Services in and around the park are limited in winter. We work with hand picked local operators to craft specially designed itineraries, taking al of this into account. This allows you to make the most of your time in the park, and hike with confidence, knowing that you're well looked after and won't get caught out in bad weather.
Trekking Torres del Paine in Winter
Our expert guides make it possible to follow the majority of the W route and experience its highlights in the winter months, in spite of chillier conditions and limited services. You'll have the snow-covered park almost all to yourself -…
Camping in the winter makes the W Trek a wilder, tougher challenge. Temperatures can be extreme but the winds are often milder than in summer and the park as a whole is much quieter. On a clear day you'll see…
Private cabins with hot tubs and transport between highlights makes trekking in winter a really special experience. See the towers and the enormous Glacier Grey, and make a stop at the rarely-visited Pingo Valley. You'll have the snow-covered park almost…
What Our Customers Think
Hiking up the Torres in a driving snow was pretty awesome; on top of the fact that the winter weather limited the number of people on the trail, we only saw one other hiker.
Philip Virginia, US July 2017
Patagonia was amazing! We were wary of visiting in the middle of winter, but we are so glad that we avoided the crowds and could enjoy the peacefulness of the area.
Stuart & Sandra August 2016
The trek was unbelievable!!! The best hike I've done. We had a world class guide who was very informative and took care to make sure everyone was OK and spent time to really answer people’s questions.
Sarah November 2015
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!
Marcel May 2014
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.
Thomas July 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!
Mitch & Family June 2013
Multi-Activity Winter Trips
This intrepid itinerary is the only multi-sport adventure available in winter. It takes you through the wild terrain on foot, on horseback and by kayak to the great dramatic sights of the park, which is almost empty of travellers and…
Trek, Kayak and Horse Ride to discover the main areas of Torres del Paine away from the crowds of tourists at this quiet time of year. You will trek the Ascencio Valley, Kayak the Grey Lake and Horse-Ride Laguna Amarga.…
Winter is the time to experience Patagonia at it's most peaceful and picture perfect. A light dusting of snow, clearer skies, less wind, and barely any people. You really get that feeling of being out there in the wilderness, and I think that is the feeling that most people visiting Patagonia are searching for.
Chloe O'Keeffe Wildlife & Cruise Specialist
Winter from a Comfortable Base
See the beauty of Winter in Torres del Paine National Park from a comfortable park hotel. A very flexible trip with a choice of daily excursions ranging from Easy to Expert including Trekking, Horse-Riding and much more.…
There are very few Trekkers out in the winter so if you’re planning on going but not a confident camper/trekker then definitely book in a guide with Swoop.
We were very lucky with weather, but I probably didn't understand the extent how weather conditions could impact this trek so much. So tip would be, be prepared for anything!
Winter in Torres del Paine: FAQs
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.
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.
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 as possible.
Most luxury lodges are closed from late April until late September 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), visit our Trekking Torres del Paine page.