Watch as Torres del Paine puts its best foot forward on this unforgettable five-day voyage
Be amazed by the skyrocketing mountains, deep blue glaciers, and hauntingly beautiful forests of Torres del Paine National Park on this shorter version of the world-renowned W Trek, all completed with EcoCamp’s unique blend of adventure and comfort. Check out the 7-day version of the W Trek.
September special offer
Planning a trip for September? Check out our special discount! Bring a friend or family member to EcoCamp and we will take 20% off the second passenger’s program. Click here for more details.
- Famous W trek in Torres del Paine National Park
- Stay in the world’s first fully sustainable geodesic dome hotel, EcoCamp Patagonia
- Make like-minded friends for life at EcoCamp
- Learn all the local secrets from our knowledgeable guides
- Unique Fauna and Flora
- The base of the Towers
- French Valley Trek
- Glacier Grey
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Design your Trip
We can custom design this itinerary and all Chilean and Argentina destinations. You choose your preferred standard of accommodations, travel dates and the amount of time to spend at the various sites along the way. With advance planning, we can match a specific guide to your group’s interests.
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Day 1: The Patagonian Adventure Starts
Torres del Paine NP, Chile
The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, you can start your trip in Calafate (see our weekly transfer board for EcoCamp’s pick up & drop off schedule). En route we make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza”, where we enjoy a hearty local lunch. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11 pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon once you arrive.
For more details about trek distance and walking time, click here to check out our Trekking Chart.
Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia
Day 2: The Paine Massif’s Heart: French Valley
Torres del Paine NP, Chile
After breakfast we drive toward Pudeto dock where we board the catamaran to Pehoe, from here we will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in we go depends on our group’s trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif, where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. We continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley’s geological formations. After our upward trek, we will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day’s trek will end as we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take us to Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe.
*An optional trek to Mirador Británico is also available.
|Data / Day||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5|
|French Valley Trail||Grey Trail||The Tower’s Trail||leave
|Start||EcoCamp Patagonia||Paine Grande Refugio||EcoCamp Patagonia|
|Finish||Paine Grande Refugio||EcoCamp Patagonia
(Trekking ends at Grey viewpoint)
|8hr||4hr / 40min Lake Navigation||9hr|
|Distance||25km / 15mi||14km / 9mi||22km / 14mi|
|686 m / 2250 feet||244m / 800 feet||914 m / 3000 feet|
Rates are valid from October 2019 to April 2020
*What’s CLP? Your booking is based on Chilean pesos (CLP), but you pay in US$ (USD), using the exchange rate valid on the day of payment which will be shown in your order. This exchange rate may vary between the date you pay your deposit and the date you pay your outstanding balance, but rest assured this is the best way to keep our prices competitive and ensure the best rate for you!
EcoCamp Patagonia Seasons
- Low Season
- October 6th to 15th, 2019 (Spring)
- April 18th to 26th, 2020 (Autumn) – last departure on April 26th, 2020
- Shoulder Season
- October 16th to 31st, 2019 (Spring)
- April 1st to 17th, 2020 (Autumn)
- High Season
- November 1st to December 14th, 2019
- January 21st to March 31st, 2020 (Summer)
- Peak Season
- December 15th, 2019 to January 20th, 2020 (Summer)
Regular Departures. Every Sunday from October 2019 to April 2020
>> Do you want a private departure for this trip? We can do it, please send us an e-mail
Special Itinerary – 6 Day W trek in September
We have 3 special departures coming up for the W Trek in September. The itinerary for these September dates differ slightly from the original program due to changes in weather conditions, daylight hours and third party services.
• September 6th, 2019
• September 13th, 2019
• September 20th, 2019
Starting / Finishing Points
The trip starts on Sunday and finishes on Thursday with pick-ups and drop-offs in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate. Please visit our Weekly Transfer Board for details of EcoCamp pick up and drop off times from both Chile and Argentina.
This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. To enjoy this trek it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a program of conditioning well before departure.
- All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
- Regular bus tickets Calafate<>Natales if starting/finishing in Calafate
- One expert English/Spanish speaking trekking guide
- Torres del Paine National Park fee
- 3 nights accommodation at EcoCamp (dome of your choice)
- 1-night accommodation at Refugio Paine Grande (1) (shared basis)
- Boat crossing over Pehoe Lake and Grey Lake (2)
- Sleeping bag for the mountain hut if needed
- Luggage transport: while trekking you will carry just your daypack
- day 1: Lunch, Dinner
- day 2: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
- day 3: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
- day 4: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
- day 5: Breakfast, Box Lunch
- B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: lunch, D: dinner.
- Either in refugio or refugio’s camping area
- During Shoulder and low season (October and April), some excursions are subject to the weather conditions and might be canceled or modified for reasons of security, for example, the Navigation on Grey Lake, the excursion to the French Valley and to the Tower base trek. In any case, we will either modify the original itinerary or offer you a good alternative of excursion within the park.
- Flight tickets
- Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
- Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
- Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp. Bringing US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine NP is recommended
- Items of a personal nature
Group Size & Guiding Staff
9 travelers is the most typical group size, plus guiding staff.
- Maximum 12 clients.
- Guide to passenger ratio: 1:6
- Youngsters who are 13 years of age or older are welcome and are considered adults.
- Children between 10 and 12 might be accepted in this program if their legal guardian sends a formal letter stating that the child is prepared for such an intense trekking trip and authorizes us to hire a private guide in case the child cannot perform well during the trek.
- Children under 10 years of age cannot participate in this trip.
- This trip doesn’t offer a special discount for children.
In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people. Pick up / Drop off times shown in the Weekly Transfer Board are approximate and will be confirmed locally by our operations team. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.
The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. In addition, the strong marine influence and the effect of the Southern Patagonia Icefield make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer, fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March), you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºCmax, 2ºC min). However, just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become lovely and sunny. So come prepared for all types of weather!
What you need to bring
Passengers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once. Essential equipment includes:
- One day backpack (30 liters – to carry camera, glasses, raincoat, etc)
- Trekking or hiking boots
- Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet
- Waterproof jacket
- Two pairs of woolen socks
- Fleece jacket or sweater
- Shorts or comfortable loose pants
- Sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm and screen)
- Optional Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body
- US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine NP.
The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to deal with at times. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.
EcoCamp Patagonia (Nights 1,3,4)
Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with views of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first sustainable lodge south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants. Advisable minimum age for children: 12 years.
(Shared bathroom, 10m²/108ft²)
EcoCamp Standard domes were the world’s first lodge accommodation in geodesic shape. They are resistant to the strong Patagonian winds, and come equipped with two single beds (doubles on request), cozy fleece blankets and feather quilts. There are windows in the ceiling for stargazing. Standard domes include shared bathrooms which are large, comfortable and gender divided.
Please consider: Standard domes have NO heating or electricity and bathrooms are shared (gender divided)
(Heating & Private bathroom, 28m²/300ft²)
Suite domes were designed to further our goal of providing comfort in a natural setting with minimal environmental impact, and also maintain the hotel’s familiar and cozy vibe. The domes have comfortable double or twin beds, a wood stove and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet. Stargaze through the ceiling windows while falling asleep, after enjoying a spectacular sunset from your private terrace.
(2 floors, Heating & Private bathroom, 37m²/398ft²)
Suite dome lofts are two-storey domes which fit up to four people and have comfortable double or twin beds both up and downstairs. These domes, ideal for families or groups of friends, come with a wood stove, a private terrace and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet. Stargaze through the ceiling windows while falling asleep, after enjoying a spectacular sunset from your private terrace.
(Heating & Private bathroom, 23m²/250ft²)
Spacious, comfortable and equipped with private bathrooms, Superior Domes are the optimum choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day’s walk. Each Superior Dome has comfortable queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater, skylight windows and a private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet.
Refugios (Night 2)
These are typical mountain huts, open to the public visiting Torres del Paine. They have rooms for 4-6 people. The beds are single bunks and we will provide you with a sleeping bag and a polar fleece liner (you don’t need to bring a sleeping bag!). The bathrooms are also shared and they have hot water. The refugios are heated and have a very comfortable dining area where plentiful meals are served. If refugios are unavailable, alternative accommodation will be provided in tents with prior notice.