Where can I trek in Torres del Paine?
The Bader valley slices right through the W and you get to see the back of the towers and Los Cuernos really close up. Then there's that massive area to the south which you really need to kayak, horse ride or bike through, just to cover the distances.
Harriet Pike Trekking, Mountaineering & Cycling Specialist
Some of our clients choose to hike the main valleys self-guided and then join a guide to take them up to the ridges and peaks that very few others have the privilege of experiencing. Remember that out here you'll need to be prepared to camp and handle some demanding terrain.
Where to go
Nestled in the Paine Range amongst the more visited sights are the forbidden valleys, Bader and Silencio, where very few visit. In the Silencio Valley you're rewarded with privileged views of the gigantic granite spires of Escudo (the Shield), Fortaleza (the Fortress) and the Towers of Paine from behind. The Bader Valley splits the Cuernos mountains in two with equally dramatic granite faces on display.
The Silencio and Bader valleys can be woven into multi-day treks with the more common hiking trails.
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.
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!