Self-guided W Trek from Calafate

One of the quickest and simplest ways to take in both the W Trek and the Perito Moreno glacier from the southern base of El Calafate. All accommodation and transfers are taken care of and you can hike the trails independently.

8 Days

$1,361

Self-guided W Trek from Calafate - 8 - $1,361

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit the famous towers, hike through dense Lenga forest and witness incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Ascencio Valley 
  • Hike through the French Valley and have spectacular views of Lake Pehoe and the hanging French Glacier
  • Hike along Lake Grey and catch your first glimpse of Glacier Grey
  • Admire the glacier up close via boat before returning back to Puerto Natales 

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Self-guided W Trek from Calafate

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to El Calafate

When you arrive to the airport you will a taxi (or a shuttle bus) to your accommodation in El Calafate. You will have the rest of the evening to yourself.

Accommodation: B&B, El Calafate


Day 2: Arrive to Puerto Natales

You will board a bus in El Calafate and be taken directly to Puerto Natales. The drive is approximately 5 hours. When you arrive in Puerto Natales you will take a taxi or walk to your accommodation. You will come to our office for a briefing explaining the next few days and helping you with any last minute questions as well.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: B&B, Puerto Natales


Day 3: Visit the famous towers!

Early in the morning you will depart on a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine. The trip to the park entrance at Laguna Amarga 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 & Camping Chileno. Here you can store your large pack before continuing onto the park's famous 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 Las Torres. After admiring the view you will return to Refugio & Camping Chileno to have dinner and sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio & Camping Chileno


Day 4: Hike along Lake Nordenskjold

In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You will leave Refugio & Camping Chileno and walk for four hours towards Refugio & Camping 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. 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 & Camping Cuernos.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio & Camping Cuernos


Day 5: Visit the French Valley

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, Skottsberg 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 & Camping Paine Grande on the shore of the beautiful Lake Pehoe.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio & Camping Paine Grande


Day 6: Admire Glacier 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 & Camping 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 & Camping 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 & Camping Grey


Day 7: Return to Puerto Natales

In the morning you will have time to relax after breakfast. 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 caf? inside of Hotel Lago Grey before taking a transfer to catch the bus back to Puerto Natales.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: B&B, Puerto Natales


Day 8: Return to El Calafate

Today you will take a bus back to El Calafate Arenas and continue your journey home or to your next destination!

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices are based on double occupancy of rooms 

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,361 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.

Includes

  • 1 night in a B&B in El Calafate (double- occupancy room)
  • 2 nights in a B&B in Puerto Natales (double- occupancy room)
  • 4 nights in a refugio in Torres del Paine (w/ shared room & bathroom)
  • Meals mentioned in itinerary above
  • Entrance for Torres del Paine
  • Shuttle from Laguna Amarga to Refugio Las Torres
  • Bus to / from El Calafate Arenas
  • Bus to / from Torres del Paine National Park
  • Grey III (Cruise)
  • Transfer from Hotel Lago Grey to Administration

Excludes

  • Accommodations not listed above
  • Meals not listed above
  • Land transportation not listed above
  • Airline tickets
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Tips for staff or at dinners

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