Explore the W Trek as a Family

Designed for family groups to enjoy the iconic Torres del Paine national park together but with unique experiences catering to different comfort levels, ability and fitness. The trip splits the family group into "active" and "relaxed" branches and offers something sensational along the W Trek route for everyone.

6 Days

$1,290

Explore the W Trek as a Family - 6 - $1,290

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Transfer from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales
  • Different activities for "active" and "relaxed" groups within the family
  • Enjoy the spectacular sights of Torres del Paine
  • B&B accommodation in Puerto Natales
  • Refugio accommodation in Torres del Paine

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Explore the W Trek as a Family

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Patagonia

Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

The bus leaves Punta Arenas and takes you to Puerto Natales. The journey is about 3 hours. Please advise what time you want to leave Punta Arenas; the buses leave almost every hour between 8am and 8pm. When you arrive in Puerto Natales you will have a short discussion with us about the days you will be hiking and clear up any last minute questions. 

Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Puerto Natales.


Day 2: Visit Glacier Grey 

Puerto Natales - Glacier Grey - Paine Grande 

Active Group: After an early breakfast, you will leave Puerto Natales heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. Your transfer will take you to Hotel Lago Grey. You will arrive here in time to catch the Grey II boat that crosses Lake Grey and gets you up close for a spectacular view of the glacier. You will disembark the boat at Refugio Grey and hike a short 5 minutes further north to catch another glimpse of the breathtaking ice field. After enjoying the view you will begin hiking south towards Refugio Paine Grande. The hike is about 4 hours and takes you through some beautiful landscapes with the mountain Paine Grande on one side and Lago Grey on the other. Finally you will arrive in Refugio Paine Grande for a hot meal and a good night's rest! 

Relaxed group: You will leave the active hikers as they disembark the boat on Lake Grey. You will stay on the boat and enjoy views of the glacier and toast a  drink over million dollar ice. When the boat arrives back to the beach you will get out and take a transfer across the park to Pudeto, the dock at Lake Pehoe. From here you will cross the lake and arrive at Refugio Paine Grande at approximately 18:30. You will check into the refugio and find the rest of your group for dinner. 

Refugio accommodation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 3: Enjoy the French Valley 

Paine Grande - Cuernos 

Active Group: This spectacular day will begin with a leisurely hike in the energising mountain air to the entrance of the French Valley. As you walk along bordering Lake Scottsberg, admire the tremendous Cuernos peaks towering in front of you. After about two hours, you will arrive at Camp Italiano and rest a bit before continuing your journey. As you ascend into the valley, the views in every direction--of Lake Nordenskjold, the Cuernos, and the French Glacier--become absolutely stunning. In the back of the valley you can see various peaks. After you have soaked up the view, you will hike back down to Camp Italiano and continue along rolling hills as you follow the coastline of Lake Nordenskjold, and then you will continue on another two hours until you reach your lodging, located on the lake. After a filling dinner and relaxing afternoon, listen to the sound of waves on the still mountain as you enjoy the purity of nature's beauty. 

Relaxed Group: You will begin the day with the rest of the group until you come to Camp Italiano, here you will take a look at the spectacular hanging glacier and then turn back to Paine Grande. You will return on the same trail that you hiked on earlier in the day and arrive in time for the catamaran on Lake Pehoe at 18:30. From Pudeto, you will take a bus to Las Torres and spend the night in the refugio.

Refugio accommodation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 4: Hike along Lake Nordenskjold 

Cuernos - Torres 

Active Group: In the morning you will have breakfast and prepare to hike again. Slowly the monstrous Cuernos peaks will fade behind you as you head toward the legendary towers of Torres del Paine. This four hour walk will take you to your lodging, just past Bader Valley and around Almirante Nieto mountain. On the way, you will cross a few small rivers by hopping across rocks, all the while catching magnificent views of the glaciers on the tops of nearby mountains. You will arrive at your lodging before dinner and have a bit of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful valley. 

Relaxed Group: You have the day free today - enjoy the area, just relaxing! 

Refugio accommodation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 5: Admire Las Torres 

Torres lookout - Puerto Natales 

Active & Relaxed Group: Today will be a day of exploration that begins with a visit to the famed Torres del Paine towers. After breakfast, you will hike two hour up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. You will arrive at Refugio Chileno before lunch. After a short rest in Chileno you will hike one hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb until you see the towers: imposing granite peaks rising 9,000 feet into the air. This impressive sight will take your breath away and make you wish your camera could truly capture the grandeur your eye beholds. After many pictures, a cup of tea, and some time relaxing in front of the majestic peaks, you will hike back down the moraine and continue through the Asencio Valley, hiking downhill to Refugio Las Torres. At approximately 19:00 hrs the entire group will board a bus and begin the journey back to Puerto Natales. 

Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Breakfast and lunch included.


Day 6: Continue your journey 

Puerto Natales - Onward destinations

Today you will take a morning bus to El Calafate or Punta Arenas. You will arrive in El Calafate at approximately 14.00 hrs, and settle into your accommodations or in Punta Arenas at the earliest around 10:30am or the latest 23:00 hrs. Please advise where you would like to go. 

Breakfast included.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Active family trek price per person CLP 825,882

Relaxed family trek per person CLP 1,270,588 

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,290 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.

Prices are based on double occupancy rooms.

Includes

Active itinerary includes:

  • 2 nights B&B accommodation in Puerto Natales
  • Bus to Puerto Natales from Punta Arenas (and return)
  • 3 nights refugio accommodation in Torres del Paine (bedding provided)
  • Private Transfer from Puerto Natales to Glacier Grey
  • Grey II trip
  • Bus from Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales
  • Transfer from Las Torres - Laguna Amarga
  • Entrance Fee to Torres del Paine

Relaxed itinerary includes:

  • 2 nights B&B accommodation in Puerto Natales
  • Bus to Puerto Natales from Punta Arenas (and return)
  • 3 nights refugio accommodation in Torres del Paine (bedding provided)
  • Private Transfer from Puerto Natales to Glacier Grey
  • Grey II trip
  • Transfer from Lago Grey - Pudeto
  • Catamaran return trip
  • Bus Pudeto - Torres

Excludes

  • Lodging not mentioned
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Drinks during lunches or dinner
  • Tips for staff or at dinners
  • Porter to carry personal gear

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