The Circuit Trek is the footpath that includes the W Trek but also goes around the back of the Central Massif, effectively offering a perimeter path from where you can start and end at. You can also choose how luxurious you want the experience to be by staying along the route in your own tent, in pre-pitched tents, in a refugio, or even in your own room with a three-course meal (at some stops, though not all). A Scottish privateer and Royal Navy officer, he spent more than four years marooned on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile in the South Pacific. Descubre la mejor forma de comprar online. When it's time to go, you can either retrace your steps back to Cochamó or backpack onward for two more nights to the Argentina border at Paso El León. All accommodation on either trek must be pre-booked. Your reward for this arduous journey is views of glistening glaciers, turquoise lagoons, and (if you're lucky) the endangered huemul deer. To get the best overview of this little-known corner of the Atacama Desert, take the nine-kilometer Mirador Trail, which departs from the tiny fishing hamlet of Caleta Pan de Azúcar. The W Trek is a moderately difficult hike lasting around four to five days, covering 46 miles on mainly gentle terrain, with more challenging days involving climbs of 600-800 metres.You need to be in good shape, with some experience of multi-day hiking and prepared for extremely variable weather. The opinion of many is that April is the best month to come because usually the wind has died down, there are few people and the weather is often very good. The W Trek is within Torres del Paine National Park and is for people who wish to walk amid one of the most outstandingly beautiful and dramatic natural landscapes on Earth. Please supply us with as much information as you can about where you want to go, what you want to do, what you want to experience and how much money you want to spend (or do not want to spend!). To reach it, you'll have to take a 10-kilometer cowboy trail that looks much the same today as when a pair of American bank robbers on the run - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - passed through these Andean hills more than a century ago. The sector after Camping Los Perros is uphill and difficult, but once at the top the view over Glacier Grey and the Southern Ice Filed is spectacular. Look at any map of South America, and Chile will surely stand out for its string bean shape. Routes through the crevices and caves of this sprawling glacier inevitably change with time as the ice slowly inches downhill from its perch in the Andes. Many visitors stay several days in La Junta to tackle the numerous hikes and mountain climbing routes up the granite domes. There are now three top-end luxury-level “World Class” hotels in and around Torres del Paine. Be prepared during the hike for strong winds and quick changes in weather that may delay your exit for a day or two. Select Max. © Copyright 2020 PlanetWare Inc. All rights reserved. We can also arrange the W Trek route incorporating overnight stays in HOTELS with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, but this will involve private transfers to get you from one hotel to the next. There are three key valleys on the W Trek that most trekkers want to experience and these are: the Grey Valley on the western end, where the middle is filled with water creating Grey Lake; in the central sector where the the French Valley is – home to hanging glaciers and incredible views; and on the eastern side is the Ascencio Valley filled with wooded sides, a river on the valley floor, hanging glaciers and the fabled Torres Base at the end (called so because it is the base of the vertically-sided, needle-like towers). The five-day, 53-kilometer Dientes Circuit wanders through the rugged and wind-blown backcountry of Isla Navarino, right where the Andes crumble into the Arctic Plate. The southernmost multi-day trek in the world should fit the bill! This relatively easy day hike passes prickly cacti, ambling guanaco, and the occasional desert fox en route to a lookout with soaring views over the rugged coastline. The Torres base is beside a lagoon at the base of the three vertically sided, “needle” towers of the Park. Alternatively, we can book the luxury lodges and you can do the W Trek, or parts of it, from these hotels. Hike back down to the town of Baños Morales, and you can rest your weary bones in its scenic hot springs. You'll set off toward the Great Dune, following a route right across the Salt Mountain Range through a number of other geologically bizarre formations. Discover destinations, find outdoor adventures, follow the journeys of our travel writers around the world, and be inspired. Book with a travel outfit, in the lakeside resort of Pucón, who can set you up with crampons, ice axes, helmets, and all the gear you'll need to climb its snowy peak and view its smoking crater. With its granite domes and dazzling waterfalls, Cochamó Valley has garnered a reputation as "the Yosemite of Chile." Therefore, it is important that you are accustomed to walking long distances and be in good physical shape. It is also possible to go into the Park each day from Puerto Natales to the various trail heads and do the W Trek that way. After this the route is mainly downhill through the woods with Glacier Grey on the right, ending at Refugio Grey – the start of the western side of the W Trek after which comes Refugio Paine Grande, Domos Frances, Refugio or Cabin Cuernos and end at Refugio Chileno or Central to complete the Circuit. Follow in the footsteps of the real-life Robinson Crusoe on Robinson Crusoe Island by trekking the 13-kilometer route from the airstrip to town (note: you can send your luggage on the boat that most visitors take upon arrival). A guide to trekking some volcanoes in Chile... Let's trek some volcanoes.. An English language guide to some Volcano and Mountain ascents in the Los Lagos, Los Rios & La Araucanía regions of Chile - Basically between Puerto Montt and Los Angeles, Chile. Amble through a massive kingdom of blue ice on a guided trek through the Exploradores Glacier in Chilean Patagonia.