Classic Self Guided W Trek

With El Calafate

7 Nights / 8 Days

Operated: Between mid September to End of April

Based upon 2-People (for more people please just let us know)

Note: We can add a guide if required.

We can offer the following itinerary that will include the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, transfer to Torres del Paine, 4 nights on the W trek and transfer back to El Calafate. Perito Moreno glacier is 80km west of El Calafate and called the “big one” that everyone comes to see. It has a 5km long, vertical wall of glacial ice face rising to heights of around 60m flowing some 30km from its source in the Andes Mountains. The W trek will include bedding and all meals at the refugios on the trail.

The W trek in the UNESCO-World heritage site Torres del Paine is the iconic trek drawing in thousands of trekkers (and we do not mean Star Trek here) from around the world. The itinerary below will include the trek to the base of the towers, the area beside the lagoon at the feet of the three needle-carved, vertically-sided towers of granite rock; the French Valley with its hanging glaciers and steep-sided valley walls, and the amazing Glacier Grey coming down from the Southern Ice filed to meet Grey lake and where it breaks off into glaciers. And, of course, the numbingly stunning natural wilderness scenery that accompanies every point of the path you will be walking along. Of course we can add to this itinerary any of the other excursions and activities in the area such as penguins and whales from Punta Arenas, trekking in El Chalten, extra nights in Puerto Natales, Patagonia or Antarctica cruises from Ushuaia or Punta Arenas and any other part of Chile or Argentina. Just mention it all in  the enquiry form.

Day 1

Arrival to El Calafate
Transfer- own arrangements (use local service) to hotel (or we can arrange this as an extra if required).

Night 1

Hotel in El Calafate, matrimonial or twin-bed room, breakfast included

Day 2

Pick-up at 08:00hrs – 08:30hrs and transfer to Perito Moreno Glacier. Safari Nautico. Time on the viewing platforms, Return to hotel in El Calafate around 16:0hrs.

Night 2

Hotel in El Calafate, matrimonial or twin-bed room, breakfast included

Day 3

Pick-up at 06:30hrs, bus transfer to Laguna Amarga Torres del Paine, arriving around 12:00hrs. Pay park entrance fee. Take shuttle to welcome centre. Start the trek up to Refugio Chileno 2.5hrs. Check-in, drop heavier bags and trek 2hrs up to Torres base, rest, and 2hrs back to Chileno (or leave the base trek until early next morning).

Night 3

Refugio Chileno
Dorm room on bunk beds.
Hot dinner, breakfast and box lunch included.

Day 4

Optional very early start, 2hr trek up to Torres base, if not done yesterday. Rest, then 2hrs back to Chileno, collecting any bag you left behind. Then either a 5hr trek to Refugio or Cabañas Cuernos or 6hrs on to Domos Frances.

Night 4

Cuernos or Frances
Dorm room on bunk beds in Refugio Cuernos, or Private Cabin, or Dorm room on bunk beds in a dome at Frances. Hot dinner, breakfast and box lunch included.

Day 5

Optional early start and start trek to Refugio Paine Grande which is approx 5hrs direct, or 10hrs via the French Valley.

Night 5

Refugio Paine Grande
Dorm room on bunk beds Refugio Paine Grande.
Hot dinner, breakfast and box lunch included.

Day 6

Optional early start and trek to Refugio Grey, which is approx 4hrs.

Night 6

Refugio Grey
Dorm room on bunk beds Refugio Grey.
Hot dinner, breakfast and box lunch included.

Day 7

Early start and trek back to Refugio Paine Grande, allowing 4hrs, take catamaran at 11:30hrs across to Pudeto (25min trip). At Pudeto either wait or explore the area around the large waterfall and further up to the Cuernos view point (Mirador Cuernos), but be back at the Puedto cafe before 13:00hrs for the bus to Laguna Amarga. Then you will board the bus at 16:30hrs from Laguna Amarga back to your hotel in El Calafate.

Night 7

Hotel in El Calafate, matrimonial or twin-bed room, breakfast included.

Day 8

Transfer to El Calafate airport (own arrangements, use local taxi) or we can arrange this.



In the event that any of the accommodation on the W trek is not available we will seek to secure alternative accommodation that may involve a different refugio or camping, but with the tent set up on a platform, ground mat, sleeping bag and all meals included. The rate will be the same.



Breakfast at HOTELS.
Bedding at accommodation on the W trek.
Towels at accommodation on the W trek.
All meals (full board) at refugios or alternative accommodation on the W trek route.


• Private Cabaña Cuernos, if available, at cuernos.
• After Refugio Grey – Navigation Grey boat that goes past Glacier Grey and on to Hotel Grey. Private Transfer to meet you to take you back to Puerto Natales.
• Kayak at Glacier Grey.
• Ice Hike on Glacier Grey.
• Change the return from El Calafate to go to Puerto Natales and or Punta Arenas.
• After or before El Calafate add in trekking at El Chalten.
• Change the regular visit to Perito Moreno to an Ice Hike or Ice climb (age restrictions).
• Fast-speed zodiac out of Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales.
• Stay at a working Patagonian estancia
• Penguins (from Punta Arenas)
• Whale Watching (from Punta Arenas)
• Patagonia cruises from Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas and Ushuaia (in Argentina)
• Antarctica Expedition cruises from Punta Arenas and Ushuaia (in Argentina)
• Chile Lake Region (Puerto Varas and / or Pucón)
• Chiloe Island
• Bariloche (in Argentina)
• Carretera Austral
• Winery visit (from Santiago)
• Santiago
• Buenos Aires
• Chile Pacific Coast
• San Pedro de Atacama
• Easter Island
• Machu Picchu
• Galapagos Islands

Please supply us with as much information as you can about where you want to go, what you want to do, what you want to experience and how much money you want to spend (or do not want to spend!).  How many people, what type of beds (matrimonial, twin, single etc.)

VIP – if you are a VIP in any of the fields such as celebrity and / or political and / or business, and you need “special attention” such as privacy and / or security for your trip please use an alias in the enquiry, but mention that you are VIP and one of the directors will handle your request and keep your real name and details confidential.

Remember, our speciality is to create a travel itinerary custom-built to your needs.

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