W Express Circuit: Trekking in Torres del Paine

Explore the impressive W Express trekking circuit in Torres del Paine on an exciting four-day, three-night tour. This journey will take you through colossal mountains, native forests, turquoise lakes and majestic glaciers. Visit emblematic places such as the Base Torres Viewpoint, the Cuernos del Paine, the French Valley and the Gray Glacier.

Enjoy amenities like comfortable beds, hot showers, and hearty meals as you challenge your physical and mental limits on this epic adventure. Whether camping, staying in mountain huts or in a hotel, each day will provide you with unforgettable landscapes and a deep connection with the wild nature of Patagonia.

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Day 1: Puerto Natales – Las Torres Base Viewpoint

  Torres del Paine Base Trail

Route: Torres Base Trail

Before starting your adventure on the W Express Circuit, you will receive an email with technical information and all the necessary details to properly prepare for your trip to Torres del Paine.

The day your program begins, you must take the bus at 7:00 a.m. from Puerto Natales. The trip takes approximately 2:30 hours. Once you arrive, you will begin your first trek through the Ascencio Valley. This valley offers spectacular landscapes with panoramic views of the mountainous environment and surrounding lakes from Paso de Los Vientos.

On your way, you will pass through the Chilean Sector and pass through a charming native beech forest before facing the final leg of your day’s adventure, an hour of hiking over rocky terrain. This effort will be rewarded with the impressive view of the three iconic granite towers and its glacial lagoon at the end of the journey.

Points of interest: Base Torres Viewpoint, view of the three iconic granite towers and its glacial lagoon.

Duration: 8-10 hours

Distance: 19.5 km

Altitude: Initial: 120 meters above sea level, Maximum: 870 meters above sea level

Difficulty: High

Accommodation: Central Sector

Day 2: Trekking to French Sector

Trekking to French Sector in Torres del Paine

Route: Trekking to French Sector

On the second day, you will begin your walk along the quiet shore of Lake Nordenskjöld. This lake with turquoise waters extends at the foot of the impressive Monte Almirante Nieto, with its hanging glaciers that add an atmosphere of majesty to the landscape.

Along this route, the atmosphere of silence and the enormous peaks will invite you to slow down, process the magnitude of the landscape and capture unforgettable views with your camera. The lake is surrounded by geographical contrasts and is home to many species of birds, among which the condors that usually fly in this area stand out.

You will continue along the Arriero River, where you will find excellent opportunities to take a break, fill your water bottle, and enjoy the natural surroundings. Upon reaching the highest viewpoint, you will have a complete view of Lake Nordenskjöld and the French Glacier on Cerro Paine Grande.

Points of interest: Lake Nordenskjöld, birds such as condors.

Duration: 4.5 – 6.5 hours

Distance: 13.5 km

Accumulated altitude: 200 meters

Difficulty: Medium

Accommodation: French Sector

Day 3: French Valley Trekking

Route: French Valley Trekking

On the third day, you will begin with a light and magnificent trekking to Camping Italiano. This journey will allow you to align your mind and body with the present moment, processing all the experiences lived in the previous days. By surrounding yourself with mountains, you will find tranquility and peace in your soul, while the sounds and smells of the lake fill you with energy.

Along the way, you will pass by a surprising waterfall, where you can fill your bottle with pure, cold water, enjoying nature in its purest state. This experience will culminate with the incomparable view from the French Valley viewpoint, one of the most impressive points of the entire circuit.

Points of interest: French Valley, French Glacier.

Duration: 7 – 8 hours

Distance: 15 km

Altitude: Initial: 120 meters above sea level, Maximum: 762 meters above sea level

Difficulty: High

Accommodation: French Sector

Day 4: Trekking to the Gray Glacier sector – Navigation on Pehoé Lake – Puerto Natales

Route: Trekking to the Gray Glacier sector

On the fourth and final day, you will enjoy an amazing trekking that will take you through different landscapes, including native forests and the shores of lakes. As you hike, you’ll be able to marvel at the incredible views and glaciers spilling from the mountain tops.

As you leave the grove, you will reach the first viewpoint over Gray Lake, where you will begin to see floating fragments of the glacier. This view will prepare you for a unique experience, since after your trekking you will take a navigation on Lake Pehoé, which offers impressive panoramic views. Finally, a bus will take you back to Puerto Natales, culminating an unforgettable adventure in the Torres del Paine National Park.

Points of interest: Gray Lake, Gray Glacier.

Duration: 8 – 10 hours

Distance: 31.5 km

Altitude: Initial: 43 meters above sea level, Maximum: 313 meters above sea level

Difficulty: High

This detailed itinerary will not only guide you through the highlights of Torres del Paine National Park, but will also allow you to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the natural landscapes, ensuring an enriching and memorable trekking experience. Enjoy every step of this incredible adventure!

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