Self-Guided Deluxe W Trek

Staying in the best accommodation on each leg of the trek, you will 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. Staying in the best accommodation on each leg of the trek, you will 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.
5 Days

Self-Guided Deluxe W Trek - 5 - $1,195

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike the Classic 'W Trek' in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Trek up the Ascencio Valley to get spectacular views of the famous granite Towers
  • Marvel at the French Glacier and reach the French Valley lookout for magnificent views of mountains and lakes
  • Hike to the Grey Glacier where you catch your first glimpses of the mighty Southern Patagonian Ice Field - get close-up views with an optional kayaking or ice hiking trip
  • End your trek with a catamaran ride across Lake Pehoe and get another perspective of the spectacular Paine Massif 

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Self-Guided Deluxe W Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Torres del Paine - Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point

Starting from Puerto Natales at 7 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 that you will be able to observe some of the most typical animals in this area, such as the ñandu (a rare South American ostrich), guanacos (from the llama family) and a number of different bird species. The bus arrives at Laguna Amarga, the main entrance to the park, where you connect with a shuttle to the Hotel Las Torres.

After leaving your main backpack at the hotel, you set off with just a small pack on your trek to the base of the Towers, by 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 hike: 8-9 hours roundtrip hike, 22 km

Length of journey: 2 hours by public bus, 30 mins shuttle transfer

Meals: Box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres

Day 2: One-way hike to Los Cuernos lookout point

Enjoy breakfast at your Refugio and request your box lunch before setting out for the day. Starting today’s trek, you’ll arrive at Inge Lagoon where you're likely to catch condors and other birds of prey circling the skies above you. The well-marked trail ascends 200 metres from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 m) and crosses the Bader River to today’s destination - Refugio Los Cuernos or Domos Frances (depending on availability). Here, settle in, enjoy a good meal among fellow travelers, and rest beneath the immense moraine.

Length of hike: 4 - 5 hours, 13 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Los Cuernos or Domos Frances

Upgrade option: you can update to private cabins at Los Cuernos with two beds that share bathrooms between cabin guests only (8 cabins in total) for USD $255 per single occupancy or USD $80 per double occupancy.

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

Today’s hike is a challenging trek to the heart of the Paine massif. The French Valley is a spectacular natural basin surrounded by peaks and hanging glaciers.

After breakfast, request your box lunch at the refugio and set off on a 2-hour hike through a winding path to the French River (one hour if your accommodation was at the French Domes). At the entrance to the French Valley - a glacial moraine - you’ll scramble over huge boulders and catch the first sight of the hanging glacier atop the valley.

From this point, you’ll ascend for an hour through a dream-like Japanese garden landscape before arriving at the French Valley viewpoint (the “Plateau”). Your reward is a heart-stirring bird’s eye view of granite peaks and hanging glaciers. To one side, the French Glacier and Paine Grande (3050 m); while to the other, La Espada, La Hoja, La Máscara and the main and north “horns” of Los Cuernos arch upwards. In the upper section of the Valley, Cerro Catedral and Cerro Fortaleza loom like turrets above the landscape.

Take your time to have lunch at the viewpoint, surrounded by these imposing peaks and open skies. If time and energy levels allow, you can continue hiking for an additional hour through the Valley to the British Camp for yet another spectacular cirque (amphitheatre-like formation) of mountains.

You’ll descend via the same path until you reach the valley’s entrance, at which point you’ll continue around the south-west side of Paine Grande, Torres del Paine’s highest peak. This final leg passes through native firebush and evergreen beech forests to the shores of Pehoe Lake.

Dinner will be served at Refugio Paine Grande where you will spend your third evening.

Length of hike: 8 - 9 hours, 18 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande

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

Set out early after breakfast, ascending 200 metres on the narrow winding path to Laguna Los Patos. Here, you’ll see sections of the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a geological phenomenon that still hides many unclimbed mountains.

From here you’ll continue to Grey Glacier’s lookout point, passing forests and rivers, with possible sightings of the spectacled and flightless steamer ducks that call them home. Pass by your Refugio beforehand, so you can drop off your backpack and head to the lookout to eat your packed lunches with the mammoth Grey Glacier at your feet.

In the afternoon you will have the option to take part in a 2.5 hour kayak excursion on Grey Lake (USD$ 100 per person, advance booking required). Dinner will be served at the Refugio followed by an evening of rest in this spectacular area.

Length of hike: 4 hours, 11 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Grey

Day 5: Hike to Paine Grande & catamaran ride across Lake Pehoe - Optional morning ice hike, kayak or trek to bridges

This morning is yours to enjoy at leisure! Options include a 5-hour ice hike on Grey Glacier (USD$ 160 per person), 2.5-hour kayak excursion on Grey Lake (USD$ 100 per person) or an additional hike (8 km, about 3 hours return) to the hanging bridges for a magnificent view of Grey Glacier (independent hikers without guides are only permitted to go to the second hanging bridge). You will need to book your optional excursion in advance so please enquire about booking ahead of your trip.

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll later walk back along the same path to Paine Grande to catch the last catamaran across Pehoe Lake (check catamaran and walking times with Refugio staff in the morning to ensure you arrive in time). While hiking, take in views of Paine Grande and the powerful, almost muscular granite walls of Cordon Olguín. On the other side of Pehoe Lake, a public bus will be waiting to drive you to Puerto Natales. Since you will be arriving in town around 10 pm, we recommend spending the night in Puerto Natales.

Length of hike: 4 hours, 11 km

Length of journey: 35 mins by catamaran, 3 hours by public bus

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

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What our customers think

I am so glad we did the W trek from site to site, as opposed to trying to do various hikes from other jumping off points. I liked the refugios and would definitely recommend doing it that way to others.

Alysha Colorado, USA December 2017

The entire W trek was a highlight but Domo Francis was particularly special - it felt like you were sleeping in the trees. We did the trek self-guided which worked out great.

Sonia Canada November 2017

The W trek was one of the most rewarding (and scenic) experiences of my life.

Sonia Canada November 2017

Every day of the trip was unbelievable. The highlight was definitely the W trek. The landscapes were beautiful and we were able to see many rare sightings of native animals such as huemul and puma. We met many like-minded hikers who were passionate and excited about experiencing Patagonia. The guides and locals were all extremely friendly and welcoming.

Andrea Lora USA January 2017

After trekking Torres del Paine, I feel like most of the time you won't need a guide, as everything is well-prepared and scheduled for the self-guided tour. You will also meet other people on the way that are doing the same trek, so you won't be alone.

Ivo Correia United States Of America December 2019

My favourite day of the W Trek involved the hike into the French Valley. It provided excellent views up the valley and a nice lookout back towards the lakes. The hike exceeded my expectations as I was blown away by the landscapes. The refugios were very nice and the cabin was amazing.

Cameron Australia November 2017

The W trek with the variety in the landscape and type of hiking each day was incredible. The hike was the right amount of challenge for us. The granite peaks and landscape exceeded our expectations!

Jami & Don California, USA December 2017

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

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


  • 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 with comfortable rooms with 6 beds and shared bathroom)
  • We include a bed with sheets, blankets and a pillow for the three refugio nights
  • Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake
  • All meals indicated in the schedule 


  • Any additional nights
  • Kayak or Ice Hike excursion at Grey
  • 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 included in the menu
  • Guide or porters

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