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Express W Trekking Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park

Explore the shorter version of Torres del Paine most popular trekking circuit
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Express W Trekking Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park


One of the most famous trekkings programs in Torres del Paine National Park!

We invite you to experience this shorter version of Torres del Paine’s most popular trekking circuit, where you will
still be able to enjoy the trail’s emblematic sites, Las Torres Base, Los Cuernos, the Francés Valley, the Paine Massif
and the impressive Grey Glacier, only in a more compact itinerary

Overview itinerary:
Day 1: Transport to Torres del Paine, hike to Las Torres Base, lodging in Central Sector.
Day 2: Hike to the Francés sector, lodging in Francés sector.
Day 3: Hike in the Francés Valley, lodging in Francés Sector.
Day 4: Hike to firt Grey Glacier lookout, catamaran crossing of Lake Pehóe* and transport to Puerto Natales.

Obs: You can also hike the W Circuit starting at Paine Grande Sector and finishing at Central Sector.

You can choose from Equipped Camping, to Mountain Hostel, or even a combination of hotel and  mountain hostel. 



From Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine + Trekking to Las Torres Base

Before your adventure you will receive an email with technical information and all the details to prepare you in the best way for your trip to Torres del Paine. The day your program starts you will have to take the bus at 7 am. from Puerto Natales. The trip takes about 2 hours. Once you arrive you start with your first trekking through the Ascencio Valley, until you reach the Vientos pass –
With its spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and lakes. You will pass through the Chileno Sector and through a native lenga forest before reaching the final stretch of your adventure. This part of the hike lasts approximately one hour over rocky terrain. At the end
of this trek you will encounter the most impressive view of the three iconic granite towers and their glacial lagoon.

Transfer from Puerto Natales (2 to 2:30 hours)
Trekking distance / time: 8-10 hours and 19.4 km
Difficulty level: High
Elevation gain: 750 mts
Overnight in Central Sector


Trekking to Frances Sector

After breakfast, be ready for your activity. You will walk around 8.4 mi. bordering Lake Nordenskjöld, Mount Almirante Nieto and the impressive Los Cuernos mountains. Along the way you will have beautiful views of hanging glaciers, lakes and areas where you can
appreciate the abundant flora and fauna. You will arrive to have dinner and spend the night in the Francés

Trekking time/distance: 4.5 to 6.5 hours, and 13.5 km
Difficulty level: Medium
Elevatoin Gain: 80 mts
Overnight in Frances Sector


Trekking to Frances Valley

This day begins with one of the most important icons of the circuit, the Francés Valley. Then you will walk along a beautiful beach of the Lake Nordenskjöld where you can observe the tranquility of the water or the amazing play between the wind and the water. Once you arrive at the Italiano Camping you will start the ascent (about 1.2 mi.) between forests through the Francés River Valley. You will continue until you reach the Francés viewpoint, from where you will have one of the most breathtaking images of the circuit. After this spectacle, you will begin the descent to the Paine Grande Sector to have dinner and rest.

Trekking time / distance: 9-10 hours long and 20.5 km
High difficulty level
Elevation gain: 712 mts
Overnight in Paine Grande


Trekking to Grey Lookout - Navigation Lake Pehoe and Return to Puerto Natales

After breakfast, be ready for your last day!

This amazing trek passes through different landscapes, taking you through native forests, along the shores of lakes. All the while enjoying the incredible views and marveling at the glaciers that spill over the top of the mountain. As you emerge from the grove, you will reach the first viewpoint over Lake Grey and slowly begin to see more and more pieces of the glacier float by. After your adventure, you will take a boat ride on Lake Pehoé and then a bus back to Puerto Natales.

Trekking time / distance: 7-8 hours and 22 kms
High level of difficulty
Elevation gain: 280 mts
Navigation included in Lake Pehoe
Transfer back to Puerto Natales

Obs: You can also hike the W Circuit starting at Paine Grande Sector and finishing at Central Sector.

* Please note, the program can be extended to 6 or 7 nights if you prefer to do the program

What is Included

  • Self guided hikes: Las Torres Base, Los Cuernos del Paine, Frances Valley and Grey Glacier Lookout
  • 3 nights of accommodation in mountain / cabin / camping / hotel
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch or box lunch and dinner
  • Transfers from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine and back
  • Navigation crosssing the Pehoe Lake
  • Park Entrance and Welcome Kit
  • Guide (trails are self guided)
  • Air tickets
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Tips


The trails are very well signposted, and guides are not necessary. These are self-guided trails

The trekking is available from September to April.

Yes, transfers in/out are included

Yes, the basic program is a 4-night package, but can be extended to 5 or even 6 nights.
6th day itinerary: includes a hike to and accommodation in Grey Sector.
7th day itinerary: includes an extra night in Francés Sector or Cuernos and a
hike to and accommodation in Grey Sector.


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