Patagonia W Trek with AFCA


Amazing glacier lakes and stunning mountains await you in Patagonia and the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We will hike 37 miles on the famous W Trek and take in the highlights of this remote area. With each step you have the opportunity to make the difference in the lives of children and families affected by HIV Aids through the support of the American Foundation for Children with Aids (AFCA).

Dates: October 31 - November 4, 2018 (not including travel dates)

Lodging: 3 nights in EcoDomes and one night in a Refugio lodge

Cost: $2050 (land only, based on double occupancy)
            (Fundraising support for AFCA is an additional amount, see below for more details)

Steep Grade: 4/5 (Demanding) - 37 miles

Limited to the first 9 people to register and pay the $500 non-refundable deposit

Trip Schedule:

October 31, 2018 - The Patagonian Adventure starts

The trip begins with you being picked up from the Punta Arenas airport (arrive before 10am) and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. En route we make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where we enjoy a hearty local lunch. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, with a prime view of the majestic Torres.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia

November 1, 2018 - The Paine Massif’s Heart: Valle Frances / Hiking 15 miles

After breakfast we drive toward Pudeto dock where we board the catamaran to Pehoe, from here we will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley), along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in we go depends on our group's trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif, where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. We continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations. After our upward trek, we will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day's trek will end as we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take us to Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. *Distance reached dependent on the time of year.

Overnight in Refugio Paine Grande

November 2, 2018 - Glacier Grey / Hiking 9 miles

This day will see us hike from Paine Grande Refugio along the shores of Lake Pehoe to the northern side of the glacially beautiful Lake Grey. We will feast on a picnic lunch before boarding the boat that sails right to the huge, crystalline facade of Glacier Grey, where we will have plenty of time to marvel at the calving glacier.  From the southern end of Glacier Grey we will transfer to Eco-Camp.  

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia

November 3, 2018 - The big challenge: Torres del Paine / Hiking 13 miles

The goal of the penultimate day of our 5-day trek will be to complete the most famous trekking trail in Torres del Paine National Park! We will walk from EcoCamp towards Hostería Las Torres before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead us to that iconic  base-view of the Towers - Three gigantic granite mono-liths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia

November 4, 2018 - Adios Torres del Paine!

We will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight (schedule flights after 3:30pm).


Supporting AFCA:


Steep Adventures has partnered with AFCA to provide support for children and families affected by aids through this 37-mile hiking adventure. Each participant is asked to raise $3,000 towards AFCA's mission to change the future of children living with aids.

Packing List:

See the PDF link.

Weather in November:

Springtime in November - Day temperatures will be in the 50s and down to the 40s at night. Prepare for a range of conditions. Rain is always possible and winds are known to be strong as it gets closer to summer, so be prepared for varying conditions.


Trip includes:
•    All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
•    One expert English/Spanish speaking trekking guide
•    Torres del Paine NP fee
•    3 nights accommodation at EcoCamp  - Standard
•    1 night accommodation at Refugio Paine Grande (shared basis)
•    Boat crossing over Pehoe Lake and Grey Lake
•    Sleeping bag for the mountain hut if needed
•    Luggage transport: while trekking you will carry just your daypack
•    Meals:
           day 1: L, D
           day 2: B, BL, D
           day 3: B, BL, D
           day 4: B, BL, D
           day 5: B, BL
      (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: lunch, D: dinner)
•    Emergency Medical Insurance

Pictures from the Patagonia W Trek and the EcoDomes



Email questions to

The Patagonia W Trek is in partnership with: AFCA