Self-guided W Circuit & Kayaking Adventure

Enjoy the freedom of guiding yourself round the W Circuit with all the logistics organised for you. Then you'll be whisked away to a secluded spot on the border of Torres del Paine with an expert guide to spend 2 days kayaking along the Rio Serrano, enjoying camping in the wilderness and getting up close to the Serrano Glacier. Finish off with a celebratory asado lunch before taking the ferry back to Puerto Natales.

9 Days


Self-guided W Circuit & Kayaking Adventure - 9 - $1,901

Itinerary Map

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Self-guided W Circuit & Kayaking Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Trip Summary

  • Arrive in Puerto Natales, Visit the Torres of Torres del Paine
  • Hike along LakeNordenskjold, Explore the French Valley
  • Admire Glacier Grey and Finish the W Hike
  • Kayak on the Rio Serrano before your return to Puerto Natales

Trip Details

Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Natales

You will board a bus in the Punta Arenas airport (PUQ) and be taken directly to Puerto Natales. The drive is approximately 3 hours, along the way you will be able to catch your first glimpses of guanacos and nandus. When you arrive in Puerto Natales you will take a taxi or walk to your accommodations and shortly after come to our office for a briefing explaining the next few days and helping you with any last minute questions.

Day 2: Visit the Torres of Torres del Paine

After an early breakfast, you will leave Puerto Natales heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving in the park you will begin to casually walk up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. You will arrive at Refugio Chileno a few hours after lunch. This is where you will be spending the night, so you will check into the refugio and put your things into the refugio, before continuing on the hike. After a short rest in Chileno you will hike one hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After a bit of time admiring the view you will return back to Chileno to sleep and have dinner.

Day 3: Hike along Lake Nordenskjold

In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You will leave Refugio Chileno and walk for four hours towards Refugio Cuernos, which is located on the coast of Lake Nordenskjold and the foot of the impressive Cuernos of Paine. Along the way you will border Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold. You will have a few rivers to cross by hopping across rocks and also catch views of glaciers upon the mountain tops that are hovering over you. Finally you see the Cuernos! They are monstrous peaks, you will spend the night at the foot of them after a breathtaking journey.

Day 4: Explore the French Valley

Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Camp Italiano. This camp is just two easy hours away. You will trek across a windy beach and finally escape into the valley and find that the wind is a little calmer. After two hours of hiking you will leave your backpack at Camp Italiano and continue into the French Valley with just a small day-pack. You will hike across a moraine and through a forest until you finally come to a clearing. Here you will be blown away both by the wind and by the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you, the shocking hanging glacier called the French Glacier just ahead of you and by many of the peaks that are the reason why this park has become famous. After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your backpacks and continue to Refugio Paine Grande where you will spend the night.

Day 5: Admire Glacier Grey

After a restful nights sleep and an energizing breakfast you will be ready to hike again. Today you will have a short two hours up to the first look out of Grey Glacier. You will be able to experience the wind coming off the Southern Ice Field and see both the ice field and Glacier Grey! You will continue walking for 2 more hours until finally reaching Refugio Grey, which is tucked away in a small valley in a wooded area that is protected from the wind. You will check into the refugio and then have time to continue towards Glacier Grey. If you like you can get up close to the Glacier at Camp Guardas or you can rest along the beach! You will return to Refugio Grey for dinner and a warm bed.

Day 6: Finish the W Hike

After four days hiking on the infamous "W" in Torres del Paine you will have the morning to walk around Glacier Grey. You will board the Grey II boat in the afternoon. You will enjoy your afternoon by admiring the glacier from up-close and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. Just after 16:00 hrs you will take a transfer to Pueblito Rio Serrano, just outside of Torres del Paine. Here you will check into a modest hotel, relax and enjoy your night!

Day 7: Begin Kayaking on Rio Serrano

After breakfast in Hotel Tyndall you will meet up with your guide. Your kayak guide give you instruction to ensure a safe and comfortable trip. You and your guide will load the kayaks with the necessary equipment. Just after noon you will begin paddling towards the Serrano waterfall. Once you reach the fall you will need to take a short walk and portage the kayaks to avoid the waterfall. Here your guide will set up camp and prepare a delicious dinner.

Day 8: Return to Puerto Natales

In the morning you will continue your trip on Rio Serrano until arriving at Puerto Toro. Here you will leave your kayak and walk 35 minutes to see Serrano Glacier at the foot of Mount Balmaceda in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. Upon returning to your kayaks, you and your guide will load them onto a larger boat (21 de Mayo) that will take you to Puerto Natales. Before arriving you will stop at a typical Chilean farmhouse for lunch. After lunch, you will continue on to Puerto Natales in a motorboat.

Day 9: Continue your journey

Today you will take a morning bus to El Calafate or Punta Arenas. You will arrive in El Calafate at approximately 14.00 hrs, and settle into your accommodations or in Punta Arenas at the earliest around 10:30am or the latest 23:00 hrs. Please advise where you would like to go.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for more details.


  • 2 nights in B&B in Puerto Natales
  • 4 nights in Refugios in Torres del Paine (shared accommodations with shared bathrooms without sheets or bedding)
  • 1 night in Hotel Rio Serrano (or similar)
  • 1 night wilderness camping
  • Breakfast on Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Lunch on Days 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Dinner on Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
  • Bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (airport pick-up available)
  • Bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (drop off Laguna Amarga)
  • Transfer from Grey parking lot to Hotel Tyndall
  • 2 Day Kayak trip on Rio Serrano (including camping gear and kayaking gear)
  • Grey II Cruise on Lake Grey
  • Entrance Fee to Torres del Paine


  • Accommodations not listed
  • Meals not listed
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Tips for staff or at dinners
  • Trailhead Transfer from Laguna Amarga to Trailhead in Las Torres (2.500 CLP)
  • Sleeping Bag

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