W hike short

The W-hike is probably the most famous hike in Torres del Paine national park. The short version is specially interesting for travelers with a narrow time schedule who would like to enjoy all highlights of the park like the bicoloured rock formation “Cuernos”, the granite needles “Torres del Paine” and the huge Grey glacier by hiking. Three main, interconnected walk form the shape of a “W” and hence the name of the circuit! Nights are spent in dormitories in comfortable mountain shelters (Refugios). The starting point for this trip is the city of Puerto Natales in the South of Chile.

With less than twenty thousand inhabitants and a distance of 250 kilometers to the next Chilean city, it feels like a small island in the middle of the vast landscape.

The W-hike goes along well-maintained hiking trails, nevertheless, some hiking experience is good to have. The daily walking times are between 5 and 9 hours. Minimum group size of 2 persons required for departure.


  • Arrive to Puerto Natales and transfer to the hotel. Dinner, briefing and equipment check together with your guide for the upcoming hiking days.

    Accommodation at Hostel Amerindia.


  • Today the adventure starts. Together with the guide you drive to Torres del Paine national park. Traverse of the Pehoe-lake by catamaran. The first hike in the direction of the Grey glacier lookout is on the program. With some ups and downs we reach the lookout after about two hours hiking. From here you have a wonderful view over this huge ice mass. Hike back to Lodge Paine Grande.  

    Accommodation at Lodge Paine Grande in dormitories. Walking distance: approx. 4 hours, 10 km.


  • During today’s hike we walk from Lodge Paine Grande into the French Valley. This rough and narrow valley is dominated on one side by the east wall of the Paine Grande Mountain, and on the other side by the Cuernos. On the way up the valley, every now and then we can hear ice breaking off of the French glacier. With some luck we can even see one of these impressing ice avalanches! Hiking back to Lodge Paine Grande. Traverse of the Pehoe-lake by catamaran and transfer to Refugio Torre Norte. Walking distance: approx. 9 hours, 26 km.

    Accommodation at Refugio Torre Norte in dormitories.


  • We could already spot the granite towers from afar, and today we will go to see these behemoths up close. After an uphill walk of about 4 hours we reach a small glacier lake from where the towers are within our grasp. A powerful moment. We walk the same way back to Hotel Las Torres where a transfer for the way back to Puerto Natales is waiting for us. Farewell dinner in Puerto Natales. Walking distance: approx. 8 hours, 16 km.

    Accommodation at Hostel Amerindia.


  • Transfer to the bus terminal.




  • Hikes through the most beautiful valleys of Torres del Paine national park
  • Pure nature adventure and contact with the wildlife of Patagonia
  • Impressive rock formations like the granite needles „Torres del Paine“ and the bicoloured „Cuernos



Dates 2015 - 16 on request.




Meals as mentioned in the program: B(reakfast), L(unch) or B(ox)L(unch), D(inner)

English speaking guide during the days in Torres del Paine national park

Entrance fee to Torres del Paine national park

All ground transport and traverse by catamaran as mentioned in the program

2 nights in a double room at Hostel Amerindia in Puerto Natales

1 night at Lodge Paine Grande in dormitory

1 night at Refugio Torre Norte in dormitory


Not included

Journey to Puerto Natales (we can arrange this on request)


Activities and meals not mentioned in the program

Rent of sleeping bags for overnights at refugios (we can arrange this on request)

Tips and personal expenses