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.
How to book
- 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.
- Bus transportation round trip from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park.
- Connecting shuttle from reception of Laguna Amarga to Las Torres area.
- Catamaran from Pehoé area to Pudeto area.
- Superior accommodation:
- 1st night in Hotel Las Torres (private room, private bathroom).
- 2nd night in Hotel Las Torres (private room, private bathroom).
- 3rd night in Cabañas Los Cuernos (private room, shared bathroom).
- 4th night in Refugio Paine Grande (shared room, shared bathroom).
- 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 starter, main course, dessert and water).
- Entry ticket to the Torres del Paine National Park.
- Porter (CLP$ 110,000 per day for Chileans and foreigners with permanent residence in Chile, and US$ 175 per day for non-resident foreigners). The porter service is subject to availability and has to be asked writing at the e-mail you will receive once the booking process is completed.
- Health insurance.
What to bring
- A 40 liters backpack for all the circuit.
- A 20 to 25 liters 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).
- Sandals (for showers and rest).
- Winter hat and gloves for cold temperatures.
- Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
- Sun block.
- Ziploc bags or similar (to store the garbage).
- Hiking poles.
- Minimum age required of 16 years old to make the activity.
- Not allowed for pregnant women.
Beginning: 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 the Bus Station at 2:30 pm. The ride lasts 2 hours, with a brief stop in Cerro Castillo. You will arrive at the reception of the park in Laguna Amarga at 4:30 pm. Then you will board the shuttles that will take you to the Hotel Las Torres, 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 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 meters above sea level. 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 Hotel Las Torres again.
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 a 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 Cabañas Los Cuernos.
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 Mirador. 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 Mirador Británico, 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 kilometers, 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 trip you can visit the Glacier Grey Mirador. To go to the first viepoint, you have to do a 1 and a half hours hike, and there you will be able to see the last destination. You will have to go on with the trek for almost 2 hours heading to the Mirador Principal. 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 get you to Puerto Natales. You will be in the Puerto Natales Bus Station at 10:00 pm.
*Alternativo to the Classic W Circuit program with superior accommodations.
- How much time in advance should I book the program?
Because the program is highly demanded, we recommend you to book at least 1 month in advance. If you want to know the availability of the program before paying, write us to email@example.com.
- Is this a group program together with other passengers?
No. Every passenger makes the program individually. The trek circuit is self-guided and there are no previously formed groups so you can join one. All park tracks are duly signposted, and before beginning the program, you will have an explanatory talk about the circuit, and receive a map with all the details.
- Should the non-resident foreigners in Chile pay some tax not included in the program price?
No. In Chile, there is a tax law to promote tourism that allows non-resident foreigners get an exemption not to pay 19% tax. For that, at the moment of the check-in in every refugio, they must present their passport and their immigration card (delivered by International Police at the moment of entering Chile). In case of not presenting these documents, the tax will be charged in cash (Chilean pesos) in every refugio.
How can I make the circuit in a self-guided way?
In the self-guided way you will go in an individual and independent manner, 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 with all the details of it.
- How is the infrastructure in every refugio?
All refugios have the same level of infrastructure. They have mixed gender rooms, with 4 to 8 beds each (2 to 4 bunk beds) and have heating 24 hours a day. Bathrooms are segregated and have warm water in showers and washbasin 24 hours a day.
- Is it possible to buy food or other items in the refugios?
Yes. All refugios have cafeterias and grocery stores where it is possible to buy food, personal hygiene items and objects for your trip, among other things. Paying methods accepted by the refugios are cash (Chilean pesos) and credit or debit card.
- Are there sockets available to charge electronic devices?
Rooms don't have sockets available. There are a limited number of sockets in the dining rooms, so they might be unavailable when you need them. That's why we recommend you to optimize the battery use and take external batteries with you.
- Is there Wi-Fi in the refugios?
Yes. The Wi-Fi service is not included in the program price and it is paid directly in every refugios. Depending on the speed and usage time, the price goes from USD$ 4 per 30 minutes.
- What are the transport options to go from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales?
There are different bus companies that make the route every day. To get to know the departure times you must check the information published in their websites (Bus-Sur, Buses Pacheco and Buses Fernández). In addition, you can make the trip in a private transfer service. To check the prices of the private transfer service, write us to firstname.lastname@example.org.