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Experience the beauty and adventure of the W Trek in wintertime. This program will take you to the most iconic sights of Torres del Paine National Park, such as the Grey Glacier, the French Valley and the Base Torres. You will enjoy stunning views of snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and wildlife, and stay in cozy refugios or campsites along the way. The W trek in the wintertime is a rewarding experience that you will never forget.
Departures Mondays & Wednesdays May to August
All excursions are subject to weather conditions.
Day 1: Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Grey Lookout Point – 12 km. First Lookout Point & 22 km. Grey Lookout Point (Departure only Monday & Wednesday).
After breakfast at your hotel, a transfer will pick you up to start the adventure and head towards the Torres del Paine National Park. You will travel through beautiful landscapes until you reach Pudeto, where you will board the catamaran that will take you to Paine Grande. After settling in at the refugio, you will begin the walk to the Grey Viewpoint.
The adventure begins through a narrow and winding valley that leads to Los Patos Lagoon. As you continue advancing, you will see parts of the immense Southern Ice Field, as well as the ice floes of the lake and you will reach the first viewpoint, from where you will be able to see the Grey Glacier. If the conditions allow it, you can continue walking to the Grey Lookout. From here, you will have closer views of the glacier. After enjoying the incredible views of the glacier, either at the first or second viewpoint, you will begin the return along the same path to Refugio Paine Grande, where you will enjoy dinner.
Day 2: Hike to French Valley and back – 21 km. Frances Lookout Point & 26 km. Britanico Lookout Point.
Today’s walk will begin and end at Paine Grande Refuge. Journey into the heart of the park, skirting the blue waters of Skottsberg Lake. After approximately 2.5 hours of walking, you will arrive at the Italian camp (park rangers), where you will begin your journey to the French Valley. It descends along the same path to the Italian camp and then towards the Paine Grande Refuge. Climb up large rocks and then continue through the forest until you reach the French Lookout. Here, you will be rewarded with incredible views of Los Cuernos, turquoise glacial lagoons and amazing hanging glaciers that fall down the east face of the Paine Grande Mountain (3,050 m.a.s.l.). If you are lucky, you can hear the loud noise of the glacier and the water falling, as well as it is very common to witness an avalanche. Enjoy your lunch box and a well-deserved rest. If the conditions allow it, continue to get the maximum reward with a view from the British Lookout.
Day 3: Transportation Paine Grande – Central Sector.
Enjoy breakfast and then prepare to board the catamaran at 11:30 am, which will take you to Pudeto. From here it will continue by vehicle to the east sector of the park, towards Torre Norte Refugio. In this place, you can rest and sleep comfortably, for tomorrow enjoy your last day at Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 4: Hike Torres Lookout Point – 22 km.
Today’s hike begins through the Ascencio Valley, enjoying its extensive forests. During the final ascent, you will traverse an immense field of giant rocks until you reach one of the most emblematic viewpoints in the world, the famous Base of the Towers lookout. At 900 m.a.s.l., you will marvel at the 3 granite towers (north, central and south) and the bright turquoise glacial lake at its feet. Take beautiful photos and enjoy your box lunch before returning along the same path back to Torre Norte Refuge.
Upon arrival, you will take a vehicle to return to Puerto Natales.