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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.

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.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

5 Days

From

$1,035

Location

Torres del Paine

W Highlights from Luxury Camp - 5 - $1,035

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

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

Day 2: Trek the French Valley; Camping at Refugio Paine Grande

Day 3: Trek to Glacier Grey; EcoCamp Patagonia

Day 4: Trek to the Towers; EcoCamp Patagonia

Day 5: Transfer to Punta Arenas

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on W Highlights from Luxury Camp

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. Alternatively, you can start your trip in El Calafate – a transfer from here will incur an extra charge.

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 the French Valley; Camping at 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: Suppported camping  (in double tents) 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: Transfer to Punta Arenas

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, you can continue your trip to El Calafate – a transfer to here will incur an extra charge.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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What our customers think of W Highlights from Luxury Camp

W Highlights from Luxury Camp trips scored 4.6/5 from 5 reviews

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.

Travelled: October 2017

Amy - Australia

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.

Travelled: October 2016

Iryani -

Perfect setting, amazing hikes, other worldly views, multiple environments and weather patterns. Great food and accommodations at EcoCamp and our guides were A+++.

Travelled: February 2022

Nathan Aranson - USA

The food at EcoCamp was some of the best I’ve had and I live in Chicago, where we have some of the best restaurants in the world.

Travelled: February 2022

Rupal Dadu Patel - USA

Amazing scenery that you can't see anywhere else in the world.

Travelled: February 2022

Carson Crawford - USA

EcoCamp exceeded my expectations. The room was clean, comfortable and had an amazing view. The guides were the best.

Travelled: March 2022

Lucibel Gast - USA

The W-Highlights is the best if you have limited time and/or loved to trek but NOT a camper.

Travelled: March 2022

Lucibel Gast - USA

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W Highlights from Luxury Camp

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The 2022/23 season guide price in Chilean Pesos of CLP 1,526,900 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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The 2023/24 season guide price in Chilean Pesos of CLP 1,755,935 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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Private group departures can be arranged on dates other than those shown.

2023

2024

Start date Price (pp)
February 2023
5-Feb-2023 $1,919 Fully Booked Enquire
12-Feb-2023 $1,919 Fully Booked Enquire
12-Feb-2023 $1,919 Fully Booked Enquire
19-Feb-2023 $1,919 Fully Booked Enquire
26-Feb-2023 $1,919 Fully Booked Enquire
March 2023
5-Mar-2023 $1,919 Fully Booked Enquire
12-Mar-2023 $1,919 Fully Booked Enquire
19-Mar-2023 $1,919 Fully Booked Enquire
26-Mar-2023 $1,919 Fully Booked Enquire
April 2023
2-Apr-2023 $1,304 Fully Booked Enquire
9-Apr-2023 $1,304 Limited Availability Enquire
16-Apr-2023 $1,304 Limited Availability Enquire
23-Apr-2023 $1,035* Limited Availability Enquire
October 2023
1-Oct-2023 $1,035 Provisional Date Enquire
8-Oct-2023 $1,035* Provisional Date Enquire
15-Oct-2023 $1,035 Provisional Date Enquire
22-Oct-2023 $1,304 Provisional Date Enquire
29-Oct-2023 $1,304 Provisional Date Enquire
November 2023
5-Nov-2023 $2,206 Limited Availability Enquire
12-Nov-2023 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
19-Nov-2023 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
26-Nov-2023 $2,206 Fully Booked Enquire
December 2023
3-Dec-2023 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
10-Dec-2023 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
17-Dec-2023 $2,545 Provisional Date Enquire
24-Dec-2023 $2,545 Provisional Date Enquire
31-Dec-2023 $2,545 Provisional Date Enquire
January 2024
7-Jan-2024 $2,545 Provisional Date Enquire
14-Jan-2024 $2,545 Provisional Date Enquire
21-Jan-2024 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
28-Jan-2024 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
February 2024
4-Feb-2024 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
11-Feb-2024 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
18-Feb-2024 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
25-Feb-2024 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
March 2024
3-Mar-2024 $2,206 Fully Booked Enquire
10-Mar-2024 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
17-Mar-2024 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
24-Mar-2024 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
31-Mar-2024 $2,206 Provisional Date Enquire
April 2024
7-Apr-2024 $1,304 Provisional Date Enquire
14-Apr-2024 $1,304 Provisional Date Enquire
21-Apr-2024 $1,035* Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in CLP (CLP) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost CLP823,500

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 seasons are divided into four periods as follows:

  • Low Season: 2nd to 15th Oct & 18th to 23rd 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

Transfers – Transfers from/to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales to/from EcoCamp Patagonia are private, small group transfers.

Optional transfer –  The public bus connection to/from El Calafate is included in the trip price – you can upgrade to semi/fully private transfer at an extra cost.

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.

Accommodation upgrade – It's possible to upgrade from supported camping to refugio accommodation on night two. Please ask us for more details.

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 CLP 2,290,500 in the 2022/23 season.

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: 3 nights in EcoCamp Patagonia; 1 night camping at Refugio Paine Grande
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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