OverviewThe ideal adventure for independent hikers wanting to experience the W Trek without guides, set dates or pre-departure planning. You’ll visit Torres del Paine’s three main highlights: the grandiose Towers, stirring French Valley and bewitching Grey Glacier. We prepare everything: briefing you beforehand, booking all services and providing a secure place to store your luggage.
Trip Highlights• Complete W Trek in Less Time! • Independent Hike - Enjoy at your Own Pace • Trek to the Towers Base Lookout • See Hanging Glaciers in the French Valley • Get Close to the Immense Grey Glacier • All Logistics & Reservations Organized for You! DOWNLOAD YOUR MAPS: • TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK MAP • MAGALLANES & ANTARCTIC REGION • PUERTO NATALES
Public Bus to Torres Del Paine - Shuttle to Las Torres - Round Trip Self Guided Hike to Towers Lookout
2 hours by public bus
30 minutes by shuttle
8-9 hours round-trip, 22km
Night at Camping or Refugio Las Torres, Optional Upgrade to Hotel Las Torres(BL-D)
By 6:45AM you must be at the Bus Terminal in Puerto Natales where you will board the 7AM public bus which will take you straight to Torres del Paine National Park. The route passes estancias (ranches) and pampas, and possibly even ñandus (Patagonian ostrich). At Laguna Amarga, the main entrance to the Park, you’ll collect your the park pass which is included in your program, and board a shuttle bound for your Refugio. Here, you’ll leave your backpack and take your packed lunch (provided during your trek briefing in Puerto Natales held day prior). Now you´re ready to begin the W Trek’s first highlight: the hike to the Towers lookout! This challenging trek ascends along the Ascencio River into the Ascencio Valley. Take a moment to stop and observe the first glimpses of this gorgeous valley, complete with beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. Continue uphill through the lush beech forest before beginning your ascent of the gigantic terminal moraine, 900 meters above sea level. At the top, you’ll be rewarded by the remarkable sight of the three Towers themselves. Rest a while, take photos and have lunch. Once you´re ready - your descent is along the same path, taking you back to the Refugio where dinner will be served and where you will rest your first night.
*Upgrade to a Private Room in Hotel Las Torres (based on availability) - Ask a Trip Specialist to Reserve your Accommodation!
Self Guided Hike to Los Cuernos Lookout through Condor Territory
4-5 hours hiking, 13 km
Night at Camping, Cabin, or Refugio Los Cuernos or Domos Frances, subject to availability (B-BL-D)
Enjoy breakfast at your Refugio and request your packed lunch. Starting today’s trek, you’ll arrive at Inge lagoon where chances are you’ll catch condors and other birds of prey circling the skies above you. The well-marked trail ascends 200 meters from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 m) and crosses the Bader River to today’s destination, Refugio Los Cuernos or Domes Frances (depending on availability). Here, enjoy a good meal and settle in for the night.
*Upgrade to a Private Cabin in Los Cuernos (based on availability) - Ask a Trip Specialist to Reserve Your Accommodation!
Self Guided Trek of the Dramatic French Valley - Hike to Pehoe Lake
8-9 hour hiking, 18 km
Night at Camping or Refugio Paine Grande (B-BL-D)
Today’s hike is a challenging trek to heart of the Paine massif. The French Valley is a spectacular natural basin surrounded by peaks and hanging glaciers. After breakfast, request your packed lunch and set off on a 2-hour hike through a winding path to the French River (one hour if your accommodation was at the French Domes). At the entrance to the French Valley - a glacial moraine - you’ll scramble over huge boulders and catch the first sight of the hanging glacier atop the valley. From this point, you’ll ascend for an hour through a dreamlike Japanese garden landscape before arriving at the French Valley viewpoint (the “Plateau”). Your reward is a heart-stirring bird’s eye view of granite peaks and hanging glaciers. To one side, the French Glacier and Paine Grande (3050 m); while to the other, La Espada, La Hoja, La Máscara and the main and north “horns” of Los Cuernos arch upwards. In the upper section of the Valley, Cerro Catedral and Cerro Fortaleza loom like turrets above the landscape. Take your time to have lunch at the viewpoint, surrounded by these imposing peaks and open skies. If time and energy levels allow, you can continue hiking for an additional hour through the Valley to the British Camp for yet another spectacular cirque (amphitheater-like formation) of mountains. You’ll descend via the same path until you reach the valley’s entrance, at which point you’ll continue around the south-west side of Paine Grande, Torres del Paine’s highest peak. This final leg passes through native firebush and evergreen beech forests to the shores of Pehoe Lake. Dinner will be served at Refugio Paine Grande.
Round Trip Self Guided Trek to Grey Glacier - Catamaran Across Lake Pehor - Public Shuttle to Puerto Natales
8 hours hiking, 22 km
35 minutes by Catamaran
3 hours by public bus (B-BL)
Set out early after breakfast, ascending 200 meters through the narrow winding path to Laguna Los Patos. Here, you’ll see sections of the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a geological phenomenon that still hides many unclimbed mountains. From here you’ll continue to Grey Glacier’s lookout point, passing forests and rivers, with possible sightings of the spectacled and flightless steamer ducks that call them home. Enjooy your packed lunch with the mammoth Grey Glacier at your feet. You’ll later walk back along the same path to Paine Grande to catch the last catamaran across Pehoe Lake (check catamaran and walking times with Refugio staff in the morning to ensure you arrive in time). While hiking, take in views of Paine Grande and the powerful, almost muscular granite walls of Cordon Olguín. At the other side of Pehoe Lake, a public bus will be waiting to take you to Puerto Natales. Because you will arrive in town around 22:00hrs (10:00PM) you should consider spending the night in Puerto Natales.
- All Public Transportation Indicated in Schedule
- Shuttle in Between Laguna Amarga & Refugio Las Torres
- Entrance Fee to Torres del Paine National Park
- Three Nights Lodging in Mountain Lodges (Refugios) or Private Tent Camping (Refugios Offer Comfortable Rooms with 6 Beds & Shared Men´s/Women´s Bathrooms) (Sorry, No Single Refugio Accommodations Available)
- Bedding, Fresh Linens, & Pillow for Refugio Accommodations / Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Liner, & Tent for Camping Accommodations
- One Way Catamaran to Cross Pehoe Lake
- All Meals Indicated in Schedule (B: Breakfast, BL: Box Lunch, D: Dinner)
- Any Additional Nights
- Medical Expenses
- Insurance of Any Kind
- Personal Expenses
- Dinner on Day 4 in Puerto Natales
- Any Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Drinks at the Refugios Except for the Drinks Included in the Menu
- Guide or Porter
$995 per person
Start / End
NO MIN OR MAX
Located at the beginning of the W Circuit in Las Torres sector, 250 metres from Refugio Torre Central. Camping features shared bathroom facilities and hot shower. (Hot water available from 6pm to 9pm)
Our guests sleep in 4-season tents, MSR and Hilleberg (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy.
Camping Paine Grande
Located on the edge of Lake Pehoé, with beautiful views to Cuernos del Paine and Paine Grande Mountain, Camping Paine Grande is the starting or ending point for Glacier Grey and French Valley trails, as well as part of the W Circuit and Paine Massif Circuit.It features shared bathroom and hot shower. (Available from 6pm to 9pm)
Our guests sleep in 4-season tents, MSR and Hilleberg (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy.
Camping Los Cuernos
Next the the main refugio, sector Los Cuernos is equipped with 50 camping sites with shared bathrooms exclusive use for campers only with 24 hour hot water service. Campsites come with a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat – all set up and waiting for you upon your arrival! Meals are served at the Refugio just a short walk from the campsites.
Hotel Las Torres
Ideally located at the base of the trails leading to the viewing point of the Towers peaks, Valle del Silencio, and “W” hikes, this former estancia turned Hotel, offers 57 comfortable rooms with central heating and telephone and a the only full service spa available in the park. The excellent quality of both service and food is the main characteristic of this Hotel.
Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Torres Central & North
The Mountain lodges of Torres Central and North are two comfortable refugios located at the base of the hike to the Towers lookout and part of the “W” and “Circuit” walks. They are within walking distance to the Hotel Spa at Las Torres for a variety of services including massage and saunas. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) with shared bathrooms and hot water.
Cabins Los Cuernos (Optional)
8 cozy cabins for 2 persons each with shared bathrooms and showers exclusively for people who are staying at the cabins. The cabins are located next to the Refugio Los Cuernos and all meals are taken in the Refugio.
Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Los Cuernos
On the shore of lake Nordenskjöld nestled in a Coihue Forest lays Refugio Los Cuernos with 32 beds. This cozy lodge is located on the “W” circuit walking between the French Valley and the Torres del Paine lookout and base camp area. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have a shared bathrooms with hot water.
Located 1 hour trekking from Los Cuernos sector to the West (between Cuernos and Italiano camping sites), with an amazing view of Nordenskjöld lake, Cuernos del Paine and Paine Grande Mountain.
3 Domes with private bathroom for 8 people each (shared bathroom and dome). Accommodation: Bed with Sleeping Bag Included in bunk beds.
Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Paine Grande
Paine Grande is a large and modern refugio set on the banks of the Lake Pehoe, including internet connection and full service bar. It’s the jump off point for the catamaran crossing Lake Pehoe and the walks to the French and Grey Valleys part of the “W” and “Circuit” hikes.
There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.
Dates & PricesPRICES FOR SEASON 2021/2022: (valid until April 2022) Overnight at Campsites every night USD$ 995 per person
FAQ'sQ: Where do I keep my luggage that I won´t need during my trek while I am hiking in the park? A: The majority of the hotels and hostels will store luggage for their guests who are staying with them prior to and after their travels in the park. If not, we will happily store your luggage securely in our office until you arrive back from your trek and will deliver this to your hotel where you will be staying in Puerto Natales. We ask that you come to our Office between the hours of 09:00 - 13:00 or 15:00 - 19:00 to drop these off if you are not able to make it to the briefing the day prior to your trip. Q: If I´m reserved in the campsites, do I need to travel with my own sleeping bag and tent? A: In the case that campsites are the only available accommodation for you during 1 or more nights of your W Trek, your tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat are all included in your reservation. These will be setup upon your arrival to each refugio and there is no need to bring your own camping gear along your trek! Q: If I´m doing this on my own, how do I get my park & reservation passes? A: Don´t worry - we´ve got you covered. During your program briefing in our office the day prior to your trek, we will provide you with your detailed program itinerary, all your transfer & reservation vouchers, park entrance passes, and your box lunch for your first day. In the case that you arrive late to Puerto Natales and are not able to make the briefing, we will deliver all your program details in a sealed envelope at the front reception of your hotel or accommodation where you will be staying at in Puerto Natales. Q: Can I upgrade to a private accommodation each night along the W Trek? A: You may upgrade to a private accommodation in Hotel Las Torres on night 1 for an additional charge. You may also upgrade to a private cabin in Los Cuernos on the second night of the W Trek for an additional per person charge. Both upgrades are based on availability at the time of your request. The last 2 nights of the W Trek will be spent in shared refugio accommodations or a 2-person tent in the campsite. Q: Is there water available along the trails? A: Yes! Each day you will have the opportunity to fill up your reusable water bottle prior to departing the refugios. The first day you will have the opportunity to fill your water bottle at Refugio Chileno in route to the base of the towers. On day 2, be sure to fill up your water bottle prior to leaving for Los Cuernos as there are no other refugios along the way. On the third day´s hike of the French Valley, be sure to have plenty of water ready for your trek of the French Valley and can also re-fill at Frances in route along the way. Day 4 you can fill up at Refugio Paine Grande before setting out for your round-trip trek to Refugio Grey and back. Only drink from natural water sources that you know are safe. Q: What time will I finish my trek on the last day and arrive back to Puerto Natales? A: After hiking round-trip from Refugio Paine Grande on the last day of your program, you will take the 35 minute catamaran across Lake Pehoe to Pudeto where you will then connect on the public bus which will bring you back to Puerto Natales (bus terminal). Trekkers who take the last catamaran and bus from the park will arrive back to Puerto Natales around 22:00hrs. If you wish to upgrade to the Grey Glacier Navigation which leaves directly from Refugio Grey, you may reserve this in advance. Upon completing the Grey III Navigation - which is a highlight experience in Torres Del Paine - a private transfer awaits you to bring you back to Puerto Natales, arriving around 18:00hrs. Q: Can I do the route in reverse - from West to East? A: Absolutely! We are able to organize the west to east route for you if you wish and based on availability in the refugios for the respected nights necessary.
Add-Ons & UpgradesPRIVATE DEPARTURES AVAILABLE – PLEASE CONTACT A TRIP SPECIALIST TO PLAN YOUR TREK! OPTIONAL SERVICES: (must be booked in advance) – Private Transfer to/from Punta Arenas Airport/Puerto Natales: *Price depends on total number of guests – Public Bus Punta Arenas to/from Puerto Natales: USD$ 15 per guest, per way - Private transfer to Torres del Paine Day 1: USD$220 (1 guest); USD$110 per person (2 guests) – Private Porter Service for 2 Days: USD$ 300 *If you want to avoid carrying too much weight you can pay for a private porter. Our porters carry a maximum of 15 kilos in a dry bag which we provide to you. This service is usually good to share between 2 – 3 people and must be booked for 2 days (Day 2 and 3). EQUIPMENT RENTAL: (must be booked in advance) – Trekking Poles: USD$ 6 per pair, per day UPGRADES: (must be booked in advance) On some days, alternatives to camping are available Day 1: Upgrade to Private Room in Hotel Las Torres: subject to availability Day 2: Upgrade to Cabin in Los Cuernos: subject to availability. Private cabin is at a walking distance from the main Refugio and next to a small waterfall. The cabins share bathrooms only in between cabin guests (8, 2-person cabins total). Day 4: Grey Navigation + Private Transfer Back to Puerto Natales USD$260 (1 guest) USD$160 per person (2 guests) Day 4: Night in Hotel Lago Grey & Private Transfer to Puerto Natales on Day 6 - Ask a Trip Specialist for Details About this Option! Contact our Trip Specialists for our longer (5 or 6 Day) versions of this program!
Chile Nativo is a fantastic company that makes such a strenuous hike doable in a few days with all details taken care of. Had I not had food and gear ready for me after so much hiking, it would have been more difficult to fully appreciate the experience of being in blissful nature.
Independent W Trek, Olivia B., USA
Really enjoyed the briefing, as they knew exactly our itinerary, food restrictions, very knowledgeable about the route and with clear guidance. On top of that speaking good and clear English. All arrangements worked out exactly as expected, which is always nice. Good experience, thanks to you all!
The W Trek was outstanding and we found the whole trip much easier with all the guidance and recommendations from Chile Nativo. We loved the care and attention to details from the quick response to our e-mails to the briefing before our trek start. We’ll recommend your services to friends for sure. Thanks guys! 🙂
Juliano A., Brazil
We loved our self-guided trip through Torres del Paine. All of the arrangements were easy to follow and everything went smoothly. When there was a problem with the Grey Navigation, the Chile Nativo team were helpful and gave us good advice on how to proceed. Daniela was our main point of contact for the reservation and leading up to the trek. She was helpful and answered all our questions quickly.