Camping the Winter W Trek

Camping in the winter makes the W Trek a wilder, tougher challenge. Temperatures can be extreme but the winds are often milder than in summer and the park as a whole is much quieter. On a clear day you'll see the iconic sights transformed by the season, making it all worthwhile.

8 Days

$1,655

Camping the Winter W Trek - 8 - $1,655

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit Lake Pehoe
  • Walk to look out of Glacier Grey
  • Easy hike around Lake Scottsburg, admire Cuernos & night in Camp Italiano.
  • See the French Glacier and explore the French Valley, hiking around Lake Nordenskjold
  • Hike to see towers of Torres Del Paine with spectacular views of nearby glaciers
  • Journey through forests to see the Torres

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Camping the Winter W Trek

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Puerto Natales 

Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales 

Sometime today you will board a bus in Punta Arenas city centre, or at the airport (PUQ) and be taken directly to Puerto Natales. The journey takes approximately 3 hours (2.5 hours from the airport). Along the way you will catch your first glimpses of guanacos, the ancestor of the llama, and ñandus, a relative of the ostrich and emu. When you arrive in Puerto Natales you can either take a taxi or walk to your accommodation. Shortly afterwards you will come to our office for a briefing to go over your itinerary and allow us to answer any last minute questions you may have.

Accommodation: B&B in Puerto Natales


Day 2: Views of the Paine Massif 

Puerto Natales to Paine Grande 

Early in the morning you and your guide will leave Puerto Natales in a private transfer heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. You will be taken to the park’s administration office and be given a bit of time to look around and fill up your water bottles before beginning your hike. The hike is across softly rolling hills and will lead you to an amazing viewpoint of Lake Pehoe and the well known Cuernos. It is approximately a 5 hour walk and you will arrive at Camping Paine Grande just before dinnertime.

Length of hike: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping - Paine Grande


Day 3: Glacier Grey 

Paine Grande to Glacier Grey

You will leave the campground and begin walking towards Glacier Grey. The hike to the first lookout is approximately 2 hours and the hike to the second lookout is approximately 4 hours. Whether you choose to reach the second lookout depends on your speed, energy level, and desire. In the evening you will return to Camping Paine Grande to spend the night. 

Length of hike: 4/8 hours

Accommodation: Camping- Paine Grande

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: Relax at Lake Pehoe 

Paine Grande to Campamento Italiano 

Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Campamento Italiano. This camp is 2.5 hours away. Along the way you will walk along Lake Skottsberg and admire the tremendous Cuernos in front of you. Once you arrive at Campamento Italiano you will set up camp. Depending on the weather and the amount of daylight left you can continue into the valley or you can take a shorter excursion exploring off the trail with your guide.

Length of hike: 2.5 hours +

Accommodation: Camping - Campamento Italiano

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5: The French Valley 

Campamento Italiano to the French Valley 

After breakfast you will begin your hike into the French Valley. Leaving your large pack at camp you will hike 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 and the hanging French Glacier ahead of you. After leaving the lookout you will return to Campamento Italiano to gather your large pack and continue another 2.5 hours to Camping Cuernos where you will spend the night. This section of the hike is along rolling hills and follows the coastline of Lake Nordenskjold.

Length of hike: 6 hours

Accommodation: Camping - Camping Cuernos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6: Lake Nordenskjold 

Cuernos to Chileno 

In the morning you will have breakfast and then prepare to hike again. You will leave Camping Cuernos, located on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and at the foot of the Cuernos and walk for 4 hours towards Camping Chileno, located in the Asencio Valley. Along the way you will pass by Lake Nordenskjold and begin your hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. 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 arrive at Camping Chileno to have dinner and sleep.

Length of hike: 4 hours

Accommodation: Camping - Camping Chileno

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7: Torres del Paine

Camping Chileno to Las Torres to Puerto Natales

This morning you will continue your walk up Almirante Nieto, first hiking about an 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 to Camping Chileno to collect your belongings and hike to the foot of Almirante Nieto where you will first catch a shuttle to the park entrance and then catch a bus back to Puerto Natales

Length of hike: 4 hours

Accommodation: B&B in Puerto Natales

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 8: Depart Puerto Natales 

Puerto Natales to  Punta Arenas 

Today you will take a bus back to Punta Arenas city center or Punta Arenas airport (PUQ) and continue your journey home or to your next destination.

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price is indicative of a group of 6 people. For a group of 4 people the price is approximately USD $1890.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,655 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.

  • Upgrade to a bed (bedding not included) for 2 nights in Refugio Paine Grande for 50,000CLP extra per person
  • Upgrade to include sleeping bag for 100,000CLP extra per person
  • Upgrade to boutique hotel (2 nights) while in Puerto Natales for 40,000CLP extra per person  
  • Please note that private transfers to / from the park are also available upon request
  • You will be required to your carry personal trekking gear (as given on the packing list)

Includes

  • 2 nights in B&B in Puerto Natales (double occupancy room) 
  • 5 nights in camping in Torres del Paine (4 season tent & sleeping mats included) 
  • Guide on days 2-7 
  • Porters on days 2-7 to carry shared gear (tent, cooking gear) 
  • Meals provided as indicated on itinerary
  • Bus from and to Punta Arenas (airport pickup and drop-off available) 
  • Private transfer to and from Torres del Paine 
  • Torres del Paine entrance ticket

Excludes

  • Accommodation not listed in itinerary
  • Meals not in itinerary
  • Land transportation not listed in itinerary
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal trekking gear 
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent at additional cost) 
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Tips and gratuities

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