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W-TREK TORRES DEL PAINE (5D/4N) (WNAT)
RATES PER PERSON
  • Prices valid until April 2018
  • 2 passengers USD$ 1.995
  • 3 passengers USD$ 1.795
  • 4-8 passengers USD$ 1.695
  • Private Cabin Los Cuernos Single USD$220
  • Private Cabin at Los Cuernos Double USD$130
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TRIP LEVEL
Moderate
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS
START / FINISH
Puerto Natales (PNT), Chile 
Puerto Natales (PNT), Chile 
ACTIVITIES
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EXTENSIONS
SANTIAGO BY NIGHT (1D)

OLD SANTIAGO (1D)

GREY GLACIER ICEBERGS & GREY RIVER

KAYAKING BETWEEN NATIONAL PARKS (2D/1N)

THE FJORD TRAIL (3D/2N)

KAYAK BETWEEN ICEBERGS AND GLACIERS (3D/2N)

DISCOVERING ATACAMA DESERT (5D-4N)

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Day 1 - Transfer to Torres del Paine – Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point Starting from Puerto Natales at 7:00 AM, we drive all the way to Torres del Paine National Park. We will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the ñandu, (rare South American ostrich). We will follow an unpaved road heading to Refugio Las Torres to spend our first night. Upon entering the park we will have excellent photographic and birding opportunities as we drive alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. After leaving your backpack at the Refugio, we start the trek to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. The walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests, glaciers and waterfalls. We’ll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), excellent for picture taking. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we’ll start the descent, following the same path back to the hut. Dinner will be served in the Refugio.
(2 hours by private transfer, 8-10 hours round-trip, 18 KM) (BL-D) (Night at Refugio Torres Central)

Day 2 - One way hike to Los Cuernos lookout point We will start early morning to enjoy, weather permitting, a magnificent dawn filled with orange-pink colors. As we leave the campground we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. We follow a well mark trail ascending around (200 M) from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 M), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos where we will stay overnight.
(6 hours hiking, 17 km) (B-BL-D) (Night at Refugio Los Cuernos)>
(You can upgrade to private cabins with two beds and sharing bathrooms in between the cabins only for USD $ 220 per single occupancy or USD $ 130 per double occupancy)

Day 3 - One way hike to Pehoe Lake, via the French Valley We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300 M) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600 M), Espada (2400 M) and Fortaleza (2800 M). Our way back will be the same until we reach the entrance of the valley where we will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoe Lake.
(8-9 hours hiking, 18 KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Refugio Paine Grande)

Day 4 - One way hike to Glacier Grey – Optional Ice hike or kayak We will begin early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200mts up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall. Optional Ice hike or Kayak (book in advance, please contact our Travel Specialists).
(4 hours hiking, 11 KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Refugio Grey)

Day 5 - Navigation in front of Glacier – Transfer back to Natales Morning at leisure. Right after lunch we start an exciting adventure by boat. We will navigate for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. Then we will take a transfer back to Puerto Natales.
(2 hours by boat on Lake Grey, 2 hours by transfer) (B-BL)

REGARDING THE SCHEDULE
The schedules indicated above are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered.

NOTE ON DEPARTURES:
Due to some limited availability in the Refugios, some departures will use Chile Nativo´s camp accommodations instead of regularly planned refugios. Our camp sites use North Face VE 25 - 4 season tents (3 people tent, use as a double), and we provide sleeping bags with liners and camping mattresses. The camp has access to modern facilities and hot showers. Unless noted, meals will be taken in the refugios where camping accommodations are added. There is no extra cost associated with this and all equipment necessary will be provided by Chile Nativo, including porters to carry the camping gear. According to our experience, the space at the refugios usually open up when we get close to the departure dates, and we have access to book the night we need. You will be notified upon booking when camping accommodations replace a refugio night.

 
Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Torres Central & North

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

The Mountain lodges of Torres Central and North are two comfortable refugios located at the base of the hike to the Towers lookout and part of the “W” and “Circuit” walks. They are within walking distance to the Hotel Spa at Las Torres for a variety of services including massage and saunas.


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Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Los Cuernos

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

Los Cuernos is found on the shore of lake Nordenskjöld nestled in a Coihue Forest lays Refugio Cuernos with 32 beds. This cozy lodge is located on the "W" circuit walking between the French Valley and the Torres del Paine lookout and base camp area.


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Cabins Los Cuernos (Optional)

8 cozy cabins for 2 persons each with shared bathrooms and showers exclusively for people who are staying at the cabins. The cabins are located next to the Refugio Los Cuernos and all meals are taken in the Refugio.


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Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Paine Grande

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

Paine Grande is a large and modern refugio set on the banks of the Lake Pehoe, including internet connection and full service bar. It’s the jump off point for the catamaran crossing Lake Pehoe and the walks to the French and Grey Valleys part of the "W" and "Circuit" hikes.


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Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Grey

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

Ideally situated on the edge of Lake Grey, this refugio is in a forest of Lenga trees. A small and cozy hut, with a privileged access to the Grey Glacier and is part of the “W” and “Circuit” hikes.


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INCLUDED
-All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
-Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
-Four nights lodging in mountain lodges (Refugios)
(comfortable rooms with 6 beds and shared bathroom)
(No singles available)
-Sleeping bags and liners (when is possible we include a bed with sheets, blankets and a pillow)
-Boat ride on Lake Grey
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: picnic lunch, D: dinner)
-Guide (English-Spanish languages)
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NOT INCLUDED
-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Dinner on day 5
-Any alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Refugios except for the drinks include in the menu
-Gratuities for guide
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WEATHER
Weather and Temperature Chart

The weather in Patagonia in an important factor that must b e taken into account. The maximum temperature in summer is 20 C° and it drops to below 0° in winter. The windchill factor sometimes makes the ambient temperature drop 6 or 7 degrees. The temperature of the water is normally between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius.


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W trek - Overall the best trip of my entire life
 
Overall the best trip of my entire life. I will remember this trip based on the entire experience forever. The beauty of the entire region, the food, the people I met, and much more. The one negative would come from I wish it wouldn't end.

Our guide Mauricio elevated the trip to a whole new level. By the "goodies" he brought, to the knowledge of the region's wildlife and vegetation, the perfect spots to take pictures, and overall ability to help made him the best guide I've had in a trip.

Easy to book, prompt in returning emails. I will recommend Chile Nativo in the future.

 
Philip
06-02-2017
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W Trek. Just awesome. Do it!
 
Just a brilliant 5 days. Amazing scenery, and great people, and a little bit of challenge, which never hurt anyone! The highlight of our time in South America, and we would do it again in a heartbeat. Just awesome. Do it!

Chile Nativo gave us loads of details and ideas of things to do before and after.

 
Hugh & Caroline
November 2015
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W-Trek
 
We did the 5 days W trek in january. We booked it last minute. I wouldn't normally stay in huts or have a guide on a trip like this, but it was a great treat to have both. Nicolas enriched the experience by sharing his knowledge of the area and providing context to the beautiful scenery. Chile Native provided excellent service and i would recommend the trip to anyone. thanks

 
Bjorn Vegsund
February 2015
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(WNAT) W Trek
 
My husband and I did the 5 day self guided W trek. We stayed one night in Torre Central, next night Domo Frances, next night Paine Grande and the last night Refugio Glacier Grey. The scenery was spectacular, we met so many nice people along the way, and the meals and lodging were great.

Chile Nativo answered the many questions I had promptly whenever I emailed them. It was super convenient to have Chile Nativo do our reservations and get our tickets and everything ahead of time. Much easier than trying to book direct on the websites of FAntastico Sur and Vertice Patagonia!

Chile Nativo was very reasonably priced for all the help they provided. I was really glad we booked the W trek through them. Much easier and convenient!

 
Janine Griggs
18/11/2017
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(WNAT) W Trek Torres del Paine
 
The guides were wonderful.

Pelin Asfuroglu & Sarah Schneider (
) Pelin and Sarah were great at motivating the group; telling us about the natural wonders; giving us a history of the region; and making sure our every need was addressed, even in some rough weather.

Very well developed plan with great guides.

 
26-10-2017
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(WNAT) W Trek
 
I am an avid hiker but believe that everyone should be required to hike with a guide to eliminate trail damage. There should also be a limit on the number of those who can hike the trail at a single time. It will deteriorative over time.

Absolutely wonderful guides! Carla Paz was very knowledgable and experienced. The guide assistant, Fernando, was very helpful and a strong hiker. They catered to everyones needs and did an excellent job making sure that we were safe. Both guides were absolute top-knotch

Wonderful service!

I had a wonderful experience and received great communication. Definitely would refer to a friend!

 
Zachary Dylan Bauer
20-11-2017
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(WNAT) W Trail
 
Amazing trip. Made exceptional by the guides who brought everyone together making the group fun. When I booked I thought it was expensive. At the end I felt it was the best value ever. Do the Ice hike as well miss nothing Patagonia is remarkable.

Carla and Fena
These guys were a great team working together brilliantly. Personal service making it all run smoothly. They Knew their job so well. Incredibly friendly and professional/

All spot on. Glad I was fairly fit because it made it really enjoyable

Chile Nativo is professional, awesome and the best adventure experience I have ever had. Patagonia is everything you see in the pictures and more. The company great value for service and experience. I could not rate their guides Carla and Fena highly enough

 
Sarah Longland
18/11/2017
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(WNAT) W Trek
 
The W Trek was amazing! The scenery was fantastic, the organization was great, overall a great experience

Our tour guide, Victor, was excellent. We were a bit of a challenging group for him, since our hiking abilities were very different from each other, and Victor had to figure out how to keep us all moving in the same direction, strung across several miles of the W trek. He did a great job, and kept a fantastic attitude through what was probably a frustrating experience for him. I would recommend Chile Nativo and Victor to anyone

Fantastic! One of the best trips I've ever taken!

 
Jeff Strater
17/3/2017
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