Amazing Paine

The W Trek in five full and active days, enriched by the geographical and wildlife knowledge of the best guides we know and with complete peace of mind provided by full organisation of accommodation, meals and airport transfers where needed.

7 Days

$2,955

Amazing Paine - 7 - $2,955

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map


  • Trek the Ascencio Valley and view the three pink granite towers with its glacial lake below 
  • Trek along Lake Nordenskjold to reach the base of Los Cuernos 
  • Experience The French Valley, the most beautiful in park and one of the most unique in the world
  • Hike to the enchanting Lake grey with magnificent views of Glacier Grey
  • Kayaking on Lago Grey and Ice hike on Glacier Grey before viewing the glacier by boat

Landmarks visited on Amazing Paine

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Our guide will meet you at the Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales, a three-hour drive through the Patagonian pampa.

Accommodation: Puerto Natales, Kau Lodge

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park

Transfer by van to Torres del Paine National Park. This is a two hour journey crossing the pampa Patagonica. Arrival at Torres del Paine. We 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 we 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.

Length of hike: 7 hours, 19 km

Accommodation: Refugio Nash

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 3: Lago Nordenskjold & Los Cuernos 

Today we will trek along Lake Nordenskjold (named after the Swedish geologist who's studies formed an important contribution to world glacial geology) and below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, where we will reach the base of Los Cuernos.

Length of hike: 5 hours, 11 km

Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 4: French Valley Trek to the French Valley.

This valley, 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 have two hiking options: 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. 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. If you take Plan B, you will have hiked for 5-6 hours and completed 16km. The options will depend on fitness level, timing and weather conditions. Lodging and dinner at Lodge Paine Grande where you can enjoy a pisco sour in the bar that overlooks Paine Grande & Los Cuernos in the beautiful evening light.

Accommodation: Lodge Paine Grande

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5: Glacier Grey

Trek along enchanting Lake Grey 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"). Accommodation in the new lodge Grey, lunch.

Short walk to Bigfoot Patagonia basecamp, 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.

Length of hike: 3-4 hours, 11 km

Accommodation: Lodge Grey

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 6: Ice Hike

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 7: Transfer to Punta Arenas

End of trip.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please contact us for more details.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,955 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 $2,955 per person is indicative based on a group of 2 people

The price of $2,558 per person is indicative based on a group of 3-5 people

The price of $2,190 per person is indicative based on a group of 6-9 people

The price of $2,090 per person is indicative based on a group of 10 + people

Includes

  • Accommodation and meals as detailed in itinerary 
  • Private transfers to/from Punta Arenas
  • Private Guide
  • Kayaking on Lago Grey
  • Ice Hike on Glacier Grey
  • Park entrance fees

Excludes

  • Long haul flights
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities 
  • Alcoholic beverages 

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