W Highlights from Luxury Camp

Hike Torres del Paine's famous W Trek in a dynamic manner with expert guides, whilst basing yourself in unique accommodation in the heart of the park. Trek the stunning French Valley, to the base of the iconic Towers and visit to the immense Glacier Grey by boat. This itinerary showcases the best of Patagonia in a compact timeframe. Hike Torres del Paine's famous W Trek in a dynamic manner with expert guides, whilst basing yourself in unique accommodation in the heart of the park. Trek the stunning French Valley, to the base of the iconic Towers and visit to the immense Glacier Grey by boat. This itinerary showcases the best of Patagonia in a compact timeframe.
5 Days
$860

W Highlights from Luxury Camp - 5 - $860

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

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

Day 2: Trek the French Valley; Refugio Paine Grande

Day 3: Trek to Glacier Grey; EcoCamp Patagonia

Day 4: Trek to the Towers; EcoCamp Patagonia

Day 5: Transport to Punta Arenas or El Calafate

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on W Highlights from Luxury Camp

Operator's Itinerary

Due to COVID-19 refugios aren't offering shared dorm beds for the 2021/22 season and this trip includes 1 night camping in pre-pitched tents with mattresses and sleeping bags included.


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

The trip begins in the morning with you being picked up from either your hotel in Punta Arenas or from Punta Arenas Airport and driven to your accommodation in Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, you can start your trip in El Calafate or Puerto Natales.

En route, we'll stop 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 the French Valley; Refugio Paine Grande

After breakfast we'll transfer by vehicle through the national park to board our catamaran boat at Lake Pehoé. The short boat ride etches ever-closer to the immense Paine Grande mountain before docking near the refugio where you can leave your overnight items, if you wish.

You'll begin the challenging, yet rewarding, trek into the French Valley (Valle Francés) 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 amazin sight.

After all this ascent, we'll begin our descent and arrive back at Refugio Paine Grande.

Note: The trek 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: 10hrs, 26km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande


Day 3: Trek to Glacier Grey; EcoCamp Patagonia

Today we'll hike from Refugio Paine Grande along the shore of Lake Pehoé to the northern side of the beautiful Lake Grey. 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. From here, we'll sail to the southern end of Glacier Grey, where we'll transfer to EcoCamp Patagonia.

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 10 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 our camp.

Length of hike: 4hrs, 11km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia


Day 4: Trek to the Towers; EcoCamp Patagonia

The goal of our fourth 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 Ascenio 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.

Length of hike: 9hrs, 22km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia


Day 5: Transport to Punta Arenas or El Calafate

In the early morning you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas (5hrs) to catch an afternoon flight to Santiago. Alternatively, take an early morning ride to the border to continue your journey to El Calafate.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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What our customers think

The highlight was day three of walking (the Tower Base hike) as the views were spectacular all day, the weather was good and the morale in the group was excellent. EcoCamp surroundings, staff and services were impeccable. Torres del Paine is a place I'd love to visit over and over again.

Amy Australia October 2017

It was tough! but well worth it for the amazing scenery. The team at Eco Camp were just spectacular, our guide was patient and kind, and the staff back at camp made you feel welcomed. Our dome was nice and cosy, I also LOVED the yoga dome! The food was delicious and there was such a huge variety which I really enjoyed.

Iryani October 2016

W Highlights from Luxury Camp

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The guide price of Chilean Pesos CLP 1,294,020 per person is based on two people sharing a standard dome in high season.


The seasons are divided into 4 periods as follows:

Low Season: 11 Sep - 15 Oct & 18 Apr - 15 May; Shoulder Season: 16 Oct - 31 Oct & 1 Apr - 17 Apr; High Season: 1 Nov - 14 Dec & 21 Jan - 31 Mar; Peak Season: 15 Dec - 20 Jan.  

Prices will be confirmed in Chilean Pesos, and converted to your local currency on the day of booking

This trip departs every Sunday from 26th Sep 2021 to 26th Apr 2022 with prices varying depending on the season.

The seasons are divided into low/shoulder/high and peak. Please ask us for more information.

Private group departures can be arranged on dates other than those shown.

Prices valid to the end of the 2022/23 season.

2021

2022

Start date Price (pp)
October 2021
24-Oct-2021 $1,083 Provisional Date Enquire
31-Oct-2021 $1,083 Provisional Date Enquire
November 2021
7-Nov-2021 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
14-Nov-2021 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
21-Nov-2021 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
28-Nov-2021 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
December 2021
5-Dec-2021 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
12-Dec-2021 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
19-Dec-2021 $1,762 Provisional Date Enquire
26-Dec-2021 $1,762 Provisional Date Enquire
January 2022
2-Jan-2022 $1,762 Provisional Date Enquire
9-Jan-2022 $1,762 Provisional Date Enquire
16-Jan-2022 $1,762 Provisional Date Enquire
23-Jan-2022 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
30-Jan-2022 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
February 2022
6-Feb-2022 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
13-Feb-2022 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
20-Feb-2022 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
27-Feb-2022 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
March 2022
6-Mar-2022 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
13-Mar-2022 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
20-Mar-2022 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
27-Mar-2022 $1,595 Provisional Date Enquire
April 2022
3-Apr-2022 $1,083 Provisional Date Enquire
10-Apr-2022 $1,083 Provisional Date Enquire
17-Apr-2022 $1,083 Provisional Date Enquire
24-Apr-2022 $860* Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP697,920

Additional Notes

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

Transfers – Transfers from/to Punta Arenas and EcoCamp Patagonia are private, small group transfers

COVID-19 – Due to COVID-19 refugios aren't offering shared dorm beds for the 2021/22 season and this trip includes 2 nights camping in pre-pitched tents with mattresses and sleeping bags included.

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 at the EcoCamp and you are travelling alone, you can share the dome with another person of the same gender and pay the double base price. Single domes are available for which a single supplement of CLP 302,800 applies.

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: 4 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in EcoCamp Patagonia; 1 night camping at Refugio Paine Grande, 1 night camping at Refugio Los Cuernos or El Francés Domes
  • Tent for double occupancy
  • Sleeping bags/mats for camping
  • All private, small group transport included in the itinerary
  • Bus from/to El Calafate if starting/ finishing in El Calafate
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Boat crossing over Pehoe Lake and Grey Lake
  • 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 and dinner
  • 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

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