Trekking in Torres del Paine solo and self-guided gives you all the freedom to explore at your own pace. Our Self-guided W Trek in Torres del Paine is the perfect way to discover this gem in Patagonia. 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 designed for you.
Explore Torres del Paine National Park: Paine Horns, The French Valley, and the Legendary Grey Glacier up close! Be amazed by the stunning Paine Towers while you walk right next to turquoise lakes, glaciers, and rivers.
And that’s not all! You can see some of the less known hikes around Puerto Natales, kayak near Punta Arenas or even extend your trip to Perito Moreno Glacier or El Calafate (or both!) and make this summer – or winter- holiday one of the most unforgettable experiences in untamed Patagonia.
This Self-guided W Trek in Torres del Paine trip includes accommodation in tents & campsites along the trail and is the Short W Trek. However, we can organize the trek of your choice. Whether it is the Original W trek (5 days), a Trek & Kayak (4 days) or the Paine O Big Circuit (9 days), there is no excuse not to do the world’s famous W Trek.
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At midday you will meet with our local representative in Puerto Natales for a information talk. Then, you will take a bus to Torres del Paine National Park. The trip takes about 2.5 hours (112 km). You will arrive in the afternoon, have dinner, and sleep in the Central Sector of the Park.
Base of The Towers Trek – 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 a turquoise lagoon.
Difficulty: Medium / Demanding
Los Cuernos Trek – 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!
Difficulty: Low / Medium
Trekking: 3,5 to 4 hours, (11 km)
The French Valley – 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 of 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. 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.
Difficulty: Medium / Demanding
Trekking: 9 to 19 hours, 18,8 km.
Grey Glacier – 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 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.
Trekking: 7 to 8 hrs, 22 km the time and distance will depend on the lookout you choose.
This morning, after breakfast, you will take a bus from Puerto Natales to El Calafate in Argentina.