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Glamping W Trek

Discover Torres del Paine's famous treks with expert guides, combining refugios with comfortable and unique accommodation. Trek to Los Cuernos, explore the French Valley and hike to the famous viewpoint at the base of the Towers, whilst also visiting the stunning Glacier Grey and enjoying walks around the lesser-visited Eastern Lakes for the complete experience.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

7 Days

From

$1,940 -$3,720

Location

Torres del Paine

Glamping W Trek - 7 Days - $1,940

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park; EcoCamp Patagonia

Day 2: Trek Los Cuernos trail; Camping at Refugio Los Cuernos

Day 3: Trek the French Valley; Camping at Refugio Paine Grande

Day 4: Trek to Glacier Grey; EcoCamp Patagonia

Day 5: Trek to the Towers; EcoCamp Patagonia

Day 6: Trek around the Eastern Lakes; EcoCamp Patagonia

Day 7: Transfer to Punta Arenas / Puerto Natales or El Calafate

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Glamping W Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park; EcoCamp Patagonia 

The trip begins in the morning with you being picked up from either Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales and transferred to your accommodation in Torres del Paine National Park (5hrs).

Alternatively, you can start your trip in El Calafate and enter Chile by public bus (included) or private transfer (additional cost).

If travelling from Punta Arenas, we'll stop en route in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of Last Hope Sound (Ultima Esperanza), where we'll enjoy a local lunch. This journey is through a very picturesque region – look out for wildlife.

The day ends with your arrival during late afternoon at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. This evening you'll meet your guide and a small group of like-minded travel companions as you're briefed on your upcoming adventure together.

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the communal dome and admire the sunset across the Patagonian steppe and Torres del Paine massif – usually around 11pm during the summer months.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia


Day 2: Trek Los Cuernos trail; Camping at Refugio Los Cuernos

The first day of the official hike will see us set out through the sinuous Los Cuernos trail which leads to the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this warm-up trek, we'll have plenty of time to admire the park's exquisite flora and fauna and the magnificent views of the park's central lakes and Paine's Horns – the majestic black peaks of slate atop grey granite which crown the centre of the Massif.

Today's trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cosy mountain refuge on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold. The evening is set aside for relaxing over dinner.

Length of hike: 4.5hrs, 12km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Supported camping (in double tents) at Refugio Los Cuernos


Day 3: Trek the French Valley; Camping at Refugio Paine Grande

After breakfast at Refugio Los Cuernos, you will begin the challenging trek to the French Valley (Valle Frances), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far we go will de dictated by the pace of the group as a whole, but a faster walk will lead us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-east face of the Massif. From here there are fantastic views of the valley.

We'll then continue our ascent to the upper section of the valley where we'll take in the valley's incredible geological formations: The Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedrál (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark's Fin) and the stunning Fortaleza (Fortress) peaks which combine to make this valley simply breathtaking.

After all this ascent, we'll stop for a picnic lunch and rest up. Afterwards, it's a descent through undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest to Refugio Paine Grande.

Note: An optional trek to Mirador Británico is also available

Length of hike: 10hrs, 26km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Supported camping (in double tents) at Refugio Paine Grande


Day 4: Trek to Glacier Grey; EcoCamp Patagonia

Today we'll hike from Refugio Paine Grande along the northern side of the beautiful Lake Grey, edging gradually closer to the park's iconic glacier. Here we'll tuck into a picnic lunch before taking a boat trip to the huge facade of Glacier Grey where there will be plenty of time to watch the calving glacier. The boat trip ends at the southern end of Lake Grey, where we'll drive back to EcoCamp Patagonia via a stunning route bordering the entire massif.

Due to the highly temperamental weather in the region, boat trips across the lake may occasionally be cancelled. This can also happen if the required minimum of 15 passengers is not reached. If either is the case, we'll trek up to the sightseeing point and from there will have superb, panoramic views of the Glacier Grey. From here we'll return on foot to Refugio Paine Grande and take a catamaran to the dock at Pudeto, where we'll be picked up and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia.

Length of hike: 4hrs, 11km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia


Day 5: Trek to the Towers; EcoCamp Patagonia

The goal of our fifth day will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in all Patagonia – the trek to the Towers, or Las Torres! Departing from EcoCamp Patagonia on foot, we'll enter the Ascencio Valley before following the river through scenic forest, along an undulating trail.

Our main challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine (a huge mass of boulders) which lead us to the base of the Towers – three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice.

After a tough final ascent, the Towers eventually come into full view, soaring majestically before us. Here we'll stop at probably the best lunch spot in the world! After soaking up the view, we'll backtrack along the same trail through the Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp Patagonia for a well-deserved dinner.

Note: Days 5 and 6 may be switched around, depending on weather conditions, in order to give you the best chance to complete the Towers hike.

Length of hike: 9hrs, 22km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia


Day 6: Trek around the Eastern Lakes; EcoCamp Patagonia

Today we'll have a more relaxed walk as we recover from the previous day's exertions. After breakfast, we'll take a leisurely drive towards Laguna Azul, passing Cañadón Macho, home to many wild guanacos and Darwin's rheas (ñandú). We'll pause occasionally to admire the views of the Patagonian steppe and the towers from different angles.

At Laguna Azul, we'll walk to the viewpoint for fantastic views of both the lagoon and the granite towers. After lunch, we'll drive to the northern shore of Lake Sarmiento where the Fauna Trail begins. As we hike northbound on this trail we'll see an wide and varied range of Patagonian fauna, including guanacos, ostrich-like nandus and maybe even see the occasional puma print. This trail will afford us the best panoramic views of the entire Torres del Paine massif.

The next lagoon we'll pass is the charming Launga Goic and, after about 5km of relaxed walking in total, we'll reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station. Our transport will be waiting here to drive us back to EcoCamp Patagonia where we can celebrate the achievements of our trip over a farewell dinner.

Note: Days 5 and 6 may be switched around, depending on weather conditions, in order to give you the best chance to complete the Towers hike.

Note: If there are more than six travellers in the group there's an option to split into two groups. One group (or the whole group if everybody desires) can do an alternative excursion to Laguna Azul.

Length of hike: 3hrs, 6km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia


Day 7: Transfer to Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or El Calafate

In the early morning you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic minibus ride back to Puerto Natales (2hrs) or Punta Arenas (5hrs) to catch an afternoon flight. Alternatively, you can continue your trip to El Calafate (Argentina) by public bus (included) or private transfer (additional cost).

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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What our customers think of Glamping W Trek

Glamping W Trek trips scored 4.6/5 from 13 reviews

Our most memorable moments were connecting with nature, family and new friends without the interaction on cell phones & the internet.

Travelled: December 2023

Neely Zanussi-Sembach - Jamaica

Excellent overview of the Torres del Paine in a week.

Travelled: February 2022

José Olivares - USA

The W Trek was fantastic - great guide and great experience. The EcoCamp was brilliant, a real slice of luxury in the middle of nowhere!

Travelled: December 2021

Robyn Stewart - UK

The landscapes were unlike anything I could of ever imagined. Our group instantly bonded with the other 3 girls in our hiking group. We have plans to meet up in the future. I’ve told my friends that it was the best trip I’ve ever been on! No surprises - everything went as planned. The most magical moment was bonding with everyone in the Refugio the first night and meeting so many people from so many other cultures.

Travelled: January 2019

Nicole Doria - United States Of America

We saw a lot of wildlife and learned a lot of local flora and fauna from our guide. We got so much out of this from having a guide, and would have totally missed out if we had just done the hiking alone.

Travelled: December 2018

Mindy De Hooge - United States Of America

Patagonia was exactly what I needed to get reconnected with the outdoors. You are surrounded by unique beauty everywhere you look and it's vastness reminds you how big this world is.

Travelled: December 2018

Sarah Tocco - United States Of America

It was beautiful and very relaxing. Our guides were amazing, encouraging, supportive and very helpful. Eco Camp is a perfect holiday gateway with fantastic food.

Travelled: February 2018

Cathy Boissy - United States Of America

The W trek with the variety in the landscape and type of hiking each day was incredible. The hike was the right amount of challenge for us. The granite peaks and landscape exceeded our expectations!

Travelled: December 2017

Jami & Don - California, USA

The organisation of all the components of the trek (transfers, boats, trails, meals) was exceptionally well done. Our guides did a great job and were knowledgeable enough to answer our questions. EcoCamp was absolutely perfect.

Travelled: January 2017

Bette & Klaus -

The highlight was the scenery... But the ecocamp was wonderful. The food was fantastic and all the staff were so friendly and accommodating. We had great guides for our trek and loads of fun!

Travelled: October 2016

Fiona Ware - Australia

Torres del Paine was incredible! We loved the terrain. Our guides really made the week spectacular. They were so accommodating and really worked well with the group. They were experts and helped to make our trip unforgettable!

Travelled: November 2015

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The 2023/24 season guide price in Chilean Pesos of CLP 2,405,685 per person is based on two people sharing a standard dome in high season. Prices will be confirmed in Chilean Pesos and converted to your local currency on the day of booking.

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Book now to guarantee your place for the 2024/25 season. Prices, on the same basis above for high season, but quoted in US dollars, start from USD $3,280 per person. 

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Private group departures can be arranged on dates other than those shown. Please ask us for more details.

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2025

Start date Price (pp)
September 2024
30-Sep-2024 $1,940* Provisional Date Enquire
October 2024
7-Oct-2024 $1,940 Fully Booked Enquire
14-Oct-2024 $1,940* Limited Availability Enquire
21-Oct-2024 $1,940 Fully Booked Enquire
28-Oct-2024 $1,940* Fully Booked Enquire
November 2024
4-Nov-2024 $3,280 Fully Booked Enquire
11-Nov-2024 $3,280 Fully Booked Enquire
18-Nov-2024 $3,280 Fully Booked Enquire
25-Nov-2024 $3,280 Fully Booked Enquire
December 2024
2-Dec-2024 $3,280 Limited Availability Enquire
9-Dec-2024 $3,280 Limited Availability Enquire
16-Dec-2024 $3,720 Fully Booked Enquire
23-Dec-2024 $3,720 Fully Booked Enquire
30-Dec-2024 $3,720 Fully Booked Enquire
January 2025
6-Jan-2025 $3,720 Limited Availability Enquire
13-Jan-2025 $3,720 Guaranteed Date Enquire
20-Jan-2025 $3,280 Guaranteed Date Enquire
27-Jan-2025 $3,280 Limited Availability Enquire
February 2025
3-Feb-2025 $3,280 Limited Availability Enquire
10-Feb-2025 $3,280 Guaranteed Date Enquire
17-Feb-2025 $3,280 Fully Booked Enquire
24-Feb-2025 $3,280 Fully Booked Enquire
March 2025
3-Mar-2025 $3,280 Guaranteed Date Enquire
10-Mar-2025 $3,280 Guaranteed Date Enquire
17-Mar-2025 $3,280 Guaranteed Date Enquire
24-Mar-2025 $3,280 Guaranteed Date Enquire
31-Mar-2025 $3,280 Guaranteed Date Enquire
April 2025
7-Apr-2025 $1,940* Provisional Date Enquire
14-Apr-2025 $1,940 Provisional Date Enquire
21-Apr-2025 $1,940* Provisional Date Enquire
28-Apr-2025 $1,940 Fully Booked Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,940

Additional Notes

Group size – All activities are small group adventures with a maximum group size of 12 travellers.

EcoCamp Patagonia – Please be aware that you will need to check out of EcoCamp Patagonia while you are on the W Trek. You check back in on your return.

Seasons – The 2023/24 season is divided into four periods as follows:

  • Low Season: 11th Sep to 15th Oct & 18th to 24th Apr
  • Shoulder Season: 16th to 31st Oct & 1st to 17th Apr
  • High Season: 1st Nov to 14th Dec & 21st Jan to 31st Mar
  • Peak Season: 15th Dec to 20th Jan

The 2024/25 season is divided into three periods as follows:

  • Shoulder Season: 30th Sep to 31st Oct & 1st Apr to 28th Apr
  • High Season: 1st Nov to 14th Dec & 15th Jan to 31st Mar
  • Peak Season: 15th Dec to 14th Jan

Transfers – Transfers from/to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales to/from EcoCamp Patagonia are on a shared basis.

Optional transfer – Public bus to/from El Calafate (must be booked in advance), then private transfer to/from your centrally-located hotel in El Calafate and the bus station. For hotels located outside of El Calafate town an additional cost is incurred.

Days 5 & 6 – Days 5 and 6 may be switched around, depending on weather conditions, in order to give you the best chance to complete the Towers hike.

Activities – There is always the risk of cancellation of an activity, such as the boat trip to Glacier Grey because of bad weather, especially during low/shoulder season (Oct and Apr). If this is the case, an alternative activity will be provided.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Single supplement – If you choose a standard dome and you are travelling alone, you can share a dome with another person of the same gender and pay the double base price. Single domes are available from an additional USD $770, subject to availability. 

Child policy – Youngsters who are 13 years of age or older are welcome and are considered adults. Children between 10 and 12 might be accepted onto this programme if their legal guardian sends a formal letter stating that the child is prepared for such an intense trekking trip and authorises the hire of a private guide in case the child cannot perform well during the trek. Children under 10 years of age cannot participate in this trip. This trip doesn’t offer a special discount for children.

Includes

  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 picnic lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in EcoCamp Patagonia; 2 nights camping at Refugio campsites
  • Tent for double occupancy
  • Sleeping bags/mats for camping
  • Transfers to/from either Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas
  • All private, small group transport included in the itinerary
  • Boat crossing on Grey Lake on day four of the itinerary
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • An expert English and Spanish speaking guide
  • Transportation for your luggage within the park (whilst trekking you will only carry your day pack)

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Private transfers (available upon request)
  • Transfers to/from El Calafate
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Backpack (day-pack/65ltr minimum size)
  • Personal Equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Please note there is no WIFI available at EcoCamp

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