Extended 8 Day W Trek

Take 8 days hiking not only the famous W trek, but also off the beaten track on the little visited unmarked paths of the Silencio and Bader valleys. This trek also takes you deep into the French Valley, far deeper than your average hike. The added valleys of this hike can only be accessed with a guide and combined with the standard W trek make this a challenging, exhilarating hike.

8 Days

$2,900

Extended 8 Day W Trek - 8 - $2,900

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • From Puerto Natales, transfer to Torres Del Paine National Park 
  • Hike the classic W trek, including Cerro Torres and the Bader Valley
  • Go off the beaten track to Cerro Britanico
  • Enjoy the magnificence of the French Valley
  • Take a boat excursion on Lake Grey for fantastic views of Glacier Grey

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Extended 8 Day W Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park:

At 6:30am, we will pick you up at your lodging in Puerto Natales.  Our transfer takes us to the Laguna Amarga area of Torres del Paine where we start our day hiking with excellent photo opportunities of guanacos, grey foxes, and pumas. After this relaxing hike, we will drive to the trailhead for the base of the towers. The trail will follow the Ascencio River valley uphill, for 3.5 hours before we set up camp at the Torres campsite. Before dark, we’ll ascend a huge terminal moraine for one hour, to a look out at the three famous granite towers. We will descend the same path back to base camp. 

2 hour private transfer

Length of hike:  8-10 hours, 17km

Meals: Boxed Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Torres Camp


Day 2 - Cerro Torres:

Our day begins very early and, weather permitting, we’ll enjoy an impressive view of the towers painted with red light. We start our walk through a beech forest, following a climber’s trail to the Japanese camp. From here, we will go uphill to a terminal moraine, using the climber’s stones that mark the trail, to a viewpoint of the Escudo and Fortaleza walls in the distance. Finally, we will arrive at the end of the moraine to another great view of the northwest faces of the three towers surrounded by granite walls. We will go back on the same trail to our base camp and enjoy a hearty dinner.

Length of hike:  8-9 hours, 12-14km

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Torres Camp


Day3 - Cerro Torres to Cerro Bader:

Today we will be moving to a different valley. We will walk back down the trail before turning off to the right, to hike in front of the Admiral Nieto mountain. The trail brings us alongside Nordernskjold lake where we climb a steep path to the entrance of Bader Valley, away from almost all the other trekkers on the trail. Here, at a climber’s camp, we will set up the tents for the next couple of nights. 

Length of hike:  7 hours, 12km

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Bader Camp


Day 4 - Bader Valley:

The hike in Bader Valley is around 6-7 hours. You will have the rest of the day to explore the valley with your guide and enjoy the silence and remoteness of the valley. The night will again be spent in the climber’s camp, with stars twinkling above and the breeze floating through the trees. 

Length of hike:  6-7 hours, 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Bader Camp


Day 5 - Cerro Bader to Cerro Británico: 

After a filling breakfast, we break camp and descend to the main trail of the W trek, heading to the entrance of the French Valley. The trail throughout this section is more relaxed than our previous hikes. We will hike to the end of the French Valley and set up our tents at  Britanico Camp. Throughout the valley we’ll enjoy a variety of habitats and landscapes: forest, moraine, rivers and views of dramatic hanging glaciers. 

Length of hike:  7-8 hours, 15km

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Britanico Camp


Day 6 - Cerro Británico:

This is an optional day of walking to explore one of the biggest granite wall amphitheaters in the valley. Otherwise it’s a day of rest in this remote camp, reflecting on life and reconnecting with oneself while surrounded by natural beauty. And possibly allowing the boots to air out.

Length of hike:  6 hours, 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Britanico Camp


Day 7 - Cerro Británico to Cerro Grey:

We will cover a lot of distance throughout the day, with a variety of terrain: moraine, deep forests, river crossings and grassy meadows. We leave the French Valley and walk around Paine Grande mountain to reach the Grey glacier area. 

Length of hike:  9 hours, 26km

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Grey Camp


Day 8 - Cerro Grey to Puerto Natales:

Today is the last day of our adventure and we do not want you to leave the park without a final surprise! Weather permitting, we will take the Grey III boat and navigate in front of Glacier Grey. After an hour in front of the glacier faces and a one hour ride down the lake, we walk across the Grey beach to begin our final hike. Mirador Ferrier is a very steep trail to a viewpoint overlooking the majority of the park. We will be able to see the mountains we have explored, the glacier we passed in front of, and the pampas we will be passing through. Once we arrive back at the trailhead, our transfer will take us back to Puerto Natales. 

2 hour navigation on Grey Lake

Length of hike:  4 hours, 8km

Meals: Breakfast and Boxed Lunch

2 hour private transfer

Accommodation: Hostal in Puerto Natales

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

$2900 is based on a group of 2 people. A group of four people would cost $2650 per person. A group of 6 people would cost $2450

Start date Price (pp)
December 2018
3-Dec-2018 $2,900* Provisional Date
January 2019
16-Jan-2019 $2,900 Provisional Date
February 2019
4-Feb-2019 $2,900* Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,900

Additional Notes

Porters are available upon request, to carry personal belongings, which include sleeping bag and mattress, at a cost of USD$800 for 8 days. Maximum of 15kg per porter.

Includes

All the private transportation indicated in the itinerary

All meals indicated in the itinerary

Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park

7 nights in basic tent camping

Porters to carry camping gear and food.

Boat trip on Grey Lake.

English-Spanish speaking guide.

Excludes

Medical expenses

Insurance of any kind

Personal expenses

Sleeping bag and mattress

Dinner on Day 8

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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