W TREK CIRCUIT TORRES DEL PAINE (5D-4N)

Torres del Paine

5 days and 4 nights

The W Circuit is the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine and includes hiking in 3 mountain valleys and the most epic viewpoints and attractions in the park. You will see Las Torres, Los Cuernos (the Horns), Paine Grande and the Grey Glacier. As you hike along the trail, colossal mountains, native woods, crystal clear rivers, turquoise lakes, waterfalls, and incredible glaciers will amaze you.

Day 1 – Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine

The day before (18:00 approx.), go to Las Torres’ offices in Puerto Natales to get all the information, your vouchers, and a map.

Today, you will take the 2:30 p.m. bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park. The journey takes about 2 1/2 hours (70 miles). You will reach the park in the afternoon and have time for dinner before spending the night in the Central Sector.

Accommodation at the Mountain Hostel in a comfortable bunk bed in a shared room.

 

Day 2 – Hike to Las Torres Base Lookout Point – 12 miles.

The day begins with a slowly ascending hike through the Patagonian pampas and steepens as you enter the Ascencio Valley until you reach Los Vientos Mountain Pass – with its spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and lakes. You will continue hiking, past the Chileno Mountain Hostel and through a native lenga forest before approaching the last stretch of your adventure. This part of the hike takes about an hour and is over rocky terrain lined with enormous boulders. Awaiting at the end is the most awe-inspiring view of the three iconic granite towers and glacial lagoon. Later, you will begin the descent to the Central Sector to have dinner and sleep. Accommodation in a comfortable bunk bed in a shared room.

 

Day 3 – Hike Francés Sector – 13,5 miles

Walk along the quiet mount shores of Lake Nordenskjöld, at the base of the magnificent Mount Almirante Nieto and its hanging glaciers. You will be drawn to the beauty of these enormous summits looming over the turquoise lake below and will want to capture the incredible scenery forever in a photo. The lake is surrounded by amazing geographical contrasts, and home to many birds, so we recommend you look out for condors overhead. You will then continue along the Arriero River, which offers great places to relax and refill your bottle with fresh running water. Once you reach the highest viewpoint, you will see the lake in its full glory, and the French Glacier hanging from the Paine Grande Mountain. You will have dinner and sleep in the Francés Sector.

Accommodation in a comfortable bunk bed in a shared room.

 

Day 4 – Hike Francés Valley – 13 miles.

The day begins with a wonderful hike into the Francés Valley. Along the way, you will enjoy the peace of pure nature, be surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, and feel completely immersed in wild vegetation. You will savour the serenity of the forests and the glacial streams, where you can fill your bottle with pure, fresh water. And you will marvel at the majestic Los Cuernos Mountains looming overhead. The grand finale of this trek is like no other, a lookout with incredible views of the Francés Glacier and the rest of the Paine Massif Mountain Range. After this spectacle, you will begin the descent to the Paine Grande Sector.

Accommodation in a comfortable bunk bed in a shared room.

 

Day 5 – Hike Grey Glacier Sector – Pehoé Lake Navigation – 13.5 miles. Return to Puerto Natales 

On the last part of this amazing trekking circuit, the trail undulates between rocky areas and native forests that are home to many species of birds. Walking along the base of the Park’s tallest mountain, Paine Grande (3,050mt / 10,000ft), the nonstop views of hanging glaciers spilling over the mountaintop will feel somewhat surreal. Leaving the tree cover, you’ll reach the first lookout over Lake Grey and slowly start seeing more and more pieces of the floating glacier. The larger they get, the smaller you will feel. Finally, you will see the breathtaking view of Grey Glacier and all its glory. When your adventure ends, you will return to the Paine Grande Sector and take the catamaran that will take you to the Pudeto area. There you will meet the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales.

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