This is a high demand program and its spaces are limited, having dates in which we are running out of spaces with months in advance. Our recommendation is to plan your trip in advance as early as possible.
Price for season 2019-2020:
- For Chileans and foreign residents in Chile: CLP$ 679,000 per person.
- For non-resident international visitors in Chile: US$ 1,129 per person.
- Christmas or New Year: In case that your booking considers the night of December 24th or 31st in the program, the price per person will include a supplement of CLP$ 18,000/US$ 30 for season 2019-2020.
- Choose the departure date in the calendar.
- Choose the number of people.
- Click in "Add to cart."
- Pay online the total price of the program.
- Once paid, the booking is subject to confirmation according to availability, and it will be confirmed within the next 24 to 72 business hours (bear in mind that this frame could be extended to 7 business hours during periods og high demand).
- Cancellation policy (with 100% reimbursement) is with 31 days’ notice.
- Round trip transportation by bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park.
- Connecting shuttle from the reception of Laguna Amarga to Las Torres area.
- Catamaran from Pehoé area to Pudeto area.
- Accommodation in refugios, in shared rooms with bunks (includes sleeping bag):
- 1st night in Refugio Torre Central.
- 2nd night in Refugio El Chileno (or Refugio Torre Central, according to availability).
- 3rd night in Refugio Los Cuernos (or Domos Francés, according to availability).
- 4th night in Refugio Paine Grande.
- Breakfast (coffee, tea, milk, bread, eggs, jam, juice and fruit).
- Box lunch (cold sandwich, cereal bar, chocolate bar, dried fruits and fruit).
- Dinner (everyday menu with first course, main course, dessert and water).
- Entry 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.
- Tips (optional).
- 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 there are no sockets to charge batteries).
- Flip-flops (for showers and rest).
- Winter hat and gloves for cold temperatures.
- Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
- Ziploc bags or similar (to store the garbage).
- Trek poles.
- Travel insurance that covers accidents and cancellations because of reasons of force majeure.
- Not allowed for pregnant women.
Start: Day 1 at 2:30 pm in the Puerto Natales Bus Station.
End: Day 5 at 10:00 pm in the Puerto Natales Bus Station.
Day 1: Transportation to Torres del Paine National Park. The journey begins in Puerto Natales, where the bus will leave to Torres del Paine from our meeting point at 2:30 pm. The ride lasts more than two hours; however, it will stop briefly in Cerro Castillo. You will arrive at the reception of the park in Laguna Amarga at 4:30 pm. Here you will board the shuttle that will take you to the Refugio Torre Central, where you will stay.
Day 2: Mirador Base Torres Trek (13 km, 7-8 hours). The day will begin with a 1 and a half hours trek to the Refugio El Chileno. On the road, you will enjoy the beauty of the surrounding lakes and the hanging glacier of Almirante Nieto Mount, at more than 2,600 m a. s. l. When you arrive at the refugio, you can leave your bags and recover energy to go on with a 2 hours trek heading to one of the most spectacular places in the national park: the Mirador Base Torres. That night you will stay in Refugio El Chileno (or the Torre Central according to availability).
Day 3: Refugio El Chileno – Refugio Los Cuernos Trek (11 km, 4-5 hours). The trek goes on surrounding the Paine Massif, walking by the base of the Almirante Nieto Mount. When you leave the Refugio El Chileno, you will go over for half an hour to get to the Atajo, track towards Los Cuernos. In the route, you will see the local flora, the Nordenskjöld Lake and the hanging glaciers. After 4 or 5 hours walk, you will reach your destination, Los Cuernos, where you can take the best photographs. At night, you will sleep in the Refugio Los Cuernos (or Domos Francés, according to availability).
Day 4: Trek to French Valley – Pehoé (25.3 km, 10-12 hours). During this day's journey, you will have to hike 25 km, so we recommend you to begin the trip at 8:00 am. The first couple of hours you will make a soft trek, having a beautiful view of the Nordenskjöld Lake. The first stop will be in the Campamento Italiano. Here it will start a 1 and a half hours ascent by the French River Valley heading to the French Glacier Viewpoint. We recommend you to contact the Forest National Organization (CONAF by its Spanish acronym) staff to leave your bags and continue the route just with the essential things (water, warm clothes and food). The journey continues to the Británico Viewpoint, where you will see the most impressive scenarios of the whole national park: Paine Grande, Catedral, Aleta de Tiburón and Cuerno Norte. The return is through the same track to the Campamento Italiano and then towards the Pehoé lake, where is the Refugio Paine Grande, refugio in which you will stay.
Day 5: Glacier Grey Trek (22 km, 8-9 hours). After 4 days of going over the Chilean wonders, you will get to the last day of the program. During this day’s trip you can visit the Glacier Grey Viewpoint. To go to the first viewpoint, you have to do a 1 and a half hours hike, and there you will be able to see the final destination. You will have to go on with the trek for almost 2 hours heading to the Mirador Principal (Main Viewpoint). There you will have an amazing view. After the effort, you just have to enjoy the magnitude of the Glacier Grey, Cordón Olguín and Témpanos. To go back you can take the same track to the Pehoé area. There you will have to present yourself before 6:30 pm, time in which the catamaran will sail to get you to Pudeto area through the Pehoé Lake. In this last place, there will be a vehicle to take you to Puerto Natales. You will be in the Puerto Natales Bus Station at 10:00 pm.
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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