Banner image

W Trek: Heart of Torres

This trip turns the W Trek into a series of shorter day hikes, with a comfortable all-inclusive hotel in the heart of the the national park as your base. A flexible schedule, options for extra excursions or horse riding and organisation of all transfers make it one of the most relaxed ways to see Torres del Paine's highlights.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

  • I want to travel before March 2023

    Unfortunately we can’t currently help with short notice trips to Patagonia. Sign up to our newsletter to get some Patagonia travel advice and inspiration!

    Subscribe to our newsletter

    Receive monthly Patagonian travel inspiration and ideas.

  • I’m flexible and could travel later

    Thank you for your enquiry

Thank you for your enquiry

Trip type

Property Based

Trip length

5 Days

From

$3,960

Location

Torres del Paine

W Trek: Heart of Torres - 5 - $3,960

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Arrive in Torres del Paine National Park; Hotel Las Torres

Day 2: Hike the Ascencio Valley to the Towers viewpoint; Hotel Las Torres

Day 3: Hike to the French Valley; Hotel Las Torres

Day 4: Lake Grey hike; Hotel Las Torres

Day 5: Depart from Torres del Paine National Park

Landmarks visited on W Trek: Heart of Torres

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Torres del Paine National Park; Hotel Las Torres

You'll be picked up from the airport, or your hotel, in Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or El Calafate and transferred to Torres del Paine National Park. If coming from Punta Arenas, we'll stop en route for a traditional lamb BBQ at Estancia Cerro Negro. You'll then arrive at Hotel Las Torres where you'll be staying for the duration of your trip. Take some time to relax and familiarise yourself with the area with a gentle stroll before enjoying a tasty meal at the restaurant. If you're lucky with the timing of your journey, you may be able to take part in an afternoon excursion.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres


Day 2: Hike the Ascencio Valley to the Towers viewpoint; Hotel Las Torres

Today's goal will be to complete the most famous hiking trail in all Patagonia – the hike to the Towers, or Las Torres! Departing from Hotel Las Torres 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 Hotel Las Torres for a well-deserved dinner.

If you enjoy horse riding, you could take the option to ride to El Chileno Lodge, which is located half way. You'll then continue on foot up to the viewpoint for the Towers.

Length of hike: 8-10hrs, 21km/13 miles

Difficulty: High

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres


Day 3: Hike to the French Valley; Hotel Las Torres

After breakfast we'll transfer by vehicle through the national park to board our catamaran boat at Lake Pehoé.

The challenging, yet rewarding, hike into the French Valley (Valle Francés) begins by first bordering Lake Nordenskjöld and then entering the vast glacial terrain at the 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 hike, uphill to the upper section of the valley where we'll take in the extensive views over the beautiful granite peaks of the Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedrál (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark's Fin) and the stunning Fortaleza (Fortress) – truly an amazing sight.

After all this ascent, we'll begin our descent and arrive back at Lake Pehoé for the return journey to Hotel Las Torres for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Note: The hike to the French Valley varies throughout the season, depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Lake Pehoé. In October and April the catamaran times mean the hike reaches the Italian Camp at the entrance to the French Valley. From November to March the boat departs earlier, allowing trekkers to reach further up the valley.

Length of hike: 10-12hrs, 20km/12 miles

Difficulty: High

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres


Day 4: Lake Grey hike; Hotel Las Torres

Today you'll be driven from the hotel to Grey Beach where you'll board the first boat sailing of the day up Lake Grey to Grey Refuge. From here you'll then start the hike towards Paine Grande Refuge, along the shore of Lake Grey. You'll reach a viewpoint from where you'll have a wonderful view of Glacier Grey and the lake, filled with centenary icebergs. The hike passes through rocky areas, evergreen and deciduous forests. We'll stop for a picnic lunch along the way.

When we reach Refugio Paine Grande, we'll take a catarmaran across Lake Pehoé to the dock at Pudeto and return by road to Hotel Las Torres.

Note: The order of the day's itinerary may be reversed if weather conditions require.

Length of hike: 8-9hrs, 12km/7 miles

Difficulty: Medium

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres


Day 5: Depart from Torres del Paine National Park

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you'll have time for a stroll around the hotel grounds before you take a transfer to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

Customer review background image

What our customers think of W Trek: Heart of Torres

W Trek: Heart of Torres trips scored 4.3/5 from 12 reviews

It was a unique experience that gave us a real insight of what it was like to have a ranch in Patagonia. The horse rides were incredible, the tours were professional, and the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. We would do it the same way if we were to do it again.

Travelled: January 2020

Steven Ray - United States Of America

Review:

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The 2022/23 season price of USD $3,960 per person is based on two people sharing a double room for four nights on an all-inclusive basis.

-

A departure can be set up on a date of your choice, subject to availability. Please enquire for more information.

Additional Notes

Itinerary – The order of hikes could vary, depending on weather conditions.

Seasons – Low season: 22nd Sep to 31st Oct 2022 & Apr 2023. High season: 1st Nov to 21st Dec 2022 & 4th Jan to 31st Mar 2023. Holiday season: 22nd Dec 2022 to 3rd Jan 2023.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
  • Open bar (not including premium drinks)
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a superior room at Hotel Las Torres
  • Transfers from/to Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or El Calafate
  • All boat trips listed in the itinerary
  • Visit and BBQ at estancia Cerro Negro, en route from Punta Arenas
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • All excursions inside Torres del Paine National Park
  • English and Spanish-speaking guides (ask for quote of other languages)
  • 20% discount in the spa

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Premium wines, premium liquors and premium beer
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Transfers outside of regularly scheduled times 
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

Questions about this Trip?