Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Hike between the highlights of Torres del Paine, seeing the Torres peaks and the majestic waters of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg, and Pehoe
- Trek along the open Southern Ice Field, reaching Glacier Grey where you have the option to ice hike on the Glacier or kayak on Lake Grey
- Upgrade to include the final day sailing up close to the Glacier Grey
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided on full days
- Stay in friendly, traditional refugios as you journey through the region
Landmarks visited on Self-guided W Trek (5D/4N)
Day 1: Torres del Paine - Las Torres Lookout - Chileno
Early in the morning you will take a bus to Torres del Paine. The trip is approximately two hours. After arriving to and registering yourself in the park you will begin to hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. After two hours of hiking steadily upward you will arrive to Refugio Chileno. This is where you will be spending the night. Here you can store your large pack before continuing onto the Las Torre lookout. You will hike about an hour through a dense Lenga forest.
Once you leave the forest you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After admiring the view you will return to Refugio & Camping Chileno to have dinner and sleep.
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Refugio Chileno
Day 2: Hike Along Lake Nordenskjold
In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You will leave Refugio Chileno and walk for four hours towards Refugio Cuernos, located on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and at the foot of the Cuernos. Along the way you will walk along the skirt of Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold.
There will be a few rivers you will pass over by hopping across rocks. As you hike you will catch glimpses of glaciers and the mountaintops hovering over you. Finally you will see the monstrous peaks of the Cuernos. You will spend the night at the foot of them at Refugio Cuernos.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Refugio Cuernos
Day 3: Visit the French Valley Cuernos - French Valley Lookout - Paine Grande
Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Campamento Italiano. This camp is 2.5 hours away. You will trek across a windy beach and finally escape into the valley where the wind is a little calmer. Once you arrive to Campamento Italiano you can leave your large pack and continue into the French Valley with just a small daypack.
You will hike across a moraine and through a forest until you come to a clearing. Here you will be blown away by both the wind and the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you, the hanging French Glacier just ahead of you and by many other peaks. After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your large pack and continue onto Refugio Paine Grande on the shore of the beautiful Lake Pehoe.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande
Day 4: Admire Glacier Grey Paine Grande - Grey
After a restful night and an energizing breakfast you will begin a four-hour hike through a small forest and then along Lake Grey. Most days this section of the park is very windy, due to openness provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field. After about two hours of hiking you will get your first glimpse of Glacier Grey. You will continue hiking for two more hours until arriving to Refugio Grey where you will spend the night. If you would like you can continue onto Campamento Los Guardas for a different view of the glacier.
There are two optional excursions you can take today in the afternoon or tomorrow in the morning while at Refugio Grey - ice hiking on Glacier Grey or kayaking on Lake Grey. Let us know if you are interested and we can make reservations.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Refugio Grey
Day 5: Return to Puerto Natales Grey - Hotel Lago Grey - Puerto Natales
In the morning you will have time to relax after breakfast.
OPTION 1 - included - After lunch you will do the return hike to Refugio Paine Grande where you will catch the early evening catamaman across the Pehoe lake and then the public bus out of the part back to Puerto Natales.
OPTION 2 - CLP$ 90,000 additional - In the afternoon you will board the Grey III, which will take you to admire the glacier up-close and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. After arriving to the other side of Lake Grey you will wait at the cafe inside of Hotel Lago Grey before taking a transfer to catch the bus back to Puerto Natales.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
What our customers think
Everything was perfectly organised and we were constantly impressed with how easy everything was, from transport to food. It meant all we had to think about was the hike (and the wine afterwards!)
Rory Dormer United Kingdom January 2019
Highlight was the Valle de Frances in the snow and the suspension bridges with the view of Glacier Grey. We met amazing people from all over.
Michael Grant Mexico April 2019
My favourite part was Las Torres. It was really fun to meet people from all over the world at the Refugios. The food was delicious.
Mary February 2017
It was wonderful. I think we were a little unfit for it to be honest - but the sense of achievement when we got back to Puerto Natales was amazing. We both really enjoyed it.
Bryony December 2015
The landscapes of Patagonia are literally other-worldly. When we left the park, my nephew said it was like leaving Jurassic Park- it was so unreal. We saw grey foxes, condors, guanacos, and hawks (not to mention many other birds). The weather is as INTENSE as the beauty...every minute, it changed. The trail, though well-traveled, is not for the faint of heart. As times it was difficult. But never once did we regret the strain or aches. The people we met along the way were diverse and friendly. If we said "hola" one time a day, we said it fifty. it was truly a spirit-lifting trip!
Julie Emery United States Of America January 2017
Landscape was incredible. Feeling of accomplishment I felt every night and being able to sit down at dinner with people of all ages from around the world and drink a toast to the days accomplishment was amazing.
Sherry Wilson Canada February 2018
After trekking Torres del Paine, I feel like most of the time you won't need a guide, as everything is well-prepared and scheduled for the self-guided tour. You will also meet other people on the way that are doing the same trek, so you won't be alone.
Ivo Correia United States Of America December 2019
Swoop were incredibly responsive, with thoughtful and generous advice, honest feedback...we were thoroughly impressed and happy with the service provided.
Ariel January 2016
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
We have dates on hold in the refugios for the dates outlined. If you would like to do complete the trek outside of these dates, we can check availability for you but spaces are not guaranteed.
Upgrade your trip to include:
- Bedding/sleeping bags in the refugios for CLP$ 80,000 extra per person
- Grey III Glacier cruise for CLP$ 90,000 extra per person
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- Accommodation: 4 nights in refugios in Torres del Paine with shared room/bathroom (bedding not included)
- Torres del Paine entrance fee
- Shuttle from Laguna Amarga to Refugio Las Torres area
- Bus to and from Torres del Paine National Park
- Transfer from Hotel Lago Grey to Administration
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Any extra/optional excursions
- Travel insurance
- Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
- International and domestic/in country flights
- Sleeping bag
- Drinks during lunch or dinner
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses