Torres Del Paine W Trek
The W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park is called so because the path marks out a “W” shape on the map. We are specialists in creating custom W Trek itineraries with accommodation and transfers.
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Why is it called the W Trek?
The W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park is called so because the path marks out a “W” shape on the map and covers a total distance of around 55km.
Why is the W Trek so sought after?
Why this trekking path is so sought after is simply because it offers the trekker a moderately challenging walk amid one of the most spectacular natural geographically-created places on Earth. And, within this marvel of nature are glaciers, forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. You can trek either west to east or east to west. Each day involves several hours of walking from one refugio to another, stopping for the night in a refugio for a hot dinner and bed. All rooms at the refugios are dormitory style holding up to six people in each room in bunk-bed formation. Bathrooms are shower rooms, communal, but segregated. In the morning breakfast is served and trekkers are handed a good box lunch for their onward trek.
How long does the W Trek take?
Typically the W trek will require 4 nights. It can, however, be done in 3 nights if you cut out one of the ends and it can, of course, be extended to 5 or 6 nights in order to relax and enjoy the beauty and dramatic scenery in the Park. There is also the option to do the full circuit trek which is the W trek plus the trail that goes all the way around the Torrres del Paine central massif.
What is the Torres Base?
The Torres base is beside a lagoon at the base of the three vertically sided, “needle” towers of the Park. This iconic trail is nick-named “the Torres base trek” starting at Hotel Las Torres, eastern end of the Park and from here it takes 4hrs to get to the base. On the way up the trail passes by Refugio Chileno and from Refugio Chileno it is 2hrs to the base.
What is the French Valley?
The French Valley is a very beautiful valley in the middle of the W Trek and is one of the iconic valleys to enter when walking the Trek. Its entrance is beside the NON-SERVICED camp site called Camp Italiano, halfway between Refugio Paine Grande and Refugio Cuernos. From Camp Italiano it takes about 2.5hrs to get to the end, then, of course it is 2.5hrs back to the entrance.
We specialise in the creation of custom itineraries and posses unique local knowledge of the Patagonia area, where we have a locally-based office and our staff are on hand to ensure you have support should you need it. We offer to create a customised, self guided or guided W Trek program for you be it 3, 4, or more nights accommodation in refugios (or hotels), with in and out transfers from Puerto Natales and / or El Calafate, and pre and post Torres del Paine accommodation included. We can also add in kayak and / or ice hiking at Grey Glacier and also the rest of your Patagonia or full South American Itinerary. Another option is to stay pre and/or post the W trek in one of the luxury lodges in Torres del Paine or Puerto Natales, which, of course, we can also arrange.
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W TREK & CIRCUIT TREK ↓
The vast majority of people coming to Torres del Paine will come to hike the famous “W” trek and the more serious trekkers will hike the complete “circuit”. The “W” is called so because the route forms a pattern like a “W” and the circuit, although encompassing the “W” also takes in the back area behind the Central Massif and completes a circuit of the Park and hence its name. Each route takes a number of days and involves serious trekking; therefore trekkers should be reasonably fit.
All accommodation on either trek trail must be pre-booked. Options on the trails include a number of hikers’ hostels called “refugios” (refuge) and / or serviced camp sites. Refugios offer rather basic, shared dormitory-style accommodation along with communal shower rooms.
ALTERNATIVE W TREK HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
However, we can also arrange the W Trek route incorporating overnight stays in HOTELS with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, but this will involve private transfers to get you from one hotel to the next.
ALTERNATIVE W TREK COMING IN DAILY FROM PUERTO NATALES
We can also arrange the W Trek from your hotel in Puerto Natales, going in each day to the trail head. This will involve some private transfers.
There are now three top-end luxury-level “World Class” hotels in and around Torres del Paine. These are the Tierra Patagonia, Explora Salto Chico and Awasi Lodge Patagonia. These places offer superb accommodation, great food, guided excursions with educated guides, and in two of the three a wonderful pool and spa facility. Look in both our Featured Hotel sector on this page and also offers sector to see more about these properties.
FULL DAY TORRES DEL PAINE
If trekking is not your thing we can arrange a full day tour of the sights in Torres del Paine either from one of the standard hotels in the park or from Puerto Natales. You will have a private service taking you around to the key sights with an option to include the boat trip to Grey Glacier too.
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