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Overview

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.

  • 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
  • Group Size: 6-14
  • Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Punta Arenas

    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.

  • Day02

    Scenic Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

    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
    • Transportation: 6-hour hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Explore Majestic Torres del Paine

    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
    • Activity: 9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Hike below Cuernos del Paine

    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: Cabañas de los Cuernos
    • Activity: 5 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,400' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Hike through French Valley

    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: Paine Grande Mountain Shelter
    • 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
  • Day06

    Take a Boat to Grey Glacier

    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
    • Activity: 4 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 800' elevation gain
    • Transportation: 45-minute catamaran & 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Depart from Punta Arenas

    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.

    • Transportation: 6-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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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 Our Guides

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.

What To Expect

  • 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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

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    Jan 18 - 24, 2020
    Confirmed Departure
  • Available
    Mar 21 - 27, 2020
    Special departure with MT Sobek\'s CEO & President Kimberly Daley
  • Apr 04 - 10, 2020

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2020
$4,995.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $800.00 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

Testimonials

  • "MT Sobek has created a marvelous experience into the heart of Patagonia, exposing the hiker to all the wonderful scenery, people and history this incredibly beautiful place has to offer."

    Coleen S.

    MT Sobek Guest

  • "Thank you MT Sobek for the trip of my lifetime! The Patagonia adventure exceeded my expectations in all respects and has renewed my spirit and filled my heart with joy!"

    Maria S.

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