Choosing your hike

  • See the highlights or explore the wilderness? The classic Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine trails offer staggering peaks and huge glaciers, but can get crowded. For remote, pristine Patagonia trekking tours, consider Tierra del Fuego or Aysen.
  • A comfy base or remote camp? Patagonia's accommodation is as varied as its scenery. It is possible to return each night to a soft bed, or have a more rustic refugio experience.
  • Short treks or week-long wilderness trails? This region is packed with trails for all abilities, so ask us about fitting the right hike into your itinerary.
  • Which landscapes? Dramatic granite pinnacles, rainforests, steppe, glaciers... Patagonia is vast and varied so decide in advance what sort of scenery you want to see.
  • How much do you want to spend? Some of the best day hiking is accessible from luxury lodges in the middle of nowhere. Adventurous souls on a budget can save their pennies doing some trails self-guided. We can find the perfect Patagonian hiking tour for you. 

Where can I hike in Patagonia?

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So many people travel to Patagonia to hike the W trek. It is a fantastic trek, but delve a little deeper and you'll discover so many other truly extraordinary trails.

Day hiking in Patagonia

Los Glaciares - Fitz Roy Range

There are few towns in the world better located for day hiking than El Chalten. This trekker's paradise is right in the Fitz Roy range in Los Glaciares National Park, perched beneath the most famous mountains in the region.

Trails start in the town, so you can walk straight from your hotel onto day hike routes. Hikes range from 4-8 hours, and you can get to the best viewpoints of Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, before returning to your hotel. Combine a few days exploring the trails in El Chalten with a day of ice-hiking, and a visit to the Perito Moreno glacier.

Trail to Laguna Torre, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia

Hiking the trail to Laguna Torre in Los Glaciares National Park

Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine's W Trek is world famous, but many people don't know that most of this route can be done in three separate day hikes. Aside from these famous trails, the national park has an intricate network of lesser-known day hikes; some of them are real bushwhackers, whilst others are more gentle, remote routes to see flowers, guanacos and condors.

There are many hotels to base yourself in for your hikes, but we recommend checking the location to ensure that you won't be driving for hours to each trailhead. 

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Carretera Austral

The Carretera Austral winds its way down southern Chile connecting over 20 national parks. There's huge variety in the scenery en route, from the lakes and volcanoes of the Chilean Lake District, to the rainforests and glaciers of Aysen, and even the Northern Ice Cap.

To explore on day hikes, choose the area you'd like to explore and base yourself in a hotel in one of the many small towns, or remote luxury lodges with access to the vast surroundings. If you have a car, you can drive from trailhead to trailhead and stay in some beautiful, cosy rustic lodges along the way.

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Multi-day hiking in Patagonia

Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego is known for being a pristine wilderness, but it's also wonderfully diverse, a side to the region that's best accessed on a multi-day hike. From boggy pampas to beech forest to rocky ridges above the tree line, it's a challenging but hugely rewarding area to explore. You're likely to be wild camping, and also to have the scenery all to yourself.

Our two favourite hikes are the Montes Martial Circuit, a short three-day trek that loops up behind Ushuaia, and the Sierra Valdivieso trek which takes you right into the heart of Isla Grande before finishing your trip by boat and vehicle.

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Torres del Paine

Patagonia's most famous multi-day treks are the W Trek and the Full Circuit Trek (also known as the 'O' Circuit). They are arguably the best ways to discover the glaciers and towering granite of the national park, but they do tend to get crowded. Campsites and refugios can fill up 6 months in advance. 

The W Trek takes 4-5 days and is ideal for fit active walkers who prefer to carry a small 40-litre pack and hike from hut to hut, either with a guide or without. The Full Circuit Trek is quieter but more challenging at 7-10 days, and camping is necessary in the northern sector. 

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Base of the Towers hike

Los Glaciares - Fitz Roy range

Camping in the heart of the Fitz Roy range allows you to see much more of the mountains,  and to catch the sunrise on Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre peaks.

A classic route lasts two or three days and links Laguna de Los Tres and Laguna Torre into a circuit. Stronger hikers (and lovers of scree) can extend this classic trek by a day, to explore the Electrico Valley, or two days, to cross the Agachonas pass into the Tunel valley and up to the Paso del Viento on the Chalten Mountain Escape Route.

Piedra Negra, Los Glaciares

Piedra Negra, Los Glaciares NP


Horse trails cut their way through the Aysen region, a legacy from when the pioneers would make their way between estancias. Our favourite long-distance routes in Aysen include the four-day Jeinimeini to Aviles trail in the new Patagonia Park, where you start in the vibrantly colourful Jeinimeini reserve and pass through beech forests before descending into the botanical Chacabuco valley.

Another is in the Cerro Castillo range, which towers above the Carretera Austral in the Ibanez valley. Experienced trekkers can hike between 3-6 days crossing passes, reaching crystal glacial lakes and marvelling at the rocky outcrops.

Trekking in Aysen, Patagonia

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What our customers think of Hiking & Trekking in Patagonia

What was your most memorable moment? Reaching the towers, (Torres de Paine) with our group. It was a challenging day but very worth it, we all felt great at the top, and the view and scenery were amazing. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2024

Randall Chupik - USA

Swoop made it very easy for us to get the adventures started in Patagonia, and exactly what we needed for a very personalized and incredible experience. I would highly recommend for anyone who is going to Patagonia for the first time. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2023

Zeah Venitelli - USA

The W-hike adventure was amazing and challenging in so many ways. For better or worse, the variable weather thoroughly beat us up, but that added to the memories. For joy of beauty, the first reveal of the mountains at Cuernos were spectacular. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Michael Rousseau - USA

Going into the process, I was skeptical about the value of hiring a facilitator to assist with the planning and logistics. We are typically travel do-it-yourselfers, so paying a premium was a hard nut to swallow. However, as the experience unfolded, the thoroughness of the planning Swoop and their local partner provided completely impressed us. Everything went according to plan, and at every refugio, we got exactly what we contracted for easily and pleasantly. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Michael Rousseau - USA

Our guide and driver were absolutely outstanding. They pitched everything just right for the group and could do more to help. The same goes for the staff in the refugio and the food was excellent. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Alex Barbett - UK

Trekking guides in both TdP and Cerro Castillo were terrific. Knowledgeable about local flora, fauna, geology and geography. They were caring and always putting the interests of the hikers first, assuring our safety and our enjoyment. I can't say enough good things about all of the guides. They all had a passion for the parks where they worked, taking great pride Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

David Epstein - USA

Don’t worry about no makeup and wind blown hair, you can’t take a bad picture with this scenery. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Muri Cole - USA

We hadn't really done group hikes before, but loved the community aspect of the group hikes from the EcoCamp. It has opened us up to considering more community-oriented hiking and traveling in the future. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Kirsten Lesak-Greenberg - USA

I’ve always loved hiking and being in the mountains (I’m from Colorado after all). But I don’t think I’ve ever been moved to tears like I was from the incredible beauty we witnessed in Torres de Paine. Such a wonderful place on this planet! Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Juliet Hanna - USA

Buy a nice rain coat/wind coat – it was our best tool besides hiking poles. Read the full review

Travelled: October 2022

Casey van de Merkt - USA

Standing by the glittering turquoise lake Azul and torrent Salto Grande waterfalls, in the distance the snow-capped peaks: one of the most dramatically beautiful landscapes in the world. I have fallen in love with this wild and barren land of unique natural beauty. I stand facing this magnificent scene grateful for every breath I take. The rough and lonely countryside around the Nordenskiöld lake, free of any of the troubles of this world. To emerge yourself here is to forget anything unkind. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2022

Anne Devecchi - Ecuador

On our third day we had around five rainbows between waking up in Cuernos and arriving in Camp Frances. I will never forget those rainbows, with the colors of Nordensjkold lake. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Jorge Leon De la Barra - Mexico

Only one word: totally outstanding. Well...2 words. I have peaked in my trekking experience and doubt I will do anything better. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2022

Brian Luckett - UK

Rain, sleet and snow could not stop us! Some was guided and some was on our own. Always an adventure! Read the full review

Travelled: November 2019

Grover Meyrose - United States Of America

The trekking in El Chalten was superb. Our guide, Matias, was friendly, organized. He saw our level of hiking and made the pace very comfortable for us. The terrain was probably a little more strenuous than I thought it would be, but we never felt unsafe. We had paid extra for porters, so that we would not have to carry sleeping bags and tents, and that was well worth it. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2019

Pinky Stuhldreher - United States Of America

Every 5 minutes we had a completely different view. There could be gale force winds hitting a mountain top from one side, but clear blue skies on the other. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2019

Rory Dormer - United Kingdom

The Refugio on the first night was excellent – remote, quiet, spectacular views. Our guide was wonderful. The scenery was superb. The campsite was excellent. Being able to walk with light packs and arrive to comfortable tents, sleeping bags and delicious food really made the trip perfect. We would not have changed a thing. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2017

Jo McGrouther - Australia

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To anyone who feels a quickening of interest at the word “adventure”, a little visceral sense of excitement, and who is willing to take things as they come, we would say “go to Patagonia, go”.

Travelled: March 2017

Mark - UK

The W Trek was the highlight of my 2-week trip - the scenery was beautiful and my guide, Paz, really made the experience incredible. She was so knowledgeable and that made the experience very special and unique.

Travelled: March 2017

Liz - New York

Overall El Chalten was my favourite place! I hiked every day and it was very easy to find the routes and they all led to stunning viewpoints.

Travelled: February 2017

Hannah - UK

I loved trekking in Tierra del Fuego, it was so different from Los Glaciares. We saw a bunch of animals and it was nice how remote everything was, it felt rugged.

Travelled: January 2017

Carrie -

I very much so appreciated the progression of hikes and thought the order in which we encountered them was perfect. I think if things had gone in any different order, it would not have been nearly as good. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2016

Jim Nagy - United States Of America

I will tell my Grandchildren about the beauty of the land and how me and my 62 year old knees climbed a mountain!

Travelled: November 2016

Wilma -

The trek to see the condors was amazing, we saw so many of the beautiful birds up close and were lucky enough to see dozens of other birds, including owls.

Travelled: November 2016

Jana and Ben -

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I'm not sure I could have booked all this without you guys; it was a wonderful trip – challenging, adventurous and fun! Each of my three treks was quite different, but all with interesting and well informed guides and outstanding landscapes.

Travelled: February 2016

Louise -

Our hike was both fantastic and challenging; undoubtedly the best part of our trip - so remote and beautiful.

Travelled: January 2016

Sarah & Greg -

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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.

Travelled: November 2015

Sarah -

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Many thanks for supervising a terrific and memorable trek. The highlight to me was the hike to the Towers and view there, though the entire 5 day trek was awesome.

Travelled: November 2015

Ted -

Our hike was great and our guide was the highlight; he did so many little things beyond just guiding us. I also thought the timeline of our itinerary was perfect.

Travelled: October 2015

Heather -

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!

Travelled: June 2013

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Challenging treks

These routes are for people who not only have plenty of experience but also want to add a bit of an edge to their 'holiday'. Some people describe it as 'Type 2' fun - the kind of experience that might well be a little too challenging at the time, physically and mentally, but you know you'll look back on it with glee and satisfaction.

Our top 3 challenging treks

1. Patagonia Ice Cap: The Patagonian Ice Cap is the third largest mass of ice on the planet and, bordered by Cerro Fitz Roy and the Andes, the landscapes are truly unique.  The ascent is a long, challenging day and conditions on the ice cap itself can be very tough indeed, but when the skies are clear you'll have a view like no other.

2. Off-the-beaten-track-routes in Torres del Paine: The main trails have been on the map for decades, and they are well-marked. However, the park is full of mountain passes, valleys and glaciers that no one else knows about, and getting off-the-beaten-track will give you unique views of the Paine Massif. 

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3. Crossing Tierra del Fuego: Tierra del Fuego remains more wild and remote than many of the national parks to the north. Trails are not maintained and the terrain is tough whether on the lower ground or up through the mountain passes. The 7-day crossing of Tierra del Fuego is a real wilderness experience, the most remote trek in the region. 

Taking 7 days to complete 80km, this is a challenging hike. For a slightly different option, or if you have more time, Tierra del Fuego is a playground for experienced hikers. Hop across to Isla Navarino to tackle the Dientes de Navarino trek, so named because the jagged peaks resemble a huge set of spiky, imposing teeth.

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The incredible landscape! We've hiked in the Sierra's, Colorado, Nepal, New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest and nothing compares to the beauty of Fitz Roy & Torres del Paine.

Perry Zavala Customer

FAQs about Hiking in Patagonia

  • Do I need a guide?

    The famous trails of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares are well marked and well suited to independent hiking for those with experience. Guides can help you access the more remote and lesser known spots that in many cases are equally dramatic.

    Having spoken to over a thousand people who have visited the region, our view is that guides bring so much more than safety and navigation - a richer awareness of the region's wildlife, ecology, history, and cultural identity.

    For those on a tight budget, self-guided hikes on the main trails of Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy will be a tremendous experience. Those who are experienced and fiercely independent might do well to mix some guided days with some independent days.

    Visit our hiking page for more juicy details on the best hiking in Patagonia. 

  • When is best to hike?

    The main trekking season runs from November to March in most destinations. This is when most of the facilities are open, buses are running and the weather is at its best. If you want to see the spring flowers and more snow on the peaks then November is a beautiful time to go. For the Autumn colours then consider late March and early April. Snow and ice conditions for mountaineering and ice cap expeditions will be best from November to January.

    Patagonia is a popular destination, and especially so mid-December to mid-January, so if you want to hike the most famous routes then try to visit outside the busiest period, or consider the more off-the-beaten-track routes at this time of the year.

    It is possible to trek all year round? Winter in Patagonia (May - August) offers less daylight and colder temperatures. In the Chilean Lake District and Tierra del Fuego there's a lot of rain however in the south and east of Patagonia there's generally less rain and visibility can be better than the peak of summer.

    Head over to our when to visit page for more information.

  • Can I combine trekking with other activities?

    By leaping on a horse or into a kayak you can get truly off the beaten track.

    If you are really intrepid you might consider sailing through the Patagonian Fjords and using the boat to access some fantastic remote hiking.

  • Are there any toilets on the trails of the W Trek?

    The only toilets are at the refugios and campsites so you need to be prepared to go for wild toilet stops.

  • Do I need to acclimatise to the altitude?

    The highest peak in Patagonia is 4058m (13,314ft) high and most of the trails don't go higher than 1,500m (4,920ft) so you don't need to acclimatise when you go hiking in Patagonia.

  • How much does hiking in Patagonia cost?

    Typically a guided, fully supported trek (with enough porter support that you just carry your own gear including sleeping bag and sleeping mat or hut accommodation) costs US$300-350 per person per day. Self guided treks will be cheaper and hiking from a luxury hotel will be 2 or 3 times more expensive. There are regional differences in costs so if you find Torres del Paine very expensive then have a look at Tierra del Fuego or Aysen.

The best places to go hiking in Patagonia

Hiking in Torres del Paine

Hiking in Torres del Paine

World famous trekking awaits in Torres del Paine National Park. Each valley, peak and pass hides its own treasures, be it hanging glaciers, vast pampas, twisted metamorphic rock or…

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Trekking in Los Glaciares

Hikers enjoying the view of Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares national park

Argentina's Los Glaciares is full of jagged granite mountains, electric-blue lakes and sparkling glaciers: perfect for anything from short day hikes to epic wilderness treks.

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Hiking in Aysen

Hiking in Aysen

Dramatic snow-capped mountains, glistening glacial lakes and lush forested valleys make for superb trekking in this unsung region. Explore the fantastic hiking routes in Aysen's …

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Hiking in Tierra del Fuego

Trekking in Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego is a land of extremes. Swathes of isolated steppe are punctuated with windswept trees, endless peat bogs and craggy outcrops crowned with glaciers. Here is …

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Activities in Patagonia

Patagonia is shaped by some of the world's greatest geographical influences. The glacier fields, mountains, volcanoes, lakes and fjords make for a vast playground for a range of different adventure activities.


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