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Torres del Paine W Trek Self Guided – 5 Day Package Lodging in Refugios

Want to experience Patagonia, but not sure how to reserve everything? Let us take care of everything for you. We’ll reserve your lodging and transport to the national park. All you need to worry about is capturing those amazing moments along the W.

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Glacier Grey Boat Tour

Torres del Paine W Trek for 5 Days

On this self-guided trek of Torres del Paine National Park, you can explore the teal lakes, massive glaciers, and spectacular peaks of the park at your own pace! Hike along Lake Nordenskjold, spot the famous Torres (Towers), and visit the gorgeous French Valley. We’ll take the stress out of your Torres del Paine trip by booking your lodging at comfortable refugios and providing most meals, transportation, and the entrance fee.


Day 1: Visit the Torres of Torres del Paine
In the morning, you will leave Puerto Natales heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving in the park, you will begin to casually walk up Almirante Nieto, a mountain that takes you to an incredible view of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley.

You will arrive at Refugio Chileno a few hours after lunch. This is where you will be spending the night, so you will check into the refugio and leave your things there, before continuing on the hike. After a short rest in Chileno, you will hike one hour through a dense Lenga forest. After leaving the forest, you will approach a moraine and climb to see the amazing granite peaks known as the Torres. After a bit of time admiring the view, you will return back to Chileno to have dinner and sleep.

Puerto Natales – Refugio Chileno

Total Distance: 15.5 km (9.6 mi)

Average Time: 6.5 hours

Meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Hike along Lake Nordenskjold
You will have breakfast in the morning before then heading off to hike again. You will set off from Refugio Chileno and walk for around four hours toward Refugio Cuernos, which is located on the coast of Lake Nordenskjold and the foot of the impressive Cuernos of Paine.

On the way, you will border Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold. You will have a few rivers to cross by hopping across rocks and also catch views of glaciers upon the mountain tops that are hovering over you. Finally you see the Cuernos! They are monstrous peaks, you will spend the night at the foot of them in Refugio Cuernos after a breathtaking journey.

Hike: Refugio Chileno – Refugio Cuernos

Total Distance: 11 km (6.8 mi)

Average Time: 4.5 hours

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Explore the French Valley
Just after breakfast, you will begin the hike toward Camp Italiano. This camp is just two and a half easy hours away. The trek begins on a windy beach but you will eventually escape into the valley and find that the wind is a little calmer.

You will leave your backpack at Camp Italiano once you arrive there and continue into the French Valley with just a small day pack. You will hike across a moraine and through a forest until you finally arrived at a clearing. Whilst the wind will be very strong here, you will be blown away even more by the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottberg and Pehoe behind you. Ahead of you, you will be able to see the shocking hanging glacier called the French Glacier, as well as many of the peaks that are the reason why this park has become famous. After leaving the lookout, you will return to gather your backpacks and continue to Refugio Paine Grande where you will spend the night.

Hike: Refugio Cuernos – Refugio Paine Grande

Total Distance: 17.3 km (10.7 mi)

Average Time: 7 hours

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Admire Glacier Grey
After a restful night’s sleep and an energizing breakfast, you will be ready to hike again. Today you will hike a short two hours up through a small forest to the first lookout of Grey Glacier. You will be able to experience the wind coming off the Southern Ice Field and see both the ice field and Glacier Grey!

You will continue walking for 2 more hours until finally reaching Refugio Grey, which is tucked away in a small valley in a wooded area that is protected from the wind. You will check into the refugio and then have time to continue towards Glacier Grey. If you like you can get up close to the Glacier at Camp Guardas or you can rest along the beach. You will return to Refugio Grey for dinner and a warm bed. (You can also opt for additional excursions in the afternoon or morning while staying in Refugio Grey — see “Additional Extras” below.)

Hike: Refugio Paine Grande – Glacier Grey

Total Distance: 11 km (6.8 mi)

Average Time: 4 hours

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Return to Puerto Natales
After four days hiking on the famous Torres del Paine W Trek, you will have the morning to walk around Glacier Grey. You will board the Grey III boat in the afternoon. You will enjoy your afternoon by admiring the glacier from up-close and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. Just after 4:00 pm you will begin your journey towards Puerto Natales and on to your next adventure!

You also have the option to opt-out of the Grey III and instead hike 4 hours back to Paine Grande. From there you will board a catamaran that will take you across Lake Pehoe where you will catch your bus back to Puerto Natales.

What’s Included

  • 4 nights in Refugios in Torres del Paine (shared accommodations with shared bathrooms without sheets or bedding) (check out our post about Lodging in Torres del Paine for more info on the refugios)
  • Entrance Fee to Torres del Paine
  • Shuttle from Laguna Amarga to Refugio Las Torres
  • Bus to and from Torres del Paine national park (drop off Laguna Amarga)
  • Transfer from Grey parking lot to Administration
  • Grey III Cruise on Lake Grey
  • All meals listed in the itinerary above

What’s Not Included

  • Accommodations not listed above
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary above
  • Land transport not listed above
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Tips for staff or at dinners

Have questions? Want to customize the itinerary? We’d be happy to help, just email us at and a Torres del Paine travel expert will get right back to you!

Additional Extras:

  • Ice hike on Glacier Grey – 125.000 CLP per person
  • Kayak excursion on Lago Grey – 85.000 CLP per person
  • Bus between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales – 10.000 CLP per person
  • Bus between El Calafate and Puerto Natales – 25.000 CLP per person
  • Personal porter (can carry up to 15 kilos) – 60.000 CLP per day
  • Lodging in Puerto Natales
    • B&B – 37.000 CLP per person (Amerindia B&B or similar)
    • Boutique Hotel for 55.000 CLP extra per person (Hotel Vendaval or similar)
    • Luxury Hotel for 110.000 CLP extra per person (Hotel Indigo or similar)
  • Private transfers to and from the park are also available on request

Important Notes About the Torres del Paine W Trek

How far ahead should I book my trip?
Due to the popularity of Patagonia, we recommend booking your Torres del Paine W Trek 4 months in advance during the peak travel months (Dec-Feb). If you want to travel in November or March we recommend booking travel 2 months in advance.

Upon arrival to Patagonia
If you have booked a guided trip your guide will meet you in Puerto Natales, which is about a 3-hour drive from Punta Arenas. Depending on what time your plane arrives, you will have the entire day or just a few hours to explore or rest-up in the small town of Puerto Natales. Your guide will meet you shortly after dinner to discuss trip details, answer questions, and make sure that you have all the appropriate gear for the next few days (the hotel will allow you to leave any unnecessary luggage with them).

Patagonian weather
Most of the time, there is no way to know what to expect. What you need to know is that it is fast changing and one can witness the wind, sun, rain, and snow all in a matter of hours while in Patagonian wilderness. However, in the cities it is slightly more predictable, check

What to pack
During the Torres del Paine W Trek, you need to have a backpack (renting a backpack is possible) with just enough room to carry your clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bag (during the Torres del Paine W Trek, renting a sleeping bag is also possible). Shared equipment like tents, stoves, pots, and food will be brought and transferred by the tour operator staff.

Personal equipment and clothing should be chosen to allow comfort while hiking. Select clothes to keep you dry in the rain, protected from the wind, and cool enough for warmer moments. It is essential that you are prepared to experience all four seasons in one day. Scroll down to see a full packing list!

Tour insurance
It is very important that every visitor has international insurance against accidents. Make sure you have arranged for this insurance before paying for the trip. It is worth considering that some aspects of nature are unpredictable and that you must be prepared for any inconvenient circumstances.

Tour meals
Three meals a day during your program are included. Drinks are not included while in cities or snacks during the day. When staying in cities you will eat in restaurants, however during the days you are in the wilderness your guide will prepare your food. Food is purchased at local stores and the operator chooses your meals according to the preference sheet you fill out. Food can include, but is not limited to, assorted vegetables, beef, chicken and fish. They will also provide energy-rich carbohydrates like pasta, rice, or potatoes. To top things off and excite your taste buds they also bring some of the following: wine, beer, cookies, cheese, crackers, and fruits.  Your meals are carried and, most of the time, prepared by your guide.

Changes in itinerary
Although the operator will do their very best to adhere to the schedule agreed upon, the itinerary for the Torres del Paine W Trek is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.

30% of the trip payment is immediately non-refundable, as we need to pay it to the national park in order to reserve spaces (they only make reservations upon payment, and do not issue refunds). The rest of the payment is fully refundable until 29 prior to the start of the tour, at which point it is not refundable. If the tour operator cancels the tour for whatever reason, you will receive a refund.

Packing List

Upper body:

  • Shirts/Jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket, such as Gore-Tex or similar
  • Fleece or pile coat
  • Quick-dry long sleeve t-shirt
  • Quick-dry short sleeve t-shirt
  • Winter hat
  • Light gloves

Lower body:

  • Quick-dry hiking socks
  • Quick-dry, lightweight long underwear bottoms
  • Quick-dry/breathable windproof pants
  • Waterproof rain pants
  • Quick-dry/breathable shorts
  • Light trekking boots or gym shoes

Other necessary items:

  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping bag (-5°C for Nov. – Mar. trips, -15°C for Apr. – Oct. trips)
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle (1.000cc)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick with sunscreen
  • Sports watch
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack (big enough for all your personal things)
  • Shower shoes
  • Earplugs
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight
  • Camera
  • Basic first aid kit (self-guided trips)


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Kyle Wiggins


If you take this tour you will probably be greeted by David. He was born in Santiago, where he developed a passion for the mountain. He took his first steps in the ‘Andinismo’ in the beautiful Peaks of the central Andes Region, just outside of the capital city.

David has been a certified guide since 2004, when he decided to move to the south and start his own business. He often tells us that making his passion his job was the best decision he ever made. He believes that when people follow their dreams, they have the ability to truly make a positive impact on the world. He is committed to empowering local guides and communities to truly benefit from tourism, and share their incredible experience and perspective.

*Please note that this tour may be guided by another local guide, always providing a genuine approach to the local culture.

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    THANK YOU SO MUCH for all that you did in making our trip to Patagonia a truly exceptional experience. It really was all we could have hoped for, and more. We LOVED every detail – it really was the perfect experience for us both in terms of the activities, the timings and also Nico and Claudio – who really added to our enjoyment. We have recomended you to everybody! With best wishes,
    Sue and Sue

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Laura and David made us feel very welcome in Puerto Natales when we arrived and set us up in a wonderful hostel in town. We felt very well taken care of and David did a great job coming up with a Plan B itinerary at the last moment when there was an unexpected weather forecast (tons of snow!). When my brother got sick on the first two days of the trip, Nico, help create a “Plan C” on the fly that accommodated my brother and still kept in line with what type of trip we wanted. We couldn’t have been happier. If you’re looking for fantastic backpacking conditions – go to Torres del Paine. No bugs, perfect temperature, no bears or other worrisome animals, and you don’t even have to treat your water! Having backpacked a lot, I was amazed at the perfect conditions for hiking and camping in the park. I just loved it. Leaving from Puerto Natales is also wonderful – it’s a really fun, welcoming town in which to stay on either side of your trip with backpackers from all over the world! Patrick and I can’t thank you enough – Luke, Chloe, Laura, David & Nico – for helping organize a trip of a lifetime!

    Amanda and Patrick Corbett

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Things we LOVED: First- the weather did NOT live up to the wet, wind blasty nightmare we were expecting. Too gorgeous nearly the whole time. November is a great time for all the flowers and lovely forest smells.The camping in Cuernos- very different, but super cool. The choice of not missing the French Valley was perfect. Jeff still got some great pics of the Torres on arriving in the park. The Grey II cruise- a bit of luxury for sweaty hikers and they had the best Pisco Sours we had anywhere. Camping Serrano was great- we got a spot right by the river. Kayaking with German(Tutravesia) was super fun. Erratic Rock II was nearly perfect, even with Marcela singing in the kitchen till 2am. Mesita Grande was the best pizza of our whole trip and they had microbrewed local beer for Jeff. We went twice! Inlandsis was very nice and the girls there we super helpful. It smelled like baking bread in the lobby everyday! Needless to say Lautaro was our favorite hostel. Belen and Dario are so lovely. We also got a little unexpected Argentine protest excitement. Nothing dangerous, but definitely new to us (booming explosives outside while I was in the shower at Lautero). Because of the long daylight and great weather, we got to go bouldering every day in Chalten after the hikes. If we come back, we’ll stay there even longer! We made loads of great new friends everywhere.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    What. An. Amazing. Trip! Really appreciate all of the work that went into making this trip run smoothly and how everything was organized and efficient from the moment we arrived in Puerto Natales. We (my roommate and I) booked this trip hoping for a great experience, and it definitely delivered.

    We were met at the beautiful hostel in PN by wonderful staff members who had our room ready and offered great advice on things to do that night. The next day, we met up with Laura, owner of the tour company, at their office and were provided with all of the passes, maps, information and tips you could ever need for the O-Circuit hike. We met our guide, Carlos, who has over 9 years of experience hiking in Patagonia. He answered all of our questions and made us feel ready for the trip. The next day, we took the bus to the park entrance and then the ferry to the first campsite. The hike is BREATHTAKING, and worth every blister, ache or sore you might experience during the hike.

    I would definitely recommend the O-Circuit, as it gives you the full experience of how large Patagonia is. It was a perfect mix of hiking on our own for the first 4 days at our own pace, and then having the guide to lead us on the north side of the circuit, which is definitely not as well marked and has harsher climates and hikes. During the whole trip, all of our lodging, entrance fees, campsite fees and logistics were handled and delivered smoothly. All we had to do was hike our gear from one site to the next, show our passes and passports, and drink some delicious Austral.

    This was a trip of a lifetime, and definitely worth it to have all of the logistics, including all of your food on the hike, already taken care of and planned out for you. We’re very thankful to Keteka for helping organize all of this, and would recommend this trip to anyone!
    -Benjamin and Zack

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