Torres del Paine W Trek (self-guided)

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Punta Arenas

To: Punta Arenas



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Enjoy a self-guided trek in Chile with the famous Torres del Paine W Trek - one of the most famous and beautiful hikes in Chile and indeed, the world. From familiar jutting peaks and shimmering lakes to majestic glaciers – you’ll have the opportunity to discover the raw beauty of Patagonia and experience the purity of nature along this celebrated route.

You’ll need to come prepared as the treks can be long and challenging and a certain level of fitness is recommended, but we’ve included all meals and accommodation. Stays are pre-booked in mountain shelters and lodges, you’ll have time to share your day’s experiences with fellow adventurers on the trek.

If you’re looking for a challenge, what better route than the ‘W’ Trek to discover the sheer beauty of Chilean Patagonia?

This Chile itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Sail across Pehoe Lake for majestic views of Paine Grande
  • Admire the beauty of Grey Glacier up close
  • Hike French Valley, one of the most beautiful in the park
  • Challenge yourself to the rewarding hike to Base Las Tores
  • Complete one of the world’s most famous treks!



Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night in Puerto Natales
  • 4 nights in Torres del Paine
  • 1 night in Puerto Natales


Day 1: Puerto Natales

On arrival at Punta Arenas airport, you will need to board the public bus to Puerto Natales. Journey time is around 3 hours and once you arrive, make your way to your hotel where you will check in for a one night stay.       

Day 2: Pehoe Lake and Refugio Grey  

Today you’ll make your way to Torres del Paine, so after breakfast, board a public bus for the scenic 2.5-hour journey to the park. As you enter the park, you’ll head for Puerto Pudeto where you will cross Pehoe Lake by catamaran, towards Paine Grande.

The lake crossing offers impressive views of the wide-open wilderness. After crossing the lake, you’ll continue with a relatively easy, 4-hour hike on the eastern shoreline of the lake through beautiful landscapes and towards the immense Grey Glacier. Soon, you’ll reach a lookout point where you will witness the majesty of the glacier wall and the vibrant blue of the icebergs.

Dinner will be served at Refugio Grey where you’ll stay overnight.

Day 3: Grey Glacier and Paine Grande Lodge        

Ten hours of trekking await you today! After breakfast, you’ll get to explore the beauty of the glacier in more depth before enjoying a packed lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll descend to Pehoe Lake and here you’ll have dinner and spend the night at Paine Grande Lodge.             

Day 4: French Valley and Refugio Los Cuernos    

After a hearty breakfast, you will start your amazing trek to one of the most beautiful valleys in the park, French Valley. During today’s 10-hour trek you’ll be surrounded by high peaks, huge granite walls and a hanging glacier. Your journey will take you towards the lodge and the path along the Nordenskjold Lake beneath the impressive stone walls of the Paine Massif.

You will have dinner and spend the night at Refugio Los Cuernos.             

Day 5: Base Las Torres       

Today will be the longest, but probably most rewarding day with around 12 hours of hiking. You will trek to Base Las Torres, the most famous hike in the park – a route that’s challenging but spectacular. You’ll need to set off early in the morning to make the most of the extended daylight hours during the summer season. Once you arrive at the base, your sense of achievement will combine with beautiful will make it worth the effort! Enjoy a well-deserved break and carry on towards Refugio Chileno in the Ascensio Valley where you will spend the night. (A boxed lunch and dinner are also included today).

Day 6: Puerto Natales

After yesterday’s trek, today is easy! Enjoy breakfast, then hike for 3 hours along the beautiful pathways towards the Las Torres lodge. Here you’ll have the opportunity to rest and relax, before catching a bus back to the park’s entrance, and then continue back to Puerto Natales where you will spend the last night.    

Day 7: Depart Punta Arenas         

After breakfast, take the public bus to Punta Arenas airport where you will connect with your onward travel plans.                


This itinerary runs from 1 September to 30 April. The peak of the Patagonian summer is from late November to late February when the park receives the highest number of visitors and it is harder to find a place in the refugios. We recommend inquiring early to get on the waiting list as soon as possible. The trek can be done the other times of the year however, days will be much shorter and temperatures low. Also, the refugios will not provide the same services as in the high season. The company of a certified guide is mandatory during low season.

We've made a similar trip

If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post - written by one of our consultants who has been there.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 4 nights in Mountain shelters with bunk beds
  • Pre-made bed in Refugio Grey
  • Bed only (bring a sleeping bag) in other lodges
  • Return bus ticket Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine
  • Navigation on Lake Pehoe from Pudeto to Paine Grande
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included: 

  • Flights
  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Any beverages during meals
  • Any excursions not mentioned
  • Transfers within Puerto Natales
  • Any professional guiding
  • Muleteer or porter fees
  • Insurances
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities


Two nights in 3* standard accommodation and 4 nights in mountain shelters as mentioned in the itinerary.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Aquaterra Lodge & Restaurant 
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