Discover Patagonia on this world-famous trek: “The short W”. Be amazed by the stunning Paine Towers, walk right next to turquoise lakes and rivers and explore Torres del Paine National Park: Paine Horns, The French Valley and the Legendary Grey Glacier up close! This is a self-guided trip so it gives you all the freedom to be your own guide, but without doing all the hard work that involves planning a big trip! We have already planned for you. Highlights: Almirante Nieto Mountain, Paine Towers, Nordenskjold Lake, Paine Horns, Almirante Nieto Mountain, French Valley, Paine Horns, Paine Grande Mountain, French Glacier.
Today you will take an afternoon public bus to Puerto Natales, a lovely town on the Señoret Channel. You will make your way to our local representatives office where you will have a briefing of your trip.
Base of The Towers Trek
Difficulty: Medium / Demanding
Hike: 7 hrs round trip, 18 km
Today you will have an early start. At 7:20 am, you will take a public bus (two and a half hours) to Torres del Paine National Park. From Laguna Amarga, you will take a shuttle that will take you to Las Torres information centre, it´s a 5 min walk to Las Torres Refuge from here. You will start your trip with the most famous trail in the park. The trek is uphill almost all the way, but it is completely worth it when you get to the Towers Lookout! A unique view of the three huge granite giants and it’s
Los Cuernos Trek
Difficulty: Low / Medium
Trekking: 3,5 to 4 hours, (11 km)
Today you will have the whole day to walk from Las Torres Refuge to Los Cuernos Refuge. The trail runs along the shore of Nordenskjold Lake through Beautiful Native Forests. You will spend the night at a privileged site close to the river, with an amazing view of the Horns!
The French Valley
Difficulty: Medium / Demanding
Trekking: 9 to 19 hours, 18,8 km.
The time and distance will depend on the lookout you choose.
Today you will explore the beautiful French Valley. After the Italiano Camp, there are a couple lookouts on the Valley. You can choose the difficulty of the day depending on how far you want to get. If you decide to walk to the last viewpoint, you will have a panoramic view of the western sector of the Valley and the mountains such as the North Peak of Paine Grande, Castillo (Castle), Cota 2000, Catedral, Aleta del Tiburon (Shark’s Fin) amongst other granite peaks. After the Valley, the trail continues to Paine Grande Refuge, you will spend the night here.
Grey Glacier – Puerto Natales
Trekking: 7 to 8 hrs, 22 km the time and distance will depend on the lookout you choose.
After breakfast, you will trek to Grey Refuge with incredible views of the Glacier. There are a couple of lookouts of the Glacier on the way, but if you want to do a longer trek, you can get all the way to Grey Refuge. There´s an incredible lookout to the Glacier 10 min from there. After this you will have to trek back to Paine Grande to catch the last catamarán of the afternoon at 18:30, so you can get back to Puerto Natales on the same day.
This morning, after breakfast, you will take a bus from Puerto Natales to El Calafate (Argentina).