Torres del Paine look-out (via Valle Ascensio)
Trekking up Valle Ascencio to arrive at the Torres del Paine lookout is the highlight of the W Circuit or Full Circuit in Torres del Paine National park. Located at the East of the park, this viewpoint looks straight out onto the three granite 'torres' from which the park takes its name and beneath them, a still grey-blue lake.
After having made the 2-hour journey by bus or private transfer into Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales the day before, this day-trek up to the look-out (which is included in almost every operator's itinerary) starts from the base of Ascencio Valley, at Refugio Las Torres/Camping las Torres or Hotel Las Torres.
The hike up to the look-out is considered by many as one of the most difficult days on the Full Circuit, along with Paso John Garner, as you ascend some 800 metres. It takes roughly 4 hours to reach the Torres del Paine viewpoint from the start of Valle Ascencio, a pretty windy place to trek in Patagonian summer so make sure to bring a windproof jacket if you're there between October to March. It's also important to bear in mind that the last 45 minutes up to the look-out are a steep uphill climb over rocks and sandy terrain, and many hikers take trekking poles to help their knees on the way back down.
After trekking up to the look-out, hard-core climbers can continue up along Valle Silencio, past Campamento Japones and through dense rainforest for views of 'los Cuernos' mountains, Escudo (the Shield) and Fortaleza (the Fortress), as well as the back of the spectacular granite spires, Las Torres.
Map of Torres del Paine look-out (via Valle Ascensio)
Trips that visit Torres del Paine look-out (via Valle Ascensio)
12-day Estancia Ride
Pass fjords & mountains as you ride the open pampas & trek to the towers of Torres del Paine. You'll also visit the hanging Glaciar Serrano and have a traditional 'asado' BBQ. Support & accommodation are great - you'll be…
The Avid Hikers' Circuit
The Oggioni Mountain Pass: a remote and challenging route and not for the faint-hearted, you could be among the few to explore this gem of Torres del Paine. This is the avid hiker's Full Circuit, short-cutting the flatter…
You’ll be met at the airport by your local English speaking guide, and stay overnight in Puerto Natales before 5 full and active days trekking the ‘W’ in Torres del Paine.
4 Day W Trek
Hike Paine's W Circuit, saving the famous Towers for your final day, all in 4 days and 3 nights. You'll spend most nights camping, but fully supported and in comfortable campsites. Starts and ends in Puerto Natales.
South America - Wild Patagonia
A 27 day in-depth tour of Patagonia from Santiago all the way down to Tierra del Fuego. Includes 4 days in Torres Del Paine & a visit to Perito Moreno among many other great destinations.
Torres del Paine 5 day
A good way to see the highlights of Paine with a local, knowledgeable guide, staying in lodges each night. Trip starts and ends in the easily accessible town of Punta Arenas.
The Wilderness Explorer
Be unique: start your adventure on zodiac boats and pass glaciers on your way up the Rio Serrano into the National Park before hiking the famed ‘W’ Trek. You’ll be camping, fully supported by your guide and their…
Adventure into Paine's Glaciers
Whilst everyone else drives into the National Park you'll be doing things a little differently - heading up river on a Zodiac boat, past glaciers and waterfalls. Then hike the famous ""W Trek"" and the grand finale.. an ice hike…
Self-Guided W Trek from Comfort
Don't want to camp and wish to enjoy a bit of privacy? This self-guided W-trek could be perfect, it is the complete ""W"" without a guide and created with comfort in mind! All transport, accommodation and logistics will be arranged…
Adventure Trek to Mount Paine
Trek to some of the most unusual parts of Torres del Paine and check out Valle Silencio and climb up to Cerro Paine. You'll camp out under the stars and get away from the trekkers on the W and Full…
Self-Guided W + The Bader Valley
Independent exploration and trekking around Torres del Paine's classic ""W"", followed by a guided hike into one of the Park's quieter and more restricted valleys. This W+Bader adventure combines the best of both: autonomous discovery and local knowledge.
12 Day Multi-Activity Adventure in Two National Parks
Trek, horse ride and kayak to the most secluded and least known parts of this fantastic park. A unique and challenging way to see Torres del Paine - see the Towers, tackle a little known mountain pass, trek the…
4-day W Lodging
The W Trek for those that want to minimise their time in the shared accommodation of the refugios. You’ll spend the 3rd night in a beautiful Hosteria inside the National Park, and the final night in one of Puerto Natales…
A Passage in Torres del Paine
In 5 days trek up Ascensio valley to see the Torres of Paine, then cross Lago Grey by boat to see the vast glacier. You'll also see the Salto Grande waterfall and you'll be picked up from and returned to…
Best of Both: Fitz Roy & Torres del Paine W
A trip which gives you the freedom to guide yourself round the highlights of Los Glaciares National Park, trek on Glacier Viedma & see the stunning Perito Moreno before joining your expert guide in Torres del Paine to trek the…
Hiking to the Mirador del Condor provides a unique vantage point on the National Park in addition to the classic ‘W’ Trek; after which you will visit the Seno Otway Penguin Reserve.
Camping the Winter W Trek
Experience Torres del Paine in the winter months with the well-known W trek. Hiking the mountains, lakes and forests, this adventure will provide you with amazing some views of the Paine massif and Glacier Grey as well as the famous…
On this trip you'll get to trek to a couple of landmarks that are seldom visited, as well as the more popular spots, and end the trip at a local working estancia.
Discovering Torres del Paine in 7 days
Ideal for couples: trek the ‘W’ Circuit by day and enjoy the comfort of private rooms in hotels and an authentic ‘estancia’ by night. This is the only trip offering you private rooms every night of your adventure. (This…
In 21 days see the best of Patagonia: whale watching in Peninsula Valdes, cruising along the fjords of Tierra del Fuego, walking in Torres del Paine and experiencing the lush green Patagonian Lake District. You'll stay in first class hotels…
Explore Patagonia Tailor Made Holiday
The very best of Patagonia in 16 days: the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts, Torres del Paine and the Perito Moreno glacier. Freedom to choose from a variety of hikes and excursions in each place. The entire trip, including your…
Extended Paine Circuit: Ice Hike & Hidden Valleys
This version of the Full Circuit includes an Ice Hike on Grey Glacier, & a day trek into one of the Hidden Valleys. Unlike many itineraries, it includes mountain refugio accommodation as well as camping, & includes all of your…
Lodge to Lodge
Your guide will take you on a journey to the highlights of Torres del Paine National Park, where you will witness it's stunning landscape and varied flora and fauna, as well as some of its better kept secrets. All of…
Multisport: The Ultimate Adventure (10D-9N)
This 10-day trip combines trekking, horse riding and kayaking in and around one of Patagonia's most beautiful national parks, Torres del Paine. A truly active way to experience this region by day, coming back to the refugio most nights. This…
Myths in Patagonia
See the two main valleys of Torres del Paine and the Grey Glacier, and then spend a day exploring a series of caves where the first settlers lived in 12,000 BC.
Paine & Los Glaciares Trek
Run by an operator with significant mountain experience, you'll trek in two of Patagonia's famous national parks, see Mount Fitz Roy and the granite towers of Paine all in 11 days, staying in hotels and lodges and spending a night…
Paine Circuit + Glacier Zapata
If you’re looking for a challenge, why not get off the beaten track for 2 days after a 7-day Full Circuit and hike into the Pingo Valley up to the stunning Glacier Zapata, camping all the way!
Paine Circuit 10 days
Trek the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine over 8 days. Your local guide will welcome you at the airport and brief you over dinner in nearby Puerto Natales on the first evening, stopping there overnight so that you’re fresh…
Paine Circuit: 130km
Trek the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine over 8 days using mountain refugios for 4 of the nights, and hotels in nearby Puerto Natales on transfers both to and from the airport. OPTIONAL: 2-3 day kayak extension!
Paine: Trek, Kayak, Ice Hike
Trek the highlights of the famous ""W' and add a spectacular finish: kayaking up to the face of the Grey Glacier amongst the icebergs, then don your crampons and ice hike across it.
Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego
This itinerary manages to take you to all of Patagonia's top regions (including Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine, El Chalten, the Lake District) in just 23 days. And they've managed to keep the price very low indeed by using…
Combine your trek of Paine's W Circuit, with 3 days of kayaking up fjords and past glaciers.
Enjoy day hikes in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares national parks, see Glaciar Perito Moreno and take a Zodiac boat to the Balmaceda Glacier. A good way to experience the best that Patagonia has to offer but not necessarily…
Patagonia Link (Chile-Argentina)
This is a great way to combine the W Circuit of Torres del Paine, with a visit to the Perito Moreno glacier and three great days of hiking in Los Glaciares National Park. Arguably the best treks on each side…
Patagonia Mountain Circuit Walk Holiday
Trek the full circuit of Paine at a leisurely pace and with full porter support, giving you time to explore a little off the beaten track, go trekking on a glacier, and fully appreciate the beauty around you. This trip…
Patagonia Parks and Wildlife
Experience everything Patagonia has to offer over 3 weeks, including Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National parks, the Lake District, Tierra del Fuego & the Beagle channel. Staying in hotels and lodges and with moderate walks for people of…
Patagonia Walk and Wildlife Holiday
This 20-day diverse programme takes you to Buenos Aires and into Patagonia to discover the lakes and mountains of Torres del Paine (where you will also do a glacier trek) and to the impressive Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares…
Combine trekking in Torres del Paine with an extensive multi-activity boat trip, with the opportunity for Glacier Trekking, Kayaking, fishing and low level mountaineering.
See all the highlights of Patagonia in just two weeks, including 2 days of hiking in Torres del Paine, the Perito Moreno Glacier and Tierra del Fuego. Plus a few days in the Buenos Aires. You'll be travelling with a…
Perito Moreno, W Circuit, kayaking and return to Calafate trip
Start your trip in Calafate and have all the logistics and travel organised for you to visit Perito Moreno Glacier and then get you across to Torres del Paine to hike the guided fantastic W Circuit, kayak out of the…
Puma Photo Safari
A unique opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, shoot magnificent vistas, watch ice calving from Grey Glacier, capture explosions of colour against snow-capped peaks of the Paine Massif, and marvel at the magnificent shadows looming over the pampas and…
Pura Paine Winter Adventure
See the highlights of Torres del Paine in 7 days during winter (May-Sep). You'll stay in comfortable hostals (refugios) and estancias (ranches). You'll hike, horse ride and drive round the park and see the main sights: the Torres del Paine…
Pura Patagonia Winter Trip
Visit Torres del paine and Chalten in winter to see the highlights of the park including the Torres look out in Ascencio Valley and Perito Moreno Glacier and Laguna de los Tres in Chalten. Stay in comfortable hotels and ranches…
Torres del Paine Circuit
A unique entrance to Torres del Paine along the Rio Serrano, on top of visiting a penguin colony, makes this Full Circuit trek extra special. Overnight stops in Punta Arenas after and before your flights, and in Puerto Natales…
Torres del Paine Explorer
Trek the two main valleys of Torres del Paine park and enjoy a Zodiac boat ride to the secluded Balmaceda Glacier. All from the comfort of lodges and hotels.
Torres del Paine Winter Adventure
A fantastic way to see Torres del Paine's top 3 valleys during Patagonia's winter, when you'll almost have the park to yourself. You'll be staying in Refugio Paine Grande, which will hopefully have warm water & heating although this can't…
Torres Trek and Kayak
Base yourself at one of Chile's National Historical Monuments (now a luxury, all-inclusive hotel) as you explore the natural beauty of the Torres del Paine area. Mixing classic sights likes the Torres del Paine themselves with more off-the-beaten-track guided…
Traverse Chile and Argentina
Explore some of the best parts of Patagonia including the Aysen region, Los Glaciares National Park, and hike the famous W-trek in Torres del Paine on this tour that sees all your logistics taken care of. You will have the…
Trek to some of the more remote and unvisited parts of Torres del Paine, whist covering the highlights of the “W Circuit” as well. Then cross the border to go Los Glaciares National Park where you’ll trek around Mounts Fitzroy…
Ultimate Road trip in Patagonia
The ultimate adventure trip through Patagonia over 32 days. You'll see spectacular landscape, travel on both the Ruta 40 and Carretera Austral and stay in comfortable lodges and B&B's along the way. Incredible value for money.
View of Paine
If you're in Patagonia and want to see the highlights of Paine in a couple of days, this is for you. It has 2 days of reasonably strenous trekking to two of the highlights of the park; Las Torres and…
View of Paine 2
If you're in Patagonia and have a few days spare, this is a good way to trek the two main valleys of Torres del Paine and see the Grey Glacier up close. You'll stay in comfortable refugios and enjoy a…
W Circuit & Fitz Roy Adventure
Visit Patagonia's very best trekking destinations in both Chile and Argentina in just 11 days. You'll trek the W Circuit of Paine, and then cross to Patagonian Argentina to trek around Fitz Roy and El Chalten.
W circuit 7 days
Trek Paine's W Circuit with a local operator and guide who grew up in the region. Sleeping out under the stars for 3 nights (tents and equipment provided). This trip starts/ends at Punta Arenas (the major airport) and includes accommodation…
W highlights from luxury camp
An excellent way to trek Torres del Paine’s W in a short space of time, starting and ending at the airport. You'll hike the Paine's top spots (the Towers, French Valley and Grey Glacier) and stay at a luxury yurt…
W Multisport Adventure
The W trek of Paine with a difference: use the less visited Laguna Verde and Mirador del Toro as a start point, kayak amongst icebergs in Lago Grey, and don crampons to go trekking on Glacier Grey. No previous experience…
W Trek Adventure
Hike the three main valleys of the classic W Circuit. Unusually this programme mixes camping and refugios and starts and ends in Calafate.
W Trek from Comfort
Don't just trek the W-Trek, do it from comfort. Stay at one of the best known all-inclusive lodges in Patagonia whilst each day completing each leg of the W Trek, plus extras like boat trips to the wall of…
W Trek, 4 days camping
For those who prefer to camp, but still want the expertise and knowledge of a guide, this 4 day option offers a great value way to hike the 3 main trails of Torres del Paine.
W Trek: Heart of Torres
Staying in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, you'll set off on your W Trek with all things taken care of - transfers to and from the hotel, full board and a choice of excursions each day. …
W With Luxury
Day-time W-trekking and night-time pampering at a first-class hotel and spa means that this trip around the classic W of Torres del Paine takes care of you like no other.
Luxury Hike and Ride: Torres
From the area's most exclusive lodge, go horse-riding and trekking in the best known, as well as the most secluded, areas of the Torres del Paine National Park. Taken care of from the moment you start your hotel-exclusive transfer,…
Self-guided W Circuit & Kayaking Adventure
Enjoy the freedom of guiding yourself round the W Circuit with all the logistics organised for you. Then you'll be whisked away to a secluded spot on the border of Torres del Paine with an expert guide to spend 2…
Patagonian Peaks and Plains
See the Peaks & Plains of both North & South Patagonia; Climb volcanoes in the Chilean Lake District, Trek in Torres del Paine, Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares and take a boat trip on the Beagle Channel,…
Paine and Fitz Roy Trek
See the highlights of both Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. The trek in Paine is special because you'll arrive by boat, and trek to Valle Bader, a part of the park that few other people visit. You'll…
The 6-day W Circuit
Trek the W Circuit starting in the East of the park with a boat trip across the turquoise lake, Lago Pehoe. You'll be picked up either in Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas at the start of your trip & you'll…
Multi-Activity Challenge - Off the Beaten Track
A chance to combine the best of the famous W Trek trail with sea kayaking past icebergs, rock-climbing beside a glacial lagoon, and ice-hiking over the enormous Glaciar Grey. A 10-day adventure challenge that is far from typical, you'll…
Chile End to End
Explore the Atacama desert in north, wine tasting in vineyards of Vina Concha y Toro, trekking in Torres del Paine and cruising amongst fjords and glaciers in the South, plus geysers, volcanoes and more. If you want to experience the…
Patagonia by Air, Land & Sea
Experience Patagonia in every way possible, travelling by plane, bus and, most importantly, with an unforgettable 4-night luxury adventure cruise amid the glaciers and islands of Tierra del Fuego - southernmost tip of the world. You'll also hike to…
Extremes of Chile
Visit the Atacama Desert, the Chilean Lake District & Chiloe Island and Torres del Paine National Park on this comprehensive tour of Chile. Relax and enjoy the scenery and culture whilst visiting some of Chile's most well-known landmarks.
Self-guided W Trek from Calafate
Start in El Calafate and have all logistics organised for you as you travel to Torres del Paine to do the Self-guided W Circuit hike. This trip includes 6 nights of accommodation, including 3 nights in Torres del Paine, 1…
The Forgotten Valleys
Become one of the lucky few to explore the remoteness of the spectacular Silencio, Bader and Pingo valleys. Rangers limit the number of trekkers here in order to preserve the natural wilderness of Patagonia, so the experience feels much more…
Self-guided W Trek (5D/4N)
Trek Paine's incredible W Trek, with all transport, refugio reservations and logistics organised for you, but with the freedom and economy of travelling without a guide or group. Ideal if you're an experienced hiker but don't speak Spanish.
Independent W-Trek with Ice-Hike & Kayaking
A great multi-sport extension to the W-Trek including an Ice-Hike on Glacier Grey and Sea-Kayaking Lago Grey. All Logistics and Reservations are taken care of for you, but you can still enjoy the freedom of exploring independently. 4 Nights in…
Pumas, Penguins & Whales; Wildlife Tour
A wonderful trip for the wildlife enthusiast, this trip will take you puma tracking in Torres del Paine, cruising in the Magellan Strait to see penguins and other sea-life, then finally you can enjoy a spot of whale and bird…
Experience Paine's Nature and Wildlife
A gentle-paced W-Trek for peace- and nature-lovers: based in a secluded, all-inclusive camp of luxury yurts, you'll wake up each morning in a forest over-looking Lago Toro before journeying through breath-taking scenery to complete the world famous W-Trek. Looked after…
South America - Southern Explorer
See the highlights of Southern Patagonia in just 2 weeks, including 4 days in Torres del Paine. An overland trip in a specially adapted vehicle for max 16 people. No camping & exceptional value for money (please note the Local…
Patagonia Winter Experience
A fantastic way to see Torres del Paine and Puerto Natales area by spending 4 days in a cozy hotel. You should book a few nights here if you are looking to experience the hidden landscapes and cultural context of Patagonia…
Multi Activity Sport in Patagonia
See the best of Torres del Paine's landscapes and wildlife by Mountain Bike, Trekking, Ice Hiking and Kayaking- no previous experience required!
Luxury Camp W Trek
From the moment you land to the moment you depart you’ll be looked after by a well established local operator. By transferring you directly to and from Torres del Paine National Park, you will be able to make the…
Trekking, mountain-biking, kayaking and horse-riding whilst based in eco-friendly luxury yurts. This trip takes you on a truly action-packed adventure in the Torres del Paine National Park. With everything included, you'll be living as close to nature as…
9 Day Torres del Paine circuit
Combine your rugged camping adventure around the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine with a night of luxury in a warm and cosy, eco-friendly yurt. In addition, direct transfers between the airport and the Park give you the peace…
3 day W Trek
If you want to see Torres del Paine's highlights in just 3 days (2 nights) then this is a great alternative to the W Trek. You’ll be hiking with an experienced local English-speaking guide, and sleeping in a warm bed…
Explore Paine in Winter by Horse, Kayak & Foot
If you're looking for a winter adventure with a bit of everything, this multi-activity trip could be for you! Visit the main sights of Torres del Paine at a time when the park isn't so full of tourists. With kayaking,…
Paine Circuit Half and Half
A great way to get the best of both worlds from your Full Circuit in Torres del Paine. Enjoy the independence & economy of hiking the W self-guided, but have a guide to support you in the more remote/challenging northern…
Multi-Activity Full Circuit of Paine
Mountain-biking over the flatter stretches of Torres del Paine’s “Full Circuit” allows you to cover ground more quickly, providing time to venture slightly off the beaten track. You still, of course, get to hike to the famous Towers of…
Discovering Torres del Paine
Some of the highlights of the W trek, in comfortable accommodation. You will hike the Ascencio Valley as well as visiting the Salto Grande waterfall, and a boat trip on Lago Grey. Also hike out to an Estancia on a…
Hikes & Sights of Patagonia
Taking you to the best known hikes & sights, you'll get a taste of the best of Patagonia; you'll trek the famous ""W"" of the Torres del Paine and make your way Laguna de los Tres, as well as other…
Bike and Hike Torres del Paine Adventure
Hike in some incredibly unusual parts of Torres del Paine including Paso Oggioni and Silencio Valley before cycling in the northern part of the park along Lago Paine (only 5% of visitors make it out here). This trip includes bus…
Lakes & Glaciers of Patagonia
With everything organised for you in advance, visit the three best-known regions of Patagonia on this two-week tour: From El Chalten, hike to the jagged & towering Mt. FitzRoy and visit Perito Moreno Glacier; camp under the stars in Torres…
Chile: Vineyards, Peaks and Fjords
Trek in Torres del Paine National Park, cruise the fjords of Chilean Patagonia and taste Chile's fine wines in the Casablanca Valley. If you've got 2 weeks to explore the incredible variety that Chile offers, then this one is for…
The Classic Full Circuit
Camp under the stars in small, guided groups whilst completing the Full Circuit of Torres del Paine in just 7 days. A great value trip with superb customer-feedback, this is for those on tight schedules and budgets, or who…
Winter Highlights of Torres del Paine
Escape the crowds and enjoy Torres del Paine in winter, staying in cosy cabin accommodation and seeing some of the top viewpoints; Pingo Valley, Glacier Grey and the pièce de résistance, the Torres lookout. This trip is run on request…
The Original Torres del Paine W Trek
Swoop's no.1 recommendation for Patagonia's top trek, Paine's 'W': small groups, highly rated guides, a great itinerary, excellent value for money, and full support before and after your trek. Ideal for solo travellers looking to join a group, and pairs…
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