The W Trek
Torres del Paine on foot
The W hike tales places in Chile’s iconic Torres del Paine, an area of soaring granite pillars, azure lakes, stunning vistas and emerald forests more than 2000m above the Patagonian steppe.Once part of a large sheep estancia, it was named a national park in 1959 and has been part of Unesco's Biosphere Reserve system since 1978. Its ecology is now thriving and the park is home to flocks of rhea, Andean condor and flamingo plus the llama-like guanaco, huemul (an endangered Andean deer) and a growing puma population.
The world famous ‘W’ trek is so called due to the shape of the route on the map and it takes in Torres del Paine’s most spectacular sites. With both 5 and 7 day options you can choose how quickly to undertake the journey but this is a challenging route for those with a good level of fitness and a sense of adventure.
The journey starts with collection from Punta Arenas, from where you will journey to EcoCamp Patagonia to enjoy prime views of the majestic Torres until the sun sets at around 11pm. EcoCamp offers upscale camping in domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants with windows in the ceiling for stargazing. Bathrooms are shared.
From here you will enjoy 5 or 7 days of walking taking in Valle Frances, the Base of the Tower and stunning views of Los Cuernos. You’ll also sail (and
kayak if you wish) to Grey Glacier, visit Cueva de Milodon (a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered) and
cycle the tricky mountain bike trails, heart in mouth if you choose. During the hike you will stay in a different refugio each night - mountain huts
designed for group accommodation which are simple but comfortable with breathtaking views of the scenery.
This journey is iconic, challenging and exhilarating and supremely rewarding - a no frills experience which packs a serious punch!
Why we like it
- Challenging, breathtaking, exhilarating
- Simple style done well
- The silence of the wilderness
- Possible puma sightings
- 5 and 7 day hikes available
- Operates October to April
- Chilean and Argentinian pick-ups accommodated
- Maximum 12 walkers with minimum 1 guide per 6 guests
- For more information, pricing and full itineraries please contact us