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Torres del Paine W Trek El Calafate

Self Guided 6 Nights

Self Guided  7 Nights / 8 Days

We offer the W Trek in Torres del Paine in a “ready-to-go” program that includes accommodation in El Calafate before the trek, transport from your hotel to Torres del Paine, accommodation with bedding and all meals each night of the trek, transport back to your hotel and a final night at a hotel in El Calafate.

Itinerary W Trek Classic Self-Guided W-Trek El Calafate 6 Nights

Operated: Between mid November to End of April

Based upon 2-People (for more people please just let us know)

Note: We can add a guide if required.

We can offer the following itinerary that will include the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, transfer to Torres del Paine, 6 nights on the W trek and transfer back to El Calafate. Perito Moreno glacier is 80km west of El Calafate and called the “big one” that everyone comes to see. It has a 5km long, vertical wall of glacial ice face rising to heights of around 60m flowing some 30km from its source in the Andes Mountains. The W trek will include bedding and all meals at the refugios on the trail. Send Us Your Enquiry…

About the Classic W Trek

About the Torres del Paine Classic W Trek

The W trek in the UNESCO-World heritage site Torres del Paine is the iconic trek drawing in thousands of trekkers from around the world. This itinerary will include the iconic points along the trek.

For example, to the base of the towers, the area beside the lagoon at the feet of the three needle-carved, vertically-sided towers of granite rock.

Also the French Valley with its hanging glaciers and steep-sided valley walls.

Finally, the amazing Glacier Grey coming down from the Southern Ice filed to meet Grey lake and where it breaks off into glaciers.

And, of course, the numbingly stunning natural wilderness scenery that accompanies every point of the path you will be walking along. Of course we can add to this itinerary any of the other excursions and activities in the area. For example see penguins and whales from Punta Arenas, trekking at El Chalten, as well as extra nights in Puerto Natales. On the other hand maybe you wish to include an Antarctic expedition from Ushuaia or Punta Arenas, or a Patagonia cruise. We can also include any other part of Chile or Argentina in your plan. Just mention it all in the enquiry form.

W Trek Trail Map East to West

Itinerary W Trek Classic Self-Guided W-Trek El Calafate 6 Nights

Begin at Estancia Sector and depart at the Grey Sector

The W Trek can be broken into three main sectors. These include the:

EASTERN END (ESTANCIA SECTOR): You will begin at the Estancia Sector. This route includes the trek to the base of the Towers.

On this leg, you’ll visit Hosteria Las Torres, and the Refugio Torre Norte, Refugio Torre of Central, the Torres del Paine Welcome Centre and the Eco Camp.

On this leg, you will embark on a trek into the French Valley.

You will also get the chance to visit Domos Cuernos, Cabañas Cuernos and Refugio Cuernos.

This portion of the trip includes the trek alongside Grey Lake to Glacier Grey.

This is where you’ll get the chance to visit Refugio Grey and Refugio Paine Grande.


The W Trek Itinerary from El Calafate

Torres del Paine Classic W Trek Itinerary with El Calafate

Day 1

Arrival to El Calafate
Transfer- own arrangements (use local service) to hotel (or we can arrange this as an extra if required).

Hotel in El Calafate, matrimonial or twin-bed room, breakfast included

Day 2

Pick-up at around 06:30hrs from your hotel in El Calafate. Transfer to Laguna Amarga in Torres del Paine National Park, arriving around 12:00hrs. Take the shuttle to the Welcome Centre and from here trek 2.5hrs up hill to Refugio Chileno. Upon arrival, check-in and drop your heavier bags. Continue the trek of 2hrs up to the Torres Base, rest and then return to Chileno. Alternatively, leave the trek to Torres Base until tomorrow morning.

Camping Chileno

Full Equipment Provided: Tent, sleeping bags, liners, ground matts.

Hot dinner, breakfast and box lunch for the next day.

Day 3

Optional very early start, 2hr trek up to Torres base, if not done yesterday. Rest, then 2hrs back to Chileno, collecting any bag you left behind.

Then either a 5hr trek to Cuernos sector or 6hrs on to Frances sector.

Camping Cuernos or Frances

Full Equipment Provided: Tent, sleeping bags, liners, ground matts.

Hot dinner, breakfast and box lunch for the next day.

Day 4

Optional early start and start trek to Refugio Paine Grande which is approx. 5hrs direct, or 10hrs via the French Valley.

Refugio Paine Grande
Dorm room on bunk beds Refugio Paine Grande.
Hot dinner, breakfast and box lunch included.

Day 5

Optional early start and trek to Refugio Grey, which is approx. 4hrs.

Refugio Grey
Dorm room on bunk beds Refugio Grey.
Hot dinner, breakfast and box lunch included.


Day 6

Early start and trek back to Refugio Paine Grande, allowing 4hrs, take catamaran at 11:30hrs across to Pudeto (25min trip). At Pudeto either wait or explore the area around the large waterfall and further up to the Cuernos view point (Mirador Cuernos), but be back at the Puedeto cafe before 13:00hrs for the bus to Laguna Amarga. Then you will board the bus at 16:30hrs from Laguna Amarga back to your hotel in El Calafate.

Hotel in El Calafate, matrimonial or twin-bed room, breakfast included.

Day 7

Transfer to El Calafate airport (own arrangements, use local taxi) or we can arrange this.



In the event that any of the accommodation on the W trek is not available we will seek to secure alternative accommodation that may involve a different refugio or camping, but with the tent set up on a platform, ground mat, sleeping bag and all meals included. The rate will be the same.

If you’d like us to arrange this itinerary for you, please send us your request…

What's Included & Price

Included in the Cost

Breakfast at HOTELS in El Calafate.
Transportation from El Calafate to Torres del Paine and back.

Entrance Tickets into Torres del Paine National Park.

Full Camping Equipment: Tent, sleeping bags, ground matts and all meals.
Bedding at refugio or dome accommodation on the W trek.
Towels in Refugio Paine Grande and Refugio Grey.

One Way Catamaran Tickets.
All meals (full board) at refugios or alternative accommodation on the W trek route.

Not Included

Any service not specified in the program.
Additional activities.
Health insurance.

Approx. price per person from USD 1,543

Please send us your enquiry…

Optional Extras

The Following are all Optional Extras

In Torres del Paine

Private Cabaña Cuernos, if available, at cuernos.
After Refugio Grey – Navigation Grey boat that goes past Glacier Grey and on to Hotel Grey. Private Transfer to meet you to take you back to Puerto Natales.
Kayak at Glacier Grey.
Ice Hike on Glacier Grey.

El Calafate / Puerto Natales
Change the return from El Calafate to go to Puerto Natales and or Punta Arenas.
After or before El Calafate add in trekking at El Chalten.
Change the regular visit to Perito Moreno to an Ice Hike or Ice climb (age restrictions).

Fast-speed zodiac out of Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales.

Stay at a working Patagonian estancia

Penguins (from Punta Arenas)

Whale Watching (from Punta Arenas)

Patagonia cruises from Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas and Ushuaia (in Argentina)

Antarctica Expedition cruises from Punta Arenas and Ushuaia (in Argentina)

Chile Lake Region (Puerto Varas and / or Pucón)

Chiloe Island

Bariloche (in Argentina)

Carretera Austral

Winery visit (from Santiago)


Buenos Aires

Chile Pacific Coast

San Pedro de Atacama

Easter Island

Machu Picchu

Galapagos Islands

If you are interested in our itinerary and extras, please send us en email…

Send Us Your Enquiry

Please supply us with as much information as you can about where you want to go, what you want to do, what you want to experience and how much money you want to spend (or do not want to spend!).  How many people, what type of beds (matrimonial, twin, single etc.)

VIP – if you are a VIP in any of the fields such as celebrity and/or political and/or business, and you need “special attention” such as privacy and/or security for your trip please use an alias in the enquiry, but mention that you are VIP and one of the directors will handle your request and keep your real name and details confidential.

Remember, our speciality is to create a travel itinerary custom-built to your needs.

Itinerary W Trek Classic Self-Guided W-Trek El Calafate 6 Nights

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