The W-Trek is a world-famous multi-day hiking trail in Torres del Paine National Park. Named for its distinctive "W" shape, this trek offers a stunning journey through diverse landscapes, including striking granite peaks, massive glaciers, turquoise lakes, and verdant forests. It is an ideal adventure for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers who want to immerse themselves in the captivating beauty of Patagonia.
This ~45 miles track is typically completed in 4 to 5 days and can be tackled from either east to west or west to east, with well-marked trails and designated campsites or refugios along the way. The trek's highlights include the base of the iconic Torres del Paine granite towers, the French Valley's awe-inspiring panoramic views, and the colossal Grey Glacier.
If you embark on this mutli-day hike, you must be well-prepared with appropriate gear, warm and waterproof clothing, and camping equipment if not staying in refugios. It is crucial to book campsites or refugios far in advance, as the trail's popularity often leads to limited availability during the high season.
For a stress-free planning experience, we recommend booking all your refugios or campsites before the season starts in November. But if plan your epic adventure just a couple of months in advance (as we usually do) – you might still be okay. We planned our trip in January with the start in late February and where just fine. We also organized all stay options in the park under Curated stays section, so you can easily navigate this non-trivial planning task.
The W-Trek provides an unforgettable experience, showcasing the diverse and breathtaking beauty of the Chilean Patagonia. Conquering this challenging yet rewarding trail leaves a lasting impression and a deep appreciation for the majesty of nature.