Chile – Patagonia Quick Trip Itinerary

A step-by-step guide on how to travel to Patagonia and hike the W-trek

For more detailed information see quicktripadventures/patagonia.

Day 1Take ferry at Pudeto across Lake Pehoe to Refugio Paine Grande.
Hike (11km/6.83 miles/3-4 hours) to Refugio & Camp Grey. 

Lookout to Glacier Grey is at Mirador Grey (2km/ 1.24m) before Refugio Grey

Set up camp:
Camp Grey (paid)

*just after Refugio Grey – climb rocks and get good view of eastern side of Glacier Grey
*trek forward ~1 hour towards but before Los Guardos campsite to view the southern ice field behind Glacier Grey (world’s 3rd largest ice field after Antarctica and Greenland)
Breakfast: hotel

Lunch: salmon and crackers, fruit

Snacks: Clif bars and beef jerkey

Dinner: Backpacker’s Pantry pouch

Day 2Option to kayak at 9:00am – need to reserve day before @ Bigfoot Patagonia. If so, stay another day at Camp Grey.

Hike to Refugio Paine Grande (3-4 hours) – backtrack. Then
hike to Camp Frances

Set up camp: Camp Frances

Breakfast: oatmeal and tea/instant coffee

Lunch: Backpacker’s Pantry pouch

Snacks: Kind bar, peanut butter & crackers

Dinner: Mountain House pouch
Day 3Early: Keep backpack at Camp Frances and take daypack and poles. Hike to Valles Del Francés and/or Mirador Británico (11km/6.83miles/~5 hours round trip time) Return to Camp Frances and gather backpack.

Hike to Los Cuernos.
Hike is flat with high winds.

Camp at Los Cuernos (paid – has meals if paid ahead, showers, and
free 5 minutes of internet)
Breakfast: oatmeal and tea/instant coffee

Lunch: Backpacker’s Pantry pouch

Snacks: Clif bar

Dinner: @ Los Cuernos

Day 4Hike to Camp Chileno (~4-5 hours)

Set up camp:
Camp Chileno.

Hike to Mirador Torres (to see 3 peaks of Torres Del Paine) which is ~45 minutes each way. Dependent on weather forecast, do this hike in afternoon or next morning for sunrise.
Breakfast: @ Los Cuernos

Lunch: Mountain House pouch

Snacks: Kind bar, beef jerky

Dinner: Backpacker’s Pantry pouch
Day 5Hike to Hotel Las Torres for shuttle bus to Laguna Amarga. Or, hike the 11km/6.8 miles to Laguna Amarga to meet the bus to Puerto Natales. Breakfast: oatmeal and tea/instant coffee and whatever’s left in bag.

Lunch: leftovers or quick lunch at Hotel Las Torres