Torres Del Paine Patagonia Trek

The Torres del Paine “W” trek during the Chilean austral summer will make you feel like you’ve stepped foot onto another planet. We will trek through lush valleys & granite peaks, witness the massive Glacier Grey as it stands today, and of course, behold the stunning Torres del Paine. Join us for one of the most stunning treks in the world. Interested in this trip? Call us at 888-849-6637 or email adventures@backwoods.com to reserve your spot!

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All prices are based on double-occupancy. Single supplement is available for most trips for an extra fee

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Adventure Itinerary

 
Day 1 - Santiago

Arrive Santiago early in the morning. The hotel has an airport shuttle, and you can take this to your hotel where you can rest up if you choose or explore the city. This evening we'll have terremotos at a secret yet beloved dive bar, followed by an orientation dinner with the group.

Meals Included: Dinner

 
Day 2 - Santiago > Punta Arenas > Puerto Natales

Today will be a long day of travel, but Chile's charm will somehow keep you energized. In the morning, we will check out of our hotel and head to the airport for our flight to Punta Arenas (3.5 hours). We will eat lunch, and then board our bus for Puerto Natales. We will quickly check in to our modest rooms, and have dinner nearby. Night at Puerto Natales

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 3 - Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine, Overnight at Central Sector

This is another travel day. We'll start by heading to Fantástico Sur's offce in Puerto Natales to get our vouchers and map. Then we'll take the 2:30 pm bus to Torres del Paine National Park, a trip that takes about 2.5 hours (112 km). We'll arrive in the afternoon, have dinner, and sleep in the Central Sector.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 4 - Las Torres Base Lookout Point Hike, return to Central Sector for Overnight

We'll depart early to one of the landmarks of the park, the Las Torres Base Lookout Point. During the first stretch, we'll walk through the pampa, cross the Ascencio River, and then climb 3 km up to Los Vientos Mountain Pass, where we'll enjoy amazing views of the valley and lakes. We'll continue our journey to the Chileno Mountain Refuge, and then go deep into a lenga beech forest up to La Morrena, where the hardest part of the hike begins. We'll follow a rock trail to the spectacular Las Torres Base Lookout Point. Later, we'll begin the descent to the Central Sector to have dinner and sleep.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 5 - Frances Sector Hike and Overnight

Today we'll walk about 13.5 km along the shore of Nordenskjöld Lake, Almirante Nieto Hill, and the striking Cuernos del Paine. During the hike, we'll enjoy magnificent views of Los Cuernos, hanging glaciers, lakes, and the abundant local vegetation and wildlife. We'll have dinner and sleep in the Francés Sector.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 6 - Frances Valley Hike, Overnight at Paine Grande Sector

The day begins with one of the icons of the circuit, the Francés Valley. We'll start early with a light hike to the Italiano Campsite. From there, we'll begin the climb through the woods (about 2 km) up the Francés River Valley. We'll continue to the Francés Lookout Point, where we'll enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of the circuit, the view to the valley framed by the Hills Paine Grande, Catedral, Hoja, Máscara, Espada, Aleta de Tiburón, and Cuerno del Norte. It will leave you speechless. After this spectacle, we'll begin the descent to the Paine Grande Sector.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 7 - Grey Glacier Hike, Paine Grande Catamaran to Pudeto and bus to Puerto Natales

On this day, we'll reach the third milestone of the circuit, a place that offers one of the most unforgettable sceneries of the park, the magnificent Grey Glacier. The trail goes around the Paine Grande Hill, the highest peak in the mountain range (3,050 m), with incredible views of its hanging glaciers. Walking amidst Antarctic Beech (ñirre), Dombey's beech (coigüe), and Chilean firebush (notro), we'll reach the first lookout point of Grey Lake, where we will see floating pieces of glacier. We will continue to walk towards the imposing view of Grey Glacier to reach the Grey Mountain Refuge. Then, we'll return to the Paine Grande Sector and take the 6:30 pm catamaran that will take you to Pudeto. There we'll meet the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 8 - Puerto Natales > Punta Arenas > Santiago

After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and head towards the bus stop to return to Punta Arenas. We will have lunch, and head to the airport for our flights back to Santiago. For those who wish to stay another night, please contact our office and we will be happy to arrange for a fee. Otherwise, you are free to fly home this evening as most flights depart around 10pm. Please do not arrange your flights any earlier than 10pm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
 
 

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Trip Details

 
Start

Santiago, Chile (SCL)

Finish

Santiago, Chile (SCL)

Duration

8 days

Fitness Level

Activities
Backpacking
Hiking

The Torres del Paine “W” trek during the Chilean austral summer will make you feel like you’ve stepped foot onto another planet. We will trek through lush valleys & granite peaks, witness the massive Glacier Grey as it stands today, and of course, behold the stunning Torres del Paine. Join us in December 2019 for one of the most stunning treks in the world.

What's Included
  • Accommodations from nights 1-7
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 through dinner on day 8.
  • Flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas and back
  • All bus and shuttle transfers from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, & the park
  • Catamaran ride to Glacier Grey
  • Park entrance fees
What's Not Included
  • Airfare to and from Santiago, Chile (SCL)
  • Personal gear & clothing
  • Alcoholic drinks, extra drinks and extra snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Extras; laundry, massage, internet, etc.
  • Travel Insurance
 

Additional Information

Physical Requirements/ Health

Let’s not be fooled, the ability to witness the beauty of this place is not without a price, but as once described by an old Chilean man (encountered by BWA director in 2016) “este lugar… vale la pena” or “this place is worth the pain”.

The steep terrain can be demanding, but this is lessened by the fact that you will not need to carry your food or camping equipment. While it is true that you do not have to camp in a tent and you get to have nice meals and enjoy delicious wine each evening, do not forget that this is a strenuous trek – each hiking day covers more than 10 miles. There will be long days with steep descents and ascents, so physical preparation is very important.

Some of the activities that you may choose to participate in are strenuous and should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You will be required to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the trip. Any medical conditions must be disclosed on your registration forms. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.

Accommodations

Our accommodations in Santiago will be a standard hotel with basic amenities, but the rest of the accommodations will be far more spartan (likely without reliable Wi-Fi) from here on out. While in the park, the accommodations are called refugios, or basically sheltered camps. For those who wish to do the W trek while camping, please call our office for details (there is a small price reduction). Accommodations are quoted in double occupancy. Single accommodations may be available upon request for an additional fee. Please inquire upon registration.

Arrivals/Departures

Most flights from the United States will bring you to Santiago in the early morning. We will meet as a group at our hotel in Santiago on December 7th at 4pm, so plan your flights accordingly. You may depart Santiago on December 14th any time after 10 pm.

Single Supplement

All prices are calculated for double-occupancy. To ensure your comfort, we will always match you with a roommate of the same sex – and if we're unable to match you with a roommate, you may end up with your own room free of charge. If sharing is not your idea of fun, you can request a single supplement for a small upcharge when you pay your final amount. You will be able to make this election on your trip registration.

 
 
 

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Meet Your Guides

 
 
Cole Shobert
 
Cole Shobert

Cole Shobert is the Backwoods Adventures Travel Specialist and he specializes in making travel dreams come true! Cole hails from Lubbock, Texas, and when he’s not sending folks on amazing adventures around the world, you’ll find him somewhere in wild West Texas hunting, fishing, or mountain biking with his dog and best friends.

 
 
 

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Travel Insurance

Backwoods recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, contact Travelex Insurance Services.

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