Circuito W de Torres del Paine en Chile
Glacir Grey en Torres
refugio los cuernos en torres circuito w
Dormitorio en refugio Torre Central del circuito W
Comedor del refugio Cuernos en Circuito W
Pasajeros cenando en el refugio Cuernos en Circuito W

Classic W Circuit (5 days)

October 2021 to April 2022
Operative tour

Self-guided trek through the W Circuit, leaving the park by catamaran thorugh Pehoé Lake. Refugios and transport included. Departures every day of the week.


Prices

  • Program for residents in Chile for season 2021-2022:
    • 1 person: CLP$ 1.289.000.
    • Group of 2 people: CLP$ 609.000 per person.
    • Group of 3 people: CLP$ 469.000 per person.
    • Group of 4 people: CLP$ 409.000 per person.
    • Group of 5 people: CLP$ 389.000 per person.
    • Group of 6 people: CLP$ 359.000 per person.
  • Program for non-residents in Chile for season 2021-2022:
    • 1 person: USD$ 2,169.
    • Group of 2 people: USD$ 1,269 per person.
    • Group of 3 people: USD$ 1,029 per person.
    • Group of 4 people: USD$ 939 per person.
    • Group of 5 people: USD$ 869 per person.
    • Group of 6 people: USD$ 729 per person.

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

  • Transport:
    • Round-trip transport by bus from Puerto Natales to the Torres del Paine National Park.
    • Catamaran from the Pehoé Area to Pudeto.
  • Accommodations in refugio or dome, in shared rooms with bunk beds (sleeping bag included):
    • 1st night in refugio Central or refugio Chileno.
    • 2nd night in refugio Cuernos or refugio Francés.
    • 3rd night in refugio Paine Grande.
    • 4th night in refugio Grey or refugio Paine Grande.

*The refugios confirmed for every night of your program will depend on the availability they have during the date of your trip. Because of this and/or the catamaran availability, the program could be confirmed with an inverted itinerary (1st night in Grey, 2nd night in Paine Grande, 3rd night in Cuernos and 4th night in Central.)

Not included

  • Guide.
  • Meals (optional).
  • Connection transport between Laguna Armaga and Las Torres Area (CLP$ 3,000 per person*).
  • Entrance fee to the Torres del Paine National Park (CLP$ 10,300 for Chileans and US$ 47 for international visitors*).
  • 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.

*Prices subject to change without notice.

Optional services

  • Grey Glacier Hike: CLP$ 120,000 per person.
  • Grey Glacier Kayak: CLP$ 70,000 per person.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, box-lunch and dinner):
    • Residents in Chile:
      • Normal: CLP$ 240,000 per person.
      • Christmas and New Year: CLP$ 258,000 per person.
    • Non-residents in Chile:
      • Normal: USD$ 320 per person.
      • Christmas and New Year: USD$ 351 per person.

Included:

  • Breakfast (day 2 to day 5): coffee, tea, milk, bread, eggs, jam, juice and fruit.
  • Box lunch (day 2 to day 5): cold sandwich, cereal bar, chocolate bar, dried fruits and fruit.
  • Dinner (day 1 to day 4): menu of the day with first and second course, dessert and water.

What to bring

  • 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).
  • Polar warm clothes (Polartec or similar).
  • Thermal clothing (first layer).
  • Short and long sleeved T-shirts.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Enough batteries (electrical energy is produced in a sustainable way, so not always there are sockets to charge batteries).
  • Earplugs.
  • Flip-flops (for showers and rest).
  • Towel.
  • Flashlight.
  • Lock.
  • Winter hat and gloves for cold temperatures.
  • Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Ziploc bags or similar (to store the garbage).
  • Trek poles.
  • Travel insurance that covers accidents and cancellations because of reasons of force majeure.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age required of 14 years old to make the activity.
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.

Map

Itinerary

Start: Day 1 at 7:00 pm in the Puerto Natales Bus Station.
End: Day 5 at 9:00 pm in the Puerto Natales Bus Station.

Day 1: Puerto Natales – Torre Central – Base Las Torres (13 km, 7 to 8 hours). The program starts at 7:00 am in the Puerto Natales Bus Station, to take a bus to the Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will enter to the Torres del Paine National Park. After that, you will take another transport to the Torre Central area, where you must register. After leaving your stuff there, you will start 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 will 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 refugio Central.

Day 2: 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 next destination of the day, Los Cuernos, where you will be able to take the best pictures. At night, we will stay in refugio Los Cuernos.

Day 3: 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 refugio Paine Grande is located. There, you will spend the night.

Day 4: Grey Glacier Trek – Option Grey Glacier Ice Hike or Kayak (11 km, 4 to 5 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 the big effort, you just have to enjoy the view of the Grey Glacier, the Cordón Olguín and the small icebergs.

After leaving your stuff in the Refugio Grey, where you will spend the night, you will go to the base from where you will be able to make one of the two available optional activities:

  • Grey Glacier Ice Hike: 15-minutes Zodiac boat trip to the Nunatak Island from where starts this 1-hour hike through the Grey Glacier with crampons, ice ax, harness and helmet.
  • Grey Glacier Kayak: kayak navigation through the small icebergs around the glacier and, if the weather allows it, near the Nunatak Island, to have another perspective of the glacier. Wetsuit, jacket and waterproof boots, kayak gloves, kayak skirt, kayak vest and life vest included

After this experience, you will go back to the refugio to rest for the next day.

Day 5: Paine Grande Area Trek – Pehoé Lake Catamaran – Puerto Natales (11 km, 4 to 5 hours). After breakfast, you will have to walk through the same path to return to the Paine Grande area, having the last views of the Grey Glacier, passing by Los Patos Lagoon. While you advance, you will have views of the Pehoé Lake and the Cerro Paine Grande, until reaching the pier, where you will have to be before 4:45 pm to take the catamaran to cross the Pehoé Lake to arrive to Pudeto. In this last area, a bus will be waiting to take you back to Puerto Natales. You will arrive to the Puerto Natales Bus Station at 9:00 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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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