W Circuit International Guests
We invite you to see the massive granite towers up close that give the Park its name, walk alongside the breathtaking “Cuernos del Paine” and to be amazed by the stunning shapes of the “Francés Valley.” Also, enjoy theawe-inspiring Grey Glacier, the southernmost tip of the Chilean Patagonia’s Southern Ice Fields, where the ice blends into the clouds on the horizon.
Day1: Transportation to Torres del Paine, lodging at Central Sector
Day2: Hike to Las Torres Base, lodging at Central Sector.
Day3: Hike to the Francés Sector, lodging at Francés Sector.
Day4: Hike to the Francés Valley, lodging at Paine Grande Sector.
Day5: Hike to Grey Glacier Lookout Point, return in catamaran via Pehoé Lake, return to Puerto Natales.
ITINERARY | 5 days, 4 nights
Day 1: Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine
First, go to Fantástico Sur’s oce in Puerto Natales to get your vouchers and map. Then, we will take the 2:30 pm 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
Day 2: Hike to Las Torres Base Lookout Point
You will depart early to one of the landmarks of the park, the Las Torres Base Lookout Point.
During the first stretch, you will walk through the pampa, cross the Ascencio River, and then climb 3 km up to Los Vientos Mountain Pass, where you will enjoy amazing views of the valley and lakes. You will continue your journey to the Chileno Mountain Refuge, and then go deep into a lenga beech forest up to La Morrena, where the hardest part of the hike begins. You will follow a rock trail to the spectacular Las Torres Base Lookout Point. Later, you will begin the descent to the Central Sector to have dinner and sleep
Day 3: Hike Francés Sector
You will walk about 13.5 km along the shore of Nordenskjöld Lake, Almirante Nieto Hill, and the striking Cuernos del Paine. During the hike, you will enjoy magnificent views of Los Cuernos, hanging glaciers, lakes, and the abundant local vegetation and wildlife.
You will have dinner and sleep in the Francés Sector.
Day 4: Hike Francés Valley
The day begins with one of the icons of the circuit, the Francés Valley. You will start early with a light hike to the Italiano Campsite. From there, you will begin the climb through the woods (about 2 km) up the Francés River Valley. We will continue to the Francés Lookout Point, where you will enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of the circuit, the view to the valley framed by the Hills Paine Grande, Catedral, Hoja, Máscara, Espada, Aleta de Tiburón, and Cuerno del Norte. It will leave you speechless. After this spectacle, you will begin the descent to the Paine Grande Sector.
Day 5: Hike Grey Glacier Sector – Pehoé Lake Navigation – Return to Puerto Natales
On this day, you will reach the third milestone of the circuit, a place that owners one of the most unforgettable sceneries of the park, the magnificent Grey Glacier.
The trail goes around the Paine Grande Hill, the highest peak in the mountain range (3,050 m), with incredible views of its hanging glaciers. Walking amidst Antarctic Beech (ñirre), Dombey’s beech (coigüe), and Chilean firebush (notro), you will reach the first lookout point of Grey Lake, where we will see floating pieces of glacier. We will continue to walk towards the imposing view of Grey Glacier to reach the Grey Mountain Refuge. Then, you will return to the Paine Grande Sector and take the 6:30 pm catamaran that will take you to Pudeto. There you will meet the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales.