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

$1,753

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 - Torres del Paine NP, Chile

The trip starts in Punta Arenas city during the morning either at your hotel or at the airport. From Punta Arenas we drive to the environmentally sustainable luxury yurt located in world famous Torres del Paine National Park. During summer the sun sets around 11 pm, so as you drive in you'll have plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanaco and snow-peaked mountain horizon. Before arriving though, there are a couple stops. One is at Puerto Natales, a small but lively town on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza - 'Last Hope Sound'. You are invited to check out the town, leave any luggage you will not need for the trek in our office, and finally enjoy a hearty lunch with delicious local food. The other stop is at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890's. The surrounding area is very scenic with plenty of wild birds to be seen. The day ends with an overnight at the luxury yurt in Las Torres.

Accommodation: Luxury Yurt

Meals: Dinner 


Day 2: Tuesday, Warming up in Los Cuernos Torres del Paine NP, Chile

We start our adventure in the Park with a pleasant walk through the curly Cuernos trail located beside beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this 'appetizer walk' we take in the park's charming flora and fauna, its strong wind and the curious 4-seasons weather that will accompany us for the next days. As we advance through the trail we enjoy magnificent views of the park's central lakes and the Paine's Horns which are majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop grey granite which crown the center of the Massif. We will of course stop to get some great first shots of the park and also enjoy a delicious box lunch to energize us for the rest of the walk. The trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cozy mountain refuge located by the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. The evening is left free to enjoy dinner and share experiences.

Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 3: Wednesday, Stepping into the Paine Massif's Heart: Valle Frances Torres del Paine NP, Chile

After breakfast, we begin a challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How deep we go depends on our groups' rhythm. An active walk leads us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif. From this point, we can enjoy our first truly wonderful view and then continue up the trail until reaching the upper prospects of the valley. The entire group of geological formations of the high valley can be admired here: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburen (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress)! It is time to have a picnic and recover from the walk. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well. Next, we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest until reaching the Refugio Paine Grande, located in the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. Finally, upon reaching the Refugio, the luggage is organised and there is time to talk about the day while enjoying a replenishing dinner.

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 4: Thursday, Torres del Paine's Big Daddy is on the Way: Glacier Grey! Torres del Paine NP, Chile

Today we'll hike from Paine Grande Lodge along the shores of mountain-lined Lake Pehoe to the northern end of the glacial Lake Grey. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails to the blue face of Glacier Grey. You'll have lots of time to marvel at this calving glacier before the boat ride across Lake Grey with its floating pieces of ice. You clothes and personal belongings are once again transported separately from the lodge in duffel bags. From Lake Grey's southern end we transfer to the yurt. If the weather conditions do not allow us to navigate Lake Grey, we'll instead hike to Glacier Grey. Then at Pudeto we'll board the catamaran to cross Lake Pehoe. From there, we'll take a short drive back to the yurt in where we'll enjoy the night.

Accommodation: Luxury Yurt 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


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

Time for a great breakfast and lots of enthusiasm! Our goal is to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine NP. We walk from the camp site towards Hosteria Las Torres and connect with the winding uphill path to Ascencio Valley - the valley which supports the eastern face of the Towers' base. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers are passed along the scenic walk into the valley. It's not a difficult walk, but energy should nevertheless be saved for the final challenge: the moraine. This mass of boulders is the last guardian before our face to face meeting with the uplifting Torres del Paine. The moraine is sufficiently steep to consider doing it slowly and with an adequate amount of precaution. After a considerable effort, the Towers come into full view, rising majestically before us with the glacial lake visible below. This is one of the most breathtaking sights of the world! The famous Torres del Paine (2, 900 m/ 9, 400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. Is there any better place on this planet to have lunch? Of course! But since we are in Patagonia, at the feet of the mighty Torres del Paine, we will enjoy life, the view, and a bite to eat! Once everyone is ready, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley, and return to the luxury yurt.

Accommodation: Luxury Yurt 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 6: Saturday, Soft Day in the Eastern Lakes Torres del Paine NP, Chile

We hike to the Laguna Azul lookout where we have a gorgeous view of both the lagoon and granite towers. We continue along the eastern side of Lago Sarmiento to the calcium formations on the lake's shores where guanacos are often seen. Later we trek to Paso Las Corneas with spectacular views of Rio Paine, Lake Pehoe and the massif of Paine. Depending on the group, we can also hike to the Toro lookout point that offers more soul-candy scenery - Lago Toro and the pampa, or steppe! Upon returning to the yurt, a farewell dinner is celebrated. This is sadly our last night in Torres del Paine, we take notes and talk with our friends, relax, feel the strong Patagonic wind while watching the heavens above, all these days in the Park will be profound memories when we return home.

Accommodation: Luxury Yurt 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 7: Sunday, Adios Torres del Paine!

Return to Punta Arenas. 

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip departs every Monday throughout the season from Oct 3rd 2016 to April 24th 2017.

Prices shown are for accommodation in a Standard Double Dome. Please get in touch for details and availability.

Start date Price (pp)
February 2017
27-Feb-2017 $2,846 Guaranteed Date
March 2017
6-Mar-2017 $2,846 Guaranteed Date
13-Mar-2017 $2,846 Guaranteed Date
20-Mar-2017 $2,846 Guaranteed Date
27-Mar-2017 $2,846 Guaranteed Date
April 2017
3-Apr-2017 $2,045 Guaranteed Date
10-Apr-2017 $2,045 Guaranteed Date
17-Apr-2017 $2,045 Guaranteed Date
24-Apr-2017 $1,753* Guaranteed Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP1,095,700

Pick up and drop off available at Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and El Calafate at the start and end of the trip.

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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