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Torres del Paine W Trek - Self Guided

For those travellers ready to start an adventure on their own, this self guided Torres del Paine W Trek gives you maximum flexibility as you travel at your own pace with a full pack. The Torres del Paine W is one of the world's great treks. An astonishing landscape of twisted volcanic peaks, tumbling glaciers and aquamarine lakes, it zigzags across the Cordillera del Paine like a giant W. This is a wonderful option for those wanting to hike the complete W trek, without having to join a group or hire a guide. The trip is designed so that you visit the three main valleys of the park that make up the W and include hiking to the lookout point to the famous Towers, the rushing French river and the hanging glacier of the French Valley and ends with a boat trip in front of the magnificent Grey Glacier.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts, 5 box lunches and 4 dinners
Four nights lodging in mountain lodges (Refugios) on a multishare basis or camping if refugios are not available
Camping equipment if refuguios are not available
Public bus transfers
boat trip to view the Grey Glacier
Comfortable hotel accommodation on a twin share basis Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales
Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
Hightlights
Hike one of the world's greatest treks at your own pace with a full pack
Marvel at the peaks of Torres del Paine
Experience the dramatically beautiful Patagonian Pampa
Journey on a boat trip in front of the magnificent Grey Glacier
Walk with incredible views of the hanging glacier of the French Valley
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $3,340
Start Location
Punta Arenas, Patagonia
End Location
Patagonia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 6
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
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ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will receive directions and vouchers for tomorrows public bus to Puerto Natales. The remainder of the day is free for relaxing or exploring Punta Arenas. Overnight Hotel Rey Don Felipe or similar.
Day 2
After breakfast, make your own way to the bus station. Buses Fernandez is located just four blocks from the hotel. Depart by bus to Puerto Natales* (approx 4 hours). In Puerto Natales make your way to our partners office for a trip briefing and collection of vouchers. Directions and additional vouchers will be given to you on day 1 during your transfer from the airport to your hotel in Punta Arenas. Make your own way to the hotel. Puerto Natales is a port town located on the scenic Seno Ultima Esperanza (or Last Hope Sound). From here we access Torres del Paine National Park. Make your own way to the hotel in Puerto Natales. Overnight: Weskar lodge or similar.
Day 3
Starting from Puerto Natales this morning we will take a public bus (approx 3 hours) all the way to Torres del Paine National Park. We will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the andu, (rare South American ostrich). The bus arrives to Laguna Amarga the main entrance to the park where you connect with a shuttle to the Refugio Torre central. Today is a big walk (8 - 10hrs round trip) to the base of the Torres del Paine (or towers). Start the trek to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. The walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. You'll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900m), excellent for picture taking. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers you'll start the descent, following the same path back to Refugio Las Torress. Dinner will be served in the Refugio. Overnight: Refugio Las Torres or camping. Note: You will need only carry your day pack.
Day 4
After breakfast at the Refugio you request your packed lunch and start the hike to Refugio Los Cuernos. As we leave the hut we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are high on this path that you may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. You follow a well marked trail ascending around (200m) the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750m), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where you will stay overnight. Overnight Refugio Los Cuernos or camping. Note: You will need to carry your main pack and day pack.
Day 5
After a breakfast in the Refugio, and once you have request your packed lunch you will start the day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for your first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then you will ascend (300m) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. Your way back will be the same until you reach the entrance of the valley where you will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech, up to the shore of the Peho Lake. Dinner will be serving in the Refugio. Overnight: Paine Grande Refugio or camping.
Day 6
Today you will begin early this morning with the hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200m up a winding narrow path leading to Laguna Negra, where you will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. Continue through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. Optional Ice hike or Kayak (paid direct, booked in advance). Overnight: Refugio Grey or camping.
Day 7
At 13:00 you will take a boat in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. The return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. A private transfer will be waiting for you to drive back to Puerto Natales on a different road with great views of the Paine Mountain from a different perspective. Overnight: Weskar lodge or similar. Please note: During shoulder or low season, the boat on Grey Lake dsn't operate daily and is dependent on the number of people booked. If the boat is not operating on day 7 of your trip, we will walk back to Paine Grande refugio today and take a ferry from there. It crosses Lake Peh in 35 minutes and arrives in Pudeto where a car transfer will be waiting for us (4 hours hiking, 11 KM, 35 minutes by Catamaran, 2 hours transfer back to Puerto Natales). We will confirm your final itinerary at the trip briefing on day 2.
Day 8
After breakfast make your way to the bus station for the public bus to Punta Arenas. On arrival Punta Arenas, trip concludes.