Finding The Right Trek

  1. We partner with our trekking guides and operators in Chile and Argentina to set up and run small group (max 8 people) hikes.  Please get in touch to help us understand the type of trek you might like to join.

  2. Solo travellers looking to join a hiking group can get in touch with the routes they are interested in and their preferred dates and we'll talk with our network of local trekking guides and operators, and other hikers, to find a like-minded group to join.

  3. We can arrange fully packaged trekking holidays for couples and groups of friends to visit two or more national parks;  either privately or joining groups for selected parts of the trip.

  4. We also work with the larger global trekking companies who run trips down in Patagonia.  So if you'd like to join a larger group trekking tour then we can advise on those that will suit you best. 

    Let us know how we can help you.

Torres del Paine Trekking Routes

Harriet says

Where can I trek in Torres del Paine?

Where can I trek in Torres del Paine?

What Our Customers Think

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 its name. 
  • The French Valley from where you see hanging glaciers and an amphitheatre 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.

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The Paine Circuit

For more experienced trekkers, walking a Full Circuit of the Paine range promises that you 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!

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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

Nestled in the Paine Range amongst the more visited sights are the forbidden valleys, Bader and Silencio, 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 it's not just off the beaten trail but off the trail altogether!

Customer Tips

If you're camping, bring a good sleeping bag and mat. The only day I used the walking poles was the first day for the towers. Expect the trails to be muddy!

Becca Customer

Swoop Customer - Henri

Bring a power pack to charge your gear with (power outlets might be at a premium at some of the refugios).

Henri Customer

Multi-Activity in Torres del Paine

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 every day then you can ice hike, kayak, bike, horse-ride and trek all in the same itinerary. 

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Whatever your budget, group size, length of stay, preferred activity or appetite for adventure, we can help.