🏕️ Experience the W Trek in Winter:
Join us for an unforgettable adventure through the snow-covered landscape of Torres del Paine National Park! Our five-day itinerary covers all the highlights of the famous W Trek in Winter.
🏕️ DAY 1: Base Torres 🏔️
22km - Central Tower Refuge
An early morning transfer will pick you up from your accommodation in Puerto Natales. Our journey to the eastern entrance of Torres del Paine National Park marks the beginning of our Winter W Trek adventure. Here, we'll head towards the Central Tower Refuge, the starting point of the challenging 22km trek to the base of the towers. With a steep ascent and descent, it's a long, tough day, but the view at the top will be worth every drop of sweat. After a long hike and a warm meal, you'll sleep soundly at the refuge.
Included: Accommodation at Central Tower Refuge, meals (dinner), bilingual guide, transportation, and box lunch.
🏔️ DAY 2: French Campsite 🏕️
18km - Tent Camping
Day two will see us breaking camp early to head towards the French Campsite. Equipped with your own gear, supplies, and a sense of adventure, you'll experience self-sufficient camping in the heart of Patagonia, as there are no refuge services, showers, or bathrooms available.
Included: Meals, bilingual guide.
Rise and shine to break camp in the early morning for a hike towards the French Valley. With heavy backpacks on our shoulders and hiking poles in hand, we'll tackle the 17km Cuernos trail, which consists of rolling hills. We'll circumvent Almirante Nieto mountain and the Cuernos to reach Campamento Italiano at the base of the French Valley in the late afternoon. Setting up camp again, beware of mice! Don't leave any food in your tents...
🏞️ DAY 3: French Valley and Paine Grande 🏕️
24km - Paine Grande Refuge
We'll make our way to the awe-inspiring French Valley. After a stop at the Italian sector to prepare for the day, we continue our journey to Paine Grande Refuge where a warm meal and comfortable bed await us.
Included: Meals (dinner, next day's breakfast, next day's box lunch), accommodation at Paine Grande Refuge, bilingual guide.
🌬️ DAY 4: Grey Refuge 🏕️
22km - Paine Grande Refuge
On the fourth day of our Winter W Trek, we'll visit the majestic Grey Refuge area. Leaving our heavy gear at Paine Grande, we'll journey with only a daypack, returning to Paine Grande Refuge for the night.
Included: Meals (dinner, breakfast, box lunch), accommodation at Paine Grande Refuge, bilingual guide.
🏔️ DAY 5: Carretas to Puerto Natales 🚶♂️
13km - Return to Puerto Natales
Our adventure concludes with an early departure from Paine Grande. The Carretas trail will lead us to the park's main administration building, where our vehicle will be waiting to transport us back to Puerto Natales.
Included: Meals (breakfast, box lunch), bilingual guide, transportation to place of stay.
To make the most of your Winter W Trek experience, don't forget to check out our comprehensive article on how to plan and prepare for the W Trek in winter. It's packed with useful tips and advice to help you navigate Torres del Paine National Park.
Remember, any equipment you need can be rented upon arrival in Puerto Natales. We can meet with you the day before the trek to review the itinerary and discuss where to rent gear.
Some Highlights of the W Trek in Winter
- Changing Colors of Lake Pehoé: ❄️🌅🎨 During the winter season, the changing colors of Lake Pehoé are an absolute treat for the eyes! As the sun rises and sets, the lake transforms from stunning shades of blue to magical hues of pink, orange, and purple. It's a natural spectacle that visitors will cherish for a lifetime! The stark contrast between the snow-covered mountains and the vibrant colors of the lake creates a breathtaking and otherworldly landscape that will leave visitors awestruck.
- Snow-Covered Landscapes: ⛄🏔️❄️ The winter season transforms the W Trek into a true winter wonderland, with the trails, mountains, and forests covered in a blanket of snow. Visitors can enjoy the crisp air, snow-capped peaks, and pristine white snow as they trek through the national park. The unique winter scenery creates an immersive experience that can only be enjoyed during the winter season, making it a truly special and unforgettable adventure for nature lovers!
- Dramatic Views of the Grey Glacier: 🏔️❄️🌬️ The Grey Glacier is one of the most iconic sights of the W Trek, and in winter, the views of the glacier are even more breathtaking and dramatic. The glacier stands out against the snow-covered mountains, creating a striking contrast that is not to be missed. Visitors can witness the glacier's slow and steady movement, hear the crackling of the ice, and marvel at the unique formations and colors of the glacier. It's a thrilling experience that visitors will remember for a lifetime!