Trekking in Patagonia. Just the word Patagonia immediately rings all the alarm bells for nature, outdoors, hiking, trekking and endless vistas. The South American region is shared by Chile and Argentina. Their share is equal as they both have a similar hotspot for outdoor adventure. Argentina conquers the hearts of trekking enthusiasts with El Chaltén and Chile is home to the mesmerizing Torres del Paine National Park. Patagonia stretches 1,043 million km² and is home to peaks the likes Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Lanin, Tronador and Cerro Catedral.
Torres del Paine is an absolute cracker of a destination as it is home to two classical hiking trails: the W-Trek and the O-Trek. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, you are guaranteed to experience the best of what Patagonia has to offer.
Are you longing for magic sunsets, snow capped peaks and turquoise blue lakes? Patagonia is your match. Compare our offers and go trekking in Patagonia. Vamos!
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You want nice weather when trekking in Torres del Paine National Park. At the park is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, one has to be mindful of the seasons there. When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is actually summer in the deep South. Hence, the best trekking season for Torres del Paine National Park is during the summer months: From November to early March. However, Spring (September-November) are and Autumn (March-May) are also favorable trekking and hiking seasons, as the crowds are fewer and the natural scenery is colorful. Think fresh colors in Spring and stunning brown colors in the Fall months. Winter lasts from June to August and it is then that Torres del Paine National Park and the rest of Patagonia is quiet. At this time of the year, most attractions are closed for maintenance. Regardless of your choice in trekking season, make sure you bring enough layers for during your hike.
The reason to go trekking in Torres del Paine National Park lies in the name. The “Torres del Paine”, translated the Towers of Paine are the main attraction for people hiking in this part of the world. The distinctive peaks have made it to the lenses of millions of cameras. Also, the blue icebergs, the golden pampas, and Cuernos del Paine. Because of all the natural highlights, there are plenty of trekking options available. The most notable trek is the W-Trek, which takes you to the lookout point of the towers at the Ascencio Valley, the hanging glaciers in the French Valley and ultimately the Grey Valley. Alternatively, you can also opt for the O-Trek. This classic Patagonian trekking entails over 100 kilometers of pristine hiking trails. Unlike the shorter W-Trek, the O-Trek can be worth 7 days of hiking.
Hiking in Torres del Paine can be a costly matter, but there are most definitely affordable ways of doing it. The more support you receive, the more you will be paying for your trek. After all, the guide that shows you the way and tells you about all the highlights along the way, needs to be paid a fair salary. When comparing a guided to a self-guided trek, one can see that it can make a difference of almost 1000 USD. It is, however, good to note that not all the trekking costs lie in enjoying the skills of a guide or not. The entrance fees to Torres del Paine National Park are included in the total trekking price and are as follows:
CLP$ 21.000 (USD 31)
CLP$ 11.000 (USD 16)
CLP$ 6.000 (USD 9)
CLP$ 4.000 (USD 6)
Children 6 to 17
CLP$ 6.000 (USD 9)
CLP$ 1.000 (USD 1,50)
The above table is a rough indication and is subject to change.
Also, a typical W-Trek or O-Trek includes food and accommodation in the form of Mountain Lodges, known as Refugios.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Our trekking guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes in Torres del Paine National Park.
Accommodation in Torres del Paine will not be a luxury show, but at least there is a very fair chance that you will have a roof over your head while resting your legs from hiking and trekking. Refugios are mountain lodges and can be found scattered all over the National Park. Our trekking providers are making use of these Refugios but it is also possible to stay in a tent on a campsite, or in of the domes of an EcoCamp that you can find in the park. Regardless of where you stay, your accommodation fulfills all the basic needs for getting a blissful rest during your trek through Torres del Paine.
You can find Refugios scattered all over Torres del Paine National Park. When you have done your hiking and trekking for the day, you are most likely to stay in one of these Refugios. Refugios come with comfortable dorm style rooms that are best compared to a standard you can find at neat backpacker hostels around the world. Think mountain huts with all the comfort you need. A great advantage of using Refugios is that you can limit the amount of equipment that you bring along. On top of that, you have a roof over your head, you are likely to meet more people and you can enjoy nourishing meals. If you prefer to camp, you can still use Refugios. They often come with space where you can pitch a tent.
The great thing about the internet is that you can find anything anywhere. The same goes for hiking and trekking providers. However, since there is so much on offer, it can be overwhelming to find a trekking operator of your liking. That is why Bookatrekking.com does the selection for you. We only join hands with the best hiking and trekking providers we can trust. You can rest assured that the trekking operators on Bookatrekking.com are reliable.