Luxury Camp W Trek

Paine's most famous trek from the base of a relaxed, friendly eco camp for 4 of the 6 nights. Hike with expert guides and only a day pack, returning to a comfortable bed, a wood-burning stove and en suite bathroom. Meals and transfers from/to Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or Calafate included.

7 Days

$1,884

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Trek along Lake Nordenskjold
  • Trek along the French Valley
  • Hike along Lake Pehoe; view Glacier Grey
  • Trek along the Asencio Valley
  • Hike to Laguna Azul and Paso Las Corneas

Landmarks visited on Luxury Camp W Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Monday, the Patagonic Adventure Starts 

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, you can start your trip in Calafate (see our weekly transfer board for EcoCamp's pick up & drop off schedule). En route you make a couple of stops - First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where you can enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890's. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. The day ends with your arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11 pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon once you arrive.

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Tuesday, Warming up in Los Cuernos

You begin your Patagonian adventure with a pleasant walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail which leads us alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this warm-up walk you will have the opportunity to admire the park's exquisite flora and fauna, as you enjoy the magnificent views of the park's central lakes and the Paine's Horns, majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Massif. The trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cozy mountain refuge located by the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. Alternatively the trek ends at Domo el Frances, located between Cuernos and Italiano camping sites, with an amazing view of Nordenskjold lake. The evening is free for relaxing and enjoying dinner.

Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos or Domo El Frances (depending on availability)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 3: Wednesday, Stepping into the Paine Massif's Heart: Valle Frances

After breakfast at Refugio Los Cuernos, you will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in you go depends on your group's trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead you to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif, where you will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. You will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where you will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After your upward trek, you will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day's trek will end as you descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take you to Refugio Paine Grande. N.B. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is also available.

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: Thursday, Glacier Grey

This day will see you hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey. You'll feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails right to the huge, crystalline facade of Glacier Grey, where you will have plenty of time to marvel at the calving glacier. From the southern end of Glacier Grey you will transfer to EcoCamp. Due to the temperamental weather of the region, boat trips across the lake may occasionally be cancelled if the required minimum of 15 passengers is not reached. If either is the case, you will trek up to the sightseeing point and profit from wonderful, panoramic views of the Glacier instead. Then you will return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to Pudeto's dock, where you will be picked up and driven to EcoCamp.

*Optional Activity: Kayaking around Glacier Grey: This excursion starts at 13:00 and lasts 2,5 hours where you will discover the amazing glacier and kayak around huge floating icebergs, towards the east side of the glacier to get closer to the giant ice wall (Min. age: 15 ; Max age: 65) (Note: Kayaking option is only available until March 19th)

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 5: Friday, the Great Challenge: The Mighty Torres del Paine

The goal of your fifth day of the 7-day Trek will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! You will walk from the campsite towards Hosteria Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Your big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead you to that iconic base-view of the Towers - Three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, you'll backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner.

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 6: Saturday, Soft Day in the Eastern Lakes

The sixth day will consist of a less strenuous trail in order to counter the exhausting efforts of the previous day. After breakfast, you will take a leisurely car journey towards Laguna Azul, passing Canadon Macho, home to many wild guanacos and nandues, en route. You will pause occasionally to admire the views of the Patagonian steppe and the towers from a different perspective. At Laguna Azul, you will hike to the lookout point where you will be treated to a gorgeous view of both the lagoon and granite towers. After lunch, you will drive to the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake where the Fauna Trail begins. As you hike northbound, you will spot an impressive range of Patagonian fauna on the vast plains, including: guanacos, ostrich-like nandus and maybe the occasional puma print! You will pass the charming Goic lagoon and after approximately 5km of relaxed walking, we will reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where we will be picked up and driven back to Ecocamp to celebrate over our farewell dinner.

*Please note that if there are more than 6 travellers in the group there's an option to split into two groups, with one group (or the whole group if everybody's in the mood!) cycling to Laguna Azul!

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 7: Sunday, Adios Torres del Paine!

You will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight to Santiago. Or, alternatively, you board an early morning vehicle to the border to continue our journey to El Calafate.

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip departs every Monday from October 2nd 2017 to April 23rd 2018 with prices varying depending on the season. 

Please get in touch for details and availability.

Start date Price (pp)
October 2017
30-Oct-2017 $2,198 Guaranteed Date
November 2017
6-Nov-2017 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
13-Nov-2017 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
20-Nov-2017 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
27-Nov-2017 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
December 2017
4-Dec-2017 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
11-Dec-2017 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
18-Dec-2017 $3,211 Guaranteed Date
25-Dec-2017 $3,211 Guaranteed Date
January 2018
1-Jan-2018 $3,211 Guaranteed Date
8-Jan-2018 $3,211 Guaranteed Date
15-Jan-2018 $3,211 Guaranteed Date
22-Jan-2018 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
29-Jan-2018 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
February 2018
5-Feb-2018 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
12-Feb-2018 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
19-Feb-2018 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
26-Feb-2018 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
March 2018
5-Mar-2018 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
12-Mar-2018 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
19-Mar-2018 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
26-Mar-2018 $3,058 Guaranteed Date
April 2018
2-Apr-2018 $2,198 Guaranteed Date
9-Apr-2018 $2,198 Guaranteed Date
16-Apr-2018 $2,198 Guaranteed Date
23-Apr-2018 $1,884* Guaranteed Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP1,183,356

Prices shown are for accommodation in a Standard Double Dome.

The price of 1,183,356 CLP is for the Low Season

The price of 1,380,564 CLP is for the Shoulder Season

The price of 1,920,888 CLP is for the High Season

The price of 2,016,792 CLP is for the Peak Season

Includes

  • All ground transport (private and domestic) as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bus from Calafate-Puerto Natales-Calafate if starting/ finishing in Calafate
  • Boat crossing on Lago Grey
  • 4 nights accommodation in Standard Domes (shared)
  • 1 night accommodation at Refugio Paine Grande, 1 night in Refugio Los Cuernos
  • Park fees for Cueva del Milodon & Torres del Paine National Park
  • One expert English/ Spanish speaking guide
  • Sleeping bag for refugios if needed
  • Transportation for your luggage within the park (whilst trekking you will only carrying your day pack)
  • All meals throughout the trip except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 7

Excludes

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with meals
  • Personal items

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