Tackle the incomparable W Trek, EcoCamp-style!

The visually stunning W Trek – highlighting the best of Torres del Paine such as Grey Glacier, French Valley, and the base of the Towers – is a once-in-a-lifetime experience…so you should do it right the first time! Team up with our highly experienced and knowledgeable guides to head off on one of the most famous treks in the world, ending each day with spectacular sights, delicious meals, and comfortable nighttime accommodations. During your nights at EcoCamp Patagonia, you’ll be treated to delicious meals made from local ingredients, fun conversation over drinks in the Bar dome with your fellow guests, yoga to stretch your muscles, nights spent in our unique domes, and more!​

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.

Highlights

  • Trek Valle Frances
  • The Challenging ‘W’ Trek
  • Base of the Towers
  • Views of Los Cuernos
  • Boat ride to Grey Glacier
  • Stay at award-winning EcoCamp Patagonia
  • Start in Calafate (Argentina) or Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales (Chile)
  • Cycling excursion (Optional)

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 (Mon): Travel from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or Calafate to Torres del Paine NP
Day 2 (Tue): Trek Paso Los Cuernos trail
Day 3 (Wed): Trek Valle del Frances trail
Day 4 (Thu): Trek Pehoe – Grey trail 
Day 5 (Fri): Trek to the Towers
Day 6 (Sat): Eastern Lakes
Day 7 (Sun): Drive to Punta Arenas
 

Watch Inside Patagonia | A Poem to the World’s End

Note: This video was filmed in April 2018 during Patagonian autumn 

» Are you an experienced hiker looking for a challenge? Extend your trek and hike the full Torres del Paine O Circuit in 9 days
EcoCamp Patagonia Trek 

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. 

Fill out this form or send us an email to reservations@cascada.travel and our Cascada Travel Expert team will get back to you within two business days!

 

Day 1 (Monday): The Patagonian Adventure Starts

Torres del Paine National Park, 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, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and 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. 
  • Meals: lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia
 

Day 2 (Tuesday): Los Cuernos Trek

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
 
We begin our Patagonian adventure with a pleasant walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail which leads us alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this warm-up walk we will have the opportunity to admire the park’s exquisite flora and fauna, as we enjoy the magnificent views of the park’s central lakes and the Paine’s Horns, majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Massif. The trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cozy mountain refuge located on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. Alternatively, the trek ends at Domo el Francés, located between Cuernos and Italiano camping sites, with an amazing view of Nordenskjöld lake. The evening is free for relaxing and enjoying dinner. 
  • Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:  Refugio or camping area at Cuernos or Domo El Francés (depending on availability)

Day 3 (Wednesday): The Paine Massif’s Heart: Valle Frances

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

After breakfast at Refugio Los Cuernos, 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 will then 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: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). 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.

N.B. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is also available.
  • Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Refugio or Camping at Paine Grande
 

Day 4 (Thursday): Glacier Grey

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

This day will see us hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Grey to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey. We will feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails right to the huge, crystalline facade of Glacier Grey, where we will have plenty of time to marvel at the calving glacier.  From the southern end of Glacier Grey, we will transfer to EcoCamp.
Due to the temperamental weather of the region, boat trips across the lake may occasionally be canceled if the required minimum of 15 passengers is not reached. If either is the case, we will trek up to the sightseeing point and profit from wonderful, panoramic views of the Glacier instead. Then we will return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to Pudeto’s dock, where we will be picked up and driven to EcoCamp.
  • Meals: breakfast. box lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia
 

Day 5 (Friday): The big challenge, Trek to the Towers Base

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

The goal of our fifth day of our 7-day Trek will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! We will walk from the campsite towards Hostería Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead us to that iconic base-view of the Towers – Three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner.
  • Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia
 

Day 6 (Saturday): Eastern Lakes*

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
 
The sixth day will consist of a less strenuous trail in order to counter the exhausting efforts of the previous day. After breakfast, we will take a leisurely car journey towards Laguna Azul,  passing Cañadón Macho, home to many wild guanacos and ñandúes, en route. We will pause occasionally to admire the views of the Patagonian steppe and the towers from a different perspective. At Laguna Azul, we will hike to the lookout point where we will be treated to a gorgeous view of both the lagoon and granite towers. After lunch, we will drive to the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake where the Fauna Trail begins. As we hike northbound, we will spot an impressive range of Patagonian fauna on the vast plains, including guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús and maybe the occasional puma print! We will pass the charming Goic lagoon and after approximately 5km of relaxed walking, we will reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where we will be picked up and driven back to Ecocamp to celebrate over our farewell dinner.
*Please note that if there are more than 6 travelers in the group there’s an option to split into two groups, with one group (or the whole group if everybody’s in the mood!) cycling to Laguna Azul!
  • Meals: breakfast, box lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia
 

Day 7 (Sunday): Adios Torres del Paine!

Punta Arenas, Chile
We will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight to Santiago. Or, alternatively, we board an early morning vehicle to the border to continue our journey to El Calafate. 
 
  • Meals: breakfast & box lunch
 

Patagonia Torres del Paine 7 Day W Trek – Trekking Chart

 

Data / Day Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Trail Name arrive
in
Torres
del
Paine
NP
Los Cuernos Trail Valle Frances Trail Grey Glacier Trail Las Torres Trail Eastern Lakes leave
Torres
del
Paine
NP
Starting Point EcoCamp Patagonia Refugio Cuernos Refugio Paine Grande EcoCamp Patagonia

EcoCamp
Patagonia

Finishing Point Refugio Cuernos
(or Domo El Francés)
Refugio Paine Grande EcoCamp 
Patagonia
(Trekking ends at
Grey Viewpoint)
EcoCamp Patagonia EcoCamp
Patagonia
appx. Walking Time 4.5 hrs
(or 5.5 hrs)
10 hrs 4 hrs 9 hrs
3 hr
Distance 12 km / 7.5 mi
(14 km / 8.7 mi)
26 km / 16 mi 11 km / 7 mi 22 km / 14 mi
6km / 4mi
max Altitude Point 244 m / 800 feet 686 m / 2250 feet 244m / 800 feet 914 m / 3000 feet 180 m / 590ft
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Rates

Rates are valid from September 30th, 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

    • September 30th, 2019 to October 15th, 2019 (Spring)
    • April 18th to 27th, 2020 (Autumn)  – last departure on April 27th, 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

Departures 

Every Monday 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.
Departures:
• September 6th, 2019 
• September 13th, 2019
• September 20th, 2019
 

Note: different prices will apply for this departure. Prices based on 2+ people group.

Starting / Finishing Points

The trip starts on Monday and finishes on Sunday with pickups 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.

Physical Demands

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.

Included

  • All ground transport – private and domestic – as indicated in the itinerary
  • Regular bus tickets Calafate <> Natales if starting/finishing in Calafate.
  • Boat crossing on Grey Lake (1) please check day 4 of the itinerary
  • 4 nights accommodation in EcoCamp (3)
  • 1 night accommodation at Refugio Paine Grande (depending on availability) (2)
  • 1 night in Refugio Los Cuernos or Domo El Francés (depending on availability) (2) (4)
  • Park fees for Torres del Paine National Park
  • One expert English speaking trekking guide
  • Sleeping bag for refugios if needed
  • Transportation for your luggage within the Park: while trekking you will carry just your daypack
  • Meals (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner):

  • 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, Dinner
  • day 6: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
  • day 7: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Important notes:

  1. During Low & Shoulder Season (October and April) the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be canceled, if this is the case we will offer you a good alternative of excursion within the park.
  2. If refugios are unavailable, alternative accommodation will be provided in tents or domes with prior notice.
  3. If you choose a standard dome and you are traveling alone, you can share the dome with another person of the same gender and pay the double base price. If you want the dome to yourself, you need to pay a Single Supplement
  4. Accommodation at the Refugio will be provided either in dormitories or in comfortable tents or domes, including mat, sleeping bag and a polar fleece liner; our team will set up and dismantle all this. The campsite provides satisfactory bathroom facilities. Meals will be served inside the Refugio.

N.B. During Shoulder and Low Season (October and April), the Towers Trek excursion might be canceled because of weather conditions and safety considerations.

Not Included 

  • 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

Children Policy

  • 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.

Transport

In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people. Pick up / Drop off times 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.

Weather

The Patagonian Andes is 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 (24ºC max, 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 a 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) and
  • Optional Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body
  • US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine NP.

Itinerary Modifications

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 1,4,5,6)

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. W Trek advisable minimum age form Children is 12 years.

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Standard Dome

(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.

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome 

(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.

 

 

 

EcoCamp’s Suite Dome Lofts

(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. 

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Superior Dome

(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.

 

Refugio Patagonia tourMountain huts / Refugios (Nights 2,3)

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.

 

Domes El Francés (Night 2 / Alternative to Refugio)

Geodesic domes, open to the public visiting Torres del Paine. The domes have an amazing view of Nordenskjöld lake, Cuernos del Paine and Paine Grande Mountains and come with a private bathroom for 8 people each (shared bathroom and dome). Accommodation are single bed or bunk beds and we will provide you with a sleeping bag and a polar fleece liner (you don’t need to bring a sleeping bag!).

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