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5-Day W Trek from Serrano Base Camp

Discover Torres del Paine's extraordinary W Trek with a series of fantastic day-hikes, each taking in stunning panoramic views. Enjoy a boat trip to the immense face of Glacier Grey and spend a day tracking pumas with an expert guide. Each evening return to the comfort of your private dome-tent at Serrano Base Camp with its stunning vistas of the Paine range.

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

$2,295

Location

Torres del Paine

5-Day W Trek from Serrano Base Camp - 5 - $2,295

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from Puerto Natales; Trek to Weber Bridge

Day 2: Trek the Pingo Valley; Glacier Grey boat trip

Day 3: Trek the French Valley

Day 4: Puma tracking at Laguna Azul

Day 5: Trek to Las Torres (The Towers) lookout

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on 5-Day W Trek from Serrano Base Camp

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Puerto Natales; Trek to Weber Bridge

We'll take a transfer from Puerto Natales to Estancia Lazo – a 13,000 hecare cattle ranch on the shore of Laguna Verde. From here we'll start the trek into the Torres del Paine National Park. The trail is mostly flat through areas of beech and coihue forest. Along this stretch you could see condors, caranchos, guanacos, woodpeckers and owls.

We'll reach Honda Lagoon and then hike on to Lake Toro lookout where we'll have stunning panoramic views of the moutnains, rivers, lakes and glaciers surrounding us. From here we'll make a short descent to Weber Bridge where a private transfer will take us 20mins to our campsite on the shores of the Serrano River.

Here we'll settle in, enjoy a welcome dinner and relax with views of the Paine Massif.

Private transfer: 2hrs

Length of hike: 5hrs, 13km

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano Base Camp


Day 2: Trek the Pingo Valley; Glacier Grey boat trip

Today we'll have a hearty breakfast before taking a 30-min transfer to the start of our trek into the Pingo Valley. We'll hike to the viewpoint at 'Cascada los Salmones' from where the views are simply breathtaking.

After a picnic lunch by the Pingo River we'll hike through a beech forest to the boat dock and take a trip past blue icebergs to the vast face of Glacier Grey. We can stay here a while, soaking up the view and perhaps witness huge blocks of ice calving from the glacier. We'll also see the wind-sculpted 'ice mushrooms' on the peaks of Paine Grande.

Once back on dry land we'll take a transfer back to our campsite to enjoy a delicious dinner and well-deserved night's rest.

Private transfer: 30mins

Length of hike: 3hrs, 10km

Length of boat trip: 3hrs

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano Base Camp


Day 3: Trek the French Valley

After another hearty breakfast admiring the sunrise on the Paine Massif we'll take a private transfer to Lake Pehoe, followed by a catarmaran journey to Refugio Paine Grande. From here we start the trek to the entrance of the French Valley where there is a huge glacial moraine.

We'll follow trails in to the valley, catching sight of the awesome hanging glaciers and then ascend for around an hour through a dreamlike Japanese garden landscape to reach the French Valley vewpoint. From here there are spectacular views of the French Glacier and Paine Grande on one side and on the other the horns of Los Cuernos reach to the sky.

While at the viewpoint we'll take time to enjoy our picnic lunch and soak up the views before returning back to Refugio Paine Grande along the same path. The catamaran will then speed us across the lake to our private transfer back to our campsite.

Private transfer: 30mins each way

Catarmaran: 30mins each way

Length of hike: 7-8hrs, 17km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano Base Camp


Day 4: Puma tracking at Laguna Azul

After an early breakfast we'll head out to meet up with our local puma-tracking guide. We head to wherever the pumas were last spotted – this is usually near the nature trail on the border of Lago Sarmiento.

When, and if, we spot a puma there will hopefully be the opportunity for photos, but we need to respect them and not disturb their way of life so we can't hang around too long. Whilst our tracker guide will do their best to spot these magnificent animals in their wild habitat, we cannot guarantee sightings will be made. Either way, spending a day with a tracker will be an unforgettable experience. We can hopefully see more puma while hiking in specific areas of the park before taking a vehicle to Laguna Azul.

At the lagoon we'll be able to see various species of birds who inhabit the area as we walk along the beach and wetlands. There will also be fantastic views of the surrounding mountain peaks, set against the backdrop of the Patagonian sky.

We'll have a picnic lunch here and then return to the campsite for another evening of sumptuous food and well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Today's itinerary is subject to change depending on the tracker's suggestions for wildlife spotting. We expect guests to be open to last-minute changes in order to get the most from this day.

Guided tracking: 8-10hrs

Total length of hike: 6-8km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano Base Camp


Day 5: Trek to Las Torres (The Towers) lookout

We'll start the day with an energy-packed breakfast to prepare us for our final day of activity. A private transfer will take us to the Las Torres area of the park where we'll start the trek, following the Ascencio River into the Ascencio Valley.

An hour into the trek we'll take a break at a viewpoint to admire the beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls surrounding us. From here it's uphill through more forests to the gargantuan terminal moraine where we'll have stunning views of Las Torres.

It's at this viewpoint where we'll rest up, take phots and have a picnic lunch before descending on the same path to meet our private transfer to Puerto Natales.

Today's grand finale, at one of Patagonia's most iconic viewpoints, will be a fitting end to five wonderful days in Torres del Paine National Park.

Private transfers: 2hrs to trailhead; 2hrs to Puerto Natales

Length of hike: 8-10hrs, 22km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for for 2022/23 season are:

4-8 people: USD $2,295 per person
3 people: USD $2,395 per person
2 people: USD $2,995 per person

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Prices are likely to increase by at least 10% for the 2023/24 season. Rates are confirmed by refugios mid-way through the year. Book now and we will not charge you more than this 10% increase. If the price is eventually confirmed as lower than a 10% increase, we will charge you this lower rate.

2023

2024

Start date Price (pp)
February 2023
6-Feb-2023 $2,295* Fully Booked Enquire
13-Feb-2023 $2,295 Fully Booked Enquire
20-Feb-2023 $2,295* Fully Booked Enquire
20-Feb-2023 $2,295 Fully Booked Enquire
27-Feb-2023 $2,295* Fully Booked Enquire
March 2023
6-Mar-2023 $2,295 Fully Booked Enquire
20-Mar-2023 $2,295* Guaranteed Date Enquire
27-Mar-2023 $2,295 Guaranteed Date Enquire
April 2023
1-Apr-2023 $2,295* Fully Booked Enquire
October 2023
4-Oct-2023 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
11-Oct-2023 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
18-Oct-2023 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
26-Oct-2023 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
November 2023
12-Nov-2023 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
26-Nov-2023 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
December 2023
19-Dec-2023 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
24-Dec-2023 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
31-Dec-2023 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
January 2024
14-Jan-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
18-Jan-2024 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
22-Jan-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
28-Jan-2024 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
February 2024
4-Feb-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
11-Feb-2024 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
18-Feb-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
25-Feb-2024 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
March 2024
3-Mar-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
10-Mar-2024 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
17-Mar-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
21-Mar-2024 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
25-Mar-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
29-Mar-2024 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
April 2024
2-Apr-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
6-Apr-2024 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
10-Apr-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
14-Apr-2024 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
18-Apr-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire
22-Apr-2024 $2,295 Provisional Date Enquire
26-Apr-2024 $2,295* Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,295

Additional Notes

Group size – 8 maximum, 2 minimum

Joining & departure instructions – Please arrive in Puerto Natales on the afternoon before for your trip starts for your group briefing. It is also recommended that you plan to stay in Puerto Natales when you finish your trek. If you would like help booking your pre/post-trek arrangements please just let us know.

Opening dates – Serrano Camp is open from mid-September until the end of April.

Facilities Serrano Camp is located on the shores of the Serrano River, away from the crowded refugios and campsites. It's equipped with separate men's and women's bathrooms, hot showers, and electrical outlets for charging and operating electronic devices. Delicious meals are shared in a dedicated dining lodge with views of the Paine Massif. A spacious lounge offers the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying some great company.

Wifi – Please note that there is no wifi at Serrano Camp.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
  • 4 nights at Serrano Base Camp
  • Torres del Paine National Park entrance fee
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Catamaran journey on Lake Pehoe
  • Boat trip on Lake Grey
  • Professional local puma guide
  • English and Spanish speaking guide

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment (our recommended kit list)
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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