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Paine W (AZA 006)

The famous “W” is a shorter and lighter version of our “Paine Trek” and refers to the form of the trail we follow. This program is for trekking enthusiasts who wants to visit Torres del Paine National Park.
Flora and fauna abound along the trail and it is not rare to spot local Andean ostriches or guanacos among other animals. Nevertheless, the most impressive spectacles here are probably the colossal granite towers that jut out of the landscapes and change color throughout the day.

On this trip you will cover the main natural attractions within the park, including Grey Glacier, Lake Nordenskjöld, and the “horns” of Torres del Paine. Memories to last a lifetime!

Type of trip: trekking
Duration: 5 days
Suggested period: October to March
Fitness level: moderate
Technical level: moderate

  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Lake Pehoe crossing
  • Grey Glacier
  • French Valley

DAY 1: PUERTO NATALES – CAMP GREY

Meeting in Puerto Natales. Transfer to Torres del Paine national park. The park, created in 1959, has since then been declared an important heritage site by UNESCO. Our first day we take the boat across lake Pehoe and proceed to hike for approximately 4 hours until reaching camp/refuge Grey where we spend the night..
Overnight at REFUGE, lunch and dinner included
Transfer: 110km – 2h15 approx

DAY 2: CAMP GREY – CAMP PEHOE

Short hike of approximately 1 hour to the Grey glacier where an extraordinary scenery awaits us.  We can watch as huge ice blocks fall from the Patagonian icecap. In the afternoon, we walk for approximately 4 hours to the Pehoe camp/refuge where we spend the night.
Overnight in REFUGE, all meals included
Trekking: 5 hours approx

DAY 3: CAMP PEHOE – FRENCH VALLEY – CUERNOS CAMP

Full day hike (approx. 10-12 hours). This is probably the most strenuous day. We start early in the morning from our camp in Pehoe to enter the wonderful French valley. We enter as far as possible into the valley, according to group trekking rhythm. Along the valley it is common to see small avalanches falling down from the French glacier. From here we can also see the famous horns of Paine. As we trudge on we see more of this impressive granite scenery and understand why the French valley is an icon among mountaineers and rock climbers. We leave the valley and return to the main path which will lead us to camp Cuernos where we spend the night.
Overnight in REFUGE, all meals included
Trekking: 11 hours approx

DAY 4: CUERNOS CAMP –TORRES CAMP

Hike of approximately 4 hours along lake Nordenskjöld to reach the Torres area.
Overnight in REFUGE, all meals included
Trekking: 4 hours approx

DAY 5: TORRES CAMP – PUERTO NATALES (OUT)

Full day hike of approximately 8 hours to the foot of the Torres del Paine towers, granite pinnacles more than 1000m high. At the foot of the towers lies a beautiful lagoon. Return to camp Torres and transfer back to Puerto Natales