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WINTER W TREK TORRES DEL PAINE (5 DAYS)

Experience the Winter Wonders of the Famous W Trek!

Overview

As temperatures drop and mountains and valleys sleep, trekkers in-the-know take to Torres del Paine’s trails. The W Trek in Winter connects Grey Glacier, the French Valley and Towers lookout on five days of superb hiking fuelled by crisp air and still landscapes – minus the jostling crowds and cramped Refugios.

Trip Highlights

• Have Torres del Paine almost to yourself!
• Trek to Grey Glacier, French Valley and Towers lookout
• Five days of beautiful winter hiking
• Peaceful, almost empty trails and Refugios
• Crisp, clean landscapes
• Stay in mountain refugios & a cozy cabin

Weather Conditions:
Chilean Patagonia is famous for its unpredictable weather and the possibility of experiencing the four seasons in one day. Therefore, it’s important to be prepared for anything. The winter climate is dry and cold with temperatures of between -10º C and 10º C. Weather conditions are more stable between May and October. Because trails may be covered in snow and/or ice, it’s highly recommended that hikers bring appropriate gear to accommodate these conditions.

Please Remember: This program requires a certain physical ability in order to complete successfully. Keep in mind that each member of a guided group will have a different rhythm and pace but group members must follow the pace indicated by the guide according to the distance and daylight hours available. Each day’s activity will have a minimum number of kilometers or miles which must be covered. Activity times are estimated and could be more or less given trail and weather conditions and the groups’ overall rhythm. We encourage our guests to remember that traveling in a guided group allows for a unique experience – bonding with fellow travelers and interacting with the guide and the destination in which they are visiting.

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Trip length

5 DAYS

Trip Level

3
DEMANDING

From USD

$2.295 per person

Start / End

PUERTO NATALES

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER

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Itinerary

Day 1

Round-Trip Hike to the Base of the Towers Lookout — Transfer to Hotel Lago Grey

  • 2 Hour Chile Nativo Transfer
  • 8-10 hour hike, 22 km / 13 mi
  • 1.5 Hour Chile Nativo Transfer (BL-D)

Early morning your private transfer will pick you up from your hotel in Puerto Natales and will take you to Las Torres area to begin our hike to the three Towers base.

The trail takes us through beech forests and past views of glaciers and waterfalls until we reach a gigantic terminal moraine (the ridge formed at a glacier’s end point).

We’ll ascend this boulder-strewn moraine and be rewarded by the arresting sight of the three Towers themselves. At this lookout point 900 meters above sea level, we’ll rest, take photos and have lunch.
Our descent is along the same path, then on to Estancia Las Torres where we’ll board the transfer to our accommodation: Hotel Lago Grey

*Chile Nativo Transfers allow us to continue our commitment to sustainability by minimizing our carbon footprint whenever possible. For this reason, there could be instances when a transfer in or out of the park is shared among other Chile Nativo clients who have the same start or finish date for their program. We will try our best to communicate these instances when a shared transfer will be shared with other Chile Nativo clients.

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Day 2

Hike Las Carretas Trail to Paine Grande

  • 2 Hour Chile Nativo Transfer
  • 6 Hour Hike, 16 km / 10 mi
  • Night at Refugio Paine Grande (BL-D)

Your private transfer will pick you up at Hotel Lago Grey early in the morning and drive you to Torres del Paine National Park’s administration area, where our first hike will begin.
This is a 6-hour hike along Las Carretas trail to the shores of Pehoe Lake, tucked at the base of the Paine Massif.
The Grey River will accompany us along the way and we’ll have a picnic lunch before arriving at our Refugio for the night, Paine Grande.
Once there, you’ll settle into your dorm before meeting again for dinner.

* On this day there is a chance to have the Grey III navigation towards Refugio Grey (departure depends on reaching the minimum number of required guests which will be confirmed by the local provider 2 days prior to the beginning of the trip). If navigation is confirmed, we will get onboard so this way we’ll have the opportunity to explore the Grey area in depth, and then continue our program as described. This upgrade has no extra costs for Chile Nativo travelers.

** Chile Nativo Transfers allow us to continue our commitment to sustainability by minimizing our carbon footprint whenever possible. For this reason, there could be instances when a transfer in or out of the park is shared among other Chile Nativo clients who have the same start or finish date for their program. We will try our best to communicate these instances when a shared transfer will be shared with other Chile Nativo clients.

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Day 3

Round-Trip Hike to Grey Glacier

  • 8 Hour Hike, 22 km / 13 mi
  • Night at Refugio Paine Grande(B-BL-D)

Today our destination is Grey Glacier: a stirringly beautiful ice giant ending abruptly in the glacial lake of the same name. We’ll set out early, ascending 200 meters through the winding path that takes us to Laguna Negra.

Here, we’ll see sections of the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a geological phenomenon that still guards many unexplored sections.

You’ll continue on to Grey Glacier’s lookout point, passing forests and rivers, with possible sightings of the spectacled and flying steamer ducks that call them home.

We’ll have lunch at the lookout with the mammoth Grey Glacier at our feet, and might be lucky enough to catch sight of ice calving from its huge walls into the freezing waters.

We return along the same path, accompanied by views of Paine Grande and the muscled granite walls of Cordon Olguín, to our Refugio where we’ll spend a second night.

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Day 4

Round-Trip Hike to the French Valley

  • 7-8 Hour Hike, 18 km / 11 mi
  • Night at Refugio Paine Grande (B-BL-D)

Today’s hike is a challenging trek to heart of the Paine massif. Our destination, the French Valley, is a spectacular natural basin surrounded by peaks and hanging glaciers.

After breakfast we’ll set off on a 2-hour hike through firebush and beech forests to the suspension bridge over the French River.

At the entrance to the 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.

We’ll have lunch at the viewpoint, surrounded by these imposing peaks and open skies, then return to our Refugio via the same route for our final night there.

This hike is demanding and many parts of the trail are steep. This trek is a minimum of 8 hours along challenging, rugged mountainous terrains. This trek is suitable for travelers with a strong physical stamina.

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Day 5

Hike Las Carretas – Transfer to Puerto Natales

  • 6 Hour Hike, 16 km / 10 mi
  • 1H30 Minute Transfer

After enjoying breakfast with our last views of the Paine Grande mountain, we’ll hike back along the Las Carretas trail, allowing for plenty of opportunities for picturesque wintery photos of Torres del Paine’s landscapes.

Our transfer awaits at the trail’s end – taking us back to Puerto Natales.

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INCLUDED

  • All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
  • One night in Hotel Lago Grey, Superior Room (double basis)
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Three nights in Refugio Paine Grande (shared dormitories with bunk beds), Sleeping Bags, Heating, Shared Showers & Hot Water
  • All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
  • Guide (English-Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Any additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities for Guide & Porter

Trip length

5 DAYS

Trip Level

3
DEMANDING

From USD

$2.295 per person

Start / End

PUERTO NATALES

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER

Lodgings

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. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water. Towels are not provided and guests are recommended to bring their own sleeping liner.

Hotel Lago Grey

Located on the shore of Lago Grey, this ideally located and beautifully designed hotel is surrounded by forests of Lenga, Coihue and ñirres. From the dining room and sitting areas you will be astonished with breathtaking views of the deep blue icebergs floating on the lake´s quiet surface and the immense Glacier Grey in the distance. Each room offers a unique view and has modern amenities that make your stay a refreshing and a special treat during your Patagonia adventure.

Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Grey

Ideally situated on the edge of Grey Lake, this refugio is in a forest of Lenga trees. Small and cozy, with access to the Grey Glacier this refugio is part of the “W” and “Circuit” hikes. Rooms have 6 beds (bunk-bed style) and sleeping bags are provided. Shared bathrooms with hot water and shampoo/conditioner dispensers are available. Towels are not provided and guests should bring a sleeping liner.

Dates & Prices

Chile Nativo operates with a minimum of 2 guests and maximum of 8 guests per departure, which allows for a high level of individualized service and an unforgettable personalized experience.

PRICES FOR WINTER 2024 (valid from May to August 2024)

2 Guests in Group: USD$ 2.995 per person
3 Guests in Group: USD$ 2.595 per person
4-8 Guests in Group: USD$ 2.295 per person

 

Please check our fixed departures from May to August. For departures in September, please consider an increase up to 10% on rates, as the high season for most of the local providers starts from September, but the rates are not released yet.

For departures upon request, please ask our sales team at info@chilenativo.travel

  • WWNAT4
    5 days

  • June 11, 2024 / June 15, 2024
  • 6 SPACES AVAILABLE
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  • WWNAT5
    5 Days

  • June 28, 2024 / July 2, 2024
  • 8 SPACES AVAILABLE
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  • WWNAT6
    5 Days

  • July 12, 2024 / July 16, 2024
  • 6 SPACES AVAILABLE
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  • WWNAT7
    5 Days

  • July 26, 2024 / July 30, 2024
  • 8 SPACES AVAILABLE
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  • WWNAT8
    5 Days

  • August 9, 2024 / August 13, 2024
  • 8 SPACES AVAILABLE
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  • WWNAT9
    5 days

  • August 17, 2024 / August 21, 2024
  • 5 SPACES AVAILABLE
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  • WWNAT10
    5 days

  • September 6, 2024 / September 10, 2024
  • 8 SPACES AVAILABLE
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  • WWNAT11
    5 days

  • September 20, 2024 / September 24, 2024
  • 8 SPACES AVAILABLE
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FAQ's

Q: Should I tip my guide? If so – how much is appropriate?
A: Tipping can be a delicate subject and many different nationalities have different tipping cultures. Tips or propinas in Chile, are viewed as a reward for good service. When tipping, a good guide and guide assistance who does the job well, has good English and provides a great service, can expect 10 – 15 USD per person per day. It is usual to leave your driver or chauffeur a tip too. Normally around 5 USD per person.  Please find below a tipping guide:

  • Guides USD$ 10 to USD$ 15 per person, per day; to be given to your guides directly.

  • Staff (waiters, chefs,Housekeeping USD$5 per person, per night

  • Drivers:  USD$10 per person, per day; given directly to your drivers.

  • Porters: USD$10 per person, per day; given directly to your porter

These amounts are merely a source to help you or give you a general idea of what is normal or typical. Of course, tipping is always at the discretion of the group members as to what they deem appropriate for the service they received.

Add-Ons & Upgrades

Day 4: Upgrade to a Private Room in Hotel (based on availability) – Ask a Trip Specialist to Reserve your Accommodation!
FD Puma Tracking on the day prior or after your program. Ask a trip specialist!

Reviews

It was a wonderful and amazing experience with a great group of people – trekkers and guides. The late winter timing meant we virtually had the trials and sites to ourselves. One thing in particular is worth mentioning. When issues arose with trekkers, e.g., inability to keep up with the main group, muscle pulls, aches and pains, etc., the guides seamlessly and very expertly handled the issues with glee and pleasure never making anything a “big” issues; they almost made it seem as another fun thing to do. Perhaps it was personality or professionalism, but they were masterful accommodating everyone without unduly impacting (in spirit or labor) the other party members.

Edward Zywicz, USA

I am very happy with the service Chile Nativo provided. First of all, the experience during the trip itself was amazing, the accommodation was more than I could ask for, the snack was delicious and our guide was not only very friendly but also extremely intelligent – he could answer all kind of questions we threw him about the park, animals, and geography! But the best part of Chile Nativo came up when a crisis hit. I got on the wrong bus the day before the tour started which prevented me from getting to the tour in time as a result. Daniella and Johana from the team were incredibly resourceful and kind to help me out of this situation. They worked after hours to help me find a private car that was willing to drive me from El Calafate to Puerto Natales in Chile. Johana even came to the office early morning to greet me and attend to me. I was beyond grateful for their professional service that really goes the extra mile in making sure I get to make to my trip and enjoy it thoroughly. Highly recommend Chille Nativo to everyone visiting Patagonia!

Edric Subur, Singapore

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SY Joyce Kan
SY Joyce Kan
2023-03-07
Amazing trip! We joined the Torres Del Paine 7 day O trek tour - note that this tour is not a complete O Trek but skipping the part from Camp Frances to Las Torres, which worked in our favour as our holiday is limited and we won’t miss much. Our guide, Debbie was knowledgeable and amicable, and very passionate about hiking. Unfortunately I fell sick during the hike and wished to leave a day earlier than planned. Debbie and Chile Nativo quickly rearranged transportation for us and was very helpful. Throughout the whole process Chile Nativo was very responsive. We had a memorable journey and I would highly recommend Chile Nativo.
Jim Garvin
Jim Garvin
2023-03-02
Fantastic experience! We were booked with Chile Nativo via Swoop and had a wonderful experience. Our guides, Tim & Lucile, were awesome. We really enjoyed their company. They were very knowledgeable about the region (the history, animals, landscape, etc). Highly recommend.
Olivia Evans
Olivia Evans
2023-02-15
I booked the independent, self-guided Torres Del Paine trek with Chile Nativo’s help and was so glad I did. When I looked to book on my own, everything was all reserved in Torres Del Paine and Chile Nativo was the only agency that could help me find a spot still. To still be able to go on the trip when I wanted to go, to not have to spend so much time planning all the logistics, to get a local’s recommendations on the best way to do the trek…but STILL get to do the trek on my own was amazing and worth every penny. In particular Paolina at the agency was incredibly helpful. I would recommend this agency to anyone looking to hike in Torres del Paine.
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
2023-02-10
Serious, professional, and friendly Tour Agency in Puerto Natales that will cater your needs in Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Kevin Jobst
Kevin Jobst
2023-01-27
Hiking in Torres with Pepa is like walking with your smartest and wisest friend. She has an incredible depth of knowledge in everything from mycology to government, from geology to history. She is fiercely passionate about conservation and our planet and has dedicated her life to making our world a better place. Our two porters Filipe and Bastian were both incredibly strong and highly professional. Always in the know on where to set up the tent, they picked the best spot in every site we were at. Also, they were an absolute blast to hang out with after the long days hiking. I cannot recommend this particular team highly enough and if you are passionate about the environment, making the world a better place, learning everything there is to know about glaciers, mushrooms, Patagonia, the history of Chile, magma intrusions and edible berries request them by name. Thank you to all three of you for making our experience so special and I hope our paths cross again.
Brad Smith
Brad Smith
2023-01-15
Our Torres Del Paine Plus trip was fantastic! A great crew of newly-made friends, guided by Izabella “La Professora”, on a journey beyond expectations. What a great time, a balance of hiking and touring. DO NOT miss the pumas!!! I will definitely go with the Chile Nativo team again, and thanks to Nestor & Juan too!
Senga Simpson
Senga Simpson
2023-01-09
Excellent service. Thank you Vicky
Lukas Winegarner
Lukas Winegarner
2022-11-28
Camilo is ledged! Chile Nativo is extremely experienced and knowledgeable - I would highly recommend booking directly through them. We were a group of 8 doing the O 7 day hike and everything was great! Thanks to Camilo & Tomas and all of our porters!

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