Torres del Paine Winter Adventure

Our expert guides make it possible to follow the majority of the W route and experience its highlights in the winter months, in spite of chillier conditions and limited services. You'll have the snow-covered park almost all to yourself - something that few people ever experience.

Our expert guides make it possible to follow the majority of the W route and experience its highlights in the winter months, in spite of chillier conditions and limited services. Read more...

5 Days
$1,695

Torres del Paine Winter Adventure - 5 - $1,695

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • After your private transfer into the national park from Puerto Natales, hike to the shore of Lake Pehoe
  • Enjoy five days of superb hiking fuelled by crisp air and still landscapes, starting with a hike to Grey Glacier
  • Hike into the French Valley for mesmerising views of the French Glacier
  • Reach the Base of the Towers and marvel the granite peaks without the crowds around you
  • Spend three nights in mountain huts and one night in a cosy cabin

Landmarks visited on Torres del Paine Winter Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Torres del Paine & hike to Pehoe Lake

Your private transfer will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Puerto Natales and drive you to Torres del Paine National Park’s administration area, where our first hike will begin.

This is a 6-hour hike along Las Carretas trail to the shores of Pehoe Lake, tucked at the base of the Paine Massif. The Grey River will accompany us along the way and we’ll have a picnic lunch before arriving at our Refugio.

Once there, you’ll settle into your dorm before meeting again for dinner.

Transfer: 2 hours

Length of hike: 6 hours, 16 km

Meals: Box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande


Day 2: Round trip hike to Grey Glacier

Today, our destination is Grey Glacier: a stirringly beautiful ice giant ending abruptly in the glacial lake of the same name. We’ll set out early, ascending 200 metres on the winding path that takes us to Laguna Negra.

Here, we’ll see sections of the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a geological phenomenon that still guards many unexplored sections. You’ll continue on to Grey Glacier’s lookout point, passing forests and rivers, with possible sightings of the spectacled and flying steamer ducks that call them home.

We’ll have lunch at the lookout with the mammoth Grey Glacier at our feet, and might be lucky enough to catch sight of ice calving from its huge walls into the freezing waters.

We return along the same path, accompanied by views of Paine Grande and the muscled granite walls of Cordon Olguín, to our Refugio where we’ll spend a second night.

Length of hike: 8 hours, 22 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande


Day 3: Round trip hike to the French Valley

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

After breakfast we’ll set off on a 2-hour hike through firebush and beech forests to the suspension bridge over the French River. At the entrance to the 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 dreamlike 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.

We’ll have lunch at the viewpoint, surrounded by these imposing peaks and open skies, then return to our Refugio via the same route for our final night there.

Length of hike: 7-8 hours, 18 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Paine Grande


Day 4: Return hike via Las Carretas trail - Transfer to Serrano Area

Today we’ll make our way across the park, hiking the Las Carretas trail to the park’s administration area. Here, we take our transfer to Rio Serrano where we’ll stay the night in a cosy cabin located in the Rio Serrano Sector.

Transfer: 10 mins

Length of hike: 5-6 hours, 16 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Vista Paine


Day 5: Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point & transfer back to Puerto Natales

In the morning, we take a transfer to Las Torres area to begin our hike to the three Towers base. The trail takes us through incredible deciduous beech forests, with views of glaciers and waterfalls.

Our journey continues as we ascend a huge terminal moraine up to a viewpoint (900m) with excellent photo opportunities. From here we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850m) and a lagoon fed by waters from glacial erosion. We will enjoy lunch in front of this breathtaking scenery.

We will then descend, following the same path down to the estancia Las Torres, located at the mountain's plateau, where we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales.

Transfer: 1.5 hours

Length of hike: 8-10 hours, 22 km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

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What our customers think

Hiking up the Torres in a driving snow was pretty awesome; on top of the fact that the winter weather limited the number of people on the trail, we only saw one other hiker.

Philip Virginia, US July 2017

Everything ran as planned. The guides were fantastic. The accommodation was rustic (but expected).

David September 2016

Patagonia was amazing! We were wary of visiting in the middle of winter, but we are so glad that we avoided the crowds and could enjoy the peacefulness of the area.

Stuart & Sandra August 2016

Swoop was great in that they helped guide me to finding the right guided trip in the winter. Without Swoop, planning this trip would have been a lot more tricky! Nothing could have been done differently.

Samantha Hastie May 2017

The highlight of my trip was reaching the Grey Glacier after a long distance hike and having lunch facing the glacier in silence - a moment of pure tranquility. The landscapes we saw varied day-to-day and we were lucky to see a herd of guanacos, condors and even a wild puma! We learned a lot from the other people in our group - they inspired us and gave us more locations to add to our holiday bucket list!

Ruby Birk United Kingdom May 2018

The Torres del Paine Winter W-trek is a unique way to experience the National Park. Torres del Paine is a beautiful place with varied and breathtaking landscapes and I was lucky to get some amazing pictures. We saw only a few other groups during our trek which was nice as the refugios were not busy and we were able to really appreciate the views.

Ruby Birk United Kingdom May 2018

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The trip price varies depending on group size as shown below:

4-8 people sharing a Mountain Hut - USD $1,695 per person

3 people - USD $1,795 per person

2 people - USD $1,995 per person

Additional Notes

  • Dates are available on request from May to August
  • Group size is minimum 2, maximum 8 people

Includes

  • All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Three nights in refugios (dormitories with bunk beds & fresh bedding), heating, showers and hot water
  • One night in a cabin in the Serrano Area (two-room cabin with shared bathroom)
  • All meals indicated in the schedule
  • Guide (English & Spanish-speaking)

Excludes

  • Any additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks besides those include in the menus
  • Porters to carry personal belongings (available upon request, cost of USD $150 per day with a maximum of 15 kg per porter, usually good to share one between two hikers)
  • Gratuities for guide & porter

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