Patagonia Trek: Torres del Paine 'W' Trek

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  • duration 5 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Maximum altitude 750 meters
  • Starts Puerto Natales, Chile
  • Ends Puerto Natales, Chile
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  • Trek the famous W circuit in Torres del Paine, located in the Chilean Patagonia
  • Discover famous landmarks such as Glacier Grey, Laguna Nordjenskold & Las Torres
  • Camp or lodge out in the wilderness
Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most spectacular parts of the Patagonia region and the southern Andes. Located near the southern tip of the Americas, the park is a Unesco world biosphere reserve and one of the most-visited destinations in Chile.

This five-day, guided trek takes you through one of the most popular trails inside the national park, the W Circuit, and covers striking pointed peaks and massive glaciers of the Paine Massif and the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. In less than a week, you will trek through almost 60km of trails and stay at a variety of accommodation, which includes both shelters (refugios) and camps.

This tour is best suited for experienced trekkers and physically-fit adventurers who are willing to practice hiking trails with, at times, demanding conditions. Crowds of trekkers are more prevalent during the high season, which also overlaps with the pleasant summer weather in the Southern Hemisphere.

Book with us to discover an area of great scenic beauty, defined by ridges, crags, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and lagoons. Please go through the itinerary section below for more details.
5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
Jennifer's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
5 - Excellent
  • Jennifer
  • From Australia
  • On Oct 22 2019
“I was very keen to trek in Cotahausi Canyon, an isolated area 8 hours travel by bus from Arequipa, and well away from general tourist attractions. I had contacted many trekking companies from Arequipa and Cusco but most were only interested in taking me to Colca Canyon, a popular and closer option. Through Bookmundi, I was lucky enough to contact James Mackender, Unu Raymi Expeditions, who was willing to look into the possibility of arranging flexible trekking options for me from the township of Cotahuasi, in Cotahuasi Canyon. James also organised the guide from Arequipa as well as accommodation, meals, bus and plane fares.

I travelled with my guide in a bed bus from Arequipa to Cotahausi and at 5:00 am the next morning we caught a collectivo to start the first trek. All travel to the distant little villages in the Canyon was by local collectivos and the guide used his knowledge of the timetables to catch the collectivos on their return journeys. Travelling with local people was an extremely interesting glimpse into everyday life.

One morning we caught a bus at 3:00 am to travel to Puyca to walk up to the Wari ruins high above the village at the Archaeological site of Maucallacta, 3925 metres: such a peaceful, pre Inca site high up against the heights of the Canyon overlooking ancient terraces that swept down to the bottom of the valley. There was even a stone bathing area that we recognised as an Inca addition.

Cotahausi Canyon is extremely beautiful, remote, diverse and unspoilt with many interesting attractions to walk to including the impressive tall Cactus Forest and Sepia Falls. One very cold morning we travelled to a village called Huaynacotas high up on the sides of the Canyon. It had snowed the night before and a volcanic crater and the ridges above the snow line were dusted with white. After walking along the ridge road to enjoy the view along the canyon, we took five hours to walk on a narrow track down to the river and then on to Luicho to splash in the local thermal pools.

Cotahuasi Canyon is an amazing place to trek and I am very grateful to James and my guide that I was given the opportunity to have such an authentic experience.”
Unu Raymi Expeditions responded to this review on : “Hola Jenny! Many thanks for your detailed review, it was a real pleasure to have you with us and helping you to plan and operate your trip. I'm absolutely delighted we could setup Cotahuasi Canyon for you, because it is remote but also a really beautiful place. The thrill of the adventure is what we enjoy the most and knowing we helped you get the most from your trip is awesome. Thanks Jenny, I know we'll keep in touch and would be great to see you back someday!”
Cedric's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
5 - Excellent
  • Cedric
  • On Sep 19 2019
“I really enjoyed climbing Nevado Qampa. This was a new experience for me and I am delighted to have chosen Unu Raymi Expeditions to help me with this incredible adventure. Thank you to James & Eduardo for this beautiful ascent.”
Unu Raymi Expeditions responded to this review on : “Bonjour Cedric! It was an incredible adventure to Nevado Qampa, merci beaucoup!! I hope we will see you back in Peru one day soon. Please keep in touch, best James”
Connor's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
5 - Excellent
  • Connor
  • On Jan 04 2019
“This wasnt just your average planned trip, I was in a bind for a last minute trip, looking online I discovered Unu Raymi Expeditions. James was the best trip planner I could ask for, he was very accommodating to my needs, even helped me out when I got to Cusco & put me up for a couple of nights. He organised & operated my 2 day Lares Valley trek, trip to machu picchu, day tour to salt mines, moray and sacred valley! His team are very professional and handle everyone to their needs and wants in treks and tours around peru! I had met James personally as I was travelling alone, hes a great planner as well now a great friend! I plan on returning soon and meeting up again with James!”
  • Day 1: Torres del Paine arrival
  • Day 2: Trekking Mirador Base Torres
  • Day 3: Trekking Sector Francés
  • Day 4: Trekking Valle Francés
  • Day 5: Trek to Glaciar Grey Sector & back to Puerto Natales
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 3 Dinners
  • A professional, bilingual trekking guide (English & Spanish)
  • Either camping or refugio accommodation for four nights
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights (can be incorporated on request at an additional price)
  • Chile visa charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers: Bus journey from Puerto Natales lasts about two and a half hours (112 km) & cost US22 - USD24 per person for a round trip ticket. Catamaran to Pudeto on last day USD 34 per person
  • Accommodation required before or after the trek (can be incorporated on request at an additional price)
  • Park entrance fees (to be paid in cash on arrival at the park entrance)
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10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


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