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Frances McCann
Frances McCann

Walk of the Week - Chile&'s W-Trek

Welcome to Walk of the Week, where we highlight our old favourites and hidden gems to offer walking inspiration to all. This week, we head to Chile on the Torres del Paine W-Trek, so named because its route is shaped like a W. You'll really feel like you are heading to the end of the world as you make your way to the wild landscapes of southern Chile, and the wonders which await are well worth the journey.

In a Nutshell

Distance: Approx 120km for the circuit, or 77km for the "W" Grading: Moderate - Strenuous [caption id="attachment_15208" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Walkers in the Torres del Paine Towering Spires, Torres Del Paine[/caption] It is a challenge, but a manageable one for most as you don't need technical experience and the route is well marked (although if you're not a regular walker you will need to train and make sure your fitness is up to scratch). The waymarking is good, but the weather can be unpredictable so we'd recommend brushing up on map and compass skills just in case. It takes 4 trekking days to complete the "W".

Where is it?

Torres del Paine is a world-renowned National Park in southern Chile (Patagonia). Soaring mountain spires, glacial lakes, fauna including guanaco and condors, and general Patagonian greatness.

When to Go

October to April. The weather however is still pretty unpredictable so make sure you are prepared with good clothing. It can be windy, so trekking poles will give you a bit of stability.

Why walk it?

[caption id="attachment_15209" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Valle France, W-Trek Valle France, W-Trek[/caption] Quite simply, the W-Trek is breathtaking. One of the world's great treks in one of the world's great national parks. Towering mountains, remote trekking, beautiful lakes, comfortable mountain lodges in stunning settings, and even great food and hospitality which you wouldn't always expect from being so remote (delicious beef asado anyone?). We recommend going self-guided, which is the best way to fully experience your surroundings at your own pace. The route is well marked so there is no need to follow a guide or a group. We always advocate self-guided walking where it is safe to do so, for the most authentic and immersive experience. [caption id="attachment_15210" align="aligncenter" width="300"]It's not all hard work on the W-Trek.... It's not all hard work on the W-Trek....[/caption] Macs Adventure's package follows the "W" route of the W-Trek over 4 trekking days but includes nights in Puerto Natales at the start and end of your trip too. Refugios and meals vary in cost and availablity considerable on the route, so we offer full board on the trekking days so you can rest assured everything is taken care of, plus your transfers, full info, and a briefing are all included. Visit the tour on macsadventure.com or contact info@macsadventure.com if you’d like more information. Happy trekking!
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