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W Circuit (5 days)

September to April

Guided or self-guided trek through Torres del Paine W Circuit. It includes accommodation in shelters, food and transportation from/to Puerto Natales.


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.


Prices

Self-guided program (guide not included):

  • For Chileans and resident foreigners in Chile: CLP$ 642,000 per person.
  • For non-resident foreigners in Chile: US$ 1,100 per person.

Guided program (guide included):

  • For Chileans and resident foreigners in Chile.
    • Group of 1 people: CLP$ 1,350,000 per person.
    • Group of 2 people: CLP$ 995,000 per person.
    • Group of 3 people: CLP$ 875,000 per person.
    • Group of 4 to 6 people: CLP$ 820,000 per person.
  • For non-resident foreigners in Chile:
    • Group of 1 people: US$ 2,195 per person.
    • Group of 2 people: US$ 1,650 per person.
    • Group of 3 people: US$ 1,470 per person.
    • Group of 4 to 6 people: US$ 1,380 per person.

How to book

  1. Choose the departure date in the calendar.
  2. Choose the number of people.
  3. Click in "Add to cart."
  4. Pay online the total price of the program.
  • Once payed, the booking is subject to confirmation according to the availability. If you want to check the availability before paying, write us at reservas@denomades.com.
  • Cancellation policy (with 100% reimbursement) is with 31 days’ notice.

Included

  • Transportation:
    • 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 shelters, in shared rooms with bunks (includes sheets, towel, soap and shampoo):
    • 1st night in Refugio Torre Central.
    • 2nd night in Refugio El Chileno (or Refugio Torre Central, depending on the availability).
    • 3rd night in Refugio Los Cuernos.
    • 4th night in Refugio Paine Grande.
  • Meals:
    • 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.

What to bring

  • A 40 l backpack for all the circuit.
  • A 20 to 25 l rucksack for during the day treks.
  • 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).
  • Earplugs.
  • Flip-flops (for showers and rest).
  • 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.

Itinerary

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 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 shelter, 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 in the Torre Central (confirmation at the booking moment).

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.

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, shelter 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 mirador, 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. 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.


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FAQ

  • 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 at reservas@denomades.com.
  • 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, in every shelter, at the moment of the check-in 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 shelter.
  • How is the infrastructure in every shelter?
    All shelters have the same level of infrastructure. They have shared mixed gender rooms, with 4 to 8 beds each (2 to 4 bunks) and have heating 24 hours a day. Bathrooms are separated (men and women) and have warm water in showers and washbasin 24 hours a day.
  • Is it possible to buy food or other items in the shelters?
    Yes. All shelters 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 shelters 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 shelter?
    Yes. The Wi-Fi service is not included in the program price and it is payed directly in every refugio. 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-SurBuses Pacheco and Buses Fernández). Also, you can make the trip in a private transfer service. To check the prices of the private transfer service, write us to reservas@denomades.com.

  • Is it possible to make the program with private room accommodation?
    Yes. If you are looking a superior accommodation, check our W Circuit Premium (5 days) program.


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