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Tours > Parque Nacional Torres del Paine


Torres del Paine National Park was created in 1959 and was named a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 by UNESCO. It is made up of approximately 127,000 hectares and it is the most prestigious and important park in Chile.

The park is known for its flourishing and unique biodiversity. With a great variety of wildlife and native vegetation, Torres del Paine National Park has one of the most diverse ecosystems on the continent.

Throughout the “W” hike you will have the opportunity to see Glacier Grey and other hanging glaciers and ice formations that emerge directly from the immense Southern Ice Field. You will also see large rivers and lakes with beautiful changing colors including: the Paine River, Serrano River, Lake Sarmiento, Lake Pehoe, Lake Nordenskjold and others.

Most importantly, you will see the magnificent geological phenomenon of the Paine Massif including the famous granite peaks of the towers “Torres del Paine” and other important mountains including: the Cordillera Paine, Los Cuernos, Almirante Nieto, and Paine Grande.


The “W” consists of a five-day and four-night hike, walking through some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. You will ascend and descend valleys, cross through large rivers and observe a wide variety of wildlife. The hike will lead you into dense forests, allow you to observe ancient glaciers, and view colorful lakes all while at the feet of the Paine Massif.


Day 1: Pick up in a private transfer at 8:00AM from Puerto Natales. You will arrive to the Torres del Paine National Park at approximately 10:00AM and begin the hike to the Base of the Towers through Ascensio Valley. The first night is spent at Camping Las Torres.

Day 2: Leaving Camping Las Torres, the second day is spent walking towards Lodge/Camping “Los Cuernos.” The 4-5 hour hike boards the Almirante Nieto Mountain and continues along Lake Nordenskjold until you arrive at the base of “Los Cuernos” or “The Horns,” where you will spend your second night relaxing and camping.

Day 3: Departing at 8:00AM, you will enter the French Valley, which is one of the most spectacular valleys within the national park. In the French Valley, you will be surrounded by magnificent granite mountains and large hanging glaciers, which often result in gigantic avalanches. Leaving the French Valley, you will continue to Lodge/Camping “Paine Grande” where you will relax and camp in preparation for the next day.

Day 4: After a long day in the French Valley, day four of the “W” consists of a short hike to Lodge/Camping “Grey.” The hike lasts approximately 3.5 hours passing through dense forests along Lake Grey. You will have spectacular views of icebergs while walking along the side of Paine Grande and the Olguin Mountain Range. Once arriving to the Lodge, you will have the entire afternoon to explore different viewpoints and marvel at the famous Glacier Grey, which comes directly from the ancient Southern Ice Field.

Day 5: After breakfast, you will take a short 1-hour hike to the “Las Guardas” look out where you will have an amazing overhead view of Glacier Grey. Following the short hike, you will return to the lodge to gather your belongings and embark on “Grey II,” a small ship that navigates Grey Lake and will take you just meters away from Glacier Grey. Upon finishing the navigation your private transfer will be waiting to take you back to Puerto Natales.


- Private transportation
- Food
- Housing
- Mountain guide
- Entrance fees to the Torres del Paine National Park.

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