W Trek, 3 days

This trip fits Torres del Paine's highlights into a short timeframe. Trek up close to the famous granite towers, the mesmerising French Valley and the shimmering blue ice of Glacier Grey. Expert guides, deluxe tent accommodation, pre-arranged transfers and meals allow you to indulge in the pure joy of trekking in one of Patagonia's iconic settings. This trip fits Torres del Paine's highlights into a short timeframe. Trek up close to the famous granite towers, the mesmerising French Valley and the shimmering blue ice of Glacier Grey. Read more...
3 Days
$1,395

W Trek, 3 days - 3 - $1,395

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Boat on Pehoe Lake; Trek the French Valley; Serrano Camp 

Day 2: Trek the Pingo Valley; Glacier Grey boat trip; Serrano Camp 

Day 3: Trek to Las Torres (The Towers) lookout; Drive to Puerto Natales

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on W Trek, 3 days

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Boat on Pehoe Lake; Trek the French Valley; Serrano Camp

Our day begins in Puerto Natales at 7am when your guide and private transport picks you up from your hotel or accommodation. We drive to Torres del Paine along unpaved roads and past lagoons and pampas, accompanied at times by the guanacos (relatives of llamas), grey foxes, Chilean flamingos and black-necked swans that call this region home.

Once in the National Park, we’ll take the catamaran across Lake Pehoe to the starting point of today’s return trek. Our destination, the French Valley, is a glacial moraine surrounded by peaks and hanging glaciers – we’ll hike over challenging terrain and catch our first sight of the hanging glacier atop the valley.

From here we ascend for an hour through a dreamlike Japanese garden landscape before arriving at the French Valley viewpoint (the 'Plateau'). Your reward is a stunning bird’s eye view of granite peaks and hanging glaciers. On one side is the French Glacier and Paine Grande (3050m); while on the other, La Espada, La Hoja, La Máscara and the main and north 'horns' of Los Cuernos arch upwards. In the upper section of the valley, Mt Catedral and Mt Fortaleza loom like turrets above the landscape. We'll have plenty of time to rest and have lunch at the viewpoint, surrounded by these imposing peaks and open skies.

Our descent is via the same path. We’ll take the short catamaran ride back across Pehoe Lake, and pick up our private transfer to the Serrano Camp. A freshly prepared welcome dinner awaits us as we share unforgettable views of the Paine Massif from the spacious dining lodge. Spend a restful night in your private deluxe dome on the shore of the Serrano River.

Transfer duration: 2hrs to the national park, plus 35mins to the camp

Catamaran duration: 35mins

Length of hike: 7-8hrs, 17km

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano Camp


Day 2: Trek the Pingo Valley; Glacier Grey boat trip; Serrano Camp

After a fresh and hearty breakfast, our private transfer drives us to the trailhead of our morning trek into the Pingo Valley. This 3hr hike in the valley takes us to a stunning viewpoint at Cascada los Salmones – a waterfall where salmon are sometimes seen. On the return journey keep an eye out for the elusive huemul (Andean deer).

After a relaxing picnic lunch on the bank of the Pingo River we’ll walk through a woodpecker-inhabited beech forest to pick up the boat for our 3hr trip around blue-hued icebergs to the enormous face of Glacier Grey. We'll stay for some time to soak up the textures, lines and colours. If we’re lucky, we’ll get to see a glacial calving, where huge chunks of ice break off the glacier and crash into the freezing waters.

On your return journey in the boat we’ll see the wind-sculpted 'ice mushrooms' atop the massive peaks of Paine Grande. Later, we’ll drive to the Serrano Camp where a sumptuous meal and good night’s rest await us.

Transfer duration: 30mins each way

Boat ride duration: 3hrs

Length of hike: 3hrs, 10km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano Camp


Day 3: Trek to Las Torres (The Towers) lookout; Drive to Puerto Natales

The final day starts with a transfer across the National Park, taking in some incredible early-morning sights as the sun gradually begins to rise, to the starting point for our trek to the famous Las Torres lookout.

An initial ascent follows the Ascencio River into the Ascencio Valley. At a lookout point, about an hour into the trek, we’ll pause to take in the beauty of the valley's rich beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls.

After this point the path continues climbing through lush beech forests before ascending a gigantic terminal moraine (the ridge formed at a glacier’s end point). It's here, at an altitude of 900m, where we’ll be rewarded by the stunning sight of Las Torres and stay a while to soak up the amazing views, take photos and have lunch.

We'll then retrace our steps and pick up our private transfer to Puerto Natales, arriving in the evening exhausted from three intense days of activity, but buzzing with the feeling of having conquered Torres del Paine's most iconic treks.

Transfer duration: 1.5hrs to the trailhead, 2hrs back to Puerto Natales

Length of hike: 8-10hrs round-trip, 22km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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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

The 3 day Torres Del Paine is great for those on a budget or lacking time - you do and see everything you would want and it's all made so easy.

Jonathan Gallacher United Kingdom November 2017

We loved our wonderful guide. The Serrano camp was also a lovely place to stay – puma sighting included!

Michael Grunebaum United States Of America November 2019

The long hikes were challenging, but well worth it, and it was delightful to have the glamping at the end. The tents were lovely. More hot water would have been even better in the showers, but it was otherwise terrific.

Jen Keister United States Of America November 2018

3-Day W Trek

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The base price of USD $1,395 per person is based on a group of 4-8 people


The trip price varies depending on group size as shown below:

4-8 people: USD $1,395 per person

3 people: USD $1,495per person

2 people: USD $1,595 per person

Departure dates available on request. Please contact us to discuss your preferred date.

Additional Notes

Group size - 8 maximum, 2 minimum

Serrano Camp facilities  This camp is located on the shores of the Serrano River, away from the crowded refugios and campsites. It's equipped with separate men's and women's bathrooms, hot showers, and electrical outlets for charging and operating electronic devices. Delicious meals are shared in a dedicated dining lodge with views of the Paine Massif. A spacious lounge offers the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying some great company.

Includes

  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights camping (comfortable deluxe tents with 2 premium inflatable mattresses with fresh linens and bedding)
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Round trip catamaran to Cross Pehoe Lake
  • Round trip boat navigation at Grey Lake
  • English and Spanish speaking guide/driver

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list – trekking poles can be rented for USD $6 per day)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • Porters (please enquire if these are available)
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • International and domestic/in-country flights

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