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The whole information to the W trek in Torres del Paine, Chile

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The W trek in Torres del Paine Nationwide park is an effective compromise between brief day hikes and the lengthy O-circuit. It presents nice climbing experience in Patagonia, gorgeous surroundings, good amenities and a average stage of problem.

The W trek overview

  • Complete distance – 100 km/62 miles
  • Required variety of days – 4-5 days
  • Place to begin – Refugio Paine Grande (ferry from Pudeto)
  • Ending level – Resort Las Torres (bus to Laguna Amarga)
  • Highest level – Mirador Las Torres, 900m/2952ft
  • Permits – entrance price – CLP 21 000/US$32 in season, low season (Might to September) – CLP 11 000/US$17. Confirmed campsites/inns reserving for an in a single day keep.  
  • Lodging – campsites, refugios (hostels), inns.

Sensible data for the W trek

The W-trek is not a circuit, it begins and finishes at totally different factors.

The trek will be walked both course beginning at Paine Grande and ending at Resort Las Torres or the opposite method round. Most hikers begin at Paine Grande.

E-book campsites beforehand and deliver a printed reserving affirmation and a passport with.

Hikers are allowed to camp solely at designated campsites.

Open fires should not allowed within the park – previously, they brought about horrible fires.

Hikers are allowed to make use of tenting stoves solely at designated areas (campsites).

Consuming water will be discovered all around the park, it’s thought of of being good high quality. We didn’t use any filters or purification.

Puerto Natales is the finest place to be based mostly earlier than or after the hike; the city has many inns, a number of campsites, eating places, retailers, and kit rental locations.

You will get extra data about Torres del Paine together with totally different route choices, campsite bookings, and so forth. at Erratic Rock  (hostel/gear rental store) there’s a free every day discuss at Three pm.

The park entrance price will be paid solely in Chilean pesos (CLP), playing cards and different currencies should not accepted.

Many of the trails in Torres del Paine have reduce off time after which you’re not allowed to start out strolling it. Examine the instances beneath.

Trails closing time on the W trek

Trails (stretche) Distance Required time Closing time
Refugio Gray – Paine Grande 11km/6.8mi 3h30min 4pm
Paine Grande – Campsite Italiano 7.5km/4.6mi 2h30min 6.30pm
Campsite Italiano – Mirador Británico 5.4km/3.3mi 3h 3pm
Campsite Italiano – Campsite Francés 2km/1.2mi 30min 7pm
Campsite Italiano – Los Cuernos 5km/3.1mi 2h30min 5pm
Los Cuernos – Resort Las Torres 11.6km/7.2mi 4h30min
Resort Las Torres – Refugio Chileno 5km/3.1mi 2h
Refugio Chileno – Campsite Torres 3km/1.8mi 1h30min 6pm
Campsite Torres – Mirador Las Torres 1.4km/0.8mi 1h 6pm

Don’t overlook about journey insurance coverage!

The W-route is a multi-day trek although it’s not a excessive altitude hike it nonetheless has some components by distant and troublesome to entry areas of the Torres del Paine – getting journey insurance coverage for this route is a good suggestion. Any out of doors exercise entails the danger of getting an harm, shedding or breaking gear and different sudden conditions that may spoil your journey. It’s beneficial to have journey insurance coverage that may cowl you if one thing goes flawed. In my case, it was a backpack that I misplaced hitchhiking in Patagonia. My journey insurance coverage didn’t assist me to recuperate it however it did cowl the price of shopping for new gear and garments.

Out of a number of insurance coverage corporations, we advocate World Nomads, they work all around the world and focus on out of doors actions like climbing. Torres de Paine is among the prime climbing locations that World Nomads cowl which suggests they work with native corporations quite a bit and can have the ability to resolve a case in a shorter time frame. One other wonderful thing about World Nomads is which you can purchase insurance coverage coverage on-line already on the highway, it takes simply a few minutes. Their coverage may be very versatile it could cowl the entire interval of your journey or solely the climbing a part of it, even when it’s only one or two days. Get a quote proper now!

Notice! At all times ensure you fastidiously learn the Phrases and Situations half.

Guided tour vs impartial trek

Impartial trek

Execs 

  • The W-trek has plenty of infrastructures; designated campsites with good amenities, inns with eating places and small retailers – surviving is just not an issue. 
  • The path is nicely marked; many indicators, maps, and other people – you gained’t get misplaced right here.
  • Impartial trek is cheaper.

Cons

  • You need to plan the hike, ebook campsites, and so forth.
  • Strolling with a loaded backpack.
  • Setting a campsite; pitching tent, cooking, packing after a protracted strolling day all by your self. It’s not essentially a drawback we love doing it however when you’re not a seasoned hiker it is perhaps a ache.

Guided tour

Execs

  • Straightforward – no preparations, bookings, gear rental and so forth. your tour firm will do the whole lot for you.
  • Strolling with a day-pack.
  • No cooking, pitching and breaking down tent and so forth.

Cons

  • Takes away adventurous a part of the hike.
  • Dearer.

Instructed excursions and actions in Torres del Paine and Patagonia

Price of the W-trek, Torres del Paine

Transport – bus Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine  – CLP 20 000/US$25, return. Catamaran Pudeto – Paine Grande – CLP 20 000/US$26, a technique. Bus Resort Las Torres – Laguna Amarga (non-compulsory) – CLP 3000/US$4, a technique. 

Entrance price – CLP 21 000/US$26 in season, low season (Might to September) – CLP 11 000/US$14.

Lodging – campsites between CLP 5000-13000/US$6-16; refugios (hostels) – between US$60 and US$80 per mattress; inns between US$130 and US$350 for a double room. Notice! There is just one free campsite on the W-trek – Italiano campsite.

Meals – cooking your personal meals – US$10 per day per particular person; consuming on the park eating places – between CLP 11 000/US$14 and CLP 16 000/US$20 per meal.

Gear rental (non-compulsory) – to hire tenting gear (tent, sleeping bag, cooking range and so forth.) in Puerto Natales will price you between CLP 13 000/US$16 and CLP 20 000/US$25 pp. per day, relying on what you hire. You may hire a tent, a mat and a sleeping bag at most paid campsites although it’s costlier than within the city.

Gear rental costs in Puerto Natales

Merchandise Worth per day, USD
Sleeping bag -9°C US$5
Sleeping pad US$2.5
2-men tent US$7
Cooking set (range, pots, bowls. cups and so forth.) US$6
Headlamp US$2.5
Mountaineering poles US$3
Waterproof jacket US$5
Waterproof pants US$3.5
Mountaineering backpack US$6
Down jacket US$4
Gloves US$2

* You may verify up-to-date forex conversion right here.

Costs for a guided 5-day W trek tour begin at US$1000 it consists of lodging (Eco camps or inns), transportation, information, ferry ticket, baggage switch, meals, gear (sleeping bag) if wanted. It’s fairly a bit costlier however extra snug and straightforward – no planning, reserving or cooking concerned.

Greatest place to remain earlier than and after the trek

Puerto Natales is one of the best place to be based mostly earlier than the trek, it’s not an enormous place however it’s fairly geared for vacationers, right here you will discover all it’s good to put together for the hike: inns, hostels, retailers, gear rental locations, pharmacies, ATMs, and so forth.

There are numerous lodging choices in Puerto Natales from funds campsites to fancy visitor homes and flats, listed here are our options;

Campsites on the W trek

Campsites on the W trek that belong to CONAF, Fantastico Sur and Vertice Patagonia
All of the campsites on the W trek in Torres del Paine and the businesses that run them

The campsites on the W-trek belong to 3 totally different corporations; CONAF (Nationwide Forest Company) – free campsites – campsites Italiano and Torres (closed for 2019/20 season); Vertice Patagonia – paid campsites – Gray and Paine Grande; Fantástico Sur – paid campsites – Las Torres, Los Cuernos, Frances and Chileno.

Paid campsites have higher amenities and are simpler to ebook as there are extra tenting spots than at free campsites.

W trek campsites, Torres del Paine
Campsites on the W trek, Torres del Paine, Patagonia

The best way to ebook campsites on the W trek

All of the campsites will be booked on-line; ebook CONAF (as for November 2019 the web reserving system works however there are only a few accessible spots left); ebook Vertice Patagonia; ebook Fantastico Sur. Print your reserving affirmation and take it with.

In case you can’t discover a spot in a free CONAF campsite on-line you may attempt to ebook a campsite Italiano at their workplace in Puerto Natales (Manuel Baquedano st. 847), they could have one thing accessible.

CONAF (free) campsites on the W trek

Italiano campsite on the W trek and its facilities
Campsite Italiano the one free campsite on the W trek in Torres del Paine

Fantastico Sur (paid) campsites on the W trek

Campsites that belong to Fantastico Sur, Torres del Paine
Fantastico Sur campsites on the W trek and their amenities

Vertice Patagonia (paid) campsites on the W trek

Vetice Patagonia campsites, W trek, Torres del Paine
Vertice Patagonia campsites on the W trek and their amenities

The best way to get to the W trek from Puerto Natales

In case you begin at Refugio Paine Grande

Step 1. Take a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine. The journey to Pudeto with one cease at Laguna Amarga takes Three hours. Worth CLP 10 000/US$12 pp.       

Bus Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine Bus 1 Bus 2
Leaves Puerto Natales 7.30am 2.30pm
Arrives at Laguna Amarga (park workplace) 9.45am 4.45pm
Arrives at Pudeto (ferry) 10.30am 5.15pm

Step 2. Get off at Laguna Amarga entrance (first cease) to pay the park entrance priceCLP 21 000/US$26.

Step 3. Get again on the bus.

Step 4. Get off at Pudeto (second cease). Purchase catamaran ticket (one-way ticket the trek finishes at a unique place).  Worth CLP 20 000/US$25 a technique.

Step 5. Take the catamaran (ferry) from Pudeto to Paine Grande. The trip takes about 30 minutes.

Catamaran Pudeto – Paine Grande Paine Grande – Pudeto
Departure 1 9am 9.35am
Departure 2 11am 11.35am
Departure 3 2pm 2.35m
Departure 4 4.15pm 5pm
Departure 5 6pm 6.35pm

Getting again to Puerto Natales from Torres del Paine

Step 1. Take a bus from Resort Las Torres to Laguna Amarga. It takes 10min., worth CLP 3000/US$4. It’s attainable to stroll this half, the space is about 7km.

Step 2. Take one other bus from Laguna Amarga to Puerto Natales. The journey takes 2h30min., worth CLP 10 000/US$12.

Bus Torres del Paine – Pueto Natales Bus 1 Bus 2
Leaves Pudeto 1.30pm 7pm
Leaves Laguna Amarga 2.30pm 7.45pm
Arrives in Puerto Natales 5pm 10pm

Distances and strolling instances on the W trek

  • Paine Grande – Campsite Gray – 11km/6,Eight miles, 3,5 hours
  • Paine Grande – Campsite Italiano – 7,6km/4,7 miles, 2.5 hours
  • Campsite Italiano – Mirador Britanico – 5,5km/3,Four miles, Three hours
  • Campsite Italiano – Campsite Frances – 2km/1,2 miles, 30 min.
  • Campsite Italiano – Refugio Los Cuernos – 5,5km/3,Four miles, 2.5 hours
  • Los Cuernos – Resort Las Torres, 11km/6,Eight miles, 4.5 hours
  • Los Cuernos – Campsite Chileno – 15km/9,Three miles, 5,5 hours
  • Resort Las Torres – Campsite Chileno – 5,5km/3,Four miles, 2 hours
  • Campsite Chileno – Campsite Torres – 3,2km/2 miles, 1.5 hours
  • Campsite Torres – Mirador Las Torres – 0,8km/0,Four miles, 45 minutes
  • Mirador Las Torres – Resort Las Torres (descend) – 9,5km/6 miles, Three hours
W trek map, Torres del Paine, Chile
W trek route map + ferry route from Pudeto to Paine Grande + bus route from Resort Las Torres to Laguna Amarga

Obtain W-trek-map.

The W-trek, Torres del Paine – 5-day itinerary

Day 1. Puerto Natales – Gray campsite, 11km

Puerto Natales – bus – Pudeto – ferry – Paine Grande – Gray glacier, 11km/6,Eight miles

Price: bus – CLP 10 000/US$12, entrance price – CLP 21 000/US$26, ferry – CLP 20 000/US$25 (a technique), tenting at Gray campsite – CLP 5500/US$7.

Highlights

  • Pehoe lake
  • Gray lake
  • Gray glacier

Challenges

  • A number of ascents and descents on the best way between Paine Grande and Gray campsite.

7.00-7.30 – catch a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine Nationwide park.

9.30-9.45 – get off on the first cease Laguna Amarga to pay the park entrance price. Tip! Attempt to be among the many first folks on the workplace to not look forward to too lengthy you continue to should get again on the bus. After paying the price, getting tickets and maps get again on the bus that goes to Pudeto.

10.30 – get off the bus at Pudeto, go to the ferry ticket workplace to purchase a ticket to Paine Grande and discover out concerning the departure time. Purchase a one-way ticket you’ll end the trek at a unique entrance. Tip! When you have time earlier than the departure you may go to Salto Chico waterfall.

11.00 – get on the ferry to Paine Grande.

11.30 – get off the ferry at Paine Grande. Right here it’s important to choices; to camp and Paine Grande and stroll to Gray glacier with a day pack or to stroll to the glacier and camp at Gray campsite. In case you camp at Paine Grande you’ll stroll to the glacier with a day-pack however you’ll have much less time to stroll round and to go to the distant glacier view-points. In case you camp at Gray campsite you’ll have extra time to discover the realm however you’ll should stroll together with your backpack to and again to Paine Grande.

11.30 – begin strolling towards Gray glacier, 11km, it’ll take you between Three and Four hours.

15.30-16.00 – arrive at Gray campsite, pitch your tent, have lunch.

17.00 – stroll across the campsite, go to the lake.  You may depart your stuff within the tent however we’d counsel taking valuables e.g. digital camera, cash with. 

18.00-19.00 – get again to the campsite, have dinner, relaxation.

Pehoe Lake, W'trek, Torres del Paine
Lago Pehoé at Resort Paine Grande, W trek, Torres del Paine

Day 2. Gray campsite – Paine Grande, 20km, 7 hours

Gray campsite – glacier Gray view-point – Gray campsite – Paine Grande,  20km/12,Four miles

Price: tenting at Paine Grande – CLP 6500/US$8.

Highlights

  • Gray glacier
  • Gray lake
  • Pehoe lake

Challenges

  • A steep ascent to Gray glacier view-point
  • A steep descent again to Gray campsite
  • A number of ascents and descents on the best way from Gray to Paine Grande campsite

7.00 – stand up, have breakfast.

8.00 – begin strolling in direction of Paso campsite, to the viewpoints. Go away your stuff within the tent on the campsite, take a day-pack with helpful stuff, water, and snacks.

9.30-10.00 – you’ll arrive at a look-out, there are a number of factors from the place you may see the glacier. From right here we’d counsel beginning strolling again you continue to should pack your tent and stroll to Paine Grande.

11.00-11.30 – arrive again at Gray campsite, pack your tent, have lunch.

12.30 – begin strolling to Paine Grande.

16.30-17.00 – arrive at Paine Grande, pitch your tent, stroll round.

19.00 – make dinner, relaxation.

Grey Glacier, W trek, Torres del Paine, Chile
Huge Gray Glacier from the perspective, the morning of the second day on the W trek in Torres del Paine

Day 3. Paine Grande – Italiano/Frances campsite, 20km, Eight hours

Paine Grande – Italiano campsite – Mirador Frances – Mirador Britanico (in good climate) – Italiano campsite/Frances campsite, 20 km/12,Four miles

Price: tenting at Italiano – free, tenting at Frances – CLP 16 000/US$21

Highlights

  • Skotsberg lake
  • French Valley
  • Mirador Frances
  • Mirador Britanico

Challenges

  • A steep ascent to Mirador Britanico from Italiano campsite
  • A steep descent again from the Mirador to the campsite

6.00-7.00 – stand up, make breakfast, pack.

8.00 – begin strolling in direction of Italiano campsite – 7,6 km, 2,5 hours.

10.30 – arrive at Italiano campsite, depart your massive backpack on the workplace and stroll to Mirador Frances – 2km, 1 hour.

11.30 – arrive at Mirador Frances, relaxation, have lunch/snacks. If the climate is sweet and you are feeling sturdy proceed strolling in direction of Mirador Britanico – 3,5 km, 2 hours.

13.30 – arrive at Mirador Britanico, relaxation, benefit from the view.

14.00 – begin heading again to Italiano campsite – 5,5 km, 2-Three hours.

16.30 – arrive at Italiano. In case you camp right here begin pitching your tent, have lunch. The remainder of the day you may calm down, learn, and so forth. In case you camp at Frances you continue to have 2 km, 30 min. to go.

Skottsberg Lake, W-trek, Patagonia
Mirror-like Lago Skottsberg on the best way from Paine Grande to Italiano campsite

Day 4. Italiano/Frances – Chileno campsite, 21km, Eight hours

Italiano/Frances campsite – Los Cuernos – Chileno campsite, 21km/13 miles

Price: tenting at Chileno – CLP 16 000/US$21.

Staying at Chileno is presently the one choice if you wish to see the dawn at Mirador Las Torres. Free campsite Torres that’s simply 800m away is closed within the 2018/19 season for upkeep. From Chileno to the Mirador is 2,5-Three hours stroll which suggests it’s important to begin at 3.00-4.00 am in summer season because the dawn is between 5.30 (December) and seven.00 (February).

Highlights

Challenges

  • A number of ascents and descents on the best way to Chileno campsite

7.00 – stand up, breakfast, packing.

8.00 – begin strolling in direction of Los Cuernos – 5km, 2 hours.

10.00 – arrive at Los Cuernos, cease for relaxation and snacks. Proceed strolling in direction of Chileno campsite – 15km, 5,5 hours.

15.30 – arrive at Chileno, pitch tent, stroll round, relaxation.

18.00 – make dinner, relaxation.

Nordenskjold lake, W hike, Torres del Paine
Lago Nordenskjold, the surroundings on the best way to Chileno campsite, W-trek

Day 5. Chileno  – Mirador Las Torres – Puerto Natales, 14km, 5h30min.

Chileno campsite – Mirador Las Torres – Resort Las Torres – bus/stroll – Laguna Amarga – bus – Puerto Natales, 14km/8,6 miles

Price: bus Resort Las Torres – Laguna Amarga – CLP 3000/US$4, bus Laguna Amarga – Puerto Natales – CLP 10 000/US$12.

Highlights

  • Las Torres – three sharp mountain peaks and the lagoon.

Challenges

  • A protracted and steep ascent to Mirador Las Torres
  • A protracted and steep descent to Resort Las Torres

4.00-5.00 (relying on dawn time) – stand up, begin going as much as the Mirador – 4km, 2h15min.

6.15-7.15 – arrive on the Mirador. Benefit from the dawn, spend a while resting, taking images, exploring the realm.

8.00 – begin happening to Chileno – 4km, 1h30min.

9.30 – arrive at Chileno, get your stuff, begin descending in direction of Resort Las Torres – 5,5km, 1h30min.

11.00 – arrive at Resort Las Torres, from right here you may catch a shuttle bus to Laguna Amarga (affirm the departure time on the lodge) or stroll – 7km, 2 hours.

14.00-14.30 – catch a bus from Laguna Amarga to Puerto Natales. We’d advocate checking the bus timetable on the park workplace at first of the trek.

16.30 – arrive at Puerto Natales.

Sunrise at the Mirador las Torres, W trek
Probably the most iconic view in Torres del Paine – the Mirador Las Torres because the dawn

The W trek – 4-day itinerary

If for some reason your time in Torres del Paine is restricted you may stroll the W trek in Four days.

Day 1. Puerto Natales – Gray glacier – Paine Grande, 22km, 6 hours

Puerto Natales – bus – Pudeto – ferry – Paine Grande – Gray glacier – Paine Grande, 22km/13,6 miles

Price: bus – CLP 10 000/US$12, entrance price – CLP 21 000/US$26, ferry – CLP 20 000/US$25, tenting at Paine Grande – CLP 6500/US$8.

Highlights

  • Pehoe lake
  • Gray lake
  • Gray glacier

Challenges

  • A number of ascends and descends on the best way between Paine Grande and Gray campsite.

7.00-7.30 – catch a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine Nationwide park.

9.30-9.45 – get off on the first cease Laguna Amarga to pay the park entrance price.

10.30 – get off the bus at Pudeto, go to the ferry ticket workplace to purchase a ticket to Paine Grande.

11.00 – get on the ferry to Paine Grande.

11.30 – get off the ferry at Paine Grande.

11.30-12.00 – pitch your tent. Go away your stuff within the tent, take solely valuables, water, and snacks.

12.00 – begin strolling to the glacier – 11km, 2h30min.

14.30 – arrive at Refugio Gray, spend a while strolling round.  When you have time go to one of many nearest viewpoints. Bear in mind the stretch between Gray campsite and Paine Grande closes at Four pm after that point you’re not allowed to start out strolling so ensure you begin heading again earlier than.

Earlier than 16.00 – begin strolling again to Paine Grande. In summer season it will get darkish after 9 pm in Patagonia, on the best way again you’ll have sufficient time to benefit from the view and take some images don’t waste time on that on the best way to the glacier.

18.00 – 19.00 – arrive at Paine Grande, have dinner, relaxation.

From the second day, comply with the 5-day itinerary from Day 3.

Greatest time for trekking in Torres del Paine

Climate-wise November to March are the warmest months, day temperatures are between 12°C and 15°C, nights are between 8°C and 10°C. Wind in Patagonia will be fairly hectic, summer season months, besides February, are fairly windy – November and January are the windiest months. As for rain in January, March, and April you’ll get the most rainfalls, February is once more fairly a positive month with the least rainfalls. Out of climate standpoint, February can be a great month for trekking in Torres del Paine if it wasn’t the busiest months within the park with probably the most guests coming right here.

What to pack for climbing the W route

Listed here are some objects that will probably be very helpful on the W trek regardless when you’re planning to hold your personal tenting gear, hire it or keep in refugios. We’ve got an in depth submit on gear and garments for climbing and tenting in Patagonia.

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