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Torres Del Paine – ‘W’ Itinerary

The most popular part of Torres Del Paine National park is the ‘W’ trail. It can be done in 4 to 6 days.

To read about “O” circuit, click here.

How to get to the park ?: 

Puerto Natales, the town approximately 100-km outside of the park is the entry point. There are couple of ways to reach Puerto Natales.

– Either you can fly into Punta Arenas and take a bus from P.Arenas to P.Natales (3-hour ride),

– The long bus ride that crosses through Argentina and back into Chile to reach P.Arenas

– A 4-day sail from Puerto Montt to P.Arenas

The buses from P.Arenas to P.Natales run every 30-mins and you don’t need to book ahead. We got the ticket on the spot. Ticket may not be available for the next immediate time, but you will definitely get ticket for the day you chose.

We went at 7AM in the morning to Bus Fernandas and got the ticket for the bus that left at noon. If you happen to stay in P.Arenas for more than a day, just stop by at the bus office and book ahead.

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Pick your entrance to the park: 

All buses stop at the following three stops.

– Laguna Amarga ( typical starting point for ‘O’ circuit)

  • Point ‘H’ on the map.
  • From this point, after paying your park entrance, you have to take another shuttle (runs regularly, just wait till the next one, if you don’t want to walk for 2-hours) to reach the trail start at Hotel Las Terras.

– Administration office

  • Point ‘A’ on the map

– Lake Pehoe

  • The buses stop at the lake from where you catch a ferry(catamaran) to directly reach point ‘B’ on the map.

Here are the possible itineraries:

Option 1: Starting from Administration office entrance. (Refer to the map above)

Day 1: Bus to A and hike to B.

Day 2: Hike to C

Day 3: Hike to D

Day 4: Hike to E and camp at F

Day 5: Sunrise hike to G and camp at H or if you are early catch the afternoon or evening bus back to P.Natales

Option 2: Starting from Laguna Amarga entrance

Get off at Laguna Amarga entrance. After paying the entrance fee, take the shuttle to Hotel Las Torres or walk 2-hours to reach there.

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Option 3: Starting from Lake Pehoe side

Get off at the Lake Pehoe, take the catamaran straight to Paine Grande campsite.

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Option 4: Hitting the highlights

  • Take catamaran to reach Paine Grande. Stay there for couple of nights.
  • Day hikes to Glacier Grey and French valley
  • Take catamaran back and the bus to Laguna Amarga. From Laguna Amarga to Los Torres shuttle.
  • Day hike to Torres mirador and back to Los Torres.

Accommodation options at ‘W’:

– You can pretty much hotel or refugio on ‘W’ trail except for Italiano and Torres base camp site.

– You can rent everything from tent/sleeping bag/sleeping at Paine Grande, Los Torres and Refugio Grey

Food availability:

Read “Food” section on my blog post on “Patagonia packing list”

 Elevation Map:

HEIGHTS

To read about “O” circuit, click here.

If you still have few more days in Chile, consider visiting Isla Magdalena to see Penguins or climb Volcan Vallarica.