to the glacier, backpacks can be safely left at Paine Grande Lodge (a free service for travelers who are staying at this place).
Breakfast and check out. End of services
2 nights Accommodation in Puerto Natales (Pre- and Post- W Trek)
W Trek Circuit (4 days/3 nights), including:
- Entrance fee to National Park
- Bus from Puerto Natales to Paine and shuttle to Sector Central
- 3 nights accommodation in Refugio or Tent (Tent option includes the Tent, a mattress and a very good sleeping bag)
- Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch Box, Dinner)
- Boat Trip Lake Pehoe
- Bus from Port of Lake Pehoe to Puerto Natales
- Self Guided treks