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5-Day W Trek from Serrano Base Camp

Discover Torres del Paine's extraordinary W Trek on 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 watching wildlife, hopefully spotting the elusive puma. Each evening return to the comfort of your private deluxe tent at Serrano Camp with its stunning vistas of the Paine range.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

5 Days

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$2,795

Location

Torres del Paine

5-Day W Trek from Serrano Base Camp - 5 Days - $2,795

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: Cuernos and Cóndor Lookouts; Hike Lago Sarmiento/Laguna Amarga

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

You'll take a transfer from Puerto Natales to Estancia Lazo, a sprawling 13,000-hectare cattle ranch nestled beside the enchanting Laguna Verde. Your adventure into Torres del Paine National Park commences here, treading through mostly flat trails enveloped by beech and coihue forests. Keep your eyes peeled for the condors, caranchos, guanacos, woodpeckers, and owls native to this area.

Your journey leads you to the serene Honda Lagoon, followed by a hike to the Lake Toro lookout, offering a panoramic spectacle of the surrounding mountains, rivers, lakes, and glaciers. After soaking in the vistas, a brief descent takes you to Weber Bridge, where a 20-minute private transfer brings you to your campsite by the Serrano River.

Settle into this idyllic setting, indulge in a welcoming dinner, and unwind with the backdrop of the Paine Massif.

Private transfer: 2hrs

Length of hike: 5hrs, 15km

Meals: Box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano Camp


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

Today you'll have a hearty breakfast before taking a 30-minute transfer to the start of our trek into the Pingo Valley. Your journey leads you to 'Cascada los Salmones', a viewpoint where the landscape's beauty is truly awe-inspiring.

Following a picnic lunch by the serene Pingo River, meander through an enchanting beech forest to the boat dock. Here, a boat trip awaits, steering you past mesmerising blue icebergs to the grand facade of Glacier Grey. Absorb the spectacular views and, if fortune smiles, witness the dramatic ice calving from the glacier. Marvel at Paine Grande's unique 'ice mushrooms', sculpted by the wind.

Concluding your adventure, a transfer will ferry you back to your campsite, where a sumptuous dinner and a night of restful sleep await, rounding off a day filled with natural wonders and unforgettable experiences.

Private transfer: 30mins

Length of hike: 3hrs, 10km

Length of boat trip: 3hrs

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano Camp


Day 3: Trek the French Valley

After another hearty breakfast, you'll head off to Lake Pehoe, where a catamaran awaits to ferry you to Refugio Paine Grande. Your trek commences towards the French Valley, marked by a vast glacial moraine.

Venture into the valley, marvelling at the impressive hanging glaciers, then climb through a surreal landscape akin to a Japanese garden, leading to the French Valley viewpoint. Here you'll have the French Glacier and Paine Grande on one side and the majestic Los Cuernos on the other.

At the viewpoint, take lunch, immersing yourself in the scenery before retracing your steps to Refugio Paine Grande. Your catamaran journey back across Lake Pehoe, followed by a private transfer, bringing you back to your campsite.

Private transfer: 30mins each way

Catamaran: 30mins each way

Length of hike: 7-8hrs, 21km (until the French viewpoint, the "plateau")

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano Camp


Day 4: Cuernos + Condor Lookouts; Hike Lago Sarmiento/Laguna Amarga

Post-breakfast, your transfer will take you alongside the Paine River to Pudeto, kickstarting a scenic hike around Lake Pehoe. Witness the vibrant turquoise waters at Salto Grande Waterfall, where Lake Nordenskjöld pours into Lake Pehoe. Savour panoramic views from the boardwalk, capturing the Paine Grande and Cuernos mountains in all their glory.

Your journey continues on a gentle trail, brushing past remnants of the 2005 national park blaze, leading to the black sands of Nordenskjöld Lake. Here, embrace the fierce Patagonian winds before ascending to the Cuernos lookout, unveiling the French Valley, Los Cuernos, and Paine Grande mountain.

After retracing your steps, enjoy a refreshing snack before hopping on another transfer. A mere 30-minute ride lands you at the Sarmiento Lake ranger station, the starting point for a trek to Laguna Amarga. This route, teeming with wildlife, offers a chance to snap stunning landscapes and spot native birds and guanacos.

Mid-hike, discover ancient cave paintings, a testament to Patagonia's early hunters. The trail, adorned with lagoons and the Paine Massif's splendid views, is also a puma hotspot. Concluding your exploration at Laguna Amarga, a private transfer will escort you back to Riverside Camp.

Total length of hikes: 3hr, 6km/3.7mi and 3.5hr, 6.5km/4mi

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Serrano Camp


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

You'll start the day with an energy-packed breakfast to prepare for the final day of activity. A private transfer will take you 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 you'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 with stunning views of Las Torres.

At this viewpoint rest up, take photos and have a picnic lunch before descending on the same path to meet your 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, box lunch

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2024/25 season are from:

4-8 person group: USD $2,795 per person
2 people: USD $3,895 per person

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2025

Start date Price (pp)
October 2024
13-Oct-2024 $2,795* Provisional Date Enquire
20-Oct-2024 $2,795 Provisional Date Enquire
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* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2,795

Additional Notes

Group size – Eight maximum, two 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.

Accommodation upgrade – An upgrade to hotel accommodation is available upon request, and subject to availability, from USD $4,056 per person, based on four people sharing.

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

Facilities Serrano Camp is located away from the crowded refugios and campsites. It has private bathrooms (accessed by a one-metre walkway) with a toilet, hot showers and a heated towel rail. There are electrical outlets for charging and operating electronic devices within your tent. Delicious meals are shared in a dedicated dining space with views of the Paine Massif. A spacious lounge offers the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying some great company.

Christmas/New Year's Eve surcharge – The trip starting on the 29th of December 2024 will be subject to a surcharge of USD $50 per person.

WIFI – Available within the main dome and your deluxe tent. 

Includes

  • Meals: Four breakfasts, five picnic lunches, four dinners
  • Four nights at Serrano Base Camp
  • Torres del Paine National Park entrance fee
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Catamaran journey on Lake Pehoé
  • Boat trip on Lake Grey
  • Local wildlife 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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