CircuitoW
Base Torres
Campamento Cuernos
Glaciar Grey
Comedor en Camping Grey

Classic W Circuit (6 days)

December to March

Self-guided trek through the Torres del Paine W Circuit. Camping accommodations (tent ready in every camp) and roundtrip transport from/to Puerto Natales.


Prices

Program based on double occupancy for season 2020-2021:

  • For Chileans and foreign residents in Chile: CLP$ 359.000 per person.

Supplements

  • Single: In case your booking is for one person, three or five people, the full price will include a supplement of CLP$ 189.000 for season 2020-2021.

How to book

  1. Select the departure date from the calendar.
  2. Select the number of people.
  3. Click on "Add to cart".
  4. Pay the full price of the tour online.

Included

  • Roundtrip transport between Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Accommodations in campsite, in private double tents (site, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad included).
    • 1st night in camping Torre Central.
    • 2nd night in camping Torres Central.
    • 3rd night in camping Cuernos.
    • 4th night in camping Cuernos (or Paine Grande).
    • 5th night in camping Paine Grande.

Not included

  • Meals:
    • Campsites sale snacks and instant meals.
    • We recommend you taking food, mini kitchenette and gas, and complement everything with the food that will be sold in the campsites.
  • Connection transport between Laguna Amrga Area and Las Torres Area:
    • In case the transport is operative when you go to the park, you will be able to purchase a ticket (CLP$ 3,000 per person) and take the vehicle directly in the place.
    • If it is not available, you will have to make a 2-hour easy walk to reach Las Torres Area.
  • Catamaran ticket from Pehoé to Pudeto for leaving the park:
    • In this program, for leaving the park you have to make a soft trek of 5 hours by Las Carretas area.
    • In case you want to leave the park in catamaran, we invite you to check our W Circuit (4 days) with catamaran program.
  • Health insurance.
  • Medical care in case of an accident.
  • Evacuation assistance because of bad weather or reasons of force majeure.
  • Travel insurance that covers accidents and cancellations because of reasons of force majeure.
  • Entrance fee to the Torres del Paine National Park.

What to bring

  • A 40 liter backpack for all the circuit.
  • A 20-25 liter rucksack for during the day treks.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Polar warm clothes (Polartec or similar).
  • Thermal clothing (first layer).
  • Short and long sleeved T-shirts.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Enough batteries (energy is produced in a sustainable way, so there are no sockets to charge batteries).
  • Water bottle.
  • Sandals (for showers and rest).
  • Flashlight.
  • Lock.
  • Towel.
  • Winter hat and gloves for cold temperatures.
  • Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Sun block.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Ziploc bags or similar (to store the garbage).
  • Hiking poles.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age required of 12 years old to make the activity.
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.

Map

Itinerary

Start: Day 1 at 7:00 pm in Puerto Natales.
End: Day 6 at 1:00 pm in Puerto Natales.

Day 1: Transport to the Torres del Paine National Park. The program departs from Puerto Natales, from where a shuttle will go towards Torres del Paine at 7:00 pm. At 9:00 pm you will reach the Welcome Center of the W Circuit, from where you will walk for 10 minutes to the camping Central, place where you will spend the first night.

Day 2: Base of Torres del Paine Trek (13 km, 7 to 8 hours). You will begin the day with an upward trek, of 1 and a half hour, that will take you to the Refugio El Chileno. On your way you will be able to enjoy the views of beautiful lakes and the Almirante Nieto Glacier, at 2,600 m of altitude. When you get to the refugio, you can rest for a couple of minutes and then continue for 2 more hours to one of the most amazing places of the park: Base of Torres del Paine. This night you will be staying again at the camping Central.

Day 3: Los Cuernos Trek (11 km, 4 to 5 hours). The trek continues around the Paine Massif, going by the base of Almirante Nieto Mount. During this trek you will see local flora, the Nordenskjöld Lake and the pending glaciers. After 4 or 5 hours walking, you will reach your destination of the day, Los Cuernos, where you will be able to take the best pictures. At night, we will stay in camping Los Cuernos.

Day 4: Francés Valley Trek (25.3 km, 10 to 12 hours). During this day, you will have to walk 25 km, so we recommend you start the day at 8:00 am. The 2 first hours it’s easy, and you will have a beautiful view of the Nordenskjöld lake. The first stop will be at Campamento Italiano, where you will be able to leave your bags and continue the route only with the most important elements (water, clothes and food). From there, you will start going up for 1 and half hour through the Francés River Valley to reach the Francés Glacier Lookout Point. The trip continues to the Británico Lookout Point, where you will have the most amazing views in the whole national park: Paine Grande, Catedral, Aleta de Tiburón and Cuerno Norte. You will return by the same track to the Campamento Italiano, and then you will continue to the Pehoé Lake, where the Paine Grande camping is located. There, you will spend the night.

Day 5: Grey Glacier Trek (22 km, 8 to 9 hours). During this day, you will be able to visit the Grey Glacier Lookout Point. To get to the first lookout, you have to walk 1 and a half hour, so you can have a first look of your final destination of the day. You will have to continue with the 2 hours trek to reach the main lookout point. The view from here is amazing. After a big effort, you just have to enjoy the view of the Grey Glacier, Cordón Olguín and Témpanos. To go back, you have to take the same path to return to camping Paine Grande, place where you will spend the night.

Day 6: Las Carretas Trek and transport to Puerto Natales (17.5 km, 5 to 6 hours). You should start walking from Paine Grande camp at 5:00 am through Las Carretas track until reaching CONAF administration office. It’s a 5-hours soft walk with no major slopes. Once in the CONAF administration office, you will have to take the vehicle that will take you back to Puerto Natales, arriving there at 1:00 pm.

Changes and cancellations policy

Changes for personal reasons

  • You will be able to reschedule without any cost or cancel with full refund until 31 days before the beginning of the program.
  • With less than 31 days before the beginning of the program, it will not be possible to make changes, cancellations nor any refund.

Changes for reasons related to COVID-19

  • In the event of you cannot travel for reasons related to COVID-19, which implies the closure of borders; cancellation of land and/or air transport; contagion by COVID-19 (presenting the proper medical certificate that proves it); quarantine in Torres del Paine city and/or Torres del Paine National Park closure, your will be able to reschedule your booking to make your trip until April 2022. There will be no refund because of the reasons previously identified.

Changes for reasons of force majeure

  • There will be no refund because of accidents, road closures, natural disasters, demonstrations, strikes or any other case of force majeure not related to COVID-19 produced before or during the program that make impossible making part or the whole program. In case one or several of these things happen, the local supplier will give a letter to be presented with the insurance company of the traveler, so we recommend you taking out a travel insurance that covers accidents and cancelations for reasons of force majeure.

FAQ

  • Is it a requirement to stay in Puerto Natales the night before and the night after the program?
    No, it isn’t, because the program is designed to sleep all nights of your trip in the Torres del Paine municipality, which is in phase 3.

  • How far in advance should I book the program?
    This program is highly demanded, and its places are limited, due to the current restrictions of capacity in the campsites as part of the COVID-19 health protocols. Because of this, we recommend you booking as far in advance as possible. Availability is subject to changes every minute.
  • How can I make the circuit in a self-guided manner?
    In the self-guided manner (without guide), you will go in an individual and independent way walking by the tracks of the park. This way is possible because all tracks of the park are duly marked and because, before beginning the program, you will receive a tutorial about the circuit and a map of it.
  • Which are the accommodations characteristics in camping?
    In a camping program you will sleep every night in a double private tent (sleeping bag and sleeping pad included), with shared bathroom (hot shower). It is important to notice that the tent will be ready to be used in every accommodations place, that is to say, you will not have to carry, put up nor take down the tent.
  • Is it possible to buy food during the circuit?
    In each camping there are stands where you can buy snacks, beverages and freeze-dried food (cooked meals that you only have to dip into boiled water to be consumed). There are not restaurants, cafeterias nor bars.
  • Is it possible cooking in the camping?
    Yes, it is allowed cooking in the camping. You just have to consider that campsites Cuernos and Central have no gas, mini kitchenette nor silverware rental nor sale, while in Paine Grande they can provide you with silverware, and rent you gas and mini kitchenette.
  • What happens if I book and then I cannot make the circuit because of reasons related to the pandemic?
    You can find our policies in the section “Changes and cancellations policy” of this activity.

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