Hiking The W Trail

The 4th most popular hiking trail in Chile.

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Northwest of Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, the Torres del Paine National Park is located on a section of the Patagonian steepe and is the most popular park in Chile.

The W Trail is a winding hiking route through the Torres massif. Plan on taking three or four days.

There are independently operated refugios and campsites along the routes.

To reach Torres del Paine National Park, plan to use inter-country airline, LAN Airlines, to fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas. Rent a car from Turismo Southland (011-56-61-241-143). Then drive 155 miles north to Puerto Natales. Then another 90 miles northwest to the park. Note, there may be bus service available from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales.

Overall, W Trail is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 4 hikes in Chile.

W Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Tourism (202) 785-1746

Recommended Book:  "Trekking The Patagonian Andes" from Lonely Planet

Best Season:  Nov. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Casa Newen B&B, Santiago; Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales; Hosteria las Torres (56) 61-246054

Luxury Loding:  Lago Grey Lodge, Torres del Paine; Explora Hotel

Reference Source:  click here http://www.torresdelpaine.com/

GPS:  -51.097, -72.989

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  8/17/2016

ID:  20128

W Trail Hiking Map


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