Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Transfer Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine; trek the Asencio Valley to the base of the Towers
- Catamaran across Pehoe Lake; trek along the French Valley
- Hike in the Pingo Valley; navigation to Glacier Grey
- Stay in a comfortable riverside camp
Landmarks visited on W Trek, 3 days
At 7:30 we pick you up at your lodging in Puerto Natales. Our transfer takes us along an unpaved road heading to Torres Del Paine. When entering the Park, we will have excellent picture taking opportunities of guanacos (llama family) and Grey foxes, driving alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans.
We will start our first day trekking to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests (Nothofagus family), glaciers and waterfalls. We'll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900m), excellent for picture taking. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment.
After being awed by the towers we'll start our descent, following the same path back to the transfer. We will drive inside the main areas of the park all the way to the Serrano River where we will stay in a comfortable riverside camp, enjoying a shared dinner.
(2 hours by transfer, 7-8 hours round-trip hiking, 18 KM, 1.5 hour transfer)
Accommodation: Overnight Camping
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
A private transfer will take us to the west side of the Park going around Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750m) with Nordenskjold Lake at its base.
We will take a catamaran across the Pehoe Lake. From here we commence our out and back trek to the French valley. We will start going around the southwest side of Paine Grande, the highest summit in the Park, through native forests of fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the hanging bridge over the French River to observe the first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300m) for one hour amidst a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a viewpoint, gifting us with magnificent panoramic views, where we enjoy a good lunch.
Our way back will be the same, spending a second night in the camp.
(30 minutes by transfer each way, 35 minutes by catamaran each way, 6-7 hours hiking, 17 KM)
Accommodation: Overnight Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At 9am we start our adventure to the Glacier Grey by boat. In order to get to the boat, we will walk through a mature beech forest where we might observe woodpeckers. We will navigate about one hour through icebergs of different tones of blue up to the Grey glacier, where we will stay for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve.
We enjoy a picnic lunch at the shore of the Pingo River.
In the afternoon we head to the Pingo Valley for a walk to the "Cascada los Salmones" where we'll stop to take in the view before returning back along the same trail, with a chance to find the elusive Huemul (Andean Deer).
We will take the private transfer back to Natales on a different road.
(30 minutes by private transfer, 3 hours hike, 3 hours navigation, 1,5 hour by private transfer)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
What our customers think
What an amazing week. Words and pictures cannot express the joy felt in this beautiful wilderness. Thank you to our wonderful guides and gaucho.
Neil January 2016
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices depend on the number of people in the group, starting from $1,295 USD pp for a group of 4-8, up to $1,495 pp for a group of 2. Single supplement of US $100.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,295 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
- All private transport included in the itinerary
- Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
- 2 nights camping Lodging (Comfortable domes with two beds and shared bathrooms)
- Catamaran across Lago Pehoe
- Boat at Lake Grey
- All meals included in the itinerary (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
- English & Spanish speaking Guide/Driver
- Any additional nights accommodation
- Medical / personal expenses
- Gratuities for the guide