Self-Guided Deluxe W Trek

Staying in the best accommodation on each leg of the trek, you can experience the iconic W-trek at the highest level of comfort, giving you the opportunity to really relax your legs after each trek. Guiding yourself you can enjoy everyday at your own pace, seeing all the park's main sights.

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Self-Guided Deluxe W Trek - 5 - $1,495

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Walk the Classic 'W Trek' in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Follow the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley
  • Reach the French Valley viewpoint which will gift you with magnificent views of both mountains and lakes
  • Hike to the Grey Glacier where you will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field 
  • Take a ferry ride across Lake Pehoe

Landmarks visited on Self-Guided Deluxe W Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day1: Transfer to Torres del Paine - Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point

Starting from Puerto Natales at 7:00 AM you will take a public bus all the way to Torres del Paine National Park. You will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we you be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the nandu, (rare South American ostrich). The bus arrives to Laguna Amarga the main entrance to the park where you connect with a shuttle to the Hotel Las Torres.

After leaving your backpack at Hotel, you start the trek with your lunch box to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. The walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. You'll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), excellent for picture taking. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers you'll start the descent, following the same path back to the hotel. Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Length of excursion: 3.5 hours by bus, 8-9 hour hike

Meals: Packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres

Day 2: One way hike to Los Cuernos lookout point

After breakfast at the Refugio you request your pack lunch and start the hike to Refugio Los Cuernos. As you leave the hut you will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, you may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. You follow a well mark trail ascending around (200 mts.) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 mts.), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where you will stay overnight, after enjoying a good meal.

Length of hike: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos

(You can update to private cabins with two beds and sharing bathrooms in between the cabins for USD $ 130 per single occupancy or USD $ 65 per double occupancy)

Day 3: One way hike to Pehoe Lake, via the French Valley

After a breakfast in the Refugio, and once you request your pack lunch from them; you will start the day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for your first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then you will ascend (300 M) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting you with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes.

Your way back will be the same until you reach the entrance of the valley where you will continue on a different path around the South- West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoe Lake. Dinner will be served in the Refugio.

Length of hike: 8 - 9 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande

Day 4: One way hike to Glacier Grey - Optional Ice hike or kayak

You will begin early morning with the hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200mts up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where you will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. You will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. You will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall. Optional Ice hike or Kayak (book in advance, please contact our Travel Specialists).

Length of hike: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Grey

Day 5: Hike to Glacier Grey & Navigation in front of the glacier

At 1 PM you will take a boat to navigate for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. The return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. A private transfer will be waiting for you to drive back to Puerto Natales on a different road with great views of the Paine Mountain from a different perspective.

Length of excursion: 2 hours sailing, 2 hours by private transfer

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Departures can be set up on a date of your choice, subject to availability. 

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,495 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

The price of $1,495 is based on 2 passengers 

The price of $1,795 is based on 1 passenger 


  • All the private/public transportation indicated in the schedule
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Shuttle in between Laguna Amarga and Hotel Las Torres
  • One night in Hotel Las Torres and three nights lodging in mountain lodges (Refugios) (Comfortable rooms with 6 beds and shared bathroom)
  • We include a bed with sheets, blankets and a pillow for the three refugio nights.
  • Boat at Lake Grey
  • All meals indicated in the schedule 


  • Any additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal expenses
  • Dinner on day 5
  • Any alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Refugios except for the drinks include in the menu
  • Guide

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