Independent W-Trek with Ice-Hike & Kayaking

A great multi-sport extension to the W-Trek including an Ice-Hike on Glacier Grey and Kayaking Lago Grey. All logistics and reservations are taken care of for you, but you can still enjoy the freedom of exploring independently. 4 Nights in Refugios.

5 Days

$1,395

Independent W-Trek with Ice-Hike & Kayaking - 5 - $1,395

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Bus to Torres del Paine - Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point
  • One-way hike to Los Cuernos
  • Hike French Valley to Pehoe Lake
  • One-Way hike to Glacier Grey - Ice hike on the glacier!
  • Kayak around the icebergs on Lago Grey 
  • Boat trip on Lago Grey

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Independent W-Trek with Ice-Hike & Kayaking

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Bus to Torres del Paine and hike to the Towers

Early in the morning you will take a bus to Torres del Paine. The trip is approximately two hours. After arriving to and registering yourself in the park you will begin to hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. After two hours of hiking steadily upward you will arrive to Refugio & Camping Chileno. This is where you will be spending the night. Here you can store your large pack before continuing onto the Las Torre lookout. You will hike about an hour through a dense Lenga forest. Once you leave the forest you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After admiring the view you will return to Refugio & Camping Chileno to have dinner and sleep. 

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Chileno


Day 2: Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point

In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You will leave Refugio & Camping Chileno and walk for four hours towards Refugio & Camping Cuernos, located on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and at the foot of the Cuernos. Along the way you will walk along the skirt of Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold. There will be a few rivers you will pass over by hopping across rocks. As you hike you will catch glimpses of glaciers and the mountaintops hovering over you. Finally you will see the monstrous peaks of the Cuernos. You will spend the night at the foot of them at Refugio & Camping Cuernos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Cuernos


Day 3: Visit the French Valley

Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Campamento Italiano. This camp is 2.5 hours away. You will trek across a windy beach and finally escape into the valley where the wind is a little calmer. Once you arrive to Campamento Italiano you can leave your large pack and continue into the French Valley with just a small daypack. You will hike across a moraine and through a forest until you come to a clearing. Here you will be blown away by both the wind and the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you, the hanging French Glacier just ahead of you and by many other peaks. After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your large pack and continue onto Refugio & Camping Paine Grande on the shore of the beautiful Lake Pehoe.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande


Day 4: Hike to Grey Glacier and Kayak

After a restful night and an energizing breakfast you will begin a four-hour hike through a small forest and then along Lake Grey. Most days this section of the park is very windy, due to openness provided by Lake Grey, Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Field. After about two hours of hiking you will get your first glimpse of Glacier Grey. You will continue hiking for two more hours until arriving to Refugio & Camping Grey where you will spend the night. If you would like you can continue onto Campamento Los Guardas for a different view of the glacier.

In the afternoon you will go to the shore of the lake, where our guides introduce you to the equipment needed for the tour and have a safety briefing. After this, you will carry the kayaks approximately 20 meters to the lakes' edge. Now the tour really begins! We will be paddling around icebergs that are floating in the lake and afterwards we paddle towards the eastern side of the grey glacier to wonder at the spectacular scenery in this special place. If conditions permit, we can paddle closer to the glacier to get a really good view. After this, we will paddle back to the start point.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Grey


Day 5: Morning Ice Hike and Lago Grey Boat

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 brand new Refugio, where we will have lunch before starting an adventure on the glacier!

You will take a zodiac for 20 minutes until arriving on the western side of the Nunatak and hike for an hour to rich the glacier, where specialized guides will supply you with the necessary technical equipment (crampons, harness and piolet). You will walk on the glacier, observing unique deep blue cracks, where, weather permitting. 

In the afternoon you will board the Grey III, which will take you to admire the glacier up-close and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. After arriving to the other side of Lake Grey you will wait at the cafe? inside of Hotel Lago Grey before taking a transfer to catch the bus back to Puerto Natales.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: B&B in Puerto Natales

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

On Day 2, You can update to private cabins with two beds and sharing bathrooms in between the cabins for USD $ 80 per single occupancy or USD $ 40 per double occupancy.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,395 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.

Includes

  • All the public/private transportation indicated in the schedule
  • Shuttle between Laguna Amarga and Refugio Torres
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Four nights lodging in mountain lodges (Refugios) and one night in a B&B
  • All meals as detailed in itinerary 
  • Sleeping bags and liners (when is possible we include a bed with sheets, blankets and a pillow)
  • Ice hike on glacier grey with technical equipment (Ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet and snack) and certificate guides.
  • Kayak single or double and all paddling equipment (neoprene gloves, paddling jackets, life jackets, skirts, and neoprene boots).
  • Guide for the Ice hike & kayak
  • Lago Grey Boat Trip

Excludes

  • 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 for the trekking

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