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'The 'W' trek'

What makes this trip special?

Granite peaks of Patagonia

Granite peaks of Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine is one of South America's most famous, and possibly its most photogenic national park. The massive rock pillars of Las Torres loom above the vast expanse of grasslands, glaciers and lakes, and are visible from almost all the trails within the park. The park is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, and remains Chile's premier destination for walkers and hikers.

Chile's southernmost city

Chile's southernmost city

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas for most travellers acts solely as a point of entry to Southern Patagonia. However, Magellanic penguin colonies at Ceno Ottway and Isla Magdallena make this one of the best places in Chile to see the species, whilst a small colony of King penguins across the straits of Magellan onto Tierra del Fuego, makes staying a couple of days well worthwhile.

Itinerary map for Chile 'The 'W' trek' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Punta Arenas
  • 1 Torres del Paine
  • 2 Torres del Paine
  • 3 Torres del Paine
  • 4 Torres del Paine
  • 5 Torres del Paine
  • 6 Torres del Paine
  • 7 Punta Arenas
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'The 'W' trek'

DAY 1

Arrive into Punta Arenas Arrive into Puerto Natales

You are met on your arrival at the airport at Punta Arenas and transferred to the small town of Puerto Natales at the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park. You overnight at a hotel in the town.

DAY 2
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Transfer to Torres del Paine

Today you travel by road into Torres del Paine National Park and onwards to a mountain refuge where you spend your first night in the park ready for the start of your trek.

DAY 3
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Full day trek to the Las Torres Base

Today is a long day of walking to the iconic Las Torres base. This is one of the park's most famous trails. You start gently walking through a forested area before the trail opens out with views to the famous spires and the lagoon at the base.

DAY 4
BLD

Trek from El Chileno to Los Cuernos Shelter

This full day of trekking between El Chileno and Los Cuernos is one of the most scenic on the route, with fantastic views throughout.

DAY 5
BLD

Trek through the French Valley

Today you walk through the French Valley, with its hanging glaciers. The ice makes loud cracks and rumbles as it carves its way through the mountain rock on either side of the valley.

DAY 6
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Trek through Glacier Grey and back to Puerto Natales

Today you trek all the way through to Glacier Grey - one of the most impressive glaciers in this part of the Southern Patagonia ice field. The optional Ferrier trail leads to one of the best viewpoints in the whole of the park. You later cross from Pehoe to the Pudeto area where you are met and transferred back to Puerto Natales for the night.

DAY 7
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By bus back to Punta Arenas

Today you are dropped off at the bus station to take the bus back to Punta Arenas where you overnight before heading on to your next destination.

DAY 8

Guide prices for 'The 'W' trek'

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Guide price 2 people sharing £2,165
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Seasonal information for 'The 'W' trek'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Punta Arenas 15°C rainfall 36mm
1 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
2 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
3 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
4 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
5 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
6 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
7 Punta Arenas 15°C rainfall 36mm

Typical weather for January

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Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'The 'W' trek'