The Secret W Trek

Hike the main W Trek trails, using a new and secluded refugio as your base. The refugio is set amongst tranquil rivers and forests, with majestic views of the Towers of Paine. Be picked up from the airport by an expert guide and have everything taken care of from start to finish.

5 Days

$2,495

The Secret W Trek - 5 - $2,495

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Trek to the Ascencio Valley and view the three pink granite Towers of Torres del Paine which made the park famous 
  • Reach the Grey glacier lookout and cross Pehoe lake by catamaran 
  • Hike the French Valley, the most beautiful valley in the park and one of the most unique in the world
  • Return to Punta Arenas via transfer

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on The Secret W Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Puerto Natales

Our guide will meet you at the Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales, a three-hour drive through the Patagonian pampa. Lodging in Puerto Natales at Kau Lodge or Natalino hotel, dinner and meeting to discuss trip program.

Length of excursion: 3 hour transfer

Accommodation: Puerto Natales, Kau Lodge

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Towers of Paine

Transfer by van to Torres del Paine National Park. This is a two hour journey crossing the pampa Patagonica. You will begin trekking to the Ascencio Valley where from above you see the river (of the same name) running wildly past refugio Chileno.

After a quick stop here you will continue through a forest of the native Lenga (Beech) trees until reaching the glacial moraine. From here it's a 1 hour trek to the top where the towers appear from nowhere! This trek is spectacular where you get to view the 3 pink granite towers with its glacial lake below that made the park famous.

Accommodation: Refugio Nash

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 3: French Valley

Transfer to Pudeto, cross Pehoe lake by catamaran. Trek to the French Valley. This valley is the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world. Its surrounded by hanging glaciers (where you can see & hear the ice calving off at various intervals) and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires. There are amazing views throughout this trek and the further you trek into the valley the better they become!

For this day we will have two hiking options as well: A consists in getting to further end of the trail, to the British Camp, this is all the way to the end of this natural congregation of mountains. If we reach this point, we will have completed 24km and 7-8 hours hiking. Plan B consists on reaching to the French Valley Main Lookout, from this point you can appreciate the whole natural amphitheater created by glaciers millions of years ago, it is absolutely breathtaking. B you will have hiked for 5-6 hours and completed 16km. The options will depend on fitness level, timing and weather conditions.

On the return journey you will notice the extraordinary turquoise colour of Lake Pehoe. Cross Pehoe lake by Catamaran and return to the refugio.

Accommodation: Refugio Nash

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 4: Grey Glacier & Kayaking

We will travel by van through the national park, with a stop at the Salto Grande waterfall.

09:30 hrs. Cross Lake Pehoe by catamaran. Trek along enchanting Lake Grey (3-4 hours, 11 KM ) with magnificent views of Glacier Grey and floating icebergs. Visit to the glacier lookout point and to the lakeshore for up close views of vibrant-blue icebergs (Paine is a Tehuelche Indian word for "blue"). 

During the afternoon 10 minutes walk to our base camp Bigfoot, located on the northeast coast of Lake Grey. Here our guides introduce us to the equipment needed for the tour and we will have a safety briefing. After this, we will carry the kayaks approximately 20 meters to the lakes’ edge. Now the tour really begins! We will be paddling around icebergs that are floating in the lake and afterwards we paddle towards the eastern side of the Grey Glacier to wonder at the spectacular scenery in this special place. If conditions permit, we can paddle closer to the glacier to get a really good view.

After this, we will paddle back to the start point. Dinner at Grey Loge, night at Camping Grey. 

Accommodation: Grey Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5: Grey Glacier & Ice Hiking 

After breakfast, the guides will have an introductory chat, and explain the route, the time the tour will take and also test the equipment, and adjust it correctly for each passenger. Then, we go in a zodiac boat for 15 minutes until we reach the west side of the Grey Glacier. On arrival, we will disembark on the island at the glacier (nunatak) and we will walk on it for about an hour until we reach the ice. Before walking onto the glacier, the guide will talk to us about the safety aspects, and they will explain the techniques of displacement in the ice and the correct use of the equipment.

Once the safety briefing is complete we will begin our exploration of the Grey Glacier which will last approximately 3 hours. During this time we will be able to observe cracks, rivers, lagoons and tunnels with their different tones of blue. After 3 hours on the glacier, we return to the zodiac boat and ride back to the base camp. After lunch navigate in Grey II boat, 2 hours navigation in this magic lake surrounded by ice bergs.

Transfer from Hosteria Grey to Puerto Natales.

Accommodation: Kau Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 6: Transfer to Punta Arenas

Enjoy breakfast and transfer to Punta Arenas.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,495 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.

The price of $2495 per person is indicative based on a group of 4 people.

Includes

  • Accommodation and meals as detailed in itinerary
  • All bedding at Refugio Nash
  • Activities as noted in the itinerary
  • Guide for the entire trip
  • Private transfers 
  • Park entrance fees
  • Navigations mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any specialized tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Camp gear (tent + sleeping bag + mattress) 

Excludes

  • Long haul flights 
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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