Trek east to west staying in private accommodation
Eco Lodge, Private Cabin, Refugio
Private Transport, Feet
Staying in some plush accommodation doesn't mean you won't be headed for a challenge. You will complete the W-Trek without vehicle transfer, relying on your own strength to get you home each evening. This itinerary is great for adventurous couples looking for extra comfort and privacy. You will stay three nights in private accommodation and one night in a small shared dorm (max 6 people). You will hike the W-trek in its entirety, catching views of the eponymous towers, Paine Massif horns, panoramic of Valle Frances and icy waters surrounding Glacier Grey.
Conquer the W-trek hiking from East to West
- Balance your mind and body with free yoga classes.
- Stay 2 nights in plush yet sustainable domes at Eco Camp Patagonia.
- Soothe your tired muscles in a hut tub looking up at the imposing los Cuernos.
- Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow hikers staying at Refugio Paine Grande on your last night.
- Spot guanaco and other flora and fauna.
- Glide across the waters of Lago Pehoe in a Catamaran.
- Optional addons include a private guide, kayaking, ice hiking, horseback riding and fly fishing. Further arrangements to El Calafate in Argentina can be made.
Torres del Paine is a national park in the Chiliean part of southern patagonia. The park is located 70 miles (112 km) south of Puerto Natales and 194 miles (312 km) from Punta Arenas. The peaks of the Paine Massif, the center piece of the park, reach up to 9,462 ft (2,884 mt). Several different species of wildlife can be found in Torres del Paine including Guanaco, Rheas (a large ostrich like bird), South Andean Deer and Foxes. The weather is unpredictable and its often possible to experience four seasons in a single day. Especially remarkable is when snow that is produced above the mountains is pushed down to lower altitude, where the temperature is warm enough for a t-shirt. Quite a rare experience.
Note: it is imperative to book this trip early (> 2 months ahead) as the best accommodation goes quickly.
The base itinerary includes the following:
- Consultation, packing and preparation support
- Local support and briefing in Puerto Natales
- Private transfer from Puerto Natales to Torres Del Paine and back again
- Catamaran across Lago Pehoe
- 4 Breakfasts
- 4 Dinners
- 4 lunches
- 4 Nights of accommodation as detailed in itinerary
This trip does not include:
- Torres del Paine Entrance fee (about 22 USD)
- Any alcohol
- We suggest adding travel insurance. We can provide you with a quote as well.
Transfer to Torres del Paine
You will be picked up at your hotel in Puerto Natales and transfered via private shuttle to Eco Camp Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park. The trip takes approximately two hours and there are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife along the way. You have the rest of the day and evening to enjoy Eco Camp. Why not join a yoga class? At dinner, join the other guests of Eco Camp for dinner in the Community dome. (Dinner, overnight at Eco Camp Superior Dome)
Eco Camp Patagonia - MIRADOR BASE LAS TORRES - Eco Camp Patagonia (8 TO 9 HOURS - 11.25 MILES)
Start your first trekking day off with a bang. Today you will be hiking to see the iconic Towers (the ones that the park are named after). It's a challenging hike, since you will need to do a bit of light scrambling up some rocky areas. If its been raining (which it does a lot), then things can get very slippery. Take you time and travel with a partner (ask about private guides or groups when you inquire). But it's all worth it once you reach the towers, which rise magnificently into the cold, chilean sky. After seeing the towers, head back down through Ascenscio valley and Eco Camp Patagonia (Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner, Overnight at Eco Camp Superior Dome).O
Eco Camp Patagonia - LOS CUERNOS private Cabins (4 to 5 hours - 7 MILES)
This will be the easiest hike of your trip. After a filling breakfast, you will head out across the strecthing pampas, skirting the Southeast side of the Paine Massif. To your left are the milky waters of Lago Nordenskjold, and to the right the mighty Los Cuernos unfolds it's horns, jagged peaks and dreamy waterfalls. Once you reach your cabin next to Refugio Los Cuernos, take pause to enjoy your surroundings. Perhpas a quick soak in the hot tub is what the doctor ordered. Tomorrow will be a long day, so rest up.
Los Cuernos private cabins - Valle Frances - Refugio Paine Grande (10 - 11 hours, 17 miles)
Today you will tackle Valle Frances. It take about 3.5 hours to reach the first lookout, high above Lago Nordenskjold. On your left hand side you will see Glacier Frances, where frequent small avalanches take place. The noise booms throughout the valley, although the ice that breaks away seems much smaller than it should considering the noise. After ducking in and out of the forest, with sporadic views of Rio Frances snaking down the valley below, you will eventually reach Campemento Britanico. In another 25 minutes, you will reach the lookout point, which is a highlight of the trek. After returning down the valley, you will hike 2.5 hours through undulating terrain, stopping briefly at a lookout point above Lago Skottsberg, to arrive at Refugio Paine Grande. (Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner)
Refugio Paine Grande - Glacier Grey - Refugio Paine Grande ( 8 to 9 hours - 14 miles)
Today you will hike along the icy blue waters of Lago Grey. An easy hike than yesterday, there is still some elevation change, so you are not out of the woods yet. The mirador of Grey Glacier is thirty minutes past Refugio Grey. After lunch at Refugio Grey, head there to see the expansive and imposing wall of ice that feeds the lake of the same name. Afterwards, return on the same route back to Paine Grande to catch a catamaran across Lago Pehoe, where your private driver is waiting for you on the other side. Departure to Puerto Natales (or on to El Calafate for additional fee).
Pygmy Miles Total
We reward you with 1 Pygmy Mile for every one dollar you spend with us.
Transfer Puerto Natales - TDP - Puerto Natales
You will travel 80 miles via private transfer (each way) through the Patagonian Pamaps. A great opportunity to view wildlife and the stunning landscape. You earn 1 mile for every mile driven.
You will hike approximately 49 miles on the W-Trek. We reward you with 10 Pygmy Miles for every mile you hike.
Traveling in Patagonia requires a certain level of responsibility. By visiting the park and learning of leave no trace and fire prevention, you will help with conservation efforts to keep the park pristine for future travelers. Many of the refugios inside the park source electricity from off the grid methods and have implemented many green initiatives.
Total Pygmy Miles
1st & 2nd Night: Eco Camp Patagonia (superior room)
Torres del Paine
The design premise behind EcoCamp was to create accommodation where travelers could connect with nature and explore Torres del Paine without leaving a footprint. Engineers designed the structures to rely mostly on green energy and EcoCamp has been certified as an ISO14001 property. All electricity comes from a micro-hydro turbine and photovoltaic panels. Skylights in the domes allow for natural light to shine through during the day, saving on lighting and heating costs, and a view to stars at night. Eco Camp also supports the local community. Produce, meat and poultry are bought from local farmers. 90% of their staff is from the region, mostly from neighboring Puerto Natales. Furthermore, they donate every year to the Torres del Paine Legacy fund, that help protect the environment and improve the community and the tourism products of the region.
3rd Night: Private Cabin at Los Cuernos
Torres del Paine
Los Cuernos is located not far from the beach of Lago Nordenskjold. There are 8 double cabins that include access to a hot tub. Dinner is served at communal tables in two shifts. All bathrooms are shared by guests in that category. Meaning, cabin guests share a bathroom with other cabin guests, refugio guests share with refugio guests and campers share with other campers.
4th Night: Paine Grande Refugio
Torres del Paine
Paine Grande is located at the drop off point of the Catamaran on Lago Pehoe. The building can accommodate 100 hikers in 22 dormitory rooms with bunks for 6, 4 and 2 people. The refugio has a restaurant, bar, lounge and shop with camping supplies.
Most people complete the trek during the spring through fall months (however it is possible to complete the trek in winter, but a guide is recommended). Peak travel is in January and February. Expect rain almost daily, along with sun, along with possible snow and high wind. In fact, just expect all four seasons in one day.
This is a self guided itinerary. But, we can also arrange private guides - let us know in your inquiry if you are interested in having a guide.
This is a Pygmy Elephant itinerary and can be altered to meet your needs. For example, private transfers and upgrades to private rooms or we can arrange ice hikes / kayaks . Or maybe you want to sleep in a tent one night. No problem, will find you the campsite and the tent. We can even arrange for transfers to / from Punta Arenas and El Calafate in Argentina (see Perito Moreno glacier!).
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Level : Medium
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Level : Medium
The hiking is challenging, however only treks into Valle del Frances and to the towers have much elevation change. Only those in good physical health should book this trip. Previous hiking experience recommended as terrain is rocky and uneven. Path is well marked. Those without experience may be more comfortable in a guided hike. Mental strength is rated low because of creature comforts provided at Eco Camp and the private cabin at Los Cuernos.
Tour dates: October 29 to November 6, 2016