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Chile Patagonia W-Route Hiking

Spectacular Wilderness Trails in Torres del Paine

 

Hike the famous "W" route, deep in the remote wilderness of southern Chile and experience the wondrous landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park. In just seven days, you'll explore the spectacular French Valley, see blue-hued icebergs of majestic Glacier Grey, and be moved by mighty granite spires-soaring 8,000 feet above the surrounding grasslands. The huge expanse of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field is an inspiring wonderland for adventure trekkers looking to enjoy one of the world's top bucket-list routes.

  • Trek 40 miles on the W circuit on this achievable one-week itinerary

  • Hike along the enormous Grey Glacier, 4 miles across and 17 miles long

  • See icebergs calving into Lago Grey-a truly spectacular experience

Arrive:

Punta Arenas, Chile

Depart:

Punta Arenas, Chile

Duration:

7 Days

Activity Level:

4

Departures:

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Price: from $5,995

  • Arrive in Punta Arenas

    Day 1

    Arrive at the airport in Punta Arenas, Chile, and meet your group leader to transfer to the hotel. In the early evening, gather with the group for a briefing on the adventure ahead. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Cabo de Hornos-Punta Arenas

    Recently renovated in modern European style, this large hotel offers comfortable, spacious rooms - some with sea views. Modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and room service are provided. There is a restaurant on-site, but the flavors of Punta Arenas await just outside your door, as do museums and other attractions.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Scenic Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

    Day 2

    After breakfast, travel across the Patagonian plains to the quiet fishing town of Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Stretch your legs a bit and have lunch before continuing on to Torres del Paine National Park and taking in your first spectacular views of the Paine Massif (weather permitting). There is also a very good chance of seeing guanacos - small cousins to the camel and llama - on the way to the park.

    Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National Park

    Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National Park

    The simple, comfortable rooms come equipped with all the essentials, and have windows showcasing the awe-inspiring surroundings. Because of its remote location, the hotel has a small shop that provides some trekking equipment, snacks and toiletries. The on-site restaurant serves food that is authentic to the Patagonia region, featuring organic produce and beer from their own microbrewery.

    Transportation: 6-hour hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Majestic Torres del Paine

    Day 3

    Get an early start for an all-day hike to the Torres del Paine lookout. Follow the Asencio River over a low pass into the Ascencio Valley, passing through beautiful beech forests, talus-covered slopes, and boulders. Arrive at a spectacular viewpoint that is one of the most scenic spots in the world, where the towers rise majestically before you and a glacial lake is visible below. Enjoy a packed lunch en route before hiking back to the hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National Park

    Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National Park

    The simple, comfortable rooms come equipped with all the essentials, and have windows showcasing the awe-inspiring surroundings. Because of its remote location, the hotel has a small shop that provides some trekking equipment, snacks and toiletries. The on-site restaurant serves food that is authentic to the Patagonia region, featuring organic produce and beer from their own microbrewery.

    Activity: 9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike below Cuernos del Paine

    Day 4

    Begin your trek deep into the park, hiking at a relaxed pace along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjold to Los Cuernos, following the Paso Los Cuernos trail beneath the jagged Cuernos del Paine. The views are magnificent, including your first sighting of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Stay in cozy cabins right next to a waterfall on the most isolated spot of our journey - an excellent staging area for tomorrow's hike to the French Valley.

    Accommodation: Cabanas de los Cuernos-Torres del Paine National Park

    Located at the base of Los Cuernos del Paine, these eight charming cabins offer spectacular views of Los Cuernos and Nordenskjöld Lake. After trekking through Torres del Paine, you'll undoubtedly be ready to recharge your battery with a warm meal and a good night's sleep in the cozy beds.

    Activity: 5 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,400' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike through French Valley

    Day 5

    Hike into the French Valley, one of the most spectacular cirques in the Paine Range. Walk below the glaciers that descend from the massif's highest summit and marvel at the gray granite peaks of the Cuernos del Paine, topped with fantastical black slate "horns." Two hiking options are available today, weather permitting: We can take an 11-mile hike back to camp, or continue up to the mirador (viewpoint) above Camp Británico for one of the most impressive views in the park.

    Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande-Torres del Paine National Park

    Located on the banks of Pehoé Lake, this remote mountain lodge is an ideal base camp for experiencing Torres del Paine. The dormitory rooms have comfortable bunks, as well as drawers to put away gear and a safety box if required. The on-site restaurant offers American cuisine, and the bar is a great place to exchange stories with fellow travelers.

    Activity: 8 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,200' elevation gain or 10-12 hours/15 miles with 2,000' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take a Boat to Grey Glacier

    Day 6

    Arise early and hike along the Paine Grande Mountain towards the face of stunning Grey Glacier, at the southern end of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Enjoy a packed lunch en route before boarding a catamaran that takes us close to the front of the glacier and then down to the southern shore of the Lago Grey (Grey Lake), where our hotel for the night is located.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lago Grey-Torres del Paine National Park

    Surrounded by the majestic beauty of this unique landscape, Hotel Lago Grey is the perfect base for discovering Torres del Paine National Park. The hotel has 60 spacious rooms, including 36 Superior rooms that have lake, mountain and glacier views. All rooms are warm and comfortable, with Wi-Fi (in common areas), safe, and a phone.

    Activity: 4 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 800' elevation gain

    Transportation: 45-minute catamaran & 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Punta Arenas

    Day 7

    After an early breakfast, return to Punta Arenas by private van to meet with your afternoon flight to Santiago and continue to your next destination.

    Accommodation:

    Transportation: 6-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been hiking in Patagonia since we pioneered the route in the 1980s.

Reason #02

Experience the "W" route in comfort, with cozy lodges and no camping.

Reason #03

Our leaders are Patagonia experts who will take you on a truly exhilarating wilderness adventure where other hikers seldom venture.

Meet your guides

Rodrigo Bahamondez

Rodrigo Bahamondez

"Ro" was born in the Last Hope Province of Chile and grew up in Patagonia where he developed a deep love for the outdoors. He has been guiding for the last 14 years in Patagonia & Canada. Ro is an accomplished hiker, kayaker, mountaineer, and wilderness responder. He is also a talented photographer, with a keen eye for capturing the natural beauty of Patagonia. He is a certified Mountain guide and kayak instructor and has completed Wilderness Emergency Responder & Medical; (WFR NOLS-EASPA). Ro speaks English, Spanish, and conversational French.

Activities

Moderate to strenuous hiking with up to 15 miles over 12 hours in a day on varied, mountainous terrain.

Lodging

A range of lodging, from scenic mountain huts with dormitories, to comfortable hotels with modern amenities.

Climate

Expect extreme weather conditions that can change from one moment to the other. Be prepared for everything, especially strong winds and sun.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Your trip leader or another MT Sobek representative will wait for you in the airport arrival area then take you to your hotel.

Can I walk in my low-ankle trail shoes?

It is not recommend that you hike in low-ankle shoes. The terrain is varied and uneven. You will appreciate your hiking boots with ankle support.

What will the porters carry?

Only the very essentials. They will not carry any electronic devices (consider not bringing these), glass, books, personal documents or money.

Will there be Wi-Fi or telephone access?

You will have access to Wi-Fi and telephones while in the city. While on the move during the day you will not have access at all. There is very limited access at the hotels.

Is it possible to accommodate special diets

Yes, but please consider that while in Torres del Paine provisions can be scarce. Please let us know about your dietary restrictions prior to the trip departure.

Is there special clothing we should bring?

As the weather changes so fast, it is advisable to dress in layers. Evenings can be chilly and a good wind/waterproof jacket is a must.

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Additional costs

  • $800 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Meals prior to dinner night-1 and after breakfast day-7
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Travel protection other than the basic medical and evacuation protection noted above

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