W Highlights from Luxury Camp

The highlights of Torres del Paine's most famous trek, from the base of a relaxed, friendly geodesic dome camp for 3 of 4 nights. Hike with expert guides and only a day pack, returning to a comfortable bed, wood burning stove and en suite bathroom. Meals and transfers from/to Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or El Calafate included.

The highlights of Torres del Paine's most famous trek, from the base of a relaxed, friendly geodesic dome camp for 3 of 4 nights. Hike with expert guides and only a day pack, returning to a comfortable bed, wood burning stove and en suite bathroom. Meals and transfers from/to Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or El Calafate included.

5 Days
$1,075

W Highlights from Luxury Camp - 5 - $1,075

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Spend four full days exploring the National Park
  • Transfer from either Punta Arenas or El Calafate and get familiar with the local culture en route
  • Hike along Lake Pehoe and through the French Valley, venturing into the heart of the Paine Massif
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch before sailing to the crystalline facade of Glacier Grey
  • Walk through beech forests, over mountains and past rivers, reaching the infamous Ascencio Valley
  • Connect with nature as you spend your nights in geodesic dome tents, with one night visiting a traditional refugio

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on W Highlights from Luxury Camp

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: The Patagonian Adventure starts

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to your accommodation. Alternatively, you can start your trip in El Calafate or Puerto Natales.

En route, you make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where you can enjoy a hearty local lunch. The journey is very scenic and atmospheric. Look out for wildlife as you travel through wonderful Patagonian landscapes.

The day ends with your arrival and overnight stay at your geodesic camp, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon once you arrive.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Comfy dome camp


Day 2: The Paine Massif's Heart: Valle Francés

After breakfast you drive toward Pudeto dock where you board the catamaran to Pehoe, from here you will begin the challenging trek to Valle Francés (French Valley), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in you go depends on your group's trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead you to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-east face of the Massif, where you will be treated to fantastic views of the valley.

You continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where you will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations. After your upward trek, you will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day's trek will end as you descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take you to Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe.

*An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is also available.

N.B. The excursion to the French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe: from 1st to 31st October and from 1st to 30th April the navigation operates only once a day, therefore the hike will be limited and only reach the Italian campsite. (From November to March the excursion operates on a regular basis).

Length of hike: 8 hrs, 25 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande


Day 3: Glacier Grey

This day will see you hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey. You will feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails right to the huge, crystalline facade of Glacier Grey, where you will have plenty of time to marvel at the calving glacier.

From the southern end of Lake Grey, you will transfer to your camp. Be aware that boat trips can be cancelled if the required minimum of 10 passengers is not reached. If this is the case, you will trek up to the viewpoint and enjoy wonderful, panoramic views of the glacier. You will then return on foot to Paine Grande and take a catamaran to Pudeto dock, where we will be picked up and driven to your camp.

Length of hike: 4 hrs, 14 km (boat ride - 40 mins)

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Comfy dome camp


Day 4: The big challenge: Torres del Paine

The goal of the penultimate day of your 5-day trek will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! You will walk from camp towards Hosteria Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley.

Your big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead you to that iconic base-view of the towers - three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before you, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch?

After feasting on the view and your picnic, you backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to your camp for a well-deserved dinner.

Length of hike: 9 hrs, 22 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Comfy dome camp


Day 5: Adios Torres del Paine!

You will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight.

Meals: Breakfast, box 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

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Single Domes are available; a single supplement of CLP 302,800 applies.

This trip departs every Sunday from 26-Sep-2021 to 26-Apr-2022 with prices varying per season.

(Base price of CLP 756,080 per person is based on two people sharing a Standard Double Dome in low season).

Private group departures can be arranged on dates other than those shown. Please contact us to discuss.

Start date Price (pp)
September 2021
26-Sep-2021 $1,075* Provisional Date
October 2021
3-Oct-2021 $1,075 Provisional Date
10-Oct-2021 $1,075* Provisional Date
17-Oct-2021 $1,355 Provisional Date
24-Oct-2021 $1,355 Provisional Date
31-Oct-2021 $1,355 Provisional Date
November 2021
7-Nov-2021 $1,993 Provisional Date
14-Nov-2021 $1,993 Provisional Date
21-Nov-2021 $1,993 Provisional Date
28-Nov-2021 $1,993 Provisional Date
December 2021
5-Dec-2021 $1,993 Provisional Date
12-Dec-2021 $1,993 Provisional Date
19-Dec-2021 $2,203 Provisional Date
26-Dec-2021 $2,203 Provisional Date
January 2022
2-Jan-2022 $2,203 Provisional Date
9-Jan-2022 $2,203 Provisional Date
16-Jan-2022 $2,203 Provisional Date
23-Jan-2022 $1,993 Provisional Date
30-Jan-2022 $1,993 Provisional Date
February 2022
6-Feb-2022 $1,993 Provisional Date
13-Feb-2022 $1,993 Provisional Date
20-Feb-2022 $1,993 Provisional Date
27-Feb-2022 $1,993 Provisional Date
March 2022
6-Mar-2022 $1,993 Provisional Date
13-Mar-2022 $1,993 Provisional Date
20-Mar-2022 $1,993 Provisional Date
27-Mar-2022 $1,993 Provisional Date
April 2022
3-Apr-2022 $1,355 Provisional Date
10-Apr-2022 $1,355 Provisional Date
17-Apr-2022 $1,355 Provisional Date
24-Apr-2022 $1,075* Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP756,080

Additional Notes

  • Accommodation at the Refugio will be provided either in dormitories or in comfortable tents or domes, including a mat, sleeping bag and polar fleece liner; the team will set up and dismantle all this. The campsite provides satisfactory bathroom facilities. Meals will be served inside the Refugio.
  • During Low & Shoulder Season (October and April), some excursions are subject to the weather conditions and may be cancelled or modified for safety reasons, for example, the navigation on Grey Lake, the excursion to the French Valley and to the Tower base trek. In this case, the original itinerary would be modified accordingly or you would be offered a good alternative excursion within the park.

Single Supplement And 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 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in domes; 1 night at Refugio Paine Grande
  • Tent for double occupancy
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Bus from Calafate-Puerto Natales-Calafate if starting/ finishing in Calafate
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Boat crossing over Pehoe Lake and Grey Lake
  • An expert English/ Spanish speaking guide
  • Sleeping bag for refugios if needed
  • Transportation for your luggage within the park (whilst trekking you will only carry your day pack)

Excludes

  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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