This Torres del Paine 5 day short-w trek is perfect for those with less time. Yet you will be amazed by the skyrocketing mountains, deep blue glaciers, and hauntingly beautiful forests of Torres del Paine National Park.
This is the shorter version of the world-renowned W Trek, all completed with EcoCamp’s unique blend of adventure and comfort.
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.
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. Distance: 25km. Hours: 8hrs. Maximum altitude: 686m.
Overnight at Refugio Paine Grande
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. Distance: 14km. Hours: 4hrs. Maximum altitude: 244m.
Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia
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. Distance: 22km. Hours: 9hrs. Maximum altitude: 914m.
Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia
Board an early transfer to Punta Arenas airport on time for your ongoing flight or we can extend your Patagonia trip to El Calafate, Argentina.