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Torres del Paine: one of the world's greatest trekking destinations.

 

Find out about the best trekking routes, guides and trips for the 'W-Circuit' (4 days) and the 'Full Circuit' (8-9 days). Or check our guide and map below.

 

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Trekking Torres del Paine

Incredibly formed, towering pinnacles of granite, thick green Lenga forests, enormous glaciers easing into crystal coloured lakes and peaks hung with hanging glaciers all make Torres del Paine one of the most spectacular, dramatic and unique landscapes to visit in the world. Trekking allows you to get in amongst this scenery and experience this wild and wonderful place   

There are trekking treats for everyone from the budget backpacker, to those looking to hike from a luxurious base, to those looking to bushwhack through the most remote and overlooked areas of the park. 

W Trek    |    Paine Circuit    |    Off the Beaten Track    |    Day Hikes from Comfort    |    Multi-Activity

 

Torres del Paine Trekking Options

W Trek: Torres del Paine

The 'W Circuit' of Torres del Paine is a 4 day hike from hut to hut, that takes you up the two main valleys of the park to witness the ...

Full Circuit Torres del Paine

The Full Circuit is an 8 day hike all around Torres del Paine National Park. You'll witness the great sites of the shorter circuit but also take in the northern ...

Off The Beaten Track: Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine is one of the world's top trekking destinations so obviously the main routes and landmarks are popular. If you want to get to the peaks, views and ...

Patagonia Trekking Tours

Patagonia is one of the world's top destinations for trekking. Here we'll help you find the right trekking tour for you.

 Day Hikes from a Comfortable Base

Whether it be from an Eco-Lodge, Hotel or a Luxury Lodge you can trek the W trek or get off the beaten track from the comfortable baseEach day you will travel to the trailhead by vehicle from where you and your guide can hike. 

Not only will you be guaranteed a hot shower and good meal at the end of each day but you can pick the hikes or other excursions once you arrive in the park.  This allows you to leave the best treks to good weather days and you can discuss with your local guide which trek to do the night before and they can help you decide which hike to do based on your ability.  

You can hike the W trek over the course of 3 days, visit panoramas such as from Ferrier hill or and explore the Pingo valley and Baguales range. 

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 The W Trek

The W trek is Torres del Paine's iconic and most popular trek. You tread a W shaped pattern on the map dipping into 3 different valleys. 

  • The Ascensio Valley from where you get the best views of the mile high granite towers that give the National Park it's name. 
  • The French Valley from where you see hanging glaciers and an amphitheathre of pinnacles and peaks.
  • The Grey Valley, dominated by Lago Grey and the Grey Glacier. 

Cosy mountain huts allow you to stay right in amongst the mountains to complete the  trek in 4 or 5 days with just a small rucksack 

This is a great trek for inexperienced trekkers on their first muti-day trek, those who want to see the highlights of the park in a limited amount of time and those on a budget.

You can make 3 day hikes into the Paine Range from a more comfortable base. This is the most popular trek in Torres del Paine so you should expect a high volume of visitors.

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 The Paine Circuit

For more experienced trekkers walking a Full Circuit of the Paine range promises that you to see the towers from the Ascensio Valley and the French Valley but also visit the Northern part of the park where far fewer visitors venture.Typically it’s tackled anti-clockwise so that you can hike east to west through Paso John Garner and see the awe-inspiring view of the Grey Glacier and Southern Patagonian Ice Field reaching out to the horizon. 

The 65-80mile (105-130km) circuit trek can be completed in between 7-9 days (depending on the route). You will need to camp at least 2 nights and the campsites in the north are so beautiful it is a pleasure to camp every night!

Consider whether you are happy to carry your camping equipment or if you would prefer to have porters to assist you.   

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 Off the Beaten Track


For adventurous souls
 who want to see this popular park but avoid the crowds then there are areas within the paine range itself where few feet fall and beautiful hikes in other ranges within the park. 

You don’t have to be uncomfortable to get off the beaten track. Many of the luxury lodges include trips into these more remote corners.  

Forbidden Valleys

 


N
estled in the Paine Range amongst the more visited sights are the forbidden Bader and Silencio valleys where very few visit. The Silencio and Bader valleys can be woven into multi-day treks with the more common hiking trails. 

 

Pingo Valley

 

The heavily glaciated Pingo valley with the Pingo and Zapata glaciers can be briefly visited in a day or you can camp out and explore the area in 3 or 4 days with a guide

Sierra Baguales

 

Alternatively the arid Baguales range is very different from its neighbouring Paine range, with rolling pampa interrupted by staggering geological formations In Baguales its not just off the beaten trail but off the trail altogether!

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 Multi-Activity Trips

Do you want to finish off your trek by kayaking the length of the Serrano river, biking into the Baguales range in search of fossils or horse riding from Estancia to Estancia across the Patagonian Steppe.  Why not link a multi-day kayaking, horse riding or biking trip with a trekking trip?  

 Alternatively if you want to hike a little but also want to trek everyday then you can ice hike, kayak, bike, horse-ride and trek all in the same itinerary. 

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Map of Torres del Paine peaks, campsites and refugios:

Find trekking landmarks including mountain passes, lookout points and accommodation on our interactive Torres del Paine Google Map:

Trekking Torres del Paine

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About Swoop Patagonia

We've spent 15 years exploring Patagonia, and arranged holidays for over a thousand customers. We have a network of trusted guides, lodges, and local operators across the region and delight in helping people plan and arrange a great holiday.

 

You can book directly with our local partners in Chile and Argentina, or with our ATOL certified company here in the UK.

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When are you
thinking of going?

January

See Patagonia at the height of the season, when you'll have 18 hours of daylight and feel Patagonia's infamous wind at its strongest. There are just so many options open to you in addition to hiking, why not try glacier trekking, mountain biking and white water rafting on the rapids of the Futaleufu River?

If you want to visit last minute, the key is moving quickly and booking your flights. Availability in Chalten shouldn't be too difficult but in Torres del Paine it's likely that refugios will be fully booked. Don't worry though, it's warm enough to camp under the stars. If you're still in the planning stages of your trip but hope to go this season, it's a good idea to get flights booked as early as possible and make the most of Patagonia's summer before autumn sets in April.

February

February is a great time to trek Patagonia's national parks, in particular Torres del Paine quietens down as Chilean visitors head back to their cities. In Feb you can expect temperatures of between 5 and 19 degrees in Torres del Paine, and this could be a good time to trek the W Circuit independently if you want to save some money to go kayaking for example.

If you want to go in February but you've left it last minute, you may be able to find a late deal on our Exclusive Deals page. Your best bet is finding a Patagonia Tours which tend to have lots of departure dates to join during February.

If you're considering visiting next season, (starting in October), why not getting your flights booked good and early? If you're lucky you may be able to get flights from London to Punta Arenas for £850.

March

March is the tail end of the season for adventure in Patagonia so the infamous Patagonian wind will be on its way out, there'll be fewer people in the national parks so generally quieter on the trails. This is great as you may find prices come down slightly as the locals and tourists leave, but it's more difficult to get a group together, so could be harder if you're travelling alone (although we'll strive to pair you up with someone). However, most longer, multi-location trips run by our global operator partners still run in March and they tend to have bigger groups, but prepare for rain if your trip visits the lake district!

April

In April the season is coming to an end, so try to get there in the first half of the month for more availability and better weather conditions. If you're hoping to stay in the Eco Camp in Torres del Paine or do an adventure cruise round Cape Horn, they finish for the season in early April, so get going! Luckily it's about this time that skiing in Bariloche becomes available in the Argentinian Lake District. Remember that many mountain lodges and estancias close around this time making it hard to do the W or Full Circuit for example. Plus certain services become unavailable such as the catamaran across Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine and glacier hiking, so it may be a good idea to go earlier in the season if these are on your list of things to do.

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

May

Winter is getting into full swing now so you may want to try out volcano skiing in the Patagonian Lake District or tailor made tours that take into account the potentially difficult weather conditions. As many operators and lodges wind down for the winter, fewer travellers visit the trails and parks so private departures on most trips are likely. The weather will be a bit like trekking in wales in Dec, are you up for that challenge?

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

June

At this time of year, the snow is starting to settle in Torres del Paine National Park and the trees are brown and orange, a very beautiful time to see the highlights. June is also when operators launch their Winter W Circuit and Fitz Roy trips, which vary from the usual itineraries as many refugios are closed and van transfers are required because the catamaran across Lago Pehoe stops. Although days are short and weather temperamental, if you can see Patagonia in winter, it will be serene and picturesque.

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July

Mid winter, July is equivalent to our January in terms of weather. This is a great time to take advantage of the skiing Patagonia has to offer, particularly in the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts. Araucania offers off piste skiing, whereas Bariloche is home to the popular Cerro Catedral Resort but also caters for off piste skiing. For adrenaline junkies, you can ski down the slopes of several volcanoes on certain trips. If you're planning a trip for next season, start looking at flights as the sooner you book them, the cheaper they are.

If you hope to visit Torres del Paine this month, find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

August

This is a great time for snow shoeing in Bariloche, or skiing in the Patagonian Lake District. There are also some winter trips in the Torres del Paine & Fitz Roy areas. Come prepared - cold temperatures, snow and short days means that your trip may not go 100% according to plan, Chalten is known for snow blocking the roads for a day or 2. Alternatively, August is a great time to plan and book trips for the early part of the season ahead, at this time operators will be starting to release availability and rates to help with that.

August is the last month to take advantage of specially designed winter trips in Torres del Paine. If you're keen to see the park covered in snow, find out more about hiking in Torres del Paine in winter >>

September

In September, it's still pretty chilly in Patagonia, with snow and temperatures of 5 degrees in El Calafate for example. If you're hoping to trek the main national parks, you may find that operators don't have any groups heading out, so you may have to go on a private trip with just your guide. The season really kicks off at the end of September/beginning of October with W Circuit and Full Circuit trips as well as estancias and lodges opening their doors to clients.

However, winter trips are still running in Torres del Paine. Find out more here >>

October

Get in before the crowds - you won't see many people on the W Circuit and you'll have the northern part of the park pretty much to yourself on the Full Circuit (you may even come face to face with the endangered Huemul deer). It's still a bit too early for horse riding and rafting trips, you're best off doing these from November onwards. So if you're thinking about visiting Patagonia this season, get your flights and trips booked, as availability really starts to tighten up over October/November.

November

November is a good time to visit: late spring/early summer. Not too busy but a full range of trips and itineraries to choose from. If you want to visit this month, you need to move fast. Refugios are getting booked up until January, but the operator will work hard to fit you in. Don't forget it takes at least a week to organise a tour, so don't leave it too late!

December

Mid summer, 18 hours of daylight and there will probably be days when you're hiking in shorts and t-shirt. Many Chileans and Argentinians will come down to Patagonia for their Christmas break so availability may be tight and you should expect the National Parks to be busier.

It's essential that you get your flights and tours booked asap, as flight prices are also increasing.

About Swoop

We've spent 15 years exploring Patagonia, and arranged holidays for over a thousand customers. We have a network of trusted guides, lodges, and local operators across the region and delight in helping people plan and arrange a great holiday.

You can book directly with our local partners in Chile and Argentina, or with our ATOL certified company here in the UK.

More About Us >

How can we help you?

We are Patagonian specialists, and have helped all sorts of different people arrange their perfect adventure holiday in Patagonia. Whatever your budget, group size, length of stay, preferred activity or appetite for adventure we're here to help you.

  • Join a group trek or tour
  • Plan an independent day by day itinerary
  • Organise your group's trek, expedition or multi-sport adventure
  • Tailor-made luxury holidays

 

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