Finding the right trek

  • We partner with our trekking guides and operators in Torres del Paine 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.
  • 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.
  • We can arrange fully packaged trekking holidays for couples and groups of friends to visit Torres del Paine, either privately or joining groups for selected parts of the trip.
  • We also work with the larger global trekking companies who run trips in Torres del Paine. So if you'd like to join a larger group trekking tour then we can advise on those that will suit you best.

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Where can I trek in Torres del Paine?

Where can I trek in Torres del Paine?

Ways to Hike in Torres del Paine

Day Hiking 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 base.

Each 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 the day before. Your guide can help you decide what to do based on your ability and the weather.

You can hike the W trek over the course of three days, visit panoramas such as those from Ferrier hill, or 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 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.

The W trek is great for inexperienced trekkers on their first multi-day trek, those who want to see the highlights of the park in a limited amount of time and those on a budget. This is the most popular trek in Torres del Paine so you should expect a high volume of visitors.

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!

 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.

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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?

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