Winter in Torres del paine

Winter TdP - SWX

Torres del Paine in winter (June, July, August and September) is a rare opportunity to experience this beautiful national park when there are very few people around. The days are obviously shorter and the temperatures colder, but surprisingly the wind really drops down over the winter months and you are more likely to see clear skies and fantastic autumn colours.

Services in and around the park are reduced in winter, which means each season local guides and operators revise their winter programmes, taking into account the likelyhood of snow and ice on the ground and the cold (temperatures can drop to minus 2 during the day). These programmes allow you to hike with confidence knowing that you won't get caught out in bad weather.  Check out the confirmed departures below:

Departures for Winter 2016 in Torres del Paine

We have regular departures for each of the trips throughout the winter season (April-Sept) but can also set up departures on a date of your choice (as long as there are 2 people in the group).

Get in touch to let us know your dates and the sort of trip you'd prefer. If you're a solo traveller, and you don't see a date that suit you, don't worry - we can still join you up with other travellers to make a new departure, so do get in touch!

Trekking Torres del Paine in Winter

Multi-Activity Winter Trips

Winter from a Comfortable Base

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Customer reviews: winter in Paine

Marcel took our 3 day Winter Highlights trek in Torres del Paine in May 2014: We had a very good time, beautiful park, nature absolutely great, transport there and back, all very well organised. We'd like to come back next year!. Read Marcel's review.

Thomas visited Torres del Paine in July 2013: I loved my time in the park! The itinerary was great, Swoop was great, thanks again for helping me have such an amazing experience in Patagonia. Read Thomas' review. 

(Photos at the top of this page are courtesy of Thomas!)

Helen and Hamish visited in July 2013: The highlight of our South American trip was definitely Patagonia! We were both very happy with the personnel and running of the trek and if anything, wished it had been longer. Many thanks to Swoop for timely and supportive help with organising everything! Read Helen's review.

Mitch and his family visited in June 2013: Each day brought a different hike and ever changing views to be in awe of. Thanks again for all of your help, Our family had an absolutely outstanding trip! Read Mitch's review.

Suhel visited in June 2013: Swoop were quite simply fantastic! Everyone went the extra mile to support me in planning and making this trip happen. Torres del Paine looked absolutely beautiful in the snow. Read Suhel's review.

Alex visited Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy in May 2013: Provided you are OK to spend the night in somewhat crisp temperatures (frankly, its actually fine), the winter has a number of advantages. There was a great mix of outdoors, physical activity and superb views. Read Alex's review.

Hiking in Torres del Paine in winter, is it for me?

1) Bus transport

Services are reduced in the Winter as fewer people visit the park, but there are ways to make your trip work if you plan carefully around the timetables. We are more than happy to help you with this.

2) Refugios

Most refugios in the park are closed which generally leaves 2 options: camping or staying in the more expensive accommodation. However, our winter treks make use of the few refugios that are open. You will need to be prepared for fairly basic lodging and potentially unreliable heating and hot water. Again, we can help you choose the best options to suit your itinerary and preferences.

3) Budget

It's very difficult for operators to organise small group tours in winter with fewer visitors to the park and most people want to stay somewhere warm rather than camp. This means trips for 1 or 2 people are less economical for the operator to run. That said, nothing is impossible, and Swoop will work to find other people for solo travellers to join up with in order to guarantee your departure date and keep costs as low aas possible.

4) Luxury

Most luxury lodges are closed from late April until late Septemner due to reduced demand, but we do know of a few that stay open throughout the winter months, so please do get in touch if you'd like more information.

Alternatively, to see hiking trips available in Patagonian summer (Nov-Mar), vist our Trekking Torres del Paine page.

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