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Essential Patagonia

This Patagonia-only portion of our original Epic Patagonia expedition allows you to do the magnificent W Trek in Southern Chile, while serving as a jumping off point to explore everything else Patagonia has to offer.


Trip Highlights

  • Spend a week trekking in Patagonia's famous Torres del Paine National Park

  • Climb through a beautiful lenga forest to the base of the Las Torres Towers

  • Explore the massive and beautiful Grey Glacier


Join as a solo traveler or with friends to experience these amazing destinations with fellow travelers from all over. We guarantee all group departure dates even if only one person is signed up. We recommend asking us how many people are currently in your group before booking. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.

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Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Natales
Day 2: Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine
Day 3: Hike to the base of the Three Towers
Day 4: Hike to Refugio Los Cuernos
Day 5: Hike to Refugio Paine Grande
Day 6: Hike to Refugio Grey
Day 7: Day hike OR optional kayaking or ice hiking
Day 8: Complete the trek and travel to Puerto Natales
Day 9: International departures

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Please note: 

Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart in Puerto Natales, Chile. Arriving early or departing late? You may be interested in our Epic Patagonia expedition which includes extra night in Santiago, Chile.

See our Cancellation Policy.


I traveled to Patagonia, Chile this past November and the accommodations, food, guides, and trek truly exceeded my expectations. The company took care of all the planning for transportation and stays so it was great to not have to worry about the details.
Our guide and assistant guide were the absolute best on our hike through Torres del Paine. They were extremely knowledgeable about the park, were fun companions during the hike, very helpful with everything we needed, and made sure we had an amazing experience.
Very organized tour! Our guides, Jorge & Mauricio, were excellent. They were experts not just on trekking, but on the whole area of Patagonia and Puerto Natales since they live and work there. They went out of their way to make each of us feel comfortable and were so helpful in every aspect.

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Day 1:  Arrive in Puerto Natales 

Arrive to Puerto Natales and meet your local guide at the airport or bus station (depending on your mode of transportation). Take a shuttle to the B&B then explore the quaint town of Puerto Natales.

Inclusions: transportation; accommodations


Day 2:  Puerto Natales to Refugio Las Torres

Take a morning hike on private land just outside the city to see recently uncovered archeological ruins. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic before heading to the entrance gates of Torres del Paine and settling into Refugio Las Torres for the evening.

Peak Altitude: 492 ft (150m)

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; bus transportation; park entry fee; accommodations


Day 3:  Refugio Las Torres

Start the trek with day packs as you ascend through a rocky terrain cut by pristine glacial rivers. Gain two thousand feet in elevation as you climb through a beautiful lenga forest until reaching the base of the towers. Another shorter climb will put you meters from the towers and the emerald lake that sits at their base. Return to the mountain lodge for the evening.

Peak Altitude: 2,870 ft (875m)

Total Hiking: approximately 12.5 miles (20 km) / 8 hours of trekking (*day pack only today)

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations


Day 4:  Refugio Las Torres to Refugio Los Cuernos

Spend a majority of this part of the trek nestled on a trail between Lake Nordenskjold and Mount Almirante Nieto of the Paine Massif. Arrive to Refugio Los Cuernos, “The Horns”, nestled between the two famous horned peaks, Cerro Hoja and Cerro Máscara.

Peak Altitude: 797 ft (243m)  

Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 7-8 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations


Day 5: Refugio Los Cuernos to Refugio Paine Grande

Head out from Los Cuernos and hike through Torres’ old-growth forest. Pass by the French Camp and arrive to the Italian Camp, which is the start to the French Valley. At the Italian Camp, drop your full backpacks and repack your food, water and windbreaker into your daypack for the hike into the French Valley. If you’re feeling up to it, hike an additional 8 miles (13 km) round-trip into the French Valley for stunning 360 views of the park.

Peak Altitude: 2,495 ft (760m)

Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (13 km) / 7-8 hours OR 17 miles (27km) / 12 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations

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Day 6: Refugio Paine Grande to Refugio Grey

Take a day hike to Grey Glacier, an impressive ice field that covers the west end of the park. Enjoy the beauty of Pehoé Lake and Grey Lake as you approach the glacier. Spend a second night at Paine Grande. 

Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)

Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 4-5 hours trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations


Day 7: Refugio Grey

On the final day of trekking, make your way along Grey Glacier toward Campamento Paso. Scale ladders and enjoy views of the glacier before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)

Total Hiking: approximately 6-7 miles (9-11 km) / 6-8 hours trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations


Day 8: Refugio Grey to Puerto Natales

Spend one final half day in the park. A 3-4 hour walk toward the lake will take you to the catamaran back to Pehoé and out of the park. Bus transportation will be awaiting your arrival to take the scenic ride back to Puerto Natales. Share a farewell dinner with your guide before a restful night in our partner lodge.

Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)

Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11 km) / 3-4 hours trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations; bus transportation; catamaran ride


Day 9: DEPARTURES FROM Puerto Natales

A OneSeed representative will drive you to the airport for your connecting flight home or to the local bus station.

Inclusions: breakfast; airport or bus station shuttle


  • personal items

  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)

  • international airfare and meals during travel

  • beverages outside of designated meals

  • snacks during trek (there is plenty of food provided and you can purchase snacks at your lodge)



  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to expedition start date

  • 2 nights accommodation in Puerto Natales

  • all accommodations on trek at refugios (shared bathroom and either shared room or single/double occupancy tent camping with sleeping pads included)

  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek

  • trekking permits and entry fees

  • farewell dinner

  • guide services

  • all ground transportation in Chile

  • airport / bus station transfers on Day 1 and Day 9


*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.

Trip Extensions



You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the hotel in Puerto Natales during your expedition. See current weather conditions for Torres del Paine National Park.

Packing System: This expedition does not include porters. You are responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack.


Don't forget


We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below.


Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Chile.


Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.


Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Chile here.


The List (check it twice)

Trekking Gear

  • Backpack for carrying your gear (45-60L)

  • Day pack – should be light and easy to stuff in main pack when not in use

  • Down jacket

  • Fleece jacket or vest

  • Synthetic hiking pant

  • Waterproof Jacket

  • Rain pants

  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)

  • Synthetic T-shirt (2)

  • Wool or synthetic hat

  • Waterproof medium-weight gloves

  • Waterproof hiking boots

  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)

  • Sandals (for walking around the lodges in the evening)

  • Water bottle

  • Headlamp

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Quick-dry towel

  • Personal toiletries and medicine (showers are available during the trek)

  • Sleeping bag with 40°F rating

  • Pack cover

  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag

  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Punta Arenas

  • Flight information submitted

  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)

  • Photocopy of passport

  • Medical insurance card

  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

  • Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail

  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)

  • Guidebooks

  • Camera

  • Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)

  • Synthetic shorts

  • Pajamas/Loungewear for the refugios in the evenings

  • Bandana or buff (for dust and wind)

  • Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)

  • Outlet adapter

  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables


*Measured in feet



The best time to travel to Torres del Paine National Park during the spring and summer months is between October and March. During this season the highs fluctuate around 70ºF and the lows can drop down below 40ºF.

The park is infamous for its strong winds that can blow up to 80 mph. Expect to encounter sun, rain, and wind all in one trip.



Frequently Asked Questions

Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

  • If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

  • Visas are not required for US citizens for tourist visits less than 90 days, but you will need a Tourist Card (free upon arrival). Please keep your passport and tourist card with you at all times during your expedition.
  • Check the latest Chile entrance requirements on the US Embassy website.
  • Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short


Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines found here.


The water along the trail is safe to drink, whether that's straight from the tap or off a glacier.


  • Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast at the refugios may include eggs, fruit, cereal, lunch meat, cheese, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. Lunch is usually a sandwich made by your guide, fruit, snack bars, and some chocolate. Dinner may include meals like chicken with mashed potatoes, pasta, beef and rice, salad, soup, etc.
  • While extra snacks are not included, you will have plenty of food during the trek. Travelers also have the option of purchasing snacks at the refugios, so having extra cash on hand is helpful. We do recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.
  • OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email


  • On the trail, you will be sleeping at refugios which are basic mountain lodges with shared mixed gender dorm-style bunk beds or single or double occupancy tents and shared bathroom facilities. Refugios are simple but comfortable spots to rest your head and even have a glass of wine after a long day of trekking. Some offer bedding while others do not, which is why we still recommend bringing a sleeping bag.

How many people will be on my expedition?

  • We generally cap our group departure dates at around 10, though some may be slightly larger depending on the expedition.
  • We guarantee all group departure dates whether there are 1 or 10 travelers signed up. We recommend asking our team how many people are in your group when you sign up for a departure date. Keep in mind, travelers may join or cancel at the last minute! If you are the only one in your group, we are happy to work with you on changing your travel dates if no deposits have been made.


  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.
  • If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.
  • All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.


Tips are always appreciated. We have developed this chart to act as a guide. Averages below are based on per person recommendations.

  • Head Guide: $6-8/day
  • Assistant Guide: $2-5/day


  • You are responsible for carrying your backpack during the entirety of your trip. Some days you will be able to leave your large pack at the refugio and only carry a daypack if you are returning to that refugio.


  • You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Puerto Natales. Leaving an extra bag at the hotel during your trek is free of charge.
  • Please keep in mind you are only allowed one carry-on (17.5 lb limit) and one checked back (50 lb limit) for your domestic flight from Santiago to Patagonia. Carry on must be within 21.5 x 13.5 x 10 inches.


  • While the elevation is not much of a factor on this trip, daily mileage can range from 6-13 miles and 5-10 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires above average physical fitness. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Patagonia is recommended.


  • The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 3,608 ft. Trekking at high elevation is generally not a concern below 10,000 ft.


  • Weather in Patagonia is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a slightly more comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain or snow. It never hurts to prep for both!
  • Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for Torres del Paine National Park.


  • We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Spanish with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.

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