Patagonia Hiking

Classic Torres Del Paine


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Hike the famous "W" Route in its entirety in a small personalized group
Stand beneath the gigantic Las Torres formations in the Valley of Silence
See wildlife like Guanaco, Rhea, Chilean Flamingoes, and Condors

Within the famously rugged landscape of the Southern Patagonian Andes lies one of the world’s most iconic national parks: Torres del Paine. The park’s vast wilderness is filled with spectacularly azure alpine lakes set amongst cascading glaciers, and soaring monolithic pinnacles standing above the undulating, golden hills of the Chilean steppe. Trekking through this pristine wilderness offers hikers unparalleled vistas of the granitic spires of Las Torres, the massive, ever-shifting Grey Glacier, and the dynamic hanging glaciers of French Valley. With luck, you will have the opportunity to witness these hanging glaciers calve, sending snow and ice crashing down the mountainside of the French Valley. These striking features are all situated along the established trails of the classic “W” route. SYMG’s Classic Torres del Paine unique itinerary provides the perfect balance of wilderness and luxury, traveling each day along the most scenic sections of the “W” route and sleeping each night at a comfortable lodge or refugio with hot showers and a warm beds. It is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.


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Trip Itinerary

Early this afternoon you arrive at the Punta Arenas Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ). Upon arrival you will be met by our local staff and transferred to Torres del Paine National Park (approximately a 5 hour drive). Along the way we’ll pass lagoons of Chilean Flamingoes, see Rhea and Guanaco running across the plains, and we’ll visit Estancia Cerro Negro, a working sheep ranch where we’ll have lunch and learn about ranching culture in Patagonia. Upon arrival to the park, we’ll check in to the charming Hotel Las Torres where you will have a welcome dinner with your guide and group and relax for the evening. The lodge is situated in the park with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. (L, D)

Classic Torres Del Paine - Day 2 - Las Torres Classic Torres Del Paine - Day 2 - Las Torres

After an early breakfast we’ll lace up our boots and hit the trail for a full day hike to the base of Las Torres, the spectacular rock pinnacles crowning the Valley of Silence.  This is the first section of the famous “W” Route, which begins by winding uphill through the beautiful Lenga forests of the Ascencion Valley. A short but steep finish to the hike moves over a giant glacial moraine and brings us to an incredible viewpoint overlooking an unfathomably blue glacial lake and the great granite monoliths beyond. We’ll take time here to immerse ourselves in the power of the landscape, and to contemplate what it must have been like for Sir Chris Bonnington and company to first scale the imposing sheer face of Torre Central in 1963. We’ll then retrace our steps back to Hotel Las Torres where we can clean up and relax for the remainder of the day.  (22km/13.5 miles) (B,L,D)

Classic Torres Del Paine - Day 3 - Lago Nordenskjold Classic Torres Del Paine - Day 3 - Lago Nordenskjold

This morning we’ll pack our packs and continue along the “W”. We’ll hike beneath the glaciated peaks of Mt Almirante Nieto with expansive views over Lago Nordenskjold and the southern reaches of the park. Along the way we’ll keep our eyes out for the massive Andean Condors riding thermal air currents high above us. We’ll arrive mid-afternoon to Refugio Los Cuernos where we’ll check in and relax. Depending on interests of the group, we could explore the area surrounding the refugio together, or perhaps take a swim in the turquoise waters of Nordenskjold. In the evening we can relax on the expansive porch of the refugio enjoying cold beverages, delectable Chilean wines, and of course the mountain scenery. (11km/7 miles) (B,L,D)

Classic Torres Del Paine - Day 4 - French Valley Classic Torres Del Paine - Day 4 - French Valley

We’ll wake early today for what will be a big, and very rewarding, day of hiking. We’ll leave Los Cuernos and continue along the shores of Nordenskjold. By late morning, we’ll arrive at the entrance to the famed Valle Francais. We’ll head uphill from here, to the spectacular vista below the French Glacier, which dominates Cerro Paine Grande. The glacier is typically very active and there is a good chance we will have the opportunity to watch great, thundering blocks of ice calve off and crash down the mountainside, a very safe distance from our trail. We’ll also get our first glimpses of Los Cuernos, the otherworldly “horned” peaks that make up the central part of the Paine Massif. We’ll retrace our steps back down the 1.5km valley, and continue southwest along the “W” past several smaller lakes, not forgetting to look behind us as Los Cuernos come into full view. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive to Refugio Paine Grande where our comfy beds and amenities await. (16km/10 miles) (B,L,D)

After breakfast we’ll hit the trail for the final section of the “W”.  A quick 11km sees us traversing beneath the formidable peaks of Paine Grande, and to the shores of Lago Grey. Often you can view great, house-sized blocks of blue ice, which have calved from the glacier floating around the grey waters of the lake. We’ll have lunch near the charming refugio before boarding a ferry to whisk us back to the front-country. If that wasn’t enough of a highlight itself, along the way we’ll tour the leading edge of Glacier Grey for spectacular up-close views of the ever-shifting blue ice. Grey Glacier is an arm of the expansive Southern Patagonian Ice Field that covers more than 4,500 square miles of Patagonia, and its surrounding jagged granite peaks. After time spent at the glacier, we’ll boat across Lago Grey enjoying pisco sours and magnificent views of the mountains. Upon arrival to the beach, we’ll board our shuttle to the wonderfully scenic Hotel Rio Serrano to enjoy another hearty dinner and restful night.  (11km/7 miles) (B,L,D)

Mapuche Legend says that Los Cuernos are two feuding warriors who were turned to stone by the gods as a grand reminder that Torres del Paine is a sacred place. Indeed it is a powerful place, and this morning we’ll awake to one of the most spectacular sunrise spots in the world, in full view of Los Cuernos and Paine Grande from across the high plains. Reflecting on a week well spent, we’ll finish our matte, pack our bags one last time, and drive back across the Patagonian Steppe to the Punta Arenas Airport where you’ll begin your journey home. Plan on flights no earlier than 1:30pm. (B,L)

**Note that SYMG offers an extension to the Lakes District of Northern Patagonia that pairs with this trip, arriving to Punta Arenas (PUQ) on Day 1. These two itineraries combined let you enjoy everything Patagonia has to offer, including temperate rainforests, Ancient Alerce Groves, and a cultural experience like none other. For more details, see our Hidden Patagonia Trip**

What's Included


  • 2 nights at Hotel Las Torres
  • 1 night Refugio Los Cuernos
  • 1 night Refugio Paine Grande
  • 1 night Hotel Rio Serrano

All group gear including:

  • water filters
  • group first aid kit

  • Van to and from the Punta Arenas Airport
  • Ferry rides to trailheads

  • Starting with lunch on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 6
  • Backcountry gourmet meals including trail snacks

A Few More Notes

About your guide

Friendly bilingual guide, with a passion for native flora & fauna as well as and local history & culture. All SYMG guides are professionally trained, hold advanced medical certifications and carry VHF handheld radios in case of emergency. Gratuities are accepted and appreciated for a job well done.

SYMG Expertise

Collectively the SYMG guides and staff have years of experience trekking and traveling throughout Patagonia. National Geographic has named us “Best Outfitter on Earth” and we’re renowned for our unique itineraries, exceptional guides, small groups, and attention to detail. We also work closely with local staff in an effort to support the local economy and to make sure that you get the most out of your trip from start to finish. With SYMG, every Chile trip is the trip of a lifetime and this small-group departure to Patagonia’s most unique and undiscovered regions is one of our best!

Training & Preparation

To ensure the most enjoyable and successful experience out on the trail, we recommend a thorough training plan leading up to your trip, focusing on:

  • Endurance, cardio, and aerobic activities
  • Core and leg strength (don’t forget those abs and quads)!
  • Day hikes (10-12 miles) or short overnight trips to train for both the physical and mental aspects of backcountry travel
  • Cycling, running, step-master or stairs are great cross-training
  • Include hilly terrain and steep climbs whenever possible

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What's not included
  • Airfare: flights to and from Chile, flights within Chile
  • Personal gear
  • Gratuity for guides (10-15% of trip cost)
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended)
  • Voluntary or involuntary evacuations

Trip Reviews

Russ & Karen S, 2018

If there was a category beyond excellent I would use it to describe our guide. From the moment we met at the airport until our final departure he was 100% engaged with us. His love of Chile, the people and the land came through in all of our activities. From hiking through Tagua Tagua, identifying flora & fauna, identifying native birds and discussing the history of Chile (both environmental and cultural). His interaction with all of our hosts, drivers and those we met on the trail was always carried out in a very kind, joyful and expert manner. Jason's attention to detail was amazing. There were a lot of connections to make, with our combination of hiking, boating and van rides, which were all carried out in a seamless fashion. His meal planning was great, always had plenty of food. Many delicious dinners in the Refugios (one even including salmon). He far exceeded our expectations as a guide. He felt like a good friend by the end of the trip and his love of the Chilean forest and mountains will always be with us.

Heather & Dave W, 2015

Spent a fantastic five days in Torres del Paine with SYMG who seamlessly handled the myriad details including the complex scheduling of overland and ferry transfers required to hike the classic "W" route. All we had to do was show up, hike and marvel at this Chilean wonder of a National Park! Loved our guides Colby and Ian who are also great sources of knowledge regarding geography, history and plant and animal life. It was one of the greatest adventures we have ever had! "Morale was high!"

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