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4-Day W Trek

Hike the full W Trek in just four days. This trip includes a boat ride across Lake Grey, trekking in the French Valley and along the shore of Lake Nordenskjöld, plus the iconic hike to the Base of the Towers. You'll be in a small group, staying at reufgios along the way and always accompanied by an experienced mountain guide.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

4 Days




Torres del Paine

4-Day W Trek - 4 Days - $1,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer to Hotel Grey; Boat trip; Trek to Glacier Grey; Refugio Paine Grande

Day 2: Trek the French Valley; Camping Los Cuernos

Day 3: Trek along Lake Nordenskjöld; Camping Chileno

Day 4: Trek to the base of the Towers; Puerto Natales

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on 4-Day W Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Hotel Grey; Boat trip; Trek to Glacier Grey; Refugio Paine Grande

Please make sure you are in Puerto Natales the day before your trip starts so you can attend a trip briefing.

This morning you will take a private group transfer to Hotel Grey in the national park and enjoy a boat trip across Lake Grey towards Glacier Grey and finishing at Refugio Grey.

Here you'll start your first hike on the W Trek. You’ll stop at various viewpoints, taking lunch along the way, as your guide explains the magnificent landscapes through which you are hiking. Your hike will finish at Refugio Paine Grande where you can rest up before dinner.

Refugio meals are usually lively events where all nationalities of hikers gather, exchange travel experiences, and reflect on trekking in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Transfer duration: 1.5hrs

Length of hike: 5hrs, 12km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande

Day 2: Trek the French Valley; Camping Los Cuernos

Today you’ll follow the edge of Cerro Paine Grande through the middle section of the W Trek. Along this trail, the Cuernos or 'horns' will be your guide as you edge closer and closer to them - a truly stunning sight!

You will explore the French Valley, considered by many to be the most spectacular region of the whole park, as you leave your heavier packs at the start of the valley. After reaching the French valley viewpoint you will be surrounded by the wildly beautiful, rugged mountains!

Follow the same path back down, pick up your backpack and continue to Camping Los Cuernos.

Length of hike: 8hrs, 18km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Los Cuernos

Day 3: Trek along Lake Nordenskjöld; Camping Chileno

Today's hiking is a little gentler than yesterday’s as you follow the base of the Almirante Nieto Mountain, with the imposing Cuernos (the horns) of Paine to one side, and the beautiful Lake Nordenskjöld to the other. This section of the ‘W Trek’ has great panoramic views and is an exciting place to try to spot the elusive Andean condor!

This afternoon you’ll arrive at Camping Chileno to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s final trek to the base of the towers.

Length of hike: 4-5hrs, 13km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping Chileno

Day 4: Trek to the base of the Towers; Puerto Natales

This truly iconic day-hike is a wonderful way to end our experience hiking the ‘W Trek’ in Torres del Paine. This testing, yet fascinating trek follows the Ascencio River, undulating through forests and rising high into the valley to the base of the colossal towers.

You will have lunch at this incredible spot, admiring the view of the towers, before returning down the same trail.

This afternoon you will take a shared private transfer to Puerto Natales with a guide.

Transfer duration: 1hr

Length of hike: 8hrs, 18km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

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What our customers think of 4-Day W Trek

4-Day W Trek trips scored 4.3/5 from 2 reviews

Truly breathtaking - we got lucky with the weather for the most part, but had a full 1.5 days of fog which limited our visibility. That would be the only drawback as you can have very unpredictable weather.

Travelled: February 2022

Michael Epstein - USA

Our hike was great and our guide was the highlight; he did so many little things beyond just guiding us. I also thought the timeline of our itinerary was perfect.

Travelled: October 2015

Heather -


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2023/24 season are:

4-8 people: USD $1,995 per person

3 people: USD $2,295 per person

2 people: USD $2,595 per person

Additional Notes

Accommodation – Whilst we have requested a shared-dormitory room in a refugio for day 1, the local operators of each refugio reserve the right to offer supported camping in place of this. If this is the case, we will inform you ahead of your trip. You will be provided with a pre-pitched tent, roll mat and sleeping bag at each night stop in this instance.

Christmas surcharge – The 24th December departure will have a USD $50 per person surcharge added - this is levied by the refugio.


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 box lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation: 1 night in shared dormitory accommodation; 2 nights camping
  • Torres del Paine National Park entrance fee
  • Transfers in/out of national park
  • Glacier Grey boat trip
  • English-speaking guide


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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