The 7 days W trek covers every highlight and shows you the best of Chilean Patagonia. You will have stunning views of Grey Glacier, French Valley, and the base of the Towers. This is a once in a lifetime experience where you will also have highly experienced and knowledgeable guides to help you in your adventure on one of the most famous treks in the world. During your nights at EcoCamp Patagonia, you’ll enjoy delicious meals made from local ingredients, fun conversation over drinks in the bar dome, yoga to stretch your muscles, nights spent in your unique domes, and much more!
On arrival to Punta Arenas airport, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world famous Torres del Paine National Park. En route you will first stop in Puerto Natales, a small but lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza”, where you will enjoy a hearty local lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Mylodon’s Cave, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The journey through this area is very scenic, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. The day ends with your arrival and, overnight stay, at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11 pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its Guanacos and snow-peaked mountains once you arrive.
Los Cuernos Torres del Paine National Park
Today, after breakfast, begin your Patagonian adventure with a pleasant walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail which leads to the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this warm-up walk ,you will have the opportunity to admire the park’s exquisite flora and fauna as you enjoy the magnificent views of the park’s central lakes and the Paine’s Horns. The trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cosy mountain refuge located by the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. Alternatively, the trek ends at Domo el Francés, located between Cuernos and Italiano camping sites, with an amazing view of Nordenskjöld lake. The evening is free for relaxing and enjoying dinner. Overnight Refugio Cuernos or Domo El Francés (depending on availability).
The Paine massif’s heart: French Valley
After breakfast, you will take a short drive to Pudeto dock where you will board the catamaran to Pehoe. On arrival, begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. A long walk will lead you to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-east face of the Massif, where you will have fantastic views of the valley. You will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where you will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley’s geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After your upward trek, you will pause for a picnic and relax for a while. This day’s trek will end as you descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take you to Refugio Paine Grande. There’s also an optional trek to Mirador Britanico a beautiful viewpoint where you can get incredible pictures.
Wake this morning and start your hike, along the shores of Lake Pehoe, to the northern side of the beautiful Lake Grey. You will feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails right to the huge, crystalline facade of Glacier Grey, where you will have plenty of time to marvel at the calving glacier. From the southern end of Glacier Grey, you will transfer to EcoCamp. Subject to weather conditions, alternative route to EcoCamp available.
Torres del Paine
The goal for today will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park. You will walk from the campsite towards Hostería Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Mountain ridges, deep forests and small rivers, line the scenic walk towards the valley. Your big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead you to that iconic base-view of the towers. After a tough uphill climb, the towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before you, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch. After feasting on the view and our picnic, you will backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner.
Today you will have a less strenuous trek. After breakfast, take a leisurely car journey towards Laguna Azul, passing Cañadon Macho, home to many wild guanacos and ñandúes, en route. You will make a few stop so you can admire the views of the Patagonian steppe and the towers from a different perspective. At Laguna Azul, you will hike to the lookout point where you will be treated to a gorgeous view of both the lagoon and granite towers. After lunch, drive to the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake where the Fauna Trail begins. As you hike northbound, you will spot an impressive range of Patagonian fauna on the vast plains, including: guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús and maybe the occasional puma print. Pass the charming Goic lagoon and after approximately 5km of relaxed walking, you will reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where you will be picked up and driven back to Ecocamp to celebrate over a farewell dinner.
This morning, after breakfast, board a transfer back to Punta Arenas airport to your ongoing flight or, alternatively, let us arrange an Argentinean Patagonia extension and cross the border to El Calafate.