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W Trek from a Luxury Lodge

Don't just trek the W-Trek, do it from comfort and in style. Stay at one of the best all-inclusive lodges in Patagonia, whilst each day completing a leg of the W Trek: Glacier Grey, the French Valley and the epic base of the Towers in small groups, expertly guided. Everything will be taken care of, from the moment you arrive to the moment you wave farewell to Torres del Paine.

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Trip type

Property Based

Trip length

5 Days

From

$5,320

Location

Torres del Paine

W Trek from a Luxury Lodge - 5 Days - $5,320

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park; Explora Torres del Paine 

Day 2: Trek to Glacier Grey; Explora Torres del Paine

Day 3: Trek to the French Valley; Explora Torres del Paine

Day 4: Trek to the Towers; Explora Torres del Paine

Day 5: Transfer to Punta Arenas

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on W Trek from a Luxury Lodge

Operator's Itinerary

This itinerary is an example of how you could spend your time on this all-inclusive experience. Please see the full list of day excursions on the excursions page.


Day 1: Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park; Explora Torres del Paine

Upon arrival in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, you'll be picked up by a hotel-exclusive transfer and taken to your luxury lodge, the Explora Torres del Paine – the only one of its kind located within the Torres del Paine National Park. If arriving from El Calafate, Argentina, you will be met at the border.

You may not even notice your hotel until you're standing at the front door. It's nestled out of sight, blending in to its surroundings and overlooking the stunning turquoise River Paine. The jaw-dropping views towards the Torres del Paine massif are undoubtedly the star of the show, but as you'd expect from a first-rate lodge, the service is second to none, the food is fantastic and the rooms ooze class and elegance.

You may have time on arrival to use the spa, set away from the main building and surrounded by nature, or you might prefer to relax in the bar area where all drinks and snacks are included in your stay. 

Meals: Dinner 

Accommodation: Explora Torres del Paine


Day 2 - Trek to Glacier Grey; Explora Torres del Paine

We'll leave the lodge by Explora's catamaran, crossing Lake Pehoé. The challenging hike commences when disembarking at Paine Grande as you trek the westerly trail which follows the immense Lake Grey. You gradually get close to Glacier Grey which feeds the lake. Arriving at a great vantage point after a few miles of hiking, you'll be able to truly grasp the size of the glacier stretching off into the distance.

The trail descends to the Lake Grey refuge after approximately 13km. From here we'll board the afternoon Grey-Catamaran, a specialised boat, which will take us as close to the face of the glacier as possible. Toast to an incredible experience with whisky, chilled by millennial ice from the very glacier you have been sighting all day.

The boat trip finishes at Grey Beach from where a short walk brings you to the Explora van which returns you to Explora Torres del Paine in 30mins.

Length of hike: 6hrs,15km/9 miles

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Explora Torres del Paine


Day 3 - Trek to the French Valley; Explora Torres del Paine

We'll leave the hotel by catamaran for a 30min journey, then trek from Refugio Pehoé along the trail that borders Lake Pehoé and Lake Skottsberg on the way to the French Valley. On this section, there are numerous climbs of less than 150m (500ft) and spectacular views of the two lakes, Paine Mountain, and the Cuernos (horns). We'll cross the bridge over the French River for a view of the French Glacier, the principal peak of the Paine Grande and the Cuernos.

After a picnic lunch we'll walk back to Refugio Pehoé and then return by catamaran to Explora Torres del Paine.

Length of hike: 7hrs, 16km/10miles

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Explora Torres del Paine


Day 4 - Trek to the Towers; Explora Torres del Paine

We'll leave the lodge by van for a 1hr drive to Estancia Cerro Paine. From here we'll trek through the Ascencio River Valley, ascending 350m (1,100ft) to the Chileno campground. We'll walk through century-old forests of beech and past gorges until reaching the Torres campground.

From here we'll climb a glacial moraine until reaching Las Torres (The Towers) viewpoint at the lake (a 350m/1,100ft climb) – quite possibly the best view in Patagonia. After a picnic lunch we'll return via the same trail, admiring the views of multicoloured lakes in the distance. Our Explora van will return us to Explora Torres del Paine.

Length of hike: 8hrs, 18km/11 miles

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Explora Torres del Paine


Day 5 - Transfer to Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate

After breakfast, you will take a transfer to Punta Arenas (5hrs), Puerto Natales (1.5hrs), or the Argentine border (1.5hrs) for onward travel to El Calafate. Please ask us for more information.

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think of W Trek from a Luxury Lodge

W Trek from a Luxury Lodge trips scored 4.4/5 from 39 reviews

Location, location and location. Plus the service at the Explora hotel and quality of the guides were 10/10.

Travelled: September 2023

Sebastien Rene - Canada

Amazing hotel and location. Great guides and food. Can't say enough about this place!

Travelled: December 2022

Katia Fischer - USA

Explora is wonderful - exceeded our expectations in every way. Guides were excellent. The whole experience at Explora was first-class.

Travelled: December 2022

John Will - USA

The Explora was an amazing experience. Each guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. The excursions exceeded expectations. All of the staff we met were really good at what they did. They made you feel very welcome and relaxed. The room was perfect for us and kept very clean.

Travelled: January 2022

Lori Dickens - USA

The location itself is unrivaled. The majestic massif looms and seems a bit different with every subtle change in lighting. The constant weather changes added to the mystery of the massive geological formation. The rest of the locale was equally beautiful with numerous glaciers and their ensuing lagoons, lakes and rivers. The colors were indescribable.

Travelled: December 2021

Charles Birnbach - USA

Amazing. The treks were phenomenal and Explora was an unbeliavable hotel. The excursions were great, food was very good, and the views from the rooms were phenomenal.

Travelled: March 2018

Zach Rozen - United States Of America

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

2023/24 season prices per person for a four-night stay in a double room are:

Low Season (May to Sep) USD $2,584

Mid-season (Oct & Apr) USD $4,370

High Season (Nov 1st to Dec 20th & Jan 2nd to Mar 31st) USD $5,320

Holiday Season (21st Dec to 1st Jan) USD $9,120 (six nights)

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2024/25 season prices per person on the same basis as above:

Low Season (May to Sep) from USD $2,850

Mid-season (Oct & Apr) from USD $4,826

High Season (Nov 1st to Dec 20th & Jan 2nd to Mar 31st) from USD $5,840

Holiday Season (21st Dec to 1st Jan) from USD $10,020 (six nights)

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Please contact us for more details on pricing and departures for this season and the next.

Additional Notes

Itinerary – This itinerary is an example of how you could spend your time on this all-inclusive experience. Please see the full list of day excursions on the excursions page.

Group size – Minimum two people, maximum six people

Room upgrades – Room upgrades and longer stays are available for an additional cost. Please get in touch for more information.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
  • Open bar (House wines and standard liquors)
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at Explora Torres del Paine
  • Daily excursions
  • Private transport included in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Explora English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Transfers to/from Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas

Excludes

  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Premium wines and liquors
  • 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
  • Transfers to/from El Calafate

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