There is high demand for this tour and there are limited spots available. Spots for some dates run out months in advance, so we recommend planning your trip as far in advance as possible.
Program based on double occupancy for season 2019-2020:
- For Chileans and foreign residents in Chile: CLP$ 419,000 per person.
- For non-resident international visitors: US$ 699 per person.
- Single: In case your booking is for one person, three or five people, the full price will include a supplement of CLP$ 30,000/US$ 41 for season 2019-2020.
- Christmas and New Year: In case your booking considers the night of December 24th or 31st in the program, the price per person will include a supplement of CLP$ 35,000/US$ 44 for season 2019-2020.
- Select the departure date from the calendar.
- Select the number of people.
- Click on "Add to cart".
- Pay the full price of the tour online.
- Once the payment has been made, the booking will be subject to confirmation depending on availability, and it will be confirmed within the next 48 business hours.
- The cancellation policy (with full refund) is with 31 day notice.
- Round-trip transport by bus from Puerto Natales to the Torres del Paine National Park.
- Connecting shuttle from the reception area of Amarga Lagoon to the Las Torres Area.
- Catamaran from the Pehoé Area to Pudeto.
- Accommodations in campsite, in private double tents (include site, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad).
- 1st night in Grey campsite.
- 2nd night in Paine Grande campsite.
- 3rd night in Torre Central campsite (or El Chileno campsite, depending on availability).
- Breakfast (coffee, tea, milk, bread, eggs, jam, juice and fruit).
- Box lunch (cold sandwich, cereal bar, chocolate bar, dried fruits and fruit).
- Dinner (menu of the day with first and second course, dessert and water).
- Entrance ticket to the Torres del Paine National Park.
*If you book the program before the beginning of the season, the definitive accommodations for every night will be informed not later than September 1st, 2019.
- Guide (from CLP$ 380,000/US$ 613 per person, based in two people, per program).
- Porter (from CLP$ 123,000/US$ 205 per day, per every 15 kg or 33 lb).
- 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.
- A 40-liter backpack to bring all the things you will use during the circuit .
- A 25-liter backpack for full day treks to the Base of Torres del Paine and French Valley (you can leave your big backpack in El Chileno and Italiano camps, and then pick it up on the way back).
- Waterproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex or similar).
- Fleece clothing (Polartec or similar).
- Thermal clothing (base layer).
- Short and long-sleeved t-shirts.
- Hiking shoes.
- Plenty of batteries (there are no electrical sockets to charge batteries).
- Flip-flops (for showers and resting).
- Winter hat and gloves for the cold.
- Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
- Ziploc bags (to store garbage).
- Trekking poles.
- Travel insurance that covers accidents and cancellations because of reasons of force majeure.
- Not allowed for pregnant women.
Start: 7:00 am in Rodoviario station in Puerto Natales.
End: 10:30 pm in Rodoviario station in Puerto Natales.
Day 1: Puerto Natales – Pehoé Lake Navigation – Grey Area (6.8 miles trek, 5 hours).
You will have to take the regular bus to Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will enter the Torres del Paine National Park. Then, you will continue to Pudeto, where you will take the catamaran to cross the Pehoé Lake. with spectacular views of the Cuernos del Paine and Mount Paine Grande. You will arrive to Paine Grande area, from where you will begin walking to the Grey Area. Step by step you will be having views of the Grey Glacier at the end of the lake that has the same name, passing by different lookouts through the path. Once in your destination, you will be able to rest by the rest of the evening or make the trekking to the suspension bridges, from where you have an amazing view of the glacier. This trek lasts around 4 hours and you will walk 2.5 miles. During the night, dinner and rest.
Day 2: Grey Area – Paine Grande Area (6.8 miles trek, 5 hours).
Breakfast is early in the morning so then you pick up your box lunch. After that, you will begin the trek of the day to the Paine Grande Area. If you didn’t do the trek to the suspension bridges the day before, maybe you can make it today before returning to the Paine Grande Area. During the night, dinner and rest.
Day 3: French Valley – Pehoé Lake Navigation – Torre Central (11.8 miles trek, 8 hours).
You will get up to have breakfast in the refugio and take your box lunch. After that, you will begin the trek going along the Skottsberg Lake until reaching the Italiano Camp, from where you will begin the path to the French Valley. You will get to the lookout point, from where you can have a great view of the surrounding glaciers and another perspective of the park. Then, you will go back through the same path to the Paine Grande Area to take the catamaran and cross the Pehoé Lake to Pudeto. In this place you will begin a land journey to the Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will take another vehicle to go to the Welcome Center and make a short walk to Torre Central, where you will spend the night.
Day 4: Torre Central – Base of Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales (13.6 miles trek, 9 hours).
This last day begins, as usual, with breakfast and taking your box lunch. After that, you will walk to the base of the Torres del Paine, passing by the Quebrada de los Vientos and a nothofagus forest. When you reach the lookout point, you will have a complete view of the towers, if weather conditions permit, so you can take pictures at the same time you get some rest and eat a snack.
After that, you will begin the return through the same path to Torre Central to pick up your things and then go to the Welcome Center and take the vehicle to Portería Laguna Amarga, where you have to take the regular bus to go back to Puerto Natales, where the activity ends.
How far in advance should I book the program?
The W and O circuits are high demanded and its spaces are limited, having dates in which we are running out of spaces with months in advance. Because of that, our recommendation is to book your space in advance as early as possible.
What is the difference between a program with accommodation in refugios and a program with accommodation in camping?
In a progam with accommodation in refugios you will sleep in a shared room (bunks) with shared bathroom (hot shower), while in a program with accommodation in camping you will sleep in a private double tent (includes sleeping bag and sleeping pad), with shared bathroom (hot shower). It is important to note that, for this second form of accommodation, the tent will be set up in every one of the accommodation places, in other words, you will not need to transport, set up nor dismantle the tent.
What is the differene between the Classic W Circuit and the Express W Circuit?
The W Circuit is a trek circuit that goes through three valleys that put together form a “W”. These valleys are Ascencio Valley (to the Base of Las Torres Lookout), the Francés Valley (to the Británico Lookout), and the Grey Area. Both circuits are different in this last area. While the Classic W Circuit (75.5 km or 46.9 miles) reaches the second lookout of the Grey Glacier (closer to the glacier), the Express W Circuit (72.5 km or 45 miles) reaches only the first lookout of the Grey Glacier (further away from the glacier).
What is the difference between a guided program and a self-guided program?
With a guided program you will be making the circuit in the company of a professional guide, who will give you support to achieve a good physical performance during the trek, and will give you information about the different places that you will visit along the circuit. On the other hand, with a self-guided program you will be doing the trek alone and in a independent way, walking by the tracks of the park. This second form is possible because all the tracks of the park are properly marked, and because before beginning the program, you will have a briefing of it and you will receive a map with all the details.
Can children make the W Circuit?
The minimum age required for this kind of activities is 14 years old. Remember that this is a trek of several days, with a medium/high physical demand, so it is important having experience in long walks and under hard conditions.
It is necessary to bring water to make the circuit?
No, it is not necessary to bring water from Puerto Natales, because there are available sources along the way, whether it be in the refugios and camping, or natural water sources during the trek.
Is there WiFi and sockets in the refugios?
Yes. The WiFi service in the refugios is not included in the program's price, but you can pay for it directly in every refugio. Depending on the speed and time, its price goes from US$ 4 per 30 minutes. On the other hand, the sockets to charge electronic devices are available in the common areas of the refugios. Because the number of sockets is limited, our recommendation is to bring charged power banks as well.
Can I leave part of my luggage in Puerto Natales while I make the circuit?
Yes. You can leave all the luggage that you will not be using to make the circuit in the left-luggage service in the Puerto Natales Bus Station. This service costs CLP$ 2,000 per bag, per day.
Which are the transport options to get to Puerto Natales from Punta Arenas and El Calafate?
The companies Bus-Sur, Buses Pacheco, and Buses Fernández offer the transport service by regular bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, while the companies Bus-Sur, Turismo Zaahj, and Cootra make the transport service by regular bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales. To check the prices, availability, and frequency of these services you have to check the information published in the websites of the informed companies.
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