On Patagonia's famous W route, you'll hike 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 the 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.
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.
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). Set out on a short walk, across the valley from Cueva del Mylodon and Cueva del Medio-caves that have yielded important prehistoric finds. Tonight, travel to Lago de Grey and settle into our quaint hotel, ideally situated within Torres del Paine National Park.
Cross Lago de Grey by boat to reach the foot of the Grey Glacier. Our trail traces the lakeshore, offering spectacular views of the glacier, the expansive ice field, the Andes Range, and the dramatic Paine massif itself. Settle into our lodge, overlooking Lago Pehoé.
Hike into the French valley, one of the most spectacular cirques in the Paine Massif. Walk below the glaciers that descend from the massif's highest summit, Paine Grande, and marvel at the gray granite peaks of the Cuernos del Paine, topped with fantastical black slate "horns." Take in panoramic vistas of this extraordinary sweep of mountains and spend the night in a cabin by a waterfall. Porters will carry your essentials for today and tomorrow.
Today, follow the Paso Los Cuernos trail along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjöld, hiking at a relaxed pace between the soaring Cuernos del Paine and the sapphire lake. Continue to the entrance of the Torres mountain valley and check into our hotel.
Rise early for a full-day hike to Torres del Paine, sheer walls of granite that thrust vertically into the sky. Our path cuts through beech forests and up to the barren slopes below the towers to one of the most magnificent viewpoints in the world. Before us, the towers rise majestically, and below, the glacial lake shines a brilliant shade of blue.
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.
MT Sobek has been hiking in Patagonia since we pioneered the route in the 1980s.
Experience the "W" route in comfort, with cozy lodges and no camping.
Our leaders are Patagonia experts who will take you on a truly exhilarating wilderness adventure where other hikers seldom venture.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Moderate to strenuous hiking with up to 15 miles over 12 hours in a day on varied, mountainous terrain.
A range of lodging, from scenic mountain huts with dormitories, to comfortable hotels with modern amenities.
Expect extreme weather conditions that can change from one moment to the other. Be prepared for everything, especially strong winds and sun.
Your trip leader or another MT Sobek representative will wait for you in the airport arrival area then take you to your hotel.
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.
Only the very essentials. They will not carry any electronic devices (consider not bringing these), glass, books, personal documents or money.
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.
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.
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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